Palantir wins contract with US military to create intelligence data fabric

WASHINGTON – The military has awarded Palantir a $ 823 million contract to enable a web of intelligence data and analysis as part of an effort to modernize battlefield intelligence systems, announced Wednesday the army.

The award is specifically for Capacity Drop 2 for the Common Ground Distributed System and will provide a data fabric for intelligence across the world. The military said the capacity drop software 2 will serve as the core data platform that supports and enables enterprise intelligence data management and operations.

In recent years, the military has taken a downsizing approach, gradually adding software to previous versions to ensure the service leverages the latest technological advancements.

This particular program is a next-generation version of the Distributed Common Ground System, which broadcast intelligence data to forces on the battlefield. It is intended to help the military be better positioned to fight and win against close opponents.

Palantir will provide users with a globally federated intelligence data analysis and fabrication platform spanning multiple security classifications, the company said in a statement. The system will enable integration, correlation, fusion and data analysis capabilities.

In future battles, soldiers will need access to timely intelligence gathered from an exponential number of sensors as well as national intelligence agencies. This data fabric is intended to create a central repository for this data to be analyzed and shared.

The work builds on Capacity Drop 1, which was more tactical in nature and aimed at providing information to the battalion and lower units about systems that might be disconnected from a network for long periods of time.

The military said this initial contract delivery order will include working directly with the Soldiers for feedback to improve the system and meet the needs of the Soldiers.

Mark Pomerleau is a journalist for C4ISRNET, covering information warfare and cyberspace.

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