Darkblade Systems has joined the C5 (Consortium for Command, Control, and Communications in Cyberspace) Consortium. The mission of the C5 is to speed development of technologies to improve U.S. Government capabilities required to sustain U.S. military supremacy in weapon systems information technologies. As an alternative to the often-complex Federal Acquisition Regulation, which may discourage non–traditional and small businesses from seeking to enter the Federal marketplace, C5 provides its members and eligible Federal agencies a flexible and user–friendly partnership path, linking buyers and sellers of innovation in the C4ISR space.
C5, a division of CMG, is a consortium composed of leading companies and institutions in the C4ISR and cyber technology sectors. C5 accelerates the development and deployment of new capabilities to the Warfighter through the use of Other Transaction Authority (OTA). C5 gives members an innovative and commonsense acquisition mechanism for development of new technologies and products to meet government customer requirements.
The Office of the Secretary of Defense requested that the Army establish a new OTA to address C4ISR and cyber-technology requirements. In response, C5 was formed. Based upon the simplicity and transparency of its business model, C5 was awarded an initial three-year, OTA with the Army in July 2014, and a 10-year, no-ceiling, follow-on OTA in April 2017.
C5 TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AREAS:
- Offensive and Defensive Cyberspace Operations
- Situational Understanding
- C4ISR and Targeting
- System of Systems Architecture
- Tactical and Strategic Networks
- Enterprise Systems
- Software and Hardware Technologies
- Systems Integration
- Electronic Warfare
- Positioning, Navigation and Timing
- Information Operations
- Intelligence Analysis, Exploitation and Dissemination