CEC: Cooperative Engagement for Fleet Defense
Annual design contract.
Sept 26/14: Support. Raytheon IDS in St. Petersburg, FL receives a $38.3 million contract modification, exercising options for CEC design agent and engineering services. $9.3 million is committed immediately, from a wide range of FY 2009 to 2014 US Navy budgets.
This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy (91%) and the government of Australia (9%) under the Foreign Military Sales program. Work will be performed in St. Petersburg, FL, and is expected to be complete by September 2015. US Navy NAVSEA in Washington, DC manages the contract (N00024-13-C-5212).
Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC) is the US Navy’s secret weapon. Actually, it’s not so secret. It’s just that its relatively low price means often leads people to overlook the revolutionary change it creates for wide-area fleet air and ballistic missile defense.
CEC is far more than a mere data-sharing program, or even a sensor fusion effort. The concept behind CEC is a sensor netting system that allows ships, aircraft, and even land radars to pool their radar and sensor information together, creating a very powerful and detailed picture that’s much finer, more wide-ranging, and more consistent than any one of them could generate on its own. The data is then shared among all ships and participating systems, using secure frequencies. It’s a simple premise, but a difficult technical feat. With huge implications.
This DID FOCUS Article explains those mechanics and implications. It will also track ongoing research, updates, and contracts related to CEC capabilities from 2000 forward.
Co-operative Engagement Capability: How It Works
The CEC System
Why CEC Really is a Game Changer
CEC: Contracts and Key Events: 2000 – Present
FY 2012 – 2013
FY 2009 – 2011
FY 2006 – 2008
FY 2004 – 2005
FY 2000 – 2003
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