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Coming soon to an I/ITSEC near you!

Are you getting excited about this year’s I/ITSEC conference in Orlando? We here at CHA definitely are. This year’s theme seems tailor-made for us: Innovating and Accelerating Training: Adapting to an Unexpected Future. That’s exactly why we do what we do. We strive to create and develop innovative training and technology to further the missions of our clients so they can adapt and thrive in whatever the future brings.

We’ve been keeping a little secret here relative to I/ITSEC, and now we’re thrilled to share it with all of you. Earlier this year, CHA submitted a paper for consideration to the conference organizers. Recently we heard that paper has been accepted, and we will be presenting this year! We’re proud of the work we’ve been doing to continue to provide cutting-edge solutions and products to our clients and our presentation will outline some of the ways current technology can be adapted to fit the ever-changing needs on the horizon.

So, if you want a preview of some of the exciting ways CHA is adapting and modifying technology in ways that will have far-reaching effects, join us in Orlando at the end of November. I/ITSEC is always eye-opening, inspiring, and a great way to gauge the current and upcoming trends in the tech world. We’re thrilled we’re going to be an even larger part of it this year! We can’t wait.

August 30th, 2021|

Behind the scenes with R&D

We were excited to nab another sit-down with our favorite R&D team members. It’s always great to catch up with them, as it can be really difficult to tear them away from their work – a good problem to have, we know. Our R&D department loves their work and they’re consistently turning out amazing products. So, what are they working on now?

As we do here at CHA, our R&D department is working on upgrading our existing technology that powers the products our clients love. Particularly, they are working on revamping our Lighthouse technology stack. The current iteration of Lighthouse is in use for such products as C-ARTS, which brings state-of-the-art training and experiential learning to our U.S. Navy Sailors. It’s part of our commitment to keep our nation’s military relevant and at the forefront of defense technology.

What does this mean? Well, R&D is making Lighthouse even more customizable and easier to maintain and deploy, and adapting it to the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence. Our clients trust us to think outside the box and give them completely customizable solutions that can handle a wide variety of needs in cost-effective and flexible ways. And that’s what we continue to deliver, thanks to our hard-working, work-loving R&D department.

Stay tuned for more announcements about our exciting new Lighthouse product. Whether you need to work around existing technology and/or software choices or you’re looking to bring virtual reality products into your business plan, CHA is here to help. Contact us today to learn more or set up a demonstration.

August 26th, 2021|

CHA Speaks: In which services do we take the most pride?

Not long ago we asked our stellar employees to weigh in on which of our services they take the most pride in here. Unsurprisingly, we got a lot of answers like, “All are important and exciting in their own way,” and “I feel equally passionate about all the good things we do at Cape!” Of course, we couldn’t let it go there and we asked them if they had to choose, what services rise to the top?

Overwhelmingly, the answers tended toward our training content and analysis services. It’s understandable; we’re very proud of the work we’ve done in our Manpower, Personnel, and Training (MPT) department. Hearing so many talk about our curriculum development efforts and how much they love the training program is music to our ears. “I am very proud of how we are working on turning that program around to the ships on time,” said one colleague, with another adding how great it is to “provide stakeholders with top-quality services that meet and exceed Navy standards.”

While there was a lot of love for MPT, we also heard quite a bit about our proprietary Lighthouse technology stack and, of course, C-ARTS. “I think C-ARTS is a fascinating game changer!” pretty much sums up the pride we take in that product, one that utilizes Lighthouse in new and inventive ways.

“New technology endeavors” rounds out the survey on services we take pride in here at CHA. Our Research and Disruption (R&D) department works hard to create and develop cutting-edge technology and adapt existing technologies in exciting new ways. We’re so proud of the work they do that fuels so many of our services that we’re featuring them in a series of blog articles this year. Check out the news part of our website to keep up with all the latest from CHA. 2021 may be half over, but we’re confident the second half of the year will be just as pride-inspiring!

June 28th, 2021|

Who in the world of CHA is Nosika Fisher?

We love having the chance to spotlight the amazing people who work here. This month is no exception as we finally tracked down the elusive Nosika Fisher, one of CHA’s extremely talented systems engineers, who leads our team of, in her words, “uber smart Research and Disruption engineers.” Nosika has been with CHA for two years this coming September and it’s no surprise, given how she describes her closest coworkers, that she ranks the great camaraderie as among her favorite things here. “We have fun learning new things together and poke fun at each other,” she says. She goes on to explain that she and her coworkers work together as a “well-oiled machine,” playing off each other’s strengths and weaknesses with complete awareness of what each of them brings to the table. It’s that type of culture that has kept Nosika engaged through the stresses and changes wrought by the pandemic this last year.

Nosika is quick to point out that CHA’s employee culture from the top down is a powerful reason to work here. “At most companies, ‘employees matter’ is just a slogan; at CHA it’s reality. It’s the way we operate,” she says. The idea that each individual matters, that everyone’s voice and opinions are heard provides a sense of empowerment that translates into increased efficiency and innovation – something that is directly passed on to our clients.

When we asked Nosika to describe herself, she asked for time to consider her answer. Then she set about polling her family and friends, which if you know her at all is a perfectly Nosika thing to do. She came back with the results and the most common words were, “assertive and confident,” “practical and methodical,” and (naturally) “analytical.” We agree with all of these. These qualities are why the R&D team continues to work so seamlessly even given the challenging work conditions over the last year. The transition to remote work was made easy for her team with Nosika at the helm.

Nosika is a Navy spouse. She and her husband, Michael, have been married for 12 years and have two children: Natalie, who is 9, and Alexander, who is 6. The family also includes two cats. Unsurprisingly, Nosika lists family time as one of her favorite non-work activities. Whether they are cooking, gardening, or going to the beach, doing it with family makes it better. If travel is involved, better yet. Nosika and Michael spent two and a half years in Lima, Peru traveling from there all over Central and South America. They’ve also traveled extensively in the United States and Europe. That travel itch combined with the travel bans we’ve all experienced the last year and a half have made their bucket lists of places to go rather long!

If she can’t travel, though, Nosika is happy to spend time at CHA. She believes the type of growth we’ve seen and the rate of growth we’ve experienced will probably be the standard going forward and she’s hoping to be a part of that growth for a long time, “barring any unexpected changes resulting from military life.” She’s excited about the prototypes the R&D team has been developing in the Artificial Intelligence arena and looks forward to that work coming to fruition soon. You can read more about R&D on our website; we’ve been featuring them throughout this year.

As we do, we asked Nosika to tell us something few people know about her, even those who work with her every day. It didn’t come as any surprise that her answer is related to all that world traveling she likes to do. She speaks FIVE languages: English, Albanian, Italian, Spanish, and French. Whoa. Now we just need Nosika to give us her list of favorite places to travel and we can begin building our own travel bucket list. After all, travel restrictions are lifting across the globe.

June 21st, 2021|

What is CHA’s FogLifter?

Simply put, FogLifter is CHA’s proprietary product that is a stand-alone, scalable, secure, and fully dedicated mobile Artificial Intelligence (AI) framework powered by NVIDIA NGC. It’s capable of taking large amounts of raw data and analyzing it rapidly and accurately in a variety of ways, providing solutions for any number of industries from government to financial services to education, energy, and utilities.

FogLifter was initially designed with assistance from the Rapid Innovation Fund (RIF) to address the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)’s need for fast, autonomous sort, search of threats, and exploitation of captured media, but it quickly became clear that its scalable, secure, and mobile qualities could be adapted for a variety of other applications.

Working in partnership with KOVA Global, CHA developed the first generation of FogLifter in a short 18 months. Initial results were a large number of images processed in under two hours, with video analysis results in less than 24 hours. FogLifter is completely scalable and can be reconfigured in almost limitless ways to perform numerous functions. With the ability to be re-created from scratch on a new instance in under 10 minutes, FogLifter is leading the way in data analysis.

In initial testing for the DIA, FogLifter gave the department the ability to expedite processing of intelligence artifacts, changing the possibilities for real-world data collection and analysis. Its flexible technology platform makes access to relevant intelligence rapid, efficient, and accurate giving America’s warfighters an added advantage against all threats.

FogLifter is a perfect example of what CHA can do and our ability to make products that are versatile and relevant to today’s needs. Learn more about FogLifter and other CHA products by visiting our website today.

June 1st, 2021|

FogLifter by the numbers

We recently told you a little bit about FogLifter, our proprietary stand-alone, scalable, secure, and fully dedicated mobile Artificial Intelligence (AI) framework, powered by NVIDIA NGC. We gave you a little of the history of how and why we developed it and teased a bit about what it can do. Now, we’d like to take a moment to break down some of FogLifter’s incredible capabilities.

First, what it can do:

  • Powerful analytics. FogLifter possesses the ability to ingest large amounts of data and analyze it rapidly, providing powerful visual displays of those results.
  • User-configurable filtration and user free-form investigation of AI Interesting Artifacts. User roles can be assigned and findings easily filtered, based on user history and search parameters while also allowing full search flexibility.
  • Machine Learning (ML) experimentation and training. Data experimentation via prototyping.
  • Flexible visualization. Results are provided in user-friendly formats and are easily run and read on your preferred mode of export.

Now for a bit on the preliminary experimentation with FogLifter. For test purposes, FogLifter was configured to ingest raw, unstructured data of 120GB. Keep in mind that these numbers are from a Minimally Viable Product developed in conjunction with KOVA Global over an 18-month period, so real-world application may produce much faster, even more impressive results.

1. Image Analysis

  • Processed 36,224 images
  • Ran 181,120 jobs
  • Batches of 1,000 images
  • 5 image features
  • Results in under 2 hours using 50 calls per second limit quota

2. Video Analysis

  • Processed 223 videos
  • Ran 1,165 jobs
  • Batches of 20 videos
  • 5 video features
  • Results in less than 24 hours using 20 concurrent jobs limit quota

3. Document Analysis

  • Processed 100,000+ documents
  • Batches of 10 document archives
  • 6 document features
  • Results in roughly 17 hours using 10 concurrent jobs limit quota

FogLifter truly is a game changer with implications for multiple industries including government, financial services, building and development, education, and energy and utilities. Contact us for more information.

May 26th, 2021|

Behind the scenes with Fog Bank: “The real nerds of CHA”

We were recently privileged to sit in with our Research & Disruption (R&D) team for a “progress report” meeting. Remember the deer from our previous post? We got to see the current status of those deer. It truly is remarkable to see what our team has done with the AI framework that exists and how far they’ve come. We won’t steal their thunder, but look for some exciting things from them later in the year. For now, we’ll just say that they have things well in hand.

While we admit we non-R&D people didn’t understand much of what was being discussed, we did get a chance to witness how the team interacts and how they view themselves. Nosika Fisher, whom we introduced last time, acts as the glue that holds everyone together. She’d tell you that her job consists of “sending lots of emails,” but don’t let that fool you. She really keeps the big picture of all the parts everyone works on together and helps to make sense of them during their regular meetings.

Then there’s Joel Throckmorton, a self-described “big nerd” who is in charge of infrastructure and provides the software development for the project. He’s the one who harnesses the AI, or more accurately, the ML (machine learning) to set everything up. “Everyone’s still feeling around in this dark world of AI. We’re still trying to figure it out,” he says.

Chris Gallagher agrees. “There’s no rule book. We’re making them up as we go.” Chris, besides spending his free time creating amazing 3-D movies, works all things 3-D for CHA. He says he “sets everything up,” which means he creates the model used for the project. In a very real sense, he acts as the artistic director. Everything from the geometry to the training environment to whatever the computers need to be trained on, it all runs through Chris first.

Once Chris has done his part, Jeremy Alessi takes over. He takes what Chris builds and puts it into the “script” to be followed. He’s the team’s coder – the engineer who writes the code. Basically, what used to have to be entered by a human becomes computer-generated thanks to Jeremy’s skill. Although, it really is much more complex than what he describes.

Brandon Russell then runs the models and tweaks them as needed during the experimentation phases. Once he has the data ready, he reports it in – you guessed it – the very type of meeting we attended.

With Chief Revenue Officer Chuck Wythe sitting in, the team discusses the results and what they’d like to do next. Chuck, the entire team agrees, is really the mastermind behind R&D. Chuck has ideas or, as he says, “makes things up” and the team tries to make them work. It’s a recipe that has created a lot of success for CHA.

They may be the self-styled “real nerds of CHA,” but they drive a lot of what we do here. Their passion for what they do translates to improved services and products for our clients. And when your clients include military contractors determined to improve training and manpower for our nation’s Armed Forces, that means these “real nerds” are pretty amazing.

May 11th, 2021|

CHA’s commitment to ever-changing technology

“Technology, like art, is a soaring exercise of the human imagination.”
~ Daniel Bell

Technology is at the heart of everything we do here at CHA. Advancing technology speaks directly to our mission to provide up-to-date, state-of-the-art products for our clients. Yet while the thought of technology can elicit images of computer science nerds with noses to their screens, it is very much an art form and calls to the mysteries of the human imagination.

Here at CHA, we’re committed to not only producing the absolute best technology-based products for our customers, we’re committed to using human creativity to break through previously unrecognized glass ceilings. A prime example is our High Velocity Learning Environment (HVLE), which we all know as C-ARTS. Bringing training and technological advances directly to the point of need for the U.S. Navy has enabled them to make leaps and bounds in how they train and support the world’s premier naval force. Since its rollout, C-ARTS has only grown in popularity and demand.

However, we never rest on past (or current) success here. By the time products and services such as C-ARTS are being delivered to our clients, we are already hard at work answering the next technological need. If our clients can dream it up, we’ll strive to make it a reality. The creative process drives everything. Our FAS2T-RIF1 Case Study highlights exactly what this means. A client came to us with a need: to gather and analyze vast amounts of data in a tightly compressed timeline. That “dream” drove our creative problem-solving process and resulted in progress toward employing technology in innovations that will resonate in ways current and future clients haven’t even thought of yet.

Technology, when appropriately channeled through human imagination, is ever-changing and ever-evolving. Here at CHA, we can guarantee that we’ll be at the forefront of developing existing technologies in new ways as well as developing new technology in innovative ways that will further the missions of our clients. If you’d like to learn more, read our new blog series about our Research and Disruption department. We’re checking in with them regularly this year and giving you a sneak peek at some of the things we’re working on and what drives our talented team to consistently turn out products even we never dreamed could be so effective.

May 6th, 2021|

Who in the world of CHA is Lisa Loggins?

We’re going on the record now that we love the alliterative nature of the name of this month’s superstar employee, Lisa Loggins! Lisa has been with CHA for about six years and is, according to the nametag on her door, one of CHA’s Manpower, Personnel, and Training (MPT) team leads. While she still serves in that role, she has also taken on the role of Logistics Coordinator for the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS). She directs, supervises, and administers procurement and inventory management functions for the soon-to-be five C-ARTS training facilities. Lisa is currently leading the development of manpower and training requirement documents for the CVN 78-class carriers while keeping up with the day-to-day support of the four C-ARTS facilities already in place and supporting the build of a fifth facility.

Lisa spent 20 years of active duty as a Navy Logistics Specialist. That experience and her analytical, efficiency-oriented personality make her a natural in MPT and Logistics. Her incredible attention to detail, whether in content or format, makes her an invaluable member of the CHA team. That, combined with her ability to always find a more efficient way to perform any given task, makes her someone we’re hoping to keep around for a long time.

As with many of our amazing employees, one of Lisa’s favorite things about CHA is the work-life balance she achieves here. The flexibility to take life as it comes and integrate work into it allows Lisa to focus on that minute attention to detail she has both at work and at home. The freedom she feels to be able to take care of life events when they happen without worrying about missing out at work makes her a happier and more efficient team member. (Noticing a focus on efficiency here? So are we!) We’re happy she feels that way, as a healthy work-life balance is important to us.

Lisa met her husband (of nearly 27 years!) Dan while both were serving in the Navy. They are the proud parents of Sean, 22, and Emily, 17. Sean works full time and Emily is a high school senior. In addition to their two industrious children, Lisa and Dan are kept busy with two dogs whom Lisa refers to as their “Craigslist dogs.” Both are rescues, one coming all the way from Bosnia via the nonprofit organization The Tanzie Project. The Tanzie Project was founded by an Air Force veteran after seeing all the homeless dogs in Bosnia.

In the small amount of free time she has outside of work and family commitments, Lisa enjoys creating paper craft projects and gardening. COVID has put a pause on her participation in craft fairs, but she still creates because, as she says, “I have to do something with the immense amounts of paper I have managed to accumulate.” That may be her reason, but we’re pretty sure it’s because she’s immensely talented.

Lisa loves how much CHA has grown in the six years she’s been here. She hopes to see CHA continue to grow in the next five years, and she aims to have a logistics team working with her in support of the increasing number of C-ARTS facilities CHA manages.

As with everyone we highlight, we asked Lisa to share something others might not know about her. She let us know that back in high school she discovered her fear of heights standing on scaffolding while decorating large windows for school activities. Fast-forward a few years and she found herself in the Navy working with Explosive Ordnance Mobile Unit Two at Little Creek. She had the opportunity to participate in a training exercise that included hanging from a helicopter. Strangely enough, that fear of heights was gone and the aerial tour she received was a highlight of her time there. It may seem odd that hanging out of helicopters isn’t scary, but decorating windows is. The next time you’re in the office, stop by and say hi to Lisa, and ask her about it.

April 14th, 2021|

CHA Speaks: What our employees really think of CHA

If you follow us on social media (and we sincerely hope you do), you’ve probably noticed that we’ve been featuring some quotes from our incredible employees about what CHA means to them. We believe that asking questions sets you on a path of discovery that might end in some truly innovative ideas. So, we’re taking some time this year to ask our employees all sorts of questions about CHA, our mission, our future, and where we can grow. It’s all in the interest of ensuring we’re operating at peak health so we can continue to deliver the best products to our clients in the cutting-edge, on-time manner they’ve come to expect.

We wanted to know just what our employees think about CHA, and what their impressions are of what we do, who we are, and why we’re where we are today. “Everyone truly cares about the end result being the best possible,” one employee told us, and it’s a sentiment we’re hearing a lot. It’s about a focus on making sure our products are the best they can be from concept to reality and they’re right—we are absolutely dedicated to producing state-of-the-art and beyond products to our clients because they are in the business of changing the future and we want them to be confident they have what they need to do so.

“The quality that CHA emphasizes and implements for each and every product is what I love the most,” said another employee, echoing another sentiment we hear frequently. “The most admirable part is the commitment to the products and programs because of a genuine concern for the training of the Sailors. It is not always about the bottom line.” It’s true and we agree: it shouldn’t be all about the bottom line. As referenced in the quote above, one of our clients is the United States Navy, and we truly believe it is imperative to provide products that “focus on ensuring our warfighters are equipped to win the fight.” Which is why, as that employee explained, “We push to do the right things by the warfighter.” And that doesn’t always mean we’ll make the most profit, but we will provide deliverables that “keep our national resources sharp and ready. There’s no more important thing.”

Others touched on how reassuring it is to work for a company that is so dedicated to the process of delivering “the right product on time and on target.” This sentiment was echoed most by the veterans who now work alongside us. “Being on this side [after three decades of active-duty service], I really appreciate all the hard work that goes into the final product delivery,” said one such employee. Another appreciates that “we work directly with the Sailors to get their feedback and tailor our products to ensure they are effective to those who will use them.” Yet another highlighted how that dedication touches on all aspects of the process, especially when it comes to quality assurance. “The double, triple, sometimes even quadruple check on each document before it goes out the door just shows that what we produce to the Fleet matters. As a reservist, I know that the products I am helping to produce could one day help me out at sea, and I can be assured the work was done correctly.” That’s why we do what we do: so our clients will know that what we’ve given them will work, work well, and exceed their expectations.

Still other employees touched on how CHA remains focused on the future. “CHA is ambitious,” said one, “I like that.” Ambition, with purpose, is what we’re all about and why we especially like hearing that not only is that recognized, but that other employees agree. Another stated that that ambition is clearly seen in “the dedication CHA has to develop its employees by mentoring, cross-training, and giving them the opportunity to grow within.” We believe in our employees and in encouraging them to chase the things that interest them. It’s, hopefully, the reason why, as one employee concluded, “our products, such as C-ARTS, are proof that CHA was and will be ahead of the curve.”

Here’s to looking to the future. According to our employees, it’s bold and bright. Who are we to argue? After all, our employees are the heartbeat of our organization.

March 30th, 2021|
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