Representatives from NAVSEA PMS 378, COMNAVAIRLANT, NAVFAC MIDLANT, Cape Henry Associates (CHA), REI Systems (site contractor), Huntington Ingalls Industries – Fleet Support Group, and the crew of the USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) put their shovels to work Feb. 6 to break ground and start making a semi-permanent home for the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS) at Site Q99E on Naval Station Norfolk, VA. Site Q99E, located only 1,200 feet from Naval Station Norfolk pier, will include multiple concrete pads for the C-ARTS units, regular and emergency electrical power support, and bathroom facilities and be the base from which four C-ARTS units will provide high velocity training for the crews of the CVN 78 ship class, the Fleet’s newest warfighters.
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Under NAVSEA PMS 378 leadership, the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS) hosted its first fiber optics training class COI December 3-10, 2018. Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII), one of Cape Henry Associates’ partners on the C-ARTS project, has released a video sharing highlights of this first training. Check out the video to see C-ARTS training in action and experience one of the ways CHA and supporting defense contractors are paving the way to 21st century U.S. Navy training.
“C-ARTS is definitely a great way for Sailors to learn; it’s convenient that it’s located close to the ship and it helps better us for the ship,” said Electrician’s Mate (Nuclear) 2nd Class Logan Baron, after attending a 6-day training class earlier this month.
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CHA’s innovative C-ARTS system is leading the headlines again. FOA, the Fiber Optic Association, Inc., featured an article about CHA’s newest technology in its September online newsletter. The article focuses on the way C-ARTS is changing how the Navy will train personnel going forward and announces that FOA, working with CACI International, is slated to provide fiber optic training within the C-ARTS-specific-designed Lighthouse system. In addition, FOA has received permission to offer fiber optics technician certification through the Navy’s COOL program. Yet another way CHA is revolutionizing military training.
Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Admiral Bill Moran toured the Navy’s newest delivery approach to Ready Relevant Learning July 24 in the Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS) at Cape Henry Associates (CHA) in Virginia Beach, Va. He was interested in the mobile and reconfigurable training delivery system, an advanced electronic classroom and associated lab packed with the latest virtual reality capabilities and built on technologies developed under the Navy’s Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program.
Specifically targeting CVN 78 training, Cape Henry Associates developed these state-of-the-art mobile training systems under the guidance of PMS 378L’s Training Manager as a potential part of the Sailor 2025 initiative. Admiral Moran formerly served as the 57th Chief of Naval Personnel where his duties included planning and programming for all manpower, personnel, training, and education resources for the U.S. Navy. Visiting and experiencing the new C-ARTS was an extension of his passion to ensure all naval personnel have the best, most effective training available. Admiral Moran shared that he enjoyed the presentations and his tour, including his interactions with the Sailors from CVN 78. He also shared that the 16-month concept-to-reality development schedule and innovative acquisition strategy was “really impressive” and offered the team encouragement. “Last year at I/ITSEC, I said I wanted a holodeck. We’re almost there.”
John Jackson, CHA’s chief executive officer, said, “It was a tremendous opportunity to show the Vice CNO how Cape Henry worked with real-world Navy customers to utilize our SBIR technology in support of the Navy’s strategic direction for training Sailors. We hope this visit demonstrated Cape Henry’s dedication to supporting the Navy through transition from legacy training modalities to enhanced techniques and technologies that drive Ready Relevant Learning (RRL) and the Sailor 2025 initiative.” The VCNO’s visit highlights the potential impact C-ARTS can have on bringing training capabilities into the 21st century and beyond.
Today Cape Henry Associates (CHA) celebrated the official delivery and acceptance of the revolutionary Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS). PEO Carriers hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard, complete with open house tours of the new mobile training system. CHA was the prime contractor and lead system integrator in the development and production of the C-ARTS mobile units.
C-ARTS is the realization of an effort to improve the types and kinds of training readily available to naval personnel in response to the Navy’s Sailor 2025 training concept. The “Ready Relevant Learning” C-ARTS provides in the form of a High Velocity Learning Environment is both reconfigurable and state-of-art, incorporating a wide variety of academic and hands-on learning with advanced virtual and augmented reality technology.
Today’s event featured one of two C-ARTS trailers delivered this quarter. For the duration of 2018, the mobile units will reside in Newport News, Va. In 2019, the two trailers, along with two more, will move to their new home at Naval Station Norfolk. C-ARTS currently supports CVN 78 crews, with a long-term goal of providing training support across the Department of the Navy.
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – October 19, 2017 – Cape Henry Associates (CHA) was recently awarded a $4.2 million task order under a previously awarded $49.1 million contract for the 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. Lighthouse HVLE C-ARTS supports the realization of the Navy’s Ready, Relevant Learning (RRL) initiative as part of Sailor 2025 and moves training closer to the point and time of need. From the instructor controls and scheduling to the virtual reality repositories and student analyses, Lighthouse provides all control and access functions to a C-ARTS system-of-systems specifically designed to deliver the most advanced learning content available. Under this task order, Lighthouse is being further developed for inclusion of the Experience Application Program Interface, or xAPI.
“This task order is exceptionally special to us here at CHA, as it validates the incredible scope and potential for Lighthouse utilization,” says Chuck Wythe, chief revenue officer. “The SBIR pedigree of Lighthouse gives program managers the authority to contract with CHA on a sole-source basis for the technology under the SBIR phase III guidelines. It is a success story for the SBIR program and one we intend to repeat. Utilization of Lighthouse within Manpower Personnel and Training initiatives provides for unprecedented exposure to discrete data associated with a final training system or solution. We can link truly empirical data such as platform mission requirements all the way through to a learning event. This type of provenance combined with training system production analytics provides decision makers with better data, and the ability to make better decisions. The Lighthouse HVLE as delivered for the C-ARTS program will be the most advanced, empirical data-driven training technology agnostic, reconfigurable, mobile learning solution available.”
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, for sole source contracting for MPT products and services. We employ a staff of more than 150 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.
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Cape Henry Associates (CHA) Vice President Charlie Arrants attended iFest 2017 last week, representing CHA and in support of CHA’s role in NAVSEA’s Carrier-Advanced Reconfigurable Training System (C-ARTS). C-ARTS is a mobile, scalable, reconfigurable High Velocity Learning Environment (HVLE) powered by CHA’s Lighthouse SBIR Phase III technology.
It’s hard to pin down Cape Henry Associates’ chief revenue officer, Chuck Wythe, but when you do, you’re always guaranteed a good chat. Recently, we had the privilege of spending some time with Chuck and catching up on where he sees CHA now and in the future.
CHA: Thanks for taking some time to chat with us today, Chuck. We just have a few questions. To start, what are some current CHA projects you’d like to ensure we talk about?
CW: Well, I think I can boil it down to my top three. First, C-ARTS, obviously. I know it’s a project that was big for us last year, but now it’s been tested and is in Fleet and has had some high-level visitors. It’s been a great product that we’re continuing to refine even as we’re taking orders for more. That program allowed us to make additional investment in our Lighthouse technology and add more features to the stack. It’s been well received; we are seeing the demand and we think it will be a large growth segment of our business going forward.
Second, I am excited about the recent developments in the AR/MR world, or what my daughter still calls the “magic glasses.” Microsoft has just come out with a new version of the HoloLens right as the Army signed a half-billion-dollar contract with them to provide hardware. The developments in this technology are just scary, powerful, amazing stuff right now and we’re pushing to tie in the obvious next step, which is AI use with the new hardware. So our already successful Lighthouse technology is going “next gen,” for lack of a better word. Development is moving faster than we expected and I’m excited about the opportunities to be in front of AI and AR collaboration.
Last, I think our development as a company makes my top three. We’ve had some recent contract wins that will leverage our Lighthouse tech but deliver containerized, deployable solutions for machine learning and AI. Three years ago, we would not have been discussing some of the most exciting technologies on the planet here at CHA. We are doing that today, though, and that’s a testament to CHA’s agility. It puts a smile on your face.
CHA: Speaking of AI and the AR/MR world, what’s CHA’s vision for the future of MR? Where does CHA envision taking the technology?
CW: I think, for CHA, we’re looking at the “low hanging fruit” for AR, the stuff that is an obvious application for us. For us, that means tools at the point of work. Envision a virtual helper, guide, or safety watch, if you will, for those who work in maintenance, safety, and related fields. That’s short-term, because the ROI is obvious. For the long term, we’re looking at the confluence of AR technology and machine learning and AI. The predictive analytics market is hot and it’s hard to imagine a better game-changing combination of technologies than the AR wearables with all the sensors and AI. It’s mind boggling, really. and not theoretical. The tech is here, and capable.
CHA: What are you most proud of right now?
CW: That’s a two-fold answer. On a corporate level, I’m so impressed by how CHA has transformed over the last couple of years. True, it’s been on a plan, but we’ve gone from a 100% services company to one that is split 50-50 between services and products. This has been incredibly challenging for our leadership team, but they’ve risen to that challenge and grown professionally. Then I’d say that I’m proud of how we’ve expanded our customer base. We’re not just a Navy company anymore, but have expanded to include more Navy program offices, as well as the Army and Defense Intelligence Agency. It’s just a fun time to be in tech and training again. After a 10-year lull, people are engaged and not so risk-averse. They want to see where tech can go and what they can do with it.
CHA: What are some of the upcoming events CHA will attend?
CW: We just got back from the Technical Exchange on Augmented Reality in Maintenance and Material Management (3M) conference in San Diego. That was just a great time. It was interesting and great to be there where they were showcasing new tech and to see what agencies are doing with it. We’ll be attending I/ITSEC again this year. I’ve been asked to serve on the Training subcommittee, which will review all the papers ahead of the conference. And we’ll be at the SBIR/STTR conference in Massachusetts in April. That’s what I know off the top of my head.
CHA: Thanks for taking time to sit down with us. It sounds like CHA has a lot of exciting things happening in 2019. Any final words?
CW: Just that I’m looking forward to the growth I expect for CHA this year. It’s an exciting time to be doing what we do.