NAC-DOTC Membership

March 2018

Darkblade Systems has joined the DoD Ordnance Technology Consortium (DOTC) and its industrial and academic component, the National Armaments Consortium (NAC). The DOTC serves as the focal point for armaments system technology and development, chartered with the mission to enhance the Warfighter’s lethality, survivability and combat effectiveness by facilitating the industrial and academic Research, Development and technology demonstrations needed to advance and expand our military technological superiority. 

The NAC’s vision is to be the preeminent collaboration organization that enables Government, Industry, and Academia to deliver rapid armaments innovation for the nation’s security, while fostering collaboration between Government, Industry and Academia to deliver dominant solutions to complex National Armament challenges.

From the DOTC Website:

DOTC was commissioned by the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics as a DoD initiative. The goal was to facilitate collaborative Government, Industry and Academic ordnance technology development and prototyping.  Initially in 2000 the National Armaments Consortium (NAC) was partnered with the Army’s Warheads and Energetics Technology Center, or WETC, located at Picatinny Arsenal in New Jersey.  Shortly after the NAC/WETC partnership was forged, the NAC expanded its role and became the industrial/academic component of the newly formed DOTC when it was stood up as a purple organization in December 2002.

The DOTC integrates the DoD Ordnance community to work collaboratively in RDT&E of prototype solutions to advance and transition ordnance systems, subsystems and component technologies.

DOTC operates under Other Transaction Agreements (OTA) (10 U.S.C. 2371b) between the Government and the ATI, the acting NAC Consortium management firm. ATI also serves as a single point contracting agent for the DOTC. This unique model has resulted in more than 650 initiatives awarded to NAC members totaling more than $3 billion since 2009.

From the NAC Website:

The National Armaments Consortium commits ourselves to the highest standards of ethical conduct and confidentiality. We value:

  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Innovation, Creativity and Agility
  • Transparency and Accountability
  • Stewardship of Precious Resources
  • Responsiveness, Relevance and Timeliness
  • Excellence in Leadership and Management
  • Courage to act Boldly, Responsibly and with Vision
  • Duty and Service to our Members and the Nation

SOSSEC Consortium Membership

February 2018

Darkblade Systems has joined the Consortium for System of Systems Security (SOSSEC).  The Government, in conjunction with SOSSEC, manages a coordinated Research & Development (R&D) program designed to develop prototype Homeland Defense and related technologies. Under this agreement and associated awards, the Government, along with the non-government members from SOSSEC, performs coordinated planning and R&D prototype efforts.

SOSSEC offers a uniquely rapid, cost-efficient and collaborative contracting vehicle as an alternative to the complex Federal Acquisition Regulation, which might discourage small non-traditional entities from seeking to work with the Government. SOSSEC provides its members and eligible Federal agencies a user-friendly partnership path.

From the SOSSEC Website:

SOSSEC, Inc. is chartered as the single point of contact activity for the System of Systems Consortium (SOSSEC), and offers the unique ability to integrate and harness the power of a diverse consortium of organizations. This combination of skilled and experienced collaborators, innovators and performers integrated into a committed support team, offers our clients major benefits including:

  • Identification and assessment of the latest techniques and technologies from all sources
  • Unique breadth of real-world operational experience—including demonstrated capabilities to rationalize and integrate the needs of diverse stakeholders
  • Best-of-breed technology and product agnostic solutions
  • Demonstrated history of delivering effective solutions for mission critical needs.

The Consortium was specifically formed to address the needs of the Department of Defense (DoD). It is founded on a simple concept: that collaboration, innovation, and cooperation among a broad spectrum of industry, academia and non-profits vastly improves the products and services delivered to its clients. This concept, combined with a competitive environment among Consortium membership, supported by quality oversight by SOSSEC, Inc., ensures low-risk, lowest-cost, and the best-of-breed delivery of prototype solutions to our clients.  Most traditional companies do not provide the breadth of capabilities that we do.

Since its founding in 2007, the SOSSEC Consortium has enjoyed many successes. Its members have developed, integrated, and supported more than 70 multi-million dollar federal, state, and local programs in diverse regions of the country, and have facilitated collaboration among these diverse programs to share information and capabilities.

C5 Consortium Membership

January 2018

Darkblade Systems has joined the C5 (Consortium for Command, Control, and Communications in Cyberspace) Consortium.  The mission of the C5 is to speed development of technologies to improve U.S. Government capabilities required to sustain U.S. military supremacy in weapon systems information technologies.  As an alternative to the often-complex Federal Acquisition Regulation, which may discourage non–traditional and small businesses from seeking to enter the Federal marketplace, C5 provides its members and eligible Federal agencies a flexible and user–friendly partnership path, linking buyers and sellers of innovation in the C4ISR space.

From the C5 Website:

C5, a division of CMG, is a consortium composed of leading companies and institutions in the C4ISR and cyber technology sectors.  C5 accelerates the development and deployment of new capabilities to the Warfighter through the use of Other Transaction Authority (OTA). C5 gives members an innovative and commonsense acquisition mechanism for development of new technologies and products to meet government customer requirements.

The Office of the Secretary of Defense requested that the Army establish a new OTA to address C4ISR and cyber-technology requirements. In response, C5 was formed. Based upon the simplicity and transparency of its business model, C5 was awarded an initial three-year, OTA with the Army in July 2014, and a 10-year, no-ceiling, follow-on OTA in April 2017.

C5 TECHNOLOGY FOCUS AREAS:

Offensive and Defensive Cyberspace Operations

Situational Understanding

C4ISR and Targeting

System of Systems Architecture

Tactical and Strategic Networks

Enterprise Systems

Software and Hardware Technologies

Systems Integration

Electronic Warfare

Positioning, Navigation and Timing

Information Operations

Intelligence Analysis, Exploitation and Dissemination

Mobility

Autonomy

Sensors

Entrepreneur 360 – “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America”

December 2017

Darkblade Systems has been named one of the “Best Entrepreneurial Companies in America” by Entrepreneur Magazine’s ENTREPRENEUR 360™ LIST.  Darkblade Systems is ranked #226 out of 360 companies.

The Entrepreneur 360™ Ranking delivers the most comprehensive analysis of private companies in America.  This study forged by Entrepreneur, has been designed to provide a multidimensional view of entrepreneurship today, recognizing well-rounded, privately-held companies based on their impact, innovation, growth and leadership.

“The Entrepreneur 360 List celebrates outstanding companies for the value they bring to the world, not just the worth of their company,” says Bill Shaw, president of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. “The companies on this list exemplify growth, not just in top and bottom line, but in their ability to create a superior value for their customers, build adaptive learning cultures, and drive innovation in their marketplace.

“Our annual evaluation offers a 360-degree analysis of the current private-business landscape,” explains Lisa Murray, Chief Insights Officer of Entrepreneur Media, Inc. “Top performers are determined by how well-rounded they are in four key areas: impact, innovation, growth and leadership. Entrepreneurship is a complex endeavor—this listing recognizes those who have mastered the challenge and are thriving this year.”

The list can be found here:

https://www.entrepreneur.com/360

#360companies, #E360, @Entrepreneur360

WRIC News Interview

November 2017

Darkblade Systems was featured in a November 17, 2017 interview with WRIC ABC8 News, providing expertise about the challenges associated with personnel requirements in the booming cyber field in the state of Virginia and elsewhere.  Challenges include a shortage of qualified workers, hiring and competing with non-government industries, and training and maintaining cutting-edge expertise in emerging and new technologies.

Darkblade Systems is uniquely connected with recruiting environments for cyber and computer network operations, especially from academia and in the cleared environments.

The full story, titled – Filling the gap: How Virginia is working to meet demands of cyber boom video – is found here:

http://wric.com/2017/11/17/filling-the-gap-how-virginia-is-working-to-meet-demands-of-cyber-boom/

WRIC-TV, Channel 8, is an ABC-affiliated television station serving the greater Richmond, Virginia area.

CMMI® Level 2 Certification

October 2017

Darkblade Systems received final Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®) Level 2 appraisal.  Booz Allen Hamilton’s appraisal team performed the final appraisal in July 2017. 

CMMI represents a high-level performance improvement structure for entities seeking gain greater output in operations.  CMMI’s practices develop improved processes which lead to great overall organization performance.

From the CMMI Insitutute website:  

CMMI® Institute (CMMIinstitute.com) is the global leader in the advancement of best practices in people, process, and technology. The Institute provides the tools and support for organizations to benchmark their capabilities and build maturity by comparing their operations to best practices and identifying performance gaps. For over 25 years, thousands of high-performing organizations in a variety of industries, including aerospace, finance, healthcare, software, defense, transportation, and telecommunications, have earned a CMMI maturity level rating and proved they are capable business partners and suppliers. To learn more about how CMMI can help your organization elevate performance, visit CMMIinstitute.com.

http://cmmiinstitute.com/about-cmmi-institute

#9 on Washington Technology 2017 Fast 50

September 2017 – Darkblade Systems has been selected by Washington Technology as part of the 2017 Fast 50 list. 

Washington Technology selects the fastest growing small business contractors in the government market according to their five-year compound annual growth rate.

The Fast 50 list can be found at:
https://washingtontechnology.com/fast50lists/fast-50-lists/2017.aspx

Inc. 5000’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

August 2017

Darkblade Systems is #1438

Darkblade Systems is proud to announce that it has earned a spot as #1438 on the 2017 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 have to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies— as of December 31, 2016.  The minimum revenue required for 2013 is $100,000; the minimum for 2016 is $2 million.

Darkblade Systems was ranked #212 on the 2016 Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000 lists.

https://www.inc.com/profile/darkblade-systems

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: http://www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2017

Association of Old Crows (AOC) Membership

July 2017

Darkblade Systems is a corporate member of the Association of Old Crows (AOC), focused on “Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities.”

Darkblade Systems team members frequently participate in AOC events, meet in local chapters, and work with dozens of corporate and government partners associated with AOC.

About the Association of Old Crows:

From the AOC website: 

“The Association of Old Crows is an organization for individuals who have common interests in Electronic Warfare (EW), Electromagnetic Spectrum Management Operations, Cyber Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA), Information Operations (IO), and other information related capabilities.  The Association of Old Crows provides a means of connecting members and organizations nationally and internationally across government, defense, industry, and academia to promote the exchange of ideas and information, and provides a platform to recognize advances and contributions in these fields.”

The name “Old Crows” emerged from the first large-scale use of Electronic Warfare during the WWII Battle of Britain and the US and allied bombing raids over Europe. The Allied Radar Countermeasure operators used the code name “Ravens” and employed receivers and transmitters to monitor and jam threat frequencies. Military jargon later changed “Ravens” to “Crows.”

www.crows.org

FAA UAS Remote Pilot Certifications

June 2017

A growing number of Darkblade Systems employees have completed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate (RPC).  As of September 2017, eight Darkblade Systems employees have completed the certification.

Darkblade Systems provides operational support through the RPC qualification for work, business, and/or non-recreational purposes, including as part of unmanned systems testing and training, as well for Counter-UAS (CUAS) or Counter-UAV (CUAV) purposes.

About the FAA UAS Part 107 & Training

From the FAA Safety website:

The part 107 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) course describes the certification and operational requirements to operate sUAS in the National Airspace System (NAS) under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 107, small Unmanned Aircraft Systems. For part 61 pilot certificate holders with a current flight review, successful completion of this online course satisfies the training requirement before applying for a part 107 remote pilot certificate with an sUAS rating. All other interested individuals may complete this online course as a self-study resource. Individuals without a part 61 pilot certificate or current flight review are required to take the FAA Unmanned Aircraft General (UAG) Knowledge Test at an FAA-approved Knowledge Testing Center before applying for a part 107 certificate

https://www.faasafety.gov/gslac/ALC/CourseLanding.aspx?cID=451

MissionLink Cohort – Technology Business League

May 2017

Darkblade Systems has completed the 2016-2017 cohort with MissionLink, a nonprofit business league that promotes the common interests of small, emerging, and mid-sized technology and technology services companies in the defense, intelligence, and national security industry.

From the MissionLink website:  

Connecting Decision Makers & Building a Community of Interest for National Security Focused Companies

MissionLink was founded as a nonprofit in 2010 by a local group of prominent business executives and former national security leaders. MissionLink provides an opportunity for peer to peer networking, mentorship, and knowledge sharing in an intimate and private setting. Each month member CEOs engage with a panel of experts to discuss current issues facing their companies and industry, exchange ideas, and meet other successful leaders in the field who can help guide them through the process of building great companies and improving the defense, intelligence, and national security industry. Upon completion of each year’s class, the participants are invited to a formal graduation ceremony, in which participants of MissionLink will explore ways to give back to community and those that support the mission of national security.

#1 on Virginia’s Fantastic 50 List

April 2017

Darkblade Systems is #1 on the 2017 Virginia’s Fantastic 50 List.  The Fantastic 50 List is comprised of privately held companies with headquarters in Virginia, with sales between $200,000 and $200 million, and which demonstrate positive revenue growth and positive net income in its most recent fiscal year over the previous year. Companies are judged on four-year sales revenue history.

Darkblade Systems received this award at the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Fantastic 50 ceremony in Chantilly, Virginia on 27 April, 2017.

The Fantastic 50 List is published in the May 2017 issue of Virginia Business Magazine.

About Virginia’s Fantastic 50:

From the Virginia Chamber website:  The Virginia Fantastic 50 Awards is the only program that highlights 50 of Virginia’s fastest growing companies on a statewide basis and is open to all types of businesses.

Model-Based Systems Engineering Certifications

March 2017

Four Darkblade Systems employees have completed the Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) certification through a 17-week, four-course program offered through the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Model-based systems engineering (MBSE) is an approach to systems engineering that emphasizes developing and using new models as the key domain focus for information exchange between developers, engineers and program managers.

About MBSE at MIT

From the MIT website: 
As the pace of innovation accelerates, engineers around the world are tasked with designing, managing, and optimizing increasingly complex systems. Employing industry case studies and the latest in systems thinking from MIT, this four-course online certificate program explores models and methods in systems engineering. Students gain a knowledge base in complex systems, analysis of complex systems, and model management that impacts the approach to solving problems and keeping abreast of innovation.

By the end of the program, students are able to frame systems architecture as a series of decisions, which can be actively sorted, managed, and optimized to suit an organization’s needs.

The four courses in the certificate program are:

  • Architecture of Complex Systems
  • Models in Engineering
  • Model-Based Systems Engineering: Documentation and Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods in Systems Engineering

Charm City Roller Girls

February 2017

Darkblade Systems proudly supports the Charm City Roller Girls, which is part of the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA), located in Baltimore, Maryland.  Established in 2005, the WFTDA is the premier roller derby league on the East Coast.

About Charm City Roller Girls

Our league is comprised of three intraleague teams: the Pigtown Butchers, Hampden Hons, and Dundalk Deviants. These three teams, inspired by the colors of the Maryland Flag and some of the most iconic (if not underappreciated parts of Baltimore) are comprised of all CCRG league skaters and bout each other in our home season at Skate Land in Dundalk, Maryland.

Our league also has three inter-league teams: The Charm City All Stars, Female Trouble, and The Trouble Makers. League skaters must try out for each of these teams, and aspire to be an elite skater on the All Star team—currently ranked #34 in the world by the Women’s Flat Track Derby Association. Each of these teams play bouts at home and away against teams nationwide and around the world.

To apply for the 10,000 Small Businesses business and management education program, please visit: https://www.charmcityrollergirls.com

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Intensive Entrepreneurship Training at Babson College

January 2017

Darkblade Systems is among the most recent graduates of the U.S. Small Business Owners cohort at the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Intensive Entrepreneurship Training at Babson College.  This National program helps entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity.

One hundred and forty-eight entrepreneurs from 36 states, Washington D.C, and Puerto Rico graduated in Fall of 2016 from the Babson Cohort of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, a national program created to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing greater access to education, capital, and business support services. The graduates of the program this spring completed the blended online and face-to-face program that delivers intensive entrepreneurship training and practical training from Babson’s business experts and peers, alongside educational teams who teach the 10,000 Small Businesses program at community colleges across the country.

The small businesses in this group represent a total of $247M in revenues and over 3,000 jobs from a broad range of industries in manufacturing, construction, retail, services and non-profit organizations. The graduates join over 700 businesses reached through the Babson cohort and over 7,200 businesses served through the program across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and UK.

“We’re proud of our graduates of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Initiative. These entrepreneurs put forth incredible effort to complete this program and we are confident their efforts will continue in growing their businesses. We are excited to watch their many successes,” said Kerry Healey, President of Babson College.

Babson has been partnering with Goldman Sachs and others on the 10,000 Small Businesses program since 2010, and has helped train over 250 faculty and staff who deliver the program primarily at community colleges throughout the United States, as well as through the national blended learning program at Babson College. Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is an investment to help entrepreneurs create jobs and economic opportunity by providing access to education, capital and business support services.

Starting in September, for 11 weeks, these small business owners connected with peers and worked together through practical business education delivered through a blend of online and in-person sessions.

“The program is designed to be highly participative, focusing on peer and experiential types of learning – just Babson’s style,” said Babson Professor Patricia Greene, National Academic Director of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and 10,000 Women. “These business owners represent the best of the U.S. economy, growing their businesses, including creating new jobs, in order to continue to strengthen our communities.  Nearly 70% of participants increase revenues and 50% create new jobs just six months after graduating.”

10,000 Small Businesses offers qualified business owners:

  • Guidance in creating a customized growth plan that includes opportunity identification and feasibility analysis, financial management, leadership, negotiations, and marketing.
  • One-on-one business counseling and a network of peer support from other small business owners, as well as leaders in the business world.

About Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses

Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses is based on the broadly held view of leading experts that greater access to this combination of education, capital and support services best addresses barriers to growth for small businesses. 10,000 Small Businesses is guided by an Advisory Council on which Babson President Kerry Healey serves and is co-chaired by Goldman Sachs chairman and CEO Lloyd C. Blankfein, Bloomberg L.P. founder, president and CEO, and 108th Mayor of the City of New York Michael R. Bloomberg, Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffett, and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City’s Dr. Michael Porter.  The National Urban League and the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce are also represented on the Advisory Council, among other groups.

To apply for the 10,000 Small Businesses business and management education program, please visit www.10KSBapply.com.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds®. The top-ranked college for entrepreneurship education, Babson is a dynamic living and learning laboratory where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society. We prepare the entrepreneurial leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to make a difference in the world, and have an impact on organizations of all sizes and types. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought & Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value.

Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Program

December 2016

Darkblade Systems has been certified as a Virginia Values Veterans (V3) company participant.  The V3 effort is a Commonwealth of Virginia, Department of Veterans Services Program that helps companies understand, design, and implement nationally recognized best practices in recruiting, hiring, and retaining Veterans.  V3 connects employers with personnel who can enhance the workforce.

The V3 Program helps 100’s of companies throughout the Commonwealth to connect with veteran talent, and efficiently and effectively train these companies on best practices for recruiting, hiring, and retaining veterans.

Darkblade Systems is committed to hiring veterans who have transitioned from military service.  More than 85% of current Darkblade Systems’ employees are veterans. 

The Virginia Values Veterans program can be found here.

If you are a veteran seeking employment, please connect with us at: careers@darkbladesystems.com

Trending 40 Red Hot Companies – Washington DC

November 2016

Darkblade Systems has been named to the Trending 40 Red Hot Companies, with an awards ceremony on November 15, 2016 in Crystal City, Virginia.  Trending 40 is an events program that recognizes and celebrates the top talent in Washington’s technology, legal, association and corporate communities.  Trending 40 celebrates many of the exciting and fast growing companies from the region.  DC has been a hotbed of activity in tech, hospitality, real estate, life sciences, health care and non-profits in recent years, and honorees are chosen based on demonstration of exceptional performance in their fields.

The 2016 Trending 40 Red Hot company list can be found here: TRENDING 40

Department of Defense Cyber Support in Colorado

November 2016
Darkblade Systems provides advanced cyber and digital network support for a Department of Defense (DOD) project focused on Computer Networking Operations (CNO) and digital network expertise in Colorado.  Darkblade Systems’ Subject Matter Experts conduct multi-disciplinary analysis involving cutting-edge cyber tools and techniques. This fusion of talent and acumen grants an energetic new environment for more efficient collaboration within the DOD and Intelligence Community (IC).