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SPA Hosts and Honors Guadalcanal Veteran

ALEXANDRIA, VA - SPA honors Technical Sargent Theodore R. Marolda, Guadalcanal Veteran, and all U.S. Marines as the USMC celebrates its 242nd birthday. TSgt recently visited SPA and the Washington DC area and we were honored to spend time with him and learn about his actions and sacrifices on behalf of this nation.

Here is a video, which includes comments from TSgt Marolda, honoring the USMC on its 242nd birthday.

SPA to Support Office of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Capabilities Office

ALEXANDRIA, VA - Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (SPA) was awarded a contract to support Analysis and Assessment Services for the Office of the Secretary of Defense Strategic Capabilities Office (SCO).

SPA will conduct Naval and Joint Warfare Analysis, Concept of Operations (CONOPS) development and provide expertise in identifying and analyzing strategic and operational military value of new technologies or alternative applications of current technologies.

“The Department of Defense continues to strengthen its capabilities to address current and future threats,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA President and CEO. “Our team will use their experience and analytical capabilities to help the SCO evaluate the military utility of potential initiatives.”

The $3.2M contract was issued by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific.

SPA Expands to New Office in Washington D.C.

ALEXANDRIA, VA - Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (SPA) recently opened a new satellite office at Maritime Plaza in Washington D.C.

The office, which will primarily be used by our Strategic Operations and Security Division, is located across the street from the Washington Navy Yard. The new offices feature offices and a secure room for storage of classified material. The state-of-the-art conference room includes touch screen monitors and projectors, which can display data from multiple devices.

“SPA continues to look for ways to support our customers in the Department of Defense, and specifically those in the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs offices,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA President and CEO. “We are excited to provide additional support facilities for all our clients and the conference room can be used as an adaptable, electronic war room when our customers want to conduct strategy sessions.”

The new facility is located on 12th Street in Southeast Washington D.C.

SPA to support Department of Defense Innovation Efforts

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (SPA) received a $26 million contract to support the Department of Defense’s Research, Development, and Acquisition Task Force (RDA TF) and the Office of Net Technical Assessment (ONTA).

SPA has supported the RDA TF and ONTA for the last six years, conducting analysis and net technical assessments for the Department of Defense. As the Office of the Secretary of Defense reorganizes to support the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (USD (R&E)), SPA will continue to deliver expert analysis and assessment supporting ONTA, providing products and services to inform senior decision makers within USD (R&E).

“As the Department of Defense stands up the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering organization we are honored to support their goal to drive innovation and accelerate the advancement of the United States’ warfighting capability,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA President and CEO. “We thank the Department of Defense for allowing us to support them for the past six years and we look forward to continuing this successful partnership.”

The contract is the company’s largest Task Order award under SPA’s Analytical and Technical Services Support (ATSS) multiple award IDIQ prime contract.

SPA Announces ISO 9001:2015 Certification

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (SPA) announced Wednesday it received ISO (International Organization for Standardization) 9001:2015 certification after an independent registrar conducted the registration audit last month.

ISO 9001 is a quality management standard that assists service providers and companies meet customer satisfaction standards, work more efficiently, and enhance quality control processes. During the audit, SPA’s Quality Management System was found to fully meet all ISO 9001:2015 standards. Annually, surveillance audits will be conducted to ensure continual compliance with the standards.

“SPA has always strived to provide unrivaled technical and analytical support to our clients, who are national security decision makers,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA’s President and CEO. “ISO 9001:2015 will help us further improve our internal processes and customer support, and continue to ensure we provide superior advice, analysis and products as we grow the company and expand into new markets.”

ISO is the world’s largest developer and publisher of international standards, and ISO 9001:2015 defines the requirements for Quality Management Systems. Using common standards aids in the design of quality products and services and increases business productivity and customer satisfaction. The management standards of the ISO 9001:2015 certification are observed by more than one million companies in more than 170 countries worldwide.

SPA Names Rear Admiral Brad Williamson as Director of Strategic Initiatives

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (SPA) has named Rear Admiral (USN, Ret.) Brad Williamson as Director, Strategic Initiatives, effective September 18, 2017. RDML Williamson will focus his efforts on growing SPA’s client base and expanding its teaming opportunities. RDML Williamson brings extensive experience in strategic planning, program management, Naval platform and weapon system assessment and cost analysis, budget planning and execution, and global maritime operations. RDML Williamson was formerly the founder and CEO of MVSEA, a consulting firm he established to assist Small Businesses in developing sound Strategic Plans. RDML Williamson’s last position on active duty was as the Commandant of the Joint Forces Staff College in Norfolk, VA. In this position, he led the Department of Defense’s Graduate Level School responsible for providing Whole of Government Strategic and Operational Planning education to senior officers and civilians, via in class, satellite program, and hybrid teaching methodologies.

“Rear Admiral Williamson’s leadership, as well as his understanding of the Department of Defense’s acquisition process will provide tremendous benefits to SPA as we continue to grow our company,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA’s President and CEO. “We are fortunate to welcome Rear Admiral Williamson to our management team.”

During his extensive career as a surface warfare officer, RDML Williamson served on nine different ship classes and commanded at-sea in every rank from Lieutenant through Rear Admiral, commanding USS Thunderbolt (PC 12), USS Porter (DDG 78), Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2, and Standing NATO Maritime Group Two. With NATO, he led NATO’s largest force ever into the Black Sea at a time of increased tensions and executed NATO’s largest ever Anti-submarine exercise, Dynamic Mongoose 2015. He also served as chief of staff, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2/Theodore Roosevelt Strike Group; and as chief of staff, Naval Striking and Support Forces NATO.

Ashore, he most notably served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E), as the Lead Cost Analyst for the development of Defense Emergency Response Funds (DERF)/Cost of War (COW) supplemental funding for the Department of Defense after 9/11. He also served as the executive assistant in OPNAV N81 (Naval Assessments), OPNAV N86 (Surface Warfare), and as executive assistant to the Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command.

SPA Names Wesley C. Blankinship Vice President of Emerging Markets and Advanced Technologies

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (SPA) has named Wesley C. Blankinship Vice President, Emerging Markets and Advanced Technologies effective September 6, 2017. Mr. Blankinship brings significant experience in new business capture and professional services support to government clients and most recently served as a Senior Vice President within the Government Services business unit at Belcan, which acquired Schafer Corporation this year. In his position, he had profit and loss responsibility for a portfolio of geographically distributed, highly technical personnel supporting programs that exceeded $150M in annual revenue. His customers included the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, Energy, and State and the National Security Agency.

Prior to the acquisition by Belcan, he worked at Schafer Corporation for more than 12 years. During his tenure with Schafer, he worked his way up from a Project Management Support Specialist to Senior Program Manager, then General Manager for their Scientific, Engineering, and Technical Assistance support within the Homeland Security and Civil markets. His final role of Senior Vice President for the company’s National Security Solutions Sector encompassed the entirety of Schafer’s technical advisory services portfolio. Along the way, he increased the size of contract teams, positioned the company to win prime contracts, captured new business and expanded their services to new markets.

“Wes brings a wealth of experience and proven success in business development, portfolio management and support to government clients,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA’s President and CEO. “We are very excited to have someone of Wes’ caliber and integrity join the SPA team and help us continue to grow the company.”

Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., provides timely and objective analysis and integrated technical, operational, programmatic, policy, and business solutions in support of important national objectives. SPA’s distinguished reputation for over 45 years is based on high caliber work supporting national security and national defense customers. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, SPA has offices and personnel around the country. Our employees have expertise in an array of domains including: Air, Surface, and Undersea Warfare and Operations, Nuclear Deterrence, Safety, and Security, Radar and Sensor Systems, Ballistic Missile Systems, Integrated Air and Missile Defense, Department of Defense Acquisition Processes, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Systems, Unmanned Systems, Space Systems, Improvised Threats and Analytic Software Development. To learn more about SPA, please visit www.spa.com and connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

General Ronald Keys joins SPA Board of Directors

Alexandria, VA – September 2017: Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., (SPA) is pleased to welcome General Ronald Keys (USAF, Ret.), to the SPA Board of Directors. Gen. Keys spent 40 years in the United States Air Force, retiring as the commander of Air Combat Command and the Air Component Commander for U.S. Joint Forces Command. As the ACC Commander, Gen. Keys was responsible for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment. Through his Air Force career, Gen. Keys commanded at all levels of Air Force leadership, was the first commander of the Air Force Doctrine Center and was a command pilot with more than 4,000 flying hours.

“General Keys brings extensive experience in the DoD acquisition process, security, unmanned aerial systems, irregular warfare, cyber, organizational management, military operations and wargaming strategies,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA CEO and President.

Gen. Keys has consulted for SPA for several years providing operational context for work SPA has done for the Office of the Secretary of Defense and for pilot experience-level studies SPA has done for Air Combat Command. “General Keys is a great addition to the SPA Board of Directors and I am very much looking forward to working with him moving forward. His experience will be invaluable as we provide world-class support to our current clients and explore new opportunities,” Dr. Vantine said.

In addition to his ownership of RK Solution Enterprises, LLC, Gen. Keys is the Chair of CNA’s Advisory Board on DoD Energy and Climate Change; member of the Center for Climate and Security Advisory Board; member of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Board of Trustees; and member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition’s National Security Advisory Council.

SPA awarded $94M contract to provide Engineering and Technical Support for NAVSEA PEO IWS 2.0 Above Water Sensors Program

Alexandria, VA – July 2017: Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) received a $94 million follow-on prime contract award with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Program Executive Office, Integrated Warfare Systems (PEO IWS). As part of the contract, SPA will help the Above Water Sensors Program Office (known as PEO IWS 2.0) develop and field state of the art above water sensors for the U.S. Navy. PEO IWS 2.0 is responsible for development, fielding and sustaining radar, electronic warfare, decoy, electro-optical sensor systems and Directed Energy systems for U.S. Navy surface ships.

“PEO IWS 2.0 enhances the U.S. Navy’s flexibility and capability while increasing warfighter diversity against the evolving threats facing our armed services,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA President and CEO . “SPA will deploy domain expertise in advanced sensor systems to assist the Navy in delivering these complex systems to the fleet.”

This third quarter 2017 award is a cost-plus-incentive-fee contract, with a base year and four one-year options and represents follow-on work for SPA. For more information about SPA, please visit www.spa.com.

SPA Celebrates 45 Years in Business

Alexandria, VA – July 2017: Today Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., celebrates 45 years in business supporting America’s National Defense.

On July 28, 1972, Phillip Lantz incorporated Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., with three employees working primarily with the U.S. Navy, leading major technical support programs for the Strategic Systems Programs. Over the next four decades, SPA grew into a company dedicated to serving the Nation, doing important work, and always executing it with the utmost rigor, integrity and candor. In the interim years, SPA has expanded its customer base and experience to cover a wide range of missions and clients in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Energy.

“Through Phil’s strong leadership and the dedicated contributions of many hundreds of SPA employees past and present, SPA built a hard-earned reputation as a trusted advisor that stayed focused on our clients’ missions while doing business the right way. Today, we carry on that tradition of excellence and remain committed to performing important work for our Nation’s most important programs and doing so the right way all the time,” said Dr. William Vantine, President and CEO of SPA.

“Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc., provides timely and objective analysis and integrated technical, operational, programmatic, policy, and business solutions in support of important national objectives. SPA’s distinguished reputation for over 45 years is based on high caliber work supporting national security and national defense customers. Headquartered in Alexandria, Virginia, we have offices and personnel around the country. Our employees have expertise in an array of domains including Air, Surface, and Undersea Warfare and Operations, Nuclear Deterrence, Safety, and Security, Radar and Sensor Systems, Ballistic Missile Systems, Integrated Air and Missile Defense, Department of Defense Acquisition Processes, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Systems, Unmanned Systems, Space Systems, and Improvised Threats and Analytic Software Development. To learn more about SPA, please visit www.spa.com or connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

SPA Selected as a 2017 Washington Post Top Workplace

Top Work Places in 2017Alexandria, VA – June 2017: For the fourth year in a row, Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA), has been named a Top Workplace by The Washington Post.

The Washington Post’s 2017 Top Workplaces are determined based on feedback collected via an employee survey conducted by the independent research firm Workplace Dynamics, LLC. The results identify the top 150 organizations based on survey responses compared to similarly sized companies in the region.

SPA received high ratings on leadership engagement, work environment, company values and culture, pay and benefits, work-life balance and business development.

“On behalf of the entire SPA team, I am honored to accept this recognition from the Washington Post as a Top Workplace in the DC area,” said SPA President and CEO Dr. William Vantine. “At its foundation, SPA is a people company, so this acknowledgment is especially meaningful because it is the result of direct feedback from our employees. They are the reason for our success and I could not be prouder of their talent and commitment to delivering quality service to our clients.”

“We believe in recruiting high quality staff, providing a professional work environment, a strong compensation and benefits package, and the opportunity for individual initiative. Our high-quality staff blends professional skills and experience with personal initiative and integrity to provide clients with creative, relevant and high-quality work,” he said. “I am tremendously proud that SPA has been selected as a Top Workplace for the fourth year in a row.”

For more information contact Brenda Campbell at bcampbell@spa.com.

SPA Names Alan R. Stewart Chief Financial Officer

Alan Stewart, SPA CFOAlexandria, VA – October 2016: Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. has named Alan R. Stewart Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer effective October 24, 2016.

Mr. Stewart is a highly respected senior executive with deep experience in management, tax, investor relations, finance, accounting, and mergers and acquisitions for public and private companies. Prior to joining SPA, Mr. Stewart was the CFO for Vistronix, where he oversaw the integration of multiple acquisitions, facilitated sales of the company’s equity, and implemented new organizational structures. Before that, Mr. Stewart served as the CFO for Oceus Networks and ICF International, whose annual revenue grew six fold during his tenure. In 2010, the Northern Virginia Technology Council selected Mr. Stewart as a finalist for the Greater Washington Technology CFO Award in the Public Company CFO of the Year category.

“We are very excited to have someone of Alan’s caliber and integrity join the SPA team,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA’s President and CEO. “He brings a wealth of experience and proven success in budgeting and forecasting, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, and management and leadership to our team.”

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