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BGI is Attending NTSA’s Training & Simulation Industry Symposium

We are excited to announce that BGI will be attending (in person!) NTSA’s Training & Simulation Industry Symposium (TSIS) in Orlando, Florida on 16/17 June 2021. TSIS provides industry an opportunity to network and interact directly with procurement officials for training and simulation products from the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, and Army. BGI will look for insight on near-term and long-term opportunities, to include question and answer sessions and panel discussions. Acquisition strategies, timing, and funding details are also provided during these briefs. BGI is thrilled to be able to meet and connect with our many industry partners in person, after so many months apart due to the COVID pandemic.

BGI Hosts Panel: “Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO): Who You Gonna Call? The Carrier Air Wing”

BGI recently had the distinct honor of hosting The Patuxent Partnership / Association of Naval Aviation Panel entitled “Distributed Maritime Operations (DMO): Who You Gonna Call? The Carrier Air Wing”.  OPNAV N7, VADM Jeffrey Hughes, was the keynote speaker.  Referencing the December 2020 “Tri-Service Maritime Strategy”, VADM Hughes provided an update of the global environment in which our Navy operates and how that environment drives the Navy’s strategy for Distributed Maritime Operations.  Joining VADM Hughes on the panel were RADM John Meier, Commander, Naval Air Forces; RDML Shane Gahagan, Program Executive Officer (PEO) Tactical Aircraft; RDML Carl Chebi, Deputy PEO F-35 Lightning II; and RDML Eric Ruttenberg, Vice Chief Engineer, Naval Information Warfare Systems Command.  Each panel member conveyed how their individual portfolio of products and services contributes to DMO.

The panel was a great opportunity to raise awareness on the strategic thinking of our navy leadership as it pertains to the emerging challenges associated with our Navy’s role in ensuring our national security and economic prosperity in the ever changing global environment; witnessed by the change in tone of our evolving Naval Strategies.  The referenced “Tri-Service Maritime Strategy” shares many of the themes from the Navy’s January 2016/updated in December 2018 “A Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority”.  One standout difference though is the new strategy is much more demonstrative about China and Russia quest to be the eminent global power and are this nation’s greatest threat.  It also instills a greater sense of urgency in preparing the United States Navy, the United States Marine Corp, and the United States Coast Guard to defend against those threats.  The panel emphasized that key to that readiness and effectiveness is a total force alignment and focus on DMO.

With the understanding that for any strategy to be effective, it must be properly resourced, the panel briefly discussed the impact that the “Tri-Service Maritime Strategy” would have on the budget.  It was stated that though there’s firm alignment between The White House, Congress and The Pentagon on who the threat is, what continues to be debated is the scale and intentions of the threat.  Furthermore, budgets will always be challenging.  As such, all the services will need to continue to balance current readiness vs capacity vs technology/force development.

Adding context to BGI’s Aviation Data Science efforts, was the emphasis by all panel members of the importance of Data Analytics.  Also highlighted in the ‘Tri-Service Maritime Strategy’, the consistent message was naval leadership’s understanding that there is a lot more to learn through data and the Navy needs to be poised for that learning.

Hosting this esteemed panel was a significant opportunity for BGI.  It reinforced the importance and added context to BGI’s mission while allowing our BGI family a better understanding of our role in providing the right products and services to one of our most valued customer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BGI Awarded Indefinite-Delivery, Indefinite-Quantity (IDIQ) Contract in Support of Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD)

BGI, along with 3 other contractors, have each been awarded a firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for an estimated aggregate ceiling of $90,000,000, with the companies having an opportunity to compete for individual orders in support of the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division.

These contracts provide for pilot and aircrew curriculum revision and maintenance support, including revision, update and maintenance of curriculum to ensure currency and accuracy of content in support of flight training, education and training services for the Navy, Marine Corps, and Foreign Military Sales customers.

Additionally, these contracts provide for the development of new lessons for curriculum that results from major Naval Air Training and Operating Procedures Standardization and Operational Flight Program upgrades to naval aircraft type/model/series in support of fleet replacement squadrons, fleet readiness centers, fleet replacement detachments, and aircraft weapons and tactics schools.

Work will be performed at the contractor’s locations and Navy and Marine Corps installations within the continental U.S., and is expected to be completed in April 2026. No funds are being obligated at time of award; funds will be obligated on individual orders as they are issued. These contracts were competitively procured via a small business set aside, eight offers from eight vendors were received. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division, Orlando, Florida, is the contracting activity.

Other awardees include A. Harold and Associates LLC, Carley Corp. and Crew Training International Inc.

GSA MAS 99 – Flight Training Professional Services

What exactly is GSA MAS 99?

GSA MAS 99 refers to the General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program. Its solicitation is found in betaSAM.gov and classified as Product Service Code: 99 – MISCELLANEOUS, ergo “GSA MAS 99.” Also referred to as the “Schedule,” MAS 99 is the premier contract vehicle for the federal government. The Schedule Program is a long term government wide contract between commercial suppliers – such as BGI – and the federal government. Schedule holders give federal buyers access to millions of commercial products and services at negotiated ceiling prices. These purchases represent approximately 21 percent of overall federal procurement spending – approximately $42 Billion per year!

The GSA MAS solicitation is comprised of Large Categories, Subcategories, and Special Item Numbers (SINs). Currently, the GSA MAS hosts 12 large categories representing available products and services with offerings further refined through classification into one of 83 subcategories. Finally, specific products or services are defined to reflect areas of expertise through one of over 300 available SINs mapped to corresponding North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes.

Holding a Schedule contract can open doors for BGI to conduct business, but it requires effort and commitment to succeed. The Schedule contract will need to be managed, marketed, and opportunities actively pursued. Bottom line, winning a Schedule contract is not the “end” but instead it’s simply the “means to an end”.

The Professional Services Category, previously known as the 00CORP Professional Services Schedule (PSS), offers federal, state and local governments innovative solutions to their professional services needs. The Training Subcategory includes Business Administrative, Environmental, Financial, Identity Protection, Language, Legal, Logistical, Non-IT Technical and Engineering Services, Marketing and Public Relations, and Training. BGI is purpose-built and deeply experienced since its founding in 1994 to integrate operational, technical, and engineering expertise to enhance customer capability by adding value in aviation, defense, and national security training programs. BGI will continue this legacy while offering services in the following Subcategory and new SIN applicable to instruction:

  • 611512 Flight Training

SIN 611512 Flight Training includes the performance of all professional services associated with aviation and flight training.

BGI anticipates offering labor categories such as Subject Matter Expert/Senior Instructor, Senior/Junior/Associate Operational Analyst, Principal Engineer, Senior Engineer, Engineer, Associate Engineer, and more, in support of the following BGI Core Services:

  • Aircrew Training Device Instruction
  • Aircrew Classroom Instruction, Performance Evaluation, and Remedial Instruction
  • Aviation Training System design, installation, configuration, and testing
  • Training and Operational Requirements Analysis
  • Aviation Service /Product Testing and Design Requirements validation
  • Flight Instruction

Why buy from BGI through a Schedule contract?

How to buy from BGI through GSA Schedules?

Prospective Clients may purchase services either non-competitively or competitively and a SOW may be required (services priced at hourly rates/T&M-type contracts) or may not (supplies and fixed-price services/FFP-type contracts), as directed by acquisitions regulations.

Sole Source Clients may contact BGI directly to inquire about services offered under SIN 611512. The GSA eLibrary serves as the online source for detailed information. Upon becoming a GSA Schedule holder, BGI will be listed with details accessible including solicitation, terms and conditions, clauses, and socioeconomic status.

All purchases regardless of competition type will be made via GSA Advantage! and through the release of RFIs and RFQs via eBuy . In the end, our Buyer will benefit from saved time and money. GSA manages the single master contract vehicle to fulfill complex or ongoing needs thereby reducing the overall contract awards and administration burden, while ensuring our Client benefits from BGI’s proven excellence and innovative solutions at the guaranteed lowest rates!

GSA MAS 99 – Information Technology Professional Services

What exactly is GSA MAS 99?

GSA MAS 99 refers to the General Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) Program. Its solicitation is found in betaSAM.gov and classified as Product Service Code: 99 – MISCELLANEOUS, ergo “GSA MAS 99.” Also referred to as the “Schedule,” MAS 99 is the premier contract vehicle for the federal government. The Schedule Program is a long term government wide contract between commercial suppliers – such as BGI – and the federal government. Schedule holders give federal buyers access to millions of commercial products and services at negotiated ceiling prices. These purchases represent approximately 21 percent of overall federal procurement spending – approximately $42 Billion per year!

The GSA MAS solicitation is comprised of Large Categories, Subcategories, and Special Item Numbers (SINs). Currently, the GSA MAS hosts 12 large categories representing available products and services with offerings further refined through classification into one of 83 subcategories. Finally, specific products or services are defined to reflect areas of expertise through one of over 300 available SINs mapped to corresponding North American Industrial Classification System (NAICS) codes.

Holding a Schedule contract can open doors for BGI to conduct business, but it requires effort and commitment to succeed. The Schedule contract will need to be managed, marketed, and opportunities actively pursued. Bottom line, winning a Schedule contract is not the “end” but instead it’s simply the “means to an end”.

The Information Technology category of the MAS Program offers IT Services, Hardware, Software, and a variety of specialty IT offerings. Previously known as IT Schedule 70, this is one of the largest government contracts. BGI is widely regarded for its expertise in Information Technology and the exceptional delivery of their associated products and services, thus will offer performance in the following Subcategory and SIN:

54151S Information Technology Professional Services (legacy SIN 132-51)

SIN 54151S Information Technology Professional Services is an IT Professional Services and/or labor category designed to offer database planning and design; systems analysis, integration, and design; programming, conversion, and implementation support; network services, data/records management, and testing. This SIN includes expertise reflected by NAICS codes 541511 Custom Computer Programming Services, 541512 Computer Systems Design Services, and 541519 Other Computer Related Services.

BGI anticipates offering labor categories such as Principal Engineer, Senior Engineer, Engineer, Associate Engineer, and more, in support of the following BGI Core Services:

  • Software Development
  • Software Engineering
  • Data Science
  • Machine Learning
  • “Big Data” Solutions
  • System design, installation and configuration
  • System security design, configuration, and implementation

Why buy from BGI through a Schedule contract?

How to buy from BGI through GSA Schedules?

Prospective Clients may purchase services either non-competitively or competitively and a SOW may be required (services priced at hourly rates/T&M-type contracts) or may not (supplies and fixed-price services/FFP-type contracts), as directed by acquisitions regulations.

Sole Source Clients may contact BGI directly to inquire about services offered under SIN 54151S. The GSA eLibrary serves as the online source for detailed information. Upon becoming a GSA Schedule holder, BGI will be listed with details accessible including solicitation, terms and conditions, clauses, and socioeconomic status.

All purchases regardless of competition type will be made via GSA Advantage! and through the release of RFIs and RFQs via eBuy . In the end, our Buyer will benefit from saved time and money. GSA manages the single master contract vehicle to fulfill complex or ongoing needs thereby reducing the overall contract awards and administration burden, while ensuring our Client benefits from BGI’s proven excellence and innovative solutions at the guaranteed lowest rates!

2020 BGI Virtual Turkey Trot Run/Walk – VICTORY!

BGI rallied across the nation during the week of Thanksgiving to conduct our 1st Annual BGI Virtual Turkey Trot Run/Walk 5K and it was a huge success.  Over 200 employees, family members and friends completed the event.  BGI conducted a fundraiser in conjunction with the event to support The Gary Sinise Foundation (GSF) where $12,200 was raised and donated to this highly effective & impacting foundation.  Further information about the GSF can be found at www.garysinisefoundation.org.

Naturally with any event where there is a spirit of competition, and we had winners in multiple categories.  These winners received a copy of the Gary Sinise book titled GRATEFUL AMERICAN, A JOURNEY FROM SELF TO SERVICE and a Beats wireless Bluetooth headset.  The female and male winners with times in each category of age were:

 

Under 20                              Sarah Dodson (22:01) & John Kieda (18:16)

20 year olds                        Katie Collins (38:04) & Tanner Dismukes (20:48)

30 year olds                        Nataly Jennings (28:13) & Scott Cook (22:25)

40 year olds                        Liza Meehl (29:52) & Adam Kieda (20:54)

50 year olds                        Denise Ronnow (36:17) & Bill Fitzpatrick (27:53)

60 year olds                        JP Reilly (38:22)

Best Video/Photo            Chris Jergens

 

Overall                                 Sarah Dodson and John Kieda

The event was spearheaded by Nancy Chilton and allowed BGI to pull together during the challenging times of quarantine, build camaraderie in a collaborative, competitive and wellness promoting way and raised funds for our veterans and their families in need.  This event embraced the BGI core values of Leadership, Integrity, Commitment, Excellence and Teamwork in every imaginable way.  One other surprise during the event were the T-shirts that were distributed to those that made the sign-up deadline.  These shirts were manufactured by Authentically American, https://www.authenticallyamericanbrand.us/. At the beginning of the race you have a very nice looking BGI T-shirt. After the event and with just enough exertion, the image of the shirt changed to bring out the core value words as you see in this picture of our CFO, Eric Dodson and the associated video link, https://youtu.be/sLD5iObta-4

We like to say that when BGI rallies for whatever challenge lies ahead, “we sweat out our core values” in every case. This race illustrated this in a very unique, surprising and entertaining way.  Thank you to all participants and congratulations to our winners in each category for such a tremendous display of fun and fortitude! It is not too early to start training for next year’s run.

Happy Labor Day from BGI!

Happy Labor Day from BGI.  BGI supports our customers in a myriad of ways with our work across the country. We do this in excellence. I am honored to hear about the “labor” we accomplish and as such, hope you can join our employee group and take the warranted rest this Labor Day weekend and recharge for the season ahead. BGI operates under one mission with diverse roles across the country. I am sharing an interesting activity of one of our employee groups.

The March AFB MQ-9 BGI employee group directly supports the domestic operations in fighting fires throughout California (CA). The MQ-9s from the 163rd Attack Wing fly around the fires and track the fires’ actual progress.  Near real-time map data is then sent to the CalFire command center so they can allocate their resources to best effect. (This used to be done with ground observers and grease pencils.)  CalFire leadership can also look at the video directly if there is a particularly critical situation. Another use of the data is to overlay snapshots of our video or Synthetic Aperture Radar images over Google Earth imagery to show confirmed destruction of property that can then be used to streamline federal emergency relief funds to those affected.  Our BGI employees launch a significant portion of the aircraft for this mission and have again volunteered to do all aspects the mission as we have in the past. This latest time CA HQ wanted the bulk of the mission, besides Launch and Recovery, to be done by the ANG.  We have 6 BGI employees on State Active Duty supporting this effort.

We are both grateful and proud of our March AFB MQ-9 BGI team for their continued support of training and am excited to highlight this interesting work they do in support of the state of CA.  Well done! Your fellow employees at BGI honor you this Labor Day weekend!

https://www.airforcemag.com/guard-aircraft-watching-california-fires-as-blazes-continue-to-spread/

Attend Central Florida Navy League’s “ALL Hands” Virtual Social Co-Sponsored By BGI!

The BGI team is co-sponsoring the Central Florida Navy League’s “ALL Hands” virtual social today, Tuesday, September 8, 2020 at 5 pm (EDT). We began sponsoring CFNL in 2009 and have been along with them since. BGI‘s long history of supporting the Navy League of the United States gives us the arena to live out our GIVING BACK theme. This is a very entertaining and enjoyable event, with an impressive list of guest speakers, including BGI’s Jeff “Zoil” Penfield. We are excited to sponsor today’s forum and hope that you can join us for the engaging and worthwhile discussions.

National Insider Threat Awareness Month (NITAM) 2020

September 2020 is the second annual National Insider Threat Awareness Month (NITAM)! BGI recognizes the seriousness of the insider threat and is promoting heightened awareness and encouragement to its employees to report anomalous activities. Early intervention leads to positive outcomes for individuals and organizations.

The theme for NITAM this year is “Resilience,” the intangible quality that allows us to face adversity and come back at least as strong as before. Insider Threat programs promote personal resilience to mitigate risks associated with insider threats. Personal and organizational resilience is more important than ever, as we contend with significant challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

BGI Competes in AFWERX Challenge – Accelerating Pilots to Combat-Ready Aviators


BGI proposed an innovative solution to streamline the development of newly-winged pilots into Combat-Ready Aviators. Teamed with Two Blue Aces LLC, BGI submitted a unique Pilot Coaching plan centered on connecting elite combat-veteran coaches with individual FTU pilots to develop the human capital required in future combat aviation using modern, standardized and integrated tools. Our coaches enhance the individual’s critical combat training skills as well as the development of their warrior ethos. The result of this process, which is scalable across the CAF, develops more capable wingmen and a stronger foundation for future Air Force leadership.

The BGI/TBA team delivers a powerful mix of personalized coaches including tactically relevant F-16 SMEs and former senior Air Force leaders to a class of pilots in the fighter pipeline. Hand-selected coaches pair with students at the beginning of an F-16 basic course class and follow them through the CMR check-ride. These coaches provide tools/skills for students to develop critical thinking abilities and airborne leadership skills while instilling a strong sense of USAF aviation heritage and culture. The coaches cultivate growth of individual pilot’s strengths and improve weaknesses identified in the process.

During each syllabus phase, coaches schedule mentoring blocks within each training module. These coaching sessions provide extensive depth and perspective to the F-16’s mission and the wingman’s role in complex combat missions. Active coaching complements traditional training by providing a unique and innovative additive to pilot development.

All information exchanges are collected and available to be data-mined for future use and process improvement. The program will be validated using objective syllabus completion data and subjective exit interviews. Student pilots and combat unit leadership will complete surveys related to pilot critical thinking skills, maturity and overall combat mission readiness.
As additional value to the Air Force, these relationships will endure throughout the pilots’ Air Force career, allowing the seeds of change to thrive from within. Combat squadrons require unique cohesion as well as a common operating picture. In previous generations, this was done organically and occurred naturally with a much larger fighting force and breadth of experience. Today’s combat squadrons are increasingly less experienced due to increased operations tempo, reduced manning, accelerated syllabi and overall less “touchpoints” for culture enrichment and coaching opportunities.

This holistic approach to combat aviator development, readiness and leadership will accelerate proficiency, reduce the re-fly rate and result in definitive cost/time savings. This model is applicable across the combat aviator training spectrum. It can be an integrated effort across Air Combat, Global Strike, Training, Mobility and Special Operations commands.