Unmanned Systems Integration

CaVU Consulting Inc. provides Unmanned Systems Integration to the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense (DoD). To fully realize the potential UAS can bring to the Navy and the Nation, they must be fully integrated with existing and future ship and shore systems. This represents a significant shift away from stove-piped, fully vertically integrated systems which result in “vendor lock” and limited integration with Navy and DoD networks and intelligence systems. CaVU provides technical and program management Subject Matter Expert Integrator capabilities across U.S. Navy and DoD shipboard, tactical and enterprise systems.

Services Include:

  • Automated Digital Network Services (ADNS) specifications, technical development, network architecture development and unmanned systems requirements integration
  • Airborne Networking Tactical Systems development and integration
  • Unmanned Systems unique Cyber Security analysis and Risk Management Framework execution 
  • Unmanned Systems Performance Specification and Interface Requirements Specification development and refinement
  • Operational and Interface Functional Architecture development, future manning requirements
  • Unmanned Systems sensor data flows/exploitation planning
  • Unmanned Systems CONEMP/CONOP development and fleet introduction
  • Navy and DOD intel systems such as DCGS-N/SSEE integration and data exploitation workflows
  • Advanced Development support to including interfacing with program office IPTs, NAVAIR, NAWCAD, PEO(U&W), Fleet, FFRDCs and ONR personnel and to advise leadership on unmanned system and Fleet capability gaps which can be filled by technology

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Program/Acquisition Management

We understand the evolutionary process associated with the acquisition life cycle and apply our expertise to ensure that cost effective and supportable solutions are provided in a timely manner. CaVU provides acquisition and program management support as part of our advisory and assistance services to numerous DoD organizations. We provide full life cycle program support, from inception during the Materiel Solution Analysis through post-production Operations. This support is often provided as an on-site capability within Government facilities to augment existing DoD program, project, and product management offices in the development, test, acquisition, and distribution of their respective programs. CaVU personnel benefit our customers by working side-by-side with their Government counterparts in integrated product teams to develop sound acquisition strategies and plans that deliver products to the Government within the established and approved cost, schedule, and performance baseline.

Our analysts and integrators are able to provide sound advisory services because of their acquisition workforce credentials and experience. 

Services include:

  • Development and Implementation of Acquisition Plans and Strategies
  • Development of Procurement/Solicitation Documentation
  • Test and Evaluation Coordination
  • Integrated Logistics Support Assessments
  • Preparation of Documentation for Critical Milestone Reviews in Accordance with DoD and the Individual Service’s Policy and Guidance 

Tactical Networks Engineering/Architecture

CaVU Consulting, Inc. has a unique set of qualified, professionally certified network engineers with multi-year technical “deck-plate” experience supporting Navy Tactical Networks and associated long-haul IP transport systems. We have the capability to guide, develop and implement Tactical Network solutions, and to integrate advanced technology within traditional tactical network designs.  

Our Navy-veteran network engineers possess the perfect mix of current technological know-how plus real-world experience supporting maritime networks.  They are known for their contributions to many successful engineering efforts developing tactical networks for UAS vehicles, control stations and the IP transport paths between them.  

Our personnel have a proven track record of advising and assisting all levels of Program staff and Project Engineers as well as ship’s technicians from the IT Seaman to the ship’s Combat Systems Officer.  CaVU’s network engineers truly understand the environment within which Navy Tactical Networks must succeed.

Services Include:

  • Development of high-level network specifications, to include Capability Based Assessments (CBA), Analysis of Alternatives (AoA), Initial Capability Documents (ICD), Capability Development Document (CDD) and Capability Production Document (CPD)
  • Creation of derived requirements for networks (“Tier” 1-5 documents), based on the above high-level specification documents
  • Field-experienced advice on designing/developing technologically sound, safe, testable, sustainable and affordable increments of capabilities
  • Engineering support to research and development of networks and associated communications systems
  • Integration of tactical networks via interfaces with external sensors, other networks, IP transport and associated communications systems
  • Integration of new network capabilities into Navy-specific environments such as CANES, ISNS, ADNS (Afloat Tactical Networks), STACC, etc.
  • Integration of Tactical Networks with long-haul IP transport such as DISN IPT-PE and commercial or military SATCOM (WGS, MUOS, Global eXpress HCB, etc.)
  • Integration of tactical systems with enterprise network services such as IP telephony, Navy-Enterprise CND, DISA’s UVDS & GBS, etc. 
  • Lab-level network engineering and test planning, execution and documentation
  • Field/afloat installation, configuration and on-site support for network testing and integration events
  • Configuration Management of network artifacts such as: topology diagrams; IP addresses, subnetworks & VLAN schemes; network device configuration files; Ports Protocols and Services Matrix; firewall rulesets; and security policy config files.
  • Support to Cybersecurity efforts including Risk Management Framework authorization packages, compliance checks (e.g., STIGs), vulnerability scans, artifact collection, etc.
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Cybersecurity Engineering

CaVU Consulting, Inc. is a premier provider of Cybersecurity services to the US Navy and Department of Defense (DoD). Member’s of CaVU’s CyberSecurity Workforce possess Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Secure Software Lifecycle Professional (CSSLP) credentials, as well as certifications and training in multiple Microsoft and Unix operating systems, Cisco networking hardware, and various DoD C4I systems and applications.

CaVU Cybersecurity Engineers and Analysts are helping progress some of the most advanced platforms and applications in the Navy’s portfolio to date. CaVU is leading the charge with establishing a secure and operable unmanned airborne system (air, ashore and afloat segments) that will advance the force projection of tomorrow’s Navy. Likewise, CaVU is a valued contributor to establishing and advancing security measures and operations for Navy network service providers. This encompasses aiding in an Agile software development process for automated troubleshooting of software defined networking (SDN) components at both the end-node and infrastructure points of the Navy’s most relied upon network connectivity program.

Services Include:

  • National Institute of Standards and Technologies (NIST) Compliant Systems Security Engineering
  • Risk Management Framework (RMF) Transition, Intelligence Community Doctrine (ICD) 503 Guidance and Reciprocity Consultation
  • Operational Test and Evaluation of Cybersecurity in Acquisition Programs
  • Specialization in Naval Information Warfare Center, Pacific (NIWC PAC) and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) approval processes for Interim and Operational Accreditations
  • Program Protection for Complexity Levels Ranging from Small Independent Standalone Systems to Acquisition Category (ACAT) Level 1
  • Cyber Failure Modes, Effects, and Criticality Analysis (FMECA) – Critical Path Analysis
  • Secure Software Lifecycle – Working with Software Development Teams to Build in Security and IA Compliance from Inception Through Production
  • Computer Network Defense – Boundary Defense and Host-Based Security
  • Security Assessments, Penetration Testing, and Independent Verification and Validation
  • Information Assurance (IA) Compliance – Inclusive of Scanning, Analysis, Patching, Remediating
  • Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Service (eMASS) & Xacta Package Development, Submission, and Maintenance
  • Cross Domain Solutions (CDS) – Capabilities Definitions, Systems Design Integration Between Enclaves, Guidance and Development & Representation for Approval Packages

Systems Engineering

CaVU applies a disciplined, comprehensive, and iterative systems engineering process to our projects that encompasses all technical and managerial aspects of the entire systems life cycle and provides balanced solutions that satisfy our customers’ needs.

Our systems engineering processes include:

  • Preparation and Approval of the Systems Engineering Plan
  • Preparation and Approval of the Integrated Master Plan and Integrated Master Schedule
  • Decision Analysis
  • Preparation and Approval of Baselines, Specifications, and Work Breakdown Structures
  • System Design, Integration, and Test
  • Independent Verification and Validation
  • Preparation and Approval of the Technical Data Package
  • Monitoring and Reporting of Project Technical Progress
  • Technical Review Preparation and Conduct
  • Preparation and Management of an Integrated Data Repository
  • Implementation of Continuous Improvement Efforts for Products and Processes
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US Navy Ship Systems Integration and Installation

CaVU personnel provide Systems Integration and Installation (SI&I) support across a variety of programs.  Our engineers provide comprehensive support for mission-critical shipboard communications, IT and UAS systems. From design to installation and maintenance, CaVU covers the full technology lifecycle for C5ISR systems aboard Navy ships.  Our ship modernization services encompass integration and installation services for new UAS command centers and C4I Infrastructure on Navy carriers. After installation we ensure systems are tied into ship’s networks through System Operational Verification Testing (SOVT) and certification.

Services Include:

  • Engineering and acquisition support to U.S. Navy and DoD customers to fulfill Organizational objectives for meeting Program of Record requirements
  • Engineering and technical support to the U.S. Navy for CVN integration and C4I technical issues focusing on ship integration, communications, networking, and testing activities
  • Leadership and management support to Navy program management and engineering teams providing decision quality data in support of organizational CVN integration activities, schedules, and systems development/milestones
  • Engineering services including Ship Change Document (SCD) development and staffing, Interface Control Document (ICD) development and validation, Functional Interface Diagrams (FID) and program specific CVN-related specification development at all tiers 
  • On-site engineering services and support for Navy ship alterations with associated program specific communications and networking upgrades 
  • Provide engineering, management and technical support for the development, testing and installation of CVN Integration interfaces on Navy platforms
  • Develop and maintain CVN and system level architecture 
  • System level engineering and risk management support, technical briefing development and delivery, 
  • Technical and leadership meeting support, agenda development and capture, action item production, tracking and meeting documentation
  • Certification and Operational Verification Procedures and Technical Support for Shipboard Air Surveillance and Air Traffic Control Radars and Radar Track Processing Systems Including TPX-42, SYY-1 AN/SPN-50 and SPY-6 (Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar) and Dual Band Radars

UAS Airspace Integration

CaVU Consulting, Inc. provides Unmanned Airspace Integration services to the U.S. Navy and Department of Defense (DoD). Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) integration in the National Airspace System and Tactical Environment is an integral part of supporting CONUS and Deployed UAS missions. DoD UAS require NAS access to Train pilots/operators, to participate in Joint Exercises and to develop and test new systems and UAS elements. Many DOD UAS entities have no direct access to Restricted Areas, Warning Areas or other training areas. To expand access to these critical training areas it is essential to develop and implement standardized procedures, integrate technology developments and secure regulatory updates to secure freedom of operation. Focus areas for UAS Airspace integration efforts include Visual line-of-sight, Terminal Area Operations, Lateral/Vertical Transit Operations, Operating Areas, and Dynamic Operating Areas in CONUS and while deployed in Oceanic Airspace.

Services Include:

  • Preparation and Development of UAS CONOPS and Airspace Integration (AI) Plan/Strategy
  • Collate Certificate of Authorization (COA) Data Points for Induction into the FAA COA Online Portal
  • Coordination with FAA to Enable Certificate of Authorization or Waiver (COA) Process Approval 
  • Monitoring and Reporting of Technical Progress on COA Application Process
  • Decision Analysis
  • Airspace Risk Hazard Analysis
  • Support for Ground Based/Airborne Sense and Avoid (GBSAA/ABSAA) Solutions development for UAS Operations
  • Outline “Sense and Avoid” (SAA) Enabled Operations & Associated Standards
  • Develop Operation Standards for Departure/Transit/Arrival, Lost-Comm, Lost-Link, Loss of SAA Procedures and Emergency Procedures
  • Coordination with Airworthiness Authorities in Concert with SAA Enabled Operations
  • Coordination of Approved UAS Operations with Federal, Regional and Local ATC Agencies
  • Coordination with Approving Agencies for Operations in Due Regard Airspace 
  • Identify for Client’s Near, Mid, and Far-Term UAS Requirements–in a Construct that is Incrementally Achievable
  • Implementation of Continuous Improvement Efforts for COA Products and Processes
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Integrated Master Schedule

CaVU provides in-depth project analysis of critical activities leveraging Integrated Master Schedule (IMS) tools and techniques to provide actionable management decision aids. As a keystone project tool, the IMS enables management of large and complex materiel acquisition programs and is used by program/project management teams for planning, executing, and tracking project cost, schedule, and performance parameters. The IMS provides crucial data for project risk analysis.

CaVU’s Integrated Master Scheduling services include:

  • Detailed data visualization to manage critical activities and assess progress and performance
  • Analysis and production of sequenced work activities (tasks) resulting in project deliverables
  • Development, analysis and management of a network of dependent tasks, deliverables, and milestones driving programmatic execution
  • Development and maintenance of vertical and horizontal activity traceability to ensure efficient and executable activity sequencing to achieve the required outcome
  • Research and production of facts-based schedule-validated leadership decision aids