Leidos gets nod from Kessel Run to scale Air Force’s C2IMERA software to additional locations

C2IMERA is currently used at 70 Air Force installations and more than 100 forward operating bases across the world.
Screenshot from an Air Force video about Kessel Run's C2IMERA team and industry partners from Leidos and the role they played providing situational awareness during a Noncombatant Evacuation Operation. (Video by Richard Blumenstein)

The Air Force has awarded Leidos a follow-on contract to continue development of a command-and-control software capability and proliferate its use across the service, DefenseScoop has learned.

The contract — awarded by the service’s Kessel Run software factory — will allow Leidos to scale the Air Force’s Command and Control Incident Management Emergency Response Application (C2IMERA). The agreement has a six-month base period of performance, as well as four one-year options and two additional six-month options. If all options are executed, the contract will be worth $158 million.

C2IMERA was developed by Leidos and first integrated into Kessel Run operations in 2018. The application is used as a command-and-control tool, enabling users to create common operating pictures of emergency situations, plan and coordinate operations, issue directives, rapidly communicate to personnel in near real-time and more, according to the Pentagon. 

Used at 70 Air Force installations and more than 100 forward operating bases around the world, C2IMERA is considered the designated standard for developing common operating pictures at both Air Combat Command and Air Mobility Command. According to the service, Kessel Run has plans to scale the tool to all of its installations.


Under the new contract, Leidos will work to integrate C2IMERA at additional Air Force sites, including associated forward operating bases and contingency locations. The scaling will also add emergency response services, local governments and host nations to the application’s user base.

​​Chad Haferbier, vice president for multi-domain solutions at Leidos, told DefenseScoop in a statement that the Air Force wants to have C2IMERA serve as a “core tool” for the service’s base and crisis management ops. 

“Leidos is dedicated to supporting Kessel Run’s vision for C2IMERA proliferation and multi-tenancy capability, as well as improving the software for modern architecture and more seamless integration to meet warfighter needs,” Haferbier said. “With our rapid release cycle, Leidos is able to quickly respond to stakeholder needs and dynamic priorities as directed by Kessel Run’s C2IMERA Program Office.”

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