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Common Strategic Electronic Parts

Yancy Wharton

The Common Strategic Electronic Parts (CSEP) application (CSEP-DB) truly gives the government the power to manage its technological baseline. By providing a highly available, highly secure, and high data integrity instance of the application, there is no longer a need to rummage for part data from external sources. Collaboration should be simple and standard, with human readable data exchanges the norm. Instead of requiring hunting and collection of random data exchange formats from services, programs, and contractors, an Inter-Service instance of CSEP-DB (denoted as ISSEP-DB) will hold all qualified/production part data, shareable to any participating service or program. Data can be exported in Microsoft Excel files for reporting and/or importing purposes allowing part data import into other instances of the CSEP-DB. Files can optionally be password protected with SHA-256 encryption for added security.

CSEP-DB’s flexible and intuitive design provides a low maintenance solution for managing any part type – radiation-hardened or other. Users can dynamically manage part technologies and attributes, providing the ability to start managing any part type at any time as well as allowing new part attributes to be managed – all within minutes. This is all accomplished through the application’s web-based interface with zero developer involvement – no coding or database changes – required.

In early proposal and design phases, data integrity in legacy systems was noted as being poor. Frequent misspellings, duplicate entries, mismatching units of measurement all rampant.  To combat these issues CSEP-DB provides data validation and integrity checks at every input juncture. Part data attributes are validated according to their input type. Numeric values are validated against minimum, maximum, and step values. Text fields are validated against character length constraints, and dropdown values are validated against prepopulated, but fully configurable within the interface, lists of values. Units of measurement are displayed at each input juncture to help ensure standards exist. Data entry is also restricted to defined, but dynamically managed, individuals who provide final validation after automated tools flag out of limit and other potential invalid data.

Optional and configurable access controls provide the ability to segregate data from multiple sub-programs (such as a program’s segments) within a single instance of CSEP-DB. This means multiple organizations can use a single CSEP-DB instance and either allow or disallow other organizations from viewing their data. While the ISSEP-DB instance can impose these sharing rules, the feature is completely optional and designed for CSEP-DB instances at a non-qualified part level where sharing of qualified parts is of little concern, but protecting preproduction parts may be.

The application only requires Windows Server and Microsoft SQL Server to operate. The application has been successfully tested on local Windows Servers as well as cloud-based providers, such as DISA’s milCloud environment (and soon Amazon AWS). Cloud hosting is not required, but provides scaling, flexibility, and high availability without local IT department involvement managing server performance, size, and security.

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Radiation Hardened Electronics Technology conference in Melbourne, FL on November 5-6, 2019

Yancy Wharton

STS Project Manager, Scott Lenart, attended the 2019 RHET in Melbourne, FL. The Radiation Hardened Electronics Technology conference (RHET) is an annual conference for the entire space avionics community, with presentations oriented towards requirements, plans, and programs for the space and missile electronic systems technology base. The Common Strategic Electronic Parts (CSEP) application was presented and demoed as the “Strategic Radiation Hardened Electronics Parts Library” dedicated for the SRHEC (Strategic RAD-Hard Electronics Council). CSEP was chosen as the application to fulfill SRHEC’s charter for a common parts tracking tool. The presentation and demo were well-received by the council and the other conference attendees.

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STS Joins the International Council on Systems Engineering

Yancy Wharton

STS is now a member of the International Council on Systems Engineering. As a part of this innovative organization STS now has:

  • Access to Systems Engineering SMEs, affording an avenue to collaborate and network
  • Access to Systems Engineering tutorials & training, allowing us to develop employees in SE proficiency
  • Systems Engineering certification – instant credibility for vetting by potential and current customers
  • Corporate Advisory Board membership (c/p from INCOSE)

Benefits of INCOSE Corporate Advisory Board

  • Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) membership allows your company to guide the direction of the discipline.
  • Employees can gain access to the state-of-the-art products.
  • Align with peers and fellow industry leaders, grow your global footprint, and learn about how other industry leaders are applying Systems Engineering to solve business problems.

INCOSE is the place for accessing the value of Systems Engineering for organizations and individuals. INCOSE produces state-of-the-art work products that further the discipline, leading to improvements in productivity and effectiveness. INCOSE also collaborates with several organizations to increase its impact with members serving as experts to influence products and standards.

With over 18,000 members and more than 70 chapters in over 35 countries around the globe, INCOSE is the standard for the advancement of systems engineering. Our members drive the discipline forward, developing state-of-the-art solutions and products for their customers. They solve real-world problems and save time and money in the process. INCOSE relies on industry and academic guidance to shape the future direction of Systems Engineering through the Corporate Advisory Board.

INCOSE believes in a better world through a systems approach, and we bring this to bear by facilitating collaborations among our members: international experts in government, industry and academia. INCOSE members improve system performance, drive change, and make a lasting impact on the world of systems engineering.

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STS launches their fourth mobile application developed for the FDA

Yancy Wharton

STS designed and developed the Drugs@FDA Express mobile application for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. On this mobile app, the public can search for information about FDA-approved brand and generic prescription and over-the-counter human drugs and biological therapeutic products. The FDA currently operates the Drugs@FDA webpage, which includes information about drug products approved by the agency, including patient information, drug labeling, approval letters, reviews and other information. The Drugs@FDA Express mobile app is a streamlined version of Drugs@FDA, allowing users to search on their mobile devices for certain product information based on product name, active ingredient or application number using a single search box. Some information (like labeling supplements and approval letters) won’t be available on the app, but can be found on the Drugs@FDA webpage.

The app will also feature the most recent product approvals, within seven days, links to the Drugs@FDA glossary and frequently asked questions. It will also provide contact information for the FDA’s Division of Drug Information, druginfo@fda.hhs.gov.

This free mobile app can be downloaded via iTunes (for Apple devices) and the Google Play store (for Android devices).

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U.S. Forest Service renews STS support for RIDB

Yancy Wharton

STS’ Recreation Information Database (RIDB) Team was recently awarded a bridge contract for an additional 7-months of support to the U.S. Forest Service. STS is also part of the winning team for the next iteration of Recreation One Stop (R1S), an interagency partnership among federal agencies to provide reservation services, sharable data, and recreation trip-planning tools for federal lands and waters across the United States.

Nsite, which was acquired by and subsequently merged into STS, hosts and is currently making enhancements to the U.S. Forest Service’s Recreation Information Database (RIDB), a multi-user, cloud-based enterprise geospatial system. RIDB integrates data from a variety of Federal sources and partner organizations to provide the public with searchable and sharable information about U.S. National Parks and Federal recreation activities. It contains detailed records for more than 119,000 Federal recreation areas, facilities, campsites, tours and permit entrances. RIDB can be accessed at https://ridb.recreation.gov

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STS Wins $34M contract with U.S. Army’s TARDEC

Yancy Wharton

Strategic Technical Services was awarded a $34,237,879 cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for web-enabled services in support of U.S. Army’s Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) in Warren, Michigan. The first of several anticipated task orders was issued at the time of award in the amount of $489,964, with FY17 research, development, test, and evaluation funds. Members of the STS team have been supporting TARDEC since 2008.  The team functions as Process Architects, Developers, Project Managers, Technical Architects, Customer Leads, System Administrators, and Subject Matter Experts for Windchill and various business processes enabled at TARDEC and other Army locations. These business processes include: Change and Configuration Management, Bill of Materials Management, CAD Data Management, Milestone Decision Authority, and Secondary Item Acquisition, also known as Tech Loop. Work under this effort will be performed in Warren, Michigan, with an estimated completion date of June 28, 2022. 

For additional information on this support, contact our VP of Strategic Partnerships, Mike Bristol.

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STS team at the 14th Biannual Nuclear Triad and Advanced Conventional Strike Symposium – NSWC Crane

Yancy Wharton

STS joined industry leaders in strategic nuclear modernization for the 14th Biannual Nuclear Triad and Advanced Conventional Strike Symposium at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane (NSWC Crane) in Odon, IN.

Discussions generated from DoD and industry leaders included plans to modernize US systems through cost effective collaborative solutions for the U.S. nuclear deterrent and strategies to ensure best practices are incorporated into every facet of the program.

STS currently provides support to several divisions at NSWC Crane, including:

  • Systems engineering support to enable the Strategic Missions Systems Engineering Division (GXT) in its role as an independent government agent, to increase program efficiencies and reduce risk in Navy Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) System Integration and Coordination activities
  • Support to the Platform and Launch Systems Division (GXP) through engineering and technical investigations on various equipment for programs supported by GXP such as the Strategic Systems Program (SSP) Intra-Facility Transportation Equipment (IFTE), Trident I (C4) and Trident II (D5) submarine based Missile Test and Readiness Equipment, Ohio and Ohio Replacement Program (ORP), Advanced Launcher Development Program (ALDP) support equipment; and
  • Engineering, technical and program management support services in support of the Navy’s Strategic Systems Programs (SSP), including development of a Lifecycle Management Tool (LMT), which evolved into the “Common Strategic Electronic Parts Program” (CSEPP)
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Strategic Technical Services now DCAA-Approved

Yancy Wharton

Strategic Technical Services has received notice from the Defense Contract Audit Agency (DCAA) of our successful audit. STS’ accounting system is now approved and acceptable for the award of prospective government contracts.

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STS Wins award with U.S. Army AATD

Yancy Wharton

STS was awarded a contract with the U.S. Army Aviation Development Directorate – Aviation Applied Technology Directorate (AATD) to upgrade their systems  from Windchill 10.0 to Windchill 11.0. This work also included follow-on development activities to expand the use of Windchill at AATD to leverage the capabilities of the Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tool.

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New CFO joins the STS team

Yancy Wharton

Mr. Rich Castellano joins the STS team as Chief Financial Officer. In this new capacity he will oversee all financial and accounting operations, manage the STS budget, and ensure DCAA best practices are continually refined and applied throughout the STS framework. 

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