Enterprise integrator, Aspect Computing has signed a $5 million-plus, one-year deal with The Australian Defence Force (ADF) for the implementation of a series of core enterprise applications, designed to plan and help conduct a range of air, sea and land military operations.
Under the contract, Aspect will deliver new information capabilities through the ADF's Joint Command Support System (JCSS) and Air Command Support System (ACSS) projects, said Lieutenant Colonel Mike Bradford, Defence Force project director, Joint Command Support System.
The JCSS is one component of the Force's Joint Command Support Environment (JSCE), used to plan and deliver military operations. The joint support environment is a classified intranet that operates nationally at 40 sites, an Aspect spokesperson said.
The JCSS supports the strategic and operational command function of the Defence's Headquarters Australian Theatre (HQAST), a joint Air Force, Navy and Army personnel facility that conducts operational activities like those at East Timor, Bradford said.
Aspect will develop and integrate into the joint command environment the JCSS - a Web-based enterprise tool providing decision support, knowledge management, collaboration and data warehousing - which will focus on joint operations at the strategic and operational levels of command with ADF agencies and allies, according to Bradford.
Aspect will also redesign JCSS from an end-user Lotus Notes-developed tool to an enterprise-wide application more suited to an n-tier, Java-based environment, he said.
The other main component of the JSCE environment is the Air Command Support System.
Aspect will provide a similar service for this project, supporting the operational and tactical command function of the ADF's Headquarters Air Command.
The first enterprise systems Aspect will deliver using n-tier, enterprise architectures will be for the Force's Electronic Mission Folder Air Lift Group, systems which will drive the planning, tasking and flying activities of the RAAF's C-130 Hercules fleet, the Aspect spokeperson said.
The systems will also support ADF's Categorisation and Proficiency Management System (No. 81 Wing) which will manage the categorisation and expertise of RAAF operational F/A-18 pilots.
The ADF has worked with Aspect in the JCSE space since 1997, selecting the company for systems integration work on the early stages of its Joint Command and Air Command projects.
"The new contract further strengthens the relationship between both organisations to ensure the operational function of the Defence Force is a potent capability," Bradford said.