As a result of the terrorist attack on the USS Cole in October 2000, the U.S. Navy needed to reevaluate the threat to naval assets and develop mitigations.
As part of the reevaluation, SPA worked with the Navy, from conceptual design to execution and sustainment, to close a security gap in transit escort. We helped develop a naval security package that comprises a variety of SPA’s specialized services:
SPA’s analytic, programmatic, engineering, operational, safety, and policy support helped the Navy achieve key program milestones. The security package we helped develop continues to be an essential feature of emergent threat mitigation.
SPA developed and facilitated a series of wargames and modeling and simulation exercises to identify security and operational requirements for the future naval security package. We also conceptualized and evaluated security system options to mitigate emergent threats to naval assets.
SPA identified suitable in-production systems that reduced acquisition risks. Through lethality testing of weapons systems, modeling and simulation, and system safety engineering, we were able to optimize designed system of systems’ performance.
SPA recommended adapting existing platforms, weapon systems, and system components to conform to the newly established system requirements. The result was an effective solution that provided more capability and reduced the cost to the Navy by over $300M when compared to the baseline option.
SPA developed metrics and data collection processes to monitor and recommend improvements to operational availability and system effectiveness against the threat. We conducted modeling and simulation, on-water exercises, scenario-based crew training, and continuous evaluation of the threat to improve system performance.