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Congratulations Bruce Miller

In March, 2015, The George Washington Center for Cyber & Homeland Security (CCHS) Announced Senior Fellows and SPA’s Bruce Miller was among them!

CCHS is a “nonpartisan “think and do” tank whose mission is to carry out policy-relevant research and analysis on homeland security, counterterrorism, and cybersecurity issues.” CCHS is an organization of domestic and international policymakers and practitioners at all levels of government, the private and non-profit sectors, and academia. The Center’s purpose is to develop innovative strategies to address and confront current and future threats.

Bruce has been selected as a fellow on the Homeland Security Strategy and Emerging Threats Task Force, which is one of four Task Forces. He was selected following an open, competitive process and will serve in the position for a two-year term which started April 1, 2015.

Bruce will help create the Center’s policy and research agenda as well as contribute to the work of the Center and participating as a speaker at policy events; writing and publishing policy reports, opinion pieces, and blog posts; and engaging in outreach with the news media and other stakeholders on behalf of the Center.

SPA would like to take this opportunity to publically congratulate Bruce on his selection to such a distinguished group of policy experts.

To view the official announcement:

Analysis support to OPNAV N9I, Warfare Integration Division

In February, 2015, SPA was awarded a one-year task order fully funded at $500K under the OPNAV N1 Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education (MPTE) & Chief of Naval Personal IDIQ for services in support of the Warfare Integration Division, OPNAV N9I.

OPNAV N9I is responsible for warfare requirements coherence and wholeness, program interoperability and integration, and leads the development of the Integrated Sponsor Program Proposal (ISPP). SPA’s support is primarily to the Program Integration Branch within N9I, which is responsible for advising the Director on matters pertaining to wholeness of naval capabilities, and programming and budgeting, to include leading a collaborative process to develop the ISPP ensuring alignment with Defense and Navy strategy.

SPA will provide analysis and subject matter expertise to assist in developing and defending the N9 ISPP as part of the Navy’s annual Program Objective Memorandum (POM) build and will assist in preparing responses to Congressional inquiries. SPA will also assess and provide expert recommendations on prioritizing N9 investments to maximize implementation of DoD and CNO mission and task priorities consistent with the Navy Strategic Plan (NSP), the Front End Assessment (FEA), N80 programming guidance, and Integrated Priority Lists (IPLs) developed by Fleet Forces Command and the US Combatant Commanders.

This work is managed by UTAG, with Bill Hoeft as the Project Manager supported by a team including Allison Papendick, Chuck Mayer, John Krempasky, Adam Montjoy (MRAD) and Dave Augustin. The work is performed at SPA HQ with frequent interactions at the Pentagon with the N9I Director, RADM Rick Breckenridge, the N9I staff, and representatives from all of the N9 resource sponsors.

SPA to Provide Support Services for Navy Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPTE) to OPNAV N1

Alexandria, VA – January 20, 2015 - Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) has been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide professional, technical and administrative support services in support of the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPTE) OPNAV N1/BUPERS Washington.

“The SPA team is grateful for the opportunity provided by OPNAV N1 through the award of this contract.” said Kirk Donald, President and Chief Executive Officer. He added, “We are confident in our ability to provide the best support and are committed to the success of the Navy and the Nation.”

SPA will prime the contract with sub-contractors including: Addx Corporation, E Quality Corporation, Ernst & Young LLP, Herdt Consulting, Inc., Innovative Aviation Services, Inc., Integrated Training Solutions, Kratos Defense & Rocket Support Services, Inc., The LDM Group, The Lewin Group, Inc., Loyola Enterprises Inc., Science Applications International Corp., Synchron, LLC, Veracity Forecasting and Analysis.

SPA will compete for task orders under the terms and conditions of the awarded contract. The maximum value of the contract is $33.4M

Halloween Candy Donation

November 2014: SPA has donated over 50 pounds of leftover Halloween Candy to the USO in an effort to fill care packages for the U.S. Military through Operation Gratitude. It’s one way we would like to say “Thank you for serving!”

SPA Welcomes Arthur H. “Trip” Barber III

Trip BarberNovember 2014: Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. is pleased to welcome Mr. Arthur H. “Trip” Barber III to its team. Barber comes to SPA after retiring from his position as Deputy Director for the Navy Assessments Division (N81) for the office of the CNO and as the Navy’s Chief Analyst.

Barber’s expertise extends into the joint arena and brings to SPA significant experience in resource and requirements analysis, defense program development, and strategic planning. Kirk Donald, President and CEO of SPA shares, “I have had the good fortune to work with Trip extensively. He is a person of integrity and exceptional competence. Further, he is a courageous advocate for a rigorous analytical approach to solving the most challenging problems that leaders are facing today in the national security arena. Trip will bring tremendous value to our existing and potential clients with his insightful and creative approaches to their issues.”

SPA Named to Top Workplaces List

June 2014: Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (SPA) has been selected as one of The Washington Post Top Workplaces.

The Top Workplaces are determined based on feedback collected via an employee survey conducted by the independent research firm WorkplaceDynamics, LLP.

According to SPA President and CEO Kirk Donald, the selection reflects a great company-wide team effort during what many consider to be some of the most challenging times recently experienced in the federal sector professional services business. “SPA strives to provide employees with a professional work environment that encourages creativity and individual initiative, along with doing work that is important to both our clients and to the nation. I am tremendously proud of how our team has met every challenge and consistently delivered highest quality service to our customers. ” said Donald.

“The recognition is especially meaningful because it represents feedback directly from our employees,” he added. “Being named to the Top Workplaces list means we’re doing a lot of things right, and we are going to keep working to get even better.”

The Washington Post published the complete list of Top Workplaces on June 22nd and it can be seen here.

SPA Joins Board of Systems Engineering Council

April 2014: SPA joined the International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) as a member of the Corporate Advisory Board, allowing SPA to join forces with other industry professionals to influence INCOSE’s direction, focus and priorities.

INCOSE is a not-for-profit membership organization founded to develop and disseminate the interdisciplinary principles and practices that enable the realization of successful systems. The Corporate Advisory Board is the “Voice of the Corporate Customer,” and serves as a conduit between INCOSE and industry to engage key corporate systems engineering-related issues and information.

“SPA brings its 40 years of SE experience to the board position,” said Kirk Donald, SPA President and CEO. “We look forward to working with the broader community to strengthen the overall state of Systems Engineering practices and activities that are important to all of us.”

SPA CEO Featured in Washington Post

January 2014 – SPA President and CEO Kirk Donald was profiled in a recent “New at the Top” in the Washington Post. Read the article here.

SPA Names Kirk Donald President and CEO

Photo of Kirk DonaldJan. 6, 2014 -- The Board of Directors of Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) has named Kirkland H. Donald as President and CEO.

Retired Navy Admiral Kirk Donald joined SPA as Executive Vice President in June 2013 after a 37-year career in the U.S. Navy. His last assignment, for eight years, was Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion and Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration’s Naval Reactors. Prior to that, he served as Commander of the U.S. Submarine Forces.

Having founded SPA in 1972, Phillip E. Lantz, President and CEO of SPA for 41 years, will continue as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Under his leadership, the three-person company grew to a $100M per year organization, providing decision support for national security programs through the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Energy.

SPA Awarded N81 World Class Modeling Contract

Nov. 19, 2013 – SPA was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide world class modeling and simulation services in support of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Assessment Division (N81).

The services are for systems engineering, model development and research, model modification and improvements, and model testing, transition, and demonstration support. The models support OPNAV in the areas of warfighting, manpower, and fleet readiness. SPA is the prime for the contract with five sub-contractors: Sonalysts, Inc., Concept Analysis and Integration LLC (CAI), Innovative Decisions, Inc., ProModel Corporation, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

Sub League Honors Phil Lantz for more than 50 Years of Contributions

Oct. 28, 2013 -- Phillip E. Lantz, founder and long-time President and CEO of Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA), was honored Oct. 24 for more than 50 years of personal contributions to the US Navy submarine programs. Lantz is currently SPA’s Chairman of the Board.

The Naval Submarine League presented Lantz with the Distinguished Civilian Award at their annual symposium banquet. The award recognizes “the personal contributions of a government or industry individual whose contributions have been of extraordinary value to the success of the Navy submarine program.”