The Strategic & Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S2MARTS) OTA

S2MARTS is the DoD’s premier rapid OT contracting vehicle for flexible acquisition in trusted microelectronics, strategic & spectrum mission, and other critical mission areas. 

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ABOUT S2MARTS

United States leadership in Strategic Missions, Electronic Warfare and assured, advanced microelectronics is critical to military dominance and economic sovereignty. Loss of this leadership position threatens U.S. ability to deter adversaries and prevail in conflict. There are additional potential impacts to economic/industrial base equities extending beyond national security. The Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Crane Division and the Department of Defense (DoD) require innovative technological solutions to address current and future security threats in the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS), trusted microelectronics, and strategic missions hardware environments. To engage the broadest set of innovators, NSWC Crane has created the Strategic and Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S2MARTS) OTA. The S2MARTS OTA (pronounced “SMARTS”) will refine strategies, management planning activities, and implement integrated, complementary solutions that enable broader Department of Defense (DoD) access to commercial state-of-the-art EMS technologies, advanced microelectronics, radiation-hardened (RAD-HARD) and strategic missions hardware.

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Radiation Hardened Microelectronics

Radiation Hardened Microelectronics

Development, demonstration, and exploitation of technologies, algorithms, and methods that expand the ability for innovative design, manufacturing, and assessment approaches for trusted, strategic radiation-hardened (RAD-HARD) electronics in advanced technology nodes for next-generation strategic systems.

Radio Frequency (RF) and Optoelectronic (OE) Microelectronics

Radio Frequency (RF) and Optoelectronic (OE) Microelectronics

Support secure design of RF and OE IP in all domestic major foundries. RF & OE prototyping across DoD and National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Fabrication of novel RF & OE designs in state of the practice (SOTP) and SOTA foundries or critical DoD needs. Enhanced lithography and process capabilities of SOTP for RF & OE R&D for DoD and commercial use to gain a competitive advantage over adversaries.

New Microelectronic Development, Demonstration, and Capability Insertion

New Microelectronic Development, Demonstration, and Capability Insertion

Public/private co-development of system-on-chip (SoC) that give 1000x performance improvement for DoD and commercial applications, through competition; hardware assurance, emulation and virtual verification and validation (V&V) to enable assured and secure IP; fabrication and packaging at SOTP government and merchant foundries; and design, packaging, testing, and integration of SoCs into a capability.

Design Assurance

Design Assurance

Develop standards and practices to foster commercial development of secure, trusted and assured parts. Document and promulgate security- enhancing design practices across government, industry, and academia in the areas of standard program outreach material; standard training material; Government and industry standards and best practices; and self-service libraries of standards and best practices. 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.

Verification and Validation

Verification and Validation

Development, demonstration, and exploitation of technologies, algorithms, and methods that expands the ability and improves microelectronics test and verification methodologies in support of verifying the trust and assurance of parts.

Technology Focus Areas

Technology Focus Areas

OUR TEAM

S2MARTS hires the best from the commercial and government workplaces to provide clients and members with the tools necessary to thrive.
Brooke Pyne
Brooke Pyne
Strategic & Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S2MARTS) Director
Brooke Pyne
Brooke Pyne
Strategic & Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S2MARTS) Director

In her role as the S2MARTS Director, Brooke works with government, industry and academia to foster collaborative opportunities and enable innovative driven partnerships. Brooke joined NSTXL after a distinguished seventeen year civil service career with the DoD, her expansive knowledge of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR/STTR) program, Federal Technology Transfer (T2) and the federal lab network provides for a unique opportunity to leverage a suite of innovation enablers to rapidly address warfighter needs. Ms. Pyne is a national recognized expert in public private partnerships and technology transfer (T2). She is the recipient of the 2018 DoD George Lindsteadt National Award for T2 Excellence and a National SBIR Tibbetts Awardee. As the S2MARTS Director, she will leverage her SBIR/STTR and T2 experience to create an environment that innovates, prototypes, transitions and delivers game changing technology and products to the warfighter.

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Tim Greeff
Tim Greeff
Board Chair
Tim Greeff
Tim Greeff
Board Chair

Tim oversees the overall strategy and operations of the S2MARTS non-profit organization. He serves as a key interface with Naval Surface Warfare Center, Crane Division, on the support of technology development and contracting actions. Tim brings over 20 years of experience building and managing non-profit technology consortia. S2MARTS is the fourth national organization he has helped to launch and build, each of which focuses on scaling and commercializing innovative technology through policy and public-private partnerships. He brings deep knowledge of the acquisition space with specific expertise in Other Transaction Agreements (OTAs). Tim holds a Master of Public Policy from the Sanford Institute at Duke University and a Bachelors Degree in Government from the University of Texas, Austin. He resides in Apex, North Carolina with his wife and two children.

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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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Tony Kestranek
Tony Kestranek
Deputy Director – S2MARTS
Tony Kestranek
Tony Kestranek
Deputy Director – S2MARTS

In his role as Deputy Director for NXSTL’s Strategic and Spectrum Missions Advanced Resilient Trusted Systems (S2MARTS) OTA Tony works with our government clients to identify, shape and secure best solutions for prototyping efforts supporting the warfighter. Prior to joining NSTXL, Mr. Kestranek served as a program manager for SAIC’s Crane Operations C4ISR Division for 16 years. During that time, he proposed, won, executed, and managed over $700 Million of Seaport-e and IDIQs contracts. These contracts supported C4ISR and Mobility Systems at Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane in the area engineering services, integrated logistics, integration of engineering design models, prototypes and limited production of warfighting systems. Tony has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with a major in marketing, a minor in finance and a master’s in science health wellness all from Austin Peay State University.

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Travis Hayes
Travis Hayes
S2MARTS Senior Advisor
Travis Hayes
Travis Hayes
S2MARTS Senior Advisor

In his role as Senior Advisor, Travis works with government, industry and academia to build and maintain relationships with new and existing customers. Travis joined S2MARTS after a number of years directly supporting DOD customers as a DOD defense contractor. His abilities to build rapport with customers, knowledge of DOD contracts, experience in Joint Service rapid acquisition and testing, as well as his years supporting Defense Logistics Agency equips Travis with unique tools to build the relationships necessary to meet the DOD customer technical challenges.

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Adam Sanchez
Adam Sanchez
Acquisition Manager
Adam Sanchez
Adam Sanchez
Acquisition Manager

As Acquisition Manager, Adam will be supporting and facilitating our government and DoD clients with their prototype solicitations and post-award management. He joins the NSTXL team bringing over 20 years of Industry experience ranging from: Financial and Software Management at Deloitte, LLP to Contract Manager at L3Harris. During his tenure at Deloitte, Adam managed various departments and activities covering the Deloitte USA business entity and their domestic and government clients. At L3Harris, Adam served as the Lead Contracts Manager supporting Agile Software Delivery for The US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) fixed-wing Mission Systems in the Big Safari Program.

Adam has also served over 22 years in the Army Reserve and he currently supports ACC-Redstone at the Prototype Integration Facility as a DAWIA Level 3 certified contracting officer. Adam has served over 5 years of active duty during this tenure as an Army Reservist with two tours in the Middle East supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom as a Battalion Staff OIC. Adam is a graduate of Vanderbilt University where he earned his degree in Economics, and he also holds a Master of Business Administration from Belmont University. Adam is also a Certified Federal Contracts Manager through the National Contract Management Association, and his military education includes a graduate diploma from the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, KS. As a serving warfighter, certified contracts professional, carrying a deep background in Industry, Adam is intent on finding creative and well-founded acquisition solutions to complex technology requirements for his customers.

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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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Scott McCabe
Scott McCabe
Acquisition Financial Manager
Scott McCabe
Scott McCabe
Acquisition Financial 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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Shelley Tweedy
Shelley Tweedy
VP of Marketing and Sales
Shelley Tweedy
Shelley Tweedy
VP of 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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Jessica Gooding
Jessica Gooding
Acquisition Specialist
Jessica Gooding
Jessica Gooding
Acquisition Specialist

Jessica Gooding is an Acquisition Specialist for the S2MARTS OTA, working with our government clients to identify and formulate clear and concise prototype solicitations. Jessica joined NSTXL after a four-year career working at NSWC Crane as a Technical Writer. Jessica managed division documentation along with managing a team of writers that supported these division operations. Prior to technical writing, she worked in the Technical Transfer office at NSWC Crane. Jessica is a graduate of Ball State University where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. Outside of work, Jessica can be found coaching high school cheer, spending time with her two girls and husband, and spending as much time at the beach as she can.

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Jalen Rollins
Jalen Rollins
Collaboration Coordinator
Jalen Rollins
Jalen Rollins
Collaboration Coordinator

Jalen Rollins is the Collaboration Coordinator for the S2MARTS OTA where he develops, executes, and manages the S2MARTS event series. Jalen joined NSTXL after a three-year career supporting NSWC Crane as an Engineering Draftsman and Program Analyst. Jalen supported the publication department by creating Technical Manuals for various projects in the Marine Corps. Prior to supporting NSWC Crane, Jalen was a freelance graphic designer. Jalen is a graduate of Indiana Wesleyan University where he earned his Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing.

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Stephen Figueroa
Stephen Figueroa
Acquisition Specialist
Stephen Figueroa
Stephen Figueroa
Acquisition Specialist

Stephen “Steve” Figueroa is NSTXL’s Acquisition Specialist, working with our government clients to identify and formulate clear and concise prototype solicitations. He joined NSTXL after an 8-year career working at the U.S. Army Contracting Command – Orlando as a Contract/Agreement Specialist and Contracting Officer supporting a variety of external customers. He has extensive OTA experience supporting multiple prototype programs within the Army’s Synthetic Training Environment (STE). Prior to that, he was a business owner and professional window film installer with over 17 years of experience of Commercial, Residential and Automotive installations throughout the Southeast. Mr. Figueroa has proudly served as an Army Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) who served multiple operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He is a graduate of Columbia College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration. As a Combat Veteran, his goal is to provide rapid and innovative solutions to get the best technologies in the hands of the warfighter.

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Aaron McMullen
Aaron McMullen
Contract Administrator
Aaron McMullen
Aaron McMullen
Contract Administrator

Aaron McMullen is the Contract Administrator for the S2MARTS OTA, he started his federal service by enlisting in the ARMY and served oversees in combat infantry assault operations. He went to work for the General Services Agency (GSA) as a Contracting Specialist and the Department of the ARMY Joint Munitions Command (JMC) as a civilian Industrial Property Management Specialist. He is a graduate of Washington University with a Master’s in Legal Studies and a graduate of the University of Kansas City with a Master’s in Public Administration. His goal at NXSTL is to support the warfighter with superior technology by suppling the customer with the best service possible.

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