Functional Areas

Research and Development Support:

K2 Technical, LLC [Prime]
The K2 Technical Team has supported the development and application of scientific and analytical disciplines to conduct fundamental research, scientific study and experimentation directed toward increasing knowledge and understanding of risk from a Force Protection standpoint. The Chief Scientist for K2 Technical, Dr. Ken Knox has been at the forefront of the concept formulation of risk analysis since the Khobar Towers Bombing in 1996. His efforts and assessment led to the development, analysis as well as the evaluation of operational force protection risk concepts. This culminated in the initial development of a software risk decision support tool for commanders to analyze their Force protection posture and risk to the Mission. K2 Technical is currently under contract by DoD to develop a Mission Assurance focused web enabled version of the current tool for the Joint Community.
RE2 Robotics [Sub]
RE2 Robotics has supported and is supporting numerous areas of research and development including some of the following examples:   The Dexterous Manipulation System Phase 2.5 (DMS 2.5). is a program focused on the research and development of a highly dexterous two-arm manipulation system with 7 degrees-of-freedom per arm and an actuated torso. The system developed mimics the dexterity of human arms. The Conformal End-Effector (CE2) research and development effort with the U.S. Navy focused on developing a dexterous (11 degrees of freedom) end-effector capable of securely grasping arbitrarily shaped objects ranging in size from 18-gauge wire to a 105mm shell. Two prototypes were produced for this program. The larger version of the CE2 gripper weighs 12 lbs. and is capable of lifting in excess of 120 lbs. and objects up to 6.5 in. in diameter. The smaller prototype weighs 5 lbs. and can securely grasp 65 lbs. The prototype gripper produced for this effort is part of the research being developed for the tactical class of Advance Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System (AEODRS). The goal of the Robotic Door-opening Kit (RDK) project was to develop software, sensors, and control technologies to allow a robotic mobile manipulator to automatically detect, open, and breach a doorway. The RDK Phase II SBIR project was with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC). The pertinent technologies that were developed include 3D sensing to locate and track a door knob, grasp planning and control, gripping force feedback, and simultaneous control of the robotic arm and base as the mobile manipulator platform maneuvers through the doorway.
Universal Technology Corporation (UTC) [Sub]
UTC is currently supporting USAF Civil Engineering in their Agile Airbase RDT&E. These include the Agile Combat Support Technologies of Expedient Technologies for Renewable Energy, Biological and Thermal Chemical Processing, Expeditionary Air Operating Surfaces, and Individual Protection from CBRN Hazards.   They are also supporting Advanced Energy Efficient Shelter Technologies including Basic Expeditionary Airfield Resources (BEAR) Energy Savings Technologies and Energy Management for Smart Expeditionary Shelters.
Neya Systems, LLC [Sub]
Neya Systems, LLC was awarded multiple research contracts including a 12-month, $1-million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to develop new driver-assistance technologies for vehicles used for fuel and water delivery. Under this effort, Neya is working to enable passenger-car drivers to safely operate large tanker trucks and truck-trailer combinations that transport large quantities of liquid payloads.   Other contract topics include: Modular Sonar Identification System (MoSIS), Mobile Virtual Interactive Presence Capability for Combat Casualty Care, Attention-Based Vision for Autonomous Vehicles, Long-distance 3-D Reconstruction from EO/IR Imagery and more.

Engineering, System Engineering and Process Engineering Support:

K2 Technical, LLC [Prime]
The K2 Technical team is currently leading a contract to support integration and interface and upgrade of existing risk analysis software into a web based SIPRNET application to support all services and the joint community.
RE2 Robotics [Sub]
The goal of the Force Feedback Retrofit Kit (FFRK) project, which is funded by the Combatting Terrorism Technical Support Office, is to make significant alterations to current systems by equipping existing robotic mobile manipulation vehicles with the ability to measure the forces that the gripper is applying to an object being grasped and to relay that information back to the operator. The kit is meant as a drop-in replacement to existing robotic vehicles, primarily those used by domestic bomb squads and public safety units. The user can set a force limit, and an audible signal alerts the operator when the limit is being approached in order to avoid crushing or damaging fragile objects.
Universal Technology Corporation (UTC) [Sub]
UTC is supporting the application of engineering disciplines to technically support development of new capabilities and systems in areas such as Space and Directed Energy. These include High Power Microwaves, Lasers, Optics, Sensing and Tracking Systems and space technology including propulsion, sensors, and protection.
Neya Systems, LLC [Sub]
Neya Systems has a highly experienced group of experts in autonomous systems, including mission planning and management, active and passive perception, navigation in structured and unstructured terrain, and human-robot interaction. Employee backgrounds include robotics, computer science, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering. There is a strong focus on unmanned systems interoperability, including leadership in establishing unmanned systems standards through top positions in the AS-4/JAUS Working Group and the Unmanned Aircraft Systems Control Segment Architecture Working Group (UCS-WG).   There is also significant experience in unmanned systems integration on platforms ranging from small 10lb unmanned platforms up to large 6000lb systems.
T.Y. LIN International [Sub]
T.Y. LIN has significant experience in the area of supporting infrastructure development and environmental engineering. The firm’s Environmental Services practice is built on providing the highest level of technical services while taking into account each Client’s project specific needs.   Specialized services include: Endangered and Threatened Species Assessments, Wetland Evaluations and Mitigation Plans, Biological Monitoring, Water Quality Evaluations, Section 4(f) Evaluations, Aesthetic Impact Analysis, Floodplain Impact Analysis, Construction Impacts, Noise Studies, Air Quality, Phase I and Phase II Contamination Assessments, Socio-economic and Community Impacts, GIS Analysis, Community Relations / Public Involvement, Energy Audits, Sustainable/LEED Designs and Solutions, Regulatory agency coordination and environmental permitting. Projects have included the Miami River Maintenance Dredging Project and lifecycle resets for the U.S. Army’s 81st Regional Support Command in order to achieve 30% energy reduction, in compliance with ASHRA and DoD Energy Standards.

Modeling, Simulation, Stimulation, and Analysis Support

K2 Technical, LLC [Prime]
The K2 Technical Team has years of experience in using simulators and emulators in analysis support developing data for making managerial, technical, strategic, and tactical decisions. Whether as active duty military or in support of risk analysis, several team members to include Mr. Ken Lien, Dr. Ken Knox and Mr. David Alcorn have provided input to the development of models, simulators and emulators. While on active duty as an International Program Manager with DTRA, Mr. Alcorn was instrumental in overseeing a contract team responsible for the design and implementation of a suite of simulators for Russian Military Security Specialists on new automated security systems for their nuclear and chemical weapons sites.
RE2 Robotics [Sub]
The goal of the Biomechanical Exoskeleton Simulator System (BESS) project, funded by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and supported by RE2 Robotics, is to develop a simulation environment that will effectively model both a robotic exoskeleton and a human operator and predict muscle forces and stresses, joint loading, metabolic load, and injury risk. BESS will be an integrated simulator system to model the interaction between a robotic exoskeleton and the human user and the effect of the use of such assistive devices during load-carriage. This system will enable more detailed and better design of new devices that have a significant effect on human performance by directly modeling the interaction between the operator and the device and identifying potential injury mechanisms and issues before large-scale deployment of any new device, BESS will characterize the injury risk and the forces and torques on the human musculoskeletal system for soldiers carrying loads with exoskeleton assistance.
Universal Technology Corporation (UTC) [Sub]
UTC supports aerospace systems both in manned and unmanned platforms in the areas of Multidisciplinary Air Vehicle Design and Simulation as well as testing and analysis for sustainment of systems.

Prototyping, Pre-Production, Model-Making, and Fabrication Support:

RE2 Robotics [Sub]
The Tangential Rotary-impact Tool (TRT) was an SBIR program with the U.S. Navy focused on creating a self-powered tool that can be mounted to a tactical sized robot (QinetiQ TALON or similar) in order to break up concrete, hard-packed soil, or masonry. Phase I of this program developed the concept and design and produced a prototype device to evaluate the effectiveness of the tool against a variety of substrates. Testing of the Phase I tool was very successful and RE2 was invited to submit a Phase II proposal to continue TRT development. The TRT system mounts to a robotic arm and can operate on both horizontal and vertical surfaces to uncover objects that may be buried under curbs or behind walls. The TRT is self-powered and shock isolated from the arm to prevent damage of more expensive robotic elements.   RE2 also developed a prototype system under the DMS 2.5 program requiring highly complex and intricate interactions and accommodations between mechanical, electrical, and software systems. As is typical in modern robotic systems, a system engineering process must be extensively leveraged during development to ensure all engineering elements properly interact and accept the other systems.

System Design Documentation and Technical Data Support:

K2 Technical, LLC [Prime]
of the K2 Technical Team, Dr. Ken Knox and Ms. Yvette Labonte have been integral parts of the engineering effort compiling high-level sequence diagrams and requirements specifications. Generating Test Plans, including test approaches, test cases and test matrixes and verifying test results. They developed the training manual currently in use by the US Air Force personnel. They act as liaison between the customer and developing team.
RE2 Robotics [Sub]
The Small Tactical Unmanned Aircraft System (STUAS) is a $44 million Program of Record with the U.S. Navy to produce two operational unmanned air vehicles based on the Insitu Integrator aircraft platform. STUAS requires the use of the interoperability messaging standard STANAG 4586, which is used for all commands that are sent between the aircraft and the ground equipment. RE2 developed a STANAG 4586 Software Development Kit (SDK) as well as the software for the ground control station, called ICOMC2.
T.Y. LIN International [Sub]
T.Y. LIN provides complete design services including: Feasibility Studies, Conceptual/Schematic Design, Final Design (Plans, Specifications, and Estimates), and Engineering Support Services. T.Y. LIN served as design consultant and Architect/Engineer of Record for a Sniper House, Control Tower, Target Façade, and infantry target emplacement electrical work for a new Battle Course at the United States Marine Base Camp, Camp Pendleton in California. The design-build project was contracted through the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Southwest.

Software Engineering, Development, Programming, and Network Support

K2 Technical, LLC [Prime]
The K2 Technical Team has performed technical analysis, technically supported development and selection of computer software as well as modified existing software for Air Force and systems, test facilities, and training facilities. This consisted of software engineering efforts and programming support required to technically support software implementation of the ForcePRO Risk Analysis Tool in systems, sub-systems, and components utilizing computers, electronics, and software. This also included the Planning, designing, coding, testing, integrating, supporting, and delivering algorithms, software (source code and executables) to the ForcePRO tool and the SIPRNET Web enabled version currently under being researched under a USAF contract.
RE2 Robotics [Sub]
RE2 has extensive experience in software engineering efforts and programming support due to its required integration with robotics in all projects. RE 2 has Interoperability Standards expertise, including a deep knowledge of the SAE Joint Architecture for Unmanned Systems (JAUS) and NATO Standard Agreement (STANAG) 4586. RE2 provides Robot Operating System (ROS) and JAUS development and integration services for robotic system manufacturers. RE2 developed a STANAG 4586 Software Development Kit (SDK) as well as the software for the ground control station, called ICOMC2.

Human Factors, Performance, and Usability Engineering:

RE2 Robotics [Sub]
RE2 Robotics is committed to the use of robotics to study human factors and enhance the performance and usability of systems. For example, the goal of the Modular Intelligent Manipulation with Intuitive Control (MIMIC) project was to develop the means of naturally and intuitively controlling a dexterous robotic manipulator as easily as one controls his or her own arm. Additionally, force/haptic feedback is provided to the operator for fine manipulation tasks such as grasping. The Phase II SBIR project with the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) explored a variety of operator control devices including non-contact sensors (single camera, dual camera, Kinect), imitative controllers, and control gloves. These have resulted in warfighting capabilities that function effectively when required and that detection and correction of security design deficiencies, that affect functionality are implemented.

Information System (IS) Development, Information Assurance (IA), and Information Technology (IT) Support:

System High Corporation [Sub]
System High protects Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR) and the Nation’s most sensitive systems. They are currently engaged in US Government and private sector cyber threat information sharing programs designed to monitor emerging threats and track current vulnerabilities and were awarded a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) contract in 2011, solidifying System High as a major player in the high-end security market. Their personnel are involved in activities that guide cybersecurity policy by conducting research and development for high-tempo organizations. System High helps clients lead the way to risk management, continuous monitoring and insider threat solutions. In 2013 they were awarded a contract supporting the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado. This 4-year effort entails providing Information Assurance and Upgrade Management to the Space Based Infrared System (SBIRS) Block 10 Upgrade effecting the SBIRS Mission Control Station (MCS), Mission Control Station Backup (MCSB) and Interim Mission Control Station Backup (IMCSB). In 2014 they were awarded a prime contract supporting the 505th Command and Control Wing (USAF) at Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico and Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada. This 5-year effort entails providing security and cybersecurity services in support of the critical mission to advance, integrate, and standardize training, tactics, and testing for operational-level command of air, space, and cyber power in the joint & coalition environments. Under a $483M contract, GDIT and teammate System High provide support to all NRO SCI programs and activities to include the complex services of SPACE COMSEC engineering, TEMPEST, AT and SSE services throughout the entire NRO Ground Enterprise responsible for maintaining numerous intelligence satellite constellations.

Inactivation and Disposal Support:

K2 Technical, LLC [Prime]
K2 Technical team member, David Alcorn was instrumental in the proper transfer of excess MRAP’s to our allies in Afghanistan in a timely manner. He insured that critical technology was not inadvertently transferred to foreign nationals or governments while providing suitable substitute technology to protect their forces from IEDs. He oversaw a team that ensured proper documentation was developed and approved at the SECDEF and Congressional level for the transfer of these excess vehicles to allied combat forces.   He also oversaw the security classification requirements and guidelines for the data and equipment necessary to assist in making the transfer of the MRAPs.
Interoperability, Test and Evaluation, Trials Support:
K2 Technical, LLC [Prime]
K2 Technical team member, David Alcorn, oversaw the Interoperability, Test and Evaluation of a Suite of Sensors and Sensor Systems that were installed at Russian Nuclear and Chemical sites throughout the Former Soviet Union. Portions of these Systems were also tested at Kirtland AFB by Sandia Labs. He reviewed the technical documentation with the Russian Federation SME’s for their concurrence and approval for installation and life cycle support.
RE2 Robotics [Sub]
The RE2 developed DMS 2.5 prototype system was designed to be interoperable on any system that support standard mounting and communications protocols. It was successfully integrated and demonstrated the prototype on a Qinetiq Talon platform, an RE2 ForeRunner, and a Clearpath Robotics Husky Platform.
Universal Technology Corporation (UTC) [Sub]
UTC supports aerospace systems both in manned and unmanned platforms in the areas of Multidisciplinary Air Vehicle Design and Simulation as well as testing and analysis for sustainment of systems.

Logistics Support:

K2 Technical, LLC [Prime]
K2 Technical team member, David Alcorn managed the team that developed the U.S. Central Command requirement for the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicle program, a $30B appropriation of more than 26,000 vehicles.   He also led the SECDEF directed Senior Integration Group for U.S. Central Command eventually procuring $2.8B in Counter-Improvised Explosive Device and Force Protection equipment for U.S. and coalition forces.
Universal Technology Corporation (UTC) [Sub]
Through UTC’s Materials and manufacturing expertise, they provide the engineering and analytical disciplines required to support the warfighters requirements. They support this in the area of materials and handling through Metals, Polymers, Ceramics & Hybrids, Optical and Infrared Materials, and Radio Frequency and Electronic Materials. In Materials applications they provide Electromagnetic Materials Integration, Thermal Sciences and Materials, Materials Biotechnology & Nanomaterials and perform Nondestructive Evaluation.
T.Y. LIN International (T.Y. LIN) [Sub]
T.Y. LIN, as part of a team, prepared Ready-to-Advertise complete architectural and structural designs, specifications, design analysis and project cost estimates for multiple forward operating bases (FOBs) in Afghanistan for the Project and Contracting Office (PCO) of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Middle East District. The project was in support of the District’s mission to secure borders in Afghanistan. Over 22 final Facility Prototype designs were delivered in only 67 days from Notice to Proceed.

Supply and Provisioning Support:

K2 Technical, LLC [Prime]
K2 team member David Alcorn oversaw the plan to reduce the fielding time of MRAP All-Terrain Vehicles to U.S. forces in Afghanistan by eight months while also providing thirteen Coalition countries with several hundred MRAP vehicles three months earlier than planned. He also oversaw the provisioning of Force Protection equipment for over 350 installations/Forward Operating Bases in Iraq and Afghanistan.

T.Y. LIN International (T.Y. LIN) [Sub]

T.Y. LIN provided site investigations and inventory development for the United States Army Reserve 81st, 63rd, and 99th Regional Support Commands through an Indefinite Delivery Contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District. Inventory data was used in the creation of Municipal and Preventive Maintenance Contracts, significantly reducing the amount of yearly service calls at the facilities. The T.Y. LIN team inventoried all sites across the 81st and 63rd RSC Divisions and half the sites across the 99th RSC Division, which encompassed 1,382 buildings and 18,073,731 square feet of building area.

Technical Training Support:

K2 Technical, LLC [Prime]
K2 personnel have designed, implemented and taught courses for the Air Force in their Integrated Defense Risk Management Program (IDRMP) and the Joint Risk Decision Support Tool (ForcePRO) including applied exercises in risk analysis.
Professional Development and Training Support
K2 Technical, LLC [Prime]
K2 personnel have designed, implemented and taught courses for the Air Force in their Integrated Defense Risk Management Program (IDRMP) and the Joint Risk Decision Support Tool ForcePRO including applied exercises in risk analysis.
Universal Technology Corporation (UTC) [Sub]
UTC provides high level management training and support through a small cadre of former government senior executives from diverse, multi-agency backgrounds. Together, they have over 150 years of experience. Some of the areas include Strategic Investment Strategy Definition, Capability-Based and Development Planning Support, Program Planning, Budgeting, and Execution Support (PPBES), Leadership and Organizational Development and Project Management.

In-Service Engineering, Fleet Introduction, Installation and Checkout Support:

T.Y. LIN International (T.Y. LIN) [Sub]
For more than 10 years, T.Y. LIN has provided civil engineering services in support of the Port of Oakland’s Maritime operations and development projects. For the APL Yard and Gate Redevelopment at Middle Harbor Terminal (Berths 60-63), T.Y. LIN prepared site layout and demolition plans and grading and drainage plans and profiles. T.Y. LIN also provided design coordination with the paving and geotechnical sub consultants and project support. Berth 60-63 is an existing 80-acre container terminal for three container ship berths with paved container laydown area and all associated infrastructure. The project included grading and drainage design for rubber tired gantries (RTG) and top-pick vehicles, as well as for chassis-trailer operations. Facilities include inbound/outbound gate facility, radiation portal monitor system and customs border patrol facility, service buildings, yard equipment maintenance pads, container washing facility, passenger and yard vehicle parking, rubber-tired gantries, reefer racks and bunkers, yard lighting, utilities, and drainage.

Program Support:

K2 Technical, LLC [Prime]
The K2 management team has a wealth of Prime Contract, Sub Contract and Personnel Management experience. Mr. Ken Lien (K2 Founder and President) provides 28 years of military and contractor experience and was the Principal Investigator/Program Manager for the successful execution of two $10m contracts under AFRL/RXQ, (FA4819-09-C-0026 and FA4819-09-C-0019), the latter of which was transferred to AFCEC upon stand-down of AFRL/RXQ His company is currently successfully executing a $5m Prime Cost Contract and AMCOM subcontract within budget and schedule.
System High Corporation [Sub]
System High provides exemplary program support to many government customers. With extensive experience in Program Management, Security Operations, Program Protection, Foreign Disclosure, System Security Engineering, and International Security, System High is able to satisfy the support requirements and also fulfill all Special Security Studies that may be required.   Testimony to this is the recent F-35/JPO selecting System High as the Prime contractor for program support of their Joint Strike Fighter Program Support Contract.
Universal Technology Corporation (UTC) [Sub]
UTC provides high level program support through a small cadre of former government senior executives from diverse, multi-agency backgrounds. Together, they have over 150 years of experience. Areas of support include Strategic Investment Strategy Definition, Capability-Based and Development Planning Support, Program Planning, Budgeting, and Execution Support (PPBES), Leadership and Organizational Development and Project Management Support.
T.Y. LIN International (T.Y. LIN) [Sub]
T.Y. LIN staff includes program managers, project managers, project control specialists, planners, engineers and scientists with proven experience in the project management and project delivery process. They take large transportation projects from inception through to completion, including: Work Planning and Scoping, Projecting Funding and Budgeting, Scheduling and Project and Administrative Control, Independent Reporting, and Risk Analysis Management. T.Y. LIN has provided program support and management for multiple renovation and energy projects globally including at the Charles George Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center in Asheville, North Carolina. This project work was contracted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Under its Indefinite Delivery Contract with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Charleston District, T.Y. LIN served as lead design engineer and project manager in support of the National Park Service (NPS) Sumter Energy Project at Fort Sumter National Monument. T.Y. LIN provided the design and quality review of a value analysis for both a hydrogen fuel cell (HFC) system and a new photovoltaic (PV) solar system to meet a predetermined percentage of the site’s total power demand. The team also generated a feasibility study and schematic design for issuing a design-build construction project RFP.

Public Affairs and Multimedia Support:

Universal Technology Corporation (UTC) [Sub]
Meetings Management & Visual Graphics is a commercial division of UTC with over 50 years of experience hosting meetings, conferences, and tradeshows of every size and scope. As a multifaceted operation, they provide complete planning, management, and graphics services to Government, Industry, and Academia.