Systems Integration

Systems Integration for Managing a Technical Baseline

Unprecedented systems engineering integration and document generation capability from Concept Development to PTES System FOC.

LinQuest deftly applied MBSE principles and methodologies in support of directorate level technical baseline management objectives. Leveraged MBSE tools and products to enhance interaction with external stakeholders.


  • Managing complexity across all lifecycle phases of the SMC/MC portfolio
  • Complete and consistent set of technical baseline documents

LinQuest deploys tailored SE&I processes and model-based systems engineering (MBSE) tools and methodologies from our process asset library to help manage complexity across all lifecycle phases of the diverse SMC/MC portfolio.

For the emerging (pre-milestone B) Protected Tactical Enterprise Services (PTES) program, we established the initial technical baseline through a highly collaborative process facilitated by MBSE and other visualization tools. Our approach also minimizes errors by linking information in a centralized model, thus ensuring that as the system definition evolves, changes propagate throughout the model. By combining the MBSE system definition model with publication features and other scripting, we were able to rapidly generate a complete and consistent set of technical baseline documents to support the PTES RFP release decision.

Systems Engineering and Integration for Real-Time BMC2

In preparation for the DoD's WCS AoA, LinQuest provided LYNX as an architectural model for a SATCOM enterprise management and control capability. We have modeled the interfaces required to tie together DoD planning systems with existing and future satellite systems to offer a unified SATCOM enterprise. As part of SMC’s rapid prototyping efforts, we are now developing a testbed for a Government Network Operations Center using the LYNX tool for the Commercial SATCOM Pilot demonstrations by industry. LinQuest is paving the way for a future space communications layer enabling operational commanders to agilely acquire new systems and operate in contested, degraded, and operationally limited warfighting environments.

  • Critical enabler for Enterprise integration, providing solutions in a collaborative DevOps environment
  • Agile software development for improved acquisition outcomes

The Department of Defense's (DoD) ground evolution must leverage commercial space capabilities for processing and networking technologies to outpace our adversaries' threats development. As a result, LinQuest invested in the development of LYNX™, a service management tool designed to support systems engineering and integration efforts for real-time Battle Management, Command, and Control (BMC2) between mission needs and resources.

LYNX is an innovative architectural tool enabling enterprise systems development and deployment. LYNX facilitates requirements definition, CONOPS and system development, and operations for evolving, advanced multi-domain C2 systems. Functions include resource scheduling, mission optimization, C2, and real-time mission monitoring.

LYNX emulates future complex C2 concepts using flexible program interfaces to link system functions to allow for best-of-breed products selection. This approach allows users to employ commercially available applications, such as automated enterprise planning, big data analytics, C2 interfaces, and software-defined networking.

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Test and Evaluation

Integration and Test of Advanced MILSATCOM Systems

One of the benefits I appreciate the most working for LinQuest and the Engineering Support team is that LinQuest has always been generous in investing in its employees' training and education. LinQuest understands employees need to continually upgrade their skills and education to stay relevant and competitive in today's fast-changing economy, and I'm grateful to work for a company that thinks that way.

— I&T Engineer —

  • Building, maintaining, and upgrading test terminals and payload simulators
  • Automated test infrastructure to increase efficiencies in the test and integration phases of programs

For more than 10 years, LinQuest has been providing solutions to the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) with the Integration and Test (I&T) of Advanced Military Satellite Communications (MILSATCOM) systems. These solutions includes I&T activities related to building, maintaining, and upgrading test terminals and payload simulators, resolving any anomalies that arise both in the development and deployment of the equipment, and automating the test environment in the development and upgrading of this equipment.

LinQuest has developed an innovative, automated test infrastructure that is being used on multiple programs to increase efficiencies in the test and integration phases of programs.

As a result, regression testing on some programs has been reduced from weeks to days. The FAB-T System Engineering and Test IPT Lead, added, "...thank you for all the work on getting to a resolution of the ASMCS FQT test procedure's 'emergency rekey sequence 0' Test Discrepancy Report (TDR) that has now been resolved with your help. Your expertise has made it happen." Commenting on LinQuest's support, the customer stated, "Your team displayed unwavering dedication resulting in successful verification of the AEHF satellite."

COTS/GOTS Communication Systems

The work performed by LinQuest is outstanding, and your team is maximizing our off-the-shelf products.

— SOCOM Technical Lead —

  • Evaluating and testing COTS/GOTS Communication Systems
  • Scalable architecture that provides a variety of communication networks into denied areas

LinQuest supports US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) in evaluating and testing COTS/GOTS communication systems for field deployment. The work is performed in our new Chantilly integration center.

Our team is developing a scalable architecture that provides a variety of communication networks into denied areas.

The team has conducted testing at the SOCOM test facility located in Tampa, Florida. Our lab engineers have extensive experience in the test, analysis, and exploration of emerging technologies used in local area networks, campus area networks, metro area networks, wide area networks, data center architectures, and wireless networks including cellular (2G/3G/4G/LTE), Wi-Fi, and SATCOM.

JMS and Joint Space Operations Center Mission System

I was given the opportunity to join a highly skilled team in planning, analyzing, collaborating, defining, and developing resilient and affordable enterprise space-based capabilities for the joint force and the nation. The career satisfaction of being on the LinQuest team and supporting the customer's vision and turning it into a reality is incredible.

— Systems Engineer —

  • Evaluating and testing COTS/GOTS Communication Systems
  • Scalable architecture that provides a variety of communication networks into denied areas

LinQuest provides systems engineering and integration support for the Joint Space Operations Center (JSpOC) Mission System (JMS). Leveraging extensive experience in software development and test processes, the team assisted the Air Force by developing 22 Standard Operating Procedures (SOP). These SOPs standardize processes that apply to the entire enterprise and allow them to better manage this extremely complex system. Team LinQuest also advises in leadership positions including one of three Test Managers for formal Development and Operational Test activities and as the Risk Manager providing management of all future risks and current issues.

Integration and Test across the MILSATCOM Portfolio

LinQuest's unique model-based systems engineering (MBSE) methodology provides solutions across the entire program lifecycle and goes beyond "traditional" MBSE capabilities by incorporating key tools in a seamless MBSE framework.

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Utilized innovative and efficient MBSE approach to ensure comprehensive baseline, including two-way traceability from the CDD and CONOPS to the PTES element level. MBSE approach enabled rapid development and quick turn modifications to technical baseline in response to evolving stakeholder feedback, budgetary constraints and feedbacks from industry.


Developed a highly detailed Evaluation Framework and Operational Test Scenarios supporting the AEHF DR Test Strategy effort. Identified the additional test events required to ensure all strategic networks successfully support the strategic mission.


  • Comprehensive and interconnected systems engineering model
  • Significantly reduced the risk associated with dedicated Operational Test

Our MBSE tools and techniques have enhanced our integration and test support to MILSATCOM programs such as Presidential and National Voice Conferencing (PNVC) and the Enhanced Polar System (EPS). Building on the system definition model, we incorporated additional data, such as integration and test schedules, giver-receiver data, test entry and exit criteria and requirements verification data, resulting in a comprehensive and inter-connected systems engineering model. The systems engineering model has greatly enhanced execution by providing the data necessary to support well-informed decision-making during the development phase of these programs.

LinQuest’s support to the MILSATCOM Lead Developmental Test Organization (LDTO) and Certification Readiness activities on the AEHF program are yet another example of our comprehensive SE&I capabilities paving the way for program success. We exercised a scenario-based testing strategy and developed comprehensive traces among Measures of Effectiveness (MOE) and Measures of Suitability (MOS) to significantly reduce the risk associated with dedicated Operational Test. The result was a successful AEHF Interim Operational Capability (IOC) declaration that has set the standard for future MILSATCOM programs.

Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis

Enabling Analysts to Collaborate
From Anywhere on the Globe

3DataLinQ is a secured, cloud-based data and analytics fusion system that lives in the cloud and supports mission analysts.

  • 3D Virtualization, Visualization, Immersive Collaboration
  • Enables decision-makers to rapidly evaluate courses-of-action and tactically execute in real time

3DataLinQ is a secured, cloud-based, Big Data, and analytics fusion and visualization ecosystem that supports modeling, simulation, analysis, mission planning, tactical situational awareness, course-of-action development, decision-making, and operations via a three-dimensional (3D), virtualized, and collaborative user experience. Using the latest gaming technology, LinQuest is leading the way to create an interactive environment enabling analysts, operators, and decision-makers to collaborate in the same virtual space from anywhere on the globe. As a Rapid Application Development technology, 3DataLinQ supports fast prototyping and quick reaction capabilities.

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GPS Interference and Navigation Tool

  • Position, Navigation, and Timing system performance on operational effectiveness
  • Air Force's standard model for GPS

The GPS Interference and Navigation GIANT Tool (GIANT) is a mission-level simulation that evaluates the impact of Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) system performance on operational effectiveness in a benign or electronic combat environment.

Originally created in 1996 to support the Navigation Warfare Analysis of Alternatives, GIANT has been applied to hundreds of analyses by civilian and military user communities in support of research and development, acquisition programs, test and evaluation, training, concept of operations development, mission planning, and operations.

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