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What in the world does that mean?

April 10th, 2018|

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.

FoxGuard Solutions, Inc. partners with CHA in support of $4.2 million contract

March 6th, 2018|

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. March 6, 2018 FoxGuard Solutions, Inc. (FoxGuard) recently partnered with Cape Henry Associates (CHA) in support of a $4.2 million task order related to design, development, and delivery of the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS). C-ARTS is a mobile, scalable, reconfigurable High Velocity Learning Environment (HVLE) powered by CHA’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Lighthouse technology product.

FoxGuard worked with CHA to design and deliver purpose-built, liquid-cooled, high-end computer systems for the C-ARTS build. To facilitate technology-based training inclusive of virtual reality and intensive simulations, CHA needed high-end computers with high-end graphics processing units (GPUs) in a small form factor. The heat produced by these high-end components in a small form factor required a liquid-cooled solution for optimal computer performance. FoxGuard worked hand-in-hand with Cape Henry’s engineers to identify the chassis, cooling requirements, long life cycle components, and reliable parts that would meet the requirements for this project. “By working with FoxGuard, CHA was able to access FoxGuard’s engineering team to obtain expert recommendations and select the optimal systems builds that would be used to support our training and simulation solutions for our High Velocity Learning Environment,” said CHA Chief Executive Officer John Jackson.

“FoxGuard Solutions has been overcoming thermal challenges to meet client needs in the energy industry for some time, and partnering with CHA in support of a Department of Defense training and simulation project opens an exciting new avenue for us,” said Nasri Salamoun, FoxGuard’s director of engineering.

This C-ARTS project is being built in support of the U.S. Navy’s Ready, Relevant Learning (RRL) initiative as part of Sailor 2025. C-ARTS is set for final delivery in late spring of 2018.

 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) services. Cape Henry Associates is a SeaPort-e prime contract vehicle holder and owns a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) technology, Lighthouse. Government agencies utilizing the Lighthouse application framework are entitled to sole-source contracting for MPT products and services. Cape Henry Associates employs a staff of more than 100 people, 69% of whom are veterans. With an overall on-time delivery of 99.5% for required deliverables, we take pride in the reputation we have built as the go-to company for all things MPT.

www.cape-henry.com

 About FoxGuard Solutions:
FoxGuard Solutions, Inc. has been bridging the gap between IT and OT technology environments for more than 35 years via integrated hardware, software, and security solutions. Based in Southwest Virginia, FoxGuard serves customers in more than 60 countries from their secure, ISO-certified, ITAR-registered facility. Providing configuration, testing, imaging, certification, integration, regulatory/export compliance, and life cycle management programs, FoxGuard’s solutions are “Built for Security.”

www.foxguardsolutions.com

 Media Contact Information:
Cape Henry Associates – Jessica Bertsch
jbertsch@powerhouseplanning.com
+1.757.773.7357

 FoxGuard Solutions – Jonas Baranauskas
jbaranauskas@foxguardsolutions.com
+1.877.446.4732

Who in the world of CHA is Danielle Prieur?

March 1st, 2018|

Danielle Prieur, or “Dani,” as we know her, goes by the title of Business Analyst at CHA, though she wears many hats around here as she supports our Director of Proposals and Chief Revenue Officer – she’s spent two years keeping these two in line (which probably qualifies her for a medal or something)!

Dani is probably one of the happiest people we know and always keeps us laughing around the office with her comedic antics and desire to spread joy wherever she goes. Her personal philosophy that “happiness is a daily choice” is something she practices with zeal, and it spills over into everything she does. She says her favorite thing about CHA is the people, and we have to say that Dani is definitely one of our favorite things!

Dani comes from a long line of military service. Although she would say she’s never served, the fact that she is a widow of the Iraq War means she’s sacrificed for our country. Her family’s service and her own experiences have made her a patriot with the utmost respect for our military veterans and our country, and this makes her a perfect fit for CHA. Today, she is happily married with a stepdaughter and extended family who bring her much joy and help her enjoy her many hobbies, including road trips, camping, dodgeball, bicycling, hiking, bonfires, and tubing down rivers. You get the picture: Dani is what we call adventurous!

Dani also loves animals about as much as she loves people, and volunteers her time in service to them. Her own dogs, Mollie and Vinni, and her cat Romeo keep her grounded and help her cheer on her beloved Pittsburg Steelers and Virginia Tech Hokies. (We don’t judge. Much.) They like to hang with her as she gardens, paints, or reads or watches TV shows based on her early career path in law enforcement and forensics. (Don’t mess with Dani, especially if she hasn’t had her daily dose of coffee!)

We asked Dani to tell us something nobody else knows about her – not even those of us who see her smiling face every day at work. She told us that way back when even rainbows were black and white (who doesn’t love that visual?!), she was Miss Virginia 1997 for Hawaiian Tropic and represented Virginia at the televised international pageant in Oahu, Hawaii! You KNOW that as soon as we finish this blog post, we’re going to be looking up that footage!

Here in the present where rainbows are multicolored harbingers of joy, Dani has a vision for CHA that is completely in keeping with our own: being the leading MPT provider, establishing a strong foothold in the AR/VR/MR sector with our HoloLens development initiatives, and revolutionizing training with our brand new, state-of-the-art C-ARTS program. Next time you’re in the CHA offices, make a point to track Dani down and say hello. We can promise you’ll leave with a smile on your face!

 

 

 

 

 

Congressman Scott Taylor visits CHA

November 29th, 2017|

Cape Henry Associates (CHA) was pleased to welcome United States Representative and former Navy SEAL Scott Taylor to our offices Monday, Nov. 20. The congressman, who represents Virginia’s 2nd congressional district, enjoyed a tour of the Virginia Beach headquarters, spending time with corporate leadership and learning about the many services CHA has to offer. Among the primary topics of discussion were the recent Lighthouse Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) Phase III award and the innovative new training facility, Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS), a platform allowing almost every modality of training content to be delivered at the point of need. We were also happy to discuss our recently awarded Army and Navy contracts with Mr. Taylor, as he shares CHA’s dedication to providing the best service to those who serve in uniform in defense of America.

Ed Crawley (Instructional Systems Designer) and Congressman Taylor

Ed Crawley (Instructional Systems Designer) and Congressman Taylor

Congressman Taylor and Wendy Weinbrecht (Purchasing Agent)

Congressman Taylor and Wendy Weinbrecht (Purchasing Agent)

Ty Hoang (Procurement Project Manager) and Congressman Taylor

Ty Hoang (Procurement Project Manager) and Congressman Taylor

Pat Rowland (TRADEV Program Manager) and Congressman Taylor

Pat Rowland (TRADEV Program Manager) and Congressman Taylor

Charlie Arrants (Vice President) and Congressman Taylor

Charlie Arrants (Vice President) and Congressman Taylor

Ken Reid (Technical Writer) and Congressman Taylor

Ken Reid (Technical Writer) and Congressman Taylor

Congressman Taylor and Rob Gaither (HSI Analyst)

Congressman Taylor and Rob Gaither (HSI Analyst)

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