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Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference 2019 – “Winning the War of Cognition”

During the week of December 02, 2019, 20 BGI employees attended the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education (I/ITSEC) Conference in Orlando, Florida.  The conference theme this year was “winning the war of cognition by pushing readiness and lethality boundaries”. I/ITSEC consists of peer-reviewed paper presentations, tutorials, special events, networking socials, professional workshops and an industry exhibit hall. Having attended now for over two decades, I/ITSEC continues to be the most anticipated conference of the year for BGI and this year continued that trend. The BGI team participated in several of the activities made available during the week including booth support, demonstrations, a variety of meetings and professional development.

More information, including Show Daily News Digests can be found on the I/ITSEC web page at: https://www.iitsec.org/

 

2019 Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Last October, a brief history of Cybersecurity Awareness Month was featured on our website, along with that year’s theme, “Stop. Think. Connect.” This year’s overarching theme is “OWN IT. SECURE IT. PROTECT IT.” This is intended to emphasize the role everyone plays in online safety. Cybersecurity requires that deliberate measures be taken to ensure security at home and in the workplace.

  • OWN IT – Understand your digital profile.
  • SECURE IT – Secure your digital profile.
  • PROTECT IT – Protect your digital profile.

 

Cybersecurity safety is everyone’s responsibility, at home, in the workplace, and in our communities. You can read more about this year’s campaign at, https://niccs.us-cert.gov/national-cybersecurity-awareness-month-2019.

BGI To Attend Air Force Association (AFA) Air Space Cyber Conference in National Harbor, MD

Phil DismukesAkron, OH.  29 August 2019 – BGI, LLC will attend the Air Force Association (AFA) Air Space Cyber Conference in National Harbor, MD, on 16-18 September 2019.  Attending will be CEO Phil Dismukes, Government Services Director Jim Hardin and Business Development Sr. Manager Chris Townsend.  If you would like to schedule some time with any BGI members, please reach out directly to Phil via e-mail at phil.dismukes@bgi-llc.com or 908-635-4002 text/cell.  Additionally, BGI is a Silver sponsor for the AFA Virginia Suite.  The Suite is open from 1700-2300 each day for guests of sponsors.  This can be coordinated through Phil at the e-mail and contact number above as well.

The conference provides industry partners the opportunity to gain new insights into the latest innovations in airpower, space and cyber capabilities all while bonding with your fellow Airmen, from today and our own careers. There are inspiring addresses from recognized leaders in today’s Air Force that will fuel your knowledge of our Air Force and industry collaboration.

We have historically found this time to be the nation’s premier event for defense and aerospace professionals around the world. ASC brings together Air Force senior leaders and experts from government, industry and academia. From engaging speakers and panels focused on airpower, space and cyber developments to the technology exposition featuring the latest technology, equipment and solutions for tomorrow’s problems; the conference has something for everyone. We hope to see you there.

September: Insider Threat Awareness Month

September 2019 has been designated “Insider Threat Awareness Month.” The insider threat continues to be a major concern to most organizations, public and private, and especially affects those companies in the National Industrial Base due to the nature of their business associated with Department of Defense contracts. Whether facilitated through cyber activity or not, insider incidents cause damage to national security and may result in the loss of life or the loss or compromise of classified information. These incidents are responsible for the loss of billions of dollars annually, through trade secret theft, fraud, sabotage, etc.

Most insider threats display concerning behaviors prior to initiating a malicious act. A well-established Insider Threat Program provides awareness to employees so that this type of information can be reported without compromising an employee’s privacy and civil liberties. Reporting enables an organization to take proactive measures that can result in a favorable outcome for the individual and the organization.

“If you see something, say something”

BGI Selected to Continue Aircrew Performance Assessment Project in Phase II

August 26, 2019 – In January, the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) office announced that BGI had been selected to continue into Phase II of a research effort to develop a “Data Science Driven Aircrew Performance Measurement and Proficiency System.”  BGI participated in Phase I of the project in 2018, studying the feasibility of and developing techniques for creating an automated system to support assessment of aircrew proficiency and training effectiveness in mission situations.  The effort included a former TOPGUN instructor decomposition of a training syllabus into individually measurable elements representing the mission effects chain, including identification of parametric data available in a training environment to perform those measurements.  These measurements will provide the instructor with objective, evidence-based inputs to support performance assessment.  The research applied BGI’s expertise and experience in data science to alleviate current labor-intensive and subjective aircrew assessment and mission debriefing methods with automated mechanisms providing objective observations for an instructor to use in debrief.

During Phase II, BGI will continue with mission decomposition and begin prototyping the automated assessment system, including development of data visualizations that will allow aircrew, instructors, and mission planners to objectively and efficiently assess mission performance.  The prototyping effort will leverage BGI’s extensive history developing analysis and visualization systems combined with the Navy’s Next Generation Threat System (NGTS) to develop assessment capabilities in the Analysis and Reporting Tool (ART).  NGTS and the Navy’s Integrated Training Facility (ITF) at NAS Fallon, NV are BGI’s transition partners; Phase II efforts are focused upon delivering revolutionary technologies to the ITF to support large force Live-Virtual-Constructive (LVC) training exercises.

The Aircrew Performance Assessment project is a prime example of BGI’s business model, effectively integrating operational expertise with data science and engineering to deliver innovative, game-changing capabilities to the warfighter.

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BGI, LLC Receives Lockheed Martin Elite Supplier Award

2018 Lockheed Martin Elite Supplier awarded to BGI for excellence in providing F-35 training and simulation support at Lockheed Rotary and Missions Systems in Orlando, FL.

 

Akron, OH (August 8, 2019) – BGI, LLC (BGI) has been awarded Lockheed Martin Rotary and Mission Systems (RMS) “Elite Supplier” status for 2018, presented by the Training and Logistics Solutions (TLS) Line of Business (LOB) for excellent performance. The RMS Elite Supplier status award is a new initiative introduced  last year to identify Lockheed Martin’s top-performing suppliers. During the initial evaluation period spanning 2018, BGI was cited for demonstrating perfect or best-in-class quality and delivery performance for F-35 Subject Matter Expert (SME) support in addition to having an outstanding customer-focused approach when meeting RMS TLS LOB requirements. “Steadfast professionalism, incredible work ethic, all-In attitudes all around, and comprehensive F-35 systems and tactics employment knowledge for USAF, USN, USMC, and foreign partner F-35 combat/training squadron flight simulator training tasks. BGI provided near-herculean support to 3FR2 Ops, enabled LM to field a high quality product on-time, and were a key interface and source of technical advice to both our LM Aeronautics and F-35 Joint Program Office Training Integrated Product Team customers” stated the LM F-35 Training/Logistics team.
BGI previously received the Lockheed Martin Simulation Training & Support Small Business of the Year Award in 2005 and 2007. BGI draws from a deep well of tactical aviation and simulator program expertise gained from military and private sector experience to create new simulator capabilities complimenting RMS’s foundation of programmatic and engineering excellence. Supporting the LM team since 1997, BGI has provided over 40,000 fighter flight hours of on-demand pilot and maintenance SME expertise – both on-site and world-wide – to 11 countries (Japan, Romania, Egypt, Jordan, Italy, Norway, United Kingdom, Republic of Korea, Australia, Netherland, and Israel) and counting. Often asked for by name and integrated at every program milestone level, BGI is recognized by LM employees, government representatives, and end-users as the SMEs of choice to deliver quality training systems support. BGI CEO Phil Dismukes states: “We are grateful to be part of the team delivering high quality integrated operational and technical expertise to the warfighter. These training devices are critical to the overall execution of 4th and 5th Generation Fighter missions and operations around the world. This award recognizes BGI commitment to our mission statement.”

 

BGI Attends AFWERX Fusion Xperience in Las Vegas

Tom Ritzman, Phil Dismukes and Chris Cross at AFWERX Fusion Xperience in Las Vegas

BGI is attending and participating in the AFWERX FUSION XPERIENCE. CEO Phil Dismukes along with VP of Growth and Integration Chris Cross and VP Corporate Technology Tom Ritzman are in attendance. This two-day showcase and conference is hosted by AFWERX in collaboration with the United States Air Force. This annual flagship event brings together industry, individual innovators, academia, investors, as well as, military and government team members. The goal of this event is to present, contract, and fund innovative solutions for Air Force areas of interest and facilitate an environment of connection and collaboration. The AFWERX FUSION XPERIENCE 2019 is centered around Multi-Domain Operations (MDO), one of the top focus areas of the Air Force and across the Department of Defense, it is held at the Enclave in Las Vegas, Nevada, July 23-24. BGI is one of 120 teams to present our innovative solutions as part of an open showcase to attendees, including top Air Force leadership and other military decision makers and operators. Concurrently, there will be live demos, keynote speakers, and panel discussions. This event is intended to be collaborative through the open and transparent nature of this event.

 

Cybersecurity May Soon Become a Factor in Contractor “Suitability”

The focus on cybersecurity in the supply chain remains a priority in order to deliver “uncompromised” within the Department of Defense. Ensuring that contractors and subcontractors adhere to the requirements of the DFARS clause that specifies the details of this cybersecurity should be a priority for any company that does business with the DoD. Earlier this year, the Undersecretary of Defense, Ellen Lord, drafted correspondence directing DCMA to research ways to determine industry cybersecurity readiness. In March, she stated that cybersecurity standards for contractors are being derived from the NIST security controls, which will include metrics that will be utilized by third party auditors. Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has previously stated that cybersecurity would become a key measurement for DoD to evaluate companies.

Small and medium companies have expressed concerns with the proposed standards, citing the challenges of creating a cybersecurity program. Despite concerns, it appears certain that in some manner, contractor cybersecurity will be a factor of “suitability” for the defense industrial base within the next 18 months.

Contract Award for F-16 Weapons System Support Contract

1 April 2019 – The F-16 WSSC contract is a delivery order under One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services – Small Business (OASIS SB) Lot 1. It was awarded to KT Consulting, Inc. on Apr 1, 2019 as a Firm Fixed Price delivery order. It is funded by the USAF Air Education and Training Command (AETC), with potential value of $60,897,716. WSSC provides formal and continuation training, courseware development and training support to F-16 pilots at Luke Air Force Base, AZ and Holloman AFB, NM. The period of performance includes a one-month phase-in beginning April 2019, a base year and four option years. As a key subcontractor to KT Consulting, BGI will provide instructors, support personnel and services at both locations.

Airpower Symposium and Salute to Team Langley

The Langley AFA Chapter hosted the annual Airpower Symposium and Salute to Team Langley. 2019 proved to be even better than last year as the symposium program is expanded, built on past successes, covered more information on wider relevant topics, and provided more opportunity for cross reference with Air Force leadership and industry partners.

The expanded program this year included an ACC/A6 discussion on Communications, Cyber and Networks; a panel discussion (Microsoft, Oracle, Regent University) on Developing Cyber Professionals; and, an AFA CyberPatriot presentation. The second program for the afternoon included ACC engagements with Industry, open to CEO Phil Dismukes. Topics, in order, were:

  • Future Training Capabilities (e.g. Virtual, Augmented)
  • Networks and Data Access (e.g. AOC, DCGS, Multi-level Security, Wx, etc)
  • Re-invigorating the Electromagnetic Spectrum (e.g. EMS as a Domain, EMS touch points to other domains including cyber)
  • Air Force Adaptive Basing Concept (e.g. deployability and connectivity).

The second day of the expanded program opened with a keynote address by COMACC, General James “Mike” Holmes. The program additionally included:

  • ACC/A3, ACC/A6, Industry Panel on Operationalizing Cyber into Combat Air Forces
  • ACC/A2, ACC/A6, Industry Panel on Operationalizing Cyber into ISR Missions
  • Lunch presentation from Lt Gen (ret) Bruce Wright, new AFA President.

The afternoon held classified sessions with 24th AF/CC discussing Cyber Operations and a classified requirements presentation from ACC/A5.

The SALUTE TO AIRMAN dinner honored several deployed Airman with awards and offered attendees greater opportunity for engagement and social interaction. The speaker was General (ret) Frank Gorenc, former Commander, U.S. Air Forces Europe.  The Symposium was well run and attended and was a jump start for BGI to further engage in the CYBER business.  CEO Phil Dismukes attended, fortifying existing partner relationships while building new frontiers with several CYBER focused company representatives.