Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Atlantic participated in a number of key industry engagements in 2018 aimed at developing and enhancing future information warfare solutions.
Utilizing both traditional and non-traditional platforms, SSC Atlantic supported more than 40 industry events in 2018 alone.
According to SSC Atlantic Executive Director Christopher Miller, the center could not perform its mission effectively and affordably across five continents without industry partnerships.
“Industry partners are key to our success in bringing the best information warfare solutions forward to our nation’s warfighters,” said Miller. “We want to give our industry partners more venues and opportunities to get their ideas in front of the right people.”
The center utilized multiple avenues to increase partnership opportunities and dialogue, to include industry days, technology exchanges, defense summits and traditional outreach events.
“SSC Atlantic held 20 industry days in Charleston, Hampton Roads and New Orleans in fiscal year 2018,” said Steve Harnig, SSC Atlantic chief of contracting. “The events were attended by more than 1,000 contractors and facilitated 13 task orders and seven contract actions.”
Additionally, a new industry opportunity opened last year through the launch of the Information Warfare Research Project (IWRP), giving prospective members an understanding of the Other Transaction Authority (OTA) and defining the 14 technical scope areas. Since the initial event in February 2018, SSC Atlantic awarded the first prototype project agreement under the OTA for the IWRP for $1.3 million.
“The center also participates annually with the Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) summit, as well as the Small Business and Industry Outreach Initiative (SBIOI), to improve our collaboration and innovation,” said Robin Rourk, SSC Atlantic’s deputy director for small business programs. “These events, attended by more than 2,300 people, happen at multiple locations, including at SSC Atlantic’s Hampton Roads and New Orleans detachments.”
Other annual defense summits with SSC Atlantic participation included the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association West, Department of the Navy Gold Coast in San Diego, the Navy League’s Sea-Air-Space event and the Office of Naval Research Science and Technology gathering in Washington, D.C.
“We are always looking to identify innovations and efficiencies in our technology growth areas, such as autonomy and embedded systems, cloud computing, data science and analytics, and more,” said Harnig. “By utilizing events like our Technology Exchanges, we were able to interact with close to 400 industry partners and discuss the latest in tech advancements.”
Another key SSC Atlantic collaborative outreach effort is the Contracts Industry Council (CIC), chaired by Steve Harnig and industry representatives of both large and small businesses. The CIC, held every other month in Charleston, is a meeting made up of various contractor types and focused on topics that impact government and industry.
Moving into 2019, outreach efforts and partnerships continue to be a key focus area for SSC Atlantic, with efforts like the 50th SBIOI and Sea-Air-Space 2019, already scheduled to facilitate collaborative learning.
“Industry partnerships have proven to advance efficiency and the process effectiveness needed to accelerate capability delivery,” said Harnig. “This is a key focus area we are working toward as part of SSC Atlantic’s 2019 Execution Plan and SPAWAR’s strategic goals.”
SSC Atlantic provides systems engineering and acquisition to deliver information warfare capabilities to the naval, joint and national warfighter through the acquisition, development, integration, production, test, deployment, and sustainment of interoperable command, control, communication, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (C4ISR), cyber and information technology (IT) capabilities.