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AVIAN Joins Counter-UAS Tactics and Training Venture, redUAS


LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – Around the world, unmanned systems, better known as drones, continue to rise in popularity at incredible rates. Drones the size of cell phones now have the power to capture hi-quality photo and video, but their capabilities don’t stop there.

Recently, terrorists have found ways to modify and weaponize recreational drones creating an urgent need for trained counter-UAS professionals.

That’s where redUAS comes in. A joint venture between AVIAN LLC and five veteran U.S. armed forces-owned and first responder-owned companies, redUAS has created a strategic course-load for producing personalized counter-UAS tactics.

“To properly counter this new threat, we need to understand the attack techniques being used, and develop counter tactics, techniques and procedures to defeat them,” said Kevin Switick, an-owner and president of AVIAN. “If an organization or agency’s plan is to simply buy counter-UAS technology, then wait for a drone to appear and ‘shoot it down,’ they are going to be too late. These drones are too fast, too nimble and too quiet, counter drone technology alone is ineffective without tactics and training.”

redUAS has developed six courses designed to walk customers through the creation of their counter-UAS tactics in a series of logical steps that starts with understanding and training the customer’s workforce on the threat, selecting the appropriate technology for their team, drafting their own tactics manual and ultimately, conducting field training exercises.

“redUAS is determined to provide our first-responders and defense agencies basic counter-UAS awareness training. The threat is real, the time for action is now,” Switick said. “From protecting the next Super Bowl, to protecting your privacy, redUAS is ready to train professionals on the ins and outs of tactical defense.”

For the past 11 years, AVIAN has pioneered unmanned systems projects for the United States Navy, Providing test support for small, medium and large unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), the unmanned underwater vehicle mine countermeasures system and the remote multi-mission vehicle mine countermeasures system for Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA).

Innovators in the unmanned systems industry, AVIAN has achieved the first helicopter unmanned air vehicle landing onboard a Littoral Combat Ship, the first dual air vehicle flight from a single control station and the first laser guided rocket shot from a helicopter unmanned air vehicle.

AVIAN tests and operates the MQ-4C Triton, the MQ-8B Fire Scout and the RQ-21 Blackjack UAS systems at NAVAIR.

More about AVIAN LLC

AVIAN LLC is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business. We believe talent and passion generate solutions to today’s business challenges. We understand that these characteristics thrive in a business culture that embraces innovation, creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit.

Founded by U.S. Navy test pilots in 2005, AVIAN has strong roots in test and evaluation, while also finding recent success in traditional classroom instruction and electronically-enhanced training opportunities for government and commercial clients.

We are resourceful, responsive and reachable for our clients in program, financial, and logistics management; engineering and systems engineering; test and evaluation of manned and unmanned aerial systems; research and development; workforce development and training; and communication strategy and graphic design.

AVIAN provides a broad range of niche expertise to more than 20 NAVAIR program offices and a total of ten prime contracts with NAVAIR, Naval Sea Systems Command and the Office of Naval Research.

AVIAN is a corporate sponsor with International Test and Evaluation Association (ITEA), the Think Before You Launch (TBYL) campaign, the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVUSI) and participates with Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA).

AVIAN is headquartered in Lexington Park, Maryland with more than 230 employees located across the county. Specifically, we are supporting customers in Huntsville, Alabama; China Lake and San Francisco, California; Panama City, Florida; Lexington Park and Patuxent River, Maryland; Arlington and Quantico, Virginia.

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Employee Spotlight: Meet Freeman Dodsworth


This coffee-roasting retired naval aviator has been part of the AVIAN family for eight and a half years and we can’t get enough of his entrepreneurial spirit!

During his almost ten years with AVIAN, Freeman Dodsworth has supported Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) ONE; the Naval Aviation Test and Evaluation University; and the Unmanned Systems Test Directorate (UASTD) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland and Webster Field Annex in St. Inigoes, Maryland.

As the UASTD program manager, Freeman loves being part of a growing unmanned systems environment. He enjoys unmanned systems so much he even started his own UAS consulting company, REM_UAS, to help commercial construction companies use drones to generate data.

Before coming to AVIAN, Freeman served active and reserve duty during his twenty-five-year military career, but you’ll be hard pressed to find anyone who knows his call-sign. Try as you may to discover his call-sign, it may remain a secret forever.

During his time in the service, Freeman flew SH-2 and H-60B/F helicopters and provided small boat safety for Coastal Warfare where he enjoyed supporting humanitarian efforts; particularly in Central America.

When he’s not at “wild and wonderful Webster”, you’ll find Freeman cutting a rug to disco music with his wife Ellen, or buying and roasting coffee for another one of his businesses, Shellback Coffee Roasters. Did we mention his entrepreneurial spirit?  Freeman buys and roasts coffee beans from around the world, but loves the beans from Central America and Africa for their light, clean and tingly taste.

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AVIAN, CSM partner to provide workforce training beginning Fall 2017


LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – AVIAN LLC and the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) marked a new partnership at a ceremonial signing at the CSM Leonardtown Campus May 22.

CSM signed a collaborative training agreement with AVIAN’s commercial training group, AVIAN Institute (AI), to offer three new workforce development and training courses at CSM’s Leonardtown Campus beginning fall 2017.

“At AVIAN, we believe that knowledge is power and that knowledge can be achieved with targeted, meaningful training,” AVIAN LLC President Kevin G. Switick said. “It’s really exciting when we have opportunities like this to share that power with more people.”

“This is an exciting partnership and we are looking forward to working with AVIAN to provide valuable training,” said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried. “CSM’s Corporate Center is known for being the provider of choice for professional career training and workforce development in Southern Maryland, and this partnership is a win-win training opportunity for everyone. These three courses expand the offerings of CSM’s Corporate Center, which has been a training provider for NAVAIR for many years, while also expanding AVIAN’s reach into the community beyond the gates of NAVAIR.”

The courses were developed to bring immediate value to the Southern Maryland community, corporate peers and service members in the fleet. The three course offerings available at CSM this fall include “NAVAIR, Simplified;” and “Cyber Awakening and Flight Test: The Discipline.” These courses provide the ‘so-what’ and ‘why’ of naval aviation acquisition, a look at the realities of the modern cybercriminal and the basics tenets of flight test.

AIl course developers and instructors are retired U.S. Navy test pilots, flight-test engineers, contracting officers, and NAVAIR program managers and team leads.

AVIAN has offered Workforce Development and Training services to the Department of Defense and commercial clients since 2009. Since then, AVIAN has created more than 60 customer unique training courses and instructed over 200 classes to over 10,000 students at 16 client sites throughout the United States.

“Whether our clients are looking for a catalog of training classes, or a focused, one-time training event, we’ve got a team of experts who know how to build information into a useful teaching tool,” Switick said. “We offer a proven and unique training approach that students embrace and like truly enjoy.”

AVIAN LLC and the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) marked a new partnership at a ceremonial signing at the CSM Leonardtown Campus May 22. Front from left are CSM’s Director of Strategic Partnerships Barbara Ives, AVIAN LLC President Kevin G. Switick, CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried and CSM Vice President/Dean of Leonardtown Campus Dr. Tracy Harris; rear from left, AVIAN Director of Communications Tara Strickland, CSM Community Relations Coordinator Larisa Pfeiffer, CSM Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Dr. Dan Mosser, CSM Vice President of Advancement Michelle Goodwin, CSM Workforce Development Programs Director Kelly Winters and CSM Business and Information Technology Course Coordinator Paula Coluzzi.

For Photos from the Signing, please see http://csmphoto.zenfolio.com/avian

About AVIAN LLC

AVIAN LLC is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business. We believe talent and passion generate solutions to today’s business challenges. We understand that these characteristics thrive in a business culture that embraces innovation, creativity and the entrepreneurial spirit.

Founded by U.S. Navy test pilots in 2005, AVIAN has strong roots in test and evaluation, while also finding recent success in traditional classroom instruction and electronically-enhanced training opportunities for government and commercial clients.

We believe in supporting our Southern Maryland community and increasing employment opportunities and job growth for all St. Mary’s County residents through new ideas, strong community involvement, and robust employee professional development programs.

We are resourceful, responsive and reachable for our clients in program, financial, and logistics management; engineering and systems engineering; test and evaluation of manned and unmanned aerial systems; research and development; workforce development and training; and communication strategy and graphic design.

AVIAN provides a broad range of niche expertise to more than 20 NAVAIR program offices and a total of ten prime contracts with NAVAIR, Naval Sea Systems Command and the Office of Naval Research.

AVIAN is headquartered in Lexington Park, Maryland with more than 190 employees located across the county. Specifically, we are supporting customers in Huntsville, Alabama; China Lake and San Francisco, California; Panama City, Florida; Lexington Park and Patuxent River, Maryland; Arlington and Quantico, Virginia.

College of Southern Maryland

The College of Southern Maryland is a regional community college serving Calvert, Charles and St. Mary’s counties. CSM serves more than 25,000 credit and continuing education students at its campuses in Leonardtown, La Plata and Prince Frederick, and its newest regional campus located in Hughesville with the college’s new Center for Trades and Energy Training (CTET). The CTET offers professional training that enables students to gain skills quickly to enter the construction and energy workforce. CTET delivers related instruction for apprentices, a host of career programs and essential industry certifications, and many advanced-level skills training programs.

CSM is recognized by the National Security Agency and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance. To meet the growing need for information security professionals, CSM has joined an international initiative with (ISC)² to establish a joint framework for industry-academic cooperation to bridge the workforce gap between the increasing demand for qualified cybersecurity professionals and the amount of skilled professionals entering the industry. Through the college’s membership in the (ISC)² Global Academic Program (GAP), students and professionals are able to gain the knowledge, skills and industry certification needed to enter the high-demand, high-paying cybersecurity workforce.

For information about the College of Southern Maryland, call 301-934-7765 or visit www.csmd.edu. For information on CSM’s schedule of continuing education courses, visit http://www.csmd.edu/programs-courses/non-credit/schedules/.

 

For additional information:

Tara Strickland

Director, Communications

tara.strickland@avianllc.com

(301)866-2070 Ext. 117

 

Karen Smith Hupp

Assistant Vice President/PIO

karens@csmd.edu

301-934-7701 or 240-682-7022

 

AVIAN selected for 2017 Community Service Award


AVIAN LLC is celebrating its selection as the recipient of the 2017 St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award following an annual awards luncheon, May 10.

A member of the St. Mary’s County Chamber of Commerce for eight years, AVIAN was selected for the Community Service Award for its exemplary business and community image, its contributions to and support of community-oriented projects and for fostering community involvement.

Specifically, the award citation recognizes AVIAN’s support to the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (PRNAM) over the past four years.

AVIAN’s involvement with the museum began in 2013 when its Director of Communications, Tara Strickland, began attending exhibit planning meetings for the new museum complex. Over the first 18 months, Strickland worked with members of the museum’s exhibit team to develop a new logo for the museum, which is now its primary face to the community.

“From the moment I met with the museum board of directors and key volunteer staff, I was enthused by their passion and commitment to the museum mission to preserve, educate and inspire,” Strickland said. “Our ongoing partnership over the years all revolves around that passion.”

In addition to designing the new logo and branding style guide, Strickland provided marketing and external communications support leading up to the building’s grand opening event as well as strategic communication oversight of the design and development of the museum’s new website in 2016.

“Helping make the museum a success for our community is one of AVIAN’s top priorities, said Kevin Switick, an owner and president of AVIAN. “This museum is one of kind and will serve as an excellent resource for educating and inspiring new generations of the unique science, technology, engineering and math opportunities here at Naval Air Station Patuxent River.”

Continual participation in local community programs oftentimes requires an “above and beyond” commitment from members of the company. This is a commitment AVIAN has always been willingly to taken on.

 

For additional information:

Tara Strickland

Director, Communications

tara.strickland@avianllc.com

AVIAN awarded College of T&E contract


AVIAN LLC was awarded a $5.9M contract to support the Naval Air Systems Command University (NAVAIRU), College of Test and Evaluation (CT&E).

CT&E was founded to meet the training needs of NAVAIR’s test and evaluation community.  As a member of NAVAIRU, CT&E’s mission is to provide comprehensive and standardized training, career development and professional guidance to all members of the NAVAIR test and evaluation workforce, as well as related NAVAIR competencies and command initiatives through the School of Interdisciplinary Studies, partners in Commander Operational Test Forces and industry.

AVIAN has supported CT&E and the College of Interdisciplinary Studies and Leadership (CISL) from their inceptions.

“Since our start with CT&E and CISL, we’ve created more than 20 training courses and the delivery of more than 200 classes across NAVAIR,” said Bill Schaefer, AVIAN’s program manager for workforce development and training.

As the returning provider of Contract Support Services for CT&E, the AVIAN team will continue to provide course development and course instruction to NAVAIR’s workforce.

AVIAN’s team is comprised of Aviation Systems Engineering Company (ASEC); Deloitte; JF Taylor, Inc.; KBRwyle; ManTech International Corporation; RPI Group, Sabre, SAIC, SITE, Tekla Research; and Technology Security Associates, Inc. (TSA).

AVIAN has ten prime contracts in its portfolio of support services for NAVAIR, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and the Office of Naval Research.

SYSCOM Serendipity – Training Across the Services


Pay it forward. It’s a simple philosophy, yet it has huge dividends.

That’s why when the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) called asking about workforce development and training options, AVIAN offered knowledge sharing solutions that resulted in time, money and resource savings.

By utilizing pre-existing curriculum, developed for the Naval Air Systems Command’s College of Program Management (CPM), AVIAN provided a unique, tailored-curriculum for the USCG in just a few short months.

“The average time to develop, beta test and publish a three-day course is nine months,” said Kevin Switick, president and an owner of AVIAN. “We were able to tailor and deliver the USCG course in two. That’s the power of knowledge sharing. You don’t have to reinvent the wheel.”

In a recent article published by CPM, “tapping into pre-existing CPM curriculum, the Coast Guard was able to use courseware specifically designed to enhance the program management workforce’s knowledge of their roles in the acquisition process.”

“We know the defense acquisition system can be complicated, so having consistency across services is extremely valuable,” Switick said. “The icing on the cake is that it’s happening at a much lower cost and is a much quicker turn.”

AVIAN has offered Workforce Development and Training services to the Department of Defense and commercial clients since 2009. Since then, AVIAN has created more than 60 customer unique training courses and instructed over 300 classes to over 10,000 students at 16 client sites throughout the United States.

In 2009, AVIAN supported the creation of the flight test engineering core curriculum for the College of Test & Evaluation; and then repeated that success in 2013 supporting the creation of the entire College of Program Management core curriculum for integrated product team leads.

“Whether our clients are looking for a catalog of training classes, or a focused, one-time training event, we’ve got a team of experts who know how to build information into a uniquely tailored teaching tool,” Switick said. “We offer a proven and unique training approach that students embrace and truly enjoy.”

With the successful implementation/conversion for the Coast Guard late last fall, AVIAN has begun tailoring other courses for several systems commands in 2017.

Other commands that reached out to AVIAN include the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), the Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC), the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR); and the U.S. Army’s Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC).

These commands should realize similar time, money and resource savings.

“At AVIAN, we believe that knowledge is power and that knowledge can be achieved with targeted, meaningful training,” Switick said. “It’s really exciting when we have opportunities like this to share that power with more people.”

 

For additional information:

Tara Strickland

Director, Communications

tara.strickland@avianllc.com

 

AVIAN to host American Red Cross Blood Drive


LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – AVIAN LLC will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross (ARC) on Friday, April 14 from 9 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at its Lexington Park, Maryland headquarters building.

Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross.

“Our partnership with the ARC is strong,” said Kevin Switick, an owner and president of AVIAN. “We plan to host two blood drive event this year and more in the coming years. Donations received at our event, and others like ours, will increase the availability of life-saving blood needed in the many emergency situations each day.”

AVIAN and the Red Cross urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local hospitals have a supply of blood ready and waiting before an emergency occurs.

Donors of all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative. According to the Red Cross, type O negative is the universal blood type that can be safely transfused to anyone, and is often used to treat trauma patients.

For more information or to make an appointment to donate, please visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code AVIAN LLC.

AVIAN awarded NAVAIR PMA-262 contract


LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – AVIAN LLC was awarded a $34.3M contract to provide engineering and technical services to the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Persistent Maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program Office (PMA-262).

The AVIAN team will provide PMA-262 with services in support of the design, development, test, production, logistic support, operations, field and sustainment of High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) maritime Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to meet Naval Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) requirements.

AVIAN’s team is comprised of American Systems Corp. (ASC), AT&T, Global Technology and Management Resources (GTMR), Integrated Program Solutions, Inc. (IPS), Sabre and Tekla.

This contract win is AVIAN’s tenth prime contract and is part of an ever-growing portfolio of support services for NAVAIR, the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and the Office of Naval Research.

 

For additional information:

Tara Strickland

Director, Communications

tara.strickland@avianllc.com

AVIAN awarded AIR 5.1 T&E contract


LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – AVIAN LLC was awarded a five-year, $63.8M cost-plus fixed-fee, level of effort contract to provide test and evaluation support services to the Naval Air Warfare Center – Aircraft Division’s (NAWCAD) Integrated Systems Evaluation, Experimentation and Test (ISEET) Department (AIR 5.1).

NAWCAD’s AIR 5.1 competency provides the resources for full life-cycle program T&E support from requirements review to the design, planning, execution, evaluation, & reporting of experiments and tests of aircraft, unmanned air vehicles, weapons, weapons systems & integrated warfare systems.

As the returning provider of Contract Support Services for AIR 5.1, the AVIAN team will continue to provide T&E expertise and risk mitigation activities.

“Our team features responsive ‘reach-back’ capabilities and a proven record of direct T&E support across AIR-5.1,” said Greg Griffitt, AVIAN’s AIR 5.1 program manager.

AVIAN’s team is comprised of subcontractors Aviation Systems Engineering Company, Inc. (ASEC); Jahn Corporation; J. F. Taylor, Inc.; KBRwyle; ManTech Advanced Systems International, Inc.; Precise Systems, Inc.; RCW LLC; Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC); and Tekla Research, Inc.

The contracted support for AIR 5.1 includes test program management; Assistant Program Manager for Test and Evaluation, and Lead Test Engineer support; Test Resource Management and Test Information Management support; Flight Test Engineering and Technology Development support; Platform Coordination; and Test Project Management support.

“Our T&E professionals are directly responsible for oversight, direction, and analysis to ensure safe and effective ground and flight test of aviation-related U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Coast Guard acquisition efforts,” Griffitt said.

Moving forward, the AVIAN team seeks to continuously improve its partnership and support of ISEET – expanding participation in the development of test strategies, test methods, and test plans; enhancing test execution and reporting of test results; and innovating with training to sustain the expertise of the AIR-5.1 workforce – all while assisting ISEET as it evolves its T&E processes to meet future requirements.

 

For additional information:

Tara Strickland

Director, Communications

tara.strickland@avianllc.com

 

AVIAN looks west for new growth


Traveling backward may not seem like a way to grow your business, but for AVIAN LLC, traveling backward means winning new work on the West Coast; three hours behind its East Coast operations.

AVIAN is expanding its technical acumen and test and evaluation know-how to the West Coast; specifically, the sunny state of California.

In 2016, AVIAN expanded its T&E customer-base to include the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD) at Naval Air Weapons Station (NAWS) China Lake, California.

“We’ve offered unique T&E solutions to NAWCAD [Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division] for many years and are excited to spread our expertise to the Navy’s West Coast operations,” said Kevin Switick, an owner and president of AVIAN.

NAWCWD is an organization within the Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) dedicated to maintaining a center of excellence in weapons development. NAWCWD has two locations in southern California: China Lake and Point Mugu.

AVIAN’s China Lake employees currently support Air Test and Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX-9) and the H-1 Helicopters Weapons System Support Activity (WSSA) with a variety of technical and other services.

“AVIAN’s roots are in Test and Evaluation, and the AVIAN people who support VX-9 and the H-1 WSSA are carrying on that strong tradition at China Lake,” said John Slaughter, AVIAN’s vice president of business development.

In addition to employees working at China Lake, East Coast-based AVIAN employees often travel to, and work from, the West Coast during NAWCAD testing events for platforms such as the Navy’s MQ-8 Fire Scout; and for workforce development and training classroom instruction through NAVAIR University’s College of Test and Evaluation and College of Interdisciplinary Studies and Leadership.

Several AVIAN employees served on active duty at VX-9 and elsewhere at China Lake, so the area is considered an “old stomping grounds” for a number of its people.

“As we continue to grow in Southern California, we hope to become the go-to small business for creative solutions to business challenges,” Switick said. “We’re ready to roll-up our sleeves and make things happen.”

 

For additional information:

Tara Strickland

Director, Communications

tara.strickland@avianllc.com