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Lockheed Martin has invested in a new and innovative center to work alongside the U.S. Navy and test leading-edge and open architecture technologies to accelerate capabilities to the warfighter by providing a unique resource for government, academia, industry and business to collaborate.

The Technology Collaboration Center-West (TCC-W) is located on the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Old Town campus in San Diego.

“TCC-West is a facility that blends the roles of small business incubator and new technology evaluation laboratory,” said Dan Phelan, Lockheed Martin’s TCC-W program manager. “We foster partnerships with small businesses that enable them to gain access to the systems currently used by the fleet, which increasingly is resulting in new business for them. The advantage for us is that we are able to evaluate commercial off-the-shelf technologies that help us provide more cost-effective and leading-edge solutions for the Navy.”

The broad spectrum of enabling capabilities within TCC-W spans many elements of the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence (C4I) domain, including current Navy baseline systems, and enables small businesses maximum flexibility, interoperability and testing in an unstructured environment , all at no cost to them.

One key Navy initiative that can benefit from TCC-W is the Consolidated Afloat Networks & Enterprise Services (CANES) program. The CANES program will ultimately consolidate more than 50 of the Navy’s information systems networks in the fleet, reducing the infrastructure size and associated costs, while increasing reliability and networking capabilities to meet current and projected warfighter requirements.

Today, the Navy has dozens of networks aboard its ships and at shore-based sites. Unifying the afloat networks with a single, common open architecture approach, using Commercial-Off-The-Shelf components, will provide the Navy with greater flexibility to maintain and grow its fleet information systems at a lower cost as technology evolves in the future.

Earlier this year, the U.S. Navy competitively awarded Lockheed Martin an initial system design and development contract for CANES. Small businesses collaborating with Lockheed Martin at TCC-West are playing a critical role in Lockheed Martin’s pursuit of the CANES program.

“We believe by bringing small businesses onto the team, we can provide the lowest risk solution to the Navy, “said Karen Conti, vice president of Navy Networks at Lockheed Martin. “We have teamed with seven small businesses on the CANES capture effort. They are working side by side with us at TCC-West and bringing unique capabilities to the table that will truly make a difference in our CANES offering to the Navy.”

One of the small businesses on the Lockheed Martin CANES team is Trident Systems of Fairfax, Va. Trident provides shipboard wireless networks and methods to users on different secure networks that allow for collaboration through messaging or chat. The company has benefited from working at TCC-W.

“What we really like about working with TCC-West is their knowledge of both leading edge technologies, and current and future Navy needs,” explained Mike Casey, Trident’s director of business development. “We decided to team with Lockheed Martin on the CANES program because their TCC-West operation demonstrated not just a willingness, but an eagerness to understand our cross-domain chat solutions and how they fit into the Navy’s requirements. “

Other small business leaders see the value in collaborating at the facility.

“As a small business specializing in advanced user interface designs for military decision-makers and teams, it is important for us to be able to partner with a reliable, supportive organization that can help us transition our concepts into C4ISR systems,” said Richard Kelly, principal scientist at Pacific Science & Engineering Group Inc., located in San Diego. “Lockheed Martin has been an excellent technology partner for us. They have mentored us on how our designs can best fit into large-scale systems development.”

Lockheed Martin reached an important milestone in May as it welcomed its 100th small business to TCC-West. This wireless communications company is beginning its 90-day engagement to integrate and demonstrate its technology against the baseline wireless systems now installed in the fleet.

Please join us to celebrate the 100th small business to engage at Lockheed Martin’s TCC West facility at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 18 at the Lockheed Martin booth.

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