SOURCE: Textron Systems

Textron Systems

March 26, 2014 12:11 ET

U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command Selects Overwatch AXIS Pro® Software as Analysis Tool of Choice

More Than 15,700 AXIS Pro Licenses Now in Use by the U.S. Army

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwired - March 26, 2014) - Overwatch Intelligence Solutions, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today that the U.S. Army Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations Command (USACAPOC) has selected AXIS Pro® as its software tool of choice for socio-cultural information gathering and analysis. Under an existing licensing agreement with the Army, USACAPOC is distributing 5,600 copies of the software to its personnel. With this action, the Army has now distributed more than 15,700 copies of AXIS Pro since it started deploying the analysis software in 2009.

Central to USACAPOC's mission is organizing, training, equipping and resourcing its forces worldwide to provide civil considerations support to regional combatant commanders and other agencies.

"Civil Affairs (CA) needed a cost-effective way to bring together different sources of information and portray their piece of the Common Operating Picture. The use of AXIS Pro will fill that void by allowing us to visually depict the civil environment and increase the supported commander's environment awareness. Leveraging the Army's unlimited license to this product means no cost is borne by CA," says Col. George Hanhauser, USACAPOC (Airborne) Strategic Initiatives Group.

AXIS Pro offers an integrated software suite of analysis tools. The complete system is comprised of the core infrastructure, research services, analysis tools and supporting collaboration services, which facilitate real-time collection, storage, processing, analysis, visualization and sharing of data throughout all phases of a mission. The U.S. Army's and Marine Corps' unlimited license to the AXIS Pro commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) product, a close corollary to the Army's Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) suite, provides broad cost-effective access to these leading edge analytical tools.

"The software has the ability to ingest random, disconnected cultural cues and events and transform them into predictable and actionable portraits of potential activity," explains Steve Overly, Overwatch Intelligence Solutions senior vice president and general manager. "By incorporating AXIS Pro's capabilities into the decision-making process, commanders are empowered with relevant, socio-cultural information and knowledge with which to enhance their operational effectiveness."

United States Soldiers and Marines may obtain copies of AXIS Pro by contacting Overwatch at jlutz@textronsystems.com.

About Overwatch

Overwatch Intelligence Solutions is the leading provider of integrated intelligence software and services for today's U.S. and international defense and intelligence communities. For the past 20 years, Overwatch's intelligence solutions have supported decision makers, counter-terrorism analysts, warfighters and first responders by providing proven tools that simplify the integration, analysis and exploitation of intelligence in order to present a complete operational picture and accelerate the time-to-decision. More information is available at www.overwatch.com.

About Textron Systems

Textron Systems has been providing innovative solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years. Headquartered in Providence, R.I., the company is known for its unmanned aircraft systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent battlefield and surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions, precision smart weapons, piston engines, simulation, test and training systems, and total life cycle sustainment and operational services. Textron Systems includes AAI Logistics & Technical Services, AAI Test & Training, AAI Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Aerosonde, ESL Defence, Lycoming Engines, Medical Numerics, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems and Textron Marine & Land Systems. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.

About Textron Inc.

Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna, Beechcraft, Hawker, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. For more information visit: www.textron.com.

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