Wyle to Support USAF Space Innovation and Development Center
Wyle Information Systems in McLean, VA received a $13.9 million indefinite delivery/ indefinite quantity contract modification to provide technical services and space operations support to the Space Innovation and Development Center located at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado.
The contract is directed toward examining, assessing, and developing the means to integrate national system and US DoD space systems support to enhance combat and research and development capabilities within the US Air Force. This includes integrating existing and advanced-technology weapons, platforms and special test facilities as well as the technical expertise such as knowledge of emerging space-based technologies and systems.
Space Innovation and Development Center at Schriever Air Force Base manages the contract (FA2550-01-D-0003, P00026). The center’s mission is to advance warfare through rapid innovation, integration, training testing, and experimentation…
In the fall of 1992, an Air Force Blue Ribbon Panel on space recommended establishing a dedicated Space Warfare Center to exploit the capabilities of space-based assets. Combat operations during Operation Desert Storm relied on space support more than in any past conflict; however, an analysis of these operations revealed shortfalls in the Air Force’s ability to leverage space capabilities. In order to better exploit space capabilities, the SWC was stood up on Nov 1/93. The SWC was redesignated the Space Innovation and Development Center (SIDC) on March 1/06.
Today, the SIDC works to get innovative space-based combat capabilities to US troops as quickly as possible. The center also improves exploitation of air, space and cyberspace capabilities through wargaming, exercises, experiments and space range development.
The SIDC is composed of the 595th Space Group and 3 divisions: the Air Force Tactical Exploitation of National Capabilities, or AF TENCAP; the Integration Division; and the Plans, Programs and Requirements Division. The organizations work together to conduct wargaming; integrate space into exercises and experiments; rapidly prototype, field and exploit integrated air, space and cyberspace capabilities; provide space testing, training and range infrastructure; and execute AF Space Command force development evaluation and operational test programs.