Unwelcome Guest – Titania’s contribution to the Decisive Action Training Environment
The Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence (G2) for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) recently determined that ‘Unwelcome Guest,’ the practical exercise designed and developed by Titania for the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (USAICoE), is fully compliant with the requirements of the Army’s Decisive Action Training Environment (DATE). In determining DATE compliance, the TRADOC G2 carefully evaluated all the threat models used (spanning criminal groups, foreign intelligence entities, special forces, insurgent groups, cyber and conventional forces), as well as the operational domains encompassed by the exercise (air, sea, land, cyber, and space). DATE compliance means that Unwelcome Guest met all TRADOC G2 standards for training in these areas and that the exercise is fully integrated within the common operating framework used for training activities across the Army.
DATE compliance is a significant milestone for ensuring intelligence specific concerns and training needs are properly reflected across Army training. Specifically, Unwelcome Guest has been tailored to foster a practical application of the Military Decision Making Process (MDMP), Intelligence Preparation of the Battle Space (IPB), Information Collection (IC), and Targeting. Developed initially for the Warrant Officer’s Training Branch (WOTB) in 2013/14, the exercise is now integrated throughout the Program of Instruction (POI) for virtually all courses across the 111th MI Brigade. Exemplifying the growth of the exercise across the brigade is the fact that it now covers approximately 560 hours of hands-on classroom activities, a substantial change from the original 40-hour block delivered in early 2014.
Titania continues expanding the exercise to meet the needs of individual courses and their respective student outcomes at Fort Huachuca. To date, more than 1,500 Army intelligence students have been trained using Unwelcome Guest. Feedback from both cadre and students over the past three and a half years has been extremely positive. The team has presented the scenario to senior DoD leadership as well as visitors from other Army Centers of Excellence. The other Army Centers of Excellence are excited about the possibility of integrating this type of scenario into their POI. DATE compliance will aid in such sharing by allowing Unwelcome Guest to be used throughout the Army.
Titania Appraised at CMMI Level 3
Titania Solutions Group, Inc. is pleased to announce that its IT Solutions Unit has been appraised at level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)®. The appraisal was performed by T. R. Miller and Associates, LLC.
CMMI is a capability improvement framework that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance. An appraisal at maturity level 3 indicates that processes are well characterized and understood, and are described in standards, procedures, tools, and methods. The organization’s set of standard processes, which is the basis for maturity level 3, is established and improved over time.
“This appraisal result is a significant demonstration of Titania’s commitment to structure and continuous improvement over time,” said Titania CEO Jodi Johnson. “It also affirms to our customers and partners that Titania holds itself to a stringent high level of quality in performing our work.”
This is Titania’s first appraisal result at level 3, having been previously appraised at level 2. “We built off our level 2 result and continued to improve organizationally in working towards this goal, “ continued Jodi Johnson. “We are excited that these efforts have enabled us to reach this important milestone. However, we also recognize that process improvement is an on-going activity. Titania will leverage the work that led to this result in order to continue to improve and provide even higher levels of service.”
Secretary of Defense visits Ft. Huachuca, AZ
Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter visited Ft. Huachuca, AZ. The Commanding General, Major General Scott Berrier and his briefing team introduced the Secretary to the unique training missions that are undertaken at the United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence. As a part of the briefing Dusty Miller, Titania’s Vice President of Intelligence Training Programs, provided an overview of Titania’s work at Ft. Huachuca, centered on the creation and integration of the Decisive Action Training Environment (DATE) Exercise, Unwelcome Guest.
The exercise is a “hands on” practical exercise, which was designed and developed to satisfy the unique training requirements of the Military Intelligence Career Courses. It enables students to research and apply historical lessons learned, leverage the existing intelligence enterprise, practically apply the Military Decision Making Process and the supporting integrating processes, Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield, Information Collection and Targeting across all operational domains.
Unwelcome Guest uses fictitious world events as a road to war, built around four primary operational variables: Political, Economic, Military and Sociocultural. The Order of Battle is derived from DATE 2.2 and the threat tactics are taken from TC 7-100-2 OPFOR TACTICS DEC 2011. TRISA WEG’s are used throughout the exercise.
The exercise stimulates unique Educational and Training needs, and allows course instructors to validate each intelligence discipline’s specialized Officer, Warrant Officer, Non-commissioned Officer, and initial entry soldiers ability to research and apply historical lessons learned, leverage intelligence databases, information portals, and networks throughout the joint, inter-organizational, and multinational domains to perform intelligence support to Unified Land Operations within a Decisive Action environment.
Unwelcome Guest has been designed with the necessary rigor to support Military Intelligence professional development regarding doctrinal processes, operational domains, and the phases of war while inducing the tenets within the DATE.
The photograph shows Dusty Miller briefing the Secretary of Defense on the integration of Unified Land Operations and Decisive Action, into the career courses, across Ft Huachuca. This is the DATE scenario that Titania has created and integrated across all career courses at Ft. Huachuca over the last three years.
Captured in this photograph, from left to right, are: Dusty Miller, Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter, Colonel Kevin Wilkinson (111th MI Brigade Commander), Mr. Jennings (Deputy Commander), Major General Scott Berrier (Commanding General, United States Army Intelligence Center of Excellence and Ft. Huachuca), and Captain Kederka (Instructor, Military Intelligence Captains Career Course).
Titania Awarded Multi Year Contract to Deliver IT Professional Services to HHS
Titania Solutions Group was selected by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), to provide a wide range of Information Technology (IT) professional services under the Strategic Partners Acquisition Readiness Contract (SPARC). Titania was selected to provide IT services under this $25 Billion multi-award, Indefinite Delivery – Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract within the Small Business, Woman-Owned, and Service Disabled Veteran Owned business categories. SPARC is a follow-on procurement to the previously competed CMS Enterprise Systems Development (ESD) IDIQ contract. Services offered under this vehicle closely align to software development life cycle stages and include requirements management as well as application design, development, testing, and on-going sustainment. The contract award includes a base ordering period of five years plus an optional ordering period for an additional five years and can be employed by any agency within HHS.
“We are excited about our SPARC award and look forward to continuing our support of CMS and their missions,” said Jodi Johnson, Titania’s President and CEO. “SPARC affords Titania and our teammates an opportunity to utilize our expertise and experience in healthcare IT to expand our service offerings throughout HHS.”
Titania Welcomes New Operations Vice President – John Hibbert
Titania is excited to announce that John Hibbert has joined its leadership team as an Operations Vice President.
John Hibbert brings a diverse set of technical and leadership skills to Titania that he developed over the past 25 years as a U.S. Army Intelligence Veteran and federal Information Technology (IT) contractor. Prior to joining Titania, Mr. Hibbert was Vice President of IT for Oberon Associates, Inc. where he managed a global team of engineers and software developers supporting DoD and other federal agencies. Mr. Hibbert joined Oberon shortly after its inception and after 5 years of rapid growth, Oberon was acquired by Stanley Associates, Inc. Mr. Hibbert was a key member of the executive team through both the Stanley acquisition and then a subsequent acquisition of Stanley by CGI Federal.
He remained in each new organization providing leadership and enabling continued successful mission execution and growth. Before leaving CGI Federal, Mr. Hibbert managed an account of more than 270 employees world-wide.
Mr. Hibbert is well versed in the structure and operation of an emerging small business, as proven in his tenure at Oberon. Today at Titania, he is leading the FAA operations, programs, and staff and is involved in other critical areas of growth. Titania is excited to have Mr. Hibbert on its management team.
Titania Cybersecurity Expert Gregory Carpenter Presents Research
This summer Titania cybersecurity expert, Gregory Carpenter, has been presenting his research paper entitled, Cyber Medical Terrorism: Hacking DNA for a Brave New World at numerous venues which include the 5th Annual Cyber Security Training & Technology Forum (CSTTF) in Colorado Springs, NOLACon in the “Big Easy”, as well as Hacker Halted in Atlanta and various TakedownCon security conferences. In October, he will present at BesidesCon in Ottawa, Ontario which will include both his presentation and a panel appearance on the ethical use of biomedical technology.
Greg joined Titania in 2013, following his honorable service of more than 27 years in the U.S. Army. Today, he supports numerous Titania customers and their critical missions. A service disabled veteran, Greg’s military service included combat tours, Medical Service, Intelligence, and Information Operations assignments, among others. Following his military career, he served as a defense department civilian running the Division Operations office in NYC during recovery operations on and after 9-11. Additionally, he managed the Counterintelligence office at the Army Research Labs and worked in ARCYBER. He is highly sought after to speak, train, and educate people, agencies, and organizations on cybersecurity related matters and is focused on integrating his cybersecurity background with his extensive medical experience by targeting his research efforts towards improving medical device security through anti-hacking nanotechnology.
Greg is pursuing his doctorate in public health (Dr PH) and focusing his studies on bionanotechnology; specifically the implications of marginal security embedded in nanorobotics. In past speaking engagements, Greg spoke at The International Fellow’s Program at NIU as a panelist to discuss Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). This is the main subject of Reverse Deception: Organized Cyber Threat Counter-Exploitation, a book Greg co-authored that is being added to the NIU curriculum and details best business practices to defend against APT’s.
Titania Awarded GSA IT Schedule 70 Prime Contract
On April 6th, Titania Solutions Group, Inc. was awarded a GSA IT Schedule 70 prime contract.
IT Schedule 70 is the largest, most widely used acquisition vehicle in the federal government. Schedule 70 is an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) multiple award schedule, providing the Government with direct access to products, services, and solutions from thousands of certified industry partners.
Titania will provide an array of IT services, including support services for our IT contracts, by providing our Government customers labor categories and associated hourly rates. The vehicle provides a mechanism for Government agencies to come to Titania with their requirements and utilize a flexible vehicle with which to support them.
Titania’s schedule is effective May 1, 2015 when our price list will be active on the GSA Advantage website.
Titania Wins Second CARE Award
Congratulations to Titania Solutions Group on being selected as a CARE Award winner for the second consectutive year! This award demonstrates Titania’s continued commitment in providing a workplace that caters to the needs of working families and improving the work/life balance so important to both families and employees. Titania received the award at a breakfast banquet hosted on November 13th, 2014.
Titania Becomes Latest IMAGE Member
Titania has become the latest employer to be certified by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) employment compliance program called IMAGE. A certification ceremony took place September 10th at ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Washington, D.C. field office in Fairfax.
IMAGE stands for ICE Mutual Agreement between Government and Employers. As part of this agreement, Titania has pledged to maintain a secure and stable workforce and curtail the employment of unauthorized workers through outreach and education.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) E-Verify employment eligibility verification program enables employers to verify that newly hired employees are eligible to work in the United States. This Internet-based system is available throughout the nation and is free to employers. It provides an automated link to the Social Security Administration database and DHS immigration records.
“One of our tag lines is ‘dedication to excellence,'” said Jodi Johnson, Titania’s president and CEO. “We commit to excellence in our infrastructure, just as we do in the performance of mission services for our important customers. Our customers and large business partners have many other small business choices with whom they may work. Our clients and partners need to know that we are squared away in all facets of our operations. Having the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) audit our practices ensures our practices are compliant, and it demonstrates to our partners and employees that our practices are best practices and they can depend on us.”
“With this certification, Titania Solutions Group makes a strong statement in support of federal hiring laws,” said Scot Rittenberg, deputy special agent in charge of HSI Washington, D.C. “We are proud to welcome them to the IMAGE program as the first Virginia-based company within the critical infrastructure industry.”
Titania Welcomes New Chief Technology Officer – Robert Boucher
Titania is pleased to announce that Robert Boucher has been added to the leadership team at Titania as Chief Technology Officer.
Robert Boucher brings a broad spectrum of technical and leadership skills to Titania which have been attained in more than 15 years of government and commercial IT contracting experience with an emphasis on the Federal health sector. Most recently, Mr. Boucher was the Chief Information Officer at Buccaneer Computer Systems & Service, Inc. where he managed the company’s internal systems and provided technical leadership on critical projects for its Federal customers. As one of the key Buccaneer employees to help guide the company from its inception to eventual acquisition, his experience with small companies and rapid growth makes him an excellent match for Titania. Mr. Boucher earned a Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University.
Titania is excited to have Robert Boucher on board and believes his technical guidance will be critical as Titania grows. Welcome Robert!