SeaPort Enhanced (SeaPort-e)

Agile Communications, Inc. 's capabilities in support of the SeaPort-e Contract

Agile Communications, Inc.® (Agile) was formed in February 2000 by a group of systems engineers with recognized experience in the architecture and design of large scale networks deployed in harsh environments. Agile is a small, employee-owned, California corporation, headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA. We have offices/labs in Thousand Oaks, CA, West Long Branch, NJ and Charleston, SC with additional engineers in Maryland, Massachusetts, and Oregon covering Zones 1, 3, and 6.

Agile’s expertise is in architecting, designing, evaluating, and field configuring/testing C4ISR systems. Agile’s engineers have the unique, hands-on experience of involvement in the largest scale tactical network deployments from Task Force XXI to date, supporting all stages of development from original design through ongoing evolutions, as well as using lessons learned to help design completely new future systems and capabilities. Agile is uniquely positioned to transition the lessons learned from advanced system and networking deployments to any need across the spectrum of data communications, command/control and electronic warfare.

Our customers have counted on us to perform the design and analysis of some of the most complex and challenging tactical systems and situations. These include tactical US Army Brigades from Task Force XXI to the present capability sets (CS) for the Army and assisted with many Joint Tactical Radio System radio, waveform, and network management implementations. We can quickly identify issues with the architectures, designs, and deployment options that impact the overall implementations.

Agile’s engineers have had, and continue to have, assignments from organizations such as the JTRS JPEO NED, the Army’s PEO C3T, PM TNI, PM FBCB2, Combat Commands, ASA(ALT), ASEO, DARPA, CERDEC S&TCD, and I2WD among others to develop and analyze BCT architectures including deployed units and the Integration Brigade. Our efforts include legacy improvements, evolving equipment, and the future CS 13/14, 15/16 and beyond requirements. Agile also performs (or has performed) as a subcontractor on major programs of record such as JTRS HMS, JTRS GMR WNW, FBCB2/JCR, EPLRS and related programs, SINCGARS/INC and related programs, SRW and SRW NM, JUONS deliveries and various Electronic Warfare (EW) programs.

We have recognized subject matter expertise in:

  • Operational and system architecture development and analysis, including operationally based requirements analysis,
  • Tactical (or any challenging environment) network systems engineering, including the definition of initialization and configuration data for host and network equipment,
  • System Evaluation (data collection, test, analysis, and visualization of results) bringing the true operational need to the cycle of analysis,
  • Problem analysis through modeling and simulation, and
  • Software and hardware system development.

Agile continually analyzes unmet needs and tries to determine effective solutions from all sources. If a source cannot be identified, Agile has used internal resources to develop solutions. Some of the solutions that Agile has developed are:

  • NetRAT™ (Network Rapid Analysis Tool): NetRAT provides network system developers a database driven infrastructure supporting test planning, test execution, and analysis. The standardization of test information (Common Information Base or CIB), as well as the use of standards-based Relational Database Management System (RDBMS) technologies, is a key element of the NetRAT’s extensibility strategy which supports direct database access and easy third party tool development. NetRAT software is also deployable to a variety of hardware platforms as dictated by lab and field test requirements. A custom software module library exists for interfacing to a wide selection of tactical systems including SRW, WNW, EPLRS, SINCGARS/INC, and ANW2. This library can be modularly extended to include additional systems without impacting core functionality. NetRAT is now being used by many organizations including JPEO JTRS NED T&E, CERDEC, and several large companies to analyze complex systems to provide a detailed view of performance.
  • NetConnect™: NetConnect is a tactical edge router that provides enhanced routing capabilities including complex logic related to individual tactical communication systems. NetConnect establishes a well-connected network from the tactical edge to the upper tactical internet (TI) mitigating many of the unique routing issues introduced by tactical radios. NetConnect is available as an integrated, ruggedized hardware platform with a low SWaP-C and impact to tactical vehicles, and includes the ability to host mission specific software in addition to its routing core. NetConnect is also available as a software package for integration with other hardware solutions. NetConnect has been proven in theater and at the Network Integration Evaluation (NIE).
  • NetVT™ (Network Verification Tool): NetVT is a portable software-based tool that is designed to quickly verify proper initialization, interconnection, and operation of hosts, networking equipment (especially routers and switches), and radio systems on a platform. NetVT, either resident as an application on a host on a platform or as a separate tool plugging into a router or switch, sends a “heartbeat” check (e.g., ping) to expected network addresses to verify all devices are powered on and cabled properly. It then queries devices for initialization data and compares it against expected data from external planning sources to verify proper setup. Finally, it queries radios and routers/switches to verify over-the-air exchanges have taken place with other platforms to confirm RF equipment, including antenna, are performing as expected. NetVT has been adopted as part of VICTORY for U.S. Army and Marine vehicles, and is easily extensible for use by the Navy.