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LinQuest recognizes that great solutions start with insight and detailed understanding of client needs and stakeholder interests. Our personnel provide critical thinking, thought leadership, and innovation to help solve the nation's most complex and challenging problems.

Requirements Development

Systems Requirements Development

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 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.

"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 —

Common Understanding of Requirements and Capabilities

LinQuest developed the first-ever DoD model-based Information Support Plan on behalf of the Enhanced Polar System program.

LinQuest Corporation pioneered the use of MBSE for ISP development. 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. 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.

Capability Assessment

"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 —

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.

Concept Development

Concept Development (AFSPC)

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 weapon systems. The LinQuest Concept Development team 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.

"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 —

Design Definition for New and Emerging Programs

LinQuest Corporation provides a full spectrum of systems engineering and integration solutions to the United States Air Force (USAF) Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC)/Military Satellite Communication (MILSATCOM) Systems Directorate (MC). LinQuest personnel began supporting SMC/MC (then called the MILSATCOM Joint Program Office) in 1982 as part of LinCom Corporation. 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.

"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 mythologies 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 —

Analysis of Alternatives

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

— Deputy Branch Chief —

We provide solutions to HQ AFSPC/A9X for military utility analysis of cyberspace capabilities and Analysis of Alternatives (AOA). These analyses involve current and future cyberspace capabilities for both blue (US and allied) and red (adversary) sides. In addition, LinQuest collects information on cyberspace modeling and simulation (M&S) tools and performs 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.