The  Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) awarded General Dynamics [GD] a $15 million contract to design, develop, integrate, test, and demonstrate a software prototype that would correlate several kinds of intelligence, the company said Thursday.

The prototype will correlate geospatial and signals intelligence, cyber indicator, and warning data streams for intelligence analysts, GD said.

Under the contract, GD will design and develop this software as a cloud-based threat detection and analysis platform using a modular architecture to automate threat assessments. GD highlighted the prototype is meant to help analysts reduce delays in data access and extraction, fuse intelligence from several data sources, provide analyses for faster delivery of enhanced intelligence, and increase accessibility across user communities.

“In a time when threats are pervasive and emerging, the Intelligence Community and senior military leaders need real-time situational awareness and actionable intelligence. The automation within the prototype platform shortens the time between threat identification and response, allowing customers to act with confidence,” said Mike Tweed-Kent, vice president and general manager of GD’ Mission Systems’ cyber and electronic warfare systems business line

“The open architecture, modular design of the platform allows for quick injection of enabling technologies as needed to keep mission capabilities aligned with analyst needs,” he added.

The company also said its prior investment in relevant research and development will allow the GD team to deliver the initial prototype platform in “an abbreviated timeframe.”