New Navy Agreement Award Aims to Improve Enterprise and Field Level Logistics
Arlington, Va. – November 14, 2018 — The U.S. Navy has awarded two agreements to utilize and test commercial software technologies for the first phase of a prototype next generation enterprise and field-level logistical and maintenance system.
Awarded through the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX), the agreements will allow Waltham, Mass.-based Raytheon and Palo Alto, Calif.-based Palantir to bring best-of-breed commercial technologies to form a prototype Integrated Data Environment (IDE) as part of the Naval Operational Business Logistics Enterprise (NOBLE) family of programs.
Raytheon and Palantir will be required to deliver a baseline of commercial software solutions with enterprise and field level capability that can ensure effective and efficient supply operations, both afloat and ashore. The IDE solution will include multi-level security features for supply, aviation and ship maintenance, repair and overhaul.
The TReX is managed by the Arlington, Va.-based National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL), which will assist the agreement award recipients.
“The future is software,” said Todd Probert, Raytheon vice president for Mission Support and Modernization. “It’s thrilling to help the Navy jump into this new model of buying open, commercial software systems to deliver new capabilities to the warfighter faster than ever before.”
“We are excited to bring our commercially proven technology to help the Navy’s effort to modernize its key maintenance and logistics capabilities,” said Doug Philippone, Global Defense Lead for Palantir Technologies.
This effort is awarded through what is known as Other Transaction Authority, which is designed to jumpstart the acquisition process and rapidly deploy prototypes for assessment in three to six months after the agreement award. Thanks to the skill of the TReX staff, it took just under 80 days from the time that funding was provided to the award for initial agreement (the IDE phase). After the review, the Navy may choose to move forward with the IDE prototype for further testing and possible deployment.
Tim Greeff, the CEO of NSTXL, said that the awards will help the Navy to “significantly increase military readiness by improving ship and aviation maintenance management, along with other important supply and inventory management capabilities for naval forces over unclassified and classified Navy networks.”
The agreement awards also highlight the speed under which Other Transaction Authority can operate and provide an easier path to incorporating state-of-the-art innovations from the commercial marketplace. In this case, the Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command will be able to quickly replace legacy systems and architectures that are obsolete, cyber-vulnerable and inefficient, Greeff added.
Other parts of the NOBLE family of programs will be awarded separately. They include: Naval Operational Supply System (NOSS); Naval Aviation Maintenance System (NAMS) and Naval Operational Maintenance Environment (NOME). Announcements on these agreement awards are expected in the next few weeks.
About NSTXL – The National Security Technology Accelerator is a non-profit based in Arlington, VA. It is the essential Pentagon partner for rapidly delivering mission-driven systems and emerging technologies to the U.S. military. www.NSTXL.org