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SPA Expands Capability with New Hire

Photo of Bill AdamsonMarch 2014 – Bill Adamson recently joined SPA as Director, Joint Planning and Strategic Landpower Analysis. Adamson brings to SPA 30 years of experience in strategy and plans development in the effective use of landpower for national security. He recently transitioned to SPA from a US Army career that provided extensive experience in joint and combined military planning, counterinsurgency, and counter IED operations.

Adamson’s experience and capabilities will expand SPA’s current portfolio in the areas of joint operations focused on ground combat and employment of the land component, according to CEO Kirk Donald. “I’ve asked Bill to help us bring SPA capabilities to bear to help decision makers in the U.S. Army, U.S. Special Operations Command, U.S. Marine Corps, Joint Staff, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense,” said Donald. “SPA is widely known and respected for rigorous, high-quality analysis and solutions that address leadership’s most challenging problems. Considering the array of challenges in the national security field, Bill Adamson and the SPA team have a great opportunity to make a significant contribution.”

SPA CEO Featured in Washington Post

January 2014 – SPA President and CEO Kirk Donald was profiled in a recent “New at the Top” in the Washington Post. Read the article here.

SPA Names Kirk Donald President and CEO

Photo of Kirk DonaldJan. 6, 2014 -- The Board of Directors of Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) has named Kirkland H. Donald as President and CEO.

Retired Navy Admiral Kirk Donald joined SPA as Executive Vice President in June 2013 after a 37-year career in the U.S. Navy. His last assignment, for eight years, was Director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion and Deputy Administrator, National Nuclear Security Administration’s Naval Reactors. Prior to that, he served as Commander of the U.S. Submarine Forces.

Having founded SPA in 1972, Phillip E. Lantz, President and CEO of SPA for 41 years, will continue as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Under his leadership, the three-person company grew to a $100M per year organization, providing decision support for national security programs through the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Energy.

SPA Helps USMC Design Future Force

December 2013 – An article written by USMC Commandant Gen. James T. Amos cited SPA as a contributor to recent work by a USMC-led Working Group focused on designing the Marine Corps force of the future. We have reprinted the article here with permission of the Marine Corps Gazette. (Copyright retained by the Marine Corps Gazette.)

SPA Awarded N81 World Class Modeling Contract

Nov. 19, 2013 – SPA was awarded a cost-plus-fixed-fee, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide world class modeling and simulation services in support of the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) Assessment Division (N81).

The services are for systems engineering, model development and research, model modification and improvements, and model testing, transition, and demonstration support. The models support OPNAV in the areas of warfighting, manpower, and fleet readiness. SPA is the prime for the contract with five sub-contractors: Sonalysts, Inc., Concept Analysis and Integration LLC (CAI), Innovative Decisions, Inc., ProModel Corporation, and Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).

Sub League Honors Phil Lantz for more than 50 Years of Contributions

Oct. 28, 2013 -- Phillip E. Lantz, founder and long-time President and CEO of Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA), was honored Oct. 24 for more than 50 years of personal contributions to the US Navy submarine programs. Lantz is currently SPA’s Chairman of the Board.

The Naval Submarine League presented Lantz with the Distinguished Civilian Award at their annual symposium banquet. The award recognizes “the personal contributions of a government or industry individual whose contributions have been of extraordinary value to the success of the Navy submarine program.”