Superior technology development and transition for tomorrow's warfighter
Through its Advanced Research Group (ARG), SPC supports government scientists in the development and support of survivable military assets and associated enabling technologies. The largest of its three divisions, SPC's ARG is largely centered on DARPA and IARPA research programs, and has expertise that spans system and component level development and integration for large and small defense systems designed for sea, land, air, or space applications.
ARG provides technology development solutions and complementary program management and systems engineering services in support of mission-critical technological programs and modern defense initiatives. Its applications span numerous defense department requirements, including sensors, lasers, robots, unmanned systems, chemical and biological defense tools, solid-state devices, electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) devices, communications systems, signal processing, digital and mixed-signal circuits, data communication through novel devices and circuits, and power production and conversion matched to system needs. ARG is composed of five functional areas:
SPC's ARG is recognized for its comprehensive ability to take new technology ideas from concept formulation and build to system development and acquisition. SPC's scientists and program analysts specialize in evaluating requirements and developing responsive plans, building prototype technology, and conducting engineering and system analyses, tests, and evaluations. The company has successfully managed advanced technology and systems programs through all stages of maturity, from fundamental scientific, technology, and algorithm development to component design, fabrication, and validation through systems integration, testing, demonstration, and transition. As a result of this success, DARPA, the Office of the Secretary of Defense, international defense agencies, military services, associated research laboratories, and commercial contractors continue to seek SPC's critical expertise in transitioning technology programs successfully for future defense initiatives.
SPC's staff of engineers, scientists, business, and administrative personnel within ARG is recognized for providing high quality and comprehensive SETA consulting services to DARPA and other defense research and technology development organizations.
SPC provides technical support to DARPA program managers on multiple projects spanning several disciplines. SPC assists in the process of developing new DARPA programs by actively engaging with the technical community on research with state-of-the-art technology conceptualization and analysis of the current technical landscape to identify new opportunities. Additional duties include creating drafts of various documents such as new start, source selection, and program review briefings, and helping maintain existing programs within DARPA. Other activities include: drafting Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs), Program Approval Documents (PADs), and interfacing with program performers to discuss program progress and other technical matters. SPC also serves as an SME on proposal reviews; develops Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs), Program Approval Documents (PADs), Program Office Memorandum (POM) documents, and DARPA Weekly Activity Reports (WARs); prepares scientific review presentations; and serves as liaison with DARPA program performers to ensure adherence. The technical team provides experience in system engineering, system analysis, modeling, field test and evaluation, and Service transition.
With its diverse, multidisciplinary technical background, the SPC team leads testing of robotics technologies by coordinating with military installations to schedule testing locations, draft test plans and standard operating procedures, collect data measurements, and conduct post-test analyses. SPC designed and implemented a unique test facility and measurement and data processing techniques to evaluate software developed by the ARM performers. The company worked closely with military and government organizations to coordinate, develop, and monitor requirements. The SPC team operates the rapid-prototyping equipment installed in the testing facility, allowing for full 3D scans of test objects along with the ability to create modified versions of existing objects or to generate novel objects for testing and evaluation. In addition, SPC team members routinely serve as the interface between the test range operators and the government team, providing a single point of contact for any issues or questions.
The range of this support encompasses basic research through technology transition and five thrust areas and their respective programs supported by SPC are expanded upon below: Advanced Microsystems, Advanced Platforms, Advanced Space Systems, Advanced Weapon Systems, and Advanced Wireless Systems and Sensors.