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SPA Names Rear Admiral David Duryea as Director of Naval Initiatives

ALEXANDRIA, Va.-- Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (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.-- Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (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.-- Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (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 – Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (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 www.spa.com.

SPA named a Top Workplace by The Washington Post.

Top Work Places in 2017ALEXANDRIA, VA - For the fifth year in a row, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (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 - Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (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

SPA Australia Logo HomeALEXANDRIA, 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.

SPA Appraised at CMMI Maturity Level 3

CMMI Maturity Level 3 for Development & Services

ALEXANDRIA, VA - Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (SPA) announced today it has been appraised at Maturity Level 3 for Research & Development Software and Staff Augmentation Services of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) after an independent organization conducted the appraisal last month.

CMMI is a globally-recognized set of best practices that enable organizations to improve performance, key capabilities, and critical business processes. During the appraisal, more than 20 different SPA process areas across a wide range of technical and program management competencies were reviewed for evidence of maturity.

An appraisal at Maturity Level 3 indicates the organization is performing at a “defined” level. At this level, processes are well characterized and understood and are described in standards, procedures, tools, and methods. The organization’s set of standard processes, which is the basis for Maturity Level 3, is established and improved over time.

“One of SPA’s goals has always been to provide unrivaled support to our clients by taking a proactive approach to high-quality projects and processes,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA’s President and CEO. “This rating indicates that our work has received the highest form of third-party validation. We will ensure we remain dedicated to continuous improvement and production of high-value work.”

CMMI Institute provides the tools and support for organizations to benchmark their capabilities and build maturity by comparing their operations to best practices and identifying performance gaps. For over 25 years, thousands of high-performing organizations have earned a CMMI maturity level rating and proved they are capable business partners and suppliers.

Admiral Haney Joins SPA Board of Directors

ALEXANDRIA, VA - Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (SPA) is pleased to welcome Admiral Cecil Haney (USN, Ret.), to the SPA Board of Directors. ADM Haney spent almost 40 years in the United States Navy, retiring as the Commander, United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM).

As the USSTRATCOM Commander, ADM Haney was responsible for the global command and control of U.S. strategic forces to meet decisive national security objectives involving nuclear forces, missile defense, space, cyberspace, and electronic warfare. Prior to USSTRATCOM, he served as commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet and then Deputy Commander of USSTRATCOM. During his career as a submariner, ADM Haney commanded at all levels including as Commander USS Honolulu (SSN 718), Submarine Squadron One and Submarine Group 2. He also served as a member of the Congressionally-mandated Military Leadership Diversity Commission which made recommendations for improvement in 2011.

“Admiral Haney brings extensive experience in nuclear deterrence; submarine warfare; military operations (specifically in the Pacific); DoD acquisition process, plans, policy and requirements; strategic nuclear forces and missile defense; and space and cyberspace operations,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA CEO and President.

“Admiral Haney brings extensive experience in nuclear deterrence; submarine warfare; military operations (specifically in the Pacific); DoD acquisition process, plans, policy and requirements; strategic nuclear forces and missile defense; and space and cyberspace operations,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA CEO and President.

“SPA’s foundation is in supporting many Navy missions and clients. We look forward to the invaluable experience and insight ADM Haney will bring to the company and the SPA Board of Directors,” Dr. Vantine said.

ADM Haney is a 1978 graduate of the United States Naval Academy. Haney also holds Master’s degrees in National Security Strategy from the National Defense University and in Engineering Acoustics and System Technology from the Naval Post Graduate School. Among his many commendations and medals, ADM Haney was the Vice Admiral James Bond Stockdale Leadership Award recipient in 1998.

Since his retirement in 2017, Admiral Haney serves on the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Board of Managers, the Naval Studies Board of the National Academy of Sciences, the Center for New American Securities Board of Directors and as a co-chair for the China-U.S. Dialogue on Strategic Nuclear Dynamics for the Pacific Forum of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

SPA Sponsors Defense R&D Summit Hosted by Potomac Officers Club

ALEXANDRIA, VA - Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (SPA) sponsored the Potomac Officer’s Club Defense Research and Development Summit on 31 January.

Over 200 industry professionals attended the event to hear from Dr. Steven Walker, Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA); Dr. Will Roper, founding Director of the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO); Wyn Elder, former Executive Assistant to the Vice Chairman on the Joint Chiefs of Staff; and Dr. Alexander Kott, Chief Scientist for the U.S. Army Research Laboratory.

Additionally, Mr. Trip Barber, chief analyst for Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., introduced and moderated the panel discussion, which included the following participants: Dr. Thomas Burns, Director of the Strategic Technology Office of DARPA; Maj Gen William Cooley, commander of the Air Force Research Laboratory; Leigh Madden, General Manager of Microsoft’s Defense Department office; CAPT Scott Moran, commanding officer of the Naval Research Lab; and Dr. Jaret Riddick, director of the Vehicle Technology Directorate for the Army Research Laboratory.

The overarching theme for the summit’s presentations and discussions centered around increasing the pace by which technologies can be delivered to the warfighter and the challenges with this goal. Also, there was a lot of focus on how industry can aid in the development of defense-specific technologies, in some cases using current commercial products and software.

SPA was proud to help sponsor this robust agenda of dynamic speakers and to participate in the POC event.

SPA Hosts and Honors Guadalcanal Veteran

ALEXANDRIA, VA - SPA honors Technical Sargent Theodore R. Marolda, Guadalcanal Veteran, and all U.S. Marines as the USMC celebrates its 242nd birthday. TSgt recently visited SPA and the Washington DC area and we were honored to spend time with him and learn about his actions and sacrifices on behalf of this nation.

Here is a video, which includes comments from TSgt Marolda, honoring the USMC on its 242nd birthday.

SPA to Support Office of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Capabilities Office

ALEXANDRIA, VA - Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (SPA) was awarded a contract to support Analysis and Assessment Services for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO).

SPA will conduct Naval and Joint Warfare Analysis, Concept of Operations (CONOPS) development and provide expertise in identifying and analyzing strategic and operational military value of new technologies or alternative applications of current technologies.

“The Department of Defense continues to strengthen its capabilities to address current and future threats,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA President and CEO. “Our team will use their experience and analytical capabilities to help the SCO evaluate the military utility of potential initiatives.”

The $3.2M contract was issued by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific.

SPA Expands to New Office in Washington D.C.

ALEXANDRIA, VA - Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (SPA) recently opened a new satellite office at Maritime Plaza in Washington D.C.

The office, which will primarily be used by our Strategic Operations and Security Division, is located across the street from the Washington Navy Yard. The new offices feature offices and a secure room for storage of classified material. The state-of-the-art conference room includes touch screen monitors and projectors, which can display data from multiple devices.

“SPA continues to look for ways to support our customers in the Department of Defense, and specifically those in the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs offices,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA President and CEO. “We are excited to provide additional support facilities for all our clients and the conference room can be used as an adaptable, electronic war room when our customers want to conduct strategy sessions.”

The new facility is located on 12th Street in Southeast Washington D.C.

SPA to support Department of Defense Innovation Efforts

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (SPA) received a $26 million contract to support the Department of Defense’s Research, Development, and Acquisition Task Force (RDA TF) and the Office of Net Technical Assessment (ONTA).

SPA has supported the RDA TF and ONTA for the last six years, conducting analysis and net technical assessments for the Department of Defense. As the Office of the Secretary of Defense reorganizes to support the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD (R&E)), SPA will continue to deliver expert analysis and assessment supporting ONTA, providing products and services to inform senior decision makers within USD (R&E).

“As the Department of Defense stands up the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering organization we are honored to support their goal to drive innovation and accelerate the advancement of the United States’ warfighting capability,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA President and CEO. “We thank the Department of Defense for allowing us to support them for the past six years and we look forward to continuing this successful partnership.”

The contract is the company’s largest Task Order award under SPA’s Analytical and Technical Services Support (ATSS) multiple award IDIQ prime contract.

SPA Announces ISO 9001:2015 Certification

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (SPA) announced Wednesday it received ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001:2015 certification after an independent registrar conducted the registration audit last month.

ISO 9001 is a quality management standard that assists service providers and companies meet customer satisfaction standards, work more efficiently, and enhance quality control processes. During the audit, SPA’s Quality Management System was found to fully meet all ISO 9001:2015 standards. Annually, surveillance audits will be conducted to ensure continual compliance with the standards.

“SPA has always strived to provide unrivaled technical and analytical support to our clients, who are national security decision makers,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA’s President and CEO. “ISO 9001:2015 will help us further improve our internal processes and customer support, and continue to ensure we provide superior advice, analysis and products as we grow the company and expand into new markets.”

ISO is the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards, and ISO 9001:2015 defines the requirements for Quality Management Systems. Using common standards aids in the design of quality products and services and increases business productivity and customer satisfaction. The management standards of the ISO 9001:2015 certification are observed by more than one million companies in more than 170 countries worldwide.

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