Aerospace & defense - Overview
Supporting advanced technology systems globally.
Success in the aerospace and defense industry requires accuracy and quality: clients need assurance that their personnel, systems, and equipment will be safe, functional, and top-of-the-line. Jacobs' experience with advanced technology systems, and our carefully selected expert personnel all work together to make us a premier supplier of support services to aerospace and defense clients at locations all around the world.
Jacobs provides its clients with a full range of advanced technology services – refined over nearly 65 years of experience supporting both government and commercial clients – and are known for our commitment to excellence and our outstanding achievements in quality, performance, and safety. With a focus on long-term, ongoing client relationships, many of our clients retain our services across multiple contracts, resulting in successful partnerships over many years.
Service and trust are at the heart of our client relationships. We develop, build, and nurture these relationships by demonstrating integrity exercising sound judgment in our business, and living up to our commitments – by doing what we say we will do.
Providing unique testing capabilities for our world’s air systems.
Our clients need to be certain about the safety and functionality of their airborne technologies, and Jacobs provides some of the most experienced aerospace testing, engineering, and support services in the world. We operate and maintain state-of-the-art technical facilities – wind tunnels, turbine and rocket test cells, and space environmental chambers – and have contributed significantly to virtually every major U.S. space and defense program as well as similar programs globally.
Jacobs provides its clients with testing and development support for technologies ranging from engines and jet canopies to aircraft and weapons systems, as well as electronic testing such as airborne threat simulation (ATS). Additionally, as the U.S. Department of Defense increases its focus on cyber warfare and unmanned air systems, we can assist with advanced sensors, automated targeting, and unmanned weapons systems.
Jacobs is also a leading developer of defense aircraft mission planning software tools with capabilities for analysis and reporting of navigation and mission data, navigation data verification and validation, military airdrop planning, and CNS/ATM compliance, as well as eLearning development for the software tools.
Many of the facilities we support provide unique testing capabilities and we augment our clients’ staff and capabilities in providing air system testing and support services. For example, Jacobs has supported Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) – the largest and most advanced complex of flight simulation test facilities in the world – offering ~60 testing facilities, 27 of which are unique within the U.S., and 14 of which are unique in the world.
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
- U.S. Air Force
- UK Ministry of Defence
- Australian Department of Defence
- Pratt & Whitney
Partnering with our clients to deliver premier ground and weapons systems.
The safety and functionality of our clients’ land-based technologies is of utmost importance. Jacobs provides support for the ground vehicles and weapon systems in use by the world’s defense organizations. Our support includes the development, testing, evaluation, and life cycle management of armor systems, ammunition and ballistics, and a variety of vehicles.
Jacobs provides full life cycle management services to the U.S. Department of Defense, including: integrated logistics and fielding support; new equipment training; repair and refit services; electronic, automation, and systems engineering support; and other logistics support services required by Army regulations for the fielding of land systems. Jacobs also supports the PEO Ground Combat Systems (GCS); the Tank Automotive Research, Development, and Engineering Center (TARDEC); and the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC), providing the full range of material support services for various land systems.
Much of our land system testing support takes place at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, Maryland, where we provide support for the Aberdeen Test Center (one of the DOD’s most diverse and rigorous test ranges) in a variety of functions including testing and data collection services; and test support for combat, special purpose and passenger vehicles; weapons; and soldier systems.
- Paladin tracked vehicles
- Mine resistant ambush protected (MRAP) vehicles
- Stryker armored fighting vehicles (AFVs)
- Unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) systems
Helping develop safe, reliable sea systems.
Our clients must ensure that the sea systems they create are safe, efficient, and effective, so they look to us to provide high quality, value, and integrity in the work that we deliver. Jacobs focuses on providing our clients with support in the development, testing, evaluation, and maintenance of their sea-based defense technologies.
For the Australian Department of Defence, Jacobs provides such services as systems engineering and integration, in-service engineering and logistics support of ship mechanical and combat systems, supervision of ship refits on Anzac class frigates, and logistics and engineering support to the Canberra-Class Amphibious Assault Ship for the Royal Australian Navy. We also provide a resident project team for Australia’s Customs and Border Protection Service to supervise construction of the Cape-Class Patrol Boat (CCPB). In addition, we support the Royal Australian Navy’s submarine project.
Jacobs has also supported the United Kingdom submarine program since 1984, providing the Ministry of Defence solutions in nuclear submarine construction and infrastructure support, and augmenting its programs with effective and economic solutions, as well as support services such as project and program management support, nuclear engineering, and civil and structural engineering expertise. We also work with the U.S. DOD’s Combatant Craft Program Management Office (CCPMO), and contribute regularly to the U.S. Navy’s workload through SeaPort-e.
- Australian Department of Defence
- UK Ministry of Defence (MOD)
- U.S. Department of Defense
Supporting the exploration of the universe.
Jacobs assists its clients in reaching beyond the stars. Along with our experience in atmospheric testing and development, Jacobs has supported nearly every major U.S. government space system initiative since the 1960s. We also provide support for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in areas such as development, engineering, testing and operation, and launch support, which has resulted in a long and successful partnership.
Jacobs currently provides support to NASA’s development, testing, and evaluation facilities at 10 complexes and major sites around the U.S. We also perform test and evaluation services at NASA sites for commercial spaceflight technologies.
As NASA’s largest services-only contractor,Jacobs supports work on the main and sub-systems of the International Space Station, and is involved in the development of the new Space Launch System, a combination of previous launch designs that will be able to carry large payloads of either personnel or cargo into space. We also provide support exploration vehicles such as Chariot, and systems development and testing for the Curiosity Mars rover, as well as projects including propulsion and instrumentation systems, computer and data systems, and simulations.
Jacobs also supports space systems for the U.S. Department of Defense at locations around the U.S. For example, at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC), our personnel provide test and evaluation support to the Space Threat Assessment Testbed (STAT), a new site which simulates operational space conditions for the testing of satellite systems. Many of the propulsion systems and aerodynamic testing performed at AEDC is also used in expendable and reusable launch vehicles used by the DOD to deliver satellites and other payloads into space – such as the Titan family of launch vehicles.
Playing a role in virtually all of the manned and unmanned space exploration programs of the United States, we are committed to ensuring that the space systems function properly and return accurate and constructive data. Jacobs provides support to facilities around the U.S., such as NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Texas, the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, and the Ames Research Center (ARC) in California in such capacities as rocket propulsion testing, scientific and applied systems research, maintenance and testing, and even construction management.
Additionally, Jacobs provided engineering and test support on the systems of the Curiosity Mars rover, testing the rover’s propulsion and parachute systems to help ensure its successful landing and our involvement continues. As the rover’s two-year mission persists, our specialists continue to be involved in the science and operation of the mission, including mission planning, instrument services, data interpretation, and sample preparation and analysis, contributing to NASA’s understanding of the rover’s findings.
Jacobs also supports NASA’s development of complex Lab-on-a-Chip technology (small circuit-like devices which can contain one or several laboratory processes which can be used to detect life and monitor astronaut vitals), the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) and other systems for the International Space Station, and the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS-02), a module of the ISS which measures levels of antimatter in cosmic rays and searches for signs of dark matter. We have also supported all NASA ARC nanosatellite and payload developments, including GeneBox, GeneSat, PreSat, NanoSail, and PharmaSat. We also assist the Science Mission Directorate’s efforts to engage the scientific community in research to better understand space effects on organic material during space environment and biology experiments.
National security programs
Supporting national security and intelligence.
Supporting national security and intelligence.
For our nation’s security, defense, and intelligence agencies, Jacobs is a leading provider of mission operations support, information technology systems, scientific engineering, cybersecurity, facility operations support, and building design.
Information technology is a critical enabler of security programs and facilities. Our solutions span virtually every form of modern software, data-processing and communications technology. We specialize in IP-based network engineering, cloud-based solutions, application development, enterprise voice communications, global video-teleconferencing solutions, service desk operations, and cybersecurity.
Attacks compromising the information systems and data security of both private and public organizations have increased alarmingly in recent years. Jacobs' cybersecurity experts apply a wide range of technologies, processes, and practices to protect data centers, networks, and computer systems from attack, damage, or unauthorized access. We are adept at working with traditional security architectures as well as meeting the challenges posed by virtualized and cloud-computing environments. Jacobs' experts develop and apply identity management and access control systems; enable cross-domain solutions; perform vulnerability analysis and penetration testing; and certify and accredit the security strength of systems. In addition, unlike most cybersecurity providers, we also tune systems for best performance.
Jacobs has extensive mission operations experience including all source analysis, war gaming, mission planning, modeling and simulation, and acquisition and logistics. Our buildings design expertise includes state-of-the-art data centers, mission critical infrastructure, military, intelligence, aviation, and civilian public sector facility projects. Our building services range from master planning to design to construction management.
Jacobs also operates and maintains a wide range of secure facilities including administrative, laboratory, wind tunnel, testing, research, and advanced manufacturing. We strive to reduce operational costs through condition-based maintenance principles, and we leverage the power of data analytics to optimize technology utilization and workforce alignment.
To ensure bias-free support to our clients, we require no firewalls or other corporate structures when selecting systems and hardware, and thus avoid traditional organizational conflicts of interest (OCI). Our freedom from OCI also allows us to serve in sensitive roles supporting our clients’ mission, providing independent and objective assessments of hardware, systems, and alternative approaches.
At Jacobs, we take pride in the trusted relationships we form with our customers, strive to maintain our technological and operational expertise, and follow through on our commitment to innovation and the transfer of best practices.
- Intelligence Community Agencies
- Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA)
- Department of Defense (DoD)
- Department of Energy (DoE)
- National Aeronautics Space Administration (NASA)
- United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)
Advancing innovation for clients through research.
Our clients benefit from our extensive in performing aerodynamics research and testing that includes aircraft and airborne weapon systems such as missiles and aerial bombs. Jacobs operates and maintains many of the world’s most advanced aerodynamic testing facilities for our clients. We also design and build wind tunnels and other test facilities for NASA and the U.S. DOD. Jacobs' services include work on weapon and vehicle aerodynamics, rocket and turbine propulsion systems, ballistics, and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems.
The facilities Jacobs supports offer wind tunnels and measurement technologies that allow our staff to provide our clients with specific and useful information for the continued improvement of their products – many of which have an unparalleled range of capabilities. For example, our support at the aerodynamics facilities at Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) can simulate flight conditions from sea level to 300 miles and from subsonic velocities to Mach 20. Jacobs also performs testing and evaluation for NASA’s atmospheric air systems at Glenn Research Center and Langley Research Center.
Personal protective systems
Providing our warfighters with world-class equipment.
For our clients, preventing injuries to the warfighter is a top priority. Our passion for people and our expertise in support services combine to make Jacobs a key partner to our clients in ensuring the safety of defense personnel. With years of experience and a drive for safety, our highly-skilled personnel provide support to clients at locations around the country and worldwide in the research, development, test, evaluation, distribution, and storage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other protective systems.
Jacobs' largest PPE support contract is for Dugway Proving Ground (DPG) in Utah, where much of our personal protective systems support takes place. At DPG, we develop and calibrate chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear defense (CBRND) equipment, and provide research, testing, and development support for body armor and hazardous material PPE.
Key clients and efforts Jacobs supports:
- U.S. Army in the development and testing of PPE for soldiers and other personnel working with hazardous, toxic, and radiological wastes, debris, and other environmental contaminants
- PEO Soldier programs for body armor and personal sensor systems such as advanced combat helmet (ACH) and integrated soldier sensor system (ISSS)
- Joint Equipment Assessment Program (JEAP), which provides services to the U.S. Department of Defense and Marine Corps Logistics Command
- Program management
- Studies and capabilities development
- Liaison and operations support
- Strategic communications
- Engineering and logistics support
- System test and product fielding support
- Acquisition and contracting support
- Software development and system safety
- Studies and analysis
- Quick response support