I/ITSEC 2021

Join Cape Henry Associates at this year’s Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) Nov. 29 to Dec. 3. I/ITSEC is the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training event and takes place in Orlando, Florida every year. Our R&D department will present “Digital Twins to Computer Vision: A Rapid Path to Augmented Reality Object Detection on the Battlefield,” Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m. EST in Room 320A.

If you are attending in person, make sure to contact us so we can connect with you there!

November 19th, 2021|

Who in the world of CHA is Brian Rumley?

Every so often, we like to shine the spotlight on one of our incredible Cape Henry Associates (CHA) team members. This time, we’re featuring our newest Program Manager, Brian Rumley. Brian has been with CHA for 3 and a half years, and we were his “first civilian company in over a quarter of a century.” We’d say it’s worked out since he’s had a few promotions in his time here and currently operates as one of our Program Managers, a role he describes as “trying to keep the customer singing our praises while ensuring the project stays on time, on budget, and in scope,” though he’s quick to point out there are many team members assisting.

Brian was nervous about fitting into a civilian company after more than 26 years in the United States Navy, from where he retired as a Master Chief. He claims that 26 years means he retired “early” from military service, but he offers that the people at CHA made his transition easy and worthwhile. “My favorite thing about CHA is the people. We have a lot of different personalities here, but they fit well together.” Those diverse personalities meant he felt like he fit right in. “Every profile test I’ve ever taken says I am an introvert, but it’s a fact some may disagree with,” he tells us. “I live by the philosophy that everyone is entitled to my opinion,” he jokes, “so if I have an opinion on a topic being discussed, I will let people know.”

In all seriousness, it’s that willingness to jump in and offer an opinion that makes him a perfect Program Manager – one who understands that it’s a team effort, but sometimes people might need a little direction. “Everyone wants to do the right thing,” he says, “but some just don’t know what the right thing is and need a little help figuring it out.” That’s what Brian does so well. Ensuring that everyone on the team is moving in the same direction means goals are accomplished on time and up to CHA’s standards.

Brian is married with three sons. Now that their sons are older, he and his wife are more often able to participate in one of Brian’s favorite activities outside of work: motorcycle riding. They like to take his bike out for weekend trips, “without having to be worried about kids, the house, or our neurotic little dog.” He’s especially proud of his older son for his service in the Air Force. Now a veteran, Brian’s son is using his GI Bill for school with the hopes of following his dream of owning a car restoration/custom body shop one day. We’re pretty sure Brian will be a frequent visitor.

When we asked Brian about his favorite memories or experiences at CHA, he told us about the very first project he ever worked on. It’s his favorite memory not only because it was his first CHA project, but because working on it helped him settle into his new career. Transitioning from active-duty service to civilian work can be difficult but jumping right into a project that was already in the works, “with a very short development time frame,” helped him focus on his new career. Completing the project on time and on budget, with a very satisfied government client, made him feel his shift from active duty to civilian government contractor was complete. Three and a half years in, Brian isn’t looking back, only forward.

We did ask him to give us a fun fact that not many people know about him. He told us that once, when he was still active duty, he was working crowd control for a presidential visit in France. Tom Hanks was there, and Brian had a chance to meet him. Ever wondered if Tom Hanks is as nice in person as you would expect him to be? Well, Brian has the answer, and it’s a resounding, “yes!”

As we were wrapping up, we asked Brian if he had anything else he’d like to share. Of course, our resident “introvert” couldn’t help himself. He said, “Yes. If you cut a hole in a net, it has fewer holes than it did before you cut it.” Ruminate on that while you check out what CHA has been up to lately, here.

November 3rd, 2021|

Honoring our nation’s best by providing the best

It’s no secret Cape Henry Associates (CHA) has long been enamored with our nation’s military. From our founder on down, we’re largely comprised of people who have served in our nation’s military forces or who are in some way connected to those who have served, and who remain dedicated to preparing and equipping those still serving with the best training and technology possible. Recently, we asked CHA’s employees what impresses them most about our mission/vision for helping prepare our nation’s Armed Forces.

Not surprisingly, the sincerity of our commitment as well as the genuine care we have for those who serve was mentioned often. “The genuine concern is for the training of the Soldiers. It is not always about the bottom line,” to use the words of one colleague who expressed the sentiment of many. Dedication to getting the right product into the hands of those who need it was something else that was widely expressed: “Being largely comprised of veterans, CHA truly understands the problems and needs faced by our Armed Forces and therefore endeavors to meet those challenges with achievable solutions.”

It’s true that our employees’ backgrounds in military service grounds everything we do. Having a concrete understanding of how and what the military needs to maintain its cutting-edge, premier capabilities allows us to intuitively influence what we create and how we implement our products and services.

“On-time and on-target delivery” were also phrases we heard often. As one colleague put it, it’s “our passionate pursuit of on-time product delivery, expertise in MPT, and ability to convey these deliverables to the client in an easy-to-understand way that fills me with confidence that I’m working for the right organization.” That we work directly with the Sailors to get feedback and “tailor our products to ensure they are effective,” offers certainty that not only will we deliver timely solutions, but they’ll be what our military members need, when and where they need them.

C-ARTS, the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System, is also still high on the list of things our employees take pride in as it embodies all of what we strive to do for our military clients. “It keeps me excited for the way training is and will be administered into the future. It’s proof that CHA was (and hopefully will [continue to] be) ahead of the curve,” one employee said.

It’s clear we’re excited and honored to be serving our nation’s best and brightest in our Armed Forces. That enthusiasm directly translates to exciting manpower, training, and technology products that truly help transform how our military learns and achieves. We’re thrilled to play a small part in equipping and training the world’s greatest military force.

Want to learn more about how CHA can serve you? Check out our website to see some of the exciting products we’re currently offering.

October 15th, 2021|

I/ITSEC Anyone?

What are you doing Nov. 29 – Dec. 3, 2021? Cape Henry Associates (CHA) will be attending the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, better known as I/ITSEC, in Orlando, Fla. What is I/ITSEC? Just the world’s largest modeling, simulation, and training event.

This year, we will not only be attending, but we’ll be presenting a paper we’ve been working on this last year. If you’ve followed our blog series “Behind the Scenes with R&D” or some of our other recent news items, you may have caught some hints about what we’ll be discussing. If not, we encourage you to check them out. Then, join us in Orlando Dec. 1 at 9:30 a.m. EST in our session.

CHA’s Chuck Wythe will be there, as will, hopefully, some of the other stars in our R&D department. If you do plan to attend, make sure to message us so we can connect with you when we’re there!

October 15th, 2021|

Providing the building blocks for adaptability

An opinion piece by Bryan Clark and Dan Patt published in the July 13 online edition of Defense News states that our Armed Forces need the capability to innovate on the ground now. Big defense spending projects such as new air and sea craft are great, but a couple of decades away from providing the adaptability necessary for today’s military force. In fact, the duo says, the “building blocks of a more adaptable force are available.”

These “building blocks” bring essential Manpower, Personnel, and Training (MPT) solutions to combatant commanders among other military personnel, ensuring they have the innovative, state-of-the-art assets to custom build force protection as needed. “Congress and the DoD have already identified the need for combatant commanders to assemble forces beyond the generic one-size-fits-all force packages provided by the military services,” Clark and Patt claim.

Here at CHA, we are constantly and consistently creating and refining MPT tools for our military services. Products such as the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS) bring training and other tools right to the fingertips of our Sailors. This allows for on-site, on-demand opportunities to train, strategize, and configure military personnel for specific, achievable goals.

CHA’s Lighthouse proprietary technology platform powers like-minded products and services. We are working to enhance and redefine Lighthouse’s capabilities far beyond its current state-of-the-art configurations. With a goal of helping our clients achieve results beyond their imagining, CHA remains a trustworthy partner for our military services and our civilian clients. If you can dream it, we’ll find a way to build it, providing endless building blocks for adaptability applicable to today’s technological needs… and tomorrow’s.

October 1st, 2021|

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|
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