Vencore Awarded Role on $960 Million U.S. Air Force NETCENTS-2 ID/IQ Contract

Chantilly, Va. — July 6, 2015 — Vencore, Inc. announced today that it was awarded a prime position on the U.S. Air Force Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) Application Services in the Full and Open Competitive Pool. 

The $960 million multi-award, indefinite quantity/indefinite delivery (ID/IQ) contract vehicle allows twenty qualified providers to begin competing immediately  to provide application services such as sustainment, migration, integration, training, help desk support, testing and operational support to the U.S. Air Force.  Vencore will be eligible to compete for task orders for application services contracts based on size and complexity during the program’s initial three-year term and four optional one-year extensions.   

“The Vencore team has a deep understanding of software engineering with a professional skillset that rivals many commercial operations,” said Mac Curtis, president and CEO of Vencore, Inc. “Our unique domain knowledge comes from a vast history of developing complex and successful, mission-focused solutions for logistics, maintenance, and aviation.  We look forward to providing outstanding applications, services and support to our Air Force customer.”

The NETCENTS-2 contracts provide the Air Force with a primary source of net-centric and information technology products, services, and solutions.  The vehicle supports the U.S. Air Force, along with potential applications with other branches of the military, the Department of Defense and additional Federal agencies. 

Vencore Labs Wins $4.8 Million Darpa Award for Wireless Network Defense

Work Will Significantly Enhance Security of Military Wireless Networks

Chantilly, Va. — July 1, 2015 — Vencore, Inc. announced today that its applied research organization, Vencore Labs, was awarded  a $4.8 million contract by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to protect wireless networks against attacks on the control plane, which includes the networking as well as the data link layers.

This work is the second phase of DARPA’s Wireless Network Defense (WND) program.  Vencore Labs was also an awardee on the first phase, which was focused on technology development. During Phase 2, the focus will be on applying technologies developed during Phase 1 to heterogeneous wireless networks that are relevant to the U.S. military.

“Securing wireless networks is incredibly complex and DARPA is renowned for attacking these types of hard-to-solve problems,” said Steve Omick, Ph.D., president of Vencore Labs. “Vencore Labs has decades of experience in working with these types of networks and finding solutions for the types of issues that they present.”

The primary focal points of Vencore Labs’ work include technologies for detecting network attacks, mitigating the impact of these attacks, and disseminating information about unreliable wireless network elements across the network so that other nodes can take appropriate defensive action. 

Vencore Labs’ approach is notable in that its output will be applicable to multiple network technologies and be able to protect these disparate networks using a common defensive framework.   In addition, the Vencore Labs’ work will deliver a wireless defense framework that is robust in the face of attacks, has a very high accuracy rate, and imposes very little overhead on the network.  

Vencore Labs Wins $11.8 Million DARPA Award for Advanced Cyber Networking

Work will Deliver “Revolutionary Advances” in Resilience of Cyber Communications

Chantilly, Va. – June 30, 2015 – Vencore, Inc. announced today that its applied research organization, Vencore Labs, was awarded an $11.8 million contract to bolster the resiliency and reliability of the military’s IP networks by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA).

The work is a critical component of DARPA’s Edge-Directed Cyber Technologies for Reliable Mission Communication (EdgeCT) program.  A key objective of the EdgeCT program is to mitigate a wide range of cyber communication failures and attacks in real-time.

“By its own definition, DARPA is looking for truly ‘revolutionary advances’ in this area,” said Steve Omick, Ph.D., president of Vencore Labs. “In this cyber application, we will be using our particular expertise in mission-aware networking and edge-based resilient communications to develop breakthroughs on several fronts.”

Specific focal points of the Vencore Labs work include techniques for automated discovery and characterization of degraded network performance, techniques for assigning network resources to communications in a distributed and globally-optimal fashion, and techniques for providing edge-based resilience for critical communications by dynamically altering protocol stack configurations in response to changing network conditions.

Under this contract, Vencore Labs is a performer in Technical Area One of the EdgeCT program.  The focus of TA1 is developing an end-to-end system that integrates revolutionary technologies for real-time network analytics, holistic decision systems, and dynamically-configurable protocol stacks to mitigate the effects of core network disruption for critical communications.


Vencore, Inc. Launches its Transformative New Research Organization, Vencore Labs

CHANTILLY, Va., - June 29, 2015 - Vencore, Inc. is proud to introduce its new, transformational applied research organization, Vencore Labs.  Vencore Labs delivers generation-after-next research and engineering solutions that enable government agencies, utilities and commercial enterprises to fuel the future growth and development of communications, data analytics and cyber security.

From smart grids to smart phones, intelligent highways to intelligent battlefields, Vencore Labs exceeds the pace of traditional development models and delivers high-tech research, consulting and engineering that can be practically applied to solve real-world problems for its clients.

"Vencore Labs enables us to look beyond today and uncover new solutions and capabilities to solve tomorrow's challenges," says Mac Curtis, president and CEO of Vencore. "Our scientists, engineers and analysts are not only delivering solutions that no one else can, they are going beyond proof of concept and taking those solutions to market."

Vencore Labs is located in Basking Ridge, N.J. and most recently operated under the name Applied Communications Sciences (ACS).   In 2013 Vencore acquired ACS, which employs more than 200 scientists, engineers and analysts.  Fifty-five percent of the technical team members hold doctoral degrees and 50 percent are patent inventors.

"Our team delivers the most advanced technologies and solutions," says Steve Omick, PhD, president, Vencore Labs. "For example, our SecureSMART technology is a comprehensive cyber security solution for smart grid networks, which helps prevent and stop the more than 10,000 cyber-attacks each month at utilities. And that is just one case of innovation already happening at Vencore Labs."

Vencore Labs is constantly refining and advancing its core competencies via a diverse portfolio of externally funded projects coupled with strategic internal investment dollars.  In October 2014, the company was awarded the Cyber Security Applied Research and Experimentation Partner (AR&EP) Program, under the direction of the Army Research Lab (ARL).  The 5-year, $48.5M single-award IDIQ contract highlights Vencore Labs' innovative leadership in cyber experimentation approaches in order to validate and transition basic research being performed in parallel on the ARL Cyber Security CRA (Collaborative Research Alliance) by a consortium of universities.

Vencore Labs innovation continues to earn priority funding despite on-going pressures on many government and commercial research budgets. Its research helps identify commercial solutions that can be refined and adapted to government-specific needs as well as government solutions that meet commercial demands.

Vencore Names Jennifer Felix as new Chief Financial Officer

Chantilly, Va. — June 25, 2015 — Vencore, Inc. announced today that Jennifer Felix has accepted the position as the company’s senior vice president and chief financial officer (CFO), starting on July 20, 2015. As the CFO, Felix will be responsible for all aspects of Vencore’s financial transactions and functions, including accounting, compliance, tax, treasury, reporting, planning and analysis. She will also be integral to managing the relationships with Vencore’s Strategic Advisory Council and its investors.

“Jennifer is a distinguished and strategic addition to our executive leadership team,” said Mac Curtis, president and chief executive officer of Vencore. “She brings a wealth of experience from her financial leadership roles in companies serving the government sector and I look forward to working with her as we deliver on Vencore’s plan and continue to offer exceptional value to our customers.”

Felix comes to Vencore from Sotera Defense Solutions, Inc. where she has served as the CFO for almost three years. Before Sotera, she worked in financial leadership positions for various government contracting and technology companies, including General Dynamics, Vangent, Inc., Deltek and American Management Systems. She spent the first eight years of her career as an auditor with Deloitte.

“Vencore has demonstrated impressive growth under the current management team,” said Felix. “I look forward to working within such a high-performance culture and achieving new milestones on what has already proven to be a differentiating strategy.” 

Felix received her bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland in College Park, Md.