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Who in the world of CHA is John Jackson?

John Jackson is our intrepid chief executive officer (CEO) and as such, a crucial part of the success Cape Henry Associates (CHA) has enjoyed over the last few years. John has been with CHA for six years now. He began his CHA career in 2014 and was named chief operating officer in 2015. He has occupied the CEO’s office since 2017.

John is a 12-year Navy veteran who served as an Electrician’s Mate and Nuclear Field A School instructor as well as a Navy diver. John’s military service was something he always planned on doing, though he originally thought he’d serve with the United States Air Force. But every time he went to visit the recruiter’s office, the Air Force recruiter was nowhere to be found. The Navy recruiter was happy to step in each time and talk with John about the Navy. The Air Force’s loss was the Navy’s gain and John’s experience in the Navy has transitioned well to his abilities to further CHA’s commitment to bringing top-notch training and manpower capabilities to our military services.

One of the things John most loves about his post-Naval career choice of CHA is the atmosphere. It’s a true entrepreneurial environment with people who make it a joy and a privilege to come to work. With that kind of vibe, John can rest easy, assured that CHA will continue to produce cutting-edge products that will keep our armed forces the very best in the world.

John’s seen a lot of growth in CHA during his six years here. He cites maturity as one of the areas we’ve seen the most progress. By that he means that our organization has become even more disciplined and process-oriented since his arrival. From ISO certification to compliance with PMI and export standards, CHA has become a true contender in the military contractor field. CHA has a depth that few other small contracting companies can boast and continues to strive to add to its knowledge base as well as its ability to offer a wide-range of products and services.

When asked about his leadership philosophy, John was quick to point out that he views his position as that of a coach. If he can provide an environment where those he works with feel they have the freedom to make decisions while backed by the guidance of those who may have a little more experience, then that translates into everyone feeling they have contributed to and own CHA’s successes. When everyone is vested in the success of a product or service outcome, it frees them to dream bigger and better the next time around while gaining confidence in their own abilities.

John’s favorite CHA memory so far has been the SBIR purchase in 2015. That has catapulted CHA into so many critical success stories and given us a solid foundation from which to grow. With a “coach” like John as our CEO, we know CHA will continue to garner recognition as a top military contractor and solutions provider as well as grow into our full potential, all while producing state-of-the-art products and services for our clients.

July 30th, 2020|

Advancing technology in our Armed Forces

The United States military has a long history of being on the cutting edge of technology. Some of their advancements have become such everyday parts of American life that we tend to forget they were once created or improved by the military. Such household staples as duct tape and superglue have their origins with the military. GPS, digital cameras, and weather radar are all things we use on a daily basis that had their beginnings as military technologies. Widespread use of penicillin and ambulances grew out of military needs as did canned food, an invention created from necessity by the French military during World War I as a way to transport large amounts of food for soldiers on the ground. Epinephrine auto-injectors (think: EpiPen®) are derived from a technology developed first for the U.S. military. Not to mention computers, microwave ovens, the space program, blood banks, or the now ubiquitous internet. It’s getting harder to remember a time before the internet. Without its 1977 forefather, the Advanced Research Projects Agency Network (ARPANET), our 2020 COVID-19 quarantine would look a lot different.

The U.S. military does not rest on its laurels; research and development of new, innovative technologies is constant. Not surprisingly, a large effort exists to improve manpower and training. In its Sailor 2025 initiative, the U.S. Navy identified ready, relevant learning as critical to staying on the forefront in the new century. As a result, the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS)—a High Velocity Learning Environment (HVLE)—came about with heavy input from Cape Henry Associates (CHA). This state-of-the-art mobile training system brings training to the Sailor, rather than requiring the Sailor to come to it. Outfitted with cutting-edge classrooms; reconfigurability for optimal use; and 3D, augmented reality (AR), and traditional teaching methods, C-ARTS is the future of military training and already in use. The U.S. Army is also invested in AR technology to offer improvements in combat training such as better efficiency and providing Soldiers with the advantage in training and response times. The 2017 “Training and Doctrine Command” document states that “the priority in the near term is to increase situational awareness and lighten the Soldier’s physical load, which will improve combat effectiveness.” By embracing AR and artificial intelligence (AI) innovations, the Army will ensure continued leadership on the battlefield as well as back home, treating Soldiers returning from combat with such conditions as PTSD.

Technology is not just limited to the training arena, but is found in the weapons systems the U.S. military continually develops and improves. The U.S. leads the world stage in technologically savvy military machines, such as the Army’s SB-1 Defiant and V-280 Valor aircraft. Light tank prototypes and more autonomous aircraft are in development, helicopters in particular. The Air Force owns and operates drones and has recently announced plans to test their new AC-130J laser system designed to make disabling weapons systems easier. Robots, augmented reality headsets, and hypersonic missiles are further examples of some of the technology being tweaked for military use.

As the internet and new technologies become more widely used, public sector tech giants like Microsoft and Amazon have joined the defense contracting circle. Microsoft’s $480 million deal to provide HoloLens technology to military members was hailed as a game changer and it currently offers its Azure cloud services and IT consulting and support services to Department of Defense (DoD) agencies. Amazon’s Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the official cloud provider for the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and works as a computing subcontractor for the DoD. Security, of the utmost importance for the U.S. military, and advances in AI are projected to be areas of great advancement over the next 10 to 20 years.

Beyond weapons systems, training, and security, developments in medicine are continually being made to include biological and chemical factors, and already artificial clotting agents are deployed with Soldiers to minimize blood loss from battle injuries. Within the next 15 years progress should allow alterations in military members’ immunology to protect against chemical and biological warfare. Handheld portable medical stations are also planned for the future.

Battle management software is being developed and improved every day. The military requires large amounts of data to be captured, analyzed, and available for decision-makers in as close to real-time as possible, and CHA has been involved in efforts to advance that capability. For more information on this project, check out the case study on the CHA website.

The future will see many more advancements likely beyond our current imaginings. Technology is critical for the military and always has been. We can expect things like human exoskeletons, modular and armed robotics systems with crowd control capabilities, and autonomous watercraft not requiring physical crews. Our military seeks to be ever vigilant in developing technology to meet the needs of the nation it serves, and whatever the technology needs, CHA stands ready to create or refine the solutions.

July 14th, 2020|

FAS2T-R1F1 case study released

Cape Henry Associates (CHA) has released another case study, this time detailing its efforts on creating Fast Autonomous Sort, Search of Threats, and Exploitation of Captured Media (FAS2T-R1F1). In collaboration with frequent partner KOVA Global, CHA engaged its proprietary FogLifter turnkey environment to create a product allowing the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) the ability to ingest and process large amounts of data with the latest machine learning algorithms for expedited processing of intelligence artifacts.

June 22nd, 2020|

CHA, beyond C-ARTS

The last couple of years have been exciting ones at Cape Henry Associates (CHA). We saw the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS) stand up from start to finish in an impressive 18 months! Since the first C-ARTS High Velocity Learning Environment (HVLE) went into service, the United States Navy has seen significant strides forward in its training technology capabilities, ensuring it will stay the premier naval force for decades to come.

While we are, rightfully, quite proud of C-ARTS and the success it’s had, CHA isn’t just about HVLEs. We offer a wide range of services and products. We thought we’d take a few moments to review what we offer beyond the truly impressive HVLE system, powered by CHA’s own Lighthouse technology stack. HVLE falls under our Training Services branch, which provides our customers with the most innovative training available today. From training devices to courseware development to instructional systems and SMART classroom design and installation, CHA is your go-to shop for all training needs.

Our proprietary software, Lighthouse, is the star of our Data Science and Analytics department, which can capture and integrate diverse datasets while providing analysis almost instantaneously. With Lighthouse, CHA can guarantee our clients success against adverse odds.

One of the more exciting areas at CHA these days is our Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning department. Powered by NVIDIA NGC, our mobile AI framework is capable of rapid ingestion and processing of a wide variety of data with flexible visualization options. As we move more and more into a technologically savvy world, our AI and Machine Learning department will keep you abreast of the latest technology advances.

Engineering and Logistics is robust at CHA. Using Lighthouse, CHA ensures mission readiness with a variety of services and support options. From maintenance systems analysis to maintenance gap analysis to providing Safe Engineering and Operations (SEAOPS) manuals as well as system installation, our Engineering and Logistics department has much to offer.

Requirements Analysis provides tools to accurately and efficiently identify potential problems, leading to state-of-the-art readiness for our customers. From manpower validation studies to billet saturation analysis and everything in between, our Requirements Analysis tools ensure agility and strength.

Finally, our Research and Disruption department never sleeps. This is the driving force behind our innovative and cutting-edge technology. Here is where exciting developments such as Lighthouse and C-ARTS first start, before being honed and refined. If you have a problem you’re having difficulty solving, or if you just need something better than you already have, check out all the ways CHA can help. CHA has multiple products and services ready to push your organization forward with ongoing success.

May 7th, 2020|

Who in the world of CHA is Jay McGovern?

Jay McGovern is a Navy veteran who proudly served for 13.5 years before a significant knee injury sidelined his military career and (luckily for us) brought him to Cape Henry Associates (CHA). Jay started as an analyst here, and held several positions before landing in his current role as Project Management Office Director. He feels all he’s learned during this time serves him well in his current position, where he leads a team dedicated to ensuring all awarded projects remain within scope and come in at or under budget.

Jay grew up in a military town and comes from a military family. He doesn’t know a time when he didn’t have a plan to enlist and serve his country in the military. He joined when he was 22 and parted from the Navy as an E-6. Jay wanted to find a company that would allow him to continue to serve our active duty forces and feels fortunate to have found a like-minded business that would allow him to continue the life of service he’d always lived. Twelve years later, Jay will tell you his favorite thing about CHA is our dedication to the warfighter, particularly our commitment to deliver ready, relevant training to the point of need in customizable ways. Jay believes this critical training is vitally important in order to mitigate knowledge atrophy and to build a set of career and life skills that will help our active duty military members long past the time of their military service.

Over the course of Jay’s time at CHA, he has observed an organic growth toward providing high-quality, state-of-the-art services across the entire spectrum of Manpower, Personnel, and Training (MPT) requirements. “Our desire is to develop training curriculum that is well received by the government,” Jay emphasizes, and this is something he is passionate about. CHA, according to Jay, is committed to ensuring our warfighters are equipped with the very best training possible. “We desperately want to ensure that commands are getting the right person, in the right place, at the right time, and with the right skills,” he says. That commitment is why Jay has stayed with CHA.

While the company has become a go-to for military services in the areas of MPT, Jay wants to see us reach out to those in the civilian sector who could benefit from our services. Ideally, he’d like to start with providing services to local and state entities who are tasked with providing for the welfare of our citizens. Jay sees expanding into local and state government sectors as a natural outgrowth of CHA’s service-oriented mindset.

Besides the services and unique technologies CHA offers its clients, Jay loves working with his fellow employees. “I have truly enjoyed the people that I have been so very fortunate to work with and for,” he states. “They look at problems from a unique viewpoint and offer dynamic solutions. They are not afraid to seek the input of others to gather diverse opinions and implement a solution that is workable within the constraints placed.” For Jay, this is an extension of the kinds of working relationships he first developed in the Navy and he loves the growth and learning that come with these relationships here at CHA. The best memories Jay has of CHA are of the people with whom he works. Besides meeting some incredible people and forming lasting professional relationships with them, Jay says, “I have learned to be a better person from each of them.” If that isn’t the very definition of the kind of healthy workplace we at CHA strive to achieve, we don’t know what is. It’s people like Jay who have worked to make CHA the success it is. Just like Jay, CHA is better for having the good fortune of hiring him 12 years ago!

May 1st, 2020|

HVLE case study just released

Cape Henry Associates (CHA) has released a new case study detailing its contributions to the U.S. Navy’s training modernization efforts through the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS), a High Velocity Learning Environment (HVLE) capable of providing training in a technologically advanced mobile unit. C-ARTS was developed in line with the Navy’s Sailor 2025 initiative to bring ready, relevant learning directly to the point of need.

April 24th, 2020|

Meet the companies behind TFK

Recently, KOVA Global (KOVA) and Cape Henry Associates (CHA) announced a new partnership enterprise with the formation of TFK, a company that combines the powers of both organizations for the sole purpose of competing for a contract that would supply training analysis and curriculum modernization products to the United States Navy. The two companies have a long history of working seamlessly together, having been successfully providing products to military services for over a decade.

KOVA is a woman-owned small business with the mission “to provide world-class services, when and where you need them, at a price that is cost-effective for our clients.” They are experts at training and curriculum development and offer extensive services in support of these two pillars. As KOVA employs a significant number of Surface Navy veterans, it is uniquely suited to identify training and curriculum needs and develop programs to fill them. In addition to training and curriculum development expertise, KOVA offers Mobile Training Team, AR/ML/AI, and warehousing and logistics services. With a focus on meeting the “ever-expanding training and professional and technical service needs,” KOVA is an invaluable contributor.

CHA brings savvy business experience and systems typically found in larger enterprises to the joint venture. Well known in military contracting circles for its proprietary, award-winning Lighthouse technology stack, CHA offers a wide variety of services aimed primarily at the defense industry. From Training to Data Science and Analysis, to Requirements Analysis and Research, CHA is leading the way in advanced learning environments. CHA’s Lighthouse powers the Navy’s new Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS), currently in use by the U. S. Navy as part of its Sailor 2025 ready, relevant training initiative bringing cutting-edge training to Sailors at the point of need. CHA also lends its experience as a prime contracting source to its efforts with TFK.

TFK is comprised of the collective capabilities, resources, and experiences that KOVA and CHA bring to the table. With strengths in customer-specific experience and customer-specific business processes, TFK is poised to become the go-to contractor for training analysis and curriculum modernization products.

March 14th, 2020|

CHA attending IT²EC

Cape Henry Associates Chief Revenue Officer Chuck Wythe will present findings and thoughts on “Digital twins to computer vision: A rapid path to augmented reality object detection on the battlefield” at IT²EC Tuesday, April 28, at 12 noon. IT²EC is Europe’s primary forum for representatives from across the military, civil sector, industry, and academia to connect and share knowledge about simulation, training, and education.

As acquiring real-life training data for the purposes of object identification and training on the battlefield is a costly and time-consuming task requiring human intervention, the presentation will lay the hypothetical foundation of rapidly developing Artificial Intelligence (AI) object recognition models based solely on available 3-dimensional (3D) models to provide quick and accurate battlefield object detection.

More about IT²EC can be found here: www.itec.co.uk

March 13th, 2020|

Cape Henry Associates and KOVA Global Formally Announce Partnership

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – (Marine NewsWire) Feb. 20, 2020 – Cape Henry Associates (CHA) and KOVA Global (KOVA) have formally partnered in pursuit of enhancing and modernizing the United States Navy’s training curriculum. CHA and KOVA came together to form Tanya Faye Kocha, LLC (TFK), a joint venture company that leverages the talents and technology of both CHA and KOVA.

CHA and KOVA have worked closely together for more than a decade in support of defense contracts. This gives the partnership a unique perspective steeped in experience to bring to the defense contracting world. KOVA is a Woman-Owned Small Business comprised of over 80 percent surface Navy Veterans while CHA is a Veteran-Owned business whose employee base is 58 percent Veterans and has a 99.5 percent on-time product delivery rate. The two companies together form an entity uniquely qualified to understand the intricacies of naval training demands as well as the challenges of content conversion as the Navy progresses toward its Sailor 2025 vision.

TFK was formed specifically to compete for a Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division contract for development of training requirements analysis and curriculum modernization products, and program management for the U.S. Navy. The fact that CHA and KOVA have worked closely on similar contracts, such as the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS), speaks to their ability to successfully navigate the often-complicated waters of training transformation initiatives. Both parties are steeped in the systems and processes of this specific type of contract, work well together, and have a demonstrated understanding of what it takes to successfully deliver superior products. TFK combines the high-speed agility and technical capabilities of KOVA and melds them with the sophisticated systems and processes of CHA to offer a focused, purpose-built joint venture with proven performance in high-volume production pipelines of diverse training analyses and content development.

About Cape Henry Associates:

Founded in 2004, Cape Henry Associates (CHA) is a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) specializing in Manpower Analysis, Personnel Analysis, and Training (MPT) products and services. CHA maintains a DEKRA-certified ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, holds multiple prime contracts, and has developed award-winning technology under the Small Business Innovative Research Program. Veterans comprise over 58 percent of our team. With on-time product delivery of 99.5 percent, we take pride in the reputation we have built as the go-to company for all things MPT.

www.cape-henry.com

About KOVA Global:

KOVA Global, Inc. (KOVA) specializes in providing training development, mobile training teams, and technology integration services including Augmented Reality, Machine Learning, and Artificial Intelligence. Our client-focused approach makes maximum use of state-of-the-art business operations technologies, outsourced indirect services, efficient onboarding practices, and specialized cost centers to minimize our internal costs and provide our clients with the maximum value and pricing advantage possible without sacrificing quality. KOVA is built for agility at-scale.

www.kovaglobal.com

 

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February 21st, 2020|

CHA begins testing of Full Mission Bridge Simulator at Whitehall Ferry Terminal, NYC

Cape Henry Associates (CHA), contracted by Eastern Shipbuilding as the Lead System Integrator for the Full Mission Bridge Simulator installation at the Whitehall Ferry Terminal in Manhattan, New York, is pleased to announce that testing is underway.

CHA has been diligently working in support of this contract with KOVA Global and Wartsila for the benefit of the Staten Island Ferry service, which runs between Whitehall Street in lower Manhattan and the St. George Ferry Terminal on Staten Island. The ferry service carries the second largest number of passengers annually in the United States – roughly 22 million – on the 5.2-mile, 25-minute trip.

February 17th, 2020|
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