CSC Australia has been awarded a $51 million software development contract from the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), thanks to its status as prime systems integrator for Phase Eight of the JP 2030 project, which involves a comprehensive upgrade of the Australian Defence Force’s command support systems.
Estimated to cost the DMO between $300 and $500 million, JP2030 Phase Eight will result in a significant upgrade to the Joint Command Support System (JCSS), which has been built in an evolutionary manner over the preceding stages of the project.
The other primary supplier for the project is Lockheed Martin, which has been appointed as the capability development contractor and support contractor for Phase Eight.
According to published details of JP 2030 Phase Eight, eight capability elements are to be delivered under the program:
- Joint Operations Portal (JOP)
- Joint Planning Suite (JPS)
- Situational Awareness – Common Operating Picture
- Preparedness Management Information System
- Special Operations Command Support System
- Air Command Support System
- Intelligence Tools (in conjunction with Project DEF 7013)
- Geospatial Tools (in conjunction with Project JP 2064)
It is not yet clear which of these functionalities are covered by the latest CSC contract.
The project was initially launched by then Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon in 2009.
“The ADF must be able to mobilise, at very short notice, deployable joint headquarters of various sizes and for various durations,” Fitzgibbon said in a media release.
“These headquarters rely heavily on having integrated and reliable information systems at their disposal so that they can effectively command their assigned forces with the confidence that they have the most up to date and accurate information at their disposal,” he said.
Phase Eight will be implemented over three separate incremental or “evolutionary” stages, with each consecutive stage building upon the developments established by the preceding stage.
Evolution One, which reached initial operational capacity in February 2010, delivered with JOP and JPS functionality for the JCSS. Evolution Two will provide Situational Awareness, the Preparedness Management Information System, a Special Operations Combat Net Radio Interface and further enhancements to JPS. The remaining Phase Eight capability elements are expected to be delivered through the final stage.
The original JP2030 Phase 8 RFT was released back in October 2006.
At least one further Phase for the JP 2030 project is planned. Phase Nine will continue to expand the capacity of the JCSE and also consolidate existing Command Support Systems into a single integrated environment. Phase Nine is expected to reach first pass approval by June 2016.
The CSC Australia contract with the DMO will expire on 28 February 2015. JP 2030 Phase Eight is expected to reach initial operational capacity by June 2016.