Reston, VA – October 13, 2021 – Concept Solutions, LLC (CS) announces the hiring of industry technology veteran, Bill Wright, as Chief Technology Officer (CTO). Mr. Wright will support strategic growth initiatives, as well as help guide our technology approach and innovation for CS. Mr. Wright has over 25 years of information technology experience, across roles expanding software development, task leadership, project management, Technical Director, small business Chief Operating Officer, and Senior Solution Architect. Additionally, Mike Shields, who has served as our CTO since 2005, will be transitioning his leadership role to Chief Software Engineer.

Prior to joining Concept Solutions, Mr. Wright held the position of Senior Director, Principal Solutions Architect at 1901 Group where he supported program and corporate level capture and proposal activities and provided technical support to projects advancing into new areas. He also previously worked as both Program Manager and Technical Director at SRA International.

Before starting CS, our own COO & Executive VP, John Krahulec worked with Mr. Wright at SRA International approximately 23 years ago. Upon his hiring, Mr. Krahulec stated, “Even after all this time, I still remember his impressive technical prowess and I’m excited by the opportunity to work with him again; he will be a great addition to the CS team.”

He holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master’s in Industrial and Systems Engineering: Human Factors Option from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

About Concept Solutions, LLC

Founded in 1999, Concept Solutions, LLC, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, is a management and technology consulting company committed to providing strategic solutions enabling organizations to operate more efficiently. At Concept Solutions, we create and support Mission-Critical solutions that keep our country safe, in the areas of Aerospace, Defense, Law Enforcement, and Commerce. We are experts in delivering innovative solutions through advanced software development, systems engineering, and management. Our business conforms to CMMI-DEV ML3, ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and ISO 20000 quality standards. Learn more at: https://www.concept-solutions.com/

Reston, VA. — September 27, 2021 — The Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA) has awarded Concept Solutions, LLC (CS) with the 2021 Small Business Outstanding Achievement Award. Our Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Command and Control Communications (C3) Emergency Operations Network (EON) Team was selected for demonstrating outstanding achievement and contribution, which has added to the quality, safety, or efficiency of air traffic control.

“Concept Solutions is extremely proud to be recognized by the Air Traffic Control Association,” said Phong Mai, Concept Solutions’ President and CEO. “We strive to provide our clients with the safest, most efficient, and highest quality solutions, and this award reflects the hard work from all of our staff to successfully meet our clients’ needs.”

As the spread of COVID-19 proliferated throughout the United States in late April 2020, FAA leadership had a critical need for a system with scoped COVID-19 case data to support the FAA’s operations and transparent decision-making. CS played a key role in recognizing the urgency and criticality of the Administrator’s directive. The technical expertise and contributions of our EON Team was key in successfully developing the COVID-19 Operations Dashboard in just 48 hours and, subsequently, maintaining availability to FAA leadership and employees throughout the pandemic.

The Dashboard continues to play a critical role in the effectiveness and transparency of FAA decision-making throughout the pandemic. The FAA COVID-19 Incident Management Team and the Office of Aerospace Medicine rely almost exclusively on the dashboard when making critical travel and Recovery Phasing recommendations to senior agency leaders.

ATCA award recipients will be honored at the ATCA Annual Conference & Exposition on Tuesday February 8th, 2022. Learn more about the ATCA Awards Program at: https://www.atca.org/atca-awards-program

About Concept Solutions, LLC

Founded in 1999, Concept Solutions, LLC, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, is a management and technology consulting company committed to providing strategic solutions enabling organizations to operate more efficiently. At Concept Solutions, we create and support Mission-Critical solutions that keep our country safe, in the areas of Aerospace, Defense, Law Enforcement, and Commerce. We are experts in delivering innovative solutions through advanced software development, systems engineering, and management. Our business conforms to CMMI-DEV ML3, ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and ISO 20000 quality standards. Learn more at: https://www.concept-solutions.com/

Reston, Va. — September 8, 2021, — Concept Solutions, LLC has reaffirmed its commitment to quality, IT service, and information security management processes with a successful Integrated Management System (IMS) certification based on the following standards from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC): ISO 9001:2015 (Quality), ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018 (IT Service Management) and ISO/IEC 27001:2013 (Information Security).

These standards are based on principles that inform our solutions and drive our approach using our quality tools, procedures, and expertise. This includes a strong customer focus, the motivation and involvement of top management, our process approach, and continual improvement. These principles help ensure that our customers get consistent, good-quality products and services, which, in turn, brings many business benefits. “The ISO certification is a significant milestone in Concept Solutions’ ongoing pursuit of high quality and customer satisfaction through continual process improvement,” said Phong Mai, CEO.

ISO 9001 sets out the criteria for quality management systems and is based on principles including a strong customer focus, the support and involvement from top management, the continuous improvement approach for process maturity, and a foundation for risk management. ISO/IEC 20000-1 is a service management system (SMS) standard that specifies requirements for the service provider to plan, establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain, and improve an SMS. ISO/IEC 27000 is a family of standards that helps organizations keep information assets secure. Using these standards will help an organization manage the security of assets such as customer data, financial information, intellectual property, employee details, or information entrusted by third parties.

About ISO and IEC

ISO is the world’s largest independent standards-setting organization, having promoted more than 21,000 standards serving almost all aspects of technology and business worldwide. Learn more at: https://www.iso.org/home.html/

IEC is an international organization that prepares standards for electrical, electronic, and related technologies. https://www.iec.ch/

In 1987, the two formed the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC 1) to develop worldwide information and communication technology standards for business and consumer applications. Learn more at:  https://www.iso.org/isoiec-jtc-1.html/

About Concept Solutions, LLC

Founded in 1999, Concept Solutions, LLC, headquartered in Reston, Virginia, is a management and technology consulting company committed to providing strategic solutions enabling organizations to operate more efficiently. At Concept Solutions, we create and support Mission-Critical solutions that keep our country safe in the areas of Aerospace, Defense, Law Enforcement, and Commerce. We are experts in delivering innovative solutions through advanced software development, systems engineering, and management. Learn more at: https://www.concept-solutions.com/

Reston, Va. — February 22, 2021 — The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently awarded Concept Solutions, LLC (CS) a systems engineering and technical support services contract with a focus on integrating Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) into the National Airspace System (NAS).

Under the terms of the $33 million, five-year, indefinite quantity/indefinite delivery (IDIQ), single award contract, CS will lead a team of small and large business partners in helping the FAA Air Traffic Organization’s (ATO) Mission Support Services (AJV) Strategy Directorate (AJV-S) mature concepts and requirements to advance the state of UAS integration in the NAS and enable a range of envisioned use cases including but not limited to: linear infrastructure inspection, agricultural surveillance, small package delivery, on-airport surface inspection, Class A airspace operations, and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) passenger operations.

To achieve these goals, CS will support AJV-S with identifying and confirming NAS system and service enhancements necessary to enable routine UAS operations in the NAS by conducting operational needs assessments; concept exploration, development, and verification; and requirements continuity efforts. CS will mature concepts associated with the adaptation of existing and planned enabling systems, decision support tools, and services; identify corresponding operations, functions, and performance requirements for the concepts; reduce technical risk, quantify benefits, support alternatives development, and identify safety concerns; and arrive at and evaluate program-specific operational shortfalls and proposed solutions addressing those shortfalls. Task activities will include detailed, structured technical analyses of the solution areas to evolve concepts and requirements while ensuring traceability to validated air traffic-related operational needs, as well as prepare for formal acquisition milestones for systems and services necessary to support UAS integration.

“We are proud to continue to leverage our engineering and technology expertise to provide the FAA ATO’s Strategy Directorate with world-class expertise focused on bridging the gap between emerging operational needs and concepts with future air traffic changes,” said Jason Cunha, CS’ aerospace division vice president.

About Concept Solutions, LLC

Founded in 1999, Concept Solutions, LLC, headquartered in Northern Virginia, is a management and technology consulting company committed to providing strategic solutions enabling organizations to operate more efficiently. At Concept Solutions, we create and support Mission-Critical solutions that keep our country safe, in the areas of Aerospace, Defense and Homeland Security. We are experts in delivering innovative solutions through information technology, systems engineering and management. Our business conforms to Agile, Scrum, CMMI ML3, ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and ISO 20000-1 quality standards. Learn more at: https://www.concept-solutions.com/

Reston, Va. — January 14, 2021 — Concept Solutions, LLC has been awarded a $950,000,000 ceiling indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the maturation, demonstration and proliferation of capability across platforms and domains, leveraging open systems design, modern software and algorithm development in order to enable Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2). This contract is part of a multiple award multi-level security effort to provide development and operation of systems as a unified force across all domains (air, land, sea, space, cyber, and electromagnetic spectrum) in an open architecture family of systems that enables capabilities via multiple integrated platforms.

Phong Mai, President and CEO said, “Concept Solutions is excited to win a contract to support the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS). This expands our DevSecOps CI/CD services and fits into our U.S. Air Force portfolio along with supporting the Kessel Run software factory.”

About Concept Solutions, LLC

Founded in 1999, Concept Solutions, LLC, headquartered in Northern Virginia, is a management and technology consulting company committed to providing strategic solutions enabling organizations to operate more efficiently. At Concept Solutions, we create and support Mission-Critical solutions that keep our country safe, in the areas of Aerospace, Defense, Law Enforcement, Finance and Weather. We are experts in delivering innovative solutions through information technology, engineering and management. Our business conforms to Agile, Scrum, CMMI ML3, ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and ISO 20000-1 quality standards. Learn more at: https://www.concept-solutions.com/

Reston, Va. — November 3, 2020 — Concept Solutions, LLC has reaffirmed its commitment to quality, IT service and information security management processes with a successful Integrated Management System (IMS) certification based on the following standards from the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC): ISO 9001:2015, ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018 and ISO/IEC 27001:2013.

ISO 9001 sets out the criteria for quality management systems and is based on principles including a strong customer focus, the support and involvement from top management, the continuous improvement approach for process maturity and a foundation for risk management. Using ISO 9001:2015 ensures that customers receive consistent, high-quality products and services, which in turn brings many business benefits. CS passed its ISO 9001:2015 Triennial Audit on Aug. 12, proving its continued adherence to ISO standards since initial certification in August 2017.

ISO/IEC 20000-1 is a service management system (SMS) standard that specifies requirements for the service provider to plan, establish, implement, operate, monitor, review, maintain and improve an SMS. The requirements include the design, transition, delivery and improvement of services to fulfil agreed service requirements. By passing its ISO/IEC 20000-1 Upgrade Audit on Aug. 13, CS has certified to the latest ISO/IEC 20000-1:2018 standard, which saw the revision of two guidance documents in the series and publication of another since the previous 2011 standard.

ISO/IEC 27000 is a family of standards that helps organizations keep information assets secure. Using these standards will help an organization manage the security of assets such as customer data, financial information, intellectual property, employee details or information entrusted by third parties. ISO/IEC 27001 is the best-known standard in the family, providing requirements for an information security management system (ISMS) based on a continuous risk management framework. Passing its ISO/IEC 27001 Surveillance Audit on Aug. 13 verifies that CS is continuing to uphold its ISMS requirements.

About ISO and IEC

ISO is the world’s largest independent standards-setting organization, having promoted more than 21,000 standards serving almost all aspects of technology and business worldwide. Learn more at: https://www.iso.org/home.html/

IEC is an international organization that prepares standards for electrical, electronic and related technologies. https://www.iec.ch/

In 1987, the two formed the ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 (JTC 1) to develop worldwide information and communication technology standards for business and consumer applications. Learn more at:  https://www.iso.org/isoiec-jtc-1.html/

About Concept Solutions, LLC

Founded in 1999, Concept Solutions, LLC, headquartered in Northern Virginia, is a management and technology consulting company committed to providing strategic solutions enabling organizations to operate more efficiently. At Concept Solutions, we create and support Mission-Critical solutions that keep our country safe, in the areas of Aerospace, Defense, Law Enforcement, Finance and Weather. We are experts in delivering innovative solutions through information technology, engineering and management. Our business conforms to Agile, Scrum, CMMI ML3, ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and ISO 20000-1 quality standards. Learn more at: https://www.concept-solutions.com/

Reston, Va. — September 9, 2020 — Concept Solutions, LLC today announced that it has been appraised at maturity level 3 for the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)® for Development. The appraisal was performed by Norman Hammock of A1 Independent Consulting. The first appraisal for maturity level 2 was achieved in October 2009. Then in January of 2012, the company continued its process improvement strategy with an appraisal and rating at maturity level 3. This latest appraisal marks the 5th time Concept Solutions has acquired a CMMI maturity level rating and clearly demonstrates the company’s focus and dedication to its quality program.

Phong Mai, President and CEO stated, “Concept Solutions, LLC is a proud partner of the CMMI Institute. We have been using CMMI to help elevate performance for 10 years and have seen the value of the models to deliver measurable results for our clients as well as our own internal processes. We look forward to working with the CMMI Institute to extend the reach of the CMMI frameworks to enable our team and our customers to reach their goals.”

CMMI is a capability improvement approach that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance.

An appraisal at maturity level 3 indicates the organization is performing at a “defined” level. At this level, processes are well characterized and understood, and are described in standards, procedures, tools and methods. The organization’s set of standard processes, which is the basis for maturity level 3, is established and improved over time.

About CMMI Institute

CMMI Institute (https://cmmiinstitute.com/) is the global leader in the advancement of best practices in people process, and technology. CMMI Institute’s promise is to inspire cultures of continuous improvement that elevate performance and create sustainable competitive advantage.

CMMI Institute offers market-driven solutions that provide insights for baselining and optimizing key organizational capabilities, cybermaturity and data assets to elevate business performance. For over 25 years, thousands of high-performing organizations in a variety of industries, including aerospace, finance, healthcare, information technology, software, defense, transportation and telecommunications have achieved sustainable business success through adopting the CMMI and proved they are capable business partners and suppliers. To learn more about how CMMI can help your organization elevate performance, visit https://cmmiinstitute.com/.

About Concept Solutions, LLC

Founded in 1999, Concept Solutions, LLC, headquartered in Northern Virginia, is a management and technology consulting company committed to providing strategic solutions enabling organizations to operate more efficiently. At Concept Solutions, we create and support Mission-Critical solutions that keep our country safe, in the areas of Aerospace, Defense, Law Enforcement, Finance and Weather. We are experts in delivering innovative solutions through information technology, engineering and management. Our business conforms to Agile, Scrum, CMMI ML3, ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and ISO 20000-1 quality standards. Learn more at: https://www.concept-solutions.com/

Reston, Va. — June 26, 2020 — Concept Solutions, LLC (CS) is pleased to announce the promotion of John “Rick” Antonucci Jr. to Director of U.S. Air Force (USAF) and Civilian Programs as of May 1, 2020.

Rick has more than eight years of client-facing experience focused on market research and business development. He joined CS in February 2018 as a Business Development Manager, working with the leadership, proposal and capture teams to bid on contracts and attract talent. Most notably, Rick led CS’s proposal effort to win the Kessel Run contract.

“The new role will allow us to better understand and serve our customers with a single point of contact from sales to delivery. Rick’s extensive background lends a unique perspective to excel at the critical confluence of these duties to our valued customers,” said CS President and CEO Phong Mai.

With Rick’s new title, he will continue in his existing capacity as Business Development Manager. But he will now also serve as Account Manager for CS’s team at the Kessel Run Experimentation Lab in Boston, MA, where civilian software professionals work alongside USAF’s best and brightest to modernize the legacy data support systems of the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter.

Rick’s new duties will entail overseeing staffing, project tracking and delivery of the Kessel Run team’s exceptional and high-quality work. He will also leverage the team’s successes to explore future defense contract opportunities.

CS looks forward to working with Rick in this new capacity and believes he will continue making significant and positive contributions to the company.

About Concept Solutions, LLC

Founded in 1999, Concept Solutions, LLC, headquartered in Northern Virginia, is a management and technology consulting company committed to providing strategic solutions enabling organizations to operate more efficiently. At Concept Solutions, we create and support Mission-Critical solutions that keep our country safe, in the areas of Aerospace, Defense, Law Enforcement, Finance and Weather. We are experts in delivering innovative solutions through information technology, engineering and management. Our business conforms to Agile, Scrum, SEI-CMMI ML3, ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and ISO 20000-1 quality standards. Learn more at: https://www.concept-solutions.com/

The recent national events highlighting racial injustice and tension in our society are heartbreaking and traumatic and we are saddened that it continues even today in our country. We at Concept Solutions (CS) are deeply disturbed and our hearts are heavy. We are a nation in anguish. We owe it to the diverse people who make up our company, our customers, and our country to listen, take a stand, support and speak up with positive action. 

To our Black team members and families, we recognize your pain and feelings of fatigue over the injustices you and your family members have to face each and every day. We are proud that our CS family, employees and customers, is diverse and inclusive of our Black community. Our hearts break for the resilience you have required over our country’s history. We vow to ensure CS is a place of inclusion and solace for everyone. 

Systemic racism is deep-rooted in our society which keeps the most disadvantaged and underprivileged people down. A problem of that magnitude requires an equally systematic approach to creating consistent and enduring impact. CS stands united to be part of the solution to change that.  Though CS is proud of the diversity throughout our company, we can always do better.  To make the available pool of candidates in our field better reflect America’s diversity, and being a company steeped in STEM capabilities, CS will provide a donation to National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) to increase the proportion of Black young women and men in STEM careers.  Diversity is our strength, and cultivating an environment of inclusion, teamwork, and civility is our duty.  

We hope that this letter opens the line of communication so that we can address the issues and have the difficult conversations, not shy away from them. 

-Concept Solutions

Reston, Va. — May 15, 2020 — Concept Solutions, LLC (CS) has been awarded the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Command and Control Communications (C3) Support contract, adding crisis management and continuity of operations support to its growing role in safeguarding the flying public.

The FAA’s Command and Control Communications Division, AXE-400, is tasked with providing secure, redundant and reliable communications between the Agency’s Washington, D.C., headquarters and its nationwide aeronautical facilities. Whenever a manmade or natural disaster disrupts the standard local, regional or national telecommunications infrastructures, C3’s products allow FAA leadership to directly manage and – if necessary, restore – the National Airspace System (NAS).

Concept Solutions will, under the terms of the C3 Support contract, provide system engineering, network engineering, communications security (COMSEC), intelligence, financial and other administrative support to AXE-400 for up to a five-year period of performance. It will also support and modernize the FAA’s Washington Operations Center Complex (WOCC) and several Regional Operations Centers (ROCs).

Chief among the computer systems Concept Solutions will maintain is the Emergency Operations Network (EON), which integrates web applications, Microsoft SharePoint and a Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) platform to provide a high-level overview, trend analysis and logging of incidents such as laser attacks, unmanned aircraft system (UAS) violations and disruptive passengers.

The Feb. 26 award strengthens Concept Solutions’ rapidly expanding range of technical support offerings to the U.S. Government. The company’s other recent wins include its mid-February admission into the U.S. General Services Administration’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) Small Business (SB) Pool 1 governmentwide acquisition contract, and its October 2019 selection as a prime contractor in the U.S. Air Force’s Kessel Run project.

“We are excited to bring the C3 program into our portfolio of mission-critical solutions that keep our country safe,” said Concept Solutions Executive VP & COO John Krahulec.

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About Concept Solutions, LLC

Founded in 1999, Concept Solutions, LLC, headquartered in Northern Virginia, is a management and technology consulting company committed to providing strategic solutions enabling organizations to operate more efficiently. At Concept Solutions, we create and support Mission-Critical solutions that keep our country safe, in the areas of Aerospace, Defense, Law Enforcement, and Commerce. We are experts in delivering innovative solutions through advanced software development, systems engineering and management. Our business conforms to Agile, Scrum, SEI-CMMI ML3, ISO 9001, ISO 27001 and ISO 20000-1 quality standards. Learn more at: https://www.concept-solutions.com/