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DSI Receives Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) GROW Certification

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    Davis Strategic Innovations (DSI) recently completed the Veteran Institute Procurement (VIP) GROW Program, a comprehensive training and certification program that helps veteran-owned businesses strengthen their ability to win government contracts and do business with both military and civilian agencies.

    On March 25,2021, Davis Strategic Innovations (DSI) was one of 52 businesses from 20 states to graduate from the Veteran Institute for Procurement (VIP) GROW Program.

    The first of its kind in the nation, VIP GROW is a 3-day, 27-hour comprehensive certification program designed for veteran-owned small businesses to increase their ability to win government contracts. Participants must be a C-level leader in a Veteran-owned small business operating for at least two years with a minimum of 3 full time employees and have experience working on government contracts as a prime and/or sub-contractor to a prime.

    Facilitated by subject matter experts, VIP GROW participants receive hands-on market-based instruction that helps establish best business practices for Federal government contracting.

    There are over 20 topics taught by highly experienced industry and government professionals with a focus on accelerating your growth through best business practices. Curriculum subject examples include: Reducing risk to veteran-owned companies, their customers, and Accounting/ Budgets/ Developing Rates; Compliance Contracting – Teaming, Joint Ventures, RFI; Financing/Capital Management; Human Resources; Insurance; Marketing – Proposals & Capture Management; Program Management/Internal Controls. The program also provides participants with access to Federal and prime contracting executives along with a national network of veteran owned small businesses that they can team with on opportunities.

    Since the program launched in 2009, 984 Veteran-Owned Small Businesses have graduated from VIP GROW. VIP GROW graduates report growth rate averages of 63% within one year of graduating from the Institute and more than 259% two years after graduating.

    "We are honored to give back to the men and women who served our country by providing them with the tools they need to succeed as government contractors," said Barbara Ashe, National Director of VIP. “We hope this training fosters their success as businesses and employers.”

    VIP GROW is fully funded by the Montgomery County Chamber Community Foundation, partnerships with SBA, Lockheed Martin, and the State of Maryland, and VIP sponsors. www.NationalVip.org

DSI Awarded Subcontracts on Hypersonics C-HGB and LRHW Programs

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DSI was recently awarded a subcontracts on the Common-Hypersonic Glide Body (C-HGB) and Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW) programs. The mission is to develop ultrafast and maneuverable long-range missiles with the ability to launch from ground mobile platforms. This will allow the US to counter the ever growing threats from foreign adversaries in the realm of missile development and defense.

DSI supports the program through mechanical design with modeling of various parts and components of the missile and launchers, as well as, software development efforts with engineers who have significant knowledge creating and maintain applications on closed loop defense networks.

DSI's UAH Engineering Interns Gain Mentorship in DoD and NASA Environments

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (February 2020) - The University of Alabama in Huntsville engineering graduates continue to be a robust source of talent for DSI's engineering needs.

"We think very highly of the rigorous engineering education available at UAH," commented Andrew Davis, DSI Vice President," and are proud to have two UAH engineering students as DSI interns this year. These interns and other UAH engineering graduates continue to provide our government and corporate customers innovative ideas, solutions and technical expertise. Go Chargers!"

Davis Strategic Innovations (DSI) Engineer Dustin Loomis Awarded a Silver Snoopy

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida (August 2019) – Dustin Loomis, a Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Element Integration Engineer for Kennedy Space Center (KSC), was awarded a Silver Snoopy Award.  This is an award for NASA employees who have shown significant contributions to the human space flight program.  An astronaut always presents the Silver Snoopy because this is the astronauts’ own award for outstanding performance contributing to safety and mission success.

Mr. Loomis serves as the SMA Element Integration Engineer for the Spacecraft Off-Line Processing Element (SOPE) and the Orion Vehicle, ensuring the safe performance of Verification and Validation and testing activities at the Multi-Payload Processing Facility and Launch Abort System Facility (LASF).  Recently he was instrumental in developing new area access training for Orion and Interim Cryogenic Stage Propulsion System (ICPS) processing operations in the Multi-Payload Processing Facility (QF130KSC) and Launch Abort System Facility (QF150KSC) at KSC.  His efforts increased the level of safety for all personnel performing work in EGS flight hardware processing facilities.

Mr. Loomis exhibits DSI’s guiding principles of integrity and providing superior quality work to our customers.  He is always willing to assist his fellow coworkers and regularly contributes beyond his normal work requirements.  During the critical Orion Crew Capsule Underway Recovery Test #7 (URT), Mr. Loomis volunteered on less than a 48-hour notice to replace the primary SMA Engineer who was called away due to a family emergency.  He traveled to the Navy ship underway off the coast of San Diego to support this critical mission ensuring uninterrupted required safety support and success of URT-7 at sea operations.

DSI congratulates Mr. Loomis for receiving the Silver Snoopy Award.  Fewer than one percent of the aerospace program workforce receive it annually, making it a special honor to receive this award.

Davis Strategic Innovations (DSI) Engineer Charles Wilson Awarded NASA Silver Achievement Medal

Pictured from left to right: KSC Center Director - Bob Cabana, Charles Wilson, KSC Deputy Diretor - Janet Petro

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida (August 21, 2018) – Charles Wilson, an engineer for Davis Strategic Innovations, Inc. (DSI), was recently awarded the NASA Silver Achievement Medal-Individual for outstanding Safety and Mission Assurance safety engineering contributions to the Ground Systems Development and Operations Program at Kennedy Space Center.

DSI supports the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Safety and Mission Assurance Support Services III (SMASS III) contract that provides mission assurance, engineering, and risk assessment in the Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) disciplines at KSC and at other NASA SMA supported sites.  Mr. Wilson was honored for providing superior support to the Safety & Mission Assurance (S&MA) Ground Systems Development & Operations (GSDO) Division and the GSDO Program.  In addition to his assigned work duties, Mr. Wilson initiated and established a charter for the Cycling Club at KSC to help socialization and has volunteered assisting the KSC Garden Club in its efforts to create a new and exciting look for the Nation's premier multi-user spaceport.

Davis Strategic Innovations (DSI) is a Service-Disabled, Veteran-Owned small business dedicated to quality engineering, analysis, research, education, information technology, and exercises focused on technical, policy and procedural issues to enhance national security. To find out more, please visit www.davisdsi.com or call 256-489-0550.

(Pictured from left to right: KSC Center Director - Bob Cabana, Charles Wilson, KSC Deputy Director - Janet Petro)

DSI Supports Navy Diver Training for NASA's Orion

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DSI, a member of the NASA Ground Systems Development and Operations Program Safety team, supported Navy Diver Training on the Orion capsule at the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) in Houston, TX. The NBL offers a unique opportunity to give divers exposure to the Orion capsule and the operations required to capture it following successful splashdown while maintaining a controlled environment. Divers are trained on hazards that will be encountered during at sea testing and are also provided with the opportunity to work with recovery equipment planned for use during testing and development of the operations. This training also marked the 1st time in the NBL facility’s history where the pool area was darkened in order to simulate night time operations. DSI Safety accompanied the Recovery Director in order to provide unique insight into characteristics and proper hazard mitigation for the Orion capsule.

 

High Score! Employees Rate DSI in Best Places to Work Survey

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (February 22, 2017)

Davis Strategic Innovations, Inc. (DSI) participated in the 2017 Best Places to Work survey which measured a wide range of research-validated workplace factors that impact employee engagement and satisfaction.

Best Places to Work fosters a workplace where employees willingly go above and beyond in their work, advocate for the organization and intend to stay into the future.

Excitingly, the Best Place to Work score average score of all DSI employee responses was 96.56… higher than the typical Best Place to Work micro-finalist in score of 95.

DSI scored 100 on “Knowing What Matters” (vs. the Best Places National Top 5% score of 99). When asked if they felt valued by their organization, employees responded, “The senior leaders of the organization value people as their most important resource.”

A random sampling of DSI's Best Places to Work optional open-ended employee responses is below:

“Great culture here! We support our customers in achieving their goals, and we achieve ours."

“I really enjoy working for DSI. This company has made me feel right at home as an important part of their team, and makes me feel like I am more important to them than just another employee. I really appreciate all they do for us to ensure we are happy and give us the tools and flexibility we need to be most successful at our jobs.”

“This is a great company to work for because the owner cares about their employees. You are a Human Being, not just a Pay Number on a piece of paper! You always feel appreciated, not just for your work, but for your thoughts/ideas. I have been here for a while, and I have absolutely no bad things to say about this company or our management staff.”

"Davis Strategic Innovations is a great company to work for and goes out of its way to support their employees. I very happy with my decision to come to work for DSI, and the opportunity I get every day to support the defense of our great nation.”

 

DSI Recognized as High-Performing Small Business Subcontractor by General Dynamic

 

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FAIRFAX, Virginia (November 30, 2016)

Davis Strategic Innovations, Inc. (DSI) announced today that it was recognized by General Dynamics Information Technology as a high-performing small subcontractor for their technical effort and performance during the past year. The General Dynamics Information Technology Quality Service Provider (QSP) Program uses an established quality rating system and an annual evaluation process to identify the highest-quality small business providers based on quality of work, timeliness, responsiveness, cost effectiveness and standards of conduct. In 2016, 12 QSP awards were given to GDIT subcontractors, confirming the QSP award to be a very significant achievement.

Davis Strategic Innovations, Inc. was recognized at an award ceremony held on November 30, 2016, at General Dynamics Information Technology headquarters in Fairfax, VA. The award was presented by Dan Johnson, President of General Dynamics Information Technology to Andrew Davis, DSI’s Director of Operations.

 

NASA Highlights DSI Support of SLS

 

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HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (June 14, 2016)-

Davis Strategic Innovations, Inc. (DSI) was recently honored to be selected by NASA as one of the small businesses to be highlighted in the NASA publication, "Space Launch System: A Case for Small Business (NP-2016-03-2141-HQ), Pgs. 42 and 43."

Attached is a copy of the 2 page profile. DSI is proud to support NASA and our nation’s space program.

NASA: Tell us about your company’s history and its capabilities.

DSI: We are a premier engineering support company dedicated to engineering, science, analysis, research, and education. The company is a Service-Disabled Veteran–Owned Small Business that focuses on the technical support of complex customer requirements in the areas of safety, environmental, engineering, strategic planning, program management, and medical/public health. Since 2007, DSI has provided technical support to NASA in numerous engineering capacities such as safety, propulsion, stress, thermal, design, mechanical, hardware, and guidance and navigation. At the Kennedy Space center (KSC), DSI performs safety engineering and analysis, reliability, systems safety, and operations safety support through the S-MASS II contract. At Marshall Space Flight center (MSFC), DSI has three technical support contracts. In 2009, DSI received a MSFC Small Business Subcontractor Excellence Award, presented for the company’s exemplary support to NASA.

NASA: How many employees does your company have?

DSI: DSI has 40 employees.

NASA: How long have you supported the SLS Program?

DSI: DSI has supported the SLS Program since its inception and is proud to have provided past engineering support to NASA’s Constellation Program as well.

NASA: Describe what services or support you provided to the SLS Program.

DSI: We support the NASA MSFC Space Launch System Program Office on the launch vehicle stage adapter (LVSA) contract. The LVSA is part of the evolvable SLS configuration. DSI also supports the Spacecraft and Payload Integration and Evolution (SPIE) Office, which is an integral part of the Space Launch System, and is responsible for the management, planning and integration of spacecraft, including the Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV) and pay-loads in support of the SLS vehicle. The DSI Team provided extensive Stress Engineering and Finite Element Analysis support, completed the Safety Plan in accordance with SLS- RQMT-015 and Program Hazard Analysis Requirements, completed the LVSA Safety and Mission Assurance (SMA) Plan in multiple volumes, provided the Reliability and Maintainability Plan, as well as, the Failure Modes and Effects Analysis and Critical Items List Plans.

NASA: How has your business evolved or grown supporting the SLS Program?

DSI: Many of our capabilities in Stress Engineering and Finite Element Analysis and Reliability and Maintainability Engineering have become more robust due to the critical nature of the SLS project and its complexities. Joining the SLS team enabled DSI to continue supporting the NASA’s historic and scientific missions and contributing to the United States’s prominence in space.

NASA: Describe future endeavors for your small business with NASA and/or the Federal Government.

DSI: NASA is a unique and exciting customer to support—the Agency’s aeronautic, space, scientific, and exploratory mission pushes the envelope and continues to be a source of national identity and global recognition. DSI endeavors to increase support to NASA in technical engineering across a greater number of Centers. The company also wants to engage in an increased number of NASA projects, through subcontracting to outstanding primes and, where a business case supports, by pursing prime engineering support opportunities.

The full publication is available at http://www.osbp.nasa.gov/docs/236209_SLS-TAGGED.pdf.

 

Dr. Davis Elected to ASMDA Board

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama (January 21, 2016) - Davis Strategic Innovations was honored to have Dr. Jim Davis selected as a Board Member of the Army Space and Missile Defense Association at ASMDA’s 2016 Annual Membership and Award Luncheon held at Von Braun Center's North Hall.The audience of over 306 included many dignitaries including US Representative Mo Brooks and other senior level public servants, multiple General Officers and government Senior Executive Service members from Redstone Arsenal.

Mr. Al Kemmet, 2015 ASMDA President, stated that as ASMDA completes its 21th year, “we can be very proud of the role that ASMDA plays in advancing a common understanding of the vital importance of space and missile defense systems to our national defense.  He explained, “the Air, Space, and Missile Defense Association was formed in 1995, right here in Huntsville, as a non-profit, non-political educational and scientific organization with the mission to promote the security of our Nation by providing programs and support for activities that contribute to advancing the vital importance of air, space, and missile defense systems.”  He also mentioned, “our objective is to foster communications and relationships between government activities with responsibilities for, or interests in air, space, and missile defense; local government organizations; and local industries.”

“It’s truly an honor,” Dr. Davis noted, “to help promote the defense of our Nation through strong space and missile defense programs. Through a common understanding of the importance of space and missile defense systems to our national defense, we can encourage our nation and its citizens to place space and missile defense in the forefront of our advocacy efforts, fiscal budgets and technological efforts. The ASMDA’s charter allows us to come together to do just that.”