FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 27, 2012
For more information please contact:
Micki H. MacNaughton
SCRA Applied R&D Contracts with US Coast Guard for Interagency Operations Centers
Applies Knowledge and Information for Decision Making, Securing Ports
Charleston, SC - November 27, 2012 - SCRA Applied R&D was recently awarded a three year, $3 million Blanket Purchase Agreement with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) to support system lifecycle operations, sustainment of and enhancements to the existing system and maintenance tasks for the Interagency Operations Center "WatchKeeper System." The program, a component of the USCG's Interagency Operations Center/Command 21 project, provides a set of software applications that assist users in making informed command and control decisions.
Since the inception of the WatchKeeper program, following successful implementation of Project Seahawk for port security in Charleston, SCRA Applied R&D has performed planning, management, analysis, software development, testing, integration support, training support and documentation development in support of this USCG mission.
"The US Coast Guard has committed to delivering and supporting state-of-the-art market platforms and systems that are affordable, efficient and mission-capable," said SCRA Applied R&D President Chris Van Metre. "SCRA Applied R&D offers domain expertise and capabilities that support these efforts to improve our ports and security. The continued confidence the USCG has placed in SCRA Applied R&D is a credit to the team and the excellent value our associates have delivered."
"SCRA programs have an extensive track record of developing and applying technology solutions for real world results," said SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney. "We are delighted to continue providing solutions to the US Coast Guard and we look forward to supporting and enhancing other Interagency Operations."
The Interagency Operations Center/ Command 21 project is a major USCG acquisition that is transforming Sector Command Centers into Interagency Operations Centers by improving facilities, information management and sensor capabilities into an action oriented, proactive security environment. This project will satisfy the mandates of the Security and Accountability for Every (SAFE) Port Act of 2006.
SCRA is an applied research corporation with over 30 years of experience delivering technology solutions with high returns on investment to federal and corporate clients. To fulfill our mission, SCRA has three sectors: Our Technology Ventures sector helps early-stage companies to commercialize innovations and create jobs, our Applied R&D sector manages over 100 national and international programs worth over $2 billion in contract value and our R&D Facilities sector builds and manages research facilities that include wet labs, secure rooms for sensitive work and advanced high-tech manufacturing shops. Multiple economic output studies show SCRA's cumulative impact on South Carolina's economy to be over $14 billion,and that the company has helped create approximately 15,000 technology-related jobs in SC, with wages averaging between $55,000 and $77,000.