The Department of Defense (DoD) and the Association for Enterprise Information have selected the Northrop Grumman Corporation-developed Integrated Air and Missile Defense (IAMD) Battle Command System (IBCS) as the industry winner of the DoD Enterprise Architecture Achievement Award. Schafer Corporation is a Northrop Grumman teammate on the IBCS program and provides technical leadership in the development and utilization of System Architecture products.

The IBCS, developed by Northrop Grumman under the direction of the U. S. Army IAMD Project Office, Program Executive Office for Missiles and Space in Huntsville, Alabama, was praised for significant achievement in using enterprise architecture to enable mission success in all operations of the DoD: warfighting, business and intelligence. This year, the selection criterion emphasized programs delivering agile and secure information capabilities to enhance combat power and decision-making. The award is given to one government and one industry organization each year.

In reviewing the award submissions, Brian Wilczynski, director of Architecture and Interoperability, Office of the DoD Chief Information Officer said, “The quality of the submissions was exceptional; competition was keen. It is rewarding to see the dedication and perseverance of so many organizations that support our DoD missions through the discipline of architecture.”

The IBCS program resulted from analysis of Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom operations to improve battle command as a top priority for reducing fratricide incidents and achieving an enterprise approach to command and control. IBCS will establish an open systems, network-centric system-of-systems solution for integrating sensors, weapons, and battle management command, control, communications and intelligence systems. IBCS uses a plug-and-fight approach to ensure current and future systems can be easily incorporated, allowing warfighters to take advantage of integrated Army and joint sensors and weapons. The IBCS enterprise environment focuses on warfighter decision processes and tools to optimize time-critical engagements.

Northrop Grumman and Schafer representatives accepted the award on May 1 at the annual DoD Enterprise Architecture Conference in Miami.