$54M to General Dynamics for USMC Combat Operations Center Replacements
General Dynamics C4 Systems in Scottsdale, AZ received a $54.2 million modification under a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (M67854-02-C-2052) to supply 24 Marine Expeditionary Brigade – Afghanistan Combat Operations Center (COC) replacement systems, additional generators, trainers, and engineers. The USMC currently has 295 COCs deployed in theater and in CONUS for training purposes.
DID has covered a number of the modifications under this contract. First awarded in 2002, the total COC contract value to date is $741 million.
COCs [pdf] are mobile, modular command and control (C2) systems designed to support Marines wherever they are deployed. COCs enable Marines to digitally collect, process, and disseminate tactical data in the field.
COCs are built from Capability Sets (CapSets), which use common, modular and scalable building blocks that are configurable based on the size of the units and the mission requirements.
For this order, General Dynamics is supplying 10 CapSet IIIs, 10 CapSet IVs and 4 CapSet IIs. CapSets are designated by the size of the USMC unit:
- CapSet II – divisions and aviation wings;
- CapSet III – regiments; and
- CapSet IV – battalions and squadron commanders.
The COC is part of the Marine Air-Ground Task Force Command and Control (MAGTF-C2) concept. Within MAGTF-C2 concept, information is integrated, aggregated and distributed from disparate Marine and Joint C2 and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) systems to users at all echelons – from the command center to the individual Marine.
General Dynamics will perform the work in Scottsdale, AZ and expects to complete it by September 2010. The Marine Corps Systems Command in Quantico, VA manages the contract.