News Jan 3, 2024

Jacobs Provides Critical IT Support to the Missile Defense Agency’s Test of its Upgraded Ground Based Mid-Course Defense System

Jacobs delivers superior integration and performance, supporting the recent flight test of a ground-based interceptor

An upgraded Ground Based Interceptor intercepts an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile target during Flight Test Ground-based Midcourse Defense Weapon System-12, or FTG-12, on December 11, 2023

Image courtesy of the Missile Defense Agency

On December 11, 2023, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) conducted Flight Test Ground-based Midcourse Defense Weapon System-12 with the successful intercept of an Intermediate Range Ballistic Missile (IRBM) by an upgraded Ground-Based Interceptor.

Jacobs, along with its small business teammates and specialty niche subcontractors on the Integrated Research and Development for Enterprise Solutions (IRES) Contract, directly integrated numerous system enclaves utilizing various MDA and partner networks to provide connectivity, communications and IT services across 36 sites/assets around the globe. 

IRES employees were deployed to various locations to prepare and support event personnel, all of which required IT systems with uninterrupted services and network connectivity. IRES employees also prepared, upgraded and maintained critical test assets throughout the event. From requirements management, logistics support, IT engineering and services, operations and situational awareness, command and control, and mission assurance of event assets, talent from across the contract came together to support the successful execution of the test.

“Through the IRES contract, our Jacobs Missile Defense Group provides industry-leading integrated solutions for some of the most complex projects in our nation’s defense,” says Jacobs SVP Mark Walter. “The remarkable success of this flight test demonstrates our capability to defend our homeland, and we are grateful to all government, military and contractor employees contributing to this mission.”

Jacobs provides an efficient, flexible, multi-purpose, capabilities-based contract to execute multiple objectives and requirements from multiple stakeholders in a dynamic environment. These objectives include Missile Defense System (MDS) mission operations, testing, wargames and exercises, modeling and simulation, enterprise communications and information technology environment, operation of facility infrastructure, systems engineering and program integration. Jacobs’ ability to provide integrated solutions supporting concurrent test, training and operations for MDA enables a more rapid and effective research, development, integration and testing for the advancement of MDS capabilities.