US DoD C4ISR Competitive Overview, 2017
The study highlights contracts by the services department and C4ISR technologies, with the leading competitors for each area. This competitive market landscape is provided to show the best opportunities for growth and penetration into the DoD C4ISR market. Electronic Warfare (EW) and Information Operations (IO) contracts are also included in this research, as they are closely related to C4ISR. EW/IO gains frequency spectrum and information systems dominance.
C4ISR contract categories, including research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E); procurement; operations and maintenance (O&M); and services, are included. The intent of this study is to indicate the segments of products and services that the DoD has emphasized in contracting, so that firms can invest in these priority areas. Contract activities for the US DoD for 2017 have been included, along with market leaders in the various C4ISR technology areas.
More than 480 companies received 1,232 new prime DoD C4ISR contracts during 2017 for research, products, and services. The competitive analysis portion of this research focuses on the overall top 10 companies for DoD C4ISR, the top 10 by military department, and the top 10 by technology area. Contracts are from publicly available information only. Classified programs have not been included.
Private companies lament the often drawn-out contracting process, while government agencies reiterate the need for more advanced technologies even with critical labor shortages and skills gaps. Partnerships between public sector agencies and private entities will allow new technologies to pervade the public sector, where innovation can be stymied by regulations or slow contracting procedures. DoD and systems integrators look to utilize these partnerships with the commercial IT industry or business groups, as well as education and training programs. By creating a more efficient contracting process and streamlining procurement schedules, government agencies can appeal to more private sector businesses looking to enter the public sector. Public-private partnerships present a tangible option for DoD and systems integrators to establish relationships with private IT companies with low risk and high return on investments.
This research service examines the Department of Defense (DoD)’s Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) new prime contracts awarded in CY2017. C4ISR provides situational awareness of the battlefield.
Key Issues Addressed
Which are the DoD departments that have the largest level of spending?
What are the C4ISR technologies that have the highest demand?
Which are the companies that are capturing the largest overall market share for the DoD C4ISR market?
What are the types of contracts that are awarded by the DoD for C4ISR?
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