National Security

We are a leading provider of scientific, engineering, systems integration and technical services and products to all branches of the U.S. military, agencies of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), the intelligence community, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other U.S. Government civil agencies.

SAIC's national security efforts reach across all branches of the military and support the full spectrum of military operations – from peace keeping and humanitarian missions to major conflicts. SAIC also helps the U.S. Department of Defense, the FBI, and other agencies combat terrorism, cybercrime, and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Whether helping the U.S. Army develop systems to enhance night vision capabilities, helping the Air Force train far-flung units worldwide via the Internet, or helping the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command achieve seamless, secure multimedia connectivity for Navy ship and shore communications, SAIC's technical expertise enables U.S. forces to be safer and smarter.

SAIC also develops products and applied technologies which aid in anti-terrorism and Homeland Security efforts. Our anti-terrorism products range from vehicle and cargo inspection systems for contraband detection, portable X-ray inspection systems to inspect suspect packages for explosives, to software that assesses the consequences of technological and natural disasters to population, resources and infrastructure.

Additional Information on Crisis Management and Security can be found here:

Crisis Management and Security


To help ensure our soldiers are better equipped, protected, and trained, we assist our customers in developing new technologies for the future and spiraling advanced technologies into the current force.

Network-Centric Operations

As a leader in the emerging area of network-centric operations, we are helping the military achieve a powerful competitive edge through advanced networked capabilities, shared situational awareness, improved collaborative planning, and enhanced speed and agility. Key projects include:

Global Information Grid-Bandwidth Expansion (GIG-BE) 
Getting warfighters the right information at the right place and time requires a worldwide network with enormous bandwidth. The new Global Information Grid envisioned by DoD benefits from important SAIC contributions throughout its architecture. For example, SAIC helps lead integration of the network's cornerstone—the Global Information Grid-Bandwidth Expansion (GIG-BE) program. GIG-BE is bringing an optical mesh network with 10-gigabyte-per-second connectivity to about 100 DoD bases, posts, and stations. Moreover, GIG-BE achieved initial operating capability in only 20 months.

Net-Centric Enterprise Service (NCES)
To exploit the bandwidth capabilities provided by GIG-BE, SAIC is supporting the DoD Net-Centric Enterprise Service (NCES) initiative. NCES will provide the software services framework to enable information sharing and collaboration by future command and control, business, and intelligence systems. SAIC's team is providing systems architecture, technical integration, and technology deployment support to DISA as the agency pilots capabilities to Defense Computer Centers.

SAIC also previously integrated the lead joint military command and control system that will operate over the GIG (the Global Command and Control System-Joint).

All of this gives SAIC absolutely unmatched expertise in command and control and network-centric technologies.

New Operational Concepts for New Threats

Transformation requires continuous innovation. As a pioneer in the revolution in military affairs, SAIC has been instrumental in developing much of the conceptual foundation for DoD's approach to transformation. For example, we helped develop, test, and refine such capstone concepts as dominant maneuver and long-range precision strike.

SAIC is at the heart of defense transformation at U.S. Joint Forces Command, the "transformation laboratory" for the U.S. military, and at NATO's Allied Command Transformation. Our analysts develop future warfighting concepts, such as Effects-Based Operations and Operational Net Assessments, which require a rich systemic understanding of opponents and operational environments. Many of these concepts are being implemented today. For example, our support to joint urban operations includes concept modeling and analysis with the Joint Semi-Automated Forces simulation system, resulting in better understanding of urban operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

For the Joint National Training Capability, SAIC is helping develop a persistent, global network of live, virtual, and constructive simulation components that serves as a seamless training environment to joint and service forces. This key transformation initiative and others are supported from SAIC's new facility in Suffolk, Virginia, where the Joint System of Systems Collaborative Environment Laboratory serves as a portal to the network. Our analysts also identify and develop new intelligence and C4ISR technologies for joint forces.

Training for the Future

Transformational systems of systems rely on well-trained forces and well-designed software, both of which need to perform successfully when called upon. Simulation software developed by SAIC promises to be the new "gold standard" in both areas: training and software design.

Technology Transformation

We develop leading-edge technologies to solve complex problems facing our forces. For example, we are exploring solutions to better protect combat vehicles from rocket-propelled grenades and other threats. Working with the Army Research Laboratory, we successfully demonstrated an electromagnetic (EM) armor system to protect a combat vehicle's flank.

EM armor and electric weapons require large amounts of pulsed electric power. At the same time, future combat vehicles must be lighter weight, more mobile, and more fuel-efficient. Hybrid electric power systems promise to meet all these requirements once major technical challenges are overcome. We are working to overcome these technical challenges at a systems integration laboratory we helped build and operate for the Army.

Lighter, more efficient power is also the goal for radios, computers, and hand-held GPS units, and for our DARPA-funded research in nanocomposite photovoltaic technology.

Information Dominance/Command and Control

Consistently ranked among the top federal systems integration contractors, SAIC is the company that "pulls it all together" for U.S. forces and allies. For example, as the lead integrator for the Global Command and Control System (GCCS), we help give warfighters an integrated picture of the battlespace and commanders greater capability to deploy a U.S. fighting force around the globe at any time and provide it with the information and direction to complete its mission.

As the military's key command, control, computing, communications, and intelligence (C4I) system, the GCCS uses the Defense Information Infrastructure Common Operating Environment (DII COE) to support joint warfighting needs. Helping to ensure that C4I maintains its pace with technology, SAIC leads several significant projects to bring leading-edge DII COE-compliant technologies to the GCCS community. These include Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) efforts that support senior levels of command, such as the National Command Authority and Joint Staff, down through Joint Task Force Commanders and service components, such as the Marine Corps' Chemical/Biological Warfare Incident Response Force. 

SAIC also helps provide the image and mapping backdrop for intelligence-gatherers to help U.S. warfighters maintain dominant awareness of the battlespace. In a significant win, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), formerly NIMA, awarded an SAIC-led team a major contract to provide complete systems integration and engineering services to develop, implement, and improve the U.S. Imagery and Geospatial Information System. The goal: to provide timely, relevant, and accurate imagery intelligence and geospatial information.

Established in 1996, NGA brings together in a single organization the imagery tasking, exploitation, production and dissemination responsibilities and the mapping, charting and geodetic functions of eight separate organizations of the defense and intelligence communities.

Information Dominance/Command and Control is comprised of the following solutions:

  • Battle Management C3
  • Battlefield Awareness
  • C3I Systems Analysis and Engineering
  • C4I Technical Services
  • C4ISR Systems
  • Mission Planning Systems
  • DII COE Segmentation
  • Electronic Combat/Warfare
  • Information Warfare/Information Operations

SAICs expertise in logistics ensures operations critical to National Security have what they need when they need it. Our integrated solutions optimize the sustainment of fielded systems, including logistics and technical support, procurement, equipment maintenance and repair, inventory management, and distribution.

SAIC provides optimization, management, and security for IT infrastructures with classic and emerging solutions like the cloud—all for greater efficiency and protection. 

A nationally recognized leader in public safety and homeland security, SAIC draws on thousands of experienced staff members in disciplines ranging from vulnerability assessment to infrastructure protection to emergency response.

We have extensive experience with the component agencies of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and have worked hand in hand with our agency customers to meet their important training, technical, and strategic requirements. Our success in integrating many different agency systems and networks is a key reason why we were chosen to integrate the data network connecting all 22 agencies of the DHS. Learn more

SAIC is a premier provider of training at the entry and intermediate levels as well as training and education for senior executives. SAIC leverages various media—traditional standup training all the way through to the most sophisticated distance learning technologies. Our customers have indicated a high degree of satisfaction with our performance and we are now positioned to move elsewhere not only within DoD, but throughout the commercial sector. Our training includes support to the United States Atlantic Command Joint Distance Learning Center. The learning center will be the single comprehensive source of web-based, joint training and review opportunities for members of Joint Task Force and CINC Battle Staffs preparing to participate in joint training exercises and real-world missions.


We provide a variety of consulting capabilities to defense and intelligence customers including defense analysis, wargaming and simulations, cultural assessments and analysis, homeland security, and national security strategy.

Our policy and analysis practice was founded as Hicks & Associates in 1986 by Donald A. Hicks, former Under Secretary of Defense for Research & Engineering. In 1991, Hicks & Associates became a part of SAIC.

Featured Services:

Support, Systems, & Security

Management Support 

SAIC provides broad-based management support to national security clients in a growing number of areas that complement SAIC's expertise in policy and technical national security business areas. SAIC's management support projects span the range from strategic planning through program execution and quality assurance. SAIC's tools and processes focus on helping national security clients identify and solve management needs, tailor and integrate solutions, and leverage creative potential through collaboration. These management support approaches have helped customers throughout government operate more effectively.

SAIC provides management support services for much of the national security community including key elements of the military services, defense agencies, office of the Secretary of Defense, State Department, and intelligence community.

One of the challenges managers face is understanding the phasing and interrelationships among multiple projects. SAIC has developed a proven Systems Integration Management (SIM) planning and analysis methodology to evaluate and document a customer's existing and "to be" systems architectures, to provide integrated schedule analysis, and to provide system-to-system interface and enterprise-level interoperability assessments

Another powerful management support capability is the Joint Capabilities Assessment Toolset (JCAT). JCAT is a multimedia assessment suite of COTS software that provides a powerful analytic environment for "what if" and "best-case" analysis. The analytic environment can be tailored to meet a broad range of management analytic support requirements. It was originally developed to aid the Joint Warfighters Capabilities Assessment (JWCA) process for JCS/J2 intelligence analysts but can now be applied to a range of C2 and C4ISR analytic efforts. JCAT can dynamically retrieve, correlate, and display a wide range of customer-defined data.

Policy Support 

SAIC operates several centers of excellence dedicated to helping government clients identify and manage change in the national security policy environment. These centers help clients by performing complex policy research and analysis on problems such as information warfare, counterterrorism, arms control, nuclear sustainment, nonproliferation, deterrence, and humanitarian issues.

SAIC national security centers of excellence include:

  • Center for Information Strategy and Policy
  • Center for Counterterrorism Technology and Analysis
  • Center for Decision Support Technology and Applications
  • Center for European Security
  • Center for Global Security and Cooperation
  • Foreign Systems Research Center
  • Center for Verification Research
  • Strategic Analysis Center
  • Center for Humanitarian Demining
  • Center for Gaming Excellence
  • Center for Public Policy Analysis
  • Center for Total Force Analysis


Range Systems 

SAIC recently completed the first phase of the Egyptian National Training Center, which is being used by the Egyptian Army for realistic combat training of its forces. Modeled after the SAIC-designed U.S. Army National Training Center at Fort Irwin, California, the center will allow Egyptian forces to simulate battalion-level combat.

SAIC supplies Large Area Tracking Ranges (LATRs) to the U.S. Navy Pacific Missile Range Facility in Hawaii, and to the Atlantic Undersea Test and Evaluation Center, Andros Island, Bahamas. These two LATR systems join the two previously delivered ranges (off San Diego and Virginia) to provide large 500-nautical-mile coastal training areas. We are currently adding air combat maneuvering instrumentation capability to LATR. SAIC also develops underwater Shallow Water Training Ranges (SWTR) such as the one at the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Barking Sands, Hawaii.



SAIC is a world leader in information security. We design, develop, and deploy information security technology and solutions that protect mission-critical information and resources for organizations worldwide. We help our clients at every stage of the information lifecycle, from crafting policies and criteria to development, administration, operation, management, certification, and accreditation for secure information systems.

For the U.S. Army, Navy, and Marine Corps, SAIC is helping deploy nearly 3 million "smart cards" to all active duty personnel and selected reservists and civilians. The cards, incorporating PKI and digital signature technology, will replace existing ID cards and will be required to access buildings and computer networks.

SAIC operates a certified Trust Technology Assessment Program (TTAP) Evaluation Facility (TEF). TTAP is a joint National Security Agency (NSA) and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) effort to establish commercial facilities to perform trusted product evaluations. The program focuses on products with features and assurances characterized by the Trusted Computer System Evaluation Criteria (TCSEC) at the B1 level of trust and below.

SAIC supports Air Force activities in monitoring compliance with existing and future nuclear weapons testing treaties using several techniques, each designed to monitor a specific physical domain (i.e., space, atmosphere, oceans, and underground) for nuclear detonations. We developed the U.S. National Data Center (NDC) and alternate NDC (disaster recovery site) to meet the requirements, provide systems engineering, overall systems integration, and test and evaluation.

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