SeaPort-E Functional Area Capabilities

Engineering, System Engineering and Process Engineering Support

The Culmen Team offers a strong consolidated capability in engineering, system engineering and processing engineering support. Culmen has a proven process engineering approach, which includes research, analysis and documentation of the requirements, regulations and baseline process; research and design of recommended solutions; qualitative and quantitative trade-off analyses; development of prototype concept of operations (CONOPS); execution of a prototype process phase during which key metrics are captured, monitored, and measured against the baseline process; refinement of the process and CONOPS in real time during prototype; completion of a final CONOPS and implementation plan; phased implementation; and process support and metrics monitoring during implementation.

Culmen Team member ERG was selected by NSWC-IHD to prepare a concept study for the production of pelletized nitrocellulose (PNC), a material that is used in rocket propellant formulations and underwater mines. NSWC-IHD initiated this project in support of their mission to research, develop, and manufacture energetics for the fleet. The concept study involved process engineering to achieve the project goals of improved safety and reduced environmental impact. ERG evaluated various process equipment options and identified what existing equipment should be replaced or refurbished. The concept study also considered various alternatives including renovating the old PNC plant which has been offline for the past 15 years, renovating an old production facility used to make various other energetic materials, and new construction.

ERG is additionally providing engineering support for the Biazzi and Moser chemical manufacturing plants at NSWC-IHD. The Biazzi plant is used to manufacture nitroglycerin and is the only producer of Otto Fuel (torpedo fuel) for NATO nations. The Moser plant is used to manufacture other specialty nitrate ester chemicals used in propellant and explosive formulations for a variety of weapons systems. ERG developed the concept study and engineering cost estimates for this project, performed economic analyses, and is currently reviewing the construction design packages. The project is currently at the 75% design stage, and is scheduled for construction during FY 06/07. Once built, the project will enhance the capability of the Biazzi plant and allow the Moser plant to be shut down. Elements of the project include: replacing the current Biazzi nitration building with a facility to house new nitration process equipment, constructing a new control building that will allow the process to be operated remotely, replacing the current spent acid system with a new system that will allow better recovery of the acid, consolidating multiple existing carbon adsorption processes into more efficient centralized systems, and modernizing several supporting facilities including raw material storage, product separation, product formulation, product drying, automated product weigh out, and product storage.

Culmen Team member, Alion, provides engineering and technical support services for the Acoustic Intelligence (ACINT), SSN 688, SSN 688I, SSN 21, SSN 774, SSGN and SSBN TRIDENT Submarine Programs as well as Surface Ship Programs. Areas of support include: ship signatures reduction, signature measurement technology and systems development programs, signature analysis, and non-propulsion electronic equipment systems (NPES). Specific engineering tasks over the past 3 years include developing Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs) and Engineering Changes (ECs) for the AN/BQH-9(V) Signal Data Recording Set and AN/BQH-11(V) Miniature Element Recording Set. ECP/ECs have ranged in complexity from minor changes to interfaced subsystems to complete redesigns for newly introduced interfaced subsystems like the AN/BQQ-10(V)1 Phase 3/4/5 Acoustic-Rapid COTS Insertion Sonar Suite. Alion performed complex signal path analysis in support of acoustic certification. This involved evaluating end unit signal response based on sound propagation through the water to a sensor through various electronic components to an ultimate destination. They routinely perform these complex studies to compare theoretical signal path response to actual response as measured at sea. They have also been involved in designing and developing various acoustic support products, including the engineering of the Towed Array Receiver/Conditioner (TARC) Buffer, which provides buffered analog and digital towed array signals to various users.

Culmen Team member, CENTRA, has extensive engineering and system engineering experience with the Office of Naval Resarch (ONR), DARPA, NASA, the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program Office, the Center for Naval Analysis, and several other Government agencies. CENTRA has been engaged in both theory and hardware development on over two dozen disciplines such as: Optimal launch vehicle (LV) design, extremely mass-efficient solar arrays, water rockets, power beaming, robotic assembly, refractory instrumentation, and unprecedented telescopes. For example, CENTRA personnel have set tank mass performance records in 2000 that established a new frontier for pressure-fed rocketry, gaining unique expertise in composite tanks and structures. Others worked extensively on the design of optical and RF remote sensing payloads and advanced power and propulsion concepts. CENTRA is familiar with multiple aspects of satellite and space system design, military aircraft and weapon system design analysis, operations analysis, test and evaluation support, and a wide range of relevant advanced technologies from microthrusters to laser communications to composite tankage. CENTRA quickly evaluates proposed new systems and subsystems, compares technology and mission options, and makes rapid estimates of system requirements, performance, and key technical risks.

CENTRA personnel have extensive experience in performance analyses, thermobaric and fuel-air explosives, trajectory optimization, and GN&C modeling using a range of tools, including POST, OTIS, STK, HPAC, and several custom in-house tools created in MATLAB, Simulink, and Fortran. Areas of special emphasis include precise orbit determination, state estimation and prediction, and orbit design. CENTRA personnel are Certified STK Experts and use STK for orbit modeling and visualization, RF communication link budget analysis, real-time operations simulation, communication coverage analysis and sensor coverage analysis. CENTRA conducted anti-terrorist risk assessments using DTRA.s Hazard Prediction and Assessment Capability software. CENTRA.s proprietary fluid dynamics modeling tool, Gas Dynamic Tool (GDT), has been used at NSWC Indian Head and elsewhere to analyze secondary metal combustion in thermobaric explosives and assess potential consequences of terrorist, conventional, or underwater attack.

CENTRA also supported the DARPA Counter-Underground Facilities (CUGF) program through the construction of the .Playbook. used by sensor developers. The Playbook contains numerical descriptions of hypothetical sites, closely modeled after the real validation sites, to enable sensor developers to exercise their models against various configurations. This enables DARPA to fully monitor the development of models and make results transparent in the environments under study. CENTRA developed the CUGF .beta facility. which includes a simulated underground facility with utilities, all set in a specified geology. They conducted extensive related analyses including visualizations of topography, geology, and underground facilities using satellite imagery and 3-D GIS software.

Culmen Team member, Cherokee is the lead system architect and engineer for SDDC/GFM system and has been supporting SDDC since 1999. The GFM Sun Solaris system manages transportation operations from tender to delivery that are valued at $5 billion per year. Hosted transportation community members include all U.S. DoD Services, the U.S. Coast Guard, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and authorized elements of the commercial transportation community. The GFM.FSD system is critical to fielding and sustaining U.S. forces.

Acquisition Logistics Support

The Culmen Team offers the SEAPORT community a proven capability in acquisition logistics support. Culmen Team member, Cherokee, provides procurement, logistics, and engineering services to Defense Supply Center Columbus (DSCC). Cherokee has highly qualified acquisition, procurement and logistics specialists that support Contracting Pre and Post Award functions at DSCC. Under this three-year .performance-based. contract, Cherokee personnel support the Customer to acquire hundreds of thousands of critical Department of Defense spare parts required to support all branches of the Armed Forces worldwide. Cherokee provides contract management and Post Award assistance in accordance with guidelines established by each DSCC Application Group, including Commodities, Land, Aerospace, Maritime and Customer Advocacy. This consists of reconciliation of contractual requirements (analysis of the financial data including reconciliation of schedule, delivery, and payments usually found in Section B of the Government contracts); interpretation of FAR/DFAR/DLAR clauses and special provisions; expedite requests; actions taken to eliminate delinquencies; and other activities. After conducting the reconciliation actions, Cherokee drafts thousands of Government contract modifications and updates Government tracking systems.

Cherokee drafts solicitation documents (SF-36) for buyer-formal acquisitions (>$100,000), in support of DLA.s Strategic Material Sourcing/Long Term Contract (SMS/LTC) initiative. Upon Government approval, drafting all documentation and forms required to release the solicitation and obtain approval of the Small Business Office, Business Clearance Office and the Competition Advocate. The SMS/LTC initiative is in support of all Application Groups at DSCC. Cherokee contacts contractor or DCMA to obtain proof of inspection (DD 250) or proof of shipment when appropriate.

Cherokee.s highly qualified acquisition, procurement, engineering, technical, and logistics specialists provide full procurement and supply-chain management services to and Defense Supply Center Richmond (DSCCR). Under this five-year .performance-based. contract, Cherokee personnel manage the life cycle of purchase requests to the point of award. This includes preparing and issuing the solicitation, receiving and assessing offers, preparing pre-negotiation memoranda, supporting negotiations, and distributing the award documentation after signature. Over the last year, this workforce has produced an outstanding 15,000 simplified awards and over 1,000 long term Strategic Materials Sourcing and Market Basket contracts. The 90 member Contract Administration and Supply Support teams provide comprehensive management of contracts Due-In and backorder resolution. These teams produce hundreds of thousands of actions completing contract modifications, delinquency resolution, expediting, delivery assurance, National Stock Number (NSN) support analysis and backorder prevention, and have assisted DSCR to all time records for several key indicators. Cherokee provides technical and engineering support to prepare long term, formal, simplified and micro procurements, and to provide contract administration and supply support. Cherokee is involved with the entire spectrum of technical activities at DSCR, to include .Data Cleansing,. Product Quality Deficiency Resolution, Alternate Source Certification, Missing Data Work List completion, First Article Testing, Contract Technical Data validation, DD Form 339, and Engineering Support Activity coordination.

Since October 2000, Cherokee has prepared/issued over 40,000 contract award packages. Due in great part to this contribution, DSCR has reduced the number of Purchase Requests (PRs) on-hand (outstanding requirements with no contracts issued) from 51,065 in June 2000 to 27,000 in August 2003. Items requisitioned by the military customers with no assets to ship accounted for 170,495 backorders in October 2000. This number has now dropped below 80,000. In addition to our primary roles supporting Product Centers in the Business Operations Directorate, Cherokee is also providing highly specialized support to technical programs managing inventory Shelf Life, First Article Test tracking, Casting & Forging requirements and Business Systems Modernization Data Analysis. Cherokee procurement experts are providing support to the Cost and Price branch, the DLA Kitting program, and the Corporate Contracting initiative.

Cherokee provides Support to both Marine Corps System Command (MARCORSYSCOM) and Marine Corps Logistics Command (MARCORLOGCOM) at Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB) Albany, GA. Cherokee personnel gather and analyze data, coordinate, update, correct, report and follow-up on engineering, technical, and logistics requirements in direct support of the MARCORSYSCOM Engineering Section by assisting in the administrative execution of Request for Engineering Support, including, but not limited to DLA Form 339s. In addition, Cherokee personnel review Engineering Drawing Packages, research alternate sources of supply, review Part Quality Deficiency Reports (PQDRs), and participate in Physical Configuration Audits (PCAs). Cherokee personnel developed and maintain an Access Database to provide current status of each DLA 339, including date assigned, completed, hours expended, resolution, and alternate source of supply developed. PQDRs are tracked using the database to ensure that both Government and Cherokee personnel are able to track in work as well as completed DLA 339s and PQDRs.

Supply and Provisioning Support

The Culmen Team is proud to represent our capabilities in supply and provisioning support. Culmen Team member, ERG, is designing a new set of facilities at NSWC Indian Head, funded under a MILCON initiative that was recommended during the first supply support project. This initiative will build a new magazine for bulk storage, and new fulfillment facility for receipt, segregation, storage and issue functions, and a new administrative facility for Ammunition Distribution and Control (AD&C) and Traffic Management. We are responsible for designing the functional requirements for requisition receipt and processing, pick-pack-and-ship, MILSTD 129 labeling compliance, forward staging of material, pick bin replenishment, staging and on-load for shipment, delivery tracking and preparation for future radio frequency identification (RFID) requirements. These functional requirements will drive the facility and equipment needs. ERG must additionally coordinate with the CAD/PAD inventory manager in Mechanicsburg, PA, who is ultimately responsible for the resupply system.

Culmen Team member, Cherokee, provides full supply-chain management services to Defense Supply Center Philadelphia (DSCP). Cherokee has over 200 highly qualified acquisition, procurement, technical, and logistics specialists supporting the Center in various operational aspects of operations. This includes:

  • Simplified Procurement services to the Directorate responsible for comprehensive acquisition of supplies, such as general hardware and bench stock to support DLA customers
  • Post-award support for the Directorate including review of delinquent contracts with critical backorders and contract administrative close out services
  • Emergency Supply Operations Division services to DSCP by managing emergency support for all managed items providing 24 hour, 7 days a week, 365 days per year support. Our team supports urgent and compelling requirements for downed aircraft, deployments, Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) project coded requirements, line stoppages in maintenance depots, critical item listings from deployed activities, and other readiness drivers are the Division's focus. Responses are required within 5 days
  • Technical Review Support Services focused on validation and verification of Acquisition Method Coding for DSCP managed candidate items for inclusion in DLA Corporate Contracts.

As part of Simplified Procurement Services, Cherokee.s procurement analysts are assigned Government requirements to purchase National Stock Number (NSN) items by the customer. Cherokee prepares all of the documentation and performs all of the coordination on the procurement package up to the point of the Government Contracting Officer.s signature.

Training Support

The Culmen Team offers solid capability in various aspects of training support. Culmen team member, Artisys Corp., is currently supporting NAVAIR Training Systems Division, Orlando in the development of a distance learning system in Ukraine, under a US Govt sponsored FMS case. This project is a follow-on to two other contracts that Artisys completed in 2003-2004 for NAVAIR TSD Orlando, in which the Artysis team built two computer based training centers at the National Defense Academy in Kyiv, Ukraine. One center is for the Multinational Staff Officers Course, to train peacekeeping forces to coordinate with the US in a coalition peacekeeping environment. The other is for tactical war gaming to train Ukrainian forces to operate under US command in a coalition warfare environment. All Ukrainian forces are trained with this system prior to deployment to Iraq. Both training centers use the JCATS system. In addition to Culmen and Artisys, Culmen Team member, Alion, is responsible for the training center strategic plan, certain operations, and course development.

Alion is responsible for the development of similar training centers in Romania, Uzbekistan, Lithuania, and other countries of East Europe and the former Soviet Union under contract to NAVAIR TSD, Orlando and the USA PEO-STRI. Alion determines training requirements, develops master plans, procures and installs equipment, develops courses, and operates the training centers.

Additionally, Alion conducted a preliminary training needs assessment for NAVSEA based upon the guidance contained in Military Handbook 1379-2. The assessment addressed the government workforce training deficiencies within Supervisors of Shipbuilding, naval shipyards and ships. force. Team IPS then developed a comprehensive preservation training program targeted at SUPSHIP, shipyards, and ships. force audiences. The program prioritizes training needs into logical and manageable groups for curriculum development (a prioritized list of 8 hours of training for each of SUPSHIP, naval shipyards, and ship.s force to address the most critical needs). This training program addresses the continuous improvement process in Navy shipbuilding and repair. Part of the program includes an assessment tool to help organizations benchmark themselves on attaining preservation process excellence and to identify improvement opportunities. This tool is based on the Preservation Quality Assurance Assessment guide already developed by NAVSEA and Team IPS. This assessment tool includes an assessment guide, assessor training, and support in conducting assessments via access to pre-assessment coaching, assessment validation by a team of experts, and assessment analysis and reporting support.

Culmen Team member, CENTRA, has distinctive experience conducting training with operational and tactical level military units including the creation of an Expeditionary Support Program for Marines deployed aboard US Navy ships. This program utilizes non-traditional cultural intelligence sources, academics, retired military officers, and intelligence professionals to provide an unrivaled reach-back capability for tactical amphibious forces deployed in theater. During OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, CENTRA provided operational personnel to train military intelligence officers in Iraq about how to leverage national intelligence agencies back in the US. Additionally, CENTRA.s Operations and Security Support Branch provides detailed training plans, hands on exercises, and in-country training assistance to US and foreign military and law enforcement personnel in support of mission-specific or site-specific requirements.

Culmen Team member, ERG, developed an interactive, multi-media computer based training (CBT) tool for vacuum collection, holding, and transfer (VCHT) shipboard sanitary waste systems. The CBT was developed to serve as a refresher training tool of Naval personnel responsible for VCHT systems on all classes of ships. Project activities included graphic development, implementation of the content on CD with Toolbook II Instructor TM Software, addition of sound, animation, and other multimedia components, and preparation of test questions and answer key.

Program Support

The Culmen Team has a proven track record of Program Support to various elements of the DOD. Culmen personnel currently provide SETA/AA&S services to the US Defense Threat Reduction Agency, as a subcontractor to SAIC at the Threat Reduction Support Center. Specifically, Culmen personnel serve as senior program management analysts to assist DTRA Project Managers to implement physical security upgrades at Russian nuclear weapons sites, under the Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) Program. Culmen personnel draft DTRA strategic plan inputs for DTRA.s report to Congress, based on OSD.s Strategic Planning Guidance. We support the DTRA project managers to manage implementing contracts. Culmen personnel review contractor deliverables, draft technical, programmatic and cost guidance, analyze cost proposals for contract modifications, participate in monthly project management reviews, and assess earned value management system (EVMS) reports. We additionally support technical exchanges between DTRA and their Russian Ministry of Defense (MOD) counterparts in Moscow.

Culmen Team member, Cherokee, has been providing support for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.s (DTRA) Nuclear Programs since 1994. Cherokee currently supports the Nuclear Management Information System (NUMIS) and the Defense Integration and Management of Nuclear Data Services (DIAMONDS). These systems integrate disparate legacy databases containing information concerning the U.S. DoD Nuclear Stockpile, which provides asset management information across multiple organizations and corresponding security layers. The overall nature of this data is extremely sensitive and has some of the strictest data management performance requirements of any system in operation today. Both of these programs have followed an Evolutionary Phased Implementation Plan (EPIP) and have been developed using a process that was delineated by DoD 5000 directives and, have since evolved to match the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 12207 standards. Cherokee provides architectural design, development, and fielding of DIAMONDS. They conduct JAD/RAD reengineering sessions at DTRA and DIAMONDS sites. During these sessions, they solicit future DIAMONDS functionality and interface requirements through a combination of group focus sessions and demonstrations of prototype systems. Cherokee provides all software development, integration, testing, and documentation support. In addition, Cherokee provides, manages, and administers all classified access to DIAMONDS systems via Virtual Private Network.s (VPN) within DoD.s SIPRNET infrastructure.

Cherokee provided Advisory and Assistance Services, Project Management Support, Integration Support Services, and Acquisition Services to the Director of Capital Asset Management and Oversight (CAM&O), including:

  • Providing advice, assistance, and training services on implementing procedures that assist the acquisition management capability of the MHS and the TMA Information Management (IM) program; developing standardized acquisition processes to assist in streamlining the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs) OASD (HA) TMA IM business practices; developing and promulgating acquisition policies and instructions; and and, standardizing and automating procurement processes.
  • Writing acquisition lessons and guidebooks (i.e., Acquisition Strategy for Service Contracts .per USD (AT&L) policy) for all TMA HQ and regional program office personnel. The Acquisition Strategy for Service Contracts is being considered for DoD wide utilization.
  • Supporting TMA program offices in the use and application of Earned Value Management (EVM).
  • Advisory, assistance, and training services to maximize the effectiveness and economy of the MHS; improve organizational policy development, decision-making, program/project management and administration; and, prepare and present MHS conferences
  • Advisory, assistance, and training services on implementing systems and procedures to facilitate the management and control of programs, projects and systems; resource management; researching existing policies, procedures, and standards; developing alternative policy architectures; publicizing guidelines and updating documentation
  • Advisory, assistance, and training services on centralized budget planning, programming and execution; formulating budgets and program objective memoranda; analyzing and interpreting budget directives and mission requirements; and, monitoring program expenditures and forecasting resource obligations

Culmen Team member, Alion, provided program management support to the PEO for Theater Surface Combatants (PEO TSC), including acquisition documentation development and tracking, budget formulation and financial execution, corporate operations, and administrative efforts. They provided technical assistance in developing acquisition documentation that identified and described the various engineering, logistics, testing and production tasks to support the acquisition of the DDG 51 Class Destroyers. Alion personnel assisted with procurement documentation for the acquisition of the AEGIS Weapon System (AWS) OT-188/SPY-1D(V) and MK99 Transmitter Groups, Fire Control System and ancillary equipment, AWS MK 7, and the Director/Director Controller. They drafted Statements of Work (SOW) under Basic Ordering Agreements for repair, studies, spares, and technical manual updates, and developed and tracked PEO TSC.s annual operating budget. This included the maintenance of the Financial Management Information System (FMIS), which evolved into the Program Resources Integrated Solutions Management System (PR-ISMS) database. Alion performed the analysis of budget trends, obligations, and expenditures in response to internal and external queries. They additionally prepared specialized draft reports to include DBOF Activity Reports, reclamas/point papers in response to Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) data calls, 15E Budget Exhibits, Waterfall Reports, and Contract Discrepancy Reports.

Culmen Team member, CENTRA, has twenty years of experience providing program support, primarily to the DARPA Tactical Technology Office. Specifically, CENTRA provides support in the form of system acquisition, program management, contract management and administration, logistics management, and international program planning and execution. CENTRA personnel are intimately familiar with the range of program management support functions including: conducting military needs analyses, program planning, acquisition strategizing and development, source selection for BAA, RFP and OT processes, program budgeting, reviewing and defining work breakdown structures, financial spend plan development and analysis, and contract technical and financial monitoring. CENTRA also tracks and updates budget planners (tracking program commitments, obligations, and expenditures), develops PADs, PGs, answers congressional inquiries, and generates director quad and status briefs and descriptive summaries for DARPA. CENTRA provided such support on a number of major DARPA/TTO programs including MALD, HyFly, RASCAL, LASSO, J-UCAS, UCAR, and FALCON. CENTRA also provides program support to NASA, the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Program Office, ONR, and the Center for Naval Analysis, among others.

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