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20 May 03. Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $1.1m Phase 1 contract to for the U.S. Strategic Command’s (USSTRATCOM) Strategic War Planning System Modernization (SWPS-M). SWPS-M is a broad effort to enhance strategic warfighting from operational concept development through planning and execution.

Awarded by the 55th Contracting Squadron in support of USSTRATCOM, the initial contract is for the first of two phases of the SWPS-M program. Under the seven-month Phase 1 contract, Lockheed Martin will conduct risk mitigation efforts for Phase 2 of the effort, an estimated $85m development and support contract to be awarded early next year.

“SWPS-M will enable government war planners to dramatically shorten the cycle time to develop and execute a strategic war plan, enhancing the security of our nation. We’re pleased to have been awarded a Phase 1 contract and will be working hard over the next several months to develop an effective and compelling approach for Phase 2 competition,” said John James, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems vice president of joint command and control systems.

Under the SWPS-M Phase 2 contract, the selected contractor will define, develop and implement the SWPS system, an integrated system for strategic war planning that encompasses USSTRATCOM’s traditional and newly-acquired mission areas. Plans and coordination for nuclear deterrence, global strike, missile defense, and information operations missions will be conducted through SWPS.

The system will assess a given situation and present decision-makers at USSTRATCOM with numerous potential courses of action. For each option, the system will determine the probability of success, potential collateral damage, cost, timing, and other related details. USSTRATCOM officials can then either execute one of the given options or change the planning parameters to see a new set of options based on different requirements.

“Our current support to the Missile Defense Agency enables us to develop a low-risk, high-return approach to missile defense and global strike that will significantly enhance USSTRATCOM’s war planning system,” said Leroy Jeter, director of USSTRATCOM programs for Mission Systems. “SWPS presents a key systems integration challenge, and we will draw on our integration expertise to include several stove pipe systems within an integrated system that will incorporate functions to support the newly assigned missions.”

Work will be performed at USSTRATCOM, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., and
Lockheed Martin’s facilities in Bellevue, Neb. As the Corporation’s lead enterprise for Information Superiority, Lockheed Martin Mission Systems serves customers including U.S. and international defense and civil government agencies. Mission Systems employs approximately 3,000 at primary facilities in Gaithersburg, Md., Colorado Springs, Colo., Santa Maria, Calif., and is a business unit of Lockheed Martin Corporation.

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