Concept Development

Solutions for Mission Analysis and Technical Planning

The Team LinQuest concept team managed the development of over 30 concepts in 2017; an increase of 25% over the previous year's workload and provides the backbone of HQ AFSPC concept development mission.

— Deputy Branch Chief —

I appreciate the opportunities LinQuest has given me to grow and reach my professional goals. The company takes time to get to know each of us and truly appreciates our work.

— Concepts Team Lead —

  • Prepared capabilities gap documents and milestone decisions for capabilities and systems
  • Expediting classified concept review and coordination

For the Strategic Plans, Programs, Requirements, and Analysis Directorate (A5/8), LinQuest supports space and cyberspace mission system analysis, capability integration mission analysis, Operations Center's mission analysis, AFSPC Operations requirements analysis, and strategic technical planning and analysis. LinQuest provides concept development solutions to HQ AFSPC/A5X to prepare technical studies, assessments, and analytical reports. Our exceptional technical support leads to the preparation of capabilities gap documents and facilitates milestone decisions for capabilities and systems to improve survivability and reduce vulnerability of existing and emerging joint and service space/cyber forces across the Command's mission portfolio, operational and employment concepts, and associated operational systems.

LinQuest developed an innovative process to expedite classified concept review and coordination. The process has resulted in completed classified concepts that are approved and signed 25 percent faster than when processed under the old system.

Solutions for Design Definition for New and Emerging Programs

LinQuest is the Industry leader in Model-Based Systems Engineering. LinQuest looks for continuous improvement and has provided training to our junior engineers and suggested advanced methodologies to our senior staff as well. As a more senior modeler, I look forward to using these new techniques and methods to make more robust models while at the same time making a more collaborative team environment. This will be especially true on ISP Draft for Milestone B formation and right side of "V" development.

— Senior Architecture Engineer —

At LinQuest, I have had the opportunity to work with a variety of teams, across an interesting mix of subject domains using MBSE. The LinQuest approach to system modeling helps our customer utilize the technical baseline and drive out inconsistencies early in the design process. As someone that enjoys MBSE, LinQuest has provided me a great opportunity for career growth.

— Systems Engineer —

  • Rapidly developed a comprehensive technical baseline
  • Created models reused for new and emerging programs

LinQuest Corporation provides a full spectrum of systems engineering and integration solutions to the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC)/Military Satellite Communication (MILSATCOM) Systems Directorate (MC). LinQuest is at the forefront of systems engineering with the use of model-based systems engineering (MBSE) methodologies. For the design definition of new and emerging programs, MBSE offers enhanced communication and collaboration with Industry. With MBSE, government reference models (GRM) in SysML can be exchanged with Industry.

LinQuest has implemented comprehensive MBSE methodologies in support of emerging Air Force programs such as Protected Tactical Enterprise Services (PTES) and Evolved Advanced EHF. The use of MBSE on these programs has enabled rapid technical baseline development and maturation through enhanced stakeholder communication and collaboration as facilitated by the LinQuest-developed SysML GRM architecture models.

LinQuest's use of well-established and industry standard guidelines assisted in the development, navigation, and use of the GRMs and contractor-delivered models through the use of a well-defined hierarchy with applicability across the MILSATCOM Enterprise. LinQuest uses standard model elements, structures, templates, and analysis approaches to yield a common "look and feel" to SE&I products. This approach facilitates development of a comprehensive technical baseline definition with reduced risk of gaps, as well more efficient and effective engagement with the stakeholder community. This MBSE approach also enables model reuse across our MILSATCOM portfolio, which is especially critical for new and emerging programs. MBSE integration with IBM Rationale DOORS enables the rapid import and mapping of requirements across subsystems and auto-generation of requirements documents.

Solutions to Expedite the Development and Fielding of Combat Support and Operational Systems

LinQuest delivers additional talent from leading technology companies to help solve their most challenging technology needs. We are proud to support this customer and look forward to supporting their organizational needs.

— LinQuest's Vice President and General Manager for the Intelligence and Information Solutions Group —

  • Maximized defense-wide technology development efforts and existing operational capabilities
  • Closed current capability gaps to stimulate aggressive capability development to meet operational objectives

LinQuest provides solutions to the United States Air Force (USAF) Rapid Capabilities Office and AQL through high-end technical talent to expedite the development and fielding of select Department of Defense combat support and operational systems. We maximize the use of defense-wide technology development efforts and existing operational capabilities. Our solutions enable the USAF to experiment, evolve, and deliver technologies in real-time to address both urgent and emerging threats, while supporting acquisition reform efforts.

Beyond closing current capability gaps, we stimulate aggressive, proactive capability development and leverage disruptive technologies to meet operational strategic objectives to decisively operate and win in contested environments. LinQuest provides program management support, logistics, avionics, space, flight, electronic warfare, cyber, intelligence, satellite, and engineering integration solutions at TS/SCI SAP levels.

Solutions for Strategic Planning

Without [LinQuest], we don't do nearly as well..., so I wanted to say thank you for your leadership, patience, and stellar work ethic and all around abilities to get stuff done, deal with difficult situations (and people) and maintain overall steadfastness...you are the bedrock and foundation of our Branch and you are greatly appreciated.

— Branch Chief —

I love my job and am loyal to LinQuest because it enables me to continue to provide service to my country in a meaningful way...

— Strategy/Policy/Doctrine Team Lead —

  • Developed unique solutions to support the Air Force Space and Cyberspace Superiority Core Function Support Plans
  • Developed an innovative database for AFSPC planners to address data access issues and taskings

LinQuest Corporation provides unique solutions for strategic planning to HQ AFSPC for organizing, training, and equipping the space and cyberspace forces. LinQuest accomplishes strategic planning support through an innovative team of seasoned experts with most having more than 20 years of experience. For the Strategic Plans Branch (A8XP), LinQuest supports the AF Space and Cyberspace Superiority Core Function Support Plans (CFSP). LinQuest assists in performing analyses and development of national and military space and cyberspace strategy, doctrine, and policy to support AF and AFSPC efforts. LinQuest also helps evolve strategy, doctrine, policy, and command relationships for national and military space and cyberspace in operations, exercises, war games, and Service, Joint, and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) doctrine.

LinQuest developed an innovative database for AFSPC planners to address data access issues and taskings for archived data. This helped facilitate HQ AFSPC production of the Core Function S Plan (CFSP) and resulted in the Command's ability to produce CFSPs at least two months early.

Solutions for Concept Development

Integration of the disparate architecture products requires domain expertise of the various mission areas as well as MBSE experience to ensure a common taxonomy and style guide across the architecture. As a comprehensive and integrated architecture, SEAL enables the development of standard architecture views to support decision-making at the portfolio level, including the DoDAF Capability to Services Mapping (CV-7) and Capability Phasing (CV-3).

  • Established the SMC Enterprise Architecture Layer (SEAL)
  • Created standard architecture views to support decision-making at the portfolio level

LinQuest brings its expert personnel and extensive tool suite to bear in support of concept development at the SMC Advanced Systems and Development Directorate (SMC/AD).

Using our model-based systems engineering (MBSE) expertise, we established the SMC Enterprise Architecture Layer (SEAL).

SEAL is a true cross-enterprise architecture developed, in part, through extensive technical interaction with other SMC directorates and, in part, by importing and validating existing technical architectures into the SEAL environment.

Solutions for Space Control and Cyber

LinQuest has been very good for my career progression. I was hired into the company as a Team Lead and have now progressed to the position of Task Lead with oversight of triple the number of people. My leadership provides me guidance and then allows me to lead my team without micromanaging me. Opportunity, combined with encouragement and stimulus, makes me feel like I am an integral part of the company's mission.

— Space Control Team Lead —

  • Provides solutions for the Space Control and Cyber Mission Support across HQ AFSPC
  • Reduced time by 70% for Special Access Program (SAP) Personnel Access Requests (PAR) processing

For Space Control and Cyber Mission Support, LinQuest provides intelligence, operations, logistics, requirements development, mission assurance, security, and planning integration support to a variety of HQ AFSPC customers.

LinQuest personnel implemented an innovative internal procedure to streamline Special Access Program (SAP) Personnel Access Requests (PAR) processing that reduced processing to 6 days, down from an average of 21 days.

LinQuest personnel look for ways to improve processes and implement them. They are a pleasure to work with.

— Space Control Contracting Officer Representative —

Solutions for Capability Assessments

The LinQuest Team exceeded contract requirements in a professional and technical manner and provided over 1200 deliverables with no errors in deliverables for the year that provided exceptional benefit to the government.

— Operations Capability Contractor Performance Assessment Report —

  • Create survivability and vulnerability determination strategies
  • Develop a Strategic Metrics Plan template for division members

LinQuest's capability assessment efforts include providing outstanding technical system analysis, programmatic, analytical, and staffing support to help HQ AFSPC/A2/3/6 carry out its mission to provide resilient and affordable space and cyberspace capabilities for the Joint Force and the Nation. The solutions we provide to the customer include survivability and vulnerability determination strategies for Air Force operations essential for the success of missions in the strategic, operational, and tactical levels of war. We provide threat assessment, requirements development, operational training, studies and mission analyses, planning/programming analyses, concept development, integration analysis, policy, and doctrine analysis.

LinQuest developed an easy-to-use SharePoint site for both unclassified and classified network systems and created a division Strategic Metrics Plan template and posted it for use by all division members. This provides a better process for the Cyber Strategy Division's metrics tracking capability and vastly improved division productivity.

Requirements Development

Solutions for Science and Technology Management and Space Test Program

The win of this contract is validation of our team's capabilities and a testament of the Government's confidence in our abilities to perform the broad spectrum of tasks that are necessary to assist SMC/AD in shaping the future of Space and in being the premier center for advanced systems and developmental planning.

— LinQuest's Vice President and General Manager of the Space Systems Engineering and Integration Group —

  • Created a process to ensure next generation OPIR and weather systems will more effectively meet warfighter needs
  • Contributed to rapid prototype and advanced concept satellites and systems supporting the warfighter

LinQuest's contributions in the areas of Science and Technology (S&T) Management and Space Test Program (STP) have advanced the requirements development capability within SMC Advanced Systems and Development Directorate (SMC/AD). Stakeholder engagement through our S&T Management process has improved understanding of the FY21 Space Warfighting Construct (SWC) missile warning and terrestrial and space weather technology needs, thereby ensuring next generation Operationally Persistent Infra-Red (OPIR) and weather systems will provide solutions to more effectively meet the needs of the warfighter.

Within the STP, LinQuest provides deep technical insights into the EELV Secondary Payload Adapter (ESPA) Augmented Geostationary Laboratory Experiment (EAGLE) program and the Long Duration Propulsive Evolved (LDPE) space platforms.

LinQuest also supports STPSats 3, 4, 5, and 6 in areas that include cybersecurity engineering, flight software evaluations, and mission operations reviews and assessments. Our contributions to these rapid prototype and advanced concept satellites and systems ensures future programs of record will include well-defined and verifiable requirements to support the warfighter.

Solutions for Systems Requirements Development

LinQuest intelligence Subject Matter Experts implemented 'first-ever' best practices, which not only works to mature the Major Command's (MAJCOM) acquisition/requirements efforts, but also satisfies AF Requirements Oversight Council (AFROC) and Headquarters Air Force, (HAF)/A2 requirements and preferences for reviewing a program's intelligence health.

— Branch Chief —

  • Led the development of a Distinguished Review Board for the AF Maui Optical and Supercomputing site
  • Identified funding strategy that saved $3M-4M per year

Our expert and experienced staff provide requirements development solutions to meet the customers' needs to new and existing systems in HQ AFSPC/A2/3/6, A5/8/9, and FM. This support includes architectural development; systems requirements identification and analysis; technical/logistics support; system analysis; intelligence support; and programmatic, protection, analytical, and staffing support for space and cyber missions.

LinQuest operations SMEs led the development of a Distinguished Review Board (DRB) for the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing (AMOS) site. AMOS is a suite of multiple sensors that provide critical deep-space metric data and wideband imagery supporting multiple national requirements. As a result of this effort, LinQuest SMEs identified and proposed a funding strategy for the site that maximized AFSPC operational utility and saved $3M to $4M per year.

Solutions for a Common Understanding of Requirements and Capabilities

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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  • Developed the first-ever DoD model-based Information Support Plan
  • Drastically reduced approval timelines

LinQuest Corporation pioneered the use of Model-Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) for Information Support Plan (ISP) development. Using MBSE creates efficiencies for stakeholder coordination by ensuring a common understanding of requirements and capabilities. Inputs and updates are captured more robustly, and the flow-down of reviewer comments and turn-around time are reduced. The views using a model-based approach conveys required DoDAF-compliant architecture information in an effective, efficient, concise, and accurate manner.

LinQuest developed the first-ever DoD model-based ISP on behalf of the Enhanced Polar System (EPS) program. This innovative approach to developing and coordinating the architecture content in ISPs, resulted in significantly improved understanding among stakeholders and reviewers and resulted in drastically reduced approval timelines.

Solutions for MS&A Capability Assessments

We have greatly enhanced the Air Force's mission utility assessment capability through maturation and integration of the System Effectiveness Analysis Simulation (SEAS) tool with other performance simulation tools, such as the DYCAST and Global Positioning System (GPS) Interference and Navigation Tool (GIANT). Within the last year, LinQuest has completed more than 200,000 simulations of preliminary multi- and cross-mission dependencies in the context of a scenario-based mission thread comparing different draw-down and augmentation approaches.

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.

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  • Generated turn-key analyses focused on prototype and concept systems performance
  • Completed more than 200,000 simulations of preliminary dependencies

LinQuest's modeling, simulation, and analysis (MS&A) capabilities have contributed significantly in the area of capability assessment in support of SMC Advanced Systems and Development Directorate (SMC/AD).

We led the effort to generate turn-key analyses focused on prototype and concept systems performance contributions to multi-mission, Program of Record (PoR), High Value Asset (HVA) architectures.

Specifically, we performed technical analyses that evaluated the contributions of a GEO GPS (8 satellite) constellation to MEO GPS within a pre-defined Counter-Theater Ballistic Missile (C-TBM) vignette. We also evaluated a next-gen Protected SATCOM systems capability to support tasking order and target data throughput requirements to theater command and ships for the same C-TBM vignette.

Analysis of Alternatives

Solutions for Cyberspace Analysis of Alternatives

LinQuest's technical capabilities provided the foundation for our AoA work.

— Deputy Branch Chief —

  • Analyzed Current and future cyberspace capabilities for US, allies, and adversaries
  • Developed "first-ever" analysis framework to address program change for the Unified Platform Analysis of Alternatives

We provided solutions to HQ AFSPC/A9X for military utility analysis of cyberspace capabilities and Analysis of Alternatives (AOA). These analyses involved current and future cyberspace capabilities for both blue (US and allied) and red (adversary) sides. In addition, LinQuest collected information on cyberspace modeling and simulation (M&S) tools and performed testing and evaluation (T&E), validation, verification, and accreditation on these tools.

LinQuest developed "first-ever" analysis frameworks to address program changes for the Unified Platform (UP) AoA. Our SMEs developed a Mission-Essential Task (MET), centric-focused framework consisting of more than 140 Measures of Effectiveness (MOE) and provided an informational briefing to allow the government to review the new framework and assess it for use in the AoA. We then developed a hybrid framework that included measures based on METs, gaps, and technical specifications from the AoA study guidance document and conducted several test cases to demonstrate how this product would support the AoA, providing program stakeholders and analysts the ability to effectively evaluate the structure and content of the new framework.

Wideband Communication Services Analysis of Alternatives

LinQuest authored several AoA-associated documents including a comprehensive summation of the 1000-plus-page collection of reports by industry on the future hybrid commercial/purpose built wideband SATCOM architecture. This report was mandated by Congress in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2016 as a Pilot Program to demonstrate "order of magnitude" improvements in wideband military SATCOM technologies.

  • Drafted and distributed AoA updates daily to stakeholders inside and outside the DoD
  • Authored a comprehensive summation of reports mandated by Congress as a Pilot Program to demonstrate improvements in wideband military SATCOM technologies

For the Wideband Communication Services Analysis of Alternatives (AoA), LinQuest worked with several wideband satellite communications (SATCOM) stakeholder organizations, including Headquarters Air Force Space Command, the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, the Joint Staff, the Principal Assistant to the Secretary of the Air force for Space (SAF/SP), the Defense Information Systems Agency, and the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Sustainment (OUSD/A&S). In direct support of SAF/SP and OUSD/A&S, LinQuest was a key member of the core Integration Working Group within the AoA management organization. LinQuest provided solutions to the government Study Directors and SES-level Study Advisory Group chairmen at all levels and for all aspects of AoA execution. Solutions ranged from meeting and video teleconferencing logistics to strategic planning and industry engagement. Our subject matter experts drafted AoA updates that were distributed daily to a variety of potential stakeholders within and outside of the DoD.

LinQuest engineers and specialists were also key members of the Technology and Alternatives Working Group and the Commercial Working Group, who were the primary working groups tasked with developing the vast array of potential building blocks that make up the future objective architecture, as well as the future architecture itself. LinQuest has built a comprehensive and in-depth level of expertise and capability that can be applied to space system acquisition activities across the DoD.

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