Information Technology Support
Background: U.S. Army Intelligence & Security Command (INSCOM) is charged with the important mission of developing and maintaining collaboration portals on networks to foster communication between Department of Defense and Intelligence Community partners. Fulcrum IT (Fulcrum) was awarded a five-year contract to provide INSCOM with highly-specialized information technology services in 2010. Fulcrum’s support grew to include intelligence analysts working side-by-side with Fulcrum’s technology team to ensure that the most accurate intelligence products were available through the collaboration portals.
Impact: Soon after being awarded the contract, Fulcrum partnered with INSCOM to drastically change the operating model of the collaboration initiative by increasing the size of the analytics team. Fulcrum’s analysts provide support 24/7/365 to INSCOM and its mission partners. Warfighters can count on INSCOM portals to always provide the most up to date information; and when they need additional support, Fulcrum’s analysts are available via secured communication channels to discuss additional intelligence needs or requirements; all as a result of Fulcrum’s change to the operations model. Fulcrum’s intelligence collaboration and dissemination support to INSCOM is mission/region-centric, so Warfighters can count on 24/7 dedicated analytical support for their mission/region.
Media Exploitation Cloud Computing Support (MECCS)
Background: Fulcrum’s MECCS team, in support of the National Ground Intelligence Center (NGIC), works closely with mission partners to leverage Army-compliant widgets, as well as recommend, develop, and implement widgets when existing capabilities do not exist or are not adequate. Fulcrum is charged with developing Ozone Widget Frameworks (OWFs), which provide NGIC and its mission partners with the means to query and render large amounts of data seamlessly from several databases. The widgets Fulcrum is developing for NGIC utilize Cloud platform identity and access control management (IdAM) techniques. The objective of the widgets Fulcrum develops is two-fold: 1) to decompose the current functionality of these large databases into discrete functions; and 2) to enhance and increase data functionality.
Impact: The MECCS team is delivering software to INSCOM that is capable of ingesting, indexing, and querying cloud-sized datasets efficiently, as well as ensuring the software operates in a high capacity in terms of ingestion time and query response time. Fulcrum’s support to NGIC has resulted in INSCOM and its mission partners being able to leverage newly ingested data immediately. Ingestion times have decreased significantly; thus leading to improved and more decisive decision making for INSCOM and its mission partners.
Warrior Enabled Battlefield Sensors Services (WEBSS)
Background: The Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) is the Army’s premier “Army Sensor Developer." They conduct research and development (R&D) that provides U.S. land forces with advanced sensor technology to dominate the 21st Century digital battlefield. Land forces include ground and aviation troops. In October 2012, the WEBSS five-year contract was awarded to provide NVESD with highly-specialized R&D support services.
Impact:Fulcrum provides the US Army NVESD organization and supported external customers with a robust, collaborative team focused on providing cutting edge technology for insertion into tomorrow’s battlefield sensors. Our multi-discipline team and management approach has provided the NVESD organization with cost effective, low-risk services that meets their evolving developmental requirements. Our team provides cutting edge research on multiple infrared material science initiatives that impact the Warfighters next generation sensor development. Our research focuses on material solutions for the high definition focal plane arrays. This research and the process improvements that are derived provide the government scientific community and industry partners a better understanding of the substrate materials. This understanding and the process improvements developed, provide our industry partners improvements that improve production and ultimately yield lower production costs.