SENTEL Wins RS3 – Largest IDIQ Contract in SENTEL’s History

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SENTEL Corporation (SENTEL) has been awarded the Army’s Responsive Strategic Sourcing for Services (RS3) IDIQ, the largest IDIQ in SENTEL’s history, with a ceiling value of $37.4B. A highly sought-after contract by companies both large and small, RS3 is replacing five expired or expiring contracts. SENTEL was one of 55 awardees, out of 387 bids submitted to the government.

RS3 provides knowledge based professional engineering support services for programs with Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) related requirements, which include:

  • Engineering
  • Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E)
  • Logistics
  • Acquisition and Strategic Planning
  • Education and Training Services.

Michael Smith, Vice President of Engineering, said it best:

I am proud of our team here at SENTEL for their continued commitment to excellence. Winning this contract is a testament to the team’s efforts. The RS3 IDIQ contract provides a vehicle through which SENTEL Corporation will continue to support the US Army and Warfighters around the world, with innovative and well-engineered solutions.

Congratulations to SENTEL’s Engineering Segment for their focused pursuit of this contract, and to all the people who contributed to the award.

SENTEL IT Solutions Team Appraised at CMMI Maturity Level 3

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SENTEL Corporation, Information Technology Solutions Sector today announced that it has been appraised at Maturity Level 3 of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model (CMM) Integration (CMMI)®-DEV V1.3. Concurrently, Software Engineering was appraised at Maturity Level 2, having sustained this level for 17 years. The appraisal was performed by Global Process Solutions, LLC.

The photo, above, depicts the CMMI Appraisal Team (appearing left to right): Paul Schwartz, Mary Segnit (Lead Appraiser), Amy LaCivita (CMMI Sponsor), Lynn Simms (EPG Chair), Jackie Harding, Michelle Simms, Rosario Garcia, Doug Mahagan, and General Kip Ward.

CMMI is a collection of best practices for product and process capability improvement that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance.

An appraisal at Maturity Level 3 indicates the organization is performing at a “defined” level. At this level, processes are well characterized and understood, and are described in standards, procedures, tools, and methods. The organization’s set of standard processes, which is the basis for Maturity Level 3, is established and improved over time.

An appraisal at Maturity Level 2 indicates the organization is performing at a “managed” level. At this level, projects have ensured that processes are planned and executed in accordance with policy; the projects employ skilled people who have adequate resources to produce controlled outputs; involve relevant stakeholders; are monitored, controlled, and reviewed; and are evaluated for adherence to their process descriptions.

The systems and software development work at SENTEL Corporation has been performing at appraised levels of the CMM and CMMI since the year 2000. This latest effort by the Information Technology Solutions group in conjunction with our expanded organization’s set of standard processes, is the pinnacle of our best practices for over 17 process areas. According to Lynn Simms, Engineering Process Group (EPG) Chair, “We are thrilled to be formally recognized for our consistent dedication to quality products and processes.”

SENTEL’s IT Solutions has been working with the Audit Programs and Support Services (APSS) at the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) since 2001. We have consistently seen improvements in deliverable quality as SENTEL continued to follow the best practices and organizational standard processes as described by the CMMI model. According to Rahul Vyas, APSS Program Manager, “Our recent appraisal to CMMI Level 3 will allow us to continue delivering timely and of exceptional quality deliverables. With the inclusion of 11 more process areas, we are looking forward to large gains in customer satisfaction, increased efficiency and deliverable quality.”

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About the Information Technology Solutions Sector

The accessibility of information and the ability to manage that information is a driving factor of success in every business environment. The ability to fully integrate and manage information systems is a critical component of any IT solution. SENTEL delivers effective solutions for complex Enterprise IT needs. From software engineering to secure network solutions to enterprise IT business process re-engineering, SENTEL has the experience to help you succeed in an environment where the only constant is change.

SENTEL has a successful track record of more than 20 years of quality software releases and customer satisfaction. Our employees are trained in handling sensitive and classified data for a variety of customers. Our software engineers have solid experience with applications development, complex program integrations, and integrating data from multiple sources for specific program and customer use in service of clients including the IRS, the Navy, the Army, and commercial clients.

About the Engineering Sector

SENTEL has been a market leader in developing information solutions designed for spectrum management systems, sensor networks, border surveillance systems, perimeter surveillance systems, and chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) detection systems.

About SENTEL Corporation

SENTEL was founded in 1986 as an engineering company supporting the U.S. government with electromagnetic capabilities and sensor integration. As the needs of our customers have grown, and technology has accelerated to match, SENTEL has substantially grown capability areas to provide the services our customers need. SENTEL now supports integrated logistics, information technology, intelligence, engineering, mission support, business services and test and evaluation services for a variety of clients. Our multi-faceted company is currently engaged in various high profile initiatives ranging from major integrated logistics initiatives, border protection, system engineering services, geophysical monitoring technology, safety management, intelligence support activities, chemical and biological detection, security product development and software development.

About CMMI® Institute

CMMI Institute ( is the global leader in the advancement of best practices in people, process, and technology. The Institute provides the tools and support for organizations to benchmark their capabilities and build maturity by comparing their operations to best practices and identifying performance gaps.

Howard Watson Selected Member of the National Spectrum Consortium (NSC)

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SENTEL Corporation (SENTEL) is pleased to announce that Mr. Howard Watson, Senior Spectrum Analyst, a member of SENTEL’s Engineering Services Division and SENTEL’s Spectrum Management Next Generation Team, was selected to be a member of the National Spectrum Consortium’s (NSC) Executive Committee. The NSC is a spectrum industry consortium that collaborates with multiple government agencies to mature technologies and policies that improve electromagnetic spectrum awareness, sharing and use. Mr. Watson brings to the NSC extensive background in electronic warfare, DoD spectrum policy, military Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) systems, and Navy’s AWS-3 frequency band spectrum auction processes.

Robert Wright Helps Bring New African American Museum to Washington DC

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Two recent articles have been written about Dr. Robert Wright’s, SENTEL’s Co-Chairman Emeritus, involvement bringing the new African American Museum to Washington DC.

First, from McClathyDC is an article entitled, From Segregated South to Shaping Nation’s African-American Museum

As chairman of the blue-ribbon commission charged with planning the museum, Wright’s panel produced the 2003 report “The Time Has Come,” which laid out the administrative and creative vision for the $540 million facility.McClathyDC

The second article, comes from the Ledger Enquirer, an article entitled, National Black Museum Draws Some Columbus Leaders to Nation’s Capital

“I remember the day that Bob Wright called and told me that the President asked him to serve as head of the commission that led to the building of this facility,” he said. “He has been a long-time personal friend of mine. I’m here at his invitation and it’s a great honor.State Rep. Calvin Smyre Speaking in the Ledger Enquirer

SENTEL Wins Spectrum Management Next Generation (SM-NG) & E3 Services Contract

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SENTEL Corporation (SENTEL) is pleased to announce that the firm has been awarded the Spectrum Management Next Generation & Electromagnetic Environment Effects (E3) Services Contract. SENTEL is the prime contractor on this five-year contract, issued by the Department of Navy, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division. The contract consists of one 12-month base ordering period, two 12-month optional ordering periods and two 12-month award term ordering periods and has a $59.9M value. Under the SM-NG & E3 contract, new technologies to ensure the safety, reliability, and operational effectiveness of Navy and Joint systems exposed to the operational electromagnetic environment will be developed. SENTEL will provide engineering and technical services to achieve strike group, platform/system, and subsystem/equipment electromagnetic compatibility. Contractual efforts will span test, evaluation, analyses, and development of tactical decision aids, hardware, firmware, and software tools for real-time cognitive spectrum coordination, as well as continued support for the Afloat Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Program, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Program.

AESOP Ver. 3.2 was Accepted by Naval Surface Warfare Center

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SENTEL Corporation is proud to announce that the Afloat Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations Program (AESOP) Version 3.2 was accepted this week by Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), Dahlgren, VA. In turn, NSWCDD released AESOP 3.2 for delivery to the Warfighter. SENTEL Fleet Support personnel began immediate replication, packaging, and shipment of the 3.2 material.

AESOP develops the Operational Tasking Communication (OPTASK COMM) and combat systems radar frequency plans for use by U.S. and allied navies to maximize electromagnetic compatibility and minimize electromagnetic interference (EMI). AESOP uses verified radar, communication and propagation models to consider U.S. and foreign EMI impacts to strike group operations. AESOP adheres to national and international frequency regulations to achieve proper emission control (EMCON); clear communications; increased visibility of surface and air targets and tracks, increased probability of radar-guided missile intercepts, reduced system susceptibility to clutter and jamming, compliance with treaties or agreements involving frequencies, and compliance with spectrum reallocation enacted by Congress

With an emphasis on supporting the warfighter, this version of AESOP contains both new capabilities and enhancements which optimize the spectrum planning functionality and includes features requested directly by fleet users, the Navy Marine Corps Spectrum Offices (NMCSOs) and Joint spectrum planners.

SENTEL Corporation designed, developed, and has continues support of AESOP, support that spans 20+ years. SENTEL is proud of its role in supporting the Fleet and the Warfighter, as the Navy continues its role of dominance of the seas.

SENTEL President Kip Ward Receives Award from Liberia

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As a part of Liberia’s Independence Day Celebrations at the Liberian Embassy in Washington, DC, Liberian Ambassador to the U.S. presented (on behalf of Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf) the Armed Forces of Liberia Distinguished Service Order to SENTEL President Retired Army General Kip Ward. The award was presented to Ward for his strategic vision and leadership as commander USAFRICOM in support of the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL), enabling the AFL to build a professional and capable military force. As a result, the United Nations Mission in Liberia is coming to a close this year. Photos show Ward, his wife, son-in-law and granddaughter being greeted upon arrival at Liberian embassy residence and Ambassador Sulunteh presenting award.

SENTEL Joins National Chemical & Biological Defense Consortium (NCBDC)


SENTEL has joined the National Chemical & Biological Defense Consortium (NCBDC), a newly formed group focused on advancing development efforts to support the Department of Defense’s (DoD) medical pharmaceutical and diagnostic requirements as related to enhancing the mission effectiveness of military personnel. It was formed in response to the Government’s expressed interest to establish an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with industry, academia, and not-for-profit partners.

The intent is to:

  • Afford greater visibility into Government needs and priorities; provides increased ability to leverage IR&D investments to meet those needs
  • Create a channel for small companies and non-traditional suppliers to identify opportunities and establish customer relationships
  • Operate through a flexible contracting vehicle capable of multiple tasking with a single set of terms and conditions

The envisioned collaboration focuses on (but is not limited to) supporting the JPEO-CBD and their seven Joint Program Management (JPM) Offices to counter Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) threats. With the following near term objectives:

  • Detection: Systems and devices to identify CBRN agents and assist in making medical decisions
  • Prevention: Prophylaxis, pretreatment, and post-exposure
  • Treatment: Therapeutics (post-exposure, post-symptomatic)
  • Chemical: Medical protection against use of chemical agents

This Consortium was joined by the engineering group and the application was completed by Joe Mongeon and Kelly Zeh, who will be vetting and leading the responses as requests are sent to the consortium.

SENTEL President Kip Ward Speaks about the Growing Threat from Violent Extremism in Africa


Voice of America (VOA) Host Carol Castiel and VOA’s Middle East Reporter, Mohamed Elshinnawi, talk with General Ward, former Commander of the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM) about the growing threat from violent extremism in Africa, including AQIM, Boko Haram and Al-Shabab, and how to best combat it.

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