January 2013 - For years, the Army’s ATE/TPS equipment has been in need of software innovation and technology advancements upgrades. To answer this dilemma, PD TMDE has formed the Next Generation Automatic Test Systems (NGATS). The new task was developed to replace the legacy ATE systems and consolidate 100% of the ATE's support capabilities which include: the Integrated Family of Test Equipment (IFTE) off-platform test stations (known as the Base Shop Test Facility (BSTF) Version 3 and 5) and the Direct Support Electric System Test Set (DSESTS). NGATS is the next-level in Integrated Family of Test Equipment (IFTE) because it is designed for both Aviation and Ground Equipment testing. NGATS not only supports the U.S. Army Future Force, but is compliant with the Joint Service NxTest Architecture and linked to several defense Automatic Information Systems/Networks. The unique architecture interface associated with NGATS enables direct communication of maintenance repair history data to fielded NGATS units.
As one of three indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract award winners, MJLM Engineering & Technical Services and Teammate (DRS Technologies, Inc.) have been identified as a viable source that is proficient in producing, integrating, and supporting critical components for the NGATS program. MJLM was chosen to participate in this effort due to its deep understanding of the Army’s ATE/TPS program limitations that are greatly affecting the system’s operational readiness status. The contributing factors are equipment age, performance shortfalls, supportability challenges, and inherent inefficiency of the currently fielded Army Automatic Test Equipment (ATE) systems. MJLM plans to relieve the ATE/TPS stress on the Army by increasing the ATE's capability with modern TPS languages, a robust system health monitoring and management system, and an advanced graphical user interface (GUI) that satisfies government and industry standards for usability and functionality.
The NGATS contract is valued at $75,000,000, firm-fixed-price-multiple award task order contract. It is implemented to provide Automated Test System Testing and Net-Centric support. The work location will be determined with each task order, with an estimated completion date of Jan. 23, 2018. The Army Contracting Command, Picatinny Arsenal, N.J., is the contracting activity for this effort. For additional information on NGATS, the Army Sustainment Command (ASC) has published a fact sheet on the subject. The Department of Defense (DoD) press release for this action is located on www.defense.gov.
Upward Movement at MJLM Engineering and Technical Services
(HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA —March 27, 2012)
McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy, LLP (MJLM), is proud to announce the promotions of the following personnel and congratulates them on a job well done:
- Cynethia Bailey- Off-Site Marketing Manager
- Joneia Brown- Project Control Manager
- Tabatha Holt- JAMS Project Manager
- Winston Ivey- FEDS Program Manager
- Charles Manager- IT and Facilities Manager
- Jason Townsend- ATE Platforms Program Manager
MJLM Engineering and Technical Services Raises the Bar from Within
(HUNTSVILLE, ALABAMA —February 25, 2010)
McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy, LLP (MJLM), is proud to announce the promotions of Gene Perry to Technical Director and Chester Andrews to Programs Director of the Huntsville Division.
With more than 30 years of industry experience, Gene Perry is experienced in hardware and software design using State of the Arts Components and COTS packages. Perry distinguished himself as a co-inventor of the microprocessor based Programmable Power Processing System (PPPS). Prior to joining MJLM, Perry’s talents were recognized when he was assigned to the Extended Air Defense Testbed (EADTB) Software Integration Team. A graduate of Tuskegee University, Perry is an engineer and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree.
Odysseus Lanier, Partner, commented, “Perry brings hands-on experience for hardware and software from conception through testing and implementation. His technical experience gained at NASA and throughout his career working with missile equipment, launching systems and other equipment such as the Volvo 6-cylinder engine just deepens the depth of resources Perry offers.”
A U.S. Army Veteran and Army Achievement Medal recipient, Chester Andrews offers more than 30 years of working for and with the Department of Defense. Andrews has distinguished himself in his years with MJLM Engineering & Technical Services serving as Project Manager on a number of integral projects including a close combat weapons system (CCWS) out of MJLM’s Commercial Drive Facility, a Flexible Engine Diagnostic System Reliability Improvement Program (FEDS RIP), and the ISO 9001: 2008 Certification (Quality Management System). A graduate of the U.S. Army Contracting and Acquisition Intern Program and the Non Commissioned Officers Academy in Munich, Germany, Andrews holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri.
“Andrew’s intimate knowledge of the life cycle of government property and equipment from both the armed services side and the private sector makes him uniquely qualified to identify efficiencies and promote long term solutions to best serve our clients,” noted Odysseus Lanier, Partner.
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