Acronyms. They’re everywhere. We see an acronym and we might look up what it stands for, but rarely do we take it further and actually research what it is. Let’s go beyond the acronym “SBIR,” and learn a little bit about what it is and what it means to Cape Henry Associates (CHA).
SBIR stands for Small Business Innovation Research. For our purposes, SBIR is a United States government program, coordinated by the Small Business Administration, that awards research funds to small businesses to help facilitate research into and development of scientific excellence and technological innovation. CHA uses SBIR to research and develop technology aimed at providing the highest level of support to our military branches, and as such, SBIR is a foundation of our company.
Using SBIR, CHA created and continues to improve our Lighthouse technology. Lighthouse software is, as we describe it, a technology stack designed to function as a platform to integrate diverse datasets. Lighthouse provides the framework on which we rapidly develop software applications around common data elements. Currently, Lighthouse is used in almost all of our service areas and has become the “neural network” that feeds Cape Henry’s production efforts.
Lighthouse is instrumental in our analysis work products, such as our CoBRA (Configuration-Based Requirements Analysis) product. We can easily aggregate and analyze organizational manpower and training data from many disparate sources into a cohesive and easily interpreted product. Lighthouse helps us to deliver one-version-of-the-truth and ensures our analysis is rooted in empirical data. Because of Lighthouse’s success, it has been requested by the military via several new contracts CHA will be working on in the coming years.
Lighthouse is also central to our new High Velocity Learning Environment (HVLE) product line, currently being delivered by CHA as part of the C-ARTS solution. C-ARTS (yet another acronym, standing for Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System) is a training system that is available at the point-of-need, in whatever medium that training is needed. Lighthouse provides all control and access functions to a C-ARTS system-of-systems specifically designed to deliver the most advanced learning content available to the most advanced nuclear aircraft carrier on our planet, the USS Gerald R. Ford, CVN-78.
CHA continually strives to provide the very best products we can, to ensure our clients are the best they can be, and the SBIR program is vital in this endeavor.