The US Air Force has selected 27 companies to demonstrate Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) technologies.
The $950 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract seeks “the maturation, demonstration and proliferation of capability across platforms and domains, leveraging open systems design, modern software and algorithm development in order to enable JADC2.”
Where the work is performed will be decided by the companies at the “contract direct order level” and is expected to be complete by May 28, 2025.
Joint All Domain Command and Control
The JADC2 connects the sensors of all five US military branches (Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Space Force) into a single network for quicker battlefield responses.
The system facilitates data collection from multiple sensors, processing it through artificial intelligence algorithms for target identification. It then suggests the best kinetic or non-kinetic weapon to engage the target.
To Defeat Anti-Access/Area Denial
The capability is intended to defeat sophisticated anti-access/area denial capabilities such as “electronic warfare, cyber weapons, long-range missiles, and advanced air defenses.”
According to a US Congressional Research Service document, America’s adversaries have been developing such capabilities to negate “traditional US military advantages — such as the ability to project power — and improving their ability to win quick, decisive engagements.”