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Systems Engineering & Integration

QED engineers solutions for complex tasks. Our team brings military and commercial experience with the Missile Defense Agency, US Army, US Navy, NASA, and Boeing.

Our areas of expertise include:

  Systems Analysis, Design & Integration

  Requirements Definition and Analysis

  Development of Statements of Work (SOW) and Work Breakdown Structure (WBS)

  Configuration Control Planning and Management

  Manufacturing Planning and Assessment

  Quality Assurance Planning and Control

Cyber Requirements Development

QED supports the Missile Defense Agency in Cyber requirements and definition to assure cybersecurity compliance within the prime contractor supply chain. This vital area demands expertise in cybersecurity as well as DoD acquisition domains. QED brings to bear personnel with industry-recognized cybersecurity certifications as well as DAWIA training and certifications.

Social Sciences Research

QED conducts social sciences research in a wide range of fields in both the government and academic arenas. The firm has won two historical services prime contracts with government customers, one with NASA and one with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. The firm also has expertise in archival research, cultural resource preservation, conservation of artifacts and historical materials, curation, preparing public outreach reports, projects, and exhibits, and the preparation of administrative histories. QED boasts an impressive team of writers and historians with Ph.Ds and Master’s degrees in the social sciences and direct experience documenting and interpreting complex topics for both the general reader and subject matter experts.

Acquisition Management

QED provides solutions for for large-scale, complex system acquisitions. Its key capabilities include strategic planning, requirements development, RFP development, proposal cost & technical evaluations, and negotiation planning.

QED employs the Project Management Institute’s (PMI) project management techniques to develop a comprehensive approach that includes all stakeholders. This approach, coupled with extensive experience with government agencies and commercial contractors, ensures solutions that respond uniquely and appropriately to our clients’ needs.

Our areas of expertise include:

  Systems Analysis, Design & Integration

  Technical Requirements Development

  SOW and WBS Development

  Technology Program Planning and Analysis

  Congressional Marks and Language Analysis

  Strategic Planning

  Program Review and Analysis

  Program Risk Analysis and Mitigation

  Program/Project Scheduling

  Critical Path Analysis

  Earned Value Management

  Transition Planning

  Metrics Development

Financial Management

QED brings specific expertise in cost estimating, budget formulation, and analysis of alternatives. The company has supported the MDA at the element and functional level since 2005. Specific assignments include developing and maintaining Program Office 1-N lists, reconciling IGCEs with prime contractor estimates, developing courses of action (COAs), developing POM documentation, and briefing leaders on budget and financial management issues. QED assembled an outstanding team of specialists which consistently provide the company’s government customer with outstanding cost and contract management.

The company has extensive experience in process improvement and business process engineering, including Lean and Six Sigma, and has applied these techniques to Missile Defense Agency (MDA) processes including acquisition and budgeting.

Industrial Base Analysis

QED believes that the most technically rigorous and carefully planned programs can be undermined by supply chain failures. The company has helped mitigate this risk for government clients by assisting in detailed industrial base risk analyses.

QED’s data-driven analysis uses existing information sources coupled with targeted data collection to support IB assessments that are predictive rather than reactive.

The QED approach is:

  1. Holistic: Assess the breadth and depth of a program supply chain (not just Tier 1). Assess a program’s suppliers in the context of its broader customer base.
  2. Multi-faceted: Assess the supply chain to identify supplier and program interdependencies and degree of commonality. Identify potential risks derived from a single point of failure (SPOF), foreign ownership, obsolescence, and capacity constraints.
  3. Multi-disciplined: Assess industrial base risk based on analysis of supply chain management strategies, company financial and competitive factors, and technology requirements and capabilities.

QED provides its customers with timely, concise, data-rich findings supported by detailed and well-documented analysis. QED identifies not only risks, but their drivers.

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