Inc. 5000’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies – Darkblade Systems is #3125

August 2019

Darkblade Systems is proud to announce that it has earned a spot as #3125 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing privately-held companies.

The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth over a four-year period. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of the starting calendar year, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales.  Companies must be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies— as of December 31, 2018.

This is the fourth straight year that Darkblade Systems has made the Inc 5000 list:

  • #212 on the 2016 Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000 lists
  • #1438 on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list
  • #3639 on the 2018 Inc. 5000 List
  • #3125 on the 2019 Inc. 5000 List

About Inc. 5000

Inc. magazine, founded in 1979 and based in New York City, is an American monthly publication focused on growing companies.  The magazine publishes an annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., the “Inc. 500,” which was introduced in 1982.  The Inc. 5000 is an expansion of the Inc. 500, which ranks the country’s top 5000 fastest-growing private companies and also features a special ranking of the top 10% of the list as the Inc. 500.

The full Inc. 5000 list can be found here:

Darkblade Systems Holds a Company Summer Social

July 2019

The Darkblade Systems team held an annual Summer Social event in Annapolis as an company get-together.  The event featured nearly 50 people from the Darkblade Systems team including family and friends. Mission BBQ catered food, and the team played games from Wonderfly and enjoyed a water slide, cornhole, and other fun events.

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Darkblade Systems Supports the Winchester Rescue Mission in Mural Project at Local Homeless Shelter

June 2019

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The Winchester Rescue Mission in Winchester, VA has been opening its doors to the citizens of Winchester since 1973, with a stated mission to transform lives by providing shelter, supportive services, and advocacy to improve and enhance the lives of the poor, powerless and persecuted, to reach their full potential through Christ.

Sarah Flanagan, Office Manager at Darkblade Systems, recently participated in painting a mural created by Sarah Gallahan Art on the shelter’s walls that depicts several acts of kindness that are provided by the shelter. “It was such a privilege to be involved in this project and to see the Winchester community come together to support the Mission and give this building and community fresh, new life. The most rewarding part was to see the residents coming back in the evening with big smiles on their faces. The light in their eyes when they saw the transformation was so beautiful”, Sarah said.

The mission is always in need of volunteers to help with case management, civic outreach, cooking and serving in the kitchen, and help with community events and fundraising activities.  They are also in need of monthly monetary sponsorships. To get connected, view a critical needs list or to give online, more information can be found at

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Darkblade Systems Thunderbird Road Race

May 2019

Darkblade Systems is sponsoring the 2019 Thunderbird Road Race in Colorado Springs, CO, on Sunday, 8 September, 2019.

Darkblade Systems is supporting COS Racing, which is hosting the annual Colorado State Senior & Junior Road Race championships held at the United States Air Force Academy.

2018’s event saw more than 300 racers participate in more than 15 unique racing categories.  The 2019 Darkblade Systems Thunderbird Road Race is on the same 8.8 circuit course at the U.S. Air Force Academy, which includes an approximate 750 feet climb per lap.

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For more information about the race, please visit this site:

From the website:

This year’s Colorado State Senior and Junior Road Race Championship will be held on the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. This year’s race is sponsored by Darkblade Systems of Colorado and Virginia. The race will take place on a challenging hilly circuit around the northern end of the Academy on a spectator-friendly with multiple great vantage points from which to watch the action. Pros, Seniors, Masters, and Juniors (13 and Over) will race on an 8.8-mile circuit around the cadet area. Younger Juniors will compete on a shorter 3.3-mile route near the start/finish area. The race venue offers ample parking for racers and spectators.

Darkblade Systems Earns the 2018 DoD Mentor Protégé Program – Nunn Perry Award

April 2019

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Darkblade Systems is proud to be a recipient of the DoD 2018 Nunn-Perry Award.

The Nunn-Perry Award is an award named in honor of retired U.S. Senator Sam Nunn, who sponsored legislation to enact the Mentor-Protégé Program (MPP) in 1991, and former Secretary of Defense William Perry.  Nunn-Perry Awards are the highest honor companies can receive in the MPP.

DoD mentor protege - Darkblade Systems Earns the 2018 DoD Mentor Protégé Program - Nunn Perry AwardThis highly sought-after award is presented each year to select DoD Mentor-Protégé teams, from across the Department of Defense (DoD), that have demonstrated that they are the “best and the brightest” through exceptional progress in improving the technical capabilities, cost effectiveness, and increased business opportunities for small businesses to expand their footprint in the defense industrial base.

The DoD Mentor-Protégé Program assists small businesses in successfully competing for prime contracts and subcontracts by partnering them with large companies. Successful mentor-protégé agreements provide a winning relationship for the protégé, the mentor and the DoD.

This award is in recognition of the excellent Mentor-Protégé relationship between Darkblade Systems and our mentor, Booz Allen Hamilton.  Our partnership “demonstrated exemplary results in the areas of technical assistance, return on investment, quality and protégé development.”

Darkblade Systems Corporation is an award-winning Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business focused on operationalizing technologies to secure the nation.

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2018 Nunn-Perry Award info here:

AOC USMC SIGINT Partner Project Sponsorship – 11 April 2019

April 2019

Darkblade Systems is a primary sponsor of the Association of Old Crows (AOC) USMC SIGINT Day on Capitol Hill on Thursday, 11 April, 2019.

The event, titled “Winning the EMS: Assessing the Future of USMC SIGINT”, brings together senior leaders from the United States Marine Corps to share perspectives and discuss developments in Information Warfare (IW) and the integration of SIGINT, Electronic Warfare, and Cyber Operations. The panel is hosted by Rep. Paul Cook (Col., USMC Ret.), CA-08, whose district includes the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center and the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command at Twentynine Palms. Rep. Cook is a member of the House Armed Services Committee.

Darkblade Systems is a Platinum Partner for this event, which takes place over two sessions. The first session features a congressional panel discussion and is followed by an industry solutions forum. This event is open to military, government, and industry. The event is free, but registration is required.

For more information about the event and/or to register, please visit this site:

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Darkblade Systems Supervisor Earns Patriot Award

March 2019

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Darkblade Systems is excited to announce the award of the Department of Defense (DOD) ESGR Patriot Award given to Mr. Roger L. Kriegshauser, a Darkblade Systems Director / Program Manager.

The Patriot Award, the first in the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) series of awards, is awarded to individual supervisors who have been nominated by an employee serving in the National Guard or Reserve, or the spouse of a Guard or Reserve member. The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made by the awardee to support citizen warriors through a wide-range of measures including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.

The ESGR is a Department of Defense program, established in 1972 to promote cooperation and understanding between Reserve Component Service members and their civilian employers and to assist in the resolution of conflicts arising from an employee’s military commitment.

Darkblade Systems Corporation values the service and commitment of our Guard and Reserve members.  We are committed to the development and fostering of a corporate culture that values, encourages, and enables continued military service as citizen warriors.  Like the ESGR program, we whole heartedly agree that “citizen warriors could not defend and protect us at home and abroad without the continued promise of meaningful civilian employment.”

Information about the DoD’s ESGR Program can be found here:

Darkblade Systems Joins Top of Virginia Chamber

February 2019

Darkblade Systems is excited to announce new membership in the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber.  

The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber is Clarke County, Frederick County, and Winchester’s premier business networking and advocacy organization and provides programs and services to meet the business and professional needs of members. “We are dedicated to the individual success of our members and nurturing an environment where businesses and people thrive as we connect our members with business-building programming and updates, access to business and community leaders, the ability to effect legislative change, cost-effective marketing and visibility, and opportunities to enhance the community.”

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Darkblade Systems Corporation is committed to helping the Chamber achieve its mission on behalf of our local community.  We value the significant benefits that Chamber membership offers.  We look forward to utilizing the resources and pursuing opportunities available to members.

The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber is found here:

UAS Swarm Capstone Project with the University of Virginia School of Engineering

January 2019

Darkblade Systems teamed with the University of Virginia School of Engineering to sponsor an engineering capstone class project focused on creating Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities for low Size, Weight, and Power (SWAP) UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Swarms.  UVA’s talented fourth year engineering students created innovative solutions for processing complex timing and signal calculations at extremely low power.

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The work completed by UVA’s engineering students was the first step in creating an extremely low SWAP Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA) geolocation system capable of operating on and with semi-autonomous drones.  The ultimate goal of the project is to have a system of networked sensors which can detect and geolocate a signal in real time then pass that information to the drone navigation system and direct the drone swarm for further signal geolocation refinement and visualization.

Darkblade Systems would like to thank the students and faculty of the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering for their guidance and support of the project.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Mentor Protégé Program (MPP) Completion

December 2018

Darkblade Systems successfully completed the third and final year of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Mentor Protégé Program (MPP) on September 31, 2018. Darkblade Systems is privileged to be one of Booz Allen Hamilton’s (Booz Allen) Preferred Small Businesses and to be a Protégé for the past three years as part of the NGA MPP.

Since the start of the NGA MPP, Darkblade Systems experienced substantial revenue (+528%) and employee (+195%) growth through the establishment of multiple prime and subcontract awards.  During the NGA MPP, Darkblade Systems developed into a mature and robust Agile developer for the NGA, and other members of the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC).

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During the MPP period, Darkblade Systems matured on multiple fronts such as:

Multiple ICAgile Certified Professionals (ICP)

US Department of Labor HIRE Vets “Gold Medallion” Award Winner

November 2018

Darkblade Systems has been awarded a Gold Medallion as part of the Department of Labor’s Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) American Military Veterans Act (VETS) program.  The Gold Medallion Award is awarded to small companies with a demonstrated commitment to recruiting, employing, and retaining veterans and to providing services supporting the veteran community.

90% of the Darkblade Systems staff is comprised of veterans and as such they are widely recognized being veteran friendly. As an industry leader in veteran’s employment, Darkblade Systems actively recognizes the inherent experience, mission-focused, responsible, independent, and capable workers available within the veteran community.

If you are a veteran seeking employment, please find more information about openings here:

Medallion Awardees can be found in the Federal Register @:

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Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certifications (IFPC)

October 2018

Darkblade Systems professionals have earned the Department of Defense (DOD) Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC), a DOD Intelligence and Security Professional Certification.  All Darkblade Systems professionals are offered the opportunity and encouraged to learn and pass IFPC, as well as other DOD, FAA, and IT/Cyber certifications.  As of October 2018, five (5) Darkblade Systems professionals have earned the IFPC cert.

More info can be found here:

From the IFPC Candidate Handbook:

The IFPC program is sponsored by the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)) to professionalize the defense intelligence workforce by establishing a common standard of the fundamental knowledge and skills expected of all who serve and support, and those who hope to serve and support, in the Defense Intelligence Enterprise (DIE). The IFPC is based on the Defense Intelligence Fundamentals standards, which are cross-cutting and enterprise-wide, and depict the Department’s core expectations of what all Defense Intelligence Professionals, regardless of Service/Agency, Function/Specialty and experience level, must know and/or be able to do to successfully execute and/or contribute to the execution of intelligence missions, functions, and activities at the fundamental level. The IFPC will also serve to ensure incoming defense intelligence professionals meet knowledge standards.

The IFPC assessment measures performance across eight knowledge domains:

  1. What is intelligence?
  2. What are the intelligence disciplines?
  3. Who is involved in intelligence?
  4. Why does intelligence require oversight?
  5. How is intelligence conducted?
  6. How are classified and controlled materials protected?
  7. How are classified and controlled materials shared?
  8. How do my actions affect my status as an intelligence professional?