QuantaDyn's sister company, QuantaDyn Technical Services Corporation (QTSC), facilitates multiple service based contracts supporting QuantaDyn products and other defense and NATO contracts.
SCARS is a USAF initiative to define, design, deliver, deploy, and sustain a simulator common architecture with the goal of driving down the ever-increasing cost of supporting multiple disparate simulator training systems that are beginning to have obsolescence issues and require increased cybersecurity efforts.
QuantaDyn (QD) was one of eight companies awarded a pathfinder contract for the SCARS program in FY2017. QD aggressively took on the challenge of remote system cybersecurity scans and is under contract to deploy its CyberSVR™ cybersecurity server system to 32 JTAC simulators worldwide by the end of CY2018. The CyberSVR™ will enable remote scans, patching, auditing, and system troubleshooting from a single location – the QD Security Operations Center (SOC) in Ashburn VA. The CyberSVR™, built system agnostic, will enable cybersecurity support for any simulator training system with its first multi-platform test on the C-130 Multi-Mission Crew Trainer (MMCT) system (weblink to MMCT page) in 2018. In addition to the CyberSVR™ system, QD is working on several other initiatives that will support the USAF in their SCARS goals (Virtualization, Common ColdStart, etc).
Cyber Security and the Risk Management Framework (RMF) are core functions of all current QTSC sustainment programs. All of QTSC’s existing programs are operating under an RMF Authority to Operate (ATO) [JTC TRS] or are transitioning to an RMF ATO [AJTS, MMCT] from DIACAP. While it has been our experience that implementing Cybersecurity standards early in the Systems Engineering phase of a program offers much greater benefits and less overall risk than applying Cybersecurity late into the program lifecycle, the QTSC team engineering staff also has extensive experience implementing RMF-based security controls in systems that were engineered prior to the Government’s mandated implementation of the RMF-based Cybersecurity framework.
The QTSC team’s personnel credentials include Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) (IAT III), CompTIA Security+ (IAT II), and CompTIA A+ (IAT I). The QTSC team’s Cybersecurity personnel have extensive experience and training in the Information System Security Officers (ISSO) role, and The QTSC team’s engineering staff, have excellent working knowledge of the RMF process and how to integrate required RMF security controls into the engineering process. All QTSC Cybersecurity staff actively engage in continuing education to ensure that we are proactive and not reactive regarding new and emerging security threats.
The QTSC team has extensive knowledge and experience in the execution of the RMF process in accordance with DODI 8510.01. For the SAVT program, the QTSC team will execute the RMF process as outlined in NIST SP 800-37 and will implement security controls as outlined in NIST SP 800-53 R4. Implemented security controls are continually assessed for effectiveness as outlined in NIST SP 800-53A.
QTSC has not only successfully navigated the RMF Cybersecurity process, leading to ATOs on multiple programs, we are currently maintaining 50+ fielded devices on multiple programs with monthly security patches and updates.
AAJTS Training System Support Center (TSSC)
As part of the AAJTS contract QTSC set up a Training System Support Center (TSSC). Overall responsible for CLS. The TSSC has a help desk that is responsible for tracking and problems and provide solutions to fix them. IA and configuration management to ensure the ATO is maintained. The TSSC is also tracking and distributing system upgrades to all fielded sites. The TSSC provides training on system operation and system maintenance.
The TSSC employs an Information Systems Security Officer (ISSO). The ISSO is responsible for maintaining, assessing and evaluating security controls on the classified system located at the TSSC. To do this the ISSO:
The ISSO maintains an active Secret security clearance.
Since forming the C-130 MMCT TSSC in 2014, QuantaDyn Technical Services has maintained a growing fleet of C-130 MMCT systems. QuantaDyn Technical Services has successfully performed the following duties since MMCT TSSC inception:
Contractor Operator Maintenance Support (COMS) responsible for maintaining the system and operating the system during training events.
QTSC TSSC and COMS personnel have A+ or Security+ CompTIA certification.
QTSC created a Scenario Generation Team, within the TSSC, composed of seasoned multi-service, combat-veteran Joint Terminal Attack Controllers (JTAC). This team is responsible for developing doctrinally-sound maneuver scenarios. These scenarios allow for doctrinally correct full mission profile based on Tactics,
Techniques and Procedures in accordance with the Joint Publications. All scenarios are available for integration into the AAJTS realistic virtual reality combat training environment to allow the users to meet their requirements for qualification and maintain currency.
QuantaDyn excels at system upgrades, re-hosts and conversions. We also excel in replacing proprietary licensed systems with open architecture, non-proprietary hardware and software. This approach does not tie down our customers to a specific platform or vendor and allows them to take full advantage of any future advances made in the industry.
QuantaDyn provided software development support and subject matter expertise to L3 Communications in support of on-site integration and test of the AH-1W CHAOS Upgrade. Specific development areas included weapon systems, visual interface, tactical environment, record/replay, anti-jam communications systems, and Instructor Station controls
QuantaDyn was responsible for performing the prototype re-host of the T45C Operational Flight Trainer from the existing Encore and Silicon Graphics computer platforms to a Linux based computer system. QuantaDyn delivered a design that included an open architecture computer system and open source operating system that successfully eliminated the proprietary nature of the pre-existing design. QuantaDyn also developed a series of tools that converted the source code to portable ANSI standard constructs and automatically determined input/output data for data transfer and documentation purposes. This contract was awarded directly to QuantaDyn and was delivered in 2002.
QuantaDyn installed, integrated, and tested the Operational Flight Program (OFP) software emulation developed as part of the B-1B Avionics/Armament Maintenance Trainer System into the B-1B Post-Load Procedures Trainer (PPT). QD is currently working on the Block 16 Upgrade.
QuantaDyn designed, engineered, developed, fabricated, integrated, and tested the upgraded display system for the F-16 Unit Training Device (UTD).
QuantaDyn is responsible for providing “bridging” software for translating and passing data from the simulator to the Operational Flight Program (OFP). This effort required software both on the trainer host system as well as on system emulators. QuantaDyn also provided subject matter expertise for training specific modifications required to the OFP.
QuantaDyn, with (NLX LLC), to provided software development for the next generation T-45 Operational Flight Trainer (OFT). QuantaDyn is responsible for integrating their successful T-45 PC Host and IOS design into a new T-45C production trainer. Additional responsibilities include enhancement of the Automatic Fidelity Test suite software, record/replay, and the Instructor Operator Station Graphical User Interface. QuantaDyn is also supporting the integration of a new PC Image Generator and visual database as well as flight control model development for the new Fokker Digital Control Loader. Expected delivery of the T-45 OFT is February 2004.
QuantaDyn upgraded the C-130H2 Flight Training Device (FTD). One outcome of this effort is that the QuantaDyn developed upgrades and test support resulted in the FTD achieving FAA Level 6 certification. Additional upgrades are ongoing.
QuantaDyn developed the proof of concept design to implement a voice control capability and add a headtracking capability to the KC-135 Boom Operator Simulation System (BOSS).
QuantaDyn is integrating MMCT simulated GCAS software into the WST and CPT trainers to resolve obsolescence problems. QuantaDyn is updating 11 systems and providing 9 spares kits. Currently working on design, build ups start in June 2018 with deliveries beginning in July 2018.
QuantaDyn was responsible for enhancing fidelity of the T45A and T45C Operational Flight Trainers by updating the simulation software. Improvements were added to a majority of the aircraft systems models, with extensive changes to the aerodynamics and ground handling models. The software update incorporated changes derived from new flight and ground handling test data and now allows high fidelity training across the full spectrum of the aircraft flight envelope. The new models also provide realistic high-fidelity training in high and low speed taxi including accurate blown tire handling characteristics. QuantaDyn worked in association with Northrop Grumman who acted as the prime for this effort.
QD’s Test and Validation personnel evaluate requirements to determine compliance and quality assurance necessities of assigned programs. They also perform in-depth research and development to ensure a device performs to the product user/operator’s desires in addition to specification. In addition, they develop and implement test protocol and direct test activities for company-developed and external hardware, software, and complete systems to include flight test activities. Actively involved with industry in developing directives, guidance, and procedures for operational mission protocols.
QuantaDyn developed a tool for NAVAIR TSD (SBIR Phase I) that supports testing and validation for Navy training devices. QD also performed the research and development for enhanced trainer validation tools to support performance and flying qualities validation (SBIR Phase II).