Raytheon builds intel system for military

Raytheon Co. will continue to develop a Web-based system that will enable military analysts and the intelligence community to share actionable intelligence in near-real time with combat troops in war zones.

The new Air Force contract runs through January 2009 and has a potential value of more than $9 million.

Known as the Distributed Common Ground System Integration Backbone (DIB), the new system will address standards compliance, baseline convergence and enterprise interoperability and adhere to unique Air Force, Army and Navy requirements.

The Web-based backbone is an open, service-oriented architecture through which military and intelligence analysts can collaborate globally, regardless of their military service or intelligence agency affiliation.

Raytheon first developed DIB under the Distributed Common Ground System contract for the Air Force and has supported the integration of the software into existing and emerging systems for the Army and Navy. The DCGS 10.2 upgrade will provide continuous on-demand intelligence sharing among U.S. and coalition forces.

The company said it will work closely with the government's DIB Management Office to incorporate the latest input from the user community to make it easier and faster to join the enterprise and share information.

Raytheon, of Waltham, Mass., ranks No. 4 on Washington Technology's 2008 Top 100 list of the largest federal government prime contractors.

About the Author

David Hubler is the former print managing editor for GCN and senior editor for Washington Technology. He is freelance writer living in Annandale, Va.

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