VPSI Awarded Defensive Cyberspace Operations Engineering Contract

VPSI Press
December 14, 2017
SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific has selected Vector Planning & Services, Inc. for award to support the development of a distributed security operations center (SOC) for the US Navy. This SOC will include capabilities such as packet capture and analytics; large-scale data analytics, Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) integration, and malware analysis on this defensive cyberspace operations engineering contract.
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Since 2012, the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment has frequently listed cybersecurity as a major danger to our nation’s security.
According to VPSI CEO, Mr. Greg Hammond, “This Defensive Cyber Operations Enclave will require full lifecycle development across multiple domains to monitor, detect, identify, track, deter and defeat adversary, criminal and insider Cyber activities on Naval networks. VPSI is proud of the opportunity to support the Navy in establishing the environment from which Navy DCO forces will conduct network-monitoring activities.”
The Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) Enclave is a pre-Program of Record (POR) initiative of the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific (SSC PAC), Code 58250 (Innovative Cybersecurity Engineering) group.
“VPSI is proud to lead a team of professionals with the collective technical and engineering expertise necessary to perform Information Systems engineering, Information Security scientific research, and Department of Defense/National Security System documentation support for the Navy and proud of the efforts of all involved to bring this award to VPSI.” (Greg Hammond, CEO)
This recent award is an illustration of VPSI’s commitment to excellence, and taking the necessary steps to adapt to a changing threat vector. VPSI recently appointed a Cyber Security Technical Manager, Mr. Michael Anderson (read story here), who will lead the company’s Information Assurance Working Group and manage VPSI’s accreditation test lab.
Cybersecurity is evolving into perhaps the greatest threat to face our nation in some time, VPSI remains vigilant and ready to support the mission requirements of our clients.


VPSI Achieves Fifteen Year Milestone Supporting Navy MILSATCOM

VPSI Press
May 5, 2017

The fifth Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite recently achieved operational status for legacy Ultra High Frequency (UHF) communications. This achievement also marks the 15th year of Vector Planning & Services, Inc.’s (VPSI) engineering and program support services in support of Navy’s Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) programs.

Beginning in 2002, VPSI has provided systems engineering for the acquisition and sustainment of UHF Follow-On and MUOS satellites, for the MUOS ground system, and for the support of Navy leased commercial satellite services. VPSI engineers, analysts, and technical subject matter experts have conducted MILSATCOM requirements analyses, reviews, satellite validation and verification, launch support, and testing activities alongside our Government counterparts. MUOS provides ultra-high frequency narrow band communication to the warfighter delivering greater mobility, higher bit rates and improved operational availability.

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MUOS provides ultra-high frequency narrow band communication to the warfighter delivering greater mobility, higher bit rates and improved operational availability.

Guided by VPSI’s Satellite Communications Program Manager, Wayne Mandak, VPSI today provides MUOS ground system engineering, technical, operation, and cybersecurity support for the MUOS system. The MUOS satellites are dual payload, with legacy UHF and the technology leading implementation of the Wideband Code Division Multiple Access, a cellular-like system to provide warfighters with expanded capacity, and on-the-move communications.

Tony Nufer, VPSI’s Western Region Director, said, “Achievement of this 15-year milestone has only been possible through the dedication of our employees working closely with the Navy program engineering and acquisition teams. VPSI’s forward-looking MILSATCOM experts are now focused on the future, offering paths to improved operation, sustainment, and, ultimately, enhancement and replacement of satellites and systems for spaced-based communications.”

VPSI salutes all of those who have worked diligently and with enthusiasm to reach this key program milestone. To you we say, Bravo Zulu!


VPSI Awarded Cyberspace Science, Research, Engineering and Technology Integration Small Business Multiple Award Contract.

VPSI Press
March 8, 2017

SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific has selected Vector Planning & Services, Inc. for award of a Cyberspace Science, Research, Engineering and Technology Integration Small Business Multiple Award Contract. VPSI, with teammates American Systems Corporation, San Diego State University Research Foundation, and Secure Mission Solutions-A Parsons Company, will address architecture, engineering, functionality, interface, and interoperability of Cyberspace Operations systems, services and capabilities including enabling technologies. The contract will permit VPSI to compete to perform these services within a limited group of small businesses for a three year base period with an option for an additional two years.Cybersecurity

VPSI’s CEO Paul Ilg, VADM USN (Ret), stated the award is a culmination of over a year of planning and introduction to SSC Pacific of a select and unique team meeting the broad requirements of the challenges in cyberspace, while capitalizing on the specialized capabilities of each member. VPSI is proud to lead a team of professionals with the demanding technical and engineering expertise necessary to protect our nation’s national defense and our warfighters from an expanding cyber threat.

This recent award is an illustration of VPSI’s commitment to excellence, and taking the necessary steps to adapt to a changing threat vector. VPSI recently appointed a Cyber Security Technical Manager, Mr. Michael Anderson (read story here), who will lead the company’s Information Assurance Working Group and manage VPSI’s accreditation test lab.

Cyber Security is evolving into perhaps the greatest threat to face our nation in some time, VPSI remains vigilant and ready to support the mission requirements of our clients.


VPSI Appoints Cyber Security Technical Manager

VPSI Press
March 1, 2017

VPSI announced today that it has appointed Mr. Michael Anderson as its Cyber Security Technical Manager. “Cyber Security is evolving into perhaps the greatest threat to face our nation in some time- to remain vigilant and ready to support the mission requirements of our clients, it is imperative that VPSI remains at the forefront of this evolving threat vector.” said Paul Ilg (CEO, VADM USN ret), “For this reason we are appointing Michael to this role- he has a wealth of experience and is respected as a Subject Matter Expert in this field.

As VPSI’s Cyber Security Technical Manager, Mr. Anderson will provide guidance and expertise for VPSI’s cyber security workforce and customers across the corporation. He will ensure VPSI is current with Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, and National Institute of Standards and Technology cyber security requirements. Mr. Anderson will lead the company’s Information Assurance Working Group and manage VPSI’s accreditation test lab.

Mr. Anderson is a former Navy Information System Technician with over 30 years of comprehensive experience in information technology support, communications planning and operations, Acquisition Information Assurance Strategies, cyber security compliance, and accreditation. Mr. Anderson, as a Fully Qualified Navy Validator (FQNV) has overseen more than fifty Interim Authority to Test, Interim Authority to Operate Authority to Operate, and Denial Authority to Operate packages under the DIACAP process. He has also participated the Navy Risk Management Framework transition initiative and is considered by many a Subject Matter Expert in this field.


What We Do Matters, Every Day

From the Desk of Paul Ilg, CEO. VADM (USN ret)
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From time to time it is good to stop and remind ourselves that what we do, the missions that we support, the capability and services that we provide, does matter. Every single employee, from the front line employees performing at the client level, to the back-office support staff- what you do every day matters. It matters to each other, to our clients, and to the company. VPSI has a proud history of exceptional client service, and all of you are a part of that history. Understanding what VPSI represents is important in establishing a common corporate identify. Please allow me a moment to remind you of who we are, and what we do.

VPSI is “At the Delivering Edge of Technology”. We deliver services and solutions that enhance our client’s mission performance by providing cybersecurity, technology and operations for information systems, and engineering for satellite communications- when and where it matters. From keeping our nation’s Cyber-Warrior Boot Camp running smoothly , to putting into space our nation’s first cellular based satellite system- we provide services and solutions that deliver capability.

All of you, in your efforts, are part of that mission-providing services and solutions that deliver capability.

We are proud of all of your efforts, dedication, and professionalism. VPSI has a bright future in front of us.

Thank you for your efforts,
Paul


Robert Draper named Director of Business Development

Vector Planning & Services, Inc. (VPSI) formally announced today that Business Development operations would be consolidated under the appointment of Robert Draper, as the Director of Business Development. Robert and FaliRobert joined VPSI as its twelfth employee in the summer of 1999 as an intern. Over his tenure, his responsibilities have included developing and executing the CT&E assessment for the NMCI program; implementing infrastructure for IT services in the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest, and Okinawa Japan. In his last operational role before returning to corporate staff, he served as the Base Network Operations Manager at Camp Pendleton where he managed a staff of over 100 delivering IT services to over 30,000 end-users.

Throughout all of his operational tasking, Robert has been involved in Business Development from the beginning. Often called on for his expertise in IT Service Delivery, or his mastery of Project Management, Robert has served in every role in the BD life-cycle. This appointment is a reflection of a corporate culture that empowers and encourages employee professional growth.

When asked about his appointment, “I look back across nearly 18 years with VPSI, and I am amazed at what I have been so fortunate to do, to be a part of, and to learn. Paul [Ilg, CEO, Vice Admiral USN (ret)] has been a very patient friend along the years, I have learned a lot about myself, about business, and about managing people from him. I am grateful for his friendship and the lessons that he has imparted on me, I wouldn’t be here today if it were not for him. It is also important for me to remember the man who saw something, took a chance, and gave me the opportunity- my friend and mentor- Vinh Vo. I miss him every day- but I will never forget the lessons he taught me- almost always in riddles. Thank you Vinh- this day means a great deal to me. I will continue to serve in the best interest of the Company, diligently and professionally. I also wish to thank my best friend- my wife Fali- without her patient understanding and support- none of this would have happened for me. She has been there for me, every step of the way.”

Robert and Fali have been married for 20 years and when he first started with VPSI, their son Jason (who is now serving in the United States Marines- a long family tradition) was only two years old. Raising their family has often felt like a “VPSI family” to which they give great credit to VPSI. Robert and his wife are avid weight lifters, Yoga enthusiasts, and train Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with the Alliance Team in Eastlake, CA.


VPSI’s Systems Engineering Team Supports MUOS-5 Satellite Achievement

Vector Planning & Services, Inc. (VPSI) is pleased to congratulate the U.S. Navy – Industry Team for the fifth Mobile User Objective Systems (MUOS) communications satellite achievement of an operational orbit and deployment of the satellite arrays and antennas.MUOS-5The Navy announced on November 3 that the satellite will undergo on-orbit testing for acceptance into the five-satellite MUOS constellation.

VPSI has supported this milestone as the Systems Engineering Support Services contractor to the Program Executive Office Space Systems and the Navy Communications Satellite Program Office. Built by Lockheed Martin, MUOS provides narrowband ultra-high frequency (UHF) satellite communications with two payloads, one for legacy UHF satellite communications and the other a technology leading use of a Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (WCDMA) waveform to provide the warfighter more mobile, higher data rate, and improved operational available communications. VPSI’s Team of employees and subcontractors has supported the MUOS program since its inception and continue to provide systems engineering program excellence through test, operation, and sustainment of the MUOS space and ground systems.

VPSI’s CEO, VADM Paul Ilg USN (Ret), said “Completing the MUOS constellation of four operational and one in-orbit spare satellites marks the beginning of an era of providing warfighters with mobile communications similar to those we’ve come to expect in our daily lives; always there, voice and data, with ever increasing capabilities. We are very pleased and proud of our Team’s employees for being a part of this success.”

VPSI Systems Engineering

VPSI’s systems engineers develop innovative solutions to ensure knowledge superiority to and for the end user through design, acquisition, and life-cycle support of integrated C2 and C5ISR systems; IT; and Satellite Communications (SATCOM) Services and Solutions. Our engineers are involved in all phases of the C5ISR life-cycle including Systems Engineering, Test and Evaluation (T&E), and Systems Implementation/Installation. We have been instrumental in fielding proven innovative solutions to support the DoD, Federal agencies, and our warfighters. Leveraging our CMMI ML3 certification, we ensure consistent, repeated, and positive results for all of our supported and deployed solutions.


Vector Planning & Services, Inc. named as Subcontractor to Trabus Technologies, Inc.

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Vector Planning & Services, Inc. named as Subcontractor to Trabus Technologies, Inc.

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SAN DIEGO, CA
March 16, 2016
Ms. Deborah Yee

Vector Planning & Services, Inc. (VPSI), a privately held company founded in 1997, is pleased to announce its association with Trabus Technologies, Inc. on TRABUS’ recently awarded prime contract: Airborne Networking and Communications MAC for SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific.

Trabus Technologies, Inc., San Diego, California, was awarded a $7,419,653 indefinite-delivery-quantity (IDIQ), cost-reimbursement contract for technical services providing airborne communications and networking, services engineering, technical and programmatic services for communication and networking systems, and associated certification and information assurance for new development, current operations and planned upgrades. This three-year contract includes two (2) one-year option periods, which if exercised, would bring the total value of this contract to an estimated $12,597,022, and is expected to be completed March 2019.

“Working with Industry partners to provide improved service solutions to SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific is a strategic VPSI goal,” said Paul Ilg, President and CEO of VPSI. “With TRABUS’s team, Airborne Networks and Communications to the warfighter will be best served.”

About VPSI
VPSI was established in 1997 and represents a business based on the philosophy of continually striving to exceed the expectations of its clients; developing and maintaining solid, lasting relationships with its partners; and providing a rewarding and motivating work environment for its employees. Every aspect of VPSI’s vision encompasses a commitment to these principles.

Since its founding, VPSI has been guided by the founding discipline of providing innovative, efficient, and cost effective solutions that are customized to the needs of its clients at competitive costs. VPSI’s best value solutions are driven by innovation, and guided by industry standard best practices for the highest quality. VPSI is an innovative company that delivers proven IT, Cyber Security, and Systems Engineering, with extensive experience across the DoD and Federal agencies. We are positioned in many strong growth sectors of DoD and the Federal markets.

About TRABUS
Trabus Technologies (TRABUS) is a minority-owned, service disabled veteran owned small business (SDVOSB) headquartered in San Diego, California, dedicated to solving real-world problems that drive market innovation across the government and multiple industry sectors. Fast-growing and widely diversified, TRABUS is a high-tech IT and engineering corporation that continues to expand its portfolio of capabilities, programs and services, thriving on practical solutions to the toughest challenges in cyber, wireless, and unmanned systems.

TRABUS is a privately held company focused on providing its customers with the very best in diversified technologies while remaining agile, innovative, and cost effective. Its performance trademark is to leverage understanding of both operational and technology requirements, translating this understanding into technology solutions, solving problems with fewer people, in less time, and in more depth.


VPSI Sponsors Operation Surf

VPSI is proud to sponsor Operation Surf—a week-long, intensive rehabilitative program that uses surfing to help wounded veterans overcome their physical and psychological injuries. Many of the wounded service members traveled from Texas’ Center for the Intrepid—some of them had never seen the ocean before. After arriving in Cocoa Beach, FL, participants were matched with an instructor and a team of safety volunteers to help them learn the basics of paddling and riding waves.

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Kelly Patterson was wounded in action, and when the doctors went in to replace her hip, they found cancer. Kelly beat the cancer, and showed the same tenacity during Operation Surf—she was paddling into waves by herself and going down the line by Day 2. (Photo Credit: Florida Today, March 20th 2015)

 

“VPSI is proud of it’s heritage in support of this nations Services, Departments, and Agencies, particularly the Department of Defense. Many VPSI employees are veterans, and giving back, in support of those who have been injured in service to the country, is an important element of who VPSI is” commented VPSI CEO, Mr. Paul Ilg (VADM, USN (ret)). With a growing presence in the Florida region, it was an honor to connect with not only the local community, but the veterans who live in the area.”

Several of the 12 surfers were single or double amputees, and they spent the next week adapting their stances and fine-tuning their balance so that they could catch waves and ride them all the way to the beach. Many of the wounded veterans credit this program with saving their lives—they finished up the week feeling empowered and excited for the next Op Surf event.

 

 


VPSI Continued Support of DoD “Cyber Boot Camp”

The Center for Information Dominance (CID) at Corey Station, located in Pensacola Florida, is where many of our nations Cyber Warriors go to receive their initial training in support of this nations Cyber Security requirements. As our nation faces and prepares to face an increased cyber threat, the mission of the CID gains visibility, and importance.

Bloomberg Business recently released an news article detailing the mission of the CID.

Inside the Pentagon’s Boot Camp for Cyberwarriors

“Inside the U.S. Navy’s Corry Station base in Pensacola, Fla., there’s a school that wouldn’t look out of place on any well-manicured college campus—except for a handful of buildings wreathed in barbed wire, with the windows bricked up. That’s to keep electronic signals from getting in or out. The buildings make up the Center for Information Dominance (CID), the Pentagon’s primary boot camp for personnel training in the art of cyberwar.” (By Jordan Robertson and Michael Riley, Bloomberg Businessweek. July 9th 2015)

For over a decade, VPSI has served in support of the Center for Information Dominance (CID), performing day-to-day operational services supporting near 24/7 network, security, and desktop services across seven enclaves including TS/SCI, supporting 32 classrooms, 5 test centers, including the CID’s Joint Cyber Analysis Course (JCAC). JCAC is a six-month, inter-service electronic warfare program that prepares our nations cyber warriors for service in defense of the nation’s IT assets.

“VPSI is proud of our more than twelve years of service in support of the mission of the CID. We realize that the level of availability, reliability, and security of the infrastructure supporting the CID, directly correlates to the Commands ability to train more than 20,000 personnel annually” said Mr. Paul Ilg (CEO, VPSI. VADM USN (ret)).  “We take this responsibility very seriously, especially as the Cyber Security front is better understood, realized, and prepared for. We know the training that the CID provides makes a difference to the security of the nation, and we’re always moving forward- in our efforts to ensure seamless capability.”