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EXCELLENCE IN ENTERPRISE INTEGRATION AWARDS

NAVSYS Wins AFEI's 2008 Excellence in Enterprise Integration Award for the Talon NAMATH Program  The Association for Enterprise Integration (AFEI) awarded the  2008 Excellence in Enterprise Integration Award (Industry Top Award)  to NAVSYS Corporation for its development of the Talon NAMATH Program. The award was presented at the DoD Open Technologies Conference on October 29, 2008, in Washington, D.C.  Pictured above at the award ceremony are (l to r) John Garing, CIO & Chief Strategy Officer, DISA; Alison Brown, President & CEO, NAVSYS Corporation; Kelly Brown, CEO, EM Solutions and Chair, AFEI Board of Directors.

NAVSYS Wins AFEI's 2008 Excellence in Enterprise Integration Award for the Talon NAMATH Program

The Association for Enterprise Integration (AFEI) awarded the 2008 Excellence in Enterprise Integration Award (Industry Top Award) to NAVSYS Corporation for its development of the Talon NAMATH Program. The award was presented at the DoD Open Technologies Conference on October 29, 2008, in Washington, D.C.

Pictured above at the award ceremony are (l to r) John Garing, CIO & Chief Strategy Officer, DISA; Alison Brown, President & CEO, NAVSYS Corporation; Kelly Brown, CEO, EM Solutions and Chair, AFEI Board of Directors.

The Association for Enterprise Integration (AFEI) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2008 Excellence in Enterprise Integration Awards. The awards will be presented during AFEI’sDoD Open Technologies Conference on October 29, at the Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, DC

The purpose of the Awards program is to recognize and reward the contributions and achievements of project teams that exemplify excellence in enterprise integration. The awards program highlights the commitment of both government and industry to bring innovative problem solving and emerging technologies to the forefront.

The selected organizations demonstrated the best applications of technology and leadership to improve enterprise performance. In addition, innovative approaches, quantifiable metrics, long-term strategic effect and accomplishments all were significant features among the winning nominations.

2008 EXCELLENCE IN ENTERPRISE INTEGRATION AWARD WINNERS

Government Awards

Winner
- Joint Knowledge Development Distribution Capability

(US Joint Forces Command)

Honorable Mention

  • Air Force ISR Transformation
    (Air Force, Deputy Chief of Staff, ISR)

  • Innovative Biometric Access Control System (Unisys, Canada)

  • Maintenance and Supply Chain Sub-Team (Naval Aviation Enterprise)

  • ROVER Training Program
    (HQ USAFE Warrior Preparation Center)

Industry Awards

Winner

  • Talon NAMATH Program (NAVSYS)

Honorable Mention

  • C-130J Global Sustainment Program (Lockheed Martin)

Government Awards

Government Top Award

Title: Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution Capability (JKDDC)

Performing Organization: JKDDC Joint Management Office (JMO)

Customer: Joint Training Enterprise

Brief Description of Project

The Joint Knowledge Development and Distribution Capability (JKDDC) program is responsible for the provision of relevant, timely and globally accessible joint knowledge to prepare individuals for joint staff assignment and integrated operations, anytime, anywhere. The JKDDC mission set encompasses a Whole of Government enterprise where “whole of government” refers to the leveraging of all U.S. national powers for integrated military operations, security cooperation, disaster response and humanitarian relief operations.

Government Honorable Mention

Title: Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Transformation

Performing Organization: Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (DCS/ISR)

Customer: The Nation

Brief Description of Project

The Air Force (AF) has undertaken extraordinary efforts to transform Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) operations into a Service-wide, cross-domain enterprise-one that operates seamlessly across the domains of air, space and cyberspace. The goal of these efforts is to streamline AF ISR command and control, and to institute organizational structures that can rapidly present coherent ISR capability for the conduct of joint operations anywhere around the globe in a matter of minutes-shortening decision timelines and allowing delivery of immediate effects to achieve national security objectives.

Title: IInnovative Biometric Access Control System for Canada’s Port of Halifax

Performing Organization: Unisys Canada Inc

Customer: Halifax Port Authority

Brief Description of Project

In August 2007, the Halifax Port Authority (HPA) selected Unisys Canada, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unisys Corporation, to design and manage a biometric identity and access system called Credentialing and Authentication Control Database System (CACDS) to authenticate and identify each of the 4,000 workers at the Port of Halifax. Unisys used vascular pattern scanning –a technology that had never been used in a Port environment - to create the innovative credentialing system. Unlike fingerprinting or iris scanning, vascular scanning (which captures an individual’s unique vascular pattern from below the surface of the skin) is non-invasive, simple, fast, hygienic, highly efficient and nearly impossible to copy or reproduce. Despite being new to the marketplace, vascular pattern scanning proved to be the best solution for the Port of Halifax – boasting a 99.98% usability ratio, a 0.0001% false acceptance rate and a 0.1% false rejection rate and cutting its processing time down to less than 1 second. Before this technology, the same process would have taken several minutes.

Title: Maintenance and Supply Chain Management (M&SCM) Sub-Team

Performing Organization: Naval Aviation Enterprise (NAE), Current Readiness Cross Functional Team (CFT)

Customer: Commander Naval Air Forces (CNAF), Commander Naval Air Forces Reserve (CNAFR), Commander Naval Air Training (CNATRA), U.S. Marine Corps Aviation, and Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development, and Acquisition)

Brief Description of Project

Within the Naval Aviation Enterprise, the Maintenance and Supply Chain Management (M&SCM) Sub-Team focuses traditionally disparate logistics functions among Navy and Marine Corps aviation operators and Department of Defense service providers toward improving cost-wise readiness. M&SCM provides enabling maintenance and supply processes to Naval Aviation in order to achieve readiness at standard, while lowering total life cycle ownership costs through the development of meaningful, measurable, and executable standards; consistent performance monitoring; and the continuous improvement of supply and maintenance processes. M&SCM’s accomplishments directly contribute to the NAE mission of supporting Combatant Commanders and the Fleet by providing combat- ready Naval Aviation forces which are fully trained, properly manned, interoperable, well- maintained and combat-sustainable.

Title: ROVER Training Program

Performing Organization: HQ USAFE Warrior Preparation Center (WPC)

Customer: JOINT TERMINAL ATTACK CONTROLLERS, NATO FORWARD AIR CONTROLLERS

Brief Description of Project

The Warrior Preparation Center (WPC) Remotely Operated Video Enhanced Receiver (ROVER) training program was developed to provide US Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTACs) and NATO/coalition Forward Air Controllers (FACs) a means to become familiar with ROVER equipment and procedures using simulations prior to deployment. Due to a lack of tactical training assets in theater (MQ-1 Predator UAVs or fighters with linkable targeting pods), FACs and JTACs were using ROVER equipment for the first time in combat situations. The WPC uses a modification to existing ROVER testers to transmit simulated targeting pod videos to actual ROVERs in a classroom or field situation. This allows JTACs and FACs, with an instructor, to become immersed in a realistic ROVER training scenario.

Industry Top Award Title: Talon NAMATH Program

Industry Awards

Performing Organization: NAVSYS Corporation

Customer: US Air Force (50th Contracting Squadron)

Brief Description of Project

The Talon NAMATH Tactical Control Station (TCS) was developed to deliver Precision GPS Ephemeris (PGE) directly to operational users to improve their GPS accuracy. The TCS enterprise services publish data products provided by GPS Operations Center to operational users using net-centric Web Services designed to be compatible with user's existing fielded equipment. At the Combined Air Operations Center, subscribers can request automated delivery of PGE messages over Link-16 through the Joint Range Extension in a message format previously used by the F/A-15 to download GPS corrections to the Small Diameter Bomb and Joint Direct Attack Munition weapon systems. By leveraging the AF C2 Enterprise Architecture developed by the AFC2ISRC (now the Global Cyberspace Integration Center), the TCS was able to be developed and fielded in less than a year under a contract with Air Force TENCAP. The system has been a huge success insupporting warfighters in Afghanistan and Iraq and is now in its second year of operation.

Industry Honorable Mention Title: C-130J Global Sustainment Program

Performing Organization: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company

Customer: United States Air Force

Brief Description of Project

The C-130J Weapon system sustainment support structure is a partnered performance based logistics effort between Lockheed Martin and the US Government. Senior leadership at Warner Robins Air Logistics Center and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics established the vision that a hybrid organization would provide a superior level of service to the warfighting customer. During the two year contractual period of Mid Term Sustainment and maturing

NAVSYS is on Northrop Grumman's Winning Team for USAF GPS Next Generation Control Segment Northrop Grumman Press Release, globalsecurity.org, Nov. 26, 2007

Northrop Grumman Team Wins $160 Million U.S. Air Force Contract for Global Positioning System Next Generation Control Segment

NORTHROP GRUMMAN NEWS RELEASE

RESTON, Va. -- Nov. 26, 2007 -- Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has been awarded a $160 million U.S. Air Force contract for the Global Positioning System (GPS) Next Generation Control Segment (OCX) System design and risk reduction.

The OCX modernization effort will provide mission enterprise control support for the nation's existing GPS Block II and future Block III satellites. The GPS ground control segment includes satellite command and control, mission planning, constellation management, monitoring stations and ground antennas.

Under the 18-month cost plus award fee contract, Northrop Grumman's Team OCX will provide architecture design; communications and network engineering; information assurance and security; modeling and simulation; network management; software development; support, maintenance and implementation; systems engineering and integration; and test and evaluation. If Northrop Grumman's Team OCX is selected to proceed into system development, the program could potentially be valued at more than $1 billion.

 "The Northrop Grumman team offers a low-risk solution that will readily evolve to meet the ever-increasing operational demands placed on GPS. We are excited by the opportunity to partner our experienced industry team with the Air Force to modernize GPS command and control," said Steve Bergjans, GPS OCX vice president and program manager for Northrop Grumman. "Our team is positioned to measurably improve the operational responsiveness, availability, survivability and accuracy of global GPS services."

Northrop Grumman's Team OCX includes Harris Corporation, Melbourne, Fla.; Integral Systems, Inc., Lanham, Md.; General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Arlington, Va.; Infinity Systems Engineering, Colorado Springs, Colo.; NAVSYS Corporation, Colorado Springs; and Applied Minds, Glendale, Calif.

 Under an Air Force risk reduction effort, Northrop Grumman has since 2005 supported the study of state-of-the-art capabilities in satellite control segment software and hardware architecture and developed innovative architectures to meet OCX performance requirements.

Northrop Grumman Corporation is a $30 billion global defense and technology company whose 120,000 employees provide innovative systems, products, and solutions in information and services, electronics, aerospace and shipbuilding to government and commercial customers worldwide.

CONTACT:Janis Lamar
703-345-7046
janis.lamar@ngc.com

NAVSYS Corporation to be Honored as 2007 Tibbetts Award Winner for Talon NAMATH Program Press Release, Oct. 8, 2007

NAVSYS Corporation to be Honored as 2007 Tibbetts Award Winner For Talon NAMATH Program

Colorado Springs, CO, October 8, 2007 – NAVSYS Corporation of Colorado Springs CO has been selected as a winner of the 2007 SBIR Tibbetts Awards. Dr. Alison Brown, President & CEO of NAVSYS, will receive the award on Oct. 10 at the award ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Named for Roland Tibbetts—the person acknowledged as the father of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program—these prestigious, national awards are made annually to those small firms, projects, organizations, and individuals judged to exemplify the very best in SBIR achievement. NAVSYS Corporation is one of 55 companies in the U.S. to receive this award and was selected from over 4,000 companies that receive contracts and grants under the SBIR Program each year.

NAVSYS Corporation is receiving the Tibbetts Award in recognition for its development of the Talon NAMATH Program. NAVSYS had previously developed a system to generate and supply more precise GPS Ephemeris (PGE) data for use in critical military operations. The Talon NAMATH Program delivers that data directly to the warfighter in the field and is operational in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The delivered system was developed and fielded in less than a year, a remarkable accomplishment made possible by NAVSYS’ exceptional expertise in GPS and enterprise systems, the involvement of the military users, and the SBIR contract program. The system is widely recognized for its contribution to our warfighters because of its ability to increase the precision of GPS equipment without additional cost and impact to fielded systems. Greater GPS accuracy supplied to warfighters means smaller bombs, fewer sorties, less collateral damage, fewer losses, safer transit of minefields, safer landings, etc. In other words, it can be a very large force multiplier.

NAVSYS provides high-quality technical products and services in GPS hardware design, systems engineering, systems analysis, and software design. Founded in 1986 by Dr. Alison Brown, NAVSYS is dedicated to promoting the use of GPS in a wide variety of commercial and military applications. It offers services in three primary areas: GPS, Inertial Navigation Systems, and Communications Systems. For more information on NAVSYS Corporation, see www.navsys.com.

The complete list of winners can be found at www.tibbetts.org. Since its inception in 1995, SBTC (www.sbtc.org) has played a crucial role in promoting congressional legislation and federal regulations that aid small, technology-based companies—including re-authorization of the SBIR program.

NAVSYS' Talon NAMATH System Incorporated into CENTCOM for SDB Ops Press Release, Dec. 9, 2006

NAVSYS' Talon NAMATH System Incorporated into CENTCOM for SDB Ops

Colorado Springs, CO, December 9, 2006 – U.S. Central Command Air Forces officials have announced that NAVSYS Corporation's Talon NAMATH System has been incorporated into CENTCOM for small diameter bomb operations.

From CENTCOM's air power summary for December 9, 2006:

Theater space professionals are active in integrating new technologies to support the war on terrorism. Developers from the Space Innovation and Development Center at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., Combined Air Operations Center space professionals and deployed F-15E aircrews successfully incorporated the Talon NAMATH GPS enhancement system into the theater operations to support the Air Force's newest precision weapon, the GBU-39 small diameter bomb. Talon NAMATH boosts the bomb's accuracy and reduces collateral damage to non-combatants.

Source: Air Force Link website, December 9, 2006.

To read the entire air power summary, visit http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp?id=123034718

About NAVSYS Corporation. NAVSYS is a growing, respected firm located in Colorado Springs, CO, providing high quality technical products and services in three primary areas: Global Positioning Systems, Inertial Navigation Systems, and Communication Systems. The company provides specialized GPS products and services for customers by leveraging core technologies, unique technical expertise, innovative engineering approaches, a strong work ethic, and high standards of excellence. Founded in 1986 by Dr. Alison Brown, NAVSYS is dedicated to promoting the use of GPS in a wide variety of commercial and military applications. For more information about NAVSYS visit www.navsys.com.

Celebrate Technology 2006 held at Pikes Peak Center on Oct. 6 Celebrate Technology Announcement, Sept. 29, 2006

Breathing Life Back Into Technology

To grow, a plant needs oxygen, water and sunlight. It also needs fertile ground in which to live. Celebrate Technology is doing that for modern industry in Colorado Springs and its residents.

Dr. Alison K. Brown
Winner CT2005 Entrepreneur Of The Year

"Celebrate Technology's recognition of our company and our entrepreneurial achievements provided access to exciting new customer and partner opportunities that are continuing to leverage our core technologies and unique expertise. Our company strongly endorses higher education through an employee tuition program and teaming with universities, such as the University of Colorado and the US Air Force Academy, on our research programs. We are proud to be in partnership with Celebrate Technology in recognizing outstanding enterprises and leaders and in fostering higher education in Colorado Springs. All this compliments our continuing mission to develop world-class 'Innovations in GPS'".

 

Join Us on Oct. 6th at 6:00pm at the Pikes Peak Center. Visit CelebrateTechnology.org

A Quick Look at the Galileo OS ICD GPS World, June 22, 2006

The 27 companies profiled in the follow- ing pages are Colorado’’s best-of-the- best. They are the finalists of the 2006 Top Company awards program, Colorado’’s most prestigious business award.

Top Company is a difficult competition to win. Companies must first self-nominate, as dozens of Colorado companies do every year. Deloitte, a long-time event sponsor, then evaluates all nominations and selects finalists in nine business categories based on:

1. Financial performance.
2. Excellence in one or more operational aspect of their business.
3. Community involvement.

A panel of business and civic leaders then convenes to sort through information provided by Deloitte – and vote to select winners from the companies profiled herein. The 2006 panel:

  • Ralph Peterson, Chairman & CEO, CH2M Hill

  • Dana Crawford, Chairman, Urban

    Neighborhoods

  • Brian Vogt, director, Office of Economic Development

    & International Trade, State of Colorado

  • April Thayer, president, Thayer Media

  • Bowen Banbury, president, Docuvault

  • Greg Baldwin, president, Baxa Corp.

  • Robin Wise, president and CEO, Junior

    Achievement

  • Bart Hammond, vice-president, EMC Corp.

    Winners will be announced Sept. 21 at an awards luncheon at the Denver Center for Performing Arts. Call (303) 662-5308 for more information.

NAVSYS Named “2006 Most Successful Company Resulting From an SBIR Award” NAVSYS Press Release, Mar. 8, 2006

NAVSYS Named “2006 Most Successful Company Resulting From an SBIR Award”

Colorado Springs, CO, March 8, 2006 – NAVSYS Corporation has been named the “2006 Most Successful Company Resulting from an SBIR Award” by SBIR Colorado. The award was presented by SBIR Colorado at its 5th Annual Conference and Awards Banquet held in Denver on March 8, 2006.

NAVSYS Corporation, an R&D company pioneering in GPS and Inertial Navigation innovation, was founded in 1986 by Dr. Alison Brown. NAVSYS Corporation and Dr. Brown have received numerous awards. Most recently, Deloitte & Touche named NAVSYS to its Technology Fast 50 list in 2004 and 2005. NAVSYS also won a coveted showcase position at the 2005 DEMOGala sponsored by the Colorado Software and Internet Association (CSIA) in December 2005. Dr. Brown also was named Entrepreneur of the Year for 2005 by Colorado Celebrates Technology. For more information on NAVSYS Corporation, see www.navsys.com.

SBIR Colorado is a non-profit corporation which educates and promotes the effective use of the Small Business Innovative Research Program (SBIR) and the Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program as a significant source of funding for start-up and emerging high-tech businesses in Colorado. For more information about SBIR Colorado, visit www.sbircolorado.org.

The Small Business Innovative Research Program (SBIR) is a highly competitive program that encourages small business to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization. By including qualified small businesses in the nation's R&D arena, high-tech innovation is stimulated and the United States gains entrepreneurial spirit as it meets its specific research and development needs.

The Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program is an important new small business program that expands funding opportunities in the federal innovation research and development arena. Central to the program is expansion of the public/private sector partnership to include the joint venture opportunities for small business and the nation's premier nonprofit research institutions. STTR's most important role is to foster the innovation necessary to meet the nation's scientific and technological challenges in the 21st century.

Profile: Alison Brown, GPS engineer guides NAVSYS to success By Jim Bainbridge, Dec. 26, 2005 Reprinted with permission from The Gazette

Publication:Colo Spgs Gazette;Date:Dec 26, 2005;Section:Business;Page Number:49



PROFILE
Alison Brown
GPS engineer guides NAVSYS to success
By JIM BAINBRIDGE THE GAZETTE

Alison Brown’s skills as a negotiator were evident long before she used federal grants to turn Colorado Springs-based NAVSYS Corp. into one of the world leaders in Global Positioning System technology. 

Getting money out of the government, after all, is nothing compared with convincing a protective father that you ought to go into a college engineering program. 

Growing up in the United Kingdom of the 1970s, Brown was faced with an academic climate that wasn’t exactly friendly to female engineering candidates. 

Brown’s father, Ken, a distinguished engineer himself, “was dead-set against it,” she said, because he knew how hard it would be for his daughter to break into the field. 

“So he cut a deal with me,” Brown said. “He said if I could get a scholarship to university as an engineering student he would support my decision.” 

That was all Brown needed to hear. She scoured the bulletin boards at Cambridge University until she found a likely scholarship offer from Courtaulds Engineering. 

 Global positioning is an apt field for Brown. She’s always been good at knowing where she

After Cambridge, there was a master’s degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, followed by a Ph.D. from UCLA, five patents in GPS technology, more than 100 published papers and a lifetime of innovation. 

At 48, Brown is founder, president, CEO and majority owner of NAVSYS Corp. The company had more than $10 million in sales this year, has more than 50 employees and is about to double its office space for a second time to more than 50,000 square feet with a design by Elizabeth Wright Ingraham, granddaughter of Frank Lloyd Wright. 

With its succession of grants from Small Business Innovative Research, a federal program designed to stimulate technological innovation, about 90 percent of NAVSYS’s business is government contracts. 

Of that number, about 65 percent are for the Department of Defense, the other 35 percent for NASA and intelligence agencies. 

NAVSYS created the technology for the GPS tracking of emergency 911 calls. 

It developed the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS), a network of satellites and ground stations that provide GPS signal corrections, making it five times more accurate than the previous standard. 

And it is about to launch technology that will protect military GPS programs from being jammed in Iraq and other war theaters. “It tells you that you are being jammed,” Brown said, “and how it is being done.” 

There is a certain balancing act required to get funding for research and development while also creating working partnerships with other technology companies and keeping priorities straight. 

Brown is at the center of all of that. 

“Alison is amazing in her ability to multitask,” said Bob Todd, the company’s chief financial officer and chief operating officer. 

“She stays at the forefront of discovery in respect to GPS navigation and associated technologies. At the same time she oversees and has the ability to direct and monitor 25 active research and development programs within our company, each of which is worthy of a doctoral dissertation on its own.” 

Among the projects on the workbenches at NAVSYS are sonobuoys used to detect submarines, the JPALS Shipboard Integrity Monitor to increase efficiency of aircraft carrier landings and the GI-Eye, a photo imagery program in which, Brown says, “every pixel is a coordinate. It’s not just a picture, but a pixelated version of a coordinate.” 

Then there is the Unmanned Air Vehicle (UAV) program, which is being done in cooperation with the Air Force Academy. 

These miniaturized planes have a 9½ pound technology payload onboard that could — among many applications — be used to facilitate border patrols and scan roads in war zones to designate even slight variations in terrain that might indicate land mines. 

“I’m a systems engineer, in a nutshell,” Brown said, “someone who brings the pieces together. That’s always the way I tackle a problem — first of all to determine whether you can divide the problem into individual components, figure out a way to create the components that don’t exist yet.” 

Todd said, “What’s unique about her is that she’s a real visionary, thinks strategically, out of the box. She’s very nimble in that regard.” 

With the advantage of hindsight, it all seems of one piece, a seamlessly run business with funding, purpose and leadership. 

Brown, however, remembers starting NAVSYS largely as a consulting operation, just her and secretary Karen Barworth (still with NAVSYS after nearly 20 years), getting by with a contract from Litton Guidance and Control plus teaching. 

Brown remembers how winning an SBIR grant in her first try almost put her out of business. 

“I came in as an engineer,” Brown said, “and most companies start with a management team. That (SBIR experience) put me on notice immediately that there are some pretty important things about running a business other than engineering.” 

Facing the challenge headon, Brown took business courses at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs — “It was kind of like trade school for me” — to get the underpinnings she needed to sustain her business. “I guess you could say I was a self-taught business manager,” Brown said. 

When the company grew to 30 people, Brown began to seek a full management team. Having done all the jobs in the business, she had an appreciation of what she liked to do, what she had to do and what she would rather not do. In building her management team, she tried to find people “to complement my skills and strengths.” 

The next stage is to widen out the company’s partnerships, even serve as a sort of technology incubator with its enlarged space on Woodcarver Road near Monument. 

“Actually, the next stage for the company evolution is to get the company where it can operate as well without me,” Brown said. 

“My metric for this is to make myself obsolete. We have some incredibly talented young people here and I’m not saying that I wouldn’t have a role, just that my becoming obsolete would put the company on another level and allow me the freedom to do more innovation.” 

CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0126 or

    jim.bainbridge@gazette.com

WHO SHE IS

Occupation: President and CEO of NAVSYS, a leading developer of Global Positioning Systems technology since 1986. 

Hometown: Edinburgh, Scotland

Education: Bachelor’s degree in engineering from Cambridge University, England; master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Ph.D. in mechanics and aerospace from UCLA. 

Previous jobs: GPS Systems Engineer, Litton Aero Products, California, (1984-86); Systems Engineer, Litton Guidance and Control, California, (1981-84); Draper Fellow, Charles Stark Draper Lab, Massachusetts (1981). 

Quote: (On when she got hooked on GPS technology) “Sitting out in the freezing cold on the roof of a building at Cambridge, tracking satellites.” 

Accomplishments: Holds five patents related to GPS technology, has been chairwoman of numerous conferences and technical sessions on GPS and published more than 100 papers. Named Colorado’s Entrepreneur of the Year for 2005 by Celebrate Technology and the 2002 Businesswoman of the Year by the National Republican Congressional Commitee. The company has been named among the state’s Technology Fast 50 the past two years. 

Hobbies: Horseback riding, skiing, camping, traveling and geocaching (a sort of GPS-based treasure hunt). “I (geocache) wherever I go,” Brown said. “When I’m on the road and have a few hours to kill I can get on the Web phone and find a geocache somewhere near where I am. It’s actually great because it will take me somewhere I’d never have seen otherwise.” 

Web site: www.navsys.com

DAVID BITTON, THE GAZETTE - Alison Brown, 48, is founder, president, CEO and majority owner of NAVSYS Corp. 
 

NAVSYS Corporation to Showcase Technical Innovation at CSIA DEMOGala - NAVSYS Press Release, Oct. 18, 2005

PRESS RELEASE

October 18, 2005

Nancy Roecker (719) 481-4877 ext 132, or Marguerite Terze (719) 481-4877 ext 154 NAVSYS Corporation
Web site: www.navsys.com

Craig Eicher CSIA DEMOGala media contact 303-294-0060 X314 www.coloradosoftware.org

NAVSYS Corporation to Showcase Technical Innovation at CSIA DEMOGala

Inaugural Event Takes Place October 20

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO – October, 18, 2005 – NAVSYS Corporation has been selected as the only Colorado Springs company to showcase its technology innovations during the DEMOGala sponsored by the Colorado Software & Internet Association (CSIA) on October 20, 2005, at the Colorado Convention Center. NAVSYS is one of only 27 Colorado technology companies invited to participate.

NAVSYS Corporation provides high quality technical products and services in three primary areas: global positioning systems, inertial navigation systems, and communication systems.

NAVSYS recently received its second consecutive award as a member of the “Colorado Technology Fast 50”— an award given annually by Deloitte & Touche which recognizes the fastest growing technology companies in Colorado. In addition, Alison Brown, the Founder and President/CEO of NAVSYS Corporation, was recognized on September 29th as Entrepreneur of the Year by Celebrate Technology, a non-profit organization which promotes the state’s technology industry.

The DEMOGala evening event is a licensed event during Colorado Tech Week, a statewide celebration showcasing the state’s technology economy. The first-ever event is expected to draw more than 1,500 attendees, including investors, CEOs, potential customers, and leaders from throughout the region. Meg Whitman, President and CEO of eBay will provide the keynote address.

“NAVSYS is excited to be a part of the CSIA DEMOGala and to have this opportunity to showcase some of the next generation GPS technologies that we have developed.” said Alison Brown, the Founder and President/CEO of NAVSYS Corporation. “NAVSYS will be showcasing innovations such as our ultra-low power miniature TrackTag®; our GPS/inertial smart camera; and our Software Defined Radio products which are being used for applications such as indoor location for First Responders, GPS interference detection and location and bistatic GPS remote sensing.”

The CSIA DEMOGala Technology Showcase will feature demonstrations and exhibits from a broad range of categories, including: aerospace/satellite, biotechnology, IT, software, forensics, photonics, RFID, medical/healthcare, nanotechnology, renewable energy, mining, and robotics.

The CSIA DEMOGala is being held during Colorado Tech Week, Oct. 17 – 21. Events for the week are being planned throughout Colorado, and are being coordinated through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT).

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About NAVSYS Corporation

NAVSYS is a growing, respected firm located in Colorado Springs, CO, providing high quality technical products and services in three primary areas: Global Positioning Systems, Inertial Navigation Systems, and Communication Systems. The company provides specialized GPS products and services for customers by leveraging core technologies, unique technical expertise, innovative engineering approaches, a strong work ethic, and high standards of excellence. Founded in 1986 by Dr. Alison Brown, NAVSYS is dedicated to promoting the use of GPS in a wide variety of commercial and military applications. For more information about NAVSYS visit www.navsys.com.

About CSIA DEMOGala

The CSIA DEMOGala will be held during Colorado Tech Week, Oct. 17 – 21. Events for the week are currently being planned throughout Colorado. The DEMOGala Technology Showcase will feature demonstrations and exhibits from the broadest range of categories, including: aerospace/satellite, biotechnology, IT, software, forensics, photonics, RFID, medical/healthcare, nanotechnology, renewable energy, mining, and robotics. DEMOGala will feature a keynote address by eBay CEO Meg Whitman and is expected to draw more than 1,500 attendees.

CSIA is the Colorado Software & Internet Association, whose mission is to foster innovation and a positive growth environment to enable the technology industry in Colorado to compete on a global basis. CSIA is the voice of Colorado’s technology community, connecting member companies in their fields and building recognition of Colorado's IT industry as a global leader in technology development and application. For more information, visit www.coloradosoftware.org.

About OEDIT:

The Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade offers a host of programs and services tailored to support business development at every level. They include business retention and relocations services, a bioscience and emerging industries program, business finance programs like the Venture Capital Authority and CAPCO, the Colorado Tourism Office, the Colorado Office of International Trade, the Colorado Small Business Development Centers, minority- and women-owned business services and economic research. For more information or to receive the OEDIT free eNewsletter, visit www.AdvanceColorado.com.

Celebrate Technology Names NAVSYS CEO the Entrepreneur of the Year By Jim Bainbridge - The Gazette Oct. 1, 2005

By JIM BAINBRIDGE THE GAZETTE


Nobody had more reason to be celebrating at the annual Celebrate Technology banquet Friday night at The Broadmoor than the Colorado Springs contingent, which claimed six of the nine annual awards, including both of those given to individuals. 

Alison K. Brown, president and CEO of NAVSYS Corp., was named Entrepreneur of the Year by Celebrate Technology, a nonprofit association that promotes the state’s tech industry. Bill Miller, chairman and CEO of XAware Inc., received the firstever Front Range Achievement Award. 

Aware, a software company on Tech Center Drive, was the only double winner. The company also received the Richard Petritz Rising Star Award because it showed “the greatest possibility of continued revenue growth.” 

Aware was the first company to graduate from the Colorado Springs Technology Incubator on the campus of the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, in 1999. 

Miller’s Front Range Achievement Award was created to honor an individual who “has made significant contribu- tions to Colorado — in entrepreneur and business activities, as well as community outreach.” 

rown, founder of the Global Positioning System firm NAVSYS on Woodcarver Road, holds five patents related to GPS technology, has been chairwoman of numerous conferences and technical sessions on GPS and has published more than 100 papers. She has received the Sir George Nelson prize for Applied Mechanics at Cambridge University. 

Other winners based or run in the Springs: 

Emerging Venture Award — zeeWaves Systems Inc. designs, develops and manufactures radio systems from its offices on Austin Bluffs Parkway. 

Technology Manufacturing Award — Spectranetics Corp., on Talamine Court, develops, manufactures and markets laser technology for cardiovascular procedures used worldwide. A year ago, Spectranetics shared the Technology Achievement Award. 

Corporate Citizenship Award — Agilent Technologies is a measurement company and leader in communications, electronics, life sciences and chemical analysis. 

The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company has offices in the Springs, Fort Collins, Loveland and Englewood. The Breakthrough Technology Award went to HealthTrac LLC of Pueblo; the Venture Capital Builder Award to Appian Ventures of Denver; and the Colorado Innovation Award to Webroot Software Inc. of Boulder. 

CONTACT THE WRITER: 636-0126 orjim.bainbridge@gazette.com 

NAVSYS CEO Named Honorary Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge - NAVSYS Press Release, June 2, 2005

NAVSYS CEO Named Honorary Fellow of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge

Dr. Alison Brown is the first of Sidney Sussex's women alumni to be named as an honorary Fellow to Sidney Sussex, in recognition of her distinguished technical contributions.

Colorado Springs, CO, June 1, 2005 – NAVSYS Corporation, a GPS technology company, announced today the appointment of Dr. Alison Brown, the company's founder, president, and chief executive officer, as an Honorary Fellow of Sidney Sussex College at Cambridge University. Dr. Brown was an undergraduate at Sidney Sussex in 1976, studying Engineering. This was the first year that women were accepted to Sidney Sussex, 280 years after the college was founded by Lady Frances Sidney, Countess of Sussex. Dr. Brown received a First Class degree with Distinction from Cambridge in 1979. She subsequently received a Masters degree from MIT and a PhD from UCLA.

Sidney Sussex is known for many of its pioneering alumni, which reach back to Oliver Cromwell and earlier. Sidney was also the first previously all-male college to appoint a female Master, Dame Sandra Dawson, who is also the head of Cambridge's prestigious Judge Institute School of Management. Dr. Brown is the first of Sidney's women graduates to be awarded the honor of becoming an Honorary Fellow. "So many of Sidney's fellows have received world recognition for their work that I am humbled now to be part of this august group," stated Dr. Brown.

Dr. Brown is pictured below at Sidney Sussex with two other Fellows of the college, Keith Glover, now Head of Engineering at Cambridge University, who taught her Control systems engineering, and Donald Green, her Director of Studies while she was an undergraduate.

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NAVSYS Corporation Named One of the Fastest Growing Technology Companies in Colorado - NAVSYS Continues Growth with Additional Hiring and New Building - NAVSYS Press Release, Nov. 8, 2004

NAVSYS Corporation Named One of the Fastest Growing Technology Companies in Colorado - NAVSYS Continues Growth with Additional Hiring and New Building

NAVSYS Corporation was presented an award today for being one of ColoradoÂ?s fastest growing technology companies. NAVSYS is planning for continued growth supported by new hires and a new building.

(PRWEB) NOVEMBER 8, 2004

NAVSYS Corporation was presented an award today by Deloitte & Touche USA LLP for being one of Colorado’s fastest growing technology companies. The Colorado Technology Fast 50 program ranks technology companies located throughout Colorado by revenue growth over five years.

NAVSYS Corporation achieved 5 year revenue growth of 72% and continues to expand. Currently a ten million dollar privately-held company with 60 employees, NAVSYS plans to expand to 100 employees. This growth is required to support the company’s current contract backlog and expected new contract awards. NAVSYS Corporation provides products and services to the Global Positioning System (GPS) and navigation markets.

“The Deloitte Colorado Technology Fast 50 companies have shown the strength, vision and temerity to succeed despite a very challenging technology environment,” said Steve Yaroch, Chair of the 2004 Colorado Technology Fast 50 and Colorado Technology, Media & Telecommunications Practice Leader, Deloitte & Touche LLP. “We applaud the successes of NAVSYS Corporation and acknowledge their place as one of the very few to accomplish such a fast growth rate over the past five years.”

“I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the NAVSYS Corporation,” said Alison Brown, President and CEO of NAVSYS Corporation. “Being recognized as one of Colorado’s fastest growing high technology companies is a great honor, particularly looking at some of the other companies selected. Colorado is both a great place to live and also a great place to build a high tech business.”

“GPS is now critical for maintaining our national transportation infrastructure, our power grids, our communications networks and our financial markets. Thanks to the efforts of Congressman Hefley, Senator Allard and Senator Campbell working with the defense oversight committees, the AF TENCAP office has been funded to develop the GPS Jammer Location system. We are privileged to be building this much needed capability that will support the Air Force in protecting the GPS system from unintentional or intentional interference that could affect its operation.”

During an Open House today NAVSYS showcased fifteen of its new GPS technologies including GPS Jammer Location, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), GPS/Inertial System, TrackTag, and advanced simulation and analysis technologies. These products have been developed to support the Homeland Defense, Military, and Commercial markets. Additionally during the Open House NAVSYS unveiled plans for a facility expansion being designed by Elizabeth Wright Ingraham.

NAVSYS is a growing, respected firm providing high quality technical products and services in GPS hardware design, systems engineering, systems analysis, and software design. NAVSYS has a standing commitment to provide high quality products and services to both governmental and commercial customers. The company provides specialized GPS products and services for customers by leveraging core technologies, unique technical expertise, innovative engineering approaches, a strong work ethic, and high standards of excellence. Founded in 1986 by Dr. Alison Brown, NAVSYS is dedicated to promoting the use of GPS in a wide variety of commercial and military applications.

More information can be found at http://www.navsys.com

About Deloitte

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Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu is a Swiss Verein (association), and, as such, neither Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu nor any of its member firms has any liability for each other’s acts or omissions. Each of the member firms is a separate and independent legal entity operating under the names “Deloitte”, “Deloitte & Touche”, “Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu” or other related names. The services described herein are provided by the member firms and not by the Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Verein. For regulatory and other reasons certain member firms do not provide services in all four professional areas listed above.

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Dr. Alison Brown recognized for her distinguished contributions to the development of GPS technology - Colorado Springs, CO, August 21, 2003

NAVSYS Corporation Founder/President/CEO Named Fellow of the Institute of Navigation

Dr. Alison Brown recognized for her distinguished contributions to the development of GPS technology

Colorado Springs, CO, August 21, 2003 – NAVSYS Corporation, a GPS technology company, announced today the election of Dr. Alison Brown, the company’s founder, president, and chief executive officer, as a Fellow of the Institute of Navigation (ION). The prestigious award was presented to Dr. Brown at the ION annual award ceremony held this year in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The ION elects Fellows for recognition of sustained professional contribution, advancement of the technology, management, practice, and teaching of the arts and sciences of navigation.

Dr. Brown’s accomplishments are many and include: leading the original RTCA Integrity Working Group that developed the concept of Receiver Autonomous Integrity Monitoring and the use of a GPS integrity network and geostationary augmentation system, which led to the development of the Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS); pioneering the development of Wide Area Differential GPS; fielding the first GPS cellular emergency location system; developing the FAA WAAS Ground Uplink Station; and developing a digital beam-steering, software reprogramable GPS receiver for high accuracy commercial and military applications. She also holds five patents, has chaired numerous conferences and technical sessions on GPS, and has published more than 100 technical papers.

NAVSYS is an established, growing, and well-respected firm pioneering superior and ground breaking technical products and services in GPS hardware design, systems engineering, systems analysis, and software design. NAVSYS has a standing commitment to provide the highest quality products and services to both governmental and commercial customers. The company provides specialized GPS products and services for customers by leveraging extensive core technologies, unique technical expertise, innovative engineering approaches, strong work ethic, and high standards of excellence. For more information on NAVSYS Corporation, see www.navsys.com.

The Institute of Navigation is a non-profit professional society dedicated to the advancement of the art and science of navigation. It was founded in 1945 and currently has over 4,000 members practicing in the field of navigation. It serves a diverse community including those interested in air, space, marine, land navigation, and position determination. Although basically a national organization, its membership is worldwide, and it is affiliated with the International Association of Institutes of Navigation. www.ion.org.

Dr. Alison Brown recognized as prominent Colorado businessperson by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Colorado District Office - Colorado Springs, CO, August 14, 2003

NAVSYS Founder, President, and CEO named to SBA “Wall of Fame”

Dr. Alison Brown recognized as prominent Colorado businessperson by the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Colorado District Office

Colorado Springs, CO, August 14, 2003 – With the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 50th anniversary celebration, which began in 2003, the SBA’s Colorado District Office announced its first-ever “Wall of Fame” inductees. With the first group of inductees was Dr. Alison Brown, founder/president/CEO of NAVSYS Corporation. The award recognizes “successful and prominent Colorado business people who have received assistance from the SBA.” Since 1953, nearly 22,000 Colorado businesses have received financial assistance from the SBA, which equates to more than $2.0 billion in direct or guaranteed loans. The Small Business Administration has become one of the most effective economic development agencies in the federal government.

NAVSYS offers a broad spectrum of capabilities with a focus in three primary areas: Global Positioning Systems, Inertial Navigation Systems, and Communication Systems. The company actively participates with many government and commercial organizations in the design, development, and advancement of GPS related product lines. NAVSYS’ continued success is directly attributed to its corporate culture and the highly skilled engineering staff utilized on each project. This highly qualified technical team possesses experience in a variety of areas. Dr. Alison Brown has over 25 years of experience with GPS and INS applications and senior staff members also have similar qualifications.

In the last 50 years, the SBA's backing has been crucial to starting up companies like Apple Computer, Nike, Federal Express and Intel. Empowering the nation's 22.4 million small businesses so they can flourish and be successful is the SBA's top priority. SBA's programs and services help keep intact the heritage of ingenuity and enterprise and they help keep the “American Dream” within the reach of millions of Americans. Every step of the way, SBA is there to help them.

Advanced, leading edge, and ground breaking are just a few words that describe NAVSYS – the company, its people and its solutions. GPS and navigation innovations are more than just a business at NAVSYS – it’s our life – it’s what we do. NAVSYS is an established, growing, and well-respected firm pioneering superior and ground breaking technical products and services in GPS hardware design, systems engineering, systems analysis, and software design. NAVSYS has a standing commitment to provide the highest quality products and services to both governmental and commercial customers. The company provides specialized GPS products and services for customers by leveraging extensive core technologies, unique technical expertise, innovative engineering approaches, strong work ethic, and high standards of excellence. For more information on NAVSYS Corporation, see www.navsys.com.

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Dr. Alison K. Brown Recognized as Businesswoman of the Year - NRCC presents awards for Businesswomen of the Year 1986 in Washington, DC

Dr. Alison K. Brown Recognized as Businesswoman of the Year

NRCC presents awards for Businesswomen of the Year in Washington, DC

Washington, DC – NAVSYS Corporation President and CEO, Dr. Alison K. Brown, has been named one of the 2002 Businesswomen of the Year by the National Republican Congressional Committee. The announcement was made today at the annual event attended by many Republican Members of Congress and held this year at the Hilton Washington & Towers Hotel in Washington, DC. This award ceremony was also held in concurrence with the Committee’s Congressional Tax Summit discussing the President’s Economic Recovery Plan.

In 1986, Dr. Brown founded NAVSYS in Colorado Springs, Colorado, which specializes in developing next generation Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. She is also currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the U.S. Air Force, a member of the Interagency GPS Executive Board (IGEB) Independent Advisory Team, and serves on the GPS World editorial advisory board. She was the founder of the Institute of Navigation GPS annual conference and has served as chairman for multiple technical conferences related to GPS technology.

“It is truly an honor to receive this award and recognition for the work and technological advancements that have been developed at NAVSYS,” stated Dr. Brown. “NAVSYS has always been at the forefront of GPS technology and we plan to continue to be a leader in the industry.”

Dr. Brown has grown NAVSYS into one of the most respected names in the GPS community. The NAVSYS area of technological expertise is described as “GPS innovations”– the use of advanced technology and novel system architectures to improve on conventional GPS equipment and methods for specific market applications. The technology that has been developed is broad and is protected by both patents and trade secrets.

Dr. Brown is a member of the International Women’s Forum and has been recognized as a MileHi Council “Woman of Distinction” for her volunteer activities. She is also a frequent speaker at many forums and conferences around the world. Her service as an advisor, mentor, and board member on several councils has promoted partnerships between corporations and universities, and new entrepreneurs in the GPS industry.

NAVSYS Corporation is a growing, highly respected firm providing superior quality technical products and services in GPS hardware design, systems engineering, systems analysis, and software design. NAVSYS has a standing commitment to provide high quality products and services to both governmental and commercial customers. For more information, see www.navsys.com.

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"Australia helps beat GPS jamming" - Defence Systems Daily, June 29, 2000

Australia helps beat GPS jamming

29 June 2000 - http://navsys.com/about/GPS_jamming.htm

The GPS navigation system may become more reliable and useful during a conflict as a result of trials Australian and US defence scientists conducted at Woomera earlier this year, which demonstrated that the vulnerability of Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers to interference can be greatly reduced.

The GPS Jammer Locator (JLOC) trials were a joint demonstration between the United States Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Centre (AFOTEC), and Australia's Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU) the Defence Science and Technology Organisation at Salisbury in South Australia, and Air Services Australia (ASA)

DSTO scientists taking part in JLOC trials

The JLOC system, under development through a US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) contract to the American company NAVSYS, is designed to locate GPS jamming/interference sources and provide data to tactical/strategic planners to assist in defeating these sources.

GPS is used in a very wide range of applications that include air, sea and land navigation, intelligent transportation systems, mining, and agriculture, as well as in telephone and electrical power grid synchronisation. In consequence its smooth operation is critical. However, it is highly susceptible to both electromagnetic interference and environmental phenomena, which can seriously impair its performance for both military and civilian operations.

"GPS receivers can be rendered ineffective with simple, inexpensive, pocket-sized jammers deliberately designed for the purpose, or coincidentally by TV antennas, radars, and communications towers," said DSTO's Dr Anthony Finn (former GPS head with DSTO)

"The aim of the trials at Woomera was to show that it is possible to locate and identify GPS interferers. The JLOC system was used to locate ground based GPS interferers provided by the DSTO from a combination of ground and airborne platforms," added Finn.

The trials also proved that there were a number of methods that would reduce receiver vulnerability.

"The experiment was also a turning point in DSTO's involvement in GPS research with the Americans because we were able to demonstrate our knowledge and expertise in this area and contribute high quality interference equipment to the trials," says Finn.

Woomera was selected for the trials because it is becoming prohibitively expensive for the Americans to mount trials of this scale in the US because of the impact they would have on the civilian infrastructure that is dependent upon GPS.

Woomera has an area of up to 450 kilometres radius which is relatively free from other GPS users, enjoys clear weather and has good airfield and support facilities allowing several aircraft the freedom to fly around the Woomera region locating multiple interferers on the ground.

NAVSYS CEO Alison Brown Gives Presentation at the Innovation, Diversity, and the SBIR/STTR Programs Workshop

Committee on Capitalizing on Science, Technology, and Innovation:
An Assessment of the Small Business Innovation Research Program—
Phase II

Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy
Policy and Global Affairs

February 7th, 2013

Full Summary of the Workshop - NIH.Gov

Dr. Alison Brown described the challenges that she faced as a female entrepreneur, and described the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program as critical to the development of her company.

Dr. Brown noted the importance of partnering with larger companies in the defense space and urged greater incentives for prime contractors to outsource to small companies and to protect small companies' intellectual property.

The next speaker, Alison Brown, CEO of NAVSYS, said the SBIR program was pivotal to incubating her company, which she co-founded in 1986 after leaving a job in California to join her husband in a move to Colorado for his job teaching at the Air Force Academy. After receiving her PhD, Dr. Brown worked on global positioning systems (GPS), then a new satellite technology. The company’s first SBIR award in 1988 enabled it to build the GPS Translator. NAVSYS won subsequent SBIR awards by acknowledging the need to partner with larger companies to commercialize innovations in transition to Phase III. Such partnerships are a necessity for startups, she said, because only large companies can bid for defense contracts.
Dr. Brown said that NAVSYS technology has provided new capabilities and lower costs for the Department of Defense (DoD). The NAVSYS Jamming Detection and Location Phase III SBIR project, for example, helps solve the problem of GPS jamming by the enemy. The DoD program officer wanted new anti-jamming technology, and NAVSYS offered a cheaper, more effective crowdsourcing solution than the DoD had originally contemplated, said Dr. Brown. The NAVSYS system receives information from GPS receivers in the field and sensors already carried by soldiers to identify jamming incidents. By downloading client software on their computers, any government agency can access this information royaltyfree via a government computer network. Dr. Brown described that the system acquired hundreds of users within 2 years and is now a program of record because of the high number of users.
To solve another urgent military need, said Dr. Brown, NAVSYS provided the Air Force with a solution called the Talon NAMATH. To contain collateral damage, the Air Force needed technology to aim small bombs developed for the Iraq War. Using knowledge from technology that it developed for the Federal Aviation Administration, NAVSYS created a GPS precision solution that did not require expensive equipment on the ground. Likewise, NAVSYS’s precision targeting technology, developed mostly with SBIR funds, transitioned into FLIR Systems’ Star SAFIRE® product providing the U.S. military with stable, GPSenabled, high-accuracy pointing for surveillance using high-precision electronic sensors.
Dr. Brown highlighted a major challenge for defense technology startups: the SBIR program supports the development of technology to the DoD’s Technology Readiness Level (TRL) 6, but DoD is not interested in funding companies until they reach TRL8. Specifically, Dr. Brown identified the following issues:
  • DoD prefers to deal with its own prime contractors and does not fund SBIR awardees to a stage where they can enter DoD programs.
  • Prime contractors lack incentives to outsource to would-be competitors, such as SBIR awardees.
  • DoD recognizes neither the return on investment it gets from small business innovation nor the missed opportunity when small businesses cannot transition to Phase III.
  • Lack of enforcement of SBIR policies rewards “bad practices” discouraging SBIR involvement.
Dr. Brown suggested legislative incentives to encourage large companies to outsource to small companies and to protect small companies’ intellectual property. “If you just encourage small businesses to get Phase I and II [awards], the program is broken,” she said. “That’s not what the SBIR is about; there’s no commercialization.” If the government cannot commercialize the product, then agencies miss an opportunity to reap a return on investment, she said.