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Fuse Continues Double-Digit Growth Trajectory with Record-High Revenue in 2023

Company poised to accelerate production of warfighter-focused systems moving into multiple programs of record

Fuse today announced it earned record-high revenue in 2023, continuing the company’s double-digit growth trajectory. Building on this momentum, Fuse is positioning for accelerated production of its tactical edge networking products moving into multiple programs of record.

“2023 was a pivotal year for Fuse. We added exceptional executive talent, continued warfighter-focused innovation and strengthened production and delivery to our defense customers,” said Sumner Lee, Fuse CEO. “We are now stepping into a period of exponential growth, moving more of our key solutions beyond testing and demonstration to deploy on multiple aircraft and other platforms to support warfighters in the field.”

Successful Live-Flight Demonstrations of Innovative Tactical Edge Networking Solutions

Fuse routinely participates in live-flight demonstrations of its joint-force capabilities, including successful demonstration at USSOCOM TE 23-2. For the U.S. Air Force Global Strike Command’s demonstration to equip B-52H bombers with advanced communications, Fuse was the payload integrator for the AgilePod as well as the designer of TENTaCLE, a modular network architecture enabling seamless information exchange within heterogenous DoD networks.

Strategic Addition of Scott Rosebush as President

To align the company for efficiency and productivity, Fuse hired defense technology growth executive Scott Rosebush as President to oversee the company’s operations. Rosebush brings over 20 years of aerospace and defense success in guiding military communications innovation and organizational growth success.

Thought Leadership

Fuse shared best practices and thought leadership in 2023, publishing its Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2) white paper, and authoring a bylined article on using virtual network test beds.

Industry Recognition

Fuse garnered several industry awards, being named a fast-growing company, a Military Friendly® Employer and an exemplary mentor-protégé partner. With RTX (formerly Raytheon), Fuse received the Nunn-Perry award from the Department of Defense.

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 network and airborne networking gateway products improve the sharing of information, video, text and voice among warfighters throughout airborne, maritime and ground environments. Fuse is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business with headquarters in San Diego and a corporate office in Washington, D.C. www.fuseintegration.com

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Fuse to Present Proven Tactical Edge Networking Solutions at WEST 2024

Fuse will demonstrate its tactical edge networking solutions at WEST 2024 February 13 – 15 at the San Diego Convention Center. Considered the premier naval conference and exposition on the West Coast, WEST is now in its 34th year of bringing military and industry leaders together. With a Fuse theme of “Secure and Resilient Networking,” the company will demonstrate its proven networking products at its Booth #1042.

“Joint force connectivity and visibility is essential to gaining an edge in today’s great power competition,” said Sumner Lee, CEO of Fuse. “At WEST 2024, we’re looking forward to showcasing some of our warfighter-focused products that enable voice, video, and data connectivity across platforms and across the battlefield, interconnecting sensors, weapons, and commanders.”

Co-sponsored by AFCEA International and the U.S. Naval Institute, WEST is the only event in which the makers of platforms and the designers of technologies can network, discuss, and demonstrate their solutions in a single locale.

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Booth#: 1042 (directly across from the Navy Information Warfare Theater)

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

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DARE airborne networking gateway (1/3 model)

CORE® virtualized network systems

Resources

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

Change the Defense innovation game: Use a virtual network test bed from day one [article]

For more information about Fuse’s participation in WEST 2024, visit: http://tinyurl.com/y8rehcks.

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 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 with headquarters in San Diego and a corporate office in Washington, D.C. www.fuseintegration.com

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Fuse Celebrated as a Military Friendly® Spouse Employer

Fuse today announced it has been named a 2024 Military Friendly® Spouse Employer, a complement to the company’s 2024 Military Friendly® Employer, Silver designation award announced last year. Military Friendly Spouse Employers are organizations with a comprehensive commitment to attracting, hiring, and developing spouse employees. Fuse was recognized in the Less Than $500 Million revenue category.

“At Fuse, we recognize that uncertainty is part of life for our nation’s warfighters, as well as for their spouses and families. Too many military spouses are under-employed as they move from one duty station to the next,” said Sumner Lee, CEO of Fuse. “We also recognize that military life builds invaluable skills such as perseverance, integrity, and problem-solving. We’re proud to support military spouses in building and advancing fulfilling careers.”

Fuse is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business creating products that advance warfighter capabilities in the battlespace. Veteran and spouse employees make up more than 30 percent of the company’s workforce and are a vital part of the culture.

More than 1,500 organizations compete annually for Military Friendly designation. The full list of 2024 Military Friendly Spouse Employers is available online.

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 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 with headquarters in San Diego and a corporate office in Washington, D.C. www.fuseintegration.com

About Military Friendly®

Military Friendly® is the standard that measures an organization’s commitment, effort, and success in creating sustainable and meaningful benefits for the military community. Over 2,100 organizations compete annually for Military Friendly designation. Military Friendly ratings are owned by VIQTORY, Inc., a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business. VIQTORY is not affiliated with or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense or the federal government. Results are produced via a rules-based algorithm. The data-driven Military Friendly lists and methodology can be found at https://www.militaryfriendly.com/mfcguide/.

About VIQTORY:

Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its owned assets such as Military Spouse Magazine®, Vetrepreneur®, G.I. Jobs® and Military Friendly® brands. VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Dept. of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at www.Viqtory.com.

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Defense Technology and Growth Executive Scott Rosebush Joins Fuse as President

Fuse Integration, a warfighter-focused engineering and design firm, today announced that it has hired defense technology and growth leader Scott Rosebush as President. An accomplished and respected executive, Rosebush brings to the role more than 20 years of aerospace and defense success in guiding military communications innovations and organizational growth success. As President, he is responsible for overseeing the company’s day-to-day operations.

“Fuse has grown exceptionally over the last several years, and we are facing incredible growth right ahead of us,” said Sumner Lee, CEO of Fuse. “Scott is a transparent leader with a track record of successfully growing defense tech organizations at an inflection point. I am confident we will continue to accelerate growth under his leadership — and that our team and our customers will thrive as we take the next steps in our journey together.”

As CEO, Lee will prioritize engagement with senior leaders across the DoD, Fuse customers, and partner organizations. He will also continue to direct the company’s warfighter-focused design and engineering approach to developing and delivering its defense communications, networking, and computing solutions.

Rosebush joins Fuse from Cubic, where he served as Vice President and General Manager of Secure Systems. While there, his team led key innovations enabling warfighters to reliably communicate in contested and highly contested environments. Previously, he worked in engineering, program management, and capture management leadership roles at Northrop Grumman. Earlier in his career, Rosebush worked at SAIC, TASC, and Atmel.

“It’s an honor to join a company with such critical and differentiated capabilities, unwavering commitment to the warfighter, and impressive culture,” said Rosebush. “I look forward to serving as one more resource for the Fuse team and customers, working together to scale up delivery of customer solutions to help keep the nation safe.”

Rosebush has a master’s degree in computer science from Colorado Tech and a bachelor’s in industrial and systems engineering from Virginia Tech. He also completed an Executive Education course at UCLA and is a Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP).

Fuse was recently recognized by the San Diego Business Journal as one of the region’s fastest-growing companies.

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 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 with headquarters in San Diego and a corporate office in Washington, D.C. www.fuseintegration.com

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Fuse Named a Fastest-Growing Company by San Diego Business Journal

Fuse has been named one of the fastest-growing companies in San Diego County. The company is ranked #21 among the medium-sized companies on the prestigious San Diego Business Journal Fastest-Growing Private Companies list for 2023, with 87% revenue growth from 2020 through 2022.

“Earning a place on the SDBJ Fastest-Growing Companies list for the first time is a rewarding milestone,” said Sumner Lee, CEO of Fuse. “Our team has been accelerating production capabilities to serve defense customers’ increasing demand for operational tactical edge networking solutions. This recognition is a timely reminder of their hard work and success.”

Earlier this year, Fuse announced record-high revenue in 2022, with strategic client contracts, successful life-flight exercises and industry collaborations.

To be considered for this year’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies list, companies must be privately held, based in San Diego County, and have earned at least $300,000 in revenue in 2020. Businesses in the Medium category have gross revenue between $10 million and $99.9 million in the most recent year of reported data.

A full list of companies on this year’s list is available here.

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 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 with headquarters in San Diego and a corporate office in Washington, D.C. www.fuseintegration.com

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Fuse Joined Consortium Partners to Demo Target Recognition Capabilities at USSOCOM TE 23-2

“As conflict becomes increasingly waged through the cyber domain, the ability to utilize high-quality data becomes paramount in shortening the decision-making cycle,” said Sumner Lee, CEO of Fuse. “It was an honor to participate in TE 23-2, supporting USSOCOM’s search for next-gen technologies to deliver strategic advantages to our special operation forces.”

Team SIRENS SONG, which includes Dynamic Systems Inc., Rebellion DefensePhelps2020, Sensepoint-ai (formerly Blender Logic) and Fuse, showcased its solution to advance target recognition, network the operational environment and accelerate data-informed decision-making for U.S. joint and special operators. The consortium is developing a solution to accelerate target detection, classification, tracking and dynamic task management across a heterogeneous community of platforms (manned and unmanned) and sensors. These technologies will heighten a warfighter’s ability to sense, make sense of the operational environment and act – all on a single platform, with the potential to extend that capability to a community of manned and unmanned platforms.

“Our team’s goal is to provide the warfighter greater awareness, faster, to enable better and more fluid decision-making,” said Rob Buzby, Team SIRENS SONG lead and account manager at Dynamic Systems Inc.

At TE 23-2, Fuse detailed the company’s tactical edge networking architecture and CORE® virtualized network system functionality. It also displayed its Tactical Technologies Toolset remote network monitoring and management product and utilized virtual network test bed capability to demonstrate data flows across the network.

About Fuse IntegrationFuse 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 network and airborne networking gateway products improve the sharing of information, video, text and voice among warfighters throughout airborne, maritime and ground environments. Fuse is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business with headquarters in San Diego and a corporate office in Washington, D.C. www.fuseintegration.com

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Fuse Reports Record-High Revenue for 2022

In 2022, Fuse’s revenue and workforce grew by an unprecedented 43%, fueled by strategic client contracts, successful live-flight exercises and industry collaboration supporting production ramp-up. Growth reflects increasing demand for our warfighter-focused products as we transition into production and expand deliveries of advanced avionic and integrated networking pods to defense customers. 

“2022 was a tremendous year of growth as we transitioned into fleet deployments for our software, hardware and integrated systems,” said Sumner Lee, CEO of Fuse. “Our team is working closely with warfighters as we deliver joint networking capability that challenges critical mission threats today.”

Strategic Contract Awards

In the first quarter of 2022, Fuse earned a spot on the U.S. Air Force $950M Advanced Battle Management System IDIQ that enables Joint All-Domain Command and Control (JADC2). By the end of Q2, the company won more than $17M in federal defense contracts for tactical edge networking on sea and air platforms. 

Live-Flight Demos and Product Installations

Successful live-flight demonstrations included the Office of Naval Research’s Technical Concept Experiment and a joint Marine Corps/Navy exercise. Additionally, we delivered our first permanent Tactical Technologies Toolset installment at a U.S. Navy shore facility, supporting Naval Surface Warfare Center personnel monitoring the Aegis SPY radar at the Pacific Missile Range Facility. Fuse also completed T3 shipboard installations for the Naval Information Warfare Systems Command. 

Collaborations with Industry Giants

A formal DoD Mentor-Protégé agreement with Raytheon Missiles & Defense is helping Fuse mature our production line for networking products and airborne integrated systems. Additionally, after our CORE® virtualized networking solution was qualified to run Amazon Web Services IoT Greengrass, we joined the AWS Partner Network as a hardware provider. 

For more news about Fuse becoming a significant airborne networking supplier for the DoD, visit: https://www.fuseintegration.com/news/

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 network and airborne networking gateway products improve the sharing of information, video, text and voice among warfighters throughout airborne, maritime and ground environments. Fuse is a service-disabled veteran-owned small business with headquarters in San Diego and a corporate office in Washington, D.C. www.fuseintegration.com

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Fuse Conducts Live-Flight Demonstration of Tactical Edge Networking Capability During Joint Marine Corps/Navy Exercise

Fuse today announced it conducted a successful live-flight demonstration of its Tactical Edge Networking capability in support of the U.S. Marine Corps’ I Marine Expeditionary Force and the U.S. Navy’s Third Fleet. The joint multi-domain exercise enabled the interconnecting of multiple distributed nodes and command posts replicating expeditionary advanced base operations.

Throughout the day-long exercise at Camp Pendleton in California, Fuse provided networked text, voice communications and live video across the distributed network to the I MEF and Third Fleet. The company demonstrated resilient, multi-domain networking in a notional, SATCOM-denied environment; low probability of intercept/low probability of detection discovery for Bandwidth Efficient Common Data Link (BE-CDL) over out-of-band control planes; directional mesh networking; and multi-link crossbanding.

In support of the exercise, Fuse utilized three of its key products: Tactical Technologies Toolset, a remote network monitoring and management solution for multi-domain operations; CORE®, a flexible and small, weight and power networking solution that connects aircraft, ground vehicles and ships with ground operations across secure and unclassified networks; and the DARE Airborne Networking Gateway, which extends network connectivity for airborne and ground-based warfighters in a wing-mounted pod airframe.

“Our nation’s warfighters require reliable, secured communications across multiple domains to outpace the
adversary’s decision-making,” said
Sumner Lee, CEO of Fuse. “Our team has developed the capability to enhance shared awareness between distributed, expeditionary nodes and accelerate the sensor-shooter cycle. We’re grateful for the opportunity to support our Navy-Marine Corps team and look forward to supporting future joint exercises with our proven technologies.”

The Fuse TEN architecture is designed to enable joint all-domain command and control, facilitating rapid prototyping with joint networks and “speed to fleet” deployment across multi-domain – air, ground, maritime – platforms.

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 with headquarters in San Diego and a corporate office in Washington, D.C. www.fuseintegration.com

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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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TEN Years of Fuse

Ten years ago this week I was sitting in the shared conference room of a San Diego apartment building drawing out ideas with the founding members of Fuse as we asked the question “what could Fuse be?”  We talked about grand theories of Navy networking, and software, and how to push forward the defense technology enterprise into more innovative and user-focused realms.  Three creative minds, working out how to combine our experience and expertise to take on the world!

That is a pretty common beginning of the story for entrepreneurs… and one that more often than not ends in defeat.  But ten years later, with a strong and growing company built on top of an exceptional team, the Fuse story is one of success!  The vision of bringing the best practices of Design Thinking to defense technology is one that has set us apart. And the TEAM of people here under our roof is what has made all the difference. Our team is a beautiful mixture of operational experience, and engineering expertise.  Our operator reps, and project managers have more experience in the field than I could ever imagine; and our engineering staff has more expertise than I could try to pack into my own lifetime of learning. The camaraderie, teamwork, and shared vision here at Fuse, with ten years of hard work under our belts, is what truly makes us great.

It is exciting to sit down and write about where we are, how we got here, and where we are going. It is awe-inspiring to consider the excellence of the TEAM that keeps us moving, and it makes me so proud as I stand in front of Admirals, Generals, and captains of industry telling the story of how our products and solutions make a significant difference to the warfighters who defend our nation.  Fuse is building software defined networking systems that are changing the way operators communicate, along with rugged servers for aircraft and unmanned systems. We are building software that gives operators unprecedented vision into complex systems running on remote vehicles deployed around the world. We are building technical solutions for Fighters and Command and Control aircraft that make it easy and intuitive to stay connected, to communicate, and to accomplish the mission.  We got here by being passionate about our work, believing there is always a solution within reach, and caring about each other as a team. 

Since 2010 we have worked through ups and downs. Like any good startup we went through periods of trying to figure out what we would do ‘when we grew up’ and adjusted our approach, our process, and our products. While at the 10 year mark I feel like we have learned a lot, I don’t think we are anywhere near the end of our evolution and learning. Our products are more refined, or processes have become more detailed and consistent;  and we still have so much more to do.  There are and will be more challenges, upsets, and victories to come.  

Fuse is transitioning from research and development to fieldling and supporting our products.  We continue to innovate and grow with a rapid-prototyping approach that is tightly connected to the user. And in the next ten years I am confident we will see deployment of our systems on a wide variety of platforms and deep into multiple markets.

It is exciting to think about what the future holds for Fuse, and it is exciting to come to work every day with a team so passionate and capable. I am proud of the first 10 years of Fuse and the incredible team that has made it possible, and I look forward to what lies ahead.