The U.S. Navy has awarded indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity multiple award contracts to contractors that will provide for their competition for service requirements solicited by Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Naval Facilities Command, Strategic Systems Programs, Office of Naval Research, and the United States Marine Corps. The 22 functional service areas within the scope of the contracts include: 1) research and development support; 2) engineering system engineering and process engineering support; 3) modeling, simulation, stimulation, and analysis support; 4) prototyping, pre-production, model-making, and fabric support; 5) system design documentation and technical data support; 6) software engineering, development, programming, and network support; 7) reliability, maintainability, and availability support; 8) human factors, performance, and usability engineering support; 9) system safety engineering support; 10) configuration management support; 11) quality assurance support; 12) information system development, information assurance, and information technology support; 13) ship inactivation and disposal Support; 14) interoperability, test and evaluation, trials support; 15) measurement facilities, range, and instrumentation support; 16) acquisition logistics support; 17) supply and provisioning support; 18) training support; 19) in-service engineering, fleet introduction, installation and checkout support; 20) program support; 21) functional and administrative support, and 22) public affairs and multimedia support. These contracts are in addition to the existing 4,498 contracts previously awarded under the SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e) acquisition program for services procurements. The Government estimates a maximum of $3,960,000,000 of services will be procured per year via orders issued under the SeaPort-e multiple award contracts. The awards have a three-year period of performance.
For more information, click here: http://www.defense.gov/News/Contracts/Contract-View/Article/822083
CRA Inc has been selected for the 2016 Best of Alexandria Award in the Security Services category by the Alexandria Award Program.
Each year, the Alexandria Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Alexandria area a great place to live, work and play.
Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Alexandria Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Alexandria Award Program and data provided by third parties.
About Alexandria Award Program
The Alexandria Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Alexandria area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Alexandria Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Alexandria Award Program
On this day in 2011, CRA supported the New York City Police Department (NYPD) and 12 principal partners in conducting the Securing the Cities (STC) Full-Scale Exercise (FSE). This enormous exercise involved hundreds of personnel from 150 law enforcement and other first responder agencies throughout New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. Involving activity on land, including rail and highways, and in local waterways, the exercise was designed to evaluate the combined ability to detect and interdict radiological materials that could be used in an attack.
The exercise followed a tabletop exercise in February 2011 (also conducted by CRA). At the TTX, 100 representatives of law enforcement and public safety agencies discussed how they would handle an imminent radiological attack on the New York region.
The STC initiative was funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and is designed to stop terrorists from infiltrating a major city with a dirty bomb or nuclear device. Federal agencies supporting this exercise include the Department of Homeland Security, Brookhaven National Laboratory, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the DHS’s Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, the National Urban Security Technology Laboratory, and the United States Coast Guard.
The information provided above was excerpted from the official NYPD Press Release, “First Responders in Three States to Interdict “Dirty Bomb” (Monday, April 4, 2011).
CRA provides training that is designed and tailored to the functional needs of our customers in law enforcement, firefighting, emergency planning, public health, emergency response, and transportation services. CRA offers training classes that are customized to ensure a more effective learning experience.
Our full-time staff of professional trainers, developers, and coordinators are supplemented by an extensive roster of consultants representing a variety of subject matter expertise. CRA trainers are selected and retained as consultants based upon demonstrated excellence as an instructor with specific competencies in their specific area of expertise.
To view the 2016 catalog, click here: CRA 2016 Training Catalog
To find out more information about any of CRA’s training courses, please email email@example.com.
During this month in 2002, the XIX Olympic Winter Games were celebrated in Salt Lake City, Utah. In the months leading up to the Winter Games, CRA provided training, planning, and exercise support to the Utah Olympic Public Safety Command (UOPSC). CRA designed and conducted 46 public safety tabletop exercises (TTXs), two Olympic theater-wide TTXs, and a theater-wide command post exercise involving Federal, State, and local jurisdictions and agencies. The program involved Olympic venues, Olympic Operations Centers, and the Salt Lake Organizing Committee. These exercises were designed to prepare participants to respond to a wide range of emergencies, such as security threats, infrastructure failures, industrial accidents, and terrorism.
For more information on CRA preparedness projects to support the nation’s Sports Venues, please click here.
On this day in 2013, Superbowl XLVII was played at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the preceding months, CRA worked with the Louisiana Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) and the New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (NOHSEP) by designing and conducting an HSEEP-compliant Tabletop Exercise (TTX) and communications drill to support preparedness efforts for Super Bowl XLVII and Mardi Gras. The exercises were was designed to stress emergency responders with a focus on medical surge capabilities and emergency coordination processes involving local area emergency services personnel, hospitals, and private ambulance providers. Over 70 different state, local, and private sector organizations participated in the exercise events, which resulted in a wealth of best practices and lessons learned.
For more information on CRA preparedness projects to support the nation’s Sports Venues, please click here.
Washington DC, 28 January 2016 – CRA Inc., a nationally-recognized homeland security and emergency management firm headquartered in northern Virginia, recently signed a strategic distribution agreement with Vienna-based Resilient Corporation, owner/operator of the organizational Resilient Score™ and cross-industry Resilient Index™.
This new partnership allows CRA to provide clients access to Resilient Corporation’s database of Resilient Scores™ on approximately 7,000 organizations spanning 18 global industries, and offer a wide array of resilience performance improvement solutions under a newly launched Risk and Resilience Practice. In return, CRA will help Resilient Corporation create training and certification programs for infrastructure providers, businesses, communities, non-government organizations, and local, state and federal governments.
A Resilient Score™ represents an organizational performance and preparedness metric on how well a company, government, institution, community, or region manages its capacity to anticipate disruptions, adapt to events, and create operational excellence and lasting value. A higher score translates into a higher organizational readiness to maintain continuity against natural, technological and man-made disasters, as well as the ability to predictably recover and exploit opportunities lost by organizations with a lower score.
Founded in 1984, CRA is highly regarded for its knowledge and skills in all-hazards training, terrorism prevention, critical infrastructure protection, emergency management, information sharing and intelligence analysis, and law enforcement. The firm stands at the forefront of several national security-preparedness and resilience initiatives, conducting a breakthrough series of active-shooter exercises and staffing expert personnel at both intelligence and crime “fusion centers” throughout the United States. Since the 9/11 terror strikes, CRA has provided technical assistance to more than 3,000 public agencies and private-sector organizations in all 50 U.S. states and five Territories, training more than 150,000 first-responders in over 1,000 exercises.
Launched in 2006, Resilient Corporation continues to lead the multi-billion-dollar global resilience market with the first and only independent and objective Resilient Score™. The firm has commercialized a proprietary analytical platform to generate over 600 distinct yet interrelated Resilient Performance Indicators™ on approximately 7,000 organizations worldwide. Using state-of-the-art, data analytics and open-source intelligence, the resulting Resilient Index™ provides valuable insight on, and research opportunities across, 18 global industries. As seen in the emerging wave of Chief Resilient Officers™ and Resilient Analysts™, such actionable intelligence is triggering much-needed adherence to organizational performance criteria that increasingly shape shareholder and stakeholder value.
For more information, contact Michael Krull (firstname.lastname@example.org; 703-519-4510), CRA President and Chief Executive Officer.
For a copy of Resilient Corporation’s November 2015 “State of Resilience” report, click here.
CRA Awarded Contract to Deliver Dark Web Training in East Tennessee
CRA is bringing our groundbreaking Dark Web Training Course to law enforcement analysts and investigators in East Tennessee. This latest contract award represents the tremendous expansion of CRA’s cutting-edge Internet Intelligence Training Program, which provides Federal, State, and local law enforcement the practical information needed to use online resources to support investigations and analytical research. CRA’s Dark Web Training Course teaches participants basic and advanced concepts of Internet privacy, bitcoins, Tor and onion routing, TAILS, illegal marketplaces, as well as the use of social media data, news sources, and Internet forums to enhance analytical and investigative products. CRA is proud to bring this rapidly-expanding training program to our law enforcement partners in East Tennessee, and we look forward to the continuing expansion of our Internet Intelligence Training Program!
For more information on CRA’s Dark Web Training Course and our other Internet Intelligence Training Course offerings, please contact email@example.com.
This Month in CRA History….
Amtrak Employee Security and Terrorism Awareness Training
In January 2007, CRA began the daunting year-long task of designing and conducting a customized Employee Security and Terrorism Awareness Training program for more than 14,000 Amtrak personnel nationwide. By working in close partnership with Amtrak police, security, and line officials, CRA’s trainers delivered nearly 900 training classes between January and November 2007. The training covered the nature of the terrorist threat to transit systems, as well as indicators of terrorist activity and the steps employees should take when observing and reporting suspicious activity or objects. By all accounts, CRA’s training was of the highest quality and well-received by line employees and Amtrak management.
“The course was very informative and opens your eyes to a lot of things that you would have walked by before taking the class.”
“ . . . I never realized how much of a threat terrorism can be to Amtrak.”
“The instructor has done the walk . . . pretty eye opening.”
“Not only can I apply these methods to my job but also outside of my job. The whole course was valuable. Everything was great!”
“Your group [CRA] has been absolutely great in being available, reachable, cooperative, and responsive to our needs. The scope of the work [of the Amtrak Employee Security Awareness Training] given the times, locations, and nationwide parameters would seem at times to be impossible. However your group has prevailed and over 7,000 employees have been trained to date.” – Inspector, Amtrak Police Department
CRA’s Dr. Joshua Sinai Discusses How Active Shooters Can Be Preempted In Published Article for the Mackenzie Institute
Active shooter incidents appear to be on the rise in the United States and Canada, as demonstrated by several high profile attacks in 2015 (including a potentially catastrophic plot that was thwarted in Halifax, Nova Scotia in early 2015, which involved two Americans and a Canadian). Those engaged in law enforcement and public security are continuously searching for effective countermeasures to reduce fatalities as actual incidents occur or to prevent them during the crucial pre-incident phases. It is this article’s objective to highlight the benefits of four types of preventative measures that could potentially reduce this threat. The first two measures are intended to help identify troublesome individuals that might become active shooters for pre-incident preemption. The third measure focuses on deterrence to reduce a target’s physical vulnerability, and, when such preventative measures fail and an attack occurs, the fourth measure concentrates on the physical responses potential victims need to implement to minimize fatalities.
Link attached: http://www.mackenzieinstitute.com/active-shooters-can-preempted/