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About SSC: Company History

S. Systems Corporation (SSC), a small business, was incorporated in 1979 and was certified by the Small Business Administration (SBA) under the 8(a) program in 1981. From its beginning, SSC took an aggressive approach to broadening its business base and, from 1988 to 1992, experienced a 180% business base growth. The company's gross revenues averaged $8 million from 1990 to 1992. Annual revenues for 1992 reached $9.5 million. This business and financial success led to SSC's graduation from the 8(a) program in July 1993.

During this accelerated expansion period, SSC grew from twenty-five employees to one hundred and fifty. The staff today has been downsized to 55 employees, including people with business and technical degrees in finance, logistics, engineering, physics, optics, operations research, mathematics and computer science. Headquartered in Los Angeles, CA., SSC also has operations in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Point Mugu, California.

In April of 1984, SSC was awarded its first major contract by the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), formerly Space Division, to provide Systems Effectiveness and Logistics Engineering support. That contract was renewed in August 1985, expanding the scope of work to include Program Control, Systems Engineering, Configuration/Data Management, Management Information Systems, and Acquisition Management. SSC completed its third SMC contract in May 1989. This contract further expanded the company's role in the Program Control, Management Information Systems and Systems Engineering areas. SSC was awarded a fourth SMC contract in May 1989.

In July of 1986, SSC opened an Albuquerque office as an adjunct to the SMC contract in order to provide engineering and acquisition management support services for the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), formerly Phillips Laboratory (PL), on SDI research programs. The company's excellent performance resulted in the 1990 award of a separate contract by AFRL in Acquisition, Tracking, Pointing and Beam Control (ATP).

In April of 1987 NASA-Ames Research Center awarded SSC an 8(a) contract for programmatic support and technical assistance for the Army-NASA Aircrew Aircraft Integration Program. In addition, in March of 1989, SSC was awarded a five-year research and development contract for operation of Phillips Laboratory's Developmental Optics Facility. This contract was the impetus for SSC's expansion into related fields in the area of developmental optics.

In December of 1990 SSC was awarded a subcontract by Harris Corporation to provide operational and maintenance support services to the Phillips Laboratory Malabar Test Facility. SSC is one of several contractors that have teamed to combine their optical system development, optical signal processing and test range experience to provide a diverse and broad-based range of technical services to Malabar.

In 1993, S. Systems expanded its field of operations to the Naval Air Warfare Center at Point Mugu with the award of the Command Data Control Centers (C/DCC) contract. Under this five-year contract, SSC provided the Navy's Weapons Division with the establishment, operation and management of several DCCs responsible for processing, archiving and control of both classified and unclassified materials. This contract both utilized and enhanced SSC's extensive experience in use of automated libraries to control technical data and media.

Concurrently, SSC began an aggressive expansion of its technical and management capabilities connected with the Air Force Research Laboratory in Albuquerque. In January 1995, SSC was awarded a subcontract to Kaman Sciences Corporation (now ITT Industries) supporting the High-Altitude Balloon Experiment (HABE) in the areas of program control, systems engineering, configuration management, data management and safety.

In December 1995, SSC was awarded the Advanced Electro-Optical System (AEOS) contract supporting the design and installation of a facility capable of housing an 8.0 meter telescope, adaptive optics system and instrumentation in Hawaii. This facility is an integral part of the Maui Space Surveillance Site (MSSS) Network.

In March of 1995, the AFRL's Developmental Optics Facility contract held by SSC as prime was recompeted as the Optical Coatings and Evaluation Laboratories (OCEL), and was again awarded to S. Systems. This contract was completed in June 1999. The follow on Coatings for High Energy Laser Applications (CHELSEA) contract was submitted for full and open competition, and was awarded again to S. Systems in July 1999. This prestigious research and development contract has expanded to provide research, development, design, fabrication, management, operations and maintenance of optical, electronic and mechanical systems, subsystems and components.

During its 20 year history, S. Systems has continually sought to diversify its capabilities. The company has a proud tradition of providing high quality support, and has been recognized by the SBA and other organizations as an outstanding Small Business. In 1989 and 1990 SSC was awarded honors by the SBA for excellence of performance. Of particular note, SSC's performance on the Acquisition, Tracking and Pointing (ATP) and Developmental Optics Facility (DOF) contracts at Albuquerque led to award of the SBA Region VI Prime Contractor of the Year in 1989. Also noteworthy, SSC founder and Chief Executive Officer, Troy J. Davis, was honored by the Los Angeles Region SBA as Minority Business Person of the Year in 1991. The recognition provided by these awards reinforces the positive reputation that SSC has earned in the DoD community.

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Capability Overview

SSC offers a wide range of engineering and technical service capabilities and program control support. In addition to in-depth expertise in the various areas described below, SSC professionals provide multi-dimensional project support which integrates multiple disciplines and specialties into successful projects and operations.

SSC has extensive experience in program control and program planning operations on government space and aircraft programs. SSC personnel have broad financial management experience that includes direct support of the NAVSTAR GPS Tri-Service financial management system, the Air Force SDI Program Office, and the Titan Program Office through past active duty military or contractor assignments. SSC personnel have a thorough understanding of the financial management requirements for the user, space and control segments of the Joint Program Office (JPO). SSC understands the DoD, Air Force, AFMC, SMC and SPO financial tracking and funding requirements. SSC knows the program control requirements that support the Department of Defense (DoD) and Air Force Biennial Planning, Programming and Budgeting System (BPPBS) and systems acquisition processes. SSC has provided program control support to the SMC SDI Program Control and Integration Directorate (CNP) and the Surveillance Systems Program Office (CNS) in the area of Program Initiation, Commitment, Obligation and Expenditure (PICOE) update and maintenance. In addition, SSC supported CNP in the management of the AF SDI Program Management Agreement (PMA) funding statuses. To support this latter effort, SSC programmers developed software for the gathering, tracking, compiling and consolidating of PMA funding requirements for all SDI PMAs under Air Force jurisdiction.

SSC personnel compiled, reconciled and updated financial and budgetary data and produced reports using FINITE software. They also prepared funding reports and documents. SSC has supported the development of Program Objective Memoranda (POM) for CN SDI and MJ DSP programs by using database management systems to track and monitor funding data.

SSC supported SMC in reviewing contractor generated Cost/Schedule Control System Criteria (C/SCSC) reports. SSC personnel verified contractor compliance with Air Force C/SCSC requirements for tracking cost and schedule data in accordance with approved baselines and Work Breakdown Structures (WBS). SSC supported CN and MJ in schedule preparation, integration, and monitoring of contractor activities. SSC has experience and proficiency using automated scheduling software programs (Vision, OpenPlan, SuperProject) and gathering data to maintain an integrated Master Schedule and a current database. Previously, SSC supported DSP, Starlab, Teal Ruby, and ASAT programs by performing cost estimations and logistics analysis, maintaining budgets, preparing budget submissions (BES), and supporting scheduling and C/SCSC activities.

SSC has experience in systems and subsystems including spacecraft, missiles, space-based and aircraft/balloon-based platforms, and other related support. Our spacecraft experiences include planning, acquisition, engineering and testing of major upgrades to the SMC Defense Support Program (DSP) satellites and supporting the Relay Mirror Experiment (RME) from design through deployment in areas of testing, analysis and tracking of costs and schedules, and program status reporting. Our personnel have had design, instrumentation, test and analysis experience with various missile and launch vehicles including the Trident II D-5 first stage motor system and an 8,000 pound thrust liquid fueled rocket engine and fuel supply system for the Airborne Laser Laboratory (ALL) program. SSC personnel have also designed and tested the primary missile structure for the SRAM program. Space-based platform experience includes early operational assessments on the Space-Based Interceptor (SBI) program as well as individuals with previous experience in the integration, testing and deployment of the U.S. portion of the Search and Rescue Satellite Aided Tracking (SARSAT) system. Examples of aircraft-based platform experience include system engineering and program management support for the Aircraft Based Laser (ABL) program in areas or risk reduction strategies, system level requirements and specifications, functional allocations and program schedules and budgets. SSC personnel were also responsible for the initial design, development and implementation of the ARGUS platform as performed as program managers during the early stages of the program. Our personnel previously provided systems engineering, modification and test support to the ALL program where they performed detailed design studies, installed the gas dynamics laser and control systems, and evaluated the overall performance during test missions. An example of SSC's balloon-based platform experience is the High Altitude Balloon Experiment (HABE), where we are providing end-to-end design of the entire optical system.

In addition, SSC personnel have experience in the development, analysis, integration and operation of command and control systems and procedures for space and airborne missions. SSC personnel also planned and coordinated the deployment airlift of the RME spacecraft and ground station equipment. SSC personnel reviewed the COMSEC requirements and procedures for the RME program as well as ALL, ARGUS and numerous tests and operations involving operational weapons systems and critical missions of national importance.

The follow summarizes our capabilities in the areas of Financial Support, Program Planning, Automated Systems, Engineering Support and other capabilities. This discussion is followed by a summary of relevant contracts.

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Financial Support Areas

1. Program Control

SSC has demonstrated program control experience in government funding, budgeting, financial tracking and reporting requirements on acquisition programs. SSC personnel have been responsible for tracking, consolidating and updating financial data using various data base management systems. SSC has supported SPO financial managers in the development and implementation of the Budget Estimate Submission (BES) and Program Objective Memorandum (POM) processes. We also recognize that not all SPO program control organizations employ the same techniques or financial systems. SSC supported the program control operations for the Air Force Strategic Defense Initiatives (SDI) Program Office (CN) through budget and cost tracking of Program Management Agreements (PMAs). SSC programmers designed, developed, and implemented a data base management system to efficiently track, update, and consolidate projected and actual PMA financial data. This system included the ability for electronic transfer of data between Los Angeles Air Force Base, Air Force SDI facilities across the U.S., and the SDI Organization offices in Washington D.C. SSC maintained and updated this system and trained government users on the financial data base. SSC provided budget analysis support to post and review program office funding accounts and manage SPO primary and support accounts. Data was collected, analyzed, and updated on a monthly basis and status reports and briefing charts were generated for SPO management. Financial analysis was performed to support program financial reviews. SSC personnel were responsible for the integration of the financial data base to track all PMAs assigned to the Air Force.

SSC personnel have also supported SPO personnel in the development of historical cost estimate documentation (Blue Book). SSC has experienced personnel to support the gathering of quarterly cost, schedule, and performance data for reporting in the Selected Acquisition Report (SAR) and for use in the Defense Acquisition Executive Summary (DAES) formats.

2. Proprietary Data Control

SSC is fully qualified to handle and process classified data and documentation in support of program control operations. SSC is a recognized leader in the development and operation of SMC Document Management Centers (DMCs). DMCs perform several important functions for system program offices. As automated central repositories for both classified and unclassified SPO documents such as briefing charts, viewgraphs, CDRL deliverables, general program plans, specifications and reports, the DMCs provide a centralized storage and retrieval function combined with strict accountability and traceability procedures in accordance with DoD and Air Force regulations. Thus, the DMCs provide SPOs with centralized control over document access with intrinsically improved security, retrieval and archival capabilities while relieving SPOs from the routine tasks of classified and unclassified document management and control.

In addition, SSC developed Document Management System (DMS) software that allows for a variety of document search methods and the ability to control or limit user access to selected items within a DMC. Hence, DMCs can support SAR type operations with no addition effort or modification. One of the unique features of the DMC and its associated DMS software is the capability to be easily tailored to meet specific requirements unique to a SPO. SSC initiated the DMC concept at SMC when a classified document center was established at the Strategic Defense Weapons SPO (CNW) in 1987. Since that initial DMC, SSC has established four more in support of government activities. Two of these were established at SMC; one in CNI supporting both CNI and CNP, and another in MJ supporting the DSP program. In addition, SSC established a DMC at PL supporting ALTAIR, and initiated a test bed DMC at SSC headquarters. SSC has successfully employed modified DMCs to host various bidders libraries for competitive acquisitions. SSC understands the disciplines involved, having 5 years of experience in developing, operating and maintaining DMCs.

3. Key Financial Functions

Cost Analysis

  • Cost Estimating
  • Cost/Benefit Analysis
  • Engineering Trade Studies
  • Activity Based Costing
  • Software Sizing
  • Target Costing
  • Total  Ownership Cost
  • Cost Research
  • A-76 Studies
  • Warranty Analysis
  • Education & Training
  • Supporting Tools
 

Financial Management

  • Budget Formulation
  • Resource Analysis
  • Funds Management
  • Budget Analysis & Tracking
  • Change Evaluation
  • Contract Reconciliation
  • Contract Closeout
  • Contract Litigation Support
  • Education & Training
  • Supporting Tools
 

Program Management

  • Acquisition Support
  • Requirements Analysis
  • Requirements Baselining
  • Planning & Scheduling
  • Source Selection Support
  • Program Control Procedures
  • Program Management Reviews
  • Risk Analysis / Mitigation
  • Earned Value Management
  • Change Control
  • Process Improvements
  • Education and Training
  • Supporting Tools

At SSC corporate headquarters, we maintained a DMC identical to those operated on base. In addition to using it to maintain our own document storage and retrieval system, we used it as the test bed for enhancements to the operating DMCs on base. The SSC corporate DMC was also a training ground for new employees, affording them the opportunity to learn the operating system and procedures in a controlled environment.

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Program Planning

1. Cost Estimation

SSC personnel are experienced in developing cost estimates for both comparative analysis and to support the budget process. Various estimating methodologies such as Cost Estimating Relationships (CERs), Analogies, Grass Roots, Rates & Factors, Parametric, and Trend Analysis have been used to prepare cost estimates. Comparative analysis, including a system's total life cycle cost, has been employed to support the program planning process for the SPO. Cost estimates have been prepared to support SPO inputs into the POM and BES. SSC personnel have the knowledge and experience to support the Program Cost Estimate (PCE), the Independent Cost Analysis (ICA), the Independent Study Review (ISR), the Independent Cost Study (ICS), the Most Probable Cost (MPC), the Should-Cost Estimate (SCE), and the Single Best Estimate (SBE). SSC understands the differences in the methodologies used and the importance of employing different techniques in each estimate to maintain the independence of the data. SSC can support the development of SPO cost estimates and "what-if" exercises during the budget formulation process during each phase of the acquisition cycle. SSC personnel have the experience to collect, analyze, and maintain cost data using cost models or a data base management system. Historical cost data that is easily retrieved is critical to provide effective estimating support for SPO requirements. SSC has both the software and hardware to design and implement a cost and budget data base to support the estimating process.

2. Life Cycle Cost Analysis

SSC analysts rely on their ability to develop accurate cost estimates to support life cycle cost (LCC) management planning at the SPO level. SSC can support SPO LCC strategy through determination of cost drivers, establishment of design-to-cost parameters and assisting in the evaluation of risk involved in the acquisition of government systems. Risks identified in manufacturing, design engineering, and logistical support are all factors that SSC analysts use to define risk in LCC development. SSC understands that logistics support is a critical factor in LCC estimating. SSC has proven itself a leader in integrated logistics support (ILS). We have excelled in the development of ILS requirements and planning during conceptual design, development, operation, maintenance and deactivation program phases. Over the past years, SSC has conducted a variety of logistics activities for the Air Force at SMC. Many of our most recent efforts have been in support of SMC logistics organizations such as the Directorate of Logistics (SMC/ALG) and the Deputy Program Manager of Logistics (SMC/ALN). In addition, we previously provided related support to the Space Transportation Systems (STS) SPO. Our ILS related tasking included logistics engineering, warranty cost analysis, maintenance engineering and development support, Technical Order planning, review and analysis of integrated logistics support plans, logistics support analyses, level of repair analyses, and assessing logistics reliability and maintainability predictions. As part of these responsibilities, we participated in many formal logistics-related groups and meetings, often acting as a secretariat. Among these were working groups, review teams, design reviews, and planning and evaluation teams.

3. Cost Modeling

SSC programmers and analysts have demonstrated experience in developing, implementing and supporting cost modeling and simulation activities. SSC has provided AF SDI programs with state of the art simulation and modeling support. We have provided technical and administrative support and assisted in the simulation and modeling of various weapon systems. SSC has also provided independent verification of analysis and performed program evaluations. We have assisted in the review, preparation, assembly, and submission of concept formulation and technology development documentation and have supported various technology working groups and technical interchange meetings. SSC knows what types of simulation tools are being used in the AF SDI environment and has gained experience in the application, evaluation, and use of these tools.

We have employed several simulation tools to perform system modeling and cost estimating. SSC has used the Mission Effectiveness Model (MEM), the Directed Energy Weapon Simulation (DEWSIM) and JAVELIN PLUS to perform AF SDI system trades, weapon mission analysis studies and system cost trades. For example, using MEM we have modeled robust strategic defense systems against typical ballistic missile attacks. With DEWSIM we modeled DEW weapon systems against ballistic missile attacks as well as other alternative threats. Using JAVELIN PLUS, we have formulated the cost relationships of various sub-systems in a space-based laser (SBL) weapon system.

4. Scheduling

SSC has been charged with a broad spectrum of scheduling activities ranging from initial schedule development and integration to tracking and analysis. We have been tasked over the past several years by the SMC SDI SPO (System Program Office) to support the Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) with technical data entry and audit, and to maintain the program element level integrated schedules. We also produced and distributed IMS graphics and reports. We also provided scheduling support to the Air Force Satellite Control Network (AFSCN) at SMC. For this world-wide network, we were tasked to develop, implement, and maintain a decision support system integrating AFSCN SPO internal schedules with contractor delivered schedules.

Our personnel have extensive C/SCSC experience, automated scheduling software tool knowledge and schedule performance measurement and analysis expertise. The Performance Measurement Section at our Albuquerque Operation Site has an extensive background in performing contract performance measurement and analysis for major AFRL, programs such as the Wide Angle Vibration Experiment (WAVE), Bifocal Integrated Brassboard Experiment (BIFOCAL), RME, BCSMS, and LPTTS. Under contracts to both AFRL and SMC, we have provided detailed analysis of contractor's Cost Performance Reports (CPRs) to accurately analyze funding trends that could be potential problems.

Our Performance Measurement Analysts provide valid, timely and verifiable analysis of work progress status and planned cost and schedule compared to actual performance. These analyses are tailored to program management needs and can be provided at the overall program, intermediate or cost account levels. SSC specialists apply analysis methodologies to schedule, budget and performance information collected from a variety of sources. Data is integrated, reduced and analyzed to produce reports which support the Program Manager's decision process. Cost and schedule variances are identified, independent estimates at completion (EAC) are developed and variance analysis is performed to provide early identification of potential cost or schedule problem areas. Variance analysis of critical WBS elements in each periodic report are accomplished regardless of the established variance thresholds contained in a specific contract.

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Automated Systems

1. Data Base Management Systems

SSC has extensive experience in designing, developing, and implementing data base management systems (DBMS) for various applications. SSC has developed specialized financial software, provided information engineering, data communications, LAN and PC technical support, computer security, computer systems management, office automation and project management tools. SSC designed, developed and implemented the PMA Financial Reporting System software to track, update, and consolidate projected and actual PMA financial data in support of the SDI SPO program control organization. This system has three "modules" that give the user the ability to gather, integrate and distribute PMA data using a menu-driven format. This software tool can be used to create a flexible historical financial database and to generate financial reports, graphics and data distribution materials.

2. Software and Hardware Resources

We also have applied experience in all automated software applications currently in use at SMC in support of program control requirements. We recognize that SMC is implementing the use of standard program control software tools for compatibility across each SPO. FINITE is becoming the standard application for budgeting and PICOE activities. SSC provided budget support to SMC/CNP and SMC/CNS, applying FINITE software skills to support those organizations. Our personnel have provided both support and training in the use of this software. SSC personnel are also experienced in the use of an alternate PICOE tracking system and the GRC CHECKBOOK financial management system. Our personnel have the skills and ability to use and apply any spreadsheet application such as LOTUS 1-2-3, QUATTRO PRO, EXCEL, or SUPER CALC in support of financial management activities. We can provide the necessary skills using program control software on both MacIntosh and IBM-compatible personal computer systems. SSC programmers can design automated programs using these spreadsheet applications or develop new software applications, as required by individual program control organizations.

Our additional computer resource experience includes two 3Com 3+Open Local Area Networks (LANs), consisting of 24 OS/2 LAN Manager file servers with over 500 PCs; two Banyan LANs consisting of 8 VINES file servers with over 160 PCs and a MicroVAX 11 minicomputer. All of the above interfaced with a Digital Equipment Corporation VAX/VMS mainframe computer. We performed many of these data communication functions for SMC on-site at Los Angeles Air Force Base. Our LAN and PC support groups installed, configured, tested and maintained the LANs, PCs and peripherals; modified and tested software; provided prompt response to customer requests for support; and provided training to customers as required on both hardware and software applications. SSC can provide 24 hour, 7-day per week support to customers for data base management systems and user training at on-site locations.

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Financial Support Personnel

SSC project managers, financial analysts, budget analysts, and logistics analysts are well versed and experienced in providing financial support services to SMC SPOs. SSC has employed a variety of personnel experienced in each discipline of acquisition management. This experience was gained through prior active duty military assignments, prior contractor relationships, and current SSC experience in support of SMC Program Offices. From 1984 to 1993, SSC held support contracts with the SMC that provided demonstrated experience in SPO support functions. This broad experience includes support to NAVSTAR GPS, TITAN, Air Force SDI, DSP, Starlab, Teal Ruby and ASAT SPOs in financial support functions.

SSC can provide immediate program control support to any SMC SPO and, through SSC's teaming plan, immediate support to any on-site location as required. This team concept allows for flexibility in personnel staffing to satisfy varying government support requirements.

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Engineering Support Areas

1. Software Management

SSC's capability to manage software development is best described in terms of the productivity improvement tools we successfully developed over the years to support of task efforts. For example, we developed a suite of Decision Support System software in support of several of our contractual tasks. Our Contractual Action Item Tracking System (CAITS) tracks contractual matters and correspondence emanating from Air Force activities through various echelons, finally keeping tabs on the responses to and from the contractor. It was used effectively in supporting the Anti-satellite (ASAT) Weapon System SPO at SMC. We also utilized programs for data management, scheduling and calendar production.

We developed, operated and maintained a Manpower Management Information System (MIS) for the SMC Deputy Commander for Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) programs. This MIS, tailored to the needs of that deputate, correlated manpower, personnel and assignment data to provide real-time personnel management capability for planning, assigning and reorganizing. Another MIS we designed and operated involves the entire function of program documentation management, archiving and disposition. This MIS supported the SMC Directed Energy, SDI Project Integration and DSP SPOs as well as the PL Space Experiments Directorate. It was the primary tool for operating Document Management Centers staffed and run by SSC personnel at SMC and the PL/SX Engineering Data Management Center.

SSC's Albuquerque personnel have developed software applications which integrate data and reduce and report summary statistics. Software application such as Dbase III+ have been tailored to gather, reduce and report contract and subtask funding and schedule status. PC based computer programs gather and track information to assess program financial status. A Financial Data Base Management and Reporting System is used to track and report on funding requirements, obligations and expenditures. A Subtask Data Base System is used to collect and assess overall contract or program status as well as that of the individual subtasks. Fund tracking by specific contractor and program is also provided. These data tracking and analysis systems have been used for resource management and status monitoring by many PL programs such as RME, Beam Control Systems Modeling and simulation (BCSMS), and the Laboratory Pointing and Tracking Technical support (LPTTS). Our Albuquerque analysts have also developed data base systems for tracking the status of Items of Concern (IOCs) from Preliminary Design Reviews (PDRs) and Critical Design Reviews (CDRs). The systems track such data elements as action OPR, due date, basic description, originator, area of concern and WBS element affected.


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2. Configuration Management

Configuration Management (CM) is another example of principle program support tasks performed by SSC. Our clients have included program offices at both PL and SMC. The SSC CM experiences and achievements at both PL and SMC are extensive and we can bring our expertise to bear in this area on short notice. For the AFRL Altair program, SSC CM engineers were the contractor leads for both hardware and software CM. We developed the hardware drawing tree and developed methodologies for tracking and reporting change control status for Altair hardware, software and documentation. We also developed and published a Configuration Management Plan for the AFRL Space Experiments Directorate and defined the requirements and procedures for the Altair Configuration Control Board. For Altair, DMC personnel cataloged 13,000 documents inherited from the Starlab program into an SSC-developed database.

Our configuration/data management program support at SMC included several launch vehicle SPOs including Titan, Atlas, Delta and Upper Stages and the Air Force Satellite Control Network. The specific tasking included analysis of contract configuration management plans and the interface control plan, review of systems, system segments and hardware/ software configuration item specification and design/ interface requirements documents, design reviews and audits. We also supported Configuration Control Boards (CCBs), maintained and performed data entry into automated and manual configuration control-related files, records and documentation. SSC configuration management personnel are seasoned, competent professional with years of experience with Air Force and industry.

3. Data Management

SSC data managers have performed CDRL delivery tracking, government review scheduling, and document management functions. SSC personnel supported CDRL development, review, and integration into Requests for Proposals (RFP) and Requests for Technical Changes. This included Data Item Description (DID) research and requirements development support, data call and data review planning and administration, and analysis of contract data form and content. SSC data managers supported the SMC Satellite Control Networks Automated Remote Tracking Stations (ARTS) II upgrade, the launch vehicle program offices, and the Air Force Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) program office. Previously, SSC has provided DM support to several other SMC program offices including ASAT, Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP), and DSP.

4 Systems Effectiveness

SSC engineers supported the Defense Support Program (DSP) Directorate of Engineering (MJA) in the planning, scheduling and acquisition document preparation for the DSP Block 23, Ground Computer Change-Out (GCO), and Orbital Support Services (OSS) acquisitions. On the Satellite Read-Out Station Upgrade (SRSU) program, SSC monitored contractor software and hardware development through installation and test. SSC maintained an ongoing program issue tracking and reporting system. SSC monitored and reported risks associated with project interdependencies with concurrent acquisitions. SSC also provided MJA with Request for Proposal (RFP) development assistance on their Sensor Support Services (SSS) acquisition in such areas as SOW preparation assistance, CDRL research, development and preparation, and WBS development, along with creation of CDRL-WBS-SOW cross reference matrix. SSC provided high priority support to the development of the Talon Shield (MJT) SOW and CDRL, meeting all critical short suspense dates. SSC engineers also supported MJ on the Computer Resources Working Group (CRWG) and the Computer Resources Life Cycle Management Plan (CRLCMP) working groups.

SSC provided support to the PL Advanced Tracking Branch in several acquisition, tracking, and pointing tasks that were considered key technologies to the ALTAIR program. SSC also supported the development of an advanced Doppler tracking concept and its proof of principle. This effort included preliminary design and component specification for a breadboard that will be used to demonstrate an unique approach to booster discrimination, tracking, and imaging. SSC also developed a unique tracking concept that utilizes nonlinear optical temporal filtering to perform velocity deterministic target sensing.

5. General Technical Support

SSC has provided SDI programs with state of the art simulation and modeling support. In addition to supporting simulation and modeling of various weapon systems, SSC also provided technical and administrative support, provided independent verification of analysis, and performed program evaluations. SSC has modeling experience with the SDI Mission Effectiveness Model (MEM), the DEW Simulation Tool (DEWSIM), and the cost estimation tool JAVELIN. SSC has used these tools to perform system trades, weapon mission analysis studies, and system cost trades.

SSC supported CNI's System Engineering Resource Facility (SERF) both administratively and technically. Administratively, SSC ensured that the SERF operated in an organized manner, and complied with all government requirements for security and property management. These tasks included preparing and maintaining inventories of all SERF assets including configuration listings of all software. Additionally, SSC was tasked with ensuring compliance with all applicable security procedures and regulations and the preparation of submittal information to the Information Systems Division (ISD) for Designated Approval Authority (DAA) certification of the facility. SSC, as the SERF Administrator, was responsible for all SERF hardware and software, the accountability for which is essential to the facility's operation. Included with the hardware inventory were maintenance histories on all SERF assets. In addition, software utilization was monitored in accordance with AFR 700-26, Management of Small Computers." Since the SERF processed classified information, user access was controlled. Furthermore, since the SERF is tied to the National Test Facility (NTF) through the Remote Access Site (RAS), the National Test Bed (NTB) levied additional security restrictions on SERF access (CNWDI and WNINTEL).

Technical support tasks ensured SERF hardware and software availability for user activities. These tasks included technical support to users, correcting minor hardware and software related problems, providing maintenance assistance, performing feasibility and trade studies, and recommending modifications as required. SSC also assisted in the installation and checkout of new equipment and software in the SERF.

6. General Administrative Support

SSC provided graphics and art illustration support to SMC from 1985 to 1992 employing current technology and state-of-the-art Apple Macintosh color graphics software, hardware and laser printers. As technology advanced, SSC's expertise evolved with SMC SPO requirements for more sophisticated presentation materials and aids. Advancing from simple line charts to dramatic, multicolor, multi-dimension products, SSC support included designing and producing logos, capability brochures, automated briefings, and dramatic viewgraphs. SSC also provided multi-media support for briefings and special events as required to meet the growing demand for these presentation tools. SSC provided graphics support to nine program offices: CNI, CNO, CNP, CNT, CNW, MB, MJ, MI, and XR.

7. Electronic Data Control and Information Systems Support

SSC computer engineers specified, implemented and supported wide-area packet switched communications networks (WANs) as well as local area networks (LANs) at SMC. SSC knows the state of the art and emerging standards in electronic data transfer using fiber-optic media, and can identify the trade-offs between baseband and broadband transmission techniques with respect to a given customers network requirements. SSC has researched and evaluated currently available LAN hardware and software products for compatibility with the customers' existing LANs. SSC personnel are also experienced in network administration, user training, and integration of network capabilities into customer organizations and procedures. SSC designed the LANs being used in CN, MB and MJ for the SDI, FEWS and DSP programs. Additionally, for MB and MJ, SSC implemented the LAN systems and functioned as the LAN Administrator.

SSC provided support to MJ and MB in requirements definition for office automation and MIS systems. This included researching commercially available hardware and software products, conducting trade studies, and making recommendations. SSC also supported CN, MJ and MB with automated data processing equipment (ADPE) inventory control. SSC conducted security audits, processed Designated Approval Authority (DAA) documentation for secure mini- and microcomputer systems. SSC supported PC maintenance, troubleshooting and all other general task efforts associated with SPO computer systems user support. Also included in these efforts is telecommunications support using associated knowledge of utility and emulation software.

We have already noted that SSC was the System Administrator for the Air Force SDI System Engineering Resource Facility (SERF). The SERF contained five Sun Corporation work stations and associated peripherals that are used to support mission effectiveness modeling and simulation. The expertise of SSC's staff included working experience in secure computing environments. SSC engineers supported secure data communications in a wide-area network. SSC defined security architectures required for network hosts and remote terminals, developed the necessary security documents required to establish secure communications systems, and acquired the appropriate DAA authorization to operate the secure systems. SSC supported SMC in the administration of a classified HP 3000 and its associated LAN.

8. Security Support

SSC supported security administration requirements for our personnel at SMC and other U.S. Government facilities at PL and at Malabar. SSC provided security administration in accordance with DoD Directive 5200.1-R, DoD Information Security Program, AF Regulation 205-1, Information Security Program Regulation, and AF Regulation 205-4, Industrial Security Program Regulation. SSC prepared and processed Standard Forms 86, DD Forms 1879, Standard Forms 312 and received and records DISCO Form 560 for support personnel. Currently SSC uses the EPSQ system to file these forms electronically. SSC processes visit notifications to classified facilities and maintains records and rosters of all government and contractor personnel using the SSC corporate secure facilities. SSC maintains storage capability at the SECRET level.

SSC maintained Document Management Centers (DMCs) at SMC in CN and MJ, and at PL. These facilities were used for document retrieval and control including classified material. SSC personnel provided security administration support by ensuring proper marking of classified documents in accordance with AF Regulation 205-13, A Guide to Marking Classified Documents and DoD Directive 5220.22M, Industrial Security Manual for Safeguarding Classified Information. SSC personnel processed Forms 310, monitored downgrading actions, and prepared documents for transfer to other government facilities. SSC maintained an automated database that tracks, updates, and reports the status of classified material.

SSC's primary COMSEC responsibilities occurred in the Systems Engineering Resource Facility (SERF) where, as the SERF Administrator, we processed classified and unclassified material through the use of cryptographic equipment. We exercised specific procedures and responsibilities for handling COMSEC material such as keying material for KG94s, controlling operations codes and authenticators, inventory and accounting/destruction requirements; security requirements for safeguarding and handling material; and physical security requirements.

SSC Electronic Data Control and Information Systems Support personnel initiated and maintained an inventory of classified ADPE, and performed security audits for DAA documentation in accordance with Air Force Regulation 205-16, Computer Security Policy. SSC also supported SMC SASMs in initiating and processing documentation for COMSEC and TEMPEST requirements for computer hardware.


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9. Manpower Management

SSC has a thorough knowledge and understanding of the U.S. Air Force military personnel system, the U.S. Government civilian personnel system and how each system relates to SMC manpower management. SSC has extensive experience providing manpower management support in CN, MB, MJ and XR.

SSC created, developed, and implemented automated systems to track, update and consolidate all military (MMIS) and civilian (CMIS) personnel information. These auto mated systems can be easily transferred to any SPO, and all automated reports generated from the MMIS and CMIS can be tailored to meet the needs of the Program Office. These tools provide the users with a menu-driven program that maintains a real-time database for personnel information that is easily reported through thirty different report formats. SSC personnel provided daily, weekly and monthly reports to the Program Offices in Executive Officer Notebooks and through status presentations using graphical formats.

SSC personnel are experienced in all manpower management activities including the processing of military and civilian documents (Forms 52, 2096, 1378, 971, etc.), letters, certifications, awards and decorations, performance reports and worksheets. SSC personnel know how to advertise for SPO manpower positions using the SMC Electronic Bulletin Board (EBB) for position descriptions. SSC is also trained in the use of SPO directed software that allows the user to track, consolidate, and report personnel training data in support of the Acquisition Professional Development Program (APDP).

Most important, SSC developed the working relationships necessary to facilitate this manpower support with the SMC personnel organizations (Functional Resource Managers, Detachment 27, Management Engineering Squadron, Consolidated Base Personnel Office (CBPO)). This allowed SSC to assist the SPOs on efficiently tracking, updating and processing manpower information to support a dynamic personnel environment that includes reorganizations, reductions-in-force, PCAs and PCSs. SSC personnel continued to facilitate all documentation, take all necessary actions to ensure proper coordination and completion of manpower management activities, and advance the communications between SPO management and the SMC base personnel organizations.

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Other Technologies

The SSC optical engineering staff has broad experience in all aspects of the optics field. The staff includes engineers and technicians with experience in optical design, fabrication, coating, and testing for tracking systems and high energy lasers. They have provided test planning and analysis for the optical tracking system for RME, evaluated structural designs for optical tracking systems, and supported the setup, alignment and operation of ground-based tracking systems. This experience covers both large and small scale optical systems. These engineers are involved in the performance analysis for the optical tracker, beam director and supporting optics used on the Gamma Star programs at Malabar and Maui optical stations.

In the Development Optics Facility at Kirtland AFB, New Mexico, SSC personnel are involved in research and development for optical systems supporting Air Force high energy laser programs. The tasks assigned include design and fabrication of the optics as well as the support structures and cooling and actuating systems to meet full systems requirements.

Under the Malabar Test Site contract SSC operated and maintained the Sensor Calibration facility. All instruments were aligned and calibrated on a routine basis and records maintained for review. Similar functions were also performed for the Optics Laboratory. Manufacturers' data packages were maintained to support alignment and calibration efforts and to facilitate support of manufacturers during equipment installation and checkout. The equipment for which data packages were maintained includes a wide variety of test equipment, data acquisition and reduction systems, sensors, and their mounts, IT computer systems and their peripherals, communications gear and laser devices.

SSC provided Test and Evaluation (T&E) support to the SMC ASAT program office. The scope of the tasking in this effort included identifying T&E requirements for government acquisitions and recommending the incorporation of these findings into SOWs and CDRLs; analyzing contractor test plans, procedures, and data deliveries, identifying areas of concern and developing recommended corrective actions; attending and participating in testing activities; providing independent assessment of contractor-delivered evaluation data and providing support to the development and maintenance of Test and Evaluation Master Plans.

SSC provided Reliability and Maintainability (R&M) support to the PL RME program office and has also provided R&M support for the SMC ASAT program. The scope of these combined efforts included review, analysis and commentary on contractor-developed R&M Plans; Reliability Analysis Allocations and Assessment Reports and Failure Mode and Effects Analysis data; recommendation of MIL-STD and CDRL DID tailoring for incorporation into government RFPs; and support for the joint Reliability/Maintainability Evaluation team effort.

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