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Fuse to Demonstrate Modular Tactical Edge Networking Capabilities at WEST 2022

Fuse today announced that the company will demonstrate its modular tactical edge networking products in person at WEST 2022 February 16-18 at the San Diego Convention Center. Fuse will offer demonstrations at its Booth #1243 and as part of the Navy STP Demo Day.

“In contested environments, today’s warfighters need better connectivity across airborne, shipboard and ground communications,” said Sumner Lee, CEO of Fuse. “At WEST 2022, we’re looking forward to sharing some of our warfighter-focused products that are already improving connectivity and visibility for the defense community.”

FUSE BOOTH

Booth #: 1243 (right across from the Navy Information Warfare Pavilion)

Demo: Tactical Technologies Toolset (T3) remote network monitoring and management solution

Models: DARE airborne networking gateway (1/3 model) and CORE virtualized network system

Resources: JADC2: Tactical Edge Networking to Win in Great Power Competition [white paper]

NAVY STP DEMO DAY

Date: Friday, Feb. 18

Time: 1100

Location: Navy FST Showcase Booth #1709

Topic: Robust Communications Relay with Distributed Airborne Reliable Wide-area Interoperable Network (DARWIN) for Manned-Unmanned Teaming in a Spectrum-Denied Environment

Description: Virtual Network Test Bed, or VNTB, is an engineering tool developed by Fuse to aid in network engineering tasks to include testing, integration and analysis. It provides an environment aside from the production equipment while representing it as closely as possible and on a reasonable budget. Fuse will demonstrate modeling of a multiple node network architecture that was used, in part, in an operational exercise.

For more information about Fuse’s participation in WEST 2022, visit: https://tinyurl.com/2p95euch.

About Fuse Integration

Fuse is a warfighter-focused engineering and design firm providing innovative communications, networking and computing solutions for defense customers. The company’s virtualized network systems, tactical edge virtual network and airborne networking gateway products improve the sharing of information, video, text and voice among warfighters throughout airborne, maritime and ground environments. Founded in 2010, Fuse is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business headquartered in San Diego. www.fuseintegration.com

 

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Fuse Promotes Three Engineers to Strengthen Development and Management of Warfighter-Focused Products

Today, Fuse announced the promotion of three engineers to align its hardware, software, networking, and system projects and programs for the company’s suite of defense communications, networking and computing products. Promoting Bill Cerny, Joe Daniels and Tim Gilmore is expected to further strengthen the company’s engagement with warfighters and the development of cutting-edge technologies that address key defense capability gaps.

“Bill, Joe and Tim have been instrumental in Fuse’s growth, providing their engineering expertise in service of our drive to provide the world’s best systems in service of the warfighter,” said Sumner Lee, Fuse CEO. “Their considerable and invaluable knowledge, drive and ability will be critical for Fuse as we continue to develop innovative networking and communications products for the defense industry.”

Allen McAfee, the company’s recently appointed director of product engineering, provides direction for the managers:

  • Bill Cerny, network engineering manager, leads the network and cyber engineering teams in the development and testing of innovative network routing designs for manned and unmanned platforms. He is promoted from the role of network engineer at Fuse. Previously, Cerny developed air-to-ground networks for Navy patrol and reconnaissance aircraft in both government and contractor roles. He is a former Navy officer and holds a B.A. in Computer Science from the University of Texas.
  • Joe Daniels, hardware and systems engineering manager, leads a cross-functional team of mechanical, electrical and systems engineers and designers responsible for developing a suite of hardware and integrated systems. Daniels joined Fuse in 2017 as a systems engineer and is promoted from a principal hardware and systems engineer role. Previously, he worked at Nissan North America, where he led a team of engineering, production and maintenance personnel on the Nissan Leaf global product launch. Daniel holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University.
  • Tim Gilmore, software engineering manager, is responsible for leading the Fuse software team in helping to solve some of the most difficult challenges that warfighters face. He joined Fuse in 2020 as a project manager and previously served in design, engineering and program management roles, including being a director of program management at Genasys, Inc. (formerly LRAD). Gilmore holds an M.S. in Engineering Management from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

“Fuse’s shift to a product-focused company has meant an internal realignment of focus around the product suite,” says McAfee. “Bill, Joe and Tim’s ability, knowledge and expertise will help Fuse adapt and thrive as we evolve.”

Visit the Fuse website to discover its suite of communications, networking and computing products for defense organizations: https://www.fuseintegration.com/products/

About Fuse Integration

A leading supplier of innovative communications, networking and computing solutions for U.S. defense agencies, Fuse Integration ensures secure and reliable communications at the tactical edge. Engineered from a warfighter-focused design process, the Fuse virtualized network systems, modular tactical edge virtual network and gateway products deliver resilient connections that improve mission success across airborne, maritime and ground environments. Fuse is a rapidly growing, service-disabled veteran-owned small business headquartered in San Diego. Visit www.fuseintegration.com for more information.

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Fuse Shifts Two Roles to Drive Common Architecture Across Next-Gen Warfighter Products

As part of its shift to a product-based approach to serving federal defense customers, Fuse today announced the repositioning of two engineering leaders to drive the development of a common architecture across the company’s suite of next-gen warfighter products. Moving Jason Coe to the technical systems architect role and Bryan Ikei to the cybersecurity architect role aligns with the company’s commitment to delivering the best possible products for the warfighter.

“Fuse’s maturation from our program to product focus has meant a longer-term vision in how we can enhance warfighter capabilities and provide best-in-class solutions for our nation’s most critical needs,” said Sumner Lee, Fuse CEO. “With this strategic vision in mind and an engineering focus at the core of what we do at Fuse, Jason and Bryan will drive and develop the innovative solutions Fuse incorporates into our products.”

The lead architects both report to Dell Kronewitter, the company’s newly appointed director of technology.

  • Jason Coe, technical systems architect, leads the development and production of the company’s airborne networking devices and secure travel kits. Coe joined Fuse in 2014 as a network engineer and previously worked for more than 20 years in IT leadership roles. He holds a Masters of Aeronautical Science, Aviation Management, Space Studies as well as an M.S. in Information Systems (MISS) and a B.S. in Aeronautical Science.
  • Bryan Ikei, cybersecurity architect, is responsible for ensuring Fuse products meet the rigorous cybersecurity requirements for defense operational environments. He joined Fuse earlier this year as a security engineer. Ikei is a cybersecurity expert with 20 years of broad experience in computer network and security concepts to engineering innovative approaches and solving computer security challenges. He previously served in the U.S. Army and Hawaii Air National Guard. He holds an M.S. in Computer Science, B.S. in Computer Science and a B.A. in Mathematics.

“Jason and Bryan’s experience and proven engineering and development capabilities at Fuse made them the logical choice to help direct key functions of Fuse’s product strategy and capabilities moving forward to tackle our client’s most pressing and challenging needs,” said Kronewitter.

Visit the Fuse website for more on its suite of communications, networking and computing products for defense and aerospace: https://www.fuseintegration.com/products/

About Fuse Integration

A leading supplier of innovative communications, networking and computing solutions for U.S. defense agencies, Fuse Integration ensures secure and reliable communications at the tactical edge. Engineered from a warfighter-focused design process, the Fuse virtualized network systems, modular tactical edge virtual network and gateway products deliver resilient connections that improve mission success across airborne, maritime and ground environments. Fuse is a rapidly growing, service-disabled veteran-owned small business headquartered in San Diego. Visit www.fuseintegration.com for more information.

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Fuse CEO Featured in California Business Journal

“Fuse started because of my desire to focus on putting working solutions into the hands of the warfighter. I wanted to build a creative entity that applied the best practices of commercial design thinking to the problems that warfighters face – whether flying at night over the ocean or digging a fighting hole in the middle of the desert or trudging through a Pacific island and getting shot at.” So starts a Q&A with Fuse CEO and co-founder Sumner Lee in the California Business Journal.

 

Reporter Debra Amato asks, “How is Fuse doing things differently?”

Lee: “We’ve grown by connecting ourselves at the hip to the warfighter, building systems they need. We apply great, warfighter-focused design to the systems we build. Our teams go to the combat information center on a cruiser, the flag plot on a CVN and into E-2D Advanced Hawkeye squadrons, conducting workshops with pilots. We do that so we can give those guys better tools than they have today.”

 

For more insights on the direction of Fuse, lessons learned from early obstacles and, yes, one truth that many don’t know about Lee, read the full article: https://calbizjournal.com/qa-with-ceo-sumner-lee-of-fuse-integration/

 

About Fuse Integration

A leading supplier of innovative communications, networking and computing solutions for U.S. defense agencies, Fuse Integration ensures secure and reliable communications at the tactical edge. Engineered from a warfighter-focused design process, the Fuse virtualized network systems, modular tactical edge virtual network and gateway products deliver resilient connections that improve mission success across airborne, maritime and ground environments. Fuse is a rapidly growing, service-disabled veteran-owned small business headquartered in San Diego. Visit www.fuseintegration.com for more information.

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San Diego Union-Tribune Names Fuse a 2021 Top Workplace

Fuse Integration has been named a 2021 San Diego Union-Tribune Top Workplace. The award recognizes Fuse as one of the year’s best small companies to work for in San Diego County.

“When founding Fuse, we wanted to build a creative place that applied the best ideas from the commercial world to solve warfighter issues. And we wanted to build a team that took a different approach designing and engineering solutions,” said Sumner Lee, Fuse CEO. “We’re thrilled to be recognized for the awesome workplace that Fuse has become.”

Based solely on employee feedback, Top Workplaces recognize employers that score high enough across a range of attributes important to the workforce:

  • Alignment – where the company is headed, its values, cooperation, effective meetings
  • Coaching – managers care about concerns, are helpful, encourage employee development
  • Connection – employees feel appreciated, work is meaningful, working at full potential, feel informed
  • Engagement – productivity, retention, recruiting
  • Leadership – confidence in company leaders
  • Performance – execution, open-mindedness, innovation, clued-in leadership
  • The Basics – pay, benefits, work/life flexibility, training, expectations

To learn more about the Fuse culture and explore current job openings, visit the Careers page: https://www.fuseintegration.com/careers/

About Fuse Integration

A leading supplier of innovative communications, networking and computing solutions for U.S. defense agencies, Fuse Integration ensures secure and reliable communications at the tactical edge. Engineered from a warfighter-focused design process, the Fuse virtualized network systems, modular tactical edge virtual network and gateway products deliver resilient connections that improve mission success across airborne, maritime and ground environments. Fuse is a rapidly growing, service-disabled veteran-owned small business headquartered in San Diego. Visit www.fuseintegration.com for more information.

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Fuse Aligns Three Director-Level Roles to Advance Communications and Networking Product Solutions for Defense Customers

Fuse Integration, a leading supplier of innovative communications, networking and computing solutions for aerospace and defense organizations, today announced a new alignment of three director-level roles, all reporting to Fuse CEO, Sumner Lee. The technology, engineering and program leadership moves support the company’s shift toward a product-based approach to serving customers. 

Promotions include:

  • Dell Kronewitter is now director of technology, responsible for creating the company’s strategic technical direction and new programs as well as providing engineering subject matter expertise for software, network and hardware solutions. He joined Fuse in 2013 and has served as the director of engineering for the past five years. Prior to Fuse, Kronewitter held software manager and lead engineer positions at San Diego Research Company, Argon ST and Boeing. He holds B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Mathematics.
  • Allen McAfee is promoted to director of product engineering, responsible for engineering development of the Fuse product lines. McAfee joined Fuse in 2019 as a project manager before being promoted to a program manager in 2020. He previously held engineering and project leadership roles in industry and served in the U.S. Navy. McAfee earned a B.S. in Business Management and an MBA. 
  • Dennis Wojcik is director of programs, leading the program management office and managing the CORE solution program. Before joining Fuse as director of operations in 2017, Wojcik held program leadership roles at Northrop Grumman and served in the U.S. Navy. 

“With their expertise and passion for our client-first mission, Dell, Allen and Dennis have been vital to our success in developing and delivering cutting-edge products for defense communications,” said Lee. “Their leadership, guidance and attitude will continue to be instrumental to our growth.”

Collectively, the three leaders have more than 85 years of experience. They will provide essential oversight and expertise to advance the company’s vision of providing the world’s best and innovative communications and networking systems in service of the warfighter.

About Fuse Integration

A leading supplier of innovative communications, networking and computing solutions for U.S. defense agencies, Fuse Integration ensures secure and reliable communications at the tactical edge. Engineered from a warfighter-focused design process, the Fuse virtualized network systems, modular tactical edge virtual network and gateway products deliver resilient connections that improve mission success across airborne, maritime and ground environments. Fuse is a rapidly growing, service-disabled veteran-owned small business headquartered in San Diego. Visit www.fuseintegration.com for more information.

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Sea Air Space 2021

Mr. Geurts came by the Fuse display at #SAS2021. It was great discussion on #JADC2 and warfighter focused tactical networks. We are excited to be a part of the team of innovators changing the way we fight future wars.

Naval Aviation remains at the tip of the spear, and our team is working tirelessly to advance the capabilities of our tactical, C2, and ISR aircraft as they operate at the tactical edge. VADM Dean Peters, we are hard at work to keep your pilots, aircrew, and platforms safe, and functioning like a well-oiled machine into the future. Integrated networks are critical to maintaining our advantage in the air and on the sea. The Fuse warfighter-focused approach to design, engineering, and rapid prototyping will keep driving innovation into the fleet!

We were excited to have an “11-star day” at the conference and proud that our team is getting the attention of senior leadership and forward thinking technologists across the Navy. We look forward to working with you, bringing together NAVWAR and Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to deliver advanced capabilities to sailors and aviators deployed around the world. 

 

 

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Design Thinking Blitz with Warfighters

Fuse is investing in our nation’s sailors and the Maritime Domain by working directly with active-duty U.S. Navy experts in the development of advanced technologies. Warfighter workshops build a working relationship between users (warfighters), experts, and stakeholders and the Fuse engineering and design team. This close partnership and collaboration enables Fuse engineers to design and develop products and capabilities applicable to our Navy’s requirements for mission success. Throughout the past month Fuse engaged a host of end users of our Tactical Technologies Toolset (T3) product to improve functionality and add features and capabilities requested by the user.

The T3 team conducted workshops with system experts, product owners, and uniformed warfighters to immediately prototype the requested modifications to the Graphic User Interface and add enhanced capability to the system. Fuse overcame COVID induced hurdles and conduct these workshops over Microsoft Teams, using innovative digital whiteboard and workflow products to bridge the digital divide.  The only way to accelerate deployment of game-changing capabilities to the fleet is to work closely with the warfighter, and that is where our team is focused. 

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Rapid Prototyping Proves Networking Capabilities

The Fuse Test Squadron took to the skies over San Diego yet again in the past couple of weeks to demonstrate advanced airborne networking capabilities using off-the-shelf radio and link equipment. Fuse has been able to achieve exceptional success with complex networks of networks, operating in constrained airborne environments, using the CORE family of systems. Fuse software running in CORE has closed the gap for network connectivity over dissimilar links. A constant drumbeat of flight testing has allowed our team to connect with the user and constantly experiment with new approaches to configuration and connectivity. The amazing feat of interconnecting dissimilar aircraft with dissimilar links has been achieved using CORE in this environment of constant test throughout development. 

Test and demonstration will sometimes fail, but the critical step forward is to learn at every chance you get and continue forward without making the same mistake twice. This approach of build, test, break, rebuild and test again has brought us to a point where our systems are working consistently, and our capabilities are proven! It is exciting to see this approach to rapid prototyping helping to drive the fleet forward! 

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Additive Manufacturing Accelerates Prototyping

Fuse used its native 3D printing capability to rapidly prototype and solve a pop-up hardware issue. This issue was identified during local flight-testing of an integrated communications pod. The Fuse hardware team designed and printed cable backshells to fix a connector orientation issue at the last minute of flight testing. The quick-thinking and skilled engineering of the team ensured that flight testing was able to continue with minimal schedule slippage.