Alion to boost Coast Guard human resources, ship-design capabilities

$9.5M contract will support the Coast Guard Human Resources/Systems Integration Office

Alion Science and Technology Corp. will help the Coast Guard improve its human resources capabilities; ship engineering design; and command, control, communications, computers and information technology (C4IT) acquisitions under a five-year, $9.5 million contract.

The contract will support the Coast Guard Human Resources/Systems Integration Office.

Under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, Alion will provide major systems acquisition process support, project identification, assistance during the various acquisition phases, and facilitation and documentation support, according to a company announcement today.

The Human Resources/Systems Integration Office is the Coast Guard’s technical authority for Human Systems Integration and partners with the Acquisitions Directorate, program sponsors, technical authorities, and other stakeholders, the Alion statement said.

Human Systems Integration approaches system design and acquisition from a user’s perspective to reduce life cycle costs and optimize system performance.

The Coast Guard describes HSI as a synthesis between system engineering and behavioral science, adding that the discipline is to design a system according to the roles, capabilities and limitations of the humans who must use the technologies.

Alion’s work will help the Coast Guard measure performance and improve its ships, boats, aircraft, and C4IT systems, the statement said.

Subcontractors include DSCI, Harkcon, Novonics and BMT D&P. The contract has one base year with four options of one year each.

Alion Science and Technology, 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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