ACCELERATING TRAINING AND READINESS THROUGH NEXT GENERATION TECHNOLOGIES

DoD’s premier OTA contracting vehicle for next generation training, modeling, simulation, and readiness.

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ABOUT TReX

The Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX) expedites development, demonstration, and delivery of prototypes to increase Warfighter readiness. With a focus on modeling, simulation, and training, TReX provides the United States Government with an agile mechanism to iterate and refine critical technologies to keep pace with ongoing and emerging challenges. By actively incorporating structured operational user feedback, TReX will identify and develop innovative solutions to inform material procurement requirements and acquisition.

TReX is a new era public-private partnership that is managed by the National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL). Utilizing a broad innovation platform, TReX brings a first-of-its-kind capability to the U.S. Department of Defense. The Accelerator operates as a highly efficient, open-source network of top innovators across the innovation ecosystem, including industry, academia, investors, laboratories, and government. TReX provides support and engagement across the full life cycle of innovation from problem definition to ideation and solution prospecting through technology development and delivery.

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STE LTS Tier 2 RFI

The U.S. Army Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training, and Instrumentation (PEO STRI) and the PEO STRI Agile Acquisition Response (STAAR) Team publishes this RFI to solicit industry’s capabilities as market research in identifying potential geo-pairing Force-on- Force (FoF) and Force-on-Target (FoT) training solutions.

Product Architecture Domain Modeling (PADM) Prototype Project

“The United States Navy (USN) detects and responds to cyber threats based on a traditional, labor-intensive, seven (7) step process that starts with preparation and information security (INFOSEC) classification and ends with system and common control authorizations and continuous monitoring. To improve how it detects and responds to cyber threats, the Navy seeks solutions that are both proactive (cyber hunt) and reactive (cyber disconnect). The Navy also seeks solutions that will address multiple domains (Platform Architecture, Cyber Attack, Cyber Vulnerability, Mitigations, and Mission Area).

PEO STRI Request for Network Insight (RNI): Technology Focus Areas

This TReX announcement is intended to pulse NSTXL’s Innovation Network to discover potential solutions…

OUR FOCUS AREAS

Modeling

Modeling

Developing models to help scientists, engineers, and decision makers demonstrate a positive change to how a military system is built and/or managed.

Simulation

Simulation

Enabling military capabilities to test and refine theories and operations in a synthetic environment without the need for actual hostilities.

Training

Training

Delivering basic and advanced training to provide the knowledge and skills necessary to meet the demands of a strong and capable military.

Experimental Validation

Experimental Validation

Testing and assessing the feasibility and utility of developmental and operational prototypes for quality assurance and mission effectiveness.

Readiness

Readiness

Delivering innovative technologies and concepts that support the ability of teams and individual units in the armed forces to execute their assigned missions promptly and competently.

Technology Focus Areas

Technology Focus Areas

  • Synthetic Terrain
  • Gaming Technologies
  • Soldier Immersion
  • Cyber Training
  • Medical Simulation & Training
  • Live Fire Training
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cross-Domain Simulation
  • Instrumentation & Test

OUR TEAM

TReX hires the best from the commercial and government workplaces to provide clients and members with the tools necessary to thrive.

Tara Kilcullen
Tara Kilcullen
Director, TReX
Tara Kilcullen
Tara Kilcullen
Director, TReX

Ms. Tara Kilcullen is the Training and Readiness Accelerator (TReX) Director. In her role, she works closely with government, industry, and academia to foster collaborative opportunities and enable innovative driven partnerships. Tara has almost 20 years of experience working in the MS&T industry and community. With over 15 years of experience working for small businesses, Tara brings with her an extensive background in leadership, engineering, customer development, and management as well as considerable experience leading and managing engineering cross-functional teams. Tara’s experience extends from end to end business strategy and execution to project design, development, and delivery. Her professional experience has had a substantial focus on design and development of military training and simulation as well as data collection and analyses for both military and commercial systems. She also has experience implementing and driving agile principles and process improvements within engineering organizations, resulting in better internal metrics and numerous efficiencies in project planning, organization, execution, and quality. Tara has recently been elected to the board for the National Center for Simulation (NCS) and is also the Treasurer on the NDIA of Central Florida board. She has been an I/ITSEC subcommittee member for the past 8 years, and in 2017, she was the Chair for the Policy, Standards, Management, and Acquisition (PSMA) subcommittee and also supports I/ITSEC’s International Programs. Tara is an active member of the MS&T community with broad experience and outreach and looks forward to serving the members of the National Center for Simulation to further its mission and help improve defense readiness. Tara holds B.A.s from the University of Pittsburgh and an A.S. from Full Sail University as well as several certifications and has co-authored papers for MODSIM and NDIA’s I/ITSEC.

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Tom Singer
Tom Singer
Deputy Director, TReX
Tom Singer
Tom Singer
Deputy Director, TReX

In his role as Deputy Director for NXSTL’s TReX Consortium, Tom works with government, industry and academia to promote collaborative opportunities and enable innovation driven partnerships that secure the best solutions for prototyping efforts supporting the warfighter. Tom brings over 25 years of experience of innovation in Engineering Development, Program Management and Operations in the Defense and Commercial Industries. He has also cofounded Powerlase Photonics which developed a world class modular high power, high energy pulsed fiber laser system for industrial applications in materials processing enabling the world’s fastest laser cleaning system. Tom holds has several patents and is a graduate of New York University (NYU) Polytechnic School of Engineering with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering.

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Erik R Olbeter
Erik R Olbeter
COO
Erik R Olbeter
Erik R Olbeter
COO

Erik Olbeter is the Chief Operating Officer of the National Security Technology Accelerator (NSTXL). In this capacity, he oversees the management of NSTXL’s consortia and OTA contracts, tech discovery, vetting, and prospecting, and new service offerings. Prior to NSTXL, Erik has held leadership roles in the financial and tech industries, always at the intersection of government, finance, and technology. He served as Senior Vice President in charge of ICF’s commercial Energy Advisory practice serving both commercial and government clients. Prior to that, he spent 12 years on Wall Street as a technology analyst managing teams of researchers covering a wide range of emerging technologies such as cyber and advanced battery storage. He has his master’s in public policy from Georgetown University and is a CFA charter holder.

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Larry Solliday
Larry Solliday
Project Ideation and Security
Larry Solliday
Larry Solliday
Project Ideation and Security

Dr. Solliday serves as NSTXL’s Chief Security Officer and is responsible for establishing and maintaining organizational and programmatic procedures, standards, policies, and practices to protect the privacy and integrity of both classified and controlled unclassified information and data. This includes ensuring and managing organizational and programmatic compliance with all applicable security and system security regulations, standards, policies, and practices. Additionally, as a member of NSTXL’s senior management team, Dr. Solliday leads organizational and programmatic efforts to identify, generate, vet, and develop potential opportunities in support of NSTXL’s assisted acquisition and other transactions portfolio. This includes fostering and maintaining good working relationships with new and existing customers and requiring activities to enhance and improve client retention and relationships. Dr. Solliday is a recognized subject matter expert in the identification, development, prototyping, assessment, and transition of innovative technologies to enhance current and future operational capabilities. His efforts have led to the rapid and deliberate identification, demonstration, assessment, transition or transfer, and sustainment of numerous innovative concepts and emerging and enabling technologies supporting urgent and recurring U.S. Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security operational needs and requirements. He has spent time in both the Federal service and private industry, and retired from the United States Air Force. During his 20 years in public civil service, he held positions in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the United States Air Force, the General Services Administration, and the United States Navy as a Project Manager, Test Manager, Business Manager and Contracting Officer, and Program Manager respectively. Dr. Solliday completed his doctor of management studies at Colorado Technical University conducting research that explored best practices to improve the transition of emerging technologies. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Southern Illinois University.

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Iain Skeete
Iain Skeete
Principal, Acquisition
Iain Skeete
Iain Skeete
Principal, Acquisition

In his role as Principal of Acquisition, Iain leads NSTXL’s innovative contracting and program management services. A recipient of multiple commendations for superior performance as a U.S. Army Contracting & Agreements Officer, Mr. Skeete is a nationally recognized expert and thought leader in defense contracting. To ensure our military maintains technological overmatch, Iain and his team design dynamic acquisition strategies that deliver meaningful results to NSTXL’s customers and the Warfighter. A student of the procurement process, Iain has continued to push the evolution of alternative contracting methods, contribute to critical acquisition policy, and implement best practices across all defense branches.

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Cathy Jordan
Cathy Jordan
Acquisition Manager
Cathy Jordan
Cathy Jordan
Acquisition Manager

Cathy Jordan is NSTXL’s Acquisition Specialist, working with our government clients to identify and formulate clear and concise prototype solicitations. She joined NSTXL after a 5 year career working at the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Orlando as a Contract Specialist and an Agreements Specialist supporting Other Transaction Authority (OTA) prototype projects. Prior to that, she had a 25 year career in industry supporting the NASA Shuttle program as a Subcontract Administrator. Ms. Jordan also holds two distinguished certifications from the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), a Certified Federal Contracts Manager and Certified Professional Contracts Manager. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, and the Florida Institute of Technology where she earned her Master of Science in Acquisition and Contract Management. Her goal at NSTXL is to anticipate problems, develop sound solutions and action plans to ensure program success.

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Laura Collman
Laura Collman
Director, Operations
Laura Collman
Laura Collman
Director, Operations

As the Director of Operations at NSTXL Laura Collman provides strategic operational leadership to the organization. Her responsibilities include managing day-to-day operations, analyzing and improving organization processes, HR duties, invoicing, technical support, cybersecurity, Assistant Facility Security Officer (AFSO) and contract review. Her roles prior to NSTXL include Operations, Marketing, HR, CRM and Database Management, Membership, Website management, Events and Project Management in technology and varied industries. Laura has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with a minor in Human Resources Management from George Fox University. Outside work she loves spending time with her family, traveling and golfing.

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Shelley Tweedy
Shelley Tweedy
VP Marketing and Sales
Shelley Tweedy
Shelley Tweedy
VP Marketing and Sales

In her role as VP of Marketing and Sales, Shelley Tweedy helps drive opportunity growth and market expansion for NSTXL and their clients. Leveraging a customer-centric approach, she is passionate about creating the ultimate partner and member experience from the point of acquisition to long-term client success. Her experience as a B2B technology leader for start-ups and mid-market organizations has been essential in accelerating the use of emerging technology within the federal space and helping forge partnerships between the government and private sector organizations. As the AVP of Marketing at DataBank, she played a central role in transforming the organization’s market approach by shifting to a multi-channel digital model, building a revenue-generating team from the ground up, and strengthening cross-department collaboration through a vertical-focused organization restructure. Prior to DataBank, Shelley worked for a healthcare start-up, where she helped build the organization’s business model and processes and was responsible for the development of their corporate identity, brand and market strategy. She is a graduate of Ball State University and lives in the middle of the desert in Arizona with her husband and 3 kids.

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Scott McCabe
Scott McCabe
Acquisition Finance Manager
Scott McCabe
Scott McCabe
Acquisition Finance Manager

Scott serves as an Acquisition Manager supporting NSTXL’s Advanced Respondent Vetting operations, post-award activities, and financial operations. Prior to joining NSTXL, Mr. McCabe led a distinguished 12-year career as a subject matter expert in defense contract pricing as a US Army civilian, including a variety of service awards and selection to serve the Army’s top contracting executive at the Pentagon. Mr. McCabe seeks to provide innovative contracting solutions and provide full spectrum support to the Warfighter. Scott is a Certified Federal Contracts Manager and holds a Master of Science in Applied Economics from Georgia Southern University as well as a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the State University of New York College at Geneseo.

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Ashley Carter
Ashley Carter
Acquisition Specialist
Ashley Carter
Ashley Carter
Acquisition Specialist

Ashley Carter is NSTXL’s Acquisition Specialist, working with our Government clients to identify and formulate clear and concise prototype solicitations. She joined NSTXL following a substantial career with the U.S. Army Contracting Command-Orlando (ACC). Prior to that, she was a Support Contractor for the Marine Corps and Program Manager for Training Systems (PM TRASYS). She holds a DAWIIA Level 3 Certification and a DoD Army Acquisition Corps membership. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Management. Her goal at NSTXL is to provide creative solutions along with outstanding customer support to aid in streamlining the acquisition process to meet the warfighter need.

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Asia Honablue
Asia Honablue
Acquisition Specialist
Asia Honablue
Asia Honablue
Acquisition Specialist

Asia Honablue is an Acquisition Specialist for NSTXL. She will be providing support for the TReX program. Before joining NSTXL, Asia worked for a large defense contractor, where she gained significant experience in government contracting through work on R&D, production, and modernization contracts. Asia holds a bachelors in Public Administration and Service from St. John’s University.

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