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Special I/ITSEC Edition: Cybernet Products for Preview
NOVEMBER 2011

Visit Cybernet at I/ITSEC #1280

Make your way to see Cybernet's Information Assurance Management System (IAMS) and the Supportability Wireless Maintenance Assistant (SWMA) in action at booth #1280 at the 2011 Interservice / Industry Training Simulation and Education Conference (I/ITSEC) in Orlando, Nov. 28 through Dec. 1.

Send us an email if you'll be attending and want to stop by for a more in-depth demonstration or discussion, as well as refreshments on Tuesday from 2:30p to 6:30p and Wednesday from 2p to 6p.

Product Spotlight:  IAMS

Cybernet Systems Corporation has delivered a fully operational and compliant IAMS to the Navy.

Visit us in I/ITSEC Booth #1280 for more information on how Cybernet can meet your Information Assurance requirements.

Cybernet has achieved 16 Authority to Operate (ATO) letters in only 20 months, with the average ATO taking only five months.

In a hurry for an ATO? Contact us for an innovative and competitively-priced solution.

Product Spotlight:  Supportability Wireless Maintenance Assistant

Make time to visit Cybernet's I/ITSEC booth (1280) to get a firsthand look at the Supportability Wireless Maintenance Assistant (SWMA), a portable, self-contained diagnostic tool designed specifically for the maintenance and logistics community.

It's a rugged, user-friendly handheld computer that allows multiple technicians to collaborate on a common problem, regardless of their physical location.

SWMA was developed under Phase I and Phase II SBIR contracts with the U.S. Navy,as a prototype wireless mobile shipboard maintenance system for sailors and is now an active, ongoing Phase III product.

Cutting-Edge Cyber Security with IAMS: Information Assurance Management System

Cybernet's Information Assurance Management System (IAMS) is a proven solution for information challenges, on time, every time. Our IAMS sets the standard for IA maintenance and protects your information through a service-oriented, net centric system, providing superior service with practical pricing.

At this year's I/ITSEC, join certified Cybernet staff to learn about the unique capabilities of our IAMS and take part in a hands-on demonstration to get a close up look at the full abilities of Cybernet's IAMS.

Cybernet's IAMS will be in I/ITSEC booth #1280 as a featured product for this year's convention. Let the Cybernet staff show you why their proven, clearly-defined processes reduce developmental cost, and their extensive experience means successful results.

Cybernet RTPT Part of Navy Booth at I/ITSEC

Cybernet's Reconfigurable Tactile Panels Technology (RTPT) will be an important part of the Navy's full simulator display at I/ITSEC, booth #129. The RTPT was developed in response to the Navy's need for a small footprint, multi-aircraft training solution where space is a premium.

The RTPT consists of a reconfigurable PC-based interface that provides the training benefits of a full-scale physical cockpit, including high fidelity visual and tactile interaction.

Unlike existing aircraft-specific simulators which require extensive time to set up and tear down, this system is adaptable to a variety of trainers, saving both time and money.

Cybernet's RTPT replicates the look and feel of aircraft instrument panels for training and simulation use, using our combination of rapidly prototyped instrumentation and machine vision-based technology. This approach allows Cybernet to minimize cost, production/ deployment time and physical space requirements.

Cybernet's Heidi Jacobus Testifies To Importance of SBIR Program

Heidi Jacobus, Chairman and CEO for Cybernet Systems Corporation, appeared September 19, before the Defense Business Panel to provide testimonial on the merits and deficiencies in the current Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program as applied to the Department of Defense. This special panel was set up by the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

Jacobus, who has 20 years of experience since starting a high-technology federal contracting business from scratch, shared that without the highly-competitive, merit-based SBIR program, she is confident that her company would not have been able to exist.

Jacobus believes the current SBIR Reauthorization, in its 12th continuing resolution (CR), has been fraught with fractiousness over many issues, including who is eligible to compete for an SBIR, and who qualifies as a small-business owner and operator. "I believe the proposed changes are drastic departures from a 30-year proven program," said Jacobus, "and will not be for the good of the Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine."

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Heidi Jacobus, Chairman and CEO for Cybernet Systems Corporation, appeared September 19, before the Defense Business Panel to provide testimonial on the merits and deficiencies in the current Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program as applied to the Department of Defense. This special panel was established by the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

Jacobus, who has 20 years of experience since starting a high-technology federal contracting business from scratch, shared that without the highly-competitive, merit-based SBIR program, she is confident that her company would not have been able to exist.

Jacobus believes the current SBIR Reauthorization, in its 12th continuing resolution (CR), has been fraught with fractiousness over many issues, including who is eligible to compete for an SBIR, and who qualifies as a small-business owner and operator. “I believe the proposed changes are drastic departures from a 30-year proven program,” said Jacobus, “and will not be for the good of the Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Marine.”

Cybernet has received many federal contracts and although they have worked for many agencies, their work is mostly for the Department of Defense, all selected after rigorous nationwide competitions. In addition to the federal contracts, Cybernet Systems Corporation has been granted more than 35 U.S. Patents for their innovations.

In her testimony, Jacobus argues the viewpoint that the allocation of SBIR funds to 1-500 person sized small businesses should not exist, that ‘if the company is good enough it can compete for R & D contracts.’ But Jacobus told the panel she could give many examples from her business’ attempts to win contracts in David and Goliath settings.

“Without SBIR, nearly one half of the nation’s technically competitive technical staff will not be allowed to bring their knowhow directly to the DoD,” she said. “They will only be allowed to compete with service firms like travel agencies, janitorial service and temp agencies for what is still an insignificant dollar amount small business contracting through the large Prime contractors.”

She continued on to explain how large companies that desire the forward looking work can apply massive internal research and development funds (IR&D or “IRAD”), which are for the most part also re-purposed federal funds. “Even in the case of a small “starter” contract of several hundred thousand dollars, a larger prime can apply “loss-leader” funds and “special knowledge pertaining to the bid” to its bid and proposal (B&P) funded effort,” said Jacobus. “The result is the smaller businesses won’t win, even when they are lower in cost and may have a technical edge.”

When Jacobus founded Cybernet, the largest of defense contactors were far smaller than they are now, and communication and potential collaboration was easier. “We have built our business on niche, innovative, advanced military technologies and the occasional commercial spin-out license,” she said. “Our group has many advanced degrees, with Ph.D.s and many Masters Degrees in a variety of topics – computer science, electrical engineering, mathematics, mechanical engineering, nuclear engineering, physics and so on.”

But there is a place for both small and large businesses in this ecosystem and each part works with the other, Jacobus noted. “Small business is an unrecognized, but vital part of the defense supply base and SBIR is all that keeps it available to the DoD,” she said. “Keep SBIR, keep SBIR strong. We are, as they say, shovel ready.”

Heidi Jacobus is CEO of Cybernet Systems, based in Ann Arbor.