Picogrid, a company focused on building a more open defense ecosystem, has secured a $950 million contract with the Air Force for the maturation, demonstration, and proliferation of capability across platforms and domains. The contract aims to leverage open systems design, modern software, and algorithm development to enable Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2).
This multiple award contract allows awardees to compete for efforts within seven different competitive pools that support the development and operation of systems as a unified force across all domains. The contract will enable capabilities via multiple integrated platforms in an open architecture family of systems. Future work under this contract will be competed via the Fair Opportunity process.
Tony Lugo, Picogrid’s Head of Government Solutions and retired Army Colonel, expressed the importance of JADC2 in addressing escalating tensions in Europe and the Indo-Pacific. He highlighted the outdated equipment currently used by troops on the ground, which cannot communicate with each other. Lugo emphasized the need for new tools that provide better situational awareness and accelerate decision-making.
Picogrid believes that the current state of the industrial base is hindering the Pentagon’s modernization efforts. The fragmented approach to defense hardware and software systems results in disconnected systems and unused data. To address this, Picogrid aims to build a more connected, secure, and open defense ecosystem. Their unique solution provides a common platform for defense systems to work together and is already operational in various global locations.
Picogrid’s systems connect sensors, physical infrastructure, and military equipment to allow them to function cohesively. Their open-standard solutions are designed to help defense contractors deliver results quickly and securely.
The IDIQ contract with the Air Force is seen as a significant step forward for Picogrid and demonstrates the Pentagon’s trust in their products and approach to building an open defense ecosystem.