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December 18, 2014 by · Comment
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Woman Owned Small Business Provides Expertise, Problem Solving Solutions to Government Agencies, Private Sector Companies — Press Release

CHANTILLY, VA. – Jennifer Anne Rutledge, a 26-year organizational leader, and husband Steven W. Rutledge, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and longtime security industry professional, are proud to announce the launch of SJR Security Consulting Services, LLC.

SJR works with security directors, defense and intelligence contractors, federal agency leaders, C-level executives, senior managers, and others in the public and private sector to align security resources to meet business goals related to risk management.

“Our services range from security risk management to policy and procedure development to helping to identify insider threats and prevent workplace violence,” Steven Rutledge, company president, said.

Since launching in January 2014, SJR has been responding to requests from established companies with working threat programs for knowledgeable third-party reviews and audits, as well as queries from small companies without the in-house structure or resources to implement such a plan.

“The federal government is moving to require ‘cleared’ companies and contractors to have a legitimate, robust insider threat program to guard against employees doing something detrimental to the U.S. government or the company itself,” Rutledge explained.

Specific SJR services include Security Strategy & Program Management; Policy & Procedures Development; Critical Infrastructure Protection; Risk Management; Security Assessments; OPSEC; Security Education; Crisis Management/Contingency Planning; Workplace Violence Prevention & Planning; Insider Threat; Antiterrorism/Force Protection; and Physical Security along with numerous other security disciplines.

Prior to serving as SJR President, Rutledge was VP of Security for TASC, joining the company in 2007 and overseeing all aspects of security, including supporting contracts involving classified activities as well as specialized services encompassing personnel, physical, program and information systems security, operational security, document control, crisis management, international security and security education and awareness.

A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, Rutledge holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from Chadwick University.

Jennifer Rutledge, Owner and CFO, is a member of the National Association for Female Executives and National Association of Professional Women. In addition to her work founding SJR, she serves as the Director of Finance and Administration for a major nonpartisan educational foundation in Washington, D.C.

More information is available via [email protected], (703) 577-2159, or online at www.sjrscs.com.

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NSC DELIVERS HI-TECH TURRET TRAINER — Press Release

DesertChameleonSPECIALIST software designed by NSC is helping to train Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior in the use of advanced defensive armament technology.
The UK-based simulation, training and consultancy expert is providing the security force with a virtual environment in which the crews of its Desert Chameleon armoured personnel carriers can familiarise themselves with aspects of the vehicles’ Remote Multi-purpose Turret System (RMTS)©.

Developed by ADWS Global Ltd, the RMTS© has been designed to deliver maximum protection to those responding to incidents or conducting surveillance or counter-insurgency operations. It does so through the integration of enhanced optical and thermal sensors and an advanced firing system.

Replicating the look and feel of the turret’s control consoles and harnessing commercial off-the-shelf technologies, NSC’s simulator allows for the safe and cost-effective training of the RMTS’s weapon system and accurate student assessment.
The innovative set-up’s ability to inject virtual scenarios into an authentic sensor display is key to its delivery of an immersive learning environment, according to Chris Williams.

“As a means of training individual gunnery skills, it is important that any solution provides a high level of detail and fidelity,” said NSC’s head of simulation.

“The simulation has to look and feel like the real thing; factors such as the behaviour of ballistics and slew of the turret have to be authentic to the platform it is modelled on.

“Our software delivers that level of immersion and is a step beyond more traditional tactical and procedural training.”

NSC’s support to Kuwait’s Ministry of Interior builds on an 18-year working relationship with the Gulf state.

Since 1996, the Surrey-based company has assisted Kuwait’s Armed Forces in developing its military leaders of the future through the provision of computer-assisted decision-making exercises at the Mubarak Al Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College.

ABOUT NSC
NSC is a world-class provider of cutting-edge simulation and analysis-driven training. Since its formation in 1991, the company has forged a reputation for developing and delivering innovative solutions for military and civilian customers around the globe. From operational-level education for senior commanders to individual and collective training for the most junior recruits, Camberley-based NSC’s software and training solutions are used worldwide.
www.nsc.co.uk

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STATE-OF-THE-ART STUDIES — Press Release

digitable02TRAINING, simulation and consultancy specialist NSC and the UK’s largest design, engineering and project management consultancy Atkins have been contracted by the British Army to help devise a cutting-edge curriculum for its officers.

Working in partnership with military directing staff, NSC and Atkins’ training and analysis experts will develop and support a range of innovative computer-based instruction methods with the aim of sharpening the skills of students on the Service’s Captains’ Warfare Course.

The course is underpinned by a range of documentation and materials designed in conjunction with directing staff by Atkins’ training consultants.
Future graduates of the eight-week programme, which is delivered at the Land Warfare School (LWS) in Wiltshire, will be exposed to a state-of-the-art syllabus boasting a mix of simulation-based exercises, e-learning software and digital doctrine and drills videos provided by the Surrey-based company.

Simulated feeds from remotely-piloted air systems and computer-generated videos demonstrating an array of battlegroup tactics will be among the tools deployed to teach Army 2020 doctrine, exploit lessons learnt from previous operations and prepare personnel for future missions.

Those on the course will also benefit from NSC’s CONTACT – a real-time constructive simulation system that confronts commanders with the complexities of conflict. Already used to support the training of operations-bound command and staff officers, the simulation allows individuals or small groups of users to trial courses of action in a fully-customisable environment.

CONTACT’s simulated exercises and assessments provide instructors with the ability to pause, rewind and fast-forward the action to deliver instant feedback or encourage syndicate discussion.

Traditional decision-making exercises will be further complemented by professionally-scripted and presented television news reports, which will serve to recap key briefing information and chronicle unfolding events.

Furthermore, a NSC-designed virtual learning environment and inclusion of computer-based training modules on the new-look course will mean students can review material at their own pace and revisit subjects as many times as they wish.

The course began on September 30th and runs to November 22nd 2013, and will be validated and, where necessary, amended by Atkins consultants and LWS staff.

ABOUT NSC

NSC is a world-class provider of cutting-edge simulation and analysis-driven training. Since its formation in 1991, the company has forged a reputation for developing and delivering innovative solutions for military and civilian customers around the globe. From operational-level education for senior commanders to individual and collective training for the most junior recruits, Camberley-based NSC’s software and training solutions are used worldwide.

ABOUT ATKINS

Atkins is the UK’s largest design, engineering and project management consultancy with experience of delivering complex and time sensitive projects of national significance in the UK and worldwide, including the London 2012 Games, Crossrail, major rail signalling upgrades and the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER). Atkins provides independent engineering, technical and project support services as well as human factors and training solutions to the MOD and Sea, Land, Air and Joint Commands to help them buy, deploy and maintain equipment, infrastructure and systems. Atkins was appointed the Official Systems Engineering Partner of the UK MOD in 2012.

Photo courtesy of NSC

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HIGH-LEVEL SUPPORT — Press Release

WARGAMING experts at NSC are set to provide “high-level support” to NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (ARRC) training serials through the provision of synthetic eyes in the sky.

Arming exercising headquarters staff with the ability to conduct detailed ground reconnaissance and track time-sensitive targets, the simulation specialists will use the latest in game-based technology to replicate the vital intelligence feeds provided by air and remotely-piloted air system platforms on military operations.

The real-time, full-motion video produced by NSC’s virtual manned and unmanned aircraft will be generated by personnel via air system stations comprising two screens – one displaying the view from the airframe’s electro-optical and infrared camera and the other a geographical information system.
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Operators can use the latter to track the location of the air system and direction of its camera and to plot its course.
Distributed remote viewing terminals will allow users across multiple headquarters to view one or more feeds simultaneously by selecting from the list available.

NSC’s expertise in the utilisation of Virtual Battlespace 2 will enable ARRC to conduct its synthetic surveillance sorties above large, customisable 3D terrains and deliver authentic training without the significant expense of scrambling real aircraft.

Chris Williams, Head of Simulation at NSC, said: “Over the last three years we have provided ISTAR [intelligence, surveillance, target acquisition and reconnaissance] synthetic support to a number of British Army exercises and we look forward to assisting the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps in delivering effective and value-for-money training to its personnel.”

ABOUT NSC

NSC is a world-class provider of cutting-edge simulation and analysis-driven training. Since its formation in 1991, the company has forged a reputation for developing and delivering innovative solutions for military and civilian customers around the globe. From operational-level education for senior commanders to individual and collective training for the most junior recruits, Camberley-based NSC’s software and training solutions are used worldwide.

www.nsc.co.uk

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Draken International to Display Aircraft at AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 — Press Release

LAKELAND, Fla., July 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Draken International, the world’s largest operator of ex-military fighter aircraft, will display two Douglas A-4K Skyhawks and two Aermacchi MB-339CB jet aircraft on-site at AirVenture 2013 in Oshkosh, WI. Draken is looking forward to the opportunity to debut the company’s advanced capabilities for the commercial air services industry. These aircraft will not be used in any performance, but will serve as static displays. The public is welcome to view the aircraft up close over the week-long event from July 29 to August 4, 2013.

The two A-4Ks, Draken’s flagship aircraft, and the two MB-339s will be on display in the Phillips Oil Display Square at AirVenture. A booth with will be set up with more information about Draken International and the aircraft. Pilots and crew will be available to answer any questions about these formidable fighter jets.

Draken CEO Jared Isaacman states, “Although these aircraft are not performing in the air show, we are pleased to be able to make them available for the public to view. We invite everyone in attendance to come meet the pilots and maintainers and see these incredible aircraft up close.”

The Draken A-4K Skyhawks are the optimal “multi-role” platform and are equipped with APG-66 Radar, Heads Up Display, Hands On Throttle and Stick, 1553 digital Bus and Radar Warning Receivers. The Aermacchi MB-339s are a perfect platform for Joint Terminal Air Control Attack Training and Close Air Support Training. These superb aircraft are precision accurate and provide a cost-effective platform to train our nation’s military.

About Draken International:
Draken International is a provider of commercial air services based out of the Lakeland Linder Regional Airport in Lakeland, FL. The organization sets a new standard in airborne adversary support, flight training, threat simulation, electronic warfare support, aerial refueling, research, testing, as well as other missions uniquely suited to their fleet of aircraft. The company employs world class, military trained fighter pilots including USAF Weapons School Instructors, Fighter Weapons School Graduates, TOP GUN Instructors, Air Liaison Officers, Thunderbird Demonstration pilots and FAC-A Instructors. For additional information, visit www.drakenintl.com.

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Alenia Aermacchi Carves A Niche For a New Jet Trainer

June 25, 2013 by · Comment
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M311 in flightAlenia Aermacchi offers the M-345 as a basic-advanced lightweight fast jet trainer with Life-Cycle Costs comparable to those of heavyweight turboprops. The company claims the jet-trainer provides much better training effectiveness over turboprop...

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KUWAIT PARTNERSHIP CONTINUES – Press Release

MajicSIMULATION training specialist NSC is to help hone the skills of senior commanders in Kuwait’s Armed Forces for a further three years.

Building on a 17-year working relationship, the UK-based wargaming expert will continue to assist the Gulf state in developing its military leaders of the future through the provision of computer-assisted decision-making exercises at the Mubarak Al Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College.

NSC, which has supported training programmes at the highly-respected facility since it was set-up by the British Military Mission in Kuwait in 1996, will utilise its innovative technologies to train officers from the region’s Armed Forces and other agencies for a wide range of operationally-relevant scenarios.

In addition to allowing Kuwait’s military to simulate the defence of its borders and critical national infrastructure, the arrangement will see NSC’s experienced team working closely with directing staff at the College to devise bespoke exercises that reflect the ever-changing nature of peacekeeping and peace enforcement.

Responsible for the development and introduction of computer-based services to the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom, the company is well-versed in preparing commanders for the rigours of operations.

NSC’s Joint Operations Command and Staff Training System (JOCASTS) – the training and analysis solution deployed at the Mubarak Al Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College – is also routinely used by British Armed Forces to expose commanders and headquarters staff to the challenges of modern deployments.

Delivering a mix of virtual incidents and live feeds, JOCASTS can be customised to feature specific threats and actions and provides realistic strategic training for staff officers in the conduct of joint and combined operations within complex environments.

Jeremy Spurr, Managing Director of NSC, said: “We are very proud of our long-standing association with the Kuwait Armed Forces and have first-hand experience of their determination to develop highly-capable and professional military leaders of the future.

“Through our continued support of the excellent directing staff at the Mubarak Al Abdullah Joint Command and Staff College, NSC is focused on providing world-class training that will preserve this operational advantage and ultimately enhance the national security of the State of Kuwait.”

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SEA CHANGE IN MILITARY TRAINING — Press Release

GP2MGSIMULATION experts from NSC have answered a call-to-arms to provide the UK’s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory with a synthetic environment in which to explore means of improving maritime marksmanship.
Employing game-based technology, NSC has been awarded a contract to develop a ship-mounted general purpose machine gun (GPMG) simulator for use in trials to investigate novel training methods for Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel.
The innovative system – the first in the UK to utilise the latest version of Virtual Battlespace 2 – puts users’ fingers on the trigger of a deactivated GPMG as action unfolds on a three-metre radius curved screen.
With compressed air providing realistic haptic feedback and hidden electronics tracking the weapon’s every move, operators are exposed to engagements in an immersive surround sound, high-definition environment.  The portable simulator is capable of replicating scenarios ranging from defending against attacks from small, fast-moving vessels and supporting anti-piracy missions to port-based security taskings.
Environmental factors are also accounted for with weather conditions, solar glare, surface reflections and spray all affecting visibility and weapon performance.

ABOUT NSC
NSC is a world-class provider of cutting-edge simulation and analysis-driven training. Since its formation in 1991, the company has forged a reputation for developing and delivering innovative solutions for military and civilian customers around the globe.  From operational-level education for senior commanders to individual and collective training for the most junior recruits, Camberley-based NSC’s software and training solutions are used worldwide.

www.nsc.co.uk

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General Dynamics Team to Develop Second Radar System for the U.S. Army Range Radar Replacement Program — Press Release

With unprecedented fidelity and detail, next-generation radar system will track munitions and other military test targets at leading Army test ranges.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — General Dynamics C4 Systems received a contract modification to the Range Radar Replacement Program (RRRP) to develop a new High/Medium Power Close-in Radar system. The Close-in radar system is mobile and will provide unprecedented fidelity when tracking munitions and other targets at a range of 37 miles or more. The contract modification is valued at $16 million and funds the engineering, development and initial manufacture of the new radar system. General Dynamics C4 Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD).

“The Close-in radar system is the second in a new generation of range instrumentation radars that deliver cost-effective, digital technologies and systems needed to meet the Army’s goal of modernizing test ranges in Alabama, Arizona, New Mexico and Maryland,” said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics C4 Systems.

The Close-in radar system joins the Fly-out radar system, which was the first range instrumentation radar system ordered using the RRRP contract. The Close-in radar system will acquire information about the launch and early stages of flight for munitions and other low-flying objects. The Fly-out radar system, which has just completed the requirements phase of development, is capable of tracking up to 40 test objects over a range of 60 miles. The new mobile radar systems eliminate the cost and downtime associated with maintaining and moving decades-old, antiquated radar systems that are currently in place at Army test ranges.

A General Dynamics-led team was awarded the Range Radar Replacement Program in June 2012. The program replaces an aging fleet of radar systems currently operating at U.S. Army test ranges located at White Sands Test Center, N.M.; Yuma Test Center, Ariz.; Aberdeen Test Center, Md.; and Redstone Test Center, Ala.

The General Dynamics RRRP solution leverages XSTAR family of instrumentation radar developed by STAR Dynamics.

The General Dynamics team is led by General Dynamics C4 Systems, based in Scottsdale, Ariz., and includes STAR Dynamics of Hilliard, Ohio; Georgia Tech Research Institute of Atlanta; and EO Imaging of Melbourne, Fla. Work will be performed in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Kilgore, Longview and Richardson, Texas; State College, Pa.; Hilliard, Ohio; Reston, Va.; Fort Walton Beach and Melbourne, Fla.; and Atlanta.

More information about General Dynamics C4 Systems is available online at www.gdc4s.com.

Information about General Dynamics is available online at www.generaldynamics.com.

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H2 IT Solutions Earns First Place Award in U.S. Army’s International Virtual Challenge Competition — Press Release

ORLANDO, Fla., — H2 IT Solutions, Inc., based in Orlando, is quickly earning a name for itself in the military simulation and training world.

Last week the eight-year old technology firm earned a coveted First Place Award—with a $10,000 prize—in the U.S. Army Research Laboratory’s international 2013 Federal Virtual Challenge competition.

The Army Laboratory’s Simulation & Training Technology Center announced H2 IT’s First Place Award—in the Critical Thinking/Adaptability category—at the GameTech 2013 Defense User’s Conference in Orlando April 17.

H2 IT’s virtual team building game—Compound®, developed for the U.S. Air Force Air University Squadron Officer College— earned the firm its top prize.

Alice Hayden, president of H2 IT Solutions, Inc., said the Challenge rules were both specific and complex.

“Our goal was to develop an immersive virtual environment—a compelling game, with sensory triggers to make it real—that will help users build their critical thinking and adaptability skills in a measurable and sustainable way,” Hayden explained.

“Compound® teaches users how to lead a team, how to best delegate and communicate tasks and how to work together to analyze and adapt to the situation,” Hayden said.

The same week as the First Place Award, H2 IT landed a major feature profile in National Defense, the leading online community of the nation’s weapons and defense industries.

Hayden said the two events rank among the most important in the company’s brief history.

“Winning a First Place Award at the GameTech 2013 Defense User’s Conference is major benchmark because it’s in front of all our peers and competitors, but the National Defense profile showcases our skills and performance to the widest possible market of potential defense industry customers and clients,” Hayden said.

H2 IT Solutions provides innovative business and technology solutions designed to efficiently and effectively manage, interpret and distribute an organization’s valuable information to decision makers.

H2 IT Solutions is a client company of the University of Central Florida Business Incubation Program at Central Florida Research Park in east Orlando County.

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Lockheed Wins Two Training Contracts

With Sequestration affecting the U.S. defense budget that still does not mean contracts for new programs are not being awarded. In fact with the extension of the Continuing Resolution and the passing of a full year’s funding — not budget — the Services may now award some work that was on hold pending a decision in that matter.

Lockheed Martin (LMT) in the last 30 days received contracts for 2 new training systems. One from the U.S. Army and the other from an international customer, the Royal Saudi Air Force. Foreign Military Sales (FMS) and Direct Commercial Sales (DCS) are not affected by sequestration.

The first, Saudi, contract is worth up to $253 million and is for systems to support the Kingdom’s Boeing (BA) F-15SA fighters. The contract will provide maintenance and pilot training support by 2020. In the current day services are investing millions in computer and simulation based training devices to aid in operating and maintaining complex weapon systems.

The second one for the U.S. Army is for a command and control simulator to aid in training U.S. and allied country leadership in the conduct of military operations. That could be worth up to $146 million. The Joint Land Component Constructive Training Capability (JLCCTC) system builds off of an earlier simulator, WARSIM, that has been successfully used since 2012 for group leader training.

The advantages of computer based training is that it reduces overall costs and personnel required. They also collect data that may be reviewed and analyzed to support teaching and further training. Lockheed’s Orlando unit does a great deal of work in this area as do several other contractors like Cubic and L-3 Communications.

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Injazat Signs Major Manpower Agreement with Cubic Defense Applications — Press Release

Abu Dhabi, February 18, 2013 – Injazat Data Systems has signed a major agreement with US-based defense training and simulation company Cubic Defense Applications. Under the terms of the manpower support agreement between the two parties, Injazat will send skilled personnel to assist in the operation and maintenance of Cubic’s computer-based training simulation systems in the UAE. The deal reflects Injazat’s growing role in the local defense industry as the company provides business, consultancy and technology-related services to several entities in the sector.

The announcement by Injazat, a Mubadala group company, took place during the International Defense Exhibition (IDEX) 2013 which takes place 17th – 21st February.

Cubic’s EST 2000 marksmanship system, the only virtual skills training system validated by the US Army, is currently part of the Indoor Training Systems program for several UAE government institutions. Injazat’s experience in the IT and defense industries will help Cubic deploy advanced training solutions.

“As an internationally-acclaimed defense specialist, Cubic is an ideal partner for extending our regional market reach and connecting our information and communication technology (ICT) services with Cubic’s rich defense heritage. Defense is an important aspect of national development, which is why Injazat has been building up its capabilities in this field.” said Ibrahim Lari, Chief Executive Officer, Injazat Data Systems.

Cubic Corporation is a US contractor with over 50 years of experience supplying equipment and solutions to over 35 nations. Its expertise includes fare collection systems courtesy of its Cubic Transportation Systems subsidiary, and defense training via Cubic Defense Applications. Cubic has recently established a regional office in Abu Dhabi, collocated with Injazat.

Peter Turpie, Managing Director of Cubic Middle East, said: “Cubic’s vision is to establish an effective local presence from which we will leverage our world-class capabilities to best support the UAE’s needs. Injazat shares this vision and we very much look forward to a successful, wide ranging and long-term partnership with them.”

Human capital development is a key function in many of Abu Dhabi’s and the UAE’s companies and organizations. “Developing the right ICT skills and competencies among Emirati nationals is a priority for Injazat. Our partnership with Cubic allows our employees to collaborate on world-class training systems that will further expand their defense and technology skill sets, which will help us support the UAE’s defense initiatives in the long term,” said Lari.

Injazat and Cubic have also signed up to jointly pursue potential areas of collaboration in the UAE, Qatar, Oman and other markets in the Middle East. Both parties will collaborate on the formalized recruitment, development, training and employment of UAE Nationals to support key defense and government organizations in the UAE and promote collaborative Injazat-Cubic products and services across the Middle East.

Injazat Data Systems is an industry-recognized market leader in the region for Information Technology, Data Center and IT Managed Services. Injazat combines its local expertise and presence with an extensive global technology partnership network. Injazat continues to develop market-leading IT services to meet dynamic customer needs in areas covering consultancy, project management, system integration, transformation, applications, data center and cloud services, and a wide range of managed services aimed at making businesses more secure and agile.

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EHUD, THRUST Mature Into Multi-Level Training Systems

February 8, 2013 by · Comment
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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has expanded its 'Ehud' Autonomous Air Combat Maneuvering Instrumentation (AACMI) family to support Eastern fighter aircraft in addition to its Western fighter aircraft related advanced capabilities. At Aero-India 2013 the company is unveiling the EHUD pod configured in an R73 air-to-air missile enclosure, making the pod the only AACMI pod in the market, which can fit any R73 compatible aircraft.

Army to Upgrade Training Centers with Northrop Grumman

The U.S. Army operates 3 training and readiness centers to aid in preparing American and allied troops for deployments. These are the National Training Center (NTC) at FT Irwin in California, the Joint Readiness Training Center at FT Polk, Louisiana; and the Joint Multinational Readiness Center (JMRC) in Germany. All 3 offer simulated terrain and features along with the ability for the units to engage others and pretend enemies. The U.S. has pioneered this concept of training over the last several decades.

Part of the centers ability are complex communications systems that gather data about activities and allow it to be displayed and analyzed to help units learn what they did and how to do it better. Northrop Grumman (NOC) has just been awarded a contract to upgrade the Combat Training Center Instrumentation System (“CTC-IS”) at the 2 U.S. facilities.

The 6 year contract did not have a value provided.

NTC and JMRC were originally set up to provide training against units using Soviet doctrine and equipment. Their missions have evolved since 1991 with focuses on low intensity conflict and the struggles in Iraq and Afghanistan. As the type of engagements and missions of the U.S. military continue to change the 2 bases also will change. Investment in better and more capable communication and data collection will also make them better sites for training.

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Navy Awards Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) Training Contracts

The LCS is the newest U.S. Navy ship. Interestingly they are of 2 designs and built at 2 yards. This was done to speed production and also because the original plans called for fifty or more of the ships to be built. The Lockheed Martin (LMT) USS Independence design (LCS-1) is built at the Marinette Marine facility in Wisconsin and the USS Freedom (LCS-2) at the Austal America yard in Mobile, AL. The Freedom is designed by General Dynamics (GD).

So far each yard has delivered 2 ships having received contracts for up to 10. LCS-4, the USS Coronado, made by Austal is almost complete and will commission this year.

The ships despite their dissimilar hull shape have the same basic performance and weapons. They will be capable of being equipped with different modules depending on the mission and these will include anti-mine, anti-surface and air defense. The first LCS are based at San Diego, CA and are already carrying out operations.

In support of the program the Navy awarded Cubic Corporation (CUB) 3 contracts for training for the ships. Due to the 2 different designs there was one contract awarded in support of each. Then third for developing mission training packages. Each contract is worth almost $100 million.

As the LCS numbers grow there will be growing demand for more efficient training. These packages will help the Navy prepare a larger number of sailors for these ships.

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Despite Budget Worries Programs Continue

The U.S. Congress and the Obama Administration may have pushed off the decision on sequestration and dealing with the planned budget cuts for the Defense Department but that does not mean development and new programs don’t continue. Using available funding the work goes on to advance these efforts 2 recent press releases illustrate this activity.

General Dynamics and Alenia Aermacchi Join Forces for U.S. Air Force T-X Trainer Competition — “General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) and Alenia Aermacchi, a Finmeccanica company, announced today the signing of a Letter of Intent (LOI) to join forces and compete for the U.S. Air Force’s T-X trainer program, which will replace aging T-38 trainer jets and related training systems.” The American defense contractor will team up with Italy’s Alenia Aermacchi to propose a variant of the M-346 military aircraft trainer designated the T-100. The T-X program will replace the U.S. Air Force’s T-38 fleet. THe M-346 was recently selected by Israel to be their primary training aircraft.

Lockheed Martin JLTV Undergoes Successful Design Review — ” Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) family of Joint Light Tactical Vehicles successfully completed a top-to-bottom government design review in late December, well ahead of the first Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) JLTVs that will begin rolling off the assembly line this spring.” The JLTV is the planned replacement for the HUMVEE in use by the U.S. military and potentially its Allies. It will be a large program if fully executed as there will be a requirement for thousands of the vehicles. The U.S. is utilizing a process where multiple designs are being developed independently by contractors and then one or more may eventually be selected to go into Engineering, Manufacturing and Development (EMD) and then production.

The hard decisions facing U.S. defense budget decision makers is whether to cut back funding for these types of programs and make do with existing systems that may cost more in the long run to operate and maintain due to their age and capabilities. In the past it has been tempting to reduce investment in new systems beyond basic development to manage the size of the budget. If these types of programs continue it may mean cuts to current operations and force sizes to fee up the necessary investment requirements. The types of cuts required by sequestration will be hard to implement in the current budget but could be easier in future ones as more specific cuts may be made.

In the end if the cuts are carried out the U.S. will lose capability and may see new programs like these executed.

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Camber Acquires Novonics — Press Release

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Camber Corporation, a world class solutions company, has acquired Novonics Corporation — combining their preeminent tactical systems software and simulation capability with Camber’s systems integration and engineering, cyber security, acquisition management, logistics and sustainment, and interactive training to federal government and commercial customers worldwide. Novonics, with primary offices in Washington, D.C., Bloomington, Ind,, San Diego, Calif.,, Orlando, Fla. and Virginia Beach, Va, provides simulation based learning systems, software/systems design and development, user introduction of complex technologies, and program and strategic planning for Department of Defense and international partners.

Utilizing simulation and distributed networks to accomplish learning and support mission-critical exercises decreases costs and increases readiness by allowing preparation and training in multiple scenarios. Decreasing budgets and increasing demand for more effective and efficient training will require even more innovative training and simulation capability. The addition of Novonics enhances that existing capability in Camber’s portfolio.

“We welcome Novonics employees to our Camber family. Novonics’ experience, customer knowledge and successful project execution is an excellent strategic fit for Camber Corporation. Novonics will build upon Camber’s existing foundation of simulation-based training, network test and evaluation, command and control, information management, and training architectures. We are proud to have them on board,” said Walter Batson, Jr., Camber’s CEO. “The merging of our teams will provide our customers and the simulation community with even higher quality solutions for their mission requirements.”

About Camber
Headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, Camber Corporation provides mission-critical engineering and technical services to Aerospace & Defense, National Security, and International governments and commercial customers at over 100 locations worldwide. Camber’s capability areas include: engineering and advanced technology applications; training and simulation; and operations, analysis, and mission support. Camber supports its customers in meeting important security and disaster relief requirements throughout the federal government and in over 25 countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa. For more information on Camber, please visit www.camber.com

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Boeing Adapts Innovative Training Technologies to F/A-18E and F-15E — Press Release

- With recent flight tests, both aircraft are now equipped to participate in Live, Virtual and Constructive training simulations that combine real and simulated fighters

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Two military aircraft produced by Boeing [NYSE: BA] – the F-15E Eagle and the F/A-18E Super Hornet – now are equipped to train in an environment that puts them at odds against real aircraft and computer-generated enemy threats at the same time.

Under a $6.3 million, three-year contract with the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory, Boeing is developing these simulation capabilities for both the U.S. Air Force F-15E and the U.S. Navy F/A-18E/F. Under the current contract, the pilot project will culminate with a capstone demonstration at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada in late 2013.

This technology can provide aircrews with a complex virtual strike environment in which to train, while potentially decreasing the number of real aircraft and other assets to practice against. Generally, an actual combat aircraft (live) is networked with ground-based simulation computers (virtual) that provide computer-generated threats (constructive).

Before this new capability, pilots could practice using flight simulators on the ground, but when they trained in the actual aircraft, other people were needed to play the role of an opponent, commonly referred to as a “red” or adversary team.

Having a virtual combat simulation while actually flying is expected to reduce the number of real aircraft or other live assets needed to form a red team, providing cost-savings and a safer training environment.

Anticipating the future needs of both the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force, Boeing began developing this modeling and simulation technology on its own in 2007, which reduced the government’s risk in exploring the capability. A series of demonstrations with an F-15E through November 2009 verified key components. And a Super Hornet recently completed its first flight tests to evaluate these new technologies.

“It’s exciting to see the technology grow and mature across multiple platforms while supporting the U.S. Navy’s vision,” said Rob Lechner, pilot project manager and a chief engineer in Boeing Research & Technology.

During the most recent flight tests, two F/A-18Es and two F-15Es simulated air combat between two live F-16s and 12 virtual aircraft, as well as multiple ground threats. A 40/45 Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AWACS) surrogate provided command and control for the exercise.

“The integrated training environment can generate warfighter readiness and make aviation flight training much more effective,” said John Schwering, Boeing business development leader for integrated Live, Virtual and Constructive training. “Training can be significantly enhanced by increasing the overall threat density with the use of more sophisticated constructive adversary aircraft and ground-based electronic warfare threats.”

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Oshkosh Defense Recognized as Top Simulation and Training Company for Third Consecutive Year — Press Release

Award received from Military Training Technology Magazine

OSHKOSH, Wis. (Nov. 8, 2012) — Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), has been recognized for the third consecutive year as a Top Simulation and Training Company by Military Training Technology Magazine. This annual list recognizes companies that have made a significant impact in the military training industry.

“At the Oshkosh Product Training Center, we are constantly striving to further our support for troops and their missions,” said Dan Albrecht, director of Product Training Solutions for Oshkosh Defense. “We’ve enhanced our vehicle operation and maintenance training capabilities with the Oshkosh Virtual Trainer and Technical Video Instruction (TVI). Blending these tools with classroom training and hands-on experience allows a greater number of troops to gain a wider variety of skills in a safe environment and keeps training costs down.”

Oshkosh supports the military forces with fully integrated product support that encompasses readiness, life-cycle management and fleet modernization. The Oshkosh Product Training Center provides expertise-level training for vehicle operators and mechanics on all Oshkosh vehicles and technologies globally. These training services include mobile training teams sent in-theater or to customer locations throughout the world, as well as training at the Oshkosh Corporation campus in Wisconsin.

The first Oshkosh virtual training module, for the Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck (HEMTT) M978 Tanker, has been incorporated into the aftermarket sustainment training offered by Oshkosh for the U.S. Army. The Oshkosh Virtual Trainer has been shown to reduce training time by two days compared to the traditional classroom approach – an efficiency that equates to a 20 percent or more cost savings per participant. Additionally, students are able to practice fueling and refueling procedures and recovering from a fuel spill in the virtual world without exposure to the real-life hazards of such processes. TVI allows classes to preview how to correctly perform tasks prior to attempting to work on an actual vehicle, preventing wear and tear on government demonstration vehicles. Additionally, TVI is incorporated into the training when safety or quality needs to be emphasized.

In awarding the Top Simulation and Training Companies, Military Training Technology Magazine considers a spectrum of technologies and services, including simulation, distributed learning, serious gaming, visual systems, embedded training, targets and ranges, and database modeling.

About Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection. For more information, visit www.oshkoshdefense.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation

Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, please visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

®, TM All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

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Rolls-Royce Continues Support of T-45

One of the advantages the OEM has when it comes to winning defense contracts is that they often will get the support and maintenance work from the government. It is uncommon now for the military to purchase complete Technical Data Packages (TDP) from the OEM’s and this makes it hard for some of the effort to be transferred to another supplier.

The engine in the T-45 trainer was actually developed jointly by Rolls-Royce and France’s Turbomeca originally for the Jaguar attack aircraft. That aircraft has been retired but the companies continue to support the power plant in its current uses.

The British company just received a further contract option to support the T-45 engine maintenance and parts support. This is the 4th option on the contract and is worth about $100 million.

The T-45 is a product of Boeing (BA) and BAE Systems (BAE:LSE) and is used by the Navy as a carrier training aircraft. It has been in use since 1991.

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SAIC’s Break Up to Add Value — Seeking Alpha

Here is an exclusive article I wrote for Seeking Alpha discussing the plan to breakup SAIC (SAI).

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U.S. Marine Corps Uses Oshkosh TerraMax™ UGV Technology to Prepare for Future Missions — Press Release

Marines evaluate multiple Oshkosh TerraMax-equipped MTVRs in convoy operations

Oshkosh to present latest developments on the Cargo UGV initiative at AUVSI 2012

OSHKOSH, Wis. (Aug. 6, 2012) — Unmanned tactical wheeled vehicles that have the potential to serve as a force multiplier and reduce Warfighters’ exposure to lethal attacks continue to come closer to reality. The U.S. Marine Corps Warfighting Lab (MCWL) and Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation (NYSE:OSK), recently conducted the Marines’ first-ever training of multiple unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) in a single convoy using the Oshkosh TerraMax™ UGV technology. The Marines then evaluated the UGVs to determine how they can be utilized to support real-world “dull, dirty and dangerous” missions.

These most recent developments are a continuation of the MCWL’s Cargo UGV initiative, which uses Oshkosh Medium Tactical Vehicle Replacements (MTVR) equipped with the TerraMax UGV technology, and took place during the MCWL’s Enhanced MAGTF Operations (EMO) Limited Objective Experiment (LOE) 2.2, July 24 through Aug. 5 at Fort Pickett, Va. The EMO LOE 2.2 sought to evaluate technologies and capabilities being developed for future missions.

“Seven Marines were trained on our UGVs’ operations in only three days at the EMO LOE 2.2,” said John Beck, chief unmanned systems engineer for Oshkosh Corporation. “That’s a testament to the TerraMax technology’s ease of control and user-friendly design. The capabilities of our highly sophisticated UGV systems require minimal user intervention to complete their missions – opening the door for future logistics operations to be conducted with fewer Warfighters, reducing cost and saving lives.”

Combat-veteran Marines were trained on the Oshkosh UGV technology for the first time in August 2011 and also assessed it in a series of tests in challenging terrain and environments. Following that successful evaluation, Oshkosh delivered a second TerraMax-equipped MTVR earlier this year, and in June the government evaluated two Oshkosh UGVs operating in concert with a manned command-and-control vehicle. Several key tasks were accomplished, including:

TerraMax UGV Technology

The Oshkosh TerraMax UGV technology is designed as a scalable kit. It can be integrated on new-production vehicles, including those built by other manufacturers, or retrofitted on existing vehicle fleets. Vehicles using the TerraMax technology can retain original payload and performance capabilities, and they can run planned missions in full autonomous mode or by “shadowing” a leader vehicle.

The TerraMax technology can function in the same weather conditions and operating environments as manned vehicles, requiring minimal human interaction and operator training. Oshkosh is teamed with the National Robotics Engineering Center of Carnegie Mellon University for perception system and autonomy software development.

The Cargo UGV project is sponsored by MCWL and the Joint Ground Robotics Enterprise Robotics Technology Consortium. Oshkosh received a contract for the Cargo UGV initiative in June 2010.

Oshkosh executives will be on hand to discuss the Cargo UGV initiative and the TerraMax technology at booth #4232 at AUVSI’s Unmanned Systems North America 2012.

About Oshkosh Defense

Oshkosh Defense, a division of Oshkosh Corporation, is an industry-leading global designer and manufacturer of tactical military trucks and armored wheeled vehicles, delivering a full product line of conventional and hybrid vehicles, advanced armor options, proprietary suspensions and vehicles with payloads that can exceed 70 tons. Oshkosh Defense provides a global service and supply network including full life-cycle support and remanufacturing, and its vehicles are recognized the world over for superior performance, reliability and protection. For more information, visit www.oshkoshdefense.com.

About Oshkosh Corporation

Oshkosh Corporation is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of a broad range of specialty access equipment, commercial, fire & emergency and military vehicles and vehicle bodies. Oshkosh Corporation manufactures, distributes and services products under the brands of Oshkosh®, JLG®, Pierce®, McNeilus®, Medtec®, Jerr-Dan®, Oshkosh Specialty Vehicles, Frontline™, SMIT™, CON-E-CO®, London® and IMT®. Oshkosh products are valued worldwide in businesses where high quality, superior performance, rugged reliability and long-term value are paramount. For more information, visit www.oshkoshcorporation.com.

®, TM All brand names referred to in this news release are trademarks of Oshkosh Corporation or its subsidiary companies.

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New Technology Promises Cost-Effective Solution to Military’s Virtual Training Requirements — Press Release

LONDON, March 27, 2012/PRNewswire/ —

Summary

A new version of Caspian Learning’s powerful military training software was launched this morning. The software, called VBSWorlds, allows military and defense organisations to create virtual training scenarios that run on handheld tablets and mobile phones.

Caspian Learning today announced the release of a new version of their popular SCORM compliant military training simulation software, VBSWorlds. The software, currently being used by NATO to create maritime interdiction operations simulations, now includes technology that enables any virtual training scenario to be published to the internet, to an iOS-based device (iPhone/iPad) or to an Android device.

The latest version of the software is based on technology grounded in cognitive behaviour study, and is designed to ensure that actual learning and behaviour change takes place within training simulations. This is achieved by allowing developers to create highly immersive 3D training scenarios or ‘serious games’ to improve learner engagement, immersion and interactivity.

VBSWorlds is part of the Bohemia Interactive Simulations suite of products, which includes the formidable VBS2, and is compatible with existing VBS2 art objects. Virtual training scenarios created with VBSWorlds can be linked in to any SCORM compliant learning management system to support real-time performance feedback and tracking.

Lee Rushworth, a spokesman for Caspian Learning said that “VBSWorlds is one of the few mobile training applications that has been completely designed from the very beginning to support and encourage actual behaviour change. We’re extremely proud that scenarios created with VBSWorlds can contain all the information found in PowerPoint slides, pageturners and traditional elearning, whilst making their contents infinitely more engaging and effective.”

VBSWorlds was launched today and a free trial version is available to download from the VBSWorlds website [http://www.vbsworlds.com/?page_id=1106 ].

Caspian Learning will be at GameTech 2012 in Orlando, Florida this week on the Bohemia Interactive Simulations stand as a partner and would welcome the opportunity to speak to anyone about VBSWorlds.

About Caspian Learning

Caspian Learning are a multi award-winning serious games [http://www.caspianlearning.co.uk ] technology and design company. Formed in 2002, they are the developer of the acclaimed Thinking Worlds, whose globally unique technology allows instructional designers to create fully immersive 3D sims & games at costs previously restricted to 2D development. They are the global leader in the use of 3D games and simulations [http://www.thinkingworlds.com ] technology for performance improvement, having developed over 100 sims or games for clients all over the world including IBM, BBC, QinetiQ, Accenture, Volvo, the Ministry of Defence and the European Union among others.

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Israel Chooses Italian Jet for New Trainer

Update – The Israeli Government stated that one of the main reasons they chose the M346 over South Korea’s T-50 Golden Eagle was that it provided better compatibility with the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter that Israel is buying. The T-50 was supposedly not in line with “international standards”. This gives hope to Alenia Aermacchi that other countries buying the F-35 might consider the M346.

The hard fought battle between Italy and South Korea over the new Israeli trainer came to a close yesterday with Israel choosing the Alenia Aermacchi M-346 advanced jet training aircraft. The contract could have a value of a $1 billion in the end. South Korea had offered their T-50 Golden Eagle indigenous developed jet.

Both countries had been going back and forth with Israel trying to develop offset deals that would be the most attractive to the Middle Eastern state. In the end Italy’s was more valuable to Israel although now they face South Korean anger and the potential for some lost businesses.

It has been reported that beyond the offset issue the Israeli evaluators had favored the Finmeccania product over the Korean aircraft.

Offsets have always been a struggle with defense contracting with some countries demanding a great deal like Canada and this Israeli deal while others have had to cut back as India has done to attract more bids from large Western countries. In the case of Israel and Italy, and even South Korea, there should be no shortages of systems that the countries would like to buy.

Israel makes radars, tankers, UAV’s, missile systems as well as ground combat vehicles and other weapons that all could be considered by Italy. South Korea was hoping to buy tankers and other aircraft from Israel but now these deals may not happen or even be considered.

Photo from Ronnie McDonald’s flickr photostream

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