Redhorse Corp. of San Diego Wins $100M Air Force Contract for AI Development

Redhorse Corp wins JAICS contract - Courtesy Redhorse

Redhorse Corporation of San Diego was among five companies to receive a blanket five-year, $100 million contract from the Air Force Joint Artificial Intelligence Center for staffing on artificial intelligence, software development and engineering services.

The contract is a ceiling value blanket purchase agreement to provide services to the JAIC’s Missions Directorate, which also includes machine learning, cognitive and systems engineering, operations research, and user experience design.

Other companies awarded contracts are Cyber Point International in Baltimore; Elder Research Inc., in Charlottesville, Va.; Babaricum LLC in Washington; and Enterprise Resource Performance Inc. in Fairfax, Va. The Air Force District of Washington at Joint Base Andrews, Md., announced the contracts.

The JAIC is the Pentagon’s center of excellence that helps the military harness AI for defense applications.

David Inmon of Redhorse - Courtesy
David Inmon, CEO of Redhorse – Courtesy

David Inmon is the CEO of tech and data specialist Redhorse Corp., which he has grown from its 2008 beginning as a startup to the major player it is today. The company works with a range of Federal and General Services contracts.

Before founding Redhorse, Inmon was recalled to active duty in the Marine Corps in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He ran the Besmaya Range Complex, an 85-square-mile live-fire training base in central Iraq for a year.  He led training of more than 4,000 Iraqi soldiers and established four training programs during his tour.

Inmon was directly responsible for the supervision and safety of more than 150 military and contractor personnel.  He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for his service in Iraq. He retired as a Colonel in 2013 after 32 years of active and reserve service in the Marine Corps.

Inmon previously was a partner in a boutique investment banking firm, where he helped small businesses raise capital and make divestitures and acquisitions.  Before that, he worked in sales for a tech company that was acquired by Oracle, where Inmon spent a year in the wireless application server group working with international wireless carriers.

Prior to this, Inmon spent eight years with Ericsson, delivering wireless voice and data systems to local, state, and federal governments. He led a team that was awarded what was said to be the largest public safety radio system contract in Hawaii state history.

“While serving in Iraq, I worked with an Air Force engineering unit known as the REDHORSE Squadron, the Air Force version of the Navy Seabees,” Inmon recalled. “The men and women of this unit did a remarkable job and were an impressive and dedicated group of professionals. REDHORSE is an acronym for ‘Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operations Repair Squadron Engineers.’  The REDHORSE units have a sister organization known as Prime Beef squadrons. For obvious reasons, this name was never much of a contender, although it certainly would have been memorable.”

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