Cape Henry Associates (CHA) is always looking for new talent! We’re proud to be a veteran-owned small business with 65% of our employees being fellow veterans. However, our non-military employees are just as important to us as they provide fresh perspective and insight into the products we create for our military clients as well as our civilian clients. Our employees are passionate about the work we do and truly believe that we are serving our clients and, by extension, our nation and our world. It’s part of what makes our work culture so unique and appealing.
Have you ever wondered about what it’s like to work for Cape Henry Associates? Maybe you’ve thought about making a change and are curious what opportunities CHA might have but aren’t sure you want to move to Virginia Beach, Va., where our headquarters is located. You might be interested to know that we have employees working in such diverse locations at Rhode Island, Maine, Connecticut, Florida, Illinois, and California.
We are always looking to hire new talent because we strongly believe fresh ideas are critical to developing the state-of-the-art products we are known for. Check out our current openings and contact us for more information. We’d love to have you on our team.
As we head into the coming year, we thought we’d take a moment to reflect on the past year, and also share some of what you can look forward to from Cape Henry Associates (CHA) in 2022.
If you’ve been following us on social media or reading our blog series, you’ll know that we spent most of 2021 highlighting the work of our Fog Bank division. This team spent a good portion of the year working on answering the question of how quickly and accurately artificial intelligence (AI) can identify various objects on the battlefield and how much manpower is required to assist the AI in its work. We presented the results in December at the annual I/ITSEC conference in Orlando.
We’ve also been hard at work updating our proprietary software and technology platforms, Lighthouse and FogLifter, to provide improved state-of-the-art services to our clients. We’ll be rolling them out soon. Contact us for more information.
In 2021, we were able to get a little bit “back to normal” after the pandemic effects of 2020. It was wonderful to connect in person with so many of you, though we’re grateful for the lessons learned about resiliency and efficiency. We implemented some changes to how we do things at CHA that are a direct result of learning how to adapt and overcome the challenges of a global pandemic.
What’s in store for 2022? In addition to the updated FogLifter and Lighthouse products, we have some exciting things lined up across CHA. We’ll continue with our “Behind the Scenes with CHA’s R&D” blog series, but we’ll also be shining some light on our other departments. We can’t say it enough: we’re only as strong as the talented, dedicated people who make up CHA. Judging on that alone, we’re confident 2022 is going to be a great year.
This week, Cape Henry Associates (CHA) presented our paper, “Digital Twins to Computer Vision: A Rapid Path to Augmented Reality Object Detection on the Battlefield” at the 2021 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation, and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Fla. Chuck Wythe opened, and Nosika Fisher of CHA’s R&D department presented the paper.
Those who have been following our blog series this year about our R&D team may have quickly realized our paper centers on a topic we teased a few months ago when we discussed our team identifying deer in the lab. They were working on speeding the process of machine learning model development using only synthetic images as the training data as well as automating the processes of capture and labeling. We wanted to test how effective those models could be when applied in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven object detection applications.
The main problem with applying AI models to battlefield object identification purposes comes in the amount of training data (e.g., labeled images) necessary to allow for object identification at any high level of confidence. In our example, we showed that literally thousands of images of similar but distinct objects were required – in this case, images of M1A1 Abrams tanks vs. Panther tanks. While we can achieve object identification at high levels of confidence, the degree of human intervention necessary is intense when using traditional photographic images and manual labeling techniques.
Using 3D models and CHA’s FogBoxer plug-in for Unity, the team produced similar results to traditional methods that would require hundreds of man-hours in only a few hours, proving object detector applications can be produced for classes of objects rapidly without sacrificing efficacy.
The CHA team ended the presentation with a discussion about the future practicality of using AI gaming object identification capabilities and digital twins in rapid, automated generation of AI-powered applications to improve battlefield situational awareness. The presentation was well-received and the Q&A session immediately following evoked a thought-provoking discussion.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.