Alion expands Marines Corps' decision-making capabilities

Three-year task order covers a range of program enhancements

Alion Science and Technology Corp. will assisting the Marine Corps’ efforts to improve its decision-making tools under a three-year, $6.3 million task order.

The award calls for Alion to work with the Marine Corps Systems Command as it implements Total Life Cycle Systems Management (TLCSM) programs.

The work, which falls under the auspices of Alion-operated Weapon Systems Technology Information Analysis Center, includes sustaining and adding enhanced capabilities within the System Operational Effectiveness Decision Support Tool (SOE DST) program, company officials said.

The Alion-developed and hosted SOE DST provides the Marine Corps with data on system performance and availability, process efficiency and life-cycle costs for its critical ground equipment.

The work also includes the management and utilization of TLCSM predictive-modeling capabilities and improving total life-cycle management through better data quality, availability, analyses and decision-support capabilities, they said.

TLCSM predictive-modeling capabilities simulate weapon systems and produce such metrics as fleet availability, achieved operating hours, the number of maintenance actions and parts needed, and life-cycle costs, the officials explained.

Alion will enable the Marine Corps to use TLCSM predictive tools for decisions on manpower, fleet/system readiness, operations and maintenance budgets, and for depot requirements on weapon systems, added Chris Amos, Alion senior vice president and manager of the Technology Solutions Group.

Also, the company will use its expertise in Marine Corps TLCM initiatives such as passive radio frequency identification, product data management, and item identification standards and technologies to improve the predictive-modeling capabilities.

The period of performance runs until Aug. 3, 2012.

Alion, of McLean, Va., ranks No. 39 on Washington Technology’s 2009 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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