Rescue 21 Program Support for USCG
WILLCOR provided Subject Matter Expertise (SME) and consulting services related to the Rescue 21 project, which is the second largest acquisition in the Coast Guard. Rescue 21 creates a "Maritime 911" network of VHF-FM and UHF sites, along with Direction Finding equipment that greatly improves the Coast Guard's abilities in all mission areas. This task consisted of consultation in strategic program management and analysis of acquisition strategy options for meeting Rescue 21 requirements in Alaska. Specifically, we researched and analyzed options for deploying Rescue 21 communication upgrades throughout the State of Alaska, including evaluation of the role served by an Alaska Rescue 21 Project Resident Office and a potential role for the System Integrator of the existing Rescue 21 contract. The work included:
- Review and validation of current program assessment of Rescue 21 options for deployment in Alaska that included: an evaluation of cost, schedule, and performance for each option; review of the Coast Guard funded Defense Acquisition University Report on Cost, Schedule and Performance on Rescue 21; and, identification of future cost, schedule, performance/technical, and programmatic risks and recommendations for controlling costs and schedule looking forward towards full-rate-production in Alaska.
- Development of an integrated plan that addressed options and alternative strategies for the Coast Guard to consider in determining the "way ahead" for Rescue 21 in Alaska. Capability tradeoffs within severe site bandwidth and power constraints. Development of recommendations to improve aspects of Rescue 21 with respect to managing and controlling cost/schedule/performance during the Alaska deployment.
- Analyses of Rescue 21 Maintenance and Logistics issues related to each deployment option for Alaska.