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:  https://darkbladesystems.com/careers/

Medallion Awardees can be found in the Federal Register @: https://www.hirevets.gov/award-recipients

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:  https://dodcertpmo.defense.gov

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?

#41 on Washington Technology 2018 Fast 50

September 2018

Darkblade Systems has been selected by Washington Technology as part of the 2018 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.

Darkblade Systems was #9 on the 2017 Washington Technology Fast 50 list, and #8 on the 2016 Washington Technology Fast 50 list.

The Fast 50 list can be found at:

https://washingtontechnology.com/fast50lists/fast-50-lists/2018.aspx

Inc. 5000’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies – Darkblade Systems is #3639

August 2018

Darkblade Systems is proud to announce that it has earned a spot as #3639 on the 2018 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, 2017.  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, and #1438 on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list.

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/2018

Darkblade Systems Thunderbird Road Race

July 2018

Darkblade Systems is sponsoring the 2018 Thunderbird Road Race in Colorado Springs, CO, on Sunday, 12 August, 2018.

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.

2017’s event saw more than 400 racers participate in more than 15 unique racing categories.  This 2018 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.

For more information about the race, please visit this site:
http://cosracing.com/cos-racing-thunderbird-road-race/

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 Springs, 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.

AOC SIGINT Partner Project Sponsorship

June 2018

Darkblade Systems is a primary sponsor of the 2018 AOC SIGINT Industry Partner Project (SIGINT IPP) on Capitol Hill, on Wednesday, 18 July, 2018.

The event, titled “Winning the EMS: The Future of Army SIGINT”, will study how the Army is prepared to fight in the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS).  SIGINT, Electronic Warfare (EW), and Cyber Operations will be the focus of the event and will feature representatives from the Congressional Electronic Warfare Working Group (EWWG), US Army Deputy Chief of Staff G2, US Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (ICOE), the Cyber Center of Excellence (CCoE), and the PEO Intelligence Electronic Warfare and Sensors (IEW&S). 

Darkblade Systems is a Platinum Partner for this event, which will take place over two sessions.  The first session will feature a congressional panel discussion and will be 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:
https://www.crows.org/general/custom.asp?page=WinningArmySIGINT

New Headquarters Location in Winchester, Virginia

Darkblade Systems has moved its headquarters office location to Winchester, Virginia.  This coincides with growth to accommodate corporate business operations supporting multiple government contracts and commercial projects.

The full address is: 420 West Jubal Early Drive, Suite #204, Winchester, VA 22601

A map can be found on our contact page:  https://darkbladesystems.com/contact

Virginia’s Fantastic 50 List

April 2018

– Darkblade Systems is #29 on the 2018 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 26 April, 2018.

The Fantastic 50 List is published in the May 2018 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.

https://www.vachamber.com/event/2018-fantastic-50-awards-program/

Virginia Women Veterans Lead the Way

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The General Assembly has designated March 18-24, 2018 as Virginia Women Veterans Week. Please tag us at #VETEServices and #VirginiaWomenVetsWeek. Thank you for your support of Virginia’s Veterans, Service members and their families.

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 government-space 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