Market engineering study on the US C4ISR market

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Research Overview

The modeling tools and services market is a diverse and disparate market. A considerable number of modeling and simulation (M&S) tools are used for different reasons and objectives. The research enclosed will review the U.S. DoD fiscal year 2013 Research, Development, Evaluation, and Test (RDT&E) program projections that make use of modeling tools and services. Specific tools and services are not listed as most are either designed by the government or are subcontracted by larger companies. Drivers and restraints data will be based on general modeling tools and services market dynamics. Select projects are highlighted where modeling tools and services are specifically implemented.

Market Overview

This research highlights defense programs that utilize M&S in some form or fashion. The budget data and the spending forecast are both based on total program or total project budget requests.
The following reasons indicate why costs for specific modeling tools and services are not isolated in this research:

  • Some expenditures are embedded within other cost categories.
  • Tools and services may be customized in phases.
  • The government may design and produce tools and services for single-purpose efforts.

Table of Contents

  1. Executive Summary

  2. Market Overview

  3. DoD Modeling Tools and Services
    1. External Challenges: Drivers and Restraints
    2. Forecasts and Trends
    3. Market Share and Competitive Analysis
  4. Army Segment Breakdown

  5. Navy Segment Breakdown

  6. Air Force Segment Breakdown

  7. Joint Segment Breakdown

  8. The Last Word

  9. Appendix

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Downsized DoD Budget for C4ISR Forces Technology Developers to Consolidate Advances 

Incremental upgrades to existing programs seek to integrate technology improvements faster and at a lower cost

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Oct. 31, 2013 – Military force structure reductions will result in reduced spending by the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR).  Priority funding will go toward meeting modifications and product improvements that increase sensor sensitivity and collaboration. As a result, a greater focus on computing, networking and collaboration tools based on commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology will emerge.

New analysis from Frost & Sullivan's Aerospace and Defense ( practice predicts the U.S. DoD C4ISR market will reach $41.42 billion in 2014, but will shrink to $35.20 billion in 2018.

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Combined effects of sequestration, continuing resolutions, reprogramming, overseas contingency operations (OCO) funding place holders, and the Strategic Choices and Management Review drive up costs of C4ISR procurement. In addition, these factors delay real reform to the requirements process and stifle innovative technology implementation.

"Providers of essential commercial technology, such as satellite communications, are unable to plan, invest and provide responsive and cost efficient services as a result of these uncertainties,” said Aerospace and Defense Senior Industry Analyst Brad Curran. “In addition, they also affect large systems integrators’ ability to retain skilled engineers or invest in or acquire small firms with innovative technologies.”

However, with COTS-based computer networking technologies combining lower costs and more frequent technical refresh advantages, the DoD is showing interest in actively leveraging IT and sensor product advantages for social networking, mobile computing, cloud computing, and cyber security.

There has also been a dramatic rise in funding to improve collaboration and security of enterprise networks. The trend towards short-term and multi-vendor contracts has helped to raise the number of market participants, including new commercial vendors, across all C4ISR technology areas.

There is potentially more value in utilizing COTS aircraft if the industry and the government could collaborate to find a common method for precisely defining and explaining program requirements.

“In future, the focus will be on mature, proven and common C4ISR systems,” noted Curran.

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