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Our experience spans the gamut of Intelligence, Space and Cyber mission areas!

Weaponizing Intelligence Combat Capabilities – Training (WICC-T)

Who we support:

Air National Guard Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Directorate

What we do:

Work with major commands (MAJCOMs) to develop, update, coordinate and publish formal Air Force Instructions (AFIs) and guidance specific to each Mission Design Series (MDS) or mission area. Products include AFI14-2(MDS) volumes, training guides, gradesheets and training and evaluation scenario materials.

Apply subject matter expertise (SME) to initial formal training unit (IFTU) program development to include drafting the course training standard (CTS), syllabus, & course materials

Facilitate education and training opportunities for unit implementation of the AFI14-202 program and its online documentation system at MAJCOM events and conferences training conferences

Augment face-to-face education and training by producing audio-visual training aids and videos that are made available as computer based training (CBT) modules online and/or sent home with attendees to use in their local implementation and train-the-trainer efforts

Support unit and MAJCOM implementation of the 14-202 online documentation system
  • Identify intelligence requirements meeting and exceeding 14-202 requirements
  • Provide subject matter expertise to the program office as they develop and incorporate intelligence requirements
  • Provide systems training and implementation support to units
Develop memoranda of agreement as required by ANG units and missions

Provide continuity and expertise to NGB/A2 as required to continually improve the Military Skills and Certification of the Intelligence personnel in the Air National Guard (ANG).

Impact:

AFPD14-2, AFI14-202 volumes, and 10 AFI [MDS] volumes applicable across the Total Force have been published so far as a result of our team’s efforts, and they continue to influence the development of more than 26 additional AFI14-2[MDS] volumes. WICC-T will eventually provide all AF intelligence personnel MDS/mission-specific positional training that complements general career field-wide enlisted skill-level upgrade training (CFETP). Units implementing AFI14-2[MDS] training, evaluation and procedural guidance can be assured that all intelligence personnel qualified in common duty positions within that MDS—regardless of unit location—can perform common tasks to an expected standard. Supervisors, trainers and evaluators can document training, administer tests, manage schedules, and record individual and career positional qualifications in an online system. The result is an efficiently qualified force that can focus on maximizing their combat effectiveness as they perform ISR missions.

For more on WICC-T, take a look at the lead editorial, 'Intelligence Training Transforms,' in the August 2006 edition of the Air Intelligence Agency 'Spokesman' magazine.

Space Protection

Who we support:

National Reconnaissance Office (NRO)

What we do:

Created processes from scratch to provide protection for NRO assets

Work was noted in a 2008 Inspector General report as being a model for the NRO and the space community

Created processes for Space Situational Awareness (SSA) using existing off the shelf tools such as Battlespace Visualization Initiative (BVI)
  • Provided daily SSA briefs to improve the situational awareness of the operators
Provided expertise on the emerging counterspace threat and worked with numerous intelligence agencies

Impact:

Significantly enhanced the security of NRO assets by creating processes from scratch that afforded enhanced situational awareness and potential courses of action in the event that NRO assets were targeted by hostile forces. Member of the team was chosen as the contractor of the quarter for these efforts from over 1,500 candidates.

Air Force Research Lab – Human Factors

Who we support:

Air Force Research Lab – Mesa, AZ

What we do:

Assist scientists with no intelligence background

Provide AFRL with intelligence training expertise

Help develop simulation events and scenarios to advance competency-based training and rehearsal

Provide input, feedback, advice on intelligence and information operations issues as well as emerging technologies

Help develop new capabilities for enhancing critical thinking skills

Impact:

Our intelligence and information operations subject matter experts (SMEs) have ensured AFRL scientists in the Warfighter Readiness Division consider and incorporate operational procedures as they develop scientifically principled learning technologies. By developing realistic scenarios and incorporating current tactics, techniques and procedures (TTP) our team assisted in the development of competency-based assessment indicators which enhanced mission-readiness for AF C4ISR crews and improved assessment capabilities and feedback. Our involvement in their efforts to integrate the C4ISR domain into Distributed Mission Operations (DMO) have helped AF C4ISR Crews achieve earlier proficiency through more realistic scenario-based training and resultant end-to-end training and rehearsal capabilities. Of note, we were integral to defining the mission essential competencies and processes that enabled AFRL Mesa, in conjunction with Air Education and Training Command (AETC), to define distributed training for tasking, processing, exploitation and dissemination (TPED) activities for the AF Distributed Common Ground System.

Grey Beard Targeting Study

Who we support:

HQ USAF A2

What we do:

Provided support to SAIC in a highly visible “Grey Beard” Study
  • Study examined the AF targeting mission area and associated challenges facing the USAF Intelligence community
Provided subject matter expertise (SMEs) to analyze deliberate, crisis action, and dynamic planning targeting requirements currently levied against the 480th Intelligence Wing and the AF Intelligence community

Traveled to various combatant commands, Air Force, and Joint organizations
  • Gathered data and prepared documentation for the study
Assembled data and presented findings to the Air Staff and throughout the intelligence community

Impact:

End state report served as the baseline for a comprehensive plan to improve targeting for the United States Air Force. An Air Staff directed Tiger Team used the genesis of the report to craft the get well plan for returning USAF targeting to an acceptable stage of readiness. The USAF established the “AF Targeting Center”, the service's focal point for targeting support, transformed training paradigms, erected a new Air Force Specialty Code and codified and established key certification programs.

Support to Eighth Air Force (8 AF) Intelligence Nuclear Mission

Who we support:

Headquarters, 8 AF Directorate of Intelligence (A2)

What we do:

Provided SME support to 8AF A2 in support of the Nuclear Mission

Drafted Intelligence Operations Guide

Drafted Mission Planning support processes

Assisted with training development and documentation

Coordinated research and review of documents
  • CONOPS
  • AFI 14-2 reviews
  • Background papers
  • Briefings, emails, correspondence for government representatives
  • Joint, USAF and Coalition documents
Assisted with planning and execution of exercises (ISR integration)

Impact:

Provided nuclear-specific intelligence expertise to the Numbered Air Force (NAF). Crafted comprehensive intelligence procedures Operations Guide, a benchmark document which codified 8 AF Task Force 204, 608 AOC and flying wing responsibilities in 8 AF's myriad missions. Provided in-depth reviews of DoD, USAF and coalition publications, identifying shortcomings in the document s and making impact recommendations. Organized key symposiums and tracked action items for the USAF-level conferences.

Operationally Responsive Space (ORS)/Joint Reconnaissance Platform (JRP)

Who we support:

ORS Office – Kirtland AFB, NM
Aerospace Defense Facility – Colorado (ADF-C) — Buckley Air Force Base
US Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM)

What we do:

Provided direct support for a Congressionally directed requirement to develop procedures for transitioning a national level satellite to the Department of Defense with JRP
  • Created new processes demonstrating more ISR responsiveness to the Joint Force Commander
Provided intelligence and space operations expertise in support of the ORS Office and the ADF-C

Developed and maintained an "ORS User Tier 1 (on orbit) Toolkit" that assisted users of ORS in identifying and planning the use of on orbit intelligence and communication satellites

Supported war gaming and simulation activities for US Southern Command using an ORS asset — RADARSAT-2

Provided analytical and operational ORS ISR support to exercises in Pacific Command, Central Command, US Coast Guard and III MEF

Developed a Toolkit Tutorial to familiarize the user with the available satellites and streamlined ISR and communication procedures

Developed Operational Considerations for optimizing Tier 1 assets
  • Command and control of assets
  • Transfer of authorities
Developed Tier 1 asset matrices
  • Discussed tasking, collection, processing, exploitation, and dissemination (TCPED) processes for Tier 1 assets

Impact:

Provided Congress with a report and other documentation demonstrating new processes to mature ORS ISR effects for the warfighter in real world operations. Led the way for the creation of the ORS Office which was chartered to expand on the lessons learned with JRP. Assisted the newly created ORS Office in developing their Tier 1 capabilities which was critical to the congressional call for a more responsive space and ISR network.

Space Awareness Toolkit for Calculating Anomalies to Satellite Tasking (SATCAST)

Who we support:

Air Force Research Lab – Wright Patterson

What we do:

Assist engineers and system developers in creating a realistic visualization tool to depict space weather effects and their potential impacts on satellites

Initiate and maintain contact with military satellite operators for critical feedback to the space environment visualization tools

Develop scenarios that provide realistic operational use cases to optimize the operational utility of the software

Draft CONOPS that explain the operational impacts and potential uses of the program

Assist with software demonstrations for the Space Operations Squadrons at Schriever Air Force Base by providing initial feedback and coordinating the visits for the civilian developers

Provide SME expertise in space and intelligence environment use cases to ensure the program focuses on the most critical needs and requirements of military personnel

Impact:

Provided space and intelligence subject matter expertise to assist in the development of visualization tools to aid satellite operators with identifying and anticipating space weather effects on satellites. Used recent space situational awareness (SSA) expertise to demonstrate more intuitive visualizations for the space environment to provide better mission planning for satellite operations and better anomaly attribution during the search for answers when a satellite is disabled.

JSpOC

Who we support:

614th Space Intelligence Squadron (Intelligence component of the JSpOC)

What we do:

Developed the ISR Division (ISRD) chapter for Space AF Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (AFTTP) 2-3.4 and other documentation for Space ISRD processes
  • Drafted Space ISR Chapter of AFI 13-1, Vol 3 AOC Operations
  • Developed new Unit Type Codes/staffing requirements
  • Assisted with gaining additional manning for the unit
  • Quickly moved forward to develop standard operating procedures, training requirements, and checklists for the ISRD, once new staffing requirements were identified
  • Assisted in training new and existing ISRD personnel by conducting training sessions, staff assistance visits and exercise evaluations

Impact:

Provided first ever ISR guidance and documentation for the Space AOC (JSpOC) ISRD and assisted in the development of the AOC procedures for the whole JSpOC based on expertise with the other normalized AOCs. Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), Operating Instructions, training requirements, and checklists were developed to provide guidance to the ISR personnel that were unfamiliar with supporting space operators and operating under the AOC construct. Assisted the Space ISRD in becoming Initial Operating Capability (IOC).

Advanced Analysis Seminars

Who we support:

HQ USAF A2 (Directorate of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance)
PPC supports a partner company on this effort, and while the contract is with the HQ USAF/A2, the seminars benefit hundreds of Intelligence analysts at several Combatant Commands and across all the Military Services.

What we do:

  • Provide Senior Instructor/Mentor for A2 Advanced Analysis Seminars
  • Provide guidance and expertise to seminar planners
  • Help develop seminar coursework

Impact:

The Advanced Analyst Seminars are revamping Air Force Intelligence analysis by developing a seasoned cadre of intelligence professionals who would consistently provide original, substantive, and prescient intelligence analysis to AF and other national security consumers using advanced analysis methodologies. The two-week intensive sessions are re-energizing analysts with challenging reading lists with a broad range of viewpoints, stimulating open discussions, and confidence building practical exercises. The Seminar focuses on critical thinking in urban counterinsurgency operations and other stimulating scenarios and provides analysts with sophisticated analysis techniques, new cognitive templates, and advanced critical thinking skills that will enable them to assess a complete range of threats in unpredictable, complex environments, now and in the future. 

Air Force Instruction (AFI) 14-2 Contract

Who we support:

Air Force Air Combat Command (ACC A2X)

What we do:

  • Provide support to ACC to develop required AFI 14-2 volume series for Mission Design Series (MDS), that ACC is designated lead MAJCOM
  • Research, draft, and coordinate AFI 14-2 MDS Volumes
    • Volume 1:  Training
    • Volume 2:  Standardization/Evaluation
    • Volume 3:  Operations
  • Drafted coordination ready 3 volume sets for each of the following MDS:
    • F-22
    • MC-12
    • E-3
    • RQ-1/9
    • RC-135
    • U-2
    • RQ-4
    • EC-130

Impact:

This effort increases effectiveness for AF Intelligence units supporting these assigned Air Force weapons systems by ensuring standardized operations, training and evaluation criteria are documented for each MDS community. This formal guidance provides a common standard for each weapons system for operations, training and evaluating individual capability to perform the assigned unit mission. This baseline enables the community to identify the specific capabilities necessary to be declared Mission Ready (MR) which is essential in this period of sustained high ops tempo. 

Air Operations Center (AOC) Contract

Who we support:

Air Force Air Combat Command (ACC A2X)

What we do:

  • Provide support to develop procedures manuals, TTPs, and other process documentation to facilitate standardization across the ISRDs
  • Draft/Review key process documents to include:
      • AFI 13-1  AOC Vols 1-3
      • AFTTP 3-1  AOC Operational Employment
      • Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
  • Coordinate with Units on processes, techniques, and requirements

Impact:

Providing technical Subject Matter Experts for each specialty area of the ISRD to ensure continuity in ISRD processes. The PPC Team also assists with coordination of various ISRD meetings, working groups and tactics review boards. Our team assists with agenda planning, outlining topics and coordinating meeting details. The breadth and depth of ISRD experience on our AOC Team provide the right subject matter expertise to satisfy the wide range of requirements for Air Combat Command.  

SERVICES

  • Intelligence Training
  • AOC Operations
  • Space ISR
  • Cyber/IO
  • SBIR development
  • Technical Writing
  • ISR Battle Management
  • CONOPS Development
  • Scenario Development
  • Intelligence Systems
  • Analysis
  • Force Management
  • Unit Level Operations
  • Research and Testing
  • Homeland Defense