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Space Systems Command Awards Enterprise Management & Control (EM&C) Phase 2 Contract to RKF Engineering Team

Dec. 19, 2023

The United States Space Force's (USSF) Space Systems Command (SSC), by way of the Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC) Other Transaction Authority (OTA) administered by the National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL), is pleased to announce the fourth Phase 2 engineering change award for a Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Enterprise Management and Control (EM&C) contract (fifth engineering change award overall) to a team led by RKF Engineering Solutions, LLC (RKF). The RKF Team includes partner companies Raytheon Intelligence & Space, Ascension Engineering Group (a Boecore Company), and Kythera Space Solutions (Kythera).

Initiated in 2019, the SATCOM EM&C effort is foundational to the USSF Vision for Enterprise SATCOM signed in 2020 by now retired Gen. Jay Raymond, Commander, U.S. Space Command, and USSF Chief of Space Operations. This vision states that the USSF will "provide an operationally effective, affordable, resilient, and secure satellite communications architecture that supports global mission priorities and is adaptable to rapidly changing requirements, technologies, and threats." In January 2023, DoD CIO, together with USSF, released the Enterprise SATCOM Management and Control (ESC-MC) Implementation Plan (I-Plan) to realize this vision along with an associated reference architecture. RKF and its partner companies will be helping the DoD meet the 3 imperatives of the I-Plan, namely fusing situational awareness, automating resource allocation, and integrating data management. These capabilities will provide invaluable, actionable insight for DoD SATCOM users, including SATCOM Integrated Operations Division (SIOD), Space Delta 8 (DEL 8), and U.S. Space Command senior leadership.

"RKF is extremely proud to be returning the same top performing team that has been in place going on five years as we embark on our fifth EM&C engineering change award. The team is delivering valuable situational awareness, resource allocation and data management capability, and growing notable domain knowledge to the benefit of USSF Guardians and more broadly, DoD warfighters," said David Milliner, Ph.D., RKF Partner and Executive Vice President. "RKF is especially fortunate to combine its expertise in commercial SATCOM with our visionary teammates; Raytheon, Ascension, and Kythera. We look forward to rapidly creating and continuously delivering increasingly impactful, modernized, and transformative ESC-MC capability to our USSF customer for the next decade and beyond."



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