NextGen Federal Systems Secures Major Air Force Contract for AI-Driven Weather Planning

Nov. 16, 2023.
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Groundbreaking Contract Award for AI-Enhanced Weather Forecasting

NextGen Federal Systems, a research division known for its innovative solutions, has recently clinched its first Small Business Innovation Research Phase III award from the Air Force, marking a significant milestone in the company’s journey. With a contract ceiling of $16.5 million and potential extensions over four years, this award stands as the largest contract for NextGen’s Research and Development division to date. The work, centered around advancing weather intelligence for the Air Force, will be partly conducted by the company’s Ohio-based R&D elements, as noted by Daryl Everding, head of the division.

Advancing Weather Intelligence Through Machine Learning

This cutting-edge project is set to develop a cyber-secure weather machine learning operations production platform, featuring a “global synthetic weather radar.” The aim is to meet the specific weather mission needs of the Air Force, leveraging the power of machine learning, a key branch of artificial intelligence. The work encompasses various facets, including machine learning, data science and engineering, and software development. Bob Farrell, NextGen Technical Director, expressed excitement about this groundbreaking project, emphasizing the goal to enhance weather intelligence capabilities for military operations.

NextGen’s Commitment to AI Innovation and Collaboration

NextGen’s work in this project aims to provide accurate and timely weather intelligence for military planning and execution. Based in Morgantown, W. Va., the company has been at the forefront of machine learning operations, contributing to U.S. strategic programs with accurate weather insights. Chetan Desai, NextGen’s chief operating officer, underscored the company’s pride in leading innovation in weather forecasting and machine learning. With a focus on continued collaboration with the U.S. Air Force and other stakeholders, NextGen is poised to create more groundbreaking solutions in the field. The company’s commitment to innovation is further highlighted by its support of the Advanced Technical Exploitation Program with the National Air and Space Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, through its office in Beavercreek, opened in 2016.

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