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SPA Awarded Industrial Policy Support Contract

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) was awarded an approximately $90M five year contract to support the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy (DASD INDPOL) on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS).

Under this contract, SPA will support the Committee’s efforts to identify, assess, and mitigate foreign investment risks with potential national security impacts. SPA will also work with DASD INDPOL to triage all new CFIUS cases, monitor and assess associated risks, coordinate with Defense Department (DoD) stakeholders and technology experts, and research foreign investment transactions.

“Ensuring U.S. warfighting capabilities maintain the advantage over our adversaries is an essential mission of the Department of Defense and one that our team of dedicated professionals is passionate about,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA President and CEO. “We are honored to have been able to support the Department over the last 15 years helping strengthen the defense industrial base and supply chain resiliency and we look forward to continuing this successful partnership with this new contract well into the future.”

SPA’s Dr. William Vantine Named GovCon Executive of the Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- Dr. William (Bill) Vantine, President and Chief Executive Officer of SPA, was named GovCon Executive of the Year in the $75 - $300 million category by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council. The award was presented at the 17th Annual Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards™, the premier awards program honoring the leadership, innovation, and commitment to excellence of the individuals and businesses in the region's government contracting sector.

“The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce is proud to recognize the winners for their exceptional accomplishments and contributions to the Greater Washington region and the government contracting sector,” said Julie Coons, Northern Virginia Chamber President and CEO.

“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Dr. Vantine, “and I accept the award on behalf of the tremendous team we have at Systems Planning and Analysis. They are dedicated professionals, intensely committed to supporting our clients and critical national security missions.”

Dr. Vantine is a results oriented executive with more than 35 years of experience in the government and commercial sectors. He has served as SPA’s President and CEO since 2016 and, through his leadership, the company is exceeding all expectations and is a leader in delivering high quality solutions to its national security clients. Dr. Vantine brought in a more transparent, inclusive, and merit-based leadership approach that energized the company’s leadership team resulting in significant improvements in quality, employee morale and retention, workforce diversity, business development, and financial performance.

SPA Recognized with HIRE Vets Medallion Award for Second Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- The U.S. Department of Labor announced this week that SPA received the 2019 HIRE Vets Medallion—Gold Award for large employers – recognizing the company’s commitment to recruit, hire, and retain veterans. This is the second year this program has been in effect.

“We are extremely honored that for the second year in a row the Department of Labor has recognized our actions in support of our nation’s veterans,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA president and CEO. “We are proud of the commitment to national service of our veterans and are pleased to be able to provide them the opportunity to continue serving the country as part of the SPA team. All the veterans we have hired have added tremendous value to our work and delivery of high quality services to our clients.”

The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act), is the only federal-level veterans' employment award that recognizes a job creators' commitment to hiring America's veterans. The Award recognizes employers who hire and retain veterans, including their efforts to establish employee development programs and veteran specific benefits to improve retention.

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SPA Chief of Staff Talks about Multi-Domain Operations

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- Recently SPA Australia exhibited at the PACIFIC 2019 International Maritime Exposition through the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Government’s Team Canberra Initiative. Team Canberra is a group of Canberra-region based defence businesses that the ACT Government hand-selected to represent the ACT on the Team Canberra exhibition stand.

During the exposition, the SPA Chief of Staff, John Quigley, was interviewed by the Australian Defence Business Review. He spoke about how SPA-Australia work has grown over the last 10 years and how SPA is supporting clients in Australia today.

He also spoke about the future of Multi-Domain Operations, noting that two aspects of operations have grown in the last few years. The first is interoperability. Quigley stated, “to partner you need interoperability because you need various assets to be able to operate seamlessly with each other in order to get the amplified effects of a joint force.”

The other area of focus is cybersecurity. He noted, “the ability to move your data around in a protected manner such that it’s not compromised, it’s not disrupted and it can be used to the advantage of the warfighter,” is critical to future warfighting success.

The entire interview can be viewed at Recommend viewers use Chrome, not Explorer, to watch the video. And, consider downloading the video to the desktop before watching.

PACIFIC 2019 featured a comprehensive program of international conferences, seminars, and symposia. These industry-only trade and conference sessions were reserved for those with a professional, defence, governmental agency, business, academic, scientific, operational, or response involvement in commercial maritime and naval defence related government and industry sectors.

Vice Admiral Barrett Joins SPA Australia as a Strategic Advisor

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- SPA is pleased to welcome Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, Royal Australian Navy retired and former Chief of Navy, as a strategic advisor for SPA Australia. VADM Barrett spent more than 42 years in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), retiring in July 2018.

During his time as the Chief of Navy and professional head of the Service in Australia, VADM Barrett helped develop plans to regenerate the Navy’s capabilities, as seen in the National Ship Building Plan and the contracts being executed for new submarines, frigates and patrol boats. Prior to being named Chief of Navy, he served as Commander Australian Fleet and was responsible for the command, operations, readiness, training and force generation of all ships, submarines, aircraft squadrons, diving teams, and shore establishments of the Royal Australian Navy.

“SPA provides expert advice and analytically-based evidence to help inform many of the important decisions facing the Australian Defence Force,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA CEO and President. “We built a strong partnership with VADM Barrett during his time as the Chief of Navy and we look forward to his valuable insights and advice to ensure we are able to provide the highest quality support to our Australian clients.”

Vice Admiral Barrett holds a Bachelor of Arts in Politics and History and a Masters of Defense Studies, both from the University of New South Wales and has completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. He was awarded a Conspicuous Service Cross in 2006 for his achievements in naval aviation, and became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009 for his service as Director Naval Officers' Postings and Commander Navy Aviation Group. He was also made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014 for his leadership of Border Protection Command and the Australian Fleet.

SPA Awarded $19M Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with DARPA

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- SPA was awarded a 5-year Modeling and Simulation Support Services Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Under the BPA, SPA will provide Military Operations Analysis, Concepts of Operations Development, Subject Matter Expertise, and System-Level Experimentation and Demonstration to DARPA programs and offices.

The SPA team has well-established capabilities to provide these analytic services across all military operational domains. “SPA has been honored to serve and support DARPA over the past several years,” said CEO, Dr. William Vantine. “We are humbled and grateful to be able to continue to support DARPA’s critical national security mission.”

SPA Names Kerry Kelley as Company Lead in Omaha

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- SPA has named Kerry E. Kelley as the company’s senior representative in Omaha, NE. Ms. Kelley will be responsible for providing modeling, simulation and analysis support to United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) and will be the conduit between SPA and the Department of Defense and other clients in Omaha.

A retired member of the Senior Executive Service (SES), Ms. Kelley brings broad experience in strategic deterrence, nuclear, space and cyberspace. During her more than 30-year career, she developed skills in strategic planning, policy development, financial planning and management, contract development and oversight, and operational risk management. Most recently, as the Director of Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) Systems, Chief Information Officer and Director of the Joint Cyber Center at USSTRATCOM, she was responsible for: providing and assuring global-integrated C4 systems capabilities for the full spectrum of assigned missions; strategic planning, development, budgeting and implementation of the USSTRATCOM enterprise information environment; and the operations and defense of the information environment for USSTRATCOM Headquarters.

Previously, Ms. Kelley was the Associate Director, USSTRATCOM Capabilities and Resource Integration Directorate where she was responsible for conducting force management and analysis to include prioritizing and advocating USSTRATCOM future concepts, mission capability needs, weapons system development, support for emerging technologies, and command and control architecture across the mission areas.

“Ms. Kelley’s experience in nuclear, space and missile defense information capabilities, will provide tremendous benefits to SPA as we continue to grow our services support in these critical joint mission areas,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA’s President and CEO. “We are excited to have someone with Kerry’s experience join our team and we look forward to all she can teach us about supporting USSTRATCOM’s requirements.”

Vice Admiral Benedict Joins SPA Board of Directors

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- SPA is pleased to welcome Vice Admiral Terry Benedict (USN, Ret.) to the SPA Board of Directors. VADM Benedict spent more than 40 years in the United States Navy, retiring as the Director, Strategic Systems Programs (SSP).

As the SSP Director, VADM Benedict was responsible for all aspects of the Navy’s Strategic Weapon System, to include design, development, production, operational support, safety and security. He also was accountable for overall program technical and cost performance, as well as providing recommendations to senior Navy, Office of the Secretary of Defense and Congressional leadership. Prior to SSP, he was the Program Executive Officer—Integrated Warfare Systems, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy (research, development and acquisition), responsible for all surface ship warfare systems including combat systems, radars, Electronic Warfare, missiles, guns, command & control, navigation and training systems.

“SPA built a strong partnership with VADM Benedict during his time as the SSP director. We look forward to the tremendous value he will bring as a strategic advisor, and how his skills and experience will complement our current board members,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA CEO and President.

VADM Benedict is a 1982 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. He also holds a Master of Science in Engineering Science from the Naval Postgraduate School and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. He is a graduate of the Advanced Program Management Course at the Defense Acquisition University, the Executive Leadership Course at Carnegie Mellon, and is a certified project management professional.

Since his retirement in 2018, VADM Benedict has worked as the Chief Operating Officer for Blue Origin, an organization focused on developing ground-breaking spaceflight systems. He also serves on the Board of Directors for Draper, an engineering innovation company and is a member of the National Academies Space Technology Industry-Government-University Roundtable.

Dr. Vantine, SPA CEO and President, Named GovCon Awards Finalist

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- Dr. William Vantine, SPA CEO and President, was named a finalist in the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council (PSC) Government Contractor (GovCon) Awards program.

Presented annually, the purpose of the GovCon Awards is to honor the exceptional work of the leaders and businesses in the region's government contracting sector and for the second year in a row Dr. Vantine was named a finalist as Executive of the Year for companies with $75 million -$300 million in revenue.

“The 2019 Greater Washington Government Contractor Award finalists are the pre-eminent leaders in the government contracting community,” said Julie Coons, Northern Virginia Chamber president and CEO. “The selection process is highly competitive, and all finalists should be very proud of this achievement.”

“I am extremely honored to be named a finalist in the Executive of the Year category,” Dr. Vantine said. “Any success I am recognized for is a direct result of the incredible team we have working at Systems Planning and Analysis, providing critical support to our clients as they make nation security decisions every day.”

The winners will be named during the 17th annual awards gala on Nov. 6 at the Ritz-Carlton Tysons Corner, the premier awards event for the Washington area government contracting community.

SPA Acquires Veracity Forecasting and Analysis

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- SPA has acquired Veracity Forecasting and Analysis, Inc. (Veracity). Terms of the transaction, which closed on July 21, are not being disclosed.

Veracity provides decision support services in the government and defense sector that help large enterprises clarify complex choices. Applying operations research, data science, modeling and simulation, and predictive analytics, they develop decision support tools that improve the speed and quality of complex decision making, whether the decision involves people, places, things, or their combinations.

“With the addition of Veracity, SPA strengthens its position as a leader in operations analysis for national security and defense systems, and broadens our capabilities in the key technical areas of data science and software development,” said William Vantine, CEO of SPA.

“Veracity is excited and pleased to join SPA,” said Mike Macedonia, founder and CEO of Veracity. “Partnering with SPA will afford us the opportunity to offer decision support and prescriptive analytics to a broader set of government sector organizations and challenges.”

Squire Patton Boggs LLP served as legal advisor to SPA. Holland and Knight LLP served as legal advisor to Veracity.

SPA Selected as a 2019 Washington Post Top Workplace

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- For the sixth year in a row, SPA has been named a Top Workplace by The Washington Post.

“On behalf of the entire SPA team, it is a tremendous honor to be selected for the sixth year in a row as a Washington Post Top Workplace in the DC area,” said SPA President and CEO Dr. William Vantine.

“We are proud of the high quality services we provide our clients and the opportunity for our employees to make a difference. Our objective has always been to provide a top tier benefits package, a professional work environment, and the opportunity for individual growth and initiative.”

The Washington Post’s 2019 Top Workplaces are determined based on feedback collected via anonymous employee survey conducted by an independent research firm.

SPA Names Darla Moon Chief Financial Officer

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- SPA has named Darla Moon as Chief Financial Officer effective January 7, 2019.

Ms. Moon brings a wealth of experience and proven success with over 20 years of experience in finance, accounting, mergers and acquisitions, strategic planning and execution. Prior to joining SPA, she served as CFO for the Patriot Group where she was responsible for all facets of the company's finance and accounting activities. Before that, Ms. Moon served as Senior Vice President, Business Operations and CFO at ManTech International Corporation where she was instrumental in spearheading key target acquisitions and oversaw all financial planning, analysis, and contract negotiations for an $800M+ business unit. Ms. Moon holds a Bachelor of Arts in Business Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and is a member of the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) where she was selected as one of the "2012 Professional Women of the Year".

“We are very excited to have Darla join the SPA leadership team,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA’s President and CEO. “She is a highly respected executive with extensive experience in management, budgeting and forecasting, accounting, and mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies.”

SPA Awarded $20M Office of Naval Research Contract

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- SPA was awarded a 5-year, $20M prime contract by the Office of Naval Research (ONR). This is a follow-on contract to work that SPA has provided for the past five years.

The contract requires SPA to provide technical and operational analysis, modeling and simulation, and technology transition planning and management to the Submarine Security Program for Office of the Chief of Naval Operations Undersea Warfare Division and Office of Naval Research Sea Warfare and Weapons, and its stakeholder organizations including Naval Sea Systems Command, The Naval Research Laboratory, among others.

The SPA team has well-established capabilities to support this critical program and has provided support services to ONR in a variety of areas for many years. “SPA has been honored to serve and support the ONR for over 10 years,” said Mr. Edward Wright, Undersea Warfare and Systems Division Director. “We are humbled and grateful to be able to continue our work supporting the Navy’s Submarine Security requirements.”

System Planning and Analysis’ Chris Chisom speaks at DC DATACON

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- On 7 November, Mr. Chris Chisom, SPA's Civil and San Diego Markets Analytics Project Lead was part of a panel discussion at Washington, DC’s 2nd annual DATACON event.

The event, a multidisciplinary conference exploring the technology, economics, ethics, and strategy of data science brought together nearly 1,000 stakeholders in the data community of the national capital region. The conference program and its attendee base represented all facets of the data science ecosystem – Commercial, Government, Academia, Research, and Non-Profit.

As a leader in the operations research and data science community, SPA’s Chris Chisom delivered valuable insights about the practical application of data science projects within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Drawing on recent experience with DHS Headquarters and component clients, Chris’ contributions to the panel discussion helped conference participants better understand many of the day-to-day challenges and opportunities that exist when performing data science projects with DHS partners. In addition, Chris highlighted challenges with hiring and managing data science talent in an environment that requires highly skilled professionals with cleared backgrounds to perform high quality work.

SPA’s expert team of operations analysts, most with advanced education from masters' degrees through doctorates, has broad and deep skill in analysis and assessment of national security capability and risk. Their work on issues such as risk assessment and requirements analysis continues to have enormous impact on important investment decisions across all of the services.

Corporately, SPA maintains and is expanding its pool of talented, cleared, data science professionals to address federal and defense data science problems across the government. The recent work within the DHS, US Coast Guard, and Customs and Border Enforcement, continues to deliver practical data science tools to component analysts and inform executive decision making at the highest levels of the government. For more information on SPA and SPA’s data analytic solutions, explore our website or contact us at

SPA Names William Rittershaus as Director of Huntsville Operations

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- SPA has named William (Bill) Rittershaus as the Director of Huntsville Operations. Mr. Rittershaus will be responsible for business strategy and development in pursuit of markets and opportunities in the Huntsville, Alabama, area with a focus on Conventional Prompt Strike (CPS) and hypersonics-related efforts.

A retired United States Air Force Colonel, Mr. Rittershaus brings a wealth of experience in acquisition program and portfolio management, space systems acquisition and operations, and Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) operations. During his 23-year USAF career, he led various organizations that oversaw the development, planning, programming and purchase of Air Force space and tactical airpower programs, as well as operations of global space systems and launch facilities. Notably, he held the positions of Vice Commander for the 50th Space Wing at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, and Launch Group Deputy Commander and Range Management Squadron Commander at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Earlier in his career, he was a certified missile combat crew commander and trained and evaluated hundreds of crew members and facility managers.

More recently, Bill was the on-site lead for two years supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) in their management of CPS to include assisting with the flight testing of CPS. OSD then selected him to monitor the high priority Ground Based Strategic Deterrent (GBSD) program where he represented OSD interest during GBSD technical reviews.

“Col Rittershaus’ experience in the space, missile and hypersonics communities will provide tremendous benefits as we grow our services support in the Huntsville, Alabama area,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA’s President and CEO. “Bill’s recent work with OSD supporting the CPS and GBSD programs was recognized at the highest levels of the department. We are excited to have someone with his experience and professionalism lead our efforts in Huntsville.”

SPA’s Director of Risk and Advanced Analytics to speak at the American Nuclear Society Winter Meeting

Orlando, Fl.-- On November 13, Mr. Jeff Munns, SPA's Director of Risk and Advanced Analytics, will speak on a panel at the winter meeting of the American Nuclear Society (ANS).

The event, which runs from November 11-15, attracts more than 1,200 participants each year, with representatives from every field of nuclear science and technology from across the U.S. and many countries throughout the world. The 2018 ANS Winter Meeting and Technology Expo is the premier North American nuclear science and technology conference.

Mr. Munns, who recently served as a resident expert on radiological and nuclear terrorism and threats for the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, will speak about nuclear proliferation risk analysis and its role in nuclear risk management. As the Director of Risk and Advanced Analytics with SPA, Mr. Munns leads Civil Markets and San Diego’s data science and analytic efforts, applying rational, systematic, science-based techniques, advanced analytical methods, and critical thinking to help inform clients and to improve decision-making and complex processes. SPA’s participation in this important event represents an opportunity to connect the work that SPA is doing with various civil markets including DHS and the Department of Energy, to the larger nuclear society.

ANS, a not-for-profit, international, scientific and educational organization, was established to unify professional activities within the various fields of nuclear science and technology. To register for this event, or for more information on the program, please visit For more information on SPA, explore our website or contact us at

SPA Recognized with HIRE Vets Medallion Award

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- The U.S. Department of Labor announced this week that SPA received the 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award, recognizing the company’s commitment to recruit, hire, and retain veterans. SPA earned the Platinum Award, and is one of only 239 nation-wide recipients this year.

“We are very honored to be recognized by the Department of Labor for our actions in support of veterans,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA president and CEO. “We appreciate the unique qualities that military experience brings to bear on the challenges our clients face. We provide the education and training to integrate veterans into our workforce and they provide tremendous value to our teams and our clients.”

The HIRE Vets Medallion Program is the only federal-level award for veterans’ employment. Recipients of the 2018 HIRE Vets Medallion Program Demonstration Award were evaluated on several criteria, ranging from veteran hiring and retention to providing veteran-specific resources, leadership programming, dedicated human resources, and compensation and tuition assistance programs.

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SPA – Envisioneering Joint Venture Awarded Potential $28B R&D Support IDIQ

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- Joint Venture partners Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) and Envisioneering, Inc., a service-disabled veteran-owned small business, were selected as an awardee for the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC) Information Analysis Center Multiple Award Contract (IAC MAC) under Pool 2 of the potential nine-year, $28B contract to provide Research and Development (R&D) support services for the Defense Department.

Under this contract, the SPA-Envisioneering Joint Venture will provide research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) and other R&D related analytical services to support DoD components and other U.S. Government agencies and departments. The broad technical scope supports all aspects of identified or potential military, national security-related, and dual-use applications of related technologies and methods. The period of performance runs until 2027.

In a joint statement Brad Lewis, Envisioneering President, and Dr. William Vantine, SPA President and CEO, said, “Envisioneering and SPA are extremely pleased to be awarded this contract and to have the opportunity to conduct and/or support a wide range of studies, evaluations, and analysis of methods in technical areas of vital interest to our clients and across DoD”.

About SPA-Envisioneering Joint Venture

Envisioneering and SPA are the venturing partners.

Envisioneering, Inc. is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) dedicated to mission support and technology development across a broad portfolio of defense-related services, including advanced electronic warfare, ordnance logistics, lab services, and Army Aviation. Since 1993, Envisioneering has provided highly specialized scientific and engineering services to further the Navy’s development of tactical electronic warfare systems, directed energy countermeasures, and modelling and simulation of electronic warfare capabilities for Navy ships.

SPA Names Rear Admiral David Duryea as Director of Naval Initiatives

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- SPA has named Rear Admiral (USN, Ret.) David Duryea as Director, Naval Initiatives, effective August 20, 2018. RDML Duryea will focus his efforts on SPA’s client base in areas such as Undersea Warfare and Special Operations. RDML Duryea’s last position on active duty was as the Commander of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I and Naval Sea Systems Command Director, Undersea Technology (SEA 073) in Washington DC. In this position, he oversaw operations, infrastructure, facilities, security, and 6500 personnel in 15 locations across the United States and overseas. The position included working with Congress, unions, law enforcement, international partners, and commercial and university research and development organizations.

During his extensive career, RDML Duryea served as program manager for numerous programs, including the Special Operations Undersea Mobility Systems Program Office (PMS 399), Submarine Imaging and Electronic Warfare Program Office (PMS 435) and the Advanced Submarine Systems Office (SEA 073R). He was also the Naval Sea Systems Command, Deputy Commander for Undersea Warfare (NAVSEA 07) and Commanding Officer, USS Florida Gold (SSBN 728G).

“Rear Admiral Duryea’s experience in executive leadership and management, as well as his understanding of the Department of Defense’s acquisition and contract policies and requirements will be a significant benefit to SPA in our support to the U.S. Navy as well as many of our other clients,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA’s President and CEO. “We are excited to welcome Rear Admiral Duryea to our business development team.”

He is currently a board member for the following organizations: Globe Composites Solutions Board of Advisors, and the Undersea Technology Innovation Center Advisory Board.

Former Space Shuttle Commander and DARPA Executive Joins SPA Board of Directors

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- SPA announced Friday the appointment of former NASA Space Shuttle Commander and retired USAF Colonel, Pamela A. Melroy, to the SPA Board of Directors. With a distinguished career of over 25 years as a professional jet and test pilot, nearly 1000 hours in space, and executive positions in industry and government, Colonel Melroy brings her unique and extensive experience in space, hypersonics, defense, and international markets to SPA.

Colonel Melroy flew three Space Shuttle missions and was one of only two women to command the Space Shuttle. Before retiring she logged over 6000 hours flight time in more than 50 different aircraft. After leaving NASA in 2009, Colonel Melroy served in government and industry executive positions including the FAA and as the Deputy Director, Tactical Technology Office at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). While at DARPA she oversaw the hypersonics portfolio and national issues related to hypersonics.

“Colonel Melroy brings unique and extensive experience in Space, hypersonics, and the Australian Defence and Space industries. We look forward to the insights and leadership Colonel Melroy brings to our team.” Dr. William Vantine, SPA President and CEO.

Colonel Melroy received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics and Astronomy from Wellesley College and Masters of Science degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

SPA Awarded Navy MPTE Opportunity

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- SPA received a contract which allows the company to compete for task orders to support the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (N1) and Chief of Naval Personnel (CNP) to provide Business Management Support Services (BMSS) for Navy Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education (MPTE).

The DCNO (N1)/CNP, Washington, DC, is responsible for the overall manpower readiness for the United States Navy and the SPA team stands ready to support the execution of that office's responsibilities. Locations may include Washington, DC; Millington, TN; and various MPTE locations across the United States.

SPA has provided support services for Navy MPTE in a variety of areas since 2005, and is pleased to have the opportunity to continue that work. “The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations N1 and all other entities supported under this contract have my personal and corporate commitment that the SPA Team will continue to provide the highest quality support to this critical Navy program,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA President and CEO.

SPA is teamed with nineteen other companies in the competition for follow-on task orders. The SPA Team provides the capabilities and presence across MPTE echelons and geographic locations to respond to any task order envisioned under this Performance Work Statement (PWS) and to integrate efforts across the enterprise.

SPA Employee Recognized as One of “35 Under 35” in the Space Industry

ALEXANDRIA, VA – SPA is proud to announce Mary Hill was recently recognized by the International Institute of Space Commerce as one of their “35 Under 35 in the Space Industry” award winners. Mary is currently the Operations Manager for SPA’s Australia office in Canberra.

According to the IISC website, “the IISC is proud to recognize and award the brightest young entrepreneurs, innovators, authors, artist, technicians, engineers, researchers, and overall game changers in the Space industry as part of its 35 Under 35 annual award. We are living in a world of ever-increasing change where exponential technology is driving both a new digital renaissance and sweeping disruption in traditional space markets in turn leading to new opportunities. We must rely on a new-generation of Space professionals to lead the way.”

“Mary is a consummate professional, self-starter and exceptional communicator who possesses key business development and analytical skills,” said Dr. William Vantine, CEO and President. “She has made tremendous contributions in a variety of technical and leadership positions and was our number one choice to lead the newly opened SPA Australia office. She is a rising leader in SPA.”

Mary has worked as an analyst for Systems Planning and Analysis for 8 years, first as an intern and later as a full time employee. She rose from intern to Senior Operations Research Analyst in seven years. During her years as an analyst, she has provided high quality analytical support to a variety of government customers that have allowed them to make better national security decisions. Mary’s expertise in modeling and simulation; operations research analysis; cost and economic analysis; database and graphical user interface design, development, and management; data mining; performance analysis; and wargaming have made her a valuable, trusted agent for her customers.

“They had a lot of very qualified people who are doing exciting things in space included on this list of awardees,” Mary said. “I feel very honored to have all of my work, and the opportunities provided to me by SPA, recognized through this award.”

The IISC is the world’s leading nonpartisan think-tank dedicated to the study of the business, economics, and commerce of space. Their goal is to transform the global discussion on space commerce working to solve the issues it faces today and tomorrow by driving forward the conversation with a marketplace of new ideas by providing this home for the exchange, discussion, and creation of new ideas in space commerce.

SPA provides timely and objective analysis and integrated technical, operational, programmatic, policy, and business solutions in support of important national security objectives. For more information, visit

SPA named a Top Workplace by The Washington Post.

ALEXANDRIA, VA - For the fifth year in a row, SPA has been named a Top Workplace by The Washington Post.

The Washington Post’s 2018 Top Workplaces are determined based on feedback collected via an anonymous employee survey conducted by the independent research firm. The survey results were compared to over 3,000 companies that were nominated and SPA was selected for the Top Workplace recognition among 50 other medium sized companies.

SPA received very high ratings on leadership connections, company values and ethics, employee development, communication, pay and benefits, work-life balance and business development.

“We pride ourselves in hiring high quality people, providing a professional working culture and ensuring all employees have the chance to grow and develop through education and training opportunities,” said SPA President and CEO Dr. William Vantine. “Our employees are the backbone of our company and the reason for our success. They bring their education, experience and talent to every client, every day, resulting in high-quality, significant analysis and results. The Top Workplace recognition is a direct result of anonymous feedback from our employees. So to receive this recognition is extremely inspiring,” he said. “I am proud of their commitment to the company and our clients and honored to accept this Top Workplace recognition, on their behalf, for the fifth year in a row.”

SPA Names Joseph Wysocki as Vice President, Space and Cyber Programs

ALEXANDRIA, VA - SPA has named Joseph Wysocki as Vice President, Space and Cyber Programs (Rocky Mountains and Western Sector). Mr. Wysocki will be responsible for growing SPA’s space and cyber client base across the Department of Defense, the Intelligence Community, and among US international partners.

A retired United States Air Force Colonel, Mr. Wysocki brings broad experience in space and nuclear weapons operations. During his 25-year USAF career, he led various organizations performing space surveillance, command and control, space launch, and satellite operations. He also brings significant experience in business operations and professional services support from his prior position as Vice President and Sector Director for Scitor Corporation where he was responsible for corporate support to military services, the Office of Secretary of Defense and various other DoD agencies. During this time he had profit and loss performance responsibility across a wide range of space and aviation sector contracts. While at Scitor, he was also the Director of Market Development and led Scitor’s expansion into new cybersecurity and nuclear power market sectors.

More recently, Mr. Wysocki is the founder and CEO of Artyfex Solutions, Inc., a business consulting firm serving government and private clients in aerospace, cybersecurity, energy and health care sectors. He has helped companies implement new market entry strategies, form strategic alliances and improve proposal development processes.

“Col Wysocki’s insight in the space and cyber communities, from both the military and industry perspectives, will provide tremendous benefits to SPA as we continue to grow our services support to those sectors,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA’s President and CEO. “We are excited to have someone with Joe Wysocki’s experience and success join our management team.”

SPA Opens New Office in Canberra, Australia

ALEXANDRIA, VA - Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (SPA) recently opened a new office in Canberra, Australia.

Systems Planning and Analysis, Australia PTY LTD, is a wholly owned subsidiary of SPA and a registered proprietary limited company in New South Wales. The office will not only support our current Australian customers, but will be the hub for all support to new Australian government clients.

“SPA has supported the Royal Australian Navy Future Submarine Program for nearly eight years,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA President and CEO. “We are excited to continue that important work and expand to support other areas within the Australian Defence Force and government. Our new office in Canberra allows us to be closer to our clients to provide responsive and objective support in person.”

The new office is expected to grow over the next few months, including the hiring of local employees to support our work.

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