The defense segment of Cubic Corporation (AMEX:CUB) has been competitively awarded a U.S. Army contract to design, develop and implement the Battle Command Knowledge System, a global information-sharing system that will increase the ability of soldiers to tap into the Army's accumulated knowledge in near real time to adapt more quickly and effectively in training and fighting. The contract is for one-year and one option year, for a total value of $6.2 million.
Under the contract, Cubic's Training and Education Division, based in Leavenworth, Kansas, will join with Triple-i Corp., headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas, to establish and operate the Battle Command Knowledge System (BCKS). As conceptualized, the BCKS will be a system of interactive networks that will include web-based repositories of meta data, subject matter experts and web services that can be accessed globally through standard web browsers. Soldiers will use BCKS to quickly leverage knowledge to solve real-world operational problems. This will be done by having direct access to a wide range of experts and knowledge residing within specific units, staff organizations, education and training institutions, like the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and TRADOC Army Schools, and professional communities of practice, including the Center for Army Lessons Learned, as well as unit commanders and battle captains.
"The Battle Command Knowledge System facilitates the collection of knowledge from across the organization so that new knowledge can be quickly accessed and applied to improve the performance of people and systems within the Army," said John P. Lewis, Cubic's director for Education and Training. "This will provide the Army with a state of the art knowledge management system that will accelerate 'reachback learning,' resulting in improved organizational performance."
Cubic's Training & Education Division is part of the Cubic Defense Applications group (CDA), the defense segment of Cubic Corporation. CDA provides realistic combat training systems for military forces, as well as mission support services for training and exercises, modeling and simulation, force modernization, leadership development, curriculum design and development, web-based learning solutions and operations and maintenance services. The group also supplies products and systems for C4ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) applications, search and rescue avionics, and radio communications for military and civil markets. Cubic Corporation's other major segment, Cubic Transportation Systems, designs and manufactures automatic fare collection systems for public mass transit authorities. For more information about Cubic, see the company's Web site at www.cubic.com.