VATC Awarded Contract with the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute

VATC Awarded Contract with the Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute

TAMPA, Fla., August 04, 2017 — Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting Inc. (VATC), a leader in delivering advanced Distributed Missions Operations training environments to government and commercial customers around the world, announced today that it has been awarded a contract with the U.S. Army’s Peacekeeping & Stability Operations Institute. As part of the award, VATC will provide IT services to the Institute to support its internet, intranet and extranet capabilities.

“We’re excited and grateful to begin serving the Army and its important Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute with our IT services and solutions,” Sara Moola, VATC’s co-founder and president. “VATC has a legacy of past performance in working with the U.S. Army, and we look forward to supporting them in this new capacity.”

The Peacekeeping and Stability Operations Institute is dedicated to supporting peace, post-conflict and stability operations around the world in partnership with civilian agencies, governmental and nongovernmental organizations, international organizations, and allied militaries. In supporting PKSOI, VATC will be responsible for application development, database management and other IT and technical support.

The PKSOI contract falls under the GSA IT 70 schedule. For more information about VATC, please visit www.vatcinc.com.

VATC’s Innovative Common Database Builder Installed with Special Operations Command to Support Upcoming Training Exercises

TAMPA, Fla.–Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting Inc. (VATC), a leader in delivering advanced Distributed Missions Operations training environments to government and commercial customers around the world, announced today it has installed its Common Database Builder technology product at select government sites within Special Operations Command and other agencies, including the organization that produces and maintains 3-D visualization databases and enhanced geospatial data for simulated training exercises with Special Operations Forces. As part of the installation, VATC’s software product will be used for the first time to assist in training and exercise mission planning and rehearsal with the U.S. Air Force at Hurlburt Field and with the U.S. Army at Fort Campbell.

“VATC got its start serving SOF, and we designed CDB Builder with our deep knowledge of that community’s existing capabilities and evolving needs,” said Sara Moola, VATC’s co-founder and CEO. “Based on that understanding, VATC’s CDB Builder allows users to view a common operational picture, quickly adjust and manipulate their data and see a real-time impact, all at a lower cost than any previous solution available. We believe that this innovative tool will play a critical role in transforming mission readiness for SOF and conventional forces.”

CDB Builder is VATC’s open-standard geospatial database tool for enhanced synthetic visualization. The builder provides users with a 3-D map of the world that can be manipulated to reflect different conditions and visualizations, including night vision, forward-looking infrared, radar and computed-generated forces. Users can build their own models and share them system-wide in real-time, enabling greater collaboration among forces in singular or joint exercises. At select sites within SOCOM and other agencies, CDB Builder will be used in its first live trial for users to offer feedback and data for VATC to generate features customized for additional capability needs.

CDB Builder is one component of VATC’s larger EPIC Ready platform, which is designed to improve mission readiness with three tools:

  • Common Database Builder — Provides enhanced command and control (C2) and geospatial visualization, allowing users to build, edit and share 3-D models for a uniform training experience.

  • Digital Media Replicator — Enables participants to engage in the most realistic environments possible by aggregating digital media information to inform intelligence and operations and enhance training and exercise effects.

  • Planning and Analysis System — Improves rapid field review and deepens the combat preparedness assessment by measuring training performance against mission objectives, becoming the first real-time system to quantify mission readiness.

For more details, or to set up a demo, please visit www.vatcinc.com.

About Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting, Inc. (VATC)

For more than a decade, Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting Inc. (VATC) has combined its joint training experience, innovative engineering talent and intelligence expertise to pioneer the development of the most advanced Distributed Missions Operations (DMO) training environments available anywhere in the world. Combining the latest open geospatial data standards with an integrated suite of innovative DMO training solutions, VATC offers a legacy of proven performance, leading subject-matter expertise and the most innovative technological solutions to the modern military’s growing challenges. For more information, visit us at www.vatcinc.com, or on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.

VATC to Sponsor 2017 U.S. Army Birthday Ball

TAMPA, June 6, 2017 — Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting Inc. (VATC), a leader in delivering realistic training environments to government and commercial customers around the world, announced today that the company will serve as a proud Silver Sponsor of the 242nd Army Ball Birthday Celebration, to be held at the Hilton Tampa Downtown on Saturday, June 10. This is VATC’s second year as a sponsor for this event.

“We’re extremely proud to support this celebration of our Armed Forces’ history, bravery and service,” said Sara Moola, VATC’s co-founder and CEO. “At VATC, giving back to our forces is manifested in everything that we do, and we’re looking forward to sharing in that commitment with the rest of the military community at this year’s Army Ball.”

VATC’s event attendees are current employees who are distinguished veterans from the Army and Air Force with backgrounds related to Intel, C-IED and Special Operations.

This year’s Army Ball is themed “A Celebration of the WWI Soldier,” and will celebrate the U.S. Army’s 242nd birthday with dining, entertainment, and a keynote presentation from Army Chief of Staff Mark A. Milley. For tickets and more details, please visit https://ausasuncoast.org/events/242nd-army-ball-tampa-florida/.

Getting “Real” about Readiness at SOFIC 2017: VATC Showcases Groundbreaking EPIC Ready™, Hosts Platform’s First User Group

TAMPA, Fla.–Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting Inc. (VATC), a leader in delivering realistic training environments to government and commercial customers around the world, announced today that it will provide demonstrations of its innovative EPIC Ready platform, and host a small user group reception to discuss the current and future applications of the product at the 2017 Special Operations Forces Industry Conference in Tampa, Fla., May 15-18. At their user group reception, titled “The Map of ThingsTM: Mission Readiness through a Map-Based Data Analytics Platform,” EPIC Ready users are invited to discuss the product’s development and deployment thus far, and operational input into the technology’s future solutions for greater mission readiness. Launched just six months ago at I/ITSEC 2016, EPIC is already having great success in support to many customers across the DoD.

“In today’s ever-changing threat environment, no organization is ever expected or able to act alone in times of crisis. Recognizing the numerous challenges that face the Joint Forces today and in the future, we developed the EPIC Ready platform to bridge critical gaps in training realism and assessment,” said Sara Moola, VATC’s co-founder and CEO. “EPIC Ready seeks to maximize individual and unit mission readiness by exposing all echelons of command to the most realistic training and exercise experience possible, enabling objective and comprehensive exercise performance measurement, and visually representing the multi-dimensional ‘Map of Things’ through EPIC’s high resolution 3D common layered geospatial environment. We’re looking forward to discussing the future of the product, and how we work together for enhancing global mission readiness, with our users at SOFIC.”

EPIC Ready™ is a cloud-based or appliance-delivered platform that was created to improve realism in training, and to distribute exercise performance analytics in both dashboards and map-based presentations. Using a combination of geospatial representation and analytics, replication of realistic human dynamics, and performance-driven metrics, EPIC delivers comprehensive analysis and quantifiable and actionable results available for sharing “Jointly” among defense, intelligence, partner nations and non-governmental organizations. EPIC Ready™ is comprised of three tools combining to generate the most realistic open and distributed enterprise platform ever created. System elements include:

  • Common Database Builder — Provides enhanced command and control (C2) and geospatial visualization, allowing users to build, edit and share 3-D models for a uniform training experience.

  • Digital Media Replicator — Enables participants to engage in the most realistic environments possible by aggregating digital media information to inform intelligence and operations and enhance training and exercise effects.

  • Planning and Analysis System — Improves rapid field review and deepens the combat preparedness assessment by measuring training performance against mission objectives, becoming the first near real-time system to realistically and objectively assess readiness.

The EPIC Ready platform will be demonstrated at SOFIC 2017, May 15-18, in suites 2138/2133 at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel. To set up a demo, contact Thomas Miller from VATC at tmiller@vatcinc.com. To learn more about VATC, please visit www.vatcinc.com.

About Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting, Inc. (VATC)

For more than a decade, Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting Inc. (VATC) has combined its joint training experience, innovative engineering talent, and intelligence expertise to pioneer the development of the most advanced, realistic Distributed Missions Operations (DMO) training environments available. Combining the latest open geospatial data standards with an integrated suite of innovative DMO training solutions, VATC offers a legacy of proven performance, leading subject-matter expertise and the most innovative technological solutions to the modern military’s growing challenges. For more information, visit us at www.vatcinc.com, or on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.

Sara Moola represented in the Florida High Tech Corridor

ST. PETERSBURG, FL — Ms. Sara Moola, VATC CEO and President, was recently interviewed in the Florida High Tech Corridor Magazine. She was featured in the section titled, “Future Faces of Technology” where they cover the most innovative and ground-breaking figures in the technology space. The article discusses Ms. Sara Moola’s expertise and background in the GIS space and how it has fueled the creation of VATC’s EPIC Ready product, a cloud-based / physical appliance designed to improve realistic training for the warfighter. Its patented technology platform allows for multiple military forces from land, air, or sea to collaborate on the same training exercise providing better training measurements for top level exercise planners to analyze. The Florida High Tech Corridor also produced a video piece covering Ms. Sara Moola and her vision for transforming training for the future warfighter.

The magazine article can be found on page 18 of the publication. VATC in Florida High Tech Corridor.

VATC Awarded Subcontract with CACI to Support Special Operations Forces

TAMPA, Fla.–Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting Inc. (VATC), a leader in providing global strategies, training and technology for secure operations around the world for the U.S. and its partners, announced today it has been named a first-tier subcontractor to CACI on a Special Operations Forces Planning, Rehearsal and Execution Preparation contract. VATC’s position on the SOFPREP contract, which is valued at $4.2 million annually, will enable the company to support CACI in delivering labor, equipment and materials necessary to support the Program Executive Officer for Special Reconnaissance, Surveillance and Exploitation. VATC will provide geospatial database and system engineers to support geospatial intelligence collection, processing and dissemination for Special Operations Command.

“VATC is honored to have this opportunity to continue and expand our services to the SOFPREP program,” said Sara Moola, VATC’s co-founder and CEO. “Together with CACI, we have supported SOFPREP for the last five years and now can continue to combine our strengths to help provide a greater array of services and solutions in geospatial intelligence to Special Operations Forces.”

The SOFPREP program produces and maintains 3D visualization databases and enhanced geospatial data for simulated training for Special Operations Forces. This SOFPREP contract with CACI is renewable for the base of the award, plus three years.

About Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting, Inc. (VATC)

For over a decade, Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting Inc. (VATC) has combined its joint training experience, innovative engineering talent and intelligence expertise to pioneer the development of the most advanced Distributed Missions Operations (DMO) training environments available anywhere in the world. Combining the latest open geospatial data standards with an integrated suite of innovative DMO training solutions, VATC offers a legacy of proven performance, leading subject-matter expertise and the most innovative technological solutions to the modern military’s growing challenges. For more information, visit us at www.vatcinc.com, or on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.

SOF WOLF to Host Fifth Annual Gold Star Leadership Camp

TAMPA, Fla. & PARK CITY, Utah–Special Operations Forces Warrior Outdoor Leadership for the Future (SOF WOLF) announced today that it has opened registration for its fifth annual Gold Star Leadership Camp, a week-long program that will be held June 7-13, 2017, in Park City, Utah, to give children of fallen Special Operations Forces an opportunity to connect and learn about leadership, life and career building skills within a community of peers. SOF WOLF is actively recruiting first-time and returning Gold Star students to attend the camp, the cost of which is fully sponsored through SOF WOLF.

“Special Operators are some of the greatest heroes our country has, and our goal since founding SOF WOLF has always been to bring personal and professional opportunities to the Gold Star families that fallen warriors leave behind,” said Sara Moola, co-founder of SOF WOLF. “We’re humbled and grateful to be continuing our program this summer in Park City, and are looking forward to welcoming a new group of students and mentors to the WOLF family.”

At SOF WOLF camps, participants are paired with professional mentors who come from a variety of backgrounds, including business owners, athletes and community leaders. With the mentors’ assistance, students work on their resumes, search for internships and develop other professional skills. At the same time, the camp agenda includes fun teambuilding outdoor activities, including aerial ski jumping, hiking, rock climbing, horseback riding, mountain biking and zip lining. This year, participants will be taken into the Moab Desert on a challenging expeditionary excursion where they will engage in rafting, rock-climbing, survival training and much more. Following the camp, many participants keep in contact with their mentors, begin internships with the connections that they have made and continue on to greater success.

SOF WOLF is an initiative founded and funded by Sara Moola and Mike Vaughn, co-founders and owners of Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting (VATC), a Tampa-based defense and intelligence contractor serving Special Operations and Defense forces, among other agencies and customers. For more information, please visit www.vatcinc.com.

To apply to participate in this year’s SOF WOLF camp as a student or mentor, please visit www.sofwolf.org/apply. Parties interested in donating to the cause may do so at www.sofwolf.org/support.

About VATC

For over a decade, Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting Inc. (VATC) has combined its joint training experience, innovative engineering talent and intelligence expertise to pioneer the development of the most advanced Distributed Missions Operations (DMO) training environments available anywhere in the world. Combining the latest open geospatial data standards with an integrated suite of innovative DMO training solutions, VATC offers a legacy of proven performance, leading subject-matter expertise and the most innovative technological solutions to the modern military’s growing challenges. For more information, visit us at www.vatcinc.com, or on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.

With New Office Open, VATC Turns Training Expertise into Technology Product

Contractor Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting, which has long specialized in military training, has opened a new division in Florida and is selling its first product.

The company's new division, based in St. Petersburg, is focused on applied research and technology. The first product released through this division is known as EPIC Ready and is meant to bolster the realism of training and quantify readiness.

Sara Moola, VATC's chief executive, told Inside Defense the company has sought to marry the expertise of its workforce with technology. About 90 percent of the company's employees previously served in the military or worked for government agencies.

The EPIC system incorporates a common database builder, which provides command and control and geospatial visualization; a digital media replicator, which aggregates media information; and a planning and analysis system, which measures performance against objectives.

In an interview with Inside Defense, Mike Vaughn, the company's chief operations officer, said the new product "opens doors" for VATC.

"There's a requirement across a lot of different areas in government, and you could even push this out into the commercial sector," he said, noting the product is relevant for any industry that must prepare for risk.

By Marjorie Censer  

February 7, 2017 at 11:54 AM

Source: https://insidedefense.com/insider/new-office-open-vatc-turns-training-expertise-technology-product

With new office open, VATC turns training expertise into technology product

Contractor Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting, which has long specialized in military training, has opened a new division in Florida and is selling its first product.

The company's new division, based in St. Petersburg, is focused on applied research and technology. The first product released through this division is known as EPIC Ready and is meant to bolster the realism of training and quantify readiness.

Sara Moola, VATC's chief executive, told Inside Defense the company has sought to marry the expertise of its workforce with technology. About 90 percent of the company's employees previously served in the military or worked for government agencies.

The EPIC system incorporates a common database builder, which provides command and control and geospatial visualization; a digital media replicator, which aggregates media information; and a planning and analysis system, which measures performance against objectives.

In an interview with Inside Defense, Mike Vaughn, the company's chief operations officer, said the new product "opens doors" for VATC.

"There's a requirement across a lot of different areas in government, and you could even push this out into the commercial sector," he said, noting the product is relevant for any industry that must prepare for risk.


VATC’s Maxwell Finalist for Tampa Bay Business Journal CFO of the Year

TAMPA — Rita Maxwell, Vice President of Finance and Accounting for Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting, Inc., has been recognized as a finalist in the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Awards. The awards recognize extraordinary finance professionals in the Tampa area.

“We’re thrilled that Rita has been recognized for her incredible financial acumen, professionalism and service to the community,” said Sara Moola, co-founder and CEO of VATC. “We know we are lucky to have her on our team, and we are excited to share in her success.”

In addition to her role at VATC, where she is responsible for overseeing finance and accounting for a rapidly growing, multimillion dollar global company, Rita is Treasurer on the Board of Directors of the Tampa Bay Chapter of Women in Defense, and has previously served on the Board of Directors of the Upper Tampa Bay Chamber of Commerce. She is heavily involved in the Tampa community, and has financial officer experience in defense, private sector companies and public governments, including serving as Controller of the Lighting Systems Business Segment at Goodrich Aerospace, and as the former Assistant Finance Director for the City of Safety Harbor, Fla.

The final winner of the CFO of the Year Awards will be announced on Thursday, Feb. 2 from 11:15 AM to 1:30 PM at the Bryan Glazer Family JCC. The awards are sponsored by BB&TCBIZ MHM and Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick.

Faces of Technology: Preparing the Nation’s Protectors

Sara Moola will never forget 2003. At a conference in Tampa, the geospatial information systems expert crossed paths with Mike Vaughn, a veteran and contractor with more than 20 years of experience in military special operations. Their shared passion to make a difference would become the foundation for a successful business partnership and, two years later, a successful marriage.   

“We started the company because of a vision and a passion for this,” said Moola, CEO of Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting Inc. (VATC).  

VATC provides cutting-edge tools for simulation and training, intelligence, research and human performance.  Its patented technology platform allows multiple military forces from land, air and sea to collaborate on the same training exercise.  One of its latest developments, Digital Media Replicator, integrates simulated data from news, blogs and social media to replicate the real-time data soldiers review and respond to on deployment.  VATC’s unique platform also enables mission planners to determine the allocation of resources for a simulation.  Their decisions are measured during the training exercise and evaluated post-training.   

“We’ve been researching, developing and testing this for quite a few years, but not until recently had we developed a testable solution that’s now productized and will be coming out at I/ITSEC in Orlando,” Moola said, referring to the Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference, the world’s largest modeling, simulation and training conference hosted annually in Orlando. 

Geospatial data, one of the foundational elements of VATC’s technology, is driven by Moola’s expertise.  She was first introduced to a GIS laboratory while working for an environmental management firm. The technology inspired her to complete a master’s degree in GIS at Clark University and, later, she transitioned into GIS roles for military intelligence.   

Moola oversees more than 150 employees at VATC’s 36 locations worldwide, including its headquarters in Tampa, which were established to serve the local military presence at MacDill Air Force Base and to facilitate collaboration with research partners in Orlando. The region’s capacity for research and development is a primary reason Moola believes defense partners should look to Florida for innovation. 

“The technology corridor is so powerful in two areas:  Orlando, which is our military research arm, and Tampa, which has Special Operations Command and Central Command,” Moola explained.   

She and Vaughn are committed to serving the region’s large defense community. Ninety percent of VATC’s employees are veterans and the couple has established a charitable leadership program for children of fallen Special Operations Forces. 

“The long game is important to us and the difference we make in the operational environment is important to us,” said Moola. “I enjoy seeing the commitment of our employees to our customers and knowing we’re making a difference.”

Find the original story here: https://floridahightech.com/preparing-the-nations-protectors/

Get Ready: VATC to Launch Innovative EPIC Ready™ Platform at I/ITSEC 2016

November 22, 2016 08:35 AM Eastern Standard Time

TAMPA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting Inc. (VATC), a leader in delivering advanced Distributed Missions Operations training environments to government and commercial customers around the world, today announced it will unveil a new technology solution for mission readiness — EPIC Ready™ — at booth No. 2348 at the 2016 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 28-Dec. 2. Built on decades of technical expertise and tactical experience from geospatial experts and in-field operators, EPIC Ready™ will launch as the first comprehensive, product-based training solution of its kind able to quantify mission readiness and meet the interoperability, security and preparedness needs of the modern military.

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“VATC’s four decades of operational experience make us uniquely positioned to understand the budgetary, interoperability and readiness challenges that our customers face,” said Sara Moola, co-founder and CEO of VATC. “We developed EPIC Ready™ to close the gaps in currently available training with a system that maximizes individual and force mission readiness through a measurable, realistic exercise experience. With EPIC Ready™, our Armed Forces can get the sophisticated preparation necessary for combat in an increasingly complex world.”

EPIC Ready™ is a cloud-based or appliance-delivered platform that creates fully integrated training experiences. Using a combination of geospatial analytics, human dynamics factors and performance-driven metrics, the platform provides a common operational environment, realistic training effects and quantifiable results. EPIC Ready™ is made up of three pieces that combine to generate the most realistic Distributed Mission Operations environments ever created. These pieces include:

  • Common Database Builder — Provides enhanced command and control (C2) and geospatial visualization, allowing users to build, edit and share 3-D models for a uniform training experience.

  • Digital Media Replicator — Enables participants to engage in the most realistic environments possible by aggregating digital media information to inform intelligence and operations and enhance training and exercise effects.

  • Planning and Analysis System  Improves rapid field review and deepens the combat preparedness assessment by measuring training performance against mission objectives, becoming the first real-time system to quantify mission readiness.

VATC will demo EPIC Ready™ for the first time in I/ITSEC Booth No. 2348, which it will share with Bohemia Interactive Simulations to showcase the companies’ complementary visions for improving the virtual battlespace. To schedule a personal or group demonstration at the show, please contact Thomas Miller at tmiller@vatcinc.com.

For more information about VATC, please visit www.vatcinc.com.

About VATC

For over a decade, Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting Inc. (VATC) has combined its joint training experience, innovative engineering talent and intelligence expertise to pioneer the development of the most advanced Distributed Missions Operations (DMO) training environments available anywhere in the world. Combining the latest open geospatial data standards with an integrated suite of innovative DMO training solutions, VATC offers a legacy of proven performance, leading subject-matter expertise and the most innovative technological solutions to the modern military’s growing challenges. For more information, visit us at www.vatcinc.com, or on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter.

VATC’s Maxwell to Speak at Deltek Insight 2016

WASHINGTON – Rita Maxwell, Director of Finance and Accounting for Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting, Inc., will speak at the Deltek Insight 2016 Conference, the annual meeting of Deltek customers in the government contracting and professional service industries. At Deltek Insight, Rita will present alongside Joe Graziano, Senior Systems Consultant from NeoSystems, on small business best practices for switching to Deltek’s fully integrated, cloud-based financial management systems. Her presentation will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at 11:25 a.m.

Deltek Insight 2016 will be held at the National Harbor in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 14-17, 2016. For more information about the conference, visit http://www.deltekinsight.com/

VATC is a leader in providing global strategies, training and technology for secure operations around the world for the U.S. and its partners. For more information about VATC, visit us at www.vatcinc.com

VATC Opens New Division in St. Petersburg Dedicated to Applied Research and Technology

TAMPA, Fla. – Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting Inc. (VATC), a leader in providing global strategies, training and technology for secure operations around the world for the U.S. and its partners, announced today that it has opened a new division and office dedicated to applied research and technology in St. Petersburg, Fla. VATC’s new tech incubator will serve as a hub of innovation to support the development of technology solutions to serve the interoperability and mission readiness needs of customers throughout military, intelligence and law enforcement communities.

“This new office opening is representative of VATC’s present growth and vision,” said VATC Co-founder and Chief Operations Officer Mike Vaughn. “As mission environments become more complex, technology must enable realistic training conditions in a rapidly changing environment. This new division will allow VATC to create innovative, top-of-the-line technology that keeps our clients the best prepared in the world.”

VATC’s new division will be led by Shands Pickett, Vice President of Applied Research and Technology and a subject-matter expert in intelligence services, mission-readiness and technology engineering. The team will include technology engineers and developers with experience in the Department of Defense and intelligence communities. Products being developed by the operation include a digital media replicator to simulate web content for exercises, a CDB Builder to compile multi-dimensional geospatial data, and a forthcoming planning and analysis system to track and visualize training task competition.

“Our new office opening represents a unique approach to developing software and technology for defense environments,” said Pickett. “Other contractors answer government requirements by asking software engineers, who have likely never served or gained experience within these specialized communities, to develop code and create products that often don’t achieve government’s intended effects. At VATC, we’re able to leverage our Special Operations experience working at the tactical and operational levels in active theaters around the world to develop technology solutions that start with the service member.”

VATC’s headquarters will remain in Tampa, Fla., where the company employs dozens of experts in training and exercise, intelligence services and human performance to support Special Operations, conventional and partner nations’ forces.

At the 2016 Interservice/Industry Training, Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) on Nov. 28-Dec. 2 in Orlando, Fla., VATC will officially launch the first product of the new division, an innovative technology platform that will be the first of its kind to offer a full lifecycle of solutions for live, virtual, constructive and gaming (LVCG) forces training.

About Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting Inc. (VATC)

VATC is a leader in providing global strategies, training and technology for secure operations around the world for the U.S. and its partners. From locations around the world, VATC works closely with customers in defense, intelligence and related domains to provide management consulting, joint training solutions, information technology and engineering support at program, operations and technical levels. For more information, visit us at www.vatcinc.com, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Defense tech security firm to hire more than 50 amid opening new St. Petersburg 'incubator'

ST. PETERSBURG — Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting, a Tampa-based defense security firm, plans to hire more than 50 additional employees amid opening a new "tech incubator" in downtown St. Petersburg.

VATC, which employs more than 200 people in Tampa and in satellite offices around the world, is basing the incubator in the newly renovated First Central Tower, the former Florida Federal headquarters.

The company said the St. Petersburg operation will serve as a "hub of innovation" for developing technology solutions to help its customers in the military, intelligence and law enforcement sectors.

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"This new office opening is representative of VATC's present growth and vision," company co-founder and chief operations officer Mike Vaughn said in a statement.

"As mission environments become more complex, technology must enable realistic training conditions in a rapidly changing environment. This new division will allow VATC to create innovative, top-of-the-line technology that keeps our clients the best prepared in the world."

Heading the new division will be Shands Pickett, vice president of Applied Research and Technology. His team will include technology engineers and developers with experience in the Department of Defense and intelligence communities.

As with past expansions, VATC expects to hire many local veterans for open positions.

For information about job openings at the company, visit vatcinc.com/careers/.

VATC’s 50 Percent Growth Fuels New Offices, Expanded Leadership Team

TAMPA, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Visual Awareness Technologies and Consulting Inc. (VATC), a leader in providing global strategies, training and technology for secure operations around the world for the U.S. and its partners, announced today that it is expanding its leadership team and opening new offices along the East Coast, including locations in St. Petersburg, Fla., near Camp Lejeune, N.C. and in Washington, D.C. These developments were fueled by a period of record growth for the company, which has experienced a 50 percent increase in new business with the federal government over the same period last year.

“VATC is growing and we are putting additional leadership in place to secure a foundation to support continued expansion,” said VATC Co-founder and President Sara Moola. “As our national defense faces increasingly challenging and ever-changing field conditions, special operations forces must be equipped with the most state-of-the-art, mission-ready tools. Growing VATC’s leadership and geographic footprint allows us to continue to meet those needs and effectively support an even broader customer base.”
Over the past three months, VATC has opened new offices in St. Petersburg and near Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. This December, the company will also establish a presence in Washington, D.C. These moves will be used to support VATC’s existing customers in those locations, including special operations forces from several branches of the military, the Department of Homeland Security and others. The new offices will be led and staffed by an expanded leadership team of subject matter experts in intelligence services, applied research and technology and mission-readiness, including:

  • Jason Fulford, Vice President of Bids and Proposals, who will serve as the primary technical researcher and manager of new business proposals

  • Rita Maxwell, Director of Finance and Accounting, who ensures appropriate compliance and reporting on company financials

  • Thomas Miller, Marketing Manager, who will be responsible for developing, implementing and executing strategic marketing initiatives to attract new customers

  • Dennis Pannell, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, who will oversee strategic engagement and development for current and future business

  • Shands Pickett, Vice President of Applied Research and Technology, who will lead the St. Petersburg office in continued development of VATC’s EPIC platform

  • Chad Ritchie, Director of Intelligence Services, who will be responsible for business development and management in intelligence and technology

These changes will enable VATC’s team of special operations experts to bring a depth of experience, insight and understanding to more customers throughout the defense and intelligence communities to ensure mission success for all of the United States’ defense forces.

VATC is a leader in providing global strategies, training and technology for secure operations around the world for the U.S. and its partners. From locations around the world, VATC works closely with customers in defense, intelligence and related domains to provide management consulting, joint training solutions, information technology and engineering support at program, operations and technical levels. For more information, visit us at www.vatcinc.comFacebook and LinkedIn.

DHS Awards Potential $1.5B PACTS II Non-IT Services Contract Vehicle

The Department of Homeland Security has awarded 30 companies spots on a potential five-year, $1.5 billion contract vehicle for program management, administrative, operations and technical support services.

PACTS II is a set-aside program for service-disabled, veteran-owned small businesses and designed to help DHS accomplish mission objectives and cross-organizational missions through non-information technology services, according to a FedBizOpps summary.

Twelve of the winning vendors can vie for program management and technical support task orders under functional category one of the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract while the remaining 18 can compete for administrative and operations services orders under functional category two.

The awardees for FC1 are:

  • Agile Homeland Security Group

  • Archimedes Global

  • Flatter & Associates

  • gTANGIBLE

  • Harkcon

  • Integrated Finance and Accounting Solutions

  • ITility

  • Management and Technical Services Alliance JV

  • Old Dominion Strategies

  • Pathfinder Consultants

  • ScaVet Technologies

  • Strategic Operational Solutions

FC2 awardees include:

  • Aktarius

  • Analytic Strategies

  • APG TECHNOLOGIES

  • Information Technology Coalition

  • Interior Systems, doing business as ISI Professional Services

  • Lukos-VATC JV

  • MIRACORP

  • ProTech Services Alliance USA

  • Sciolex

  • Strategic Alliance Business Group JV

  • Systems Kinetics Integration

  • Szanca Solutions

  • TechOp Solutions International

  • The Reger Group

  • TMC-TeleSolv

  • Totally Joined For Achieving Collaborative Techniques

  • Vision Centric

  • X Corp Solutions

VATC Presenting at the 5th Annual Cross-Cultural Decision-making (CCDM) Conference

Tampa, FL – The Cross-Cultural Decision-Making (CCDM) conference examines human cognition and its interplay with various cultural constructs, such as geographical, historical, sociological, and organizational cultures. This conference invites researchers, scholars, and industry practitioners from diverse backgrounds, including sociology, linguistics, business, military science, psychology, human factors, neuroscience, and education. Together, through multidisciplinary collaboration, the CCDM Conference seeks to understand the impact of culture on people’s cognition and behavior.

VATC’s presentation, “Integrating Realistic Socio-cultural Dynamics into Military Training,” occurs on Saturday, July 30th at 4:00 PM in the Foreign Relations group.

The full program details are located on the CCDM website.