Booz Allen Hamilton Receives Task Order to Provide Machine Learning Support
MCLEAN, Va. — Today’s intelligence environment necessitates that the U.S. government maintain unprecedented amounts of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data and information to thwart potential attacks and threats around the globe. Faced with the challenge of a relentless, 24/7 operations cycle, the U.S. Government (USG) Program Office has been tasked with developing and integrating an open systems architecture that introduces Enterprise Machine Learning Analytics and Persistent Services (eMAPS).
The General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) recently awarded Booz Allen Hamilton an $885 million contract to provide an eMAPS solution that will enable the USG Program Office, Defense Department partners and the intelligence community to rapidly employ artificial intelligence, neural and deep neural networks over a five-year period, the company said in a July 30 release.
“The high volume, variety and velocity of intelligence acquired across the U.S. government cannot be harnessed by people alone,” said Judi Dotson, Booz Allen’s executive vice president. “Our team of expert data scientists and engineers will apply cutting-edge solutions to deliver integrated eMAPS support to unlock the value of artificial intelligence and analytics, which will give warfighters positioned around the world the tools they need to drive U.S. national security forward.”
The new contract expands on Booz Allen’s legacy supporting the USG Program Office community. It will focus on integrating machine learning capabilities with a full spectrum of command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems that support military operations.
“This morning, I’m pleased to announce that our firm has been chosen by the Department of Defense to build an open systems architecture and apply machine learning to massive amounts of intelligence data that currently resides across multiple systems,” Horacio Rozanski, CEO of Booz Allen Hamilton, said in a July 30 conference call. “The program … is one of the first large-scale operational applications of artificial intelligence and machine learning to multi-source data analysis in the federal government.
“Our ability to win this work is the direct result of our investments in digital solutions, engineering, cyber, analytics and artificial intelligence,” he said. “Under this $885 million, five-year task order from GSA FEDSIM, we will combine all those technologies with our consulting, change management, and mission knowledge to deliver powerful new solutions to the Department of Defense. The market for artificial intelligence is here and Booz Allen is well prepared to capture it.
“This is compelling work that motivates our people, helps us attract the right talent and allows us to work at the leading edge of both technology and mission,” he said. “In addition, it furthers our aspiration to be a leader in this area, building a large portfolio of AI business. We believe we can create value by pairing smart machines with brilliant people to help our clients protect our country.”