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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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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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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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Nsite develops and delivers FDA’s first mobile application

Yancy Wharton

Today, HHS’ Food and Drug Administration launched their first mobile application – the “Drug Shortages” app, now available for both iOS and Android devices. The app allows users to browse and sign-up to receive real-time updates on information regarding drug shortages, as well as report drug shortages to the FDA. Search features also allow users to explore the data via a drug name, category, and active ingredients. This application was developed to improve access to information about drug shortages, as part of the FDA’s goals established in the Strategic Plan for Preventing and Mitigating Drug Shortages.

To install the app, choose the link for your device:

Drug shortages mobile app for Apple devices

Drug shortages mobile app for Android devices

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HHS launches new web-based Procurement Forecast tool

Yancy Wharton

Health and Human Service’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization’s new web-based procurement tool is now live and can be accessed at http://procurementforecast.hhs.gov/. Nsite designed and developed the “Procurement Forecast Data Repository” (PFDR) in collaboration with HHS stakeholders to deliver a fully- customized solution, inclusive of 508-accessibility and single sign-on for HHS users.

The web-based tool will allow HHS’ 11 operational divisions to capture forecasted opportunities in a consolidated, customizable repository and facilitate vendor’s access to potential procurements. The PFDR is consistent with HHS’s strategic Enterprise Architecture (EA) policies, guidelines and IT infrastructure.

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STS on winning team for Conventional Prompt Strike Contract

STS is a partner on the winning team for the hypersonics program under the Office of the Secretary Defense. STS will provide engineering support and other SME in support of the CPS program specifically to the U.S. Navy’s SSP office.

The CPS Program at SSP is
developing a non-nuclear hypersonic weapon system. This Navy-designed,
-developed, and -produced hypersonic missile will enable precise and
timely strike capability in contested environments.

Hypersonic weapons – capable of flying at speeds greater than
five times the speed of sound (Mach 5) – are highly maneuverable and
operate at varying altitudes, providing the warfighter with an ability
to strike targets hundreds and even thousands of miles away, in a matter
of minutes.

The Navy CPS-developed common hypersonic missile is composed of a
hypersonic glide body that travels to target at hypersonic speed and
booster that launches the glide body into initial flight. The missile
will be fielded by both Navy and Army, which will each develop
service-specific weapon systems and launchers tailored for use from land
and sea.

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Strategic Partnership with Rose-Hulman

STS is partnered with Rose Hulman, an engineering school located in Fort Wayne, IN, to support interns and recent college graduates as they enter the workforce.  STS has attended career fairs at Rose Hulman for several years and welcomed qualified candidates for both internship and engineering positions.  STS is working with Rose Hulman in order to augment classroom instruction and training for MBSE (Model Based Systems Engineering).

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STS is a member of the IN3 OTA

IN3 (Indiana Innovation Institute) works with academia, industry and government to create a hub of national security innovation that helps solve critical defense priorities. We are building an ecosystem of economic growth that is speeding new investment and advancing partnerships, jobs and the talent pool in Indiana. The Governor, major university presidents and CEOs serve on their board. IN3 connects regional, state and national partners through a variety of means. This includes convening research and business teams to solve emerging technical challenges for the DoD.
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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 consortium providing support via the NSTXL Consortium

As a member of NSTXL, STS has access to two additional avenues to provide access for their customers – the S2MARTS and TReX OTAs.

The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division and the Department of Defense (DoD) created the Strategic and Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S2MARTS) OTA. The S2MARTS OTA (pronounced “SMARTS”) is designed to refine strategies, management planning activities, and implement integrated, complementary solutions that enable broader Department of Defense (DoD) access to commercial state-of-the-art EMS technologies, advanced microelectronics, radiation-hardened (RAD-HARD) and strategic missions hardware (HW).

The Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX) expedites development, demonstration, and delivery of prototypes to increase Warfighter readiness. With a focus on modeling, simulation, and training, TReX provides the United States Government with an agile mechanism to iterate and refine critical technologies to keep pace with ongoing and emerging challenges. By actively incorporating structured operational user feedback, TReX will identify and develop innovative solutions to inform materiel procurement requirements and acquisition.