Success Stories

Success Stories

High-Tech Vessel Advances Blue Water Marine Research

RV Investigator is Australia’s only blue-water research vessel, able to cover 10,000 nautical miles in a single voyage. Capable of carrying up to 40 scientists and support staff for up to 60 days at a time, Investigator can perform oceanographic, geoscience, biological and atmospheric research – everything from air and water sampling to marine life studies to sub-surface mapping. It’s also one of quietest vessels in the world, which is crucial for studying marine life. More»

True-to-Life Training for Better Prepared Forces

To make training more realistic and relevant, the Navy has been expanding its programs that tie virtual resources to real-world systems. This includes Fleet Synthetic Training (FST), which integrates real and simulated data to better prepare Sailors and Warfare Commanders for real-world threats. In fiscal year 2013, Alion supported more than 300 FST events and has empowered the expansion of this training strategy by assisting with the launch of the Navy Center for Advanced Modeling and Simulation (NCAMS). More»

Minimizing Maintenance on Aging Aircraft

With extensive maintenance requirements on the rise, the aging C-5 Galaxy fleet is being scrutinized. The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Robins Air Force Base, Georgia has the challenge of reducing maintenance requirements as well as costs, while ensuring reliability, safety and mission readiness. More»

Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

Desiring a more comprehensive analysis and training solution to better minimize and prevent weapons of mass destruction (WMD), the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s (DTRA) Information Sciences and Applications Department turned to Alion. Working with DTRA, Alion engineers created the Force-on-Force Evaluation and Analysis of Key Performance Parameters (FREAK) environment. More»

Faster Aircraft Re-deployment in Theater

Army helicopter crews depend on Forward Area Refueling Point (FARP) locations to quickly service, refuel and rearm in theater. To enable faster deployment and re-deployment of the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopter, Alion developed a complete set of tools, jigs, fixtures and alignment devices. More»

Protecting Essential Satellite Data Links

The Fairbanks Command and Data Acquisition Station (FCDAS) captures climate and weather data from polar-orbiting and geostationary environmental satellites and is an essential facility of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). But, when a commercial gold mining venture’s proposed mineral assessment activities on nearby land had the potential to unintentionally interfere with the sensitive NOAA satellite receiver operations, a team of Alion radio-frequency (RF) engineers was deployed. More»

Improving Performance with Tailored Training

Training is an essential component to a strong fighting force. But, just how effective is that training, and can performance outcomes be enriched by customizing training methods to the specific task? The U.S. Army Research Institute wanted hard evidence on which to base training design decisions. More»

Hybrid Energy Systems Bring Efficiency to Army Posts

The Army’s Rapid Equipping Force provides game-changing technologies for greater effectiveness and survivability in the field. Their Energy to the Tactical Edge (E2E) program focuses on reducing the energy footprint at Army posts in Afghanistan. Through the E2E program, Alion aimed to improve the reliability of power while lowering fuel consumption. More»

Expanding Geospatial Capabilities for Greater Readiness

Up-to-the-minute “geospatial” data, such as topographical information, terrain, roads and the effects of the weather and time of day, is a key element of battlefield intelligence. To help the Army better manage, analyze and share geospatial data, Alion has a team working on-site at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Army Geospatial Center (AGC). More»

A Clearer View of Submarine Imaging

The Navy’s Integrated Submarine Imaging System (ISIS) captures and distributes high-definition video and photographic data for navigation and critical mission support, but until now, access to detailed views of components and interconnected systems has been limited. More»

Protecting Essential Communication Systems

Radio frequency interference and emissions can cause disruptions in critical U.S. government communications, making monitoring capabilities a necessity. To assist, Alion built a unique solution to monitor electromagnetic spectrum and alert users of interference or jamming. More»

Secure Measures for Classified Information

Before clearing a U.S. Coast Guard ship for service, classified information processing systems are examined closely to identify and correct any compromising emissions. The DoD’s TEMPEST standard serves as the benchmark that must be met. Since 2007, the Coast Guard has relied on Alion for TEMPEST subject matter expertise. More»

Nuclear Threat Detection with Virtual Forces

Early detection of threats is key to successfully combating nuclear terrorism. To improve the assessment of detection strategies, Alion engineers developed the Constellation of Independent Reasoning for Constructive Analytic Simulation (CIRCAS) in collaboration with Argonne National Laboratory and Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. More»

Safeguarding Chemical Facilities with Security Assessments

Chemical facilities face security risks ranging from terrorism and criminal acts to accidents and natural disasters and are considered to be critical infrastructure by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). To help DHS assist the chemical industry in identifying security gaps, Alion developed a web-based risk assessment tool known as the Voluntary Chemical Assessment Tool (VCAT). More»

Safer Oil Platform Operations

With the explosion and sinking of the Deepwater Horizon oil platform in 2010, concerns for the vulnerability of other platforms quickly emerged. In response, Alion began working with an international drilling company to analyze the safety barriers on offshore oil installations and evaluate the effectiveness of the barriers to help minimize risk to personnel, the rig and the environment. More»

Serious Games Go Mobile

To continue exploring the potential power and utility serious games can have on mobile platforms, Alion migrated the award-winning Damage Control Trainer to tablet PCs. More»

Modernizing Ships for Longer Life

Maintaining safety, effectiveness and costs of U.S. Navy ships is especially important now that they are staying in service longer. Another key factor is performance. Working with the Naval Sea Systems Command Deputy Commander for Surface Ships (SEA 21), Alion oversaw performance enhancements from planning and managing design to reviewing drawings and work specifications. More»

Enhancing the Navy’s Training Capabilities

When training Navy aviation personnel, instructors are often faced with the challenge of accessing many independent training platforms. To simplify the process for instructors to conduct training across multiple, stovepiped systems, Alion developed the Common Distributed Mission Training Station (CDMTS), which connects instructors to a shared interface. More»

Optimizing Warfighter Readiness

Testing and evaluation in a realistic environment is a prerequisite to delivering equipment that functions accurately in the field. To help the U.S. Army Operational Test Command (OTC) enhance the testing process, Alion, working with RAM Inc., developed a “threat-based multi-spectral” testing environment to test Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems. More»

Reducing the Threat of IEDs

With threats from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on the rise, the ability to effectively detect them is paramount. To help, Alion is working with the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) and the Army Research Laboratory’s (ARL) Experiment-Fix program to quickly field counter-IED solutions (C-IED) for warfighters. More»

Revolutionizing Air Traffic Management

With air travel growing exponentially, substantial changes to the air traffic management system are critical to maintaining an effective air space and bolstering communication. Working with the Joint Planning and Development Office, Alion has developed a framework for information sharing and interoperability to be implemented in the new Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGen). More»

Setting a New Standard for Anti-Submarine Warfare Training

Anti-submarine warfare skills are essential for deployed combat air crews. To help ensure they get the training they need, Alion developed the first ever PC-based, deployable, high-fidelity training solution. More»

Real-life, Virtual World Training Promotes Warfighter Readiness

Warfighter readiness begins with training. Alion is helping to improve training through the use of “serious games,” video games built on computer gaming technology that teach applicable skills. Using serious games is a unique way to introduce new concepts and can reinforce other forms of training. More»

New United States Army Business Model to Meet 21st Century Challenges
(MSIAC Success Story)

The Army would not be able to sustain current and future combat missions without upgrading its business model in order to get the right soldier to the right place at the right time with the proper training and equipment. More»

System Operational Effectiveness Decision Support Tool for MCSC
(WSTIAC Success Story)

The Marine Corps Systems Command (MCSC) had a need for a Total Life Cycle Systems Management (TLCSM) capability that could monitor System Operational Effectiveness (SOE) throughout the life cycle of Marine Corps weapon systems and equipment. More»

New Test Method Modeled for Cross-link Density of Rubber Components
(MSIAC Success Story)

The Tank and Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) confronts the difficulties involved in applying old test method standards to newer manufacturing technologies and materials, or as is often the case, attempting to test new components without the benefit of previously available standards. More»

Making the Air Fleet Safer and Easier to Maintain
(AMMTIAC Success Story)

The Air Force required an independent third party to assist in reviewing and updating their nondestructive evaluation procedures and tools, which are used to maintain the Air Force’s high standards for flight safety and aircraft maintenance. More»

Securing Defense Intelligence

Minimizing the risks posed by intelligence vulnerabilities is at the forefront of the Department of Defense’s Operations Security (OPSEC). Alion has stepped in to enhance the risk and vulnerability assessment with new technology that simplifies and speeds up data gathering and analysis. More»

Supporting Nuclear Power Plant Safety

The concern for safety for all nuclear power plants has never been greater. A recent issue involves a Nuclear Regulatory Commission mandate for the pressurized water reactor fleet to address a generic safety issue (GSI-191) associated with the response of the emergency core cooling system (ECCS) to a hypothetical loss of coolant accident. More»

Advancing Anti-Submarine Warfare Education

The Navy sees Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) as a vital mission for the 21st century. To support Fleet ASW readiness, the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock, called on Alion to help produce an expansive training program. More»

Protecting Our Forces From The Ground Up

Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Vehicles provide warfighters with protection against improvised explosive devices, underbody mines and small-arms fire threats, which currently produce the highest number of casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan. More»