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U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology Cooperative Research and Development Agreement


August 11, 2022

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Barbaricum Technology Research Sponsorship for Graduate Students Enables U.S. Air Force Warfighter Mission Support

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio – August 11, 2022 – Barbaricum and the U.S. Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)’s recent Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) is now sponsoring graduate student research to address U.S. Air Force National Air and Space Intelligence Center (NASIC) challenges. 

As the U.S. Department of Defense’s primary source for foreign air and space threat analysis, NASIC’s mission enables our nation’s total force military and civilian defense professionals to innovatively accomplish the deterrence and warfighting missions of the U.S. Air and Space Forces. The collaborative AFIT-Barbaricum CRADA research, supported by AFIT student Mr. Christian Conkle, will directly contribute to the mission by investigating new ways for cube satellites to collect intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data, as well as drive design parameters for hyperspectral sensor systems.

Together, AFIT and Barbaricum are working to expand the national talent pool with innovative researchers who will develop new techniques that collect and monitor foreign activities. It is my privilege to advise and shape research critical to NASIC’s mission and our nation’s security solutions.

— Dr. John Hogan —
Barbaricum Vice President of Research and Engineering, and Chief Scientist

Led by Dr. Hogan, Barbaricum’s Research and Engineering Division focuses on Sensor Processing and Intelligence Analytics. The AFIT-Barbaricum CRADA highlights part of Barbaricum’s research and development (R&D) capabilities to strengthen America’s future technology and national security workforce. The effort will expand the national talent pool by preparing graduate students to fulfill NASIC technical requirements and, ultimately, drive mission success across the U.S. Air and Space Forces.

And as a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business, Barbaricum is passionate about delivering what’s right for its government customers, wherever and whenever solutions are needed. In 2021, Barbaricum chose Dayton, Ohio for its newest regional office, which will create at least 80 jobs and generate more than $7.2 million in annual payroll in the Dayton metropolitan area.

“Through our physical presence in Dayton, we are able to bring a deep mission understanding directly to our customers’ R&D cycles,” Barbaricum Executive Vice President, Mike Engle explained. “Barbaricum’s experience, personnel, and focus on engineering solutions that push beyond the known frontier will deliver the specific technology and innovation required to achieve long-term success for NASIC and the Intelligence Community.”

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Barbaricum is one of the fastest-growing companies in our market. We support government customers with Cyber / Intel, Integrated Communications, and Mission Support services. Our passion is innovation, and we are committed to client value and effective technical solutions. We are an ISO 9001, ISO 27001, and CMMI Level 3-appraised, Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) located in Washington, D.C., Tampa, FL, Dayton, OH, and Crane, IN. Our mission is to transform U.S. Government approaches to problem sets of increasing complexity by delivering innovative solutions, especially in support of National Security missions.

The company has been recognized by institutions like Inc. Magazine, GovCon, AMEC, PRSA, and SmartCEO for corporate growth, capabilities, and award-winning client work. Our team is dynamic and agile, providing global support to current missions across five continents. We are also focused on developing and maintaining our vibrant corporate culture, having been named a Best Workplace by Inc. Magazine and The Washington Post.

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The Air Force Institute of Technology, with its main campus located at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, is the Department of the Air Force’s leader for advanced, multi-disciplinary academic education, as well as its institution for technical professional continuing education. A component of Air University and Air Education and Training Command, AFIT is committed to providing innovative, defense-focused graduate education and related research, and operationally-relevant professional continuing education to sustain the technological supremacy of America’s air, space, and cyber forces. Since 2008, AFIT has been designated as the Air Force’s Cyber Technical Center of Excellence.

AFIT accomplishes this mission through four schools: the Civil Engineer School, the Graduate School of Engineering and Management, the School of Systems and Logistics, and the School of Strategic Force Studies. Through its Civilian Institution Programs Office, AFIT also manages the educational programs of Airmen enrolled at more than 350 civilian universities, research centers, teaching hospitals, and industrial organizations. The office also manages the Air Force’s Education with Industry (EWI) program, through which about 40-50 military and civilian Airmen spend a year with companies to learn industry best-practices and bring those practices back to the Air Force.

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