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Charles River Analytics to help improve technology for U.S. Air Force
Date: Mar 27, 2014
Author: Sara Castellanos
Source: bizjournals ( click here to go to the source)

Featured firm in this article: Charles River Analytics Inc of Cambridge, MA

Charles River Analytics, a Cambridge-based company that specializes in computer intelligence for defense and business purposes, announced it would be working on an $18.5 million contract to increase technological capabilities of the U.S. Air Force.

The U.S. Air Force Life Cycle Management Center awarded the three-year contract to a team led by defense contractor MacAulay-Brown Inc., based in Ohio with an office in Lexington.

As part of the team, Charles River Analytics will work on improving technology in various departments of the U.S. Air Force ranging from command, control and communication to intelligence and surveillance. The firm will do that by providing research, analysis, development, prototyping and experimentation, according to a release.

The announcement comes a few months after the privately-held company received a $500,000 contract from the Office of Naval Research to create a model of how human intuition works.

"The Air Force's (air operations center) modernization program is working to provide more efficient and effective tools to our warfighters," said Scott Neal Reilly, vice president of decision management systems for Charles River in a statement "We are very proud to be such an early contributor to this important program."

Charles River, which was founded in 1983 and has about 135 employees, has developed techniques for creating computational models of complex phenomenon. The goal of an Army contract last year was to create tools for the improvement of first-aid skills and training using its various symbols that represent emergency medical procedures. Last month the company was hired by NASA to develop a way to detect volcanic eruptions, storms and algae blooms from satellite imagery.