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Acquisition complete of Counterbomber producer


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SAIC
: 27 January, 2010  (Company News)
SAIC has acquired SET, bringing CounterBomber into its portfolio for the detection of suicide bombers outside the blast radius of the bomb
Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) has completed the acquisition of Science, Engineering and Technology Associates Corporation (SET), a privately-owned technology corporation headquartered in Arlington, Va.

Founded in 2002 by a group of scientists formerly with the Defence Advanced Research Projects Agency, SET creates and commercialises information technologies -- from video and radar systems that detect human behaviours, to knowledge discovery systems that find patterns in vast quantities of seemingly unrelated data -- to help engineers and analysts accomplish complex tasks. The company serves a diverse base of defence, homeland security, and intelligence community customers. In addition to its headquarters, SET has locations in Dayton, Ohio, Denver, Colo., and Greenbelt, Md.

The acquisition is expected to enhance SAIC's Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities, including forward processing of sensor data, advanced PED (processing, exploitation, and dissemination) tools and technology, and real time information integration. It will also add multi-sensor exploitation tools for advanced detection, tracking, and target identification to SAIC's portfolio. These tools include SET's CounterBomber product, which is capable of automatically detecting human-borne suicide bombers at ranges beyond the blast radius of the bomb.

These capabilities are expected to broaden the company's service offerings, accelerate development of sensor-based products, and better enable SAIC to serve key customers with evolving ISR needs. SET's approximately 80 employees will join the Technology and Advanced Systems Business Unit led by John Fratamico.

'This acquisition brings a team of highly talented staff and thought leaders in core domains to SAIC, as well as intellectual property and resources that will enable us to support multiple ISR programs simultaneously,' said Fratamico. 'It will also significantly increase SAIC's ability to develop and acquire advanced PED solutions to solidify SAIC's position in the market, and broaden our leadership in development of next generation ISR enterprise solutions.'

'SET is pleased to join the SAIC team, where our innovative information processing technologies will enable highly capable enterprise solutions for SAIC's expanding ISR markets,' said Tom Burns, SET CEO. 'This acquisition also provides SET the reach and resources needed to meet the growing international demand for our CounterBomber product.'

Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

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