C5ISR Lifecycle

ManTech is a proven leader in the design, development, analysis, implementation, and support of all aspects of C5ISR systems and technology. Our expertise spans ground, airborne, and space systems to include command-and-control (C2) infrastructure, ISR platforms and sensors, and the communication, dissemination, and analysis of data. We have developed, tested, fielded, and supported systems for the United States government worldwide, and have provided C5ISR operations and maintenance support for every major military deployment since Operation Desert Storm.



  • Ground, airborne, & space systems, including C2 infrastructure
  • Live, constructive and virtual training, and simulation
  • Telecommunications systems and elevated sensors
  • Development, testing, and infusion of new technology
  • Installation, training, and sustainment solutions


  • Department of Defense
  • All branches of the Armed Forces
  • National Reconnaissance Office
  • Missile Defense Agency


Program Examples

Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS)

When the military needs reliable, real-time information about the battle space, they turn to DCGS, and ManTech provides complete lifecycle support of DCGS for the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, and Special Operations Forces. DCGS supplies integrated and timely battlefield intelligence to analysts, commanders, and soldiers for greater situational understanding—and less risk. ManTech provides system integration, sustainment, technology insertion, integrated logistics, guidance, field support, and training for this sophisticated C5ISR system.

Our support on these critical systems includes new equipment training, training development, and support services for the entire range of Distributed Common Ground System-Army (DCGS-A) fielded intelligence systems.


U.S. Army CECOM, System Sustainment Training

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ManTech field service representatives (FSRs) provide system sustainment training in many different formats and environments to more than 35 C5ISR systems. Beginning with one-on-one individual over-the-shoulder training, ManTech FSRs focus on operator training that enables the Warfighter to be successful in their assigned duty positions. Using a foundation of fully-trained operators, ManTech FSRs move forward in a systematic approach to training by incorporating system-of-system training opportunities at various training centers, while units are conducting field exercises. As systems evolve or as new systems are fielded, this proven training concept significantly reduces the system ramp-up time for both the Soldier and the FSR, ultimately increasing the overall effectiveness of the operator and system to support exercises and contingency operations.

U.S. Army, Base Expeditionary Targeting and Surveillance Systems

Protecting bases from attack requires precise advance information on threats coming from the ground and the air, and ManTech supports the Base Expeditionary Targeting and Surveillance Systems–Combined (BETTS-C) for the U.S. Army Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM). BETTS-C is a combination of surveillance systems that significantly improves situational awareness and provides advanced protection for forward operating bases in hostile environments.

BETTS-C consists of four major subsystems: 1) Rapid Aerostat Initial Deployment; 2) Cerberus truck-mounted surveillance tower; 3) Force protection suite that integrates radars, cameras, illuminators, long-range thermal imagers, and unattended seismic and acoustic sensors; and 4) Rapid deployment integrated surveillance system designed to improve situational awareness for soldiers at joint security stations and combat outposts.

Biometrics Identification System for Access and Tactical Biometrics Systems

Installations that require stringent access control increasingly rely on biometrics to reduce risk of penetration. ManTech supports the operation and maintenance of critical biometrics systems, deployed worldwide in support of base-access programs and data collection, matching, and storage. Services include system integration in the field, computer-based and hands-on training, and operational activities.

U.S. Army, C3T Support

ManTech is a long-time supporter of the C5ISR community, fulfilling technical requirements in the areas of concept development, requirements analysis, systems design, systems architecture, engineering, integration, assembly, test and evaluation, documentation, and software/hardware engineering support.

We assist Army program managers through their Acquisition Milestones and support the initial fielding requirements to the active Army. We remain embedded with the Army program offices until the programs transition to the Army sustainment centers. ManTech then supports installation, hardware maintenance, software maintenance, training, repair and, in some cases, the operation of complex tactical systems.

National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), Space-based ISR

ManTech has led support teams in space-based ISR, including Space Based Radar, Baseline NRO Imaging Systems, Next Imaging System, the ground-based Space Surveillance Telescope, and other national programs. ManTech teams are responsible for the design, installation, and testing of the Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) Prime Consolidated Integration Laboratory and the mission-control consoles at the Joint National Integration Center for GMD Distributed Ground Test and Integrated Flight Test.