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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.

BGI Security Week 2020

COVID-19 makes this the most unique Security Week in our history. Your Security team lead by Dave Carrell has pulled us all together all year long with informative updates and practices to make us operate in a safe and strong way. Now we can devote our time to a week of focus.  Our focus, as individuals, will continue and must be a healthy balance between our personal responsibilities in dealing with the crisis blended with our commitments to work. Work as we knew it has taken on some new facets of execution. Though the near term is a bit unpredictable, we will eventually get to a routine that will carry us through the next couple of months.

This excerpt is directly from our Facility Security Officer Dave Carrell:

“Within our work responsibilities is a commitment to good security practices. This is now becoming even more critical with the emphasis on protecting sensitive information that is unclassified. Being careful of what we share in public and how we handle material on the job will become more involved as the new DOD CUI policy (recently released) trickles down to the industrial base. As professionals in this business, we are all aware of daily security hygiene, whether it involves documents, computer systems, operations security, or facilities, such as SCIFs. Regardless, a review of the highlights enables us to remain sharp, and to reinforce our responsibility to protect the information that is vital to our country’s security.”

Starting My Career with BGI – Joining BGI as a Young Professional

After graduating college, I was very eager to start my career and finally join the workforce.  I could not wait to apply the knowledge I had learned into real world projects. When I was offered a job to join BGI as a software engineer, I knew just how great of an opportunity I was given, having been an intern for two summers.

On my first project as an engineer, I was tasked to work on the ARC (Analysis and Reporting Client) software. ARC provides a mechanism to analyze, visualize and report on flight data. The codebase traces back almost 10 years, so it is a software that has been sustained for a while. I gained immense knowledge just by working through the codebase and understanding how the software functions.

Since many of BGI’s software projects are composed of smaller teams, most of the engineers get to work on all sides of development. This means that one week I may be creating tests or debugging an issue, while the next week I might be writing scripts for data analysis. This helped me understand how different software components interface, making me a well-rounded engineer.

In addition to engineering work, I was given the opportunity train end users on the ARC in Pax River. Getting the chance to meet the customer and educate them on how to use our software illustrated to me how much of an impact our daily work has in the field.  I really enjoyed the experience of being a teacher for a week.

After spending about a year working on ARC, I joined the APA (Aircrew Performance Assessment) project. This software is early in development. I am doing much more architecture and design on this project. I am always looking to challenge myself and am glad that BGI gives me the possibility to explore new areas of software engineering. This makes work stimulating and interesting.

The technology is fun and engaging, but it’s my fellow employees that makes BGI an amazing workplace. Whether it is asking questions about programming or hanging out at a social gathering and talking about how bad the Cleveland Browns are, my co-workers make the working environment exciting and enjoying. I can go to any one of my co-workers for assistance and questions on anything, not just programming, and they will dedicate their time on helping me find the right answer. Having this bond with my co-workers is something I cherish and am grateful to hold. I could not have asked for a better start to my career and I look forward to the future of expanding my engineering knowledge and relationships at BGI.

BGI Attends AFA’s Air Warfare Symposium

Orlando 26 – 28 February 2020. AFA’s 2020 Air Warfare Symposium is a premier event for the aerospace and defense industry geared toward the professional development of Air Force officers, enlisted members, civilians, retirees, and veterans. The symposium harnesses the Air Force’s innovative spirit through sessions focused on innovation and exhibits that highlight the next generation of air, space, and cyber power. The symposium brings together the top leadership of the Air Force as well as leaders in industry, academia, and government officials to discuss the issues and challenges facing our Air Force today and in the future. BGI will attend with CEO Phil Dismukes, Director Jim Hardin and Senior Manager Business Development Chris Townsend.  The symposium is packed with 2 full days of professional development, technology expositions and networking events.  Phil Dismukes comments, “This forum gives BGI the opportunity to exercise a 2020 theme of CUSTOMER ENGAGEMENT by meeting with existing and new customers where we effectively can accomplish our mission.  This also gives us a platform to explore new growth areas that include integrating technology with the warfighter in advanced training systems, IT and Cyber.”

 

Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) – A New Requirement for Cyber Security

Contractor information systems that store government data, referred to as Controlled Unclassified Information (CUI) and/or Covered Defense Information (CDI), will soon have to meet the security standards of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC). In January, version 1.0 of the CMMC was released. This is a crucial step in DoD’s efforts to ensure that the supply chain is more secure. All contractors that do business with the DoD will be subject to this compliance.

The CMMC will fortify the requirements of the Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement (DFARS) clause that specifies the NIST security controls (SP 800-171) implementation. The CMMC model contains five levels of cybersecurity maturity, which will be certified by a third party auditor. If CUI and/or CDI is stored on the contractor’s system, “level 3” will be required. More information on CMMC can be found at, https://www.acq.osd.mil/cmmc/draft.html.

BGI SBIR Landing Signal Officer – Data Analysis Toolkit (LSO-DAT) Listed on Navy FST Virtual Transition Marketplace

The BGI SBIR Topic 112-111: Landing Signal Officer – Data Analysis Toolkit (LSO-DAT) has been listed on the Navy FST Virtual Transition Marketplace and includes a description of the project, a Quad Chart and Capabilities Brochure to review in addition to contact information.

The description for this project reads:

LSO DAT transforms text-based LSO carrier landing evaluations to allow machine learning to reveal evidence-based insights, optimizing training while reducing workload. Prototyped for the LSO School, embarked air wings, and aviator training units, it applies advanced data science to identify and highlight trends and areas of concern in performance. Handwriting recognition (OCR) allows LSOs to maintain their familiar CONOPS while gaining benefits from the tools. Collaboration with the user community has created familiar and intuitive visualizations. LSO DAT provides improved capability to the fleet as a standalone tool, and is ready to be integrated into data analysis suites and enterprise data systems. BGI is an innovative veteran-owned business that merges expertise of engineers, data scientists, and operational analysts to provide key innovations to the warfighter.

You can find more information about this project at https://navyfst.com/vtm/ and searching BGI in the “Company Name” filter.

BGI SBIR Analysis and Reporting Capability for Smart Aircraft Data Listed on Navy FST Virtual Transition Marketplace

The BGI SBIR Topic 112-111: Analysis and Reporting Capability for Smart Aircraft Data has been listed on the Navy FST Virtual Transition Marketplace and includes a description of the project, a Quad Chart and Capabilities Brochure to review in addition to contact information.

The description for this project reads:

ARC is BGI’s powerful toolset that identifies key trends in recorded maintenance data. Actionable reports enable Condition Based Maintenance+ objectives, increasing operational availability while reducing workload. ARC integrates into any maintenance infrastructure. In use by the H-53E Fleet Support Team, enhancements are in development to support additional platforms. A plug-in architecture and user-scripting capability allow adaptation to a range of platforms and applications. “Field,” “Analyst” and “Enterprise” configurations provide common tools at all levels. User feedback shaped ARC to be useful upon delivery, optimal with moderate configuration. ARC is an ideal solution for identifying health trends in support of predictive maintenance for any military or commercial fleet. BGI is an innovative, veteran-owned business, merging expertise of engineers, data scientists, and operational analysts to support warfighters.

You can find more information about this project at https://navyfst.com/vtm/ and searching BGI in the “Company Name” filter.

 

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.