WASHINGTON — The U.S. military has expanded its contract with artificial intelligence and analytics company BigBear.ai as it builds its Global Force Information Management system, which will provide service leaders with an automated and holistic view of manpower, equipment, training and overall readiness.
The six-month extension for GFIM, as it is known, is valued at $8.5 million. It is based on nine-month, $14.8 million deal announced in late 2022, as well as the previous year’s original project.
The management system is intended to unify more than a dozen aging applications. It will also automate a number of tasks that were once done manually, such as determining the status of the unit.
“GFIM is a game-changing capability of enormous importance to the US military and has the potential to revolutionize processes by enabling data-driven decision making, automation of critical operations, and real-time visibility,” Ryan Legge, BigBear. hey president of integrated defense solutionsit said in a statement on June 12.
During the expansion, BigBear.ai is expected to migrate GFIM to the cARMY cloud. Modernizing the Army’s networks and underlying computing infrastructure is among the service’s priorities. Secretary of the Army Christine Warmuth said achieving digital fluency and data centricity is her No. 2 goal.
The expansion for BigBear.ai comes right after user testing in late May and early June. BigBear.ai staff, Army leaders and technical experts related to GFIM participated. GFIM Army Capability Management Officer Lori Mongold in a statement Monday described the system as a “transformational leap forward in force management capabilities” once fully completed.
BigBear.ai last month revealed a partnership with L3Harris Technologies, the 10th largest defense contractor by revenue, according to Defense News analysis.
As part of this agreement, BigBear.ai will supply L3Harris with computer vision, predictive analytics and related applications in an effort to improve manned-unmanned grouping and identification and classification of foreign vessels for the Navy.
Colin Demarest is a reporter at C4ISRNET, where he covers military networks, cyber and IT. Colin previously covered the Department of Energy and the National Nuclear Security Administration – specifically Cold War liquidation and nuclear weapons development – for a daily newspaper in South Carolina. Colin is also an award winning photographer.
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