CAE USA Mission Solutions Inc. (MSI) has been awarded an Other Transactional Authority (OTA) contract by United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) to aid the Special Operations Forces (SOF) Global Situational Awareness initiative.

Under a program called Mission Command, USSOCOM sought industry innovation to accelerate the application of commercially derived software development into deployable mission support capabilities. The scalable next-generation Mission Command system is intended to enhance the SOF enterprise through the creation of a Common Operational Picture (COP).

The OTA contract allows U.S. Department of Defense agencies to carry out prototype and research and development projects under commercial industry standards and best practices. CAE USA MSI will now progress to the next phases of the Mission Command program by developing a prototype that leverages a synthetic environment to provide global situational awareness. The synthetic environment will support data/track object management, information integration, standards-based interoperability, automated production and visualization to fuse data into a COP that provides next generation command and control capabilities.

“CAE USA is leveraging our modelling and simulation expertise to translate the physical world into synthetic environments that enhance planning and operational mission support for our defense forces,” said Ray Duquette, President and General Manager, CAE USA. “Synthetic environments can be a powerful tool for course of action analysis and decision making that can help enhance readiness, interoperability and shared situational awareness between collective, joint and coalition forces.”

Last year, CAE USA MSI was awarded the Open Geospatial Consortium Common Database rapid prototyping contract by USSOCOM to develop and enhance data visualization and mission rehearsal for global SOF forces.