The United States Army Futures Command’s Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C5ISR) has selected Booz Allen Hamilton to build a data fabric key to the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) concept, the firm announced April 20.

The data fabric is a part of the C5ISR’s Rainmaker solution, of which Booz Allen Hamilton is now the primary developer. The project will create a common data fabric that will allow for sharing between Army mission spaces that are currently incompatible.

“Rainmaker will form one of the pillars of the Pentagon’s JADC2 vision as well as the foundation on which the Army and others can build a wide array of AI services to improve decision making on and off the battlefield,” Gus Taveras, Senior Executive Advisor in the firm’s Defense market, said in a press release.

“Booz Allen has both the mission understanding and deep technical expertise needed to help the Army build a solution that can quickly assess, share and secure voluminous tactical data – from satellites and central databases to individual aircraft, vehicles, and frontline troops – to help warfighters across all U.S. military services make rapid, informed decisions,” Taveras continued.

The JADC2 concept is one that looks to link all the United States military domains to allow for seamless data sharing among mission spaces. The initiative would also connect the sensors, shooters, and command nodes of each of the six branches of the military in a mesh network.

Booz Allen Hamilton’s work aims to help leverage its work in AI, cloud computing, data engineering, and more to help develop the data fabric. Last October, the Army and Air Force agreed to establish JADC2 at the most “basic levels” for data sharing by 2022. The Army’s Chief Data Officer (CDO) David Markowitz will also play a large part in establishing the JADC2 initiative and connecting all domains of the military for data sharing purposes.

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