To build new technology components, Active Computing applies core competencies to bridge technology gaps, enabling high-payoff solutions for challenging problems important to military users. We exploit the intersection between problems we think we can solve and military problems which currently have no technical solution. We maintain close contact with technology experts, key programs, and military change agents---those commanders and domain experts with vision and support who can help us understand problems and have a driving need to solve them. When we identify change agents, we commit strongly to them and use rapid prototyping techniques to build a partial solution. Within 30 days, our prototype has gone through a dozen or more iterations, and we have a strong sense of whether or not it will result in a fielded system. Typically, the prototype is usable at that point, at least by a domain expert. To mature the prototype, we conduct experiments, test and refine algorithms, extend functionality, and stress-test the prototype in realistic exercises. Software improves with iterations, and many cycles later, the prototype is ready to be used widely. With good design, the prototype may be modified and generalized to solve many other kinds of related problems. Finally, the prototype is transitioned to a systems development contractor for hardening and maintenance. Even then, new innovations may be applied to the resulting system, creating new prototypes that embody new technology that can then be re-integrated into the system. This process accurately reflects our experience building SOFTools for DARPA and the US Special Operations Command.
To architect systems, Active Computing depends on loose coupling and advanced technology for integrating combinations of applications. Integrated systems are critical for advancing the state of the art for one key reason: more coverage equates to more context, and automated decision aids perform better with more context. There are many ways to integrate components into systems. We use loose coupling to maximize flexibility. We distill the hype out of the latest protocols to provide simple, efficient, and robust methods of sharing digital information. Our ideas for a Confederation Wed (the new name for the structured data web) are being used to develop next-generation command and control systems that will greatly improve future military capability across functions, security levels, and coalition partners.
As a small company, Active Computing can't solve large problems without collaborating with others. We enjoy working as part of a larger team, often in a leadership role. Traditionally, the military has depended on prime contractors to provide most of the technology needed for new systems, and so the business culture often assumes a traditional large corporation as a major player for new systems development. In many cases, that framework is appropriate. However, innovation comes from individuals, not companies. In the information age, independent contractors and small companies, grouped in cooperative consortiums, have advantages over large prime contractors and lessor subcontractors. Today, small companies can rapidly identify and subcontract precisely the kinds of experts needed for a task, dissolving the business relationship immediately after it is needed. Consortiums can be formed with less overhead and more speed than ever before. Small companies have unprecedented agility, fewer constraints, and better ability to propagate good ideas, increasing the opportunities for commercialization and support. And, as the pace of business quickens and employee turnover remains high, networks of small companies are potentially more stable than traditional large companies. In addition to working in a traditional role as a prime or subcontractor, Active Computing maintains a network of experts available for subcontracting and can issue consulting agreements or subcontracts within 1-2 days. Government programs that take advantage of rapid subcontracting can react faster to changes in funding, program objectives, new technology, and new sources of expertise.
In business since 2004, Active Computing remains focused on increasing military capability to help ensure national defense for the United States. We are a veteran-owned small business poised to assist the DOD and other Departments vital to the security of the US in an age of asymmetric threats. We're strong in artificial intelligence, databases, computer systems, and information analysis. With 20 years of combined technical and government program management experience, we understand DOD needs and have a history of successfully meeting them. Particularly if your problem requires research and development or must be solved quickly, there's a good chance we can help.