Alion To Analyze Defense Dept Spectrum Usage; Charlie Fletcher Comments

Alion-logo_GovConWireAlion Science and Technology has won a $1.5 million task order contract from the U.S. Defense Department [no explanation]to[/no explanation] study potential affects [no explanation]of[/no explanation] reassigning or sharing spectrum used for communications, the company said Friday.

The company will analyze radio frequency spectrum used by the military that the commercial sector wants to acquire to increase broadband capacity.

“As commercial communications technologies become more pervasive, DoD is facing increased pressure to reallocate some of the spectrum it relies on to conduct modern warfare, ” said Charlie Fletcher, senior vice president and manager of the strategic operations group. “Reallocation would present a daunting challenge to the government.”

Alion said it aims to help the department anticipate and respond to changes in technology, policy and regulations that could affect spectrum access for future and current military systems.

Defense Department stakeholders will receive recommendations based on Alion’s analysis of reallocation’s impact on military systems.

“Alion will assist DoD with the development of studies and plans for specific at-risk RF bands that support critical warfighter missions and are currently targeted for access by commercial systems, ” Fletcher said.

The company won the task order through the Weapons Systems Technology Information Analysis Center contract vehicle and the period of performance completes July 1, 2015.

Under the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Federal Communications Commission is required to develop a plan for allocating and utilizing nationwide broadband spectrum over the next decade.

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration has identified the Pentagon’s spectrum bands as potential avenues for auctioning and reassigning spectrum for broadband.

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