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Fuse Hires Former DoD Acquisition Program Management Expert to Round Out Stellar PM Team

Fuse is delighted to announce that we’ve hired defense program management veteran Amy Ruzauskas as Program Manager for our CORE® family of virtualized network systems. Supporting Fuse’s transition to fleet deployments for our software, hardware and integrated systems, strong program managers are increasingly essential for overseeing our three product lines. Ruzauskas, who joins Fuse from her role as Assistant Program Manager at the U.S. Army, rounds out our expert program management team. 

“Fuse’s continued growth and integrated product initiatives are driving a need for broader programmatic oversight and development,” said Dennis Wojcik, Director of Programs. “Our program managers are critical to our success, and we are delighted that Amy is joining the team.”

Our PMs help ensure timely and innovative product development and maintenance across multiple customers and product lines in service of our mission to provide critical solutions for the warfighter. Combining engineering expertise with program management skills, each PM has deep experience across the military and with industry primes.

  • Amy Ruzauskas | CORE Program Manager. Amy brings more than 20 years of defense acquisition program management experience to her new role. She has expertise with both commercial and military satellite communications. She holds a PMP certification and earned a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, an M.S. in Technical Management from Johns Hopkins University and a certificate in Space Systems from Naval Postgraduate School. 
  • Samantha Lei | T3 Program Manager. Samantha joined Fuse in 2022 to manage the company’s Tactical Technologies Toolset (T3) remote network and system monitoring and management product. She places a heavy emphasis on systems engineering as well as systems integration and testing. Before joining Fuse, she worked in senior systems engineering roles for nearly 20 years. Samantha holds a B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Maryland.
  • Santosh Philip | Integrated Systems Program Manager. Santosh has been at Fuse for nearly five years and is skilled at understanding and refining software processes, including the critical steps of defining and establishing system and software requirements to meet customer needs. He leads key product development areas including the joint TENTaCLE architecture and our DARE airborne networking gateway. Harnessing more than 20 years experience in senior engineering roles, he is accomplished in managing multiple cross functional development programs and in directing the design and architecture of engineering software applications. Santosh earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.

Fuse warfighter-focused communications, networking and computing solutions are solving communications challenges in the battlespace. Learn more on our website: https://www.fuseintegration.com/products/

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Fuse to Showcase Tactical Edge Networking Capabilities at WEST 2023

Fuse will showcase our modular tactical edge networking products at WEST 2023 from February 14 to 16 at the San Diego Convention Center. Hosted by AFCEA and the U.S. Naval Institute, the premier sea services conference and expo will bring military and industry together to explore current and future naval platforms and technologies. With a theme of “Advancing Warfighter Readiness at the Tactical Edge,” we will showcase our virtualized network systems, tactical edge networks and airborne networking gateway products at Booth #1243. A Fuse video case study will also be available at the Navy STP Innovative Technology Showcase. 

“To strengthen our national security, America’s sea services demand unfailingly secure and reliable connectivity across airborne, shipboard and ground communications,” said Sumner Lee, CEO of Fuse. “At WEST 2023, we’re excited to showcase our warfighter-centered products that are already advancing tactical edge communications and readiness for the Navy, Marine Corps and others in the defense community.”

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Booth #: 1243 (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 INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE

Booth #: 1709

Video Topic: Small Space, Weight, and Power MLS/CDS

Description: Case study of a Fuse-developed multi-level security/cross-domain solution (MLS/CDS) prototype that helps address the Navy’s capability gap regarding stove-piped solutions and cybersecurity concerns in a singular, ruggedized solution. Built on the Fuse CORE virtualized network system, the small SWaP solution is being developed for the E-2D Advanced Hawkeye platform.

For more information about Fuse at WEST 2023 or to contact the team, visit: https://tinyurl.com/y7fu9c78.

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 Promotes Four Personnel to Advance Novel Solutions for the Warfighter

Fuse is excited to announce the promotion of four employees to managerial-level positions. These promotions recognize the exceptional contributions of each team member and position the new managers to help progress Fuse’s delivery of novel solutions to the warfighter.

Promotions include:

  • Ryan Gillespie, Systems Engineering Manager, Systems Design. Ryan will lead all systems design efforts, having demonstrated sterling leadership skills across integrated systems programs for manned platforms. He is being promoted from the role of Lead Systems Design Engineer. Previously, Ryan worked as a Systems and Mechanical Engineer in the defense and construction space. He holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering and an MAS in Architecture Based Enterprise Systems Engineering from the University of California, San Diego.
  • Brandon Keener, Systems Engineering Manager, Systems Integration. Brandon will manage systems integration efforts across Fuse. This promotion builds on Brandon’s experience as a Systems Engineer Lead, where he led several Fuse test flights and has proven himself an essential contributor to our Systems Integration Testing initiatives across multiple programs. Brandon previously worked as a Program Manager for the U.S. Navy and has an AA and BSBM from the University of Phoenix.
  • Jacob Martin, Networking Engineering Manager. Jacob will lead networking engineering efforts for Fuse’s development and testing of network routing designs for manned and unmanned platforms. He previously served as a Networking Engineer at Fuse and an Information Systems Engineer with the U.S. Navy. Jacob has a comprehensive history of supporting the warfighter through delivering information systems solutions and has performed admirably in leading efforts across Fuse programs.
  • Eric McDaniel, Cyber Engineering Manager. Promoted from the lead Cybersecurity Engineer at Fuse, Eric will continue to lead the company’s cyber engineering efforts – ensuring we meet and exceed industry standards for protecting our systems and data. Eric’s exemplary efforts across multiple projects and programs have been invaluable for the Fuse team as we have matured our processes. Before Fuse, Eric worked in a variety of administration and senior advisory roles for the U.S. Navy in the networking and communications fields.

“We couldn’t be more proud of the accomplishments and contributions of Ryan, Brandon, Jacob and Eric,” said Allen McAfee, Director of Product Engineering at Fuse “These promotions recognize their commitment, ability and technical know-how in getting stuff done. Together, they will help advance Fuse initiatives that deliver key solutions to the warfighter.”

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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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Fuse Conducts Successful Live-Flight Demo of Tactical Edge Networking Capability for the Office of Naval Research

Fuse conducted another successful live-flight demonstration of its Tactical Edge Networking capability! The October Technical Concept Experiment (TCE) was hosted by the Office of Naval Research. In the joint multi-domain exercise, which replicated expeditionary operations in a contested littoral environment, Fuse enabled the interconnecting of distributed nodes and provided persistent sea-to-shore networked communications via text, voice and live video feeds.

“Today’s warfighters are routinely operating in multi-domain joint operational environments that rely on dependable and secure connections and communications,” said Rebecca Unetic, Director of Strategy at Fuse. “Fuse capabilities are built for operational relevance and this Navy-Marine Corps exercise further demonstrates the readiness and applicability of our products and technologies on board ships and aircraft today.”

Throughout the multi-day exercise, held along Camp Pendleton’s Red Beach training area in California, Fuse engineers and technical personnel effectively integrated user data from various technologies into the overall event network architecture. The team provided data linkages over disparate mesh and CDL networks in a highly terrain-challenged environment; securely connected beyond-line-of-sight command posts and tactical units; extended the range of communications to enable joint amphibious operations and naval mine countermeasures; and facilitated text and live video across the multi-domain, multi-link network with cyber-secure IP and TDL gateways. 

As with previous Navy-Marine Corps exercises, the Fuse TEN architecture demonstrated persistent, secure and resilient networked communications from sea to shore in a constructive command and control/denied and degraded environment. The TEN architecture is designed to accelerate the sensor-decider-shooter cycle and enhance data-informed decision-making critical in the modern battlespace, enabling the U.S. Defense Department’s JADC2 initiative. It also facilitates rapid prototyping with joint networks and “speed to fleet” deployment across multi-domain platforms.

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Fuse Integration Joins UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering Corporate Affiliates Program

We are delighted to announce that Fuse is partnering with UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering as a member of the school’s Corporate Affiliates Program (CAP). As a CAP partner, Fuse may access Jacobs School’s 9,500+ bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate engineering students as well as its alumni network, to develop a sustainable talent pipeline. Additionally, the company may connect with faculty for collaboration and research – and with campus leadership to share in the vision and direction of the Jacobs School.

“Jacobs School of Engineering is among the largest and most well-respected engineering schools in the country,” said Sumner Lee, Fuse CEO. “As a warfighter-focused engineering and design firm, we are always seeking the sharpest minds to help solve the toughest communications challenges in the battlespace. We are delighted to join other CAP partners committed to supporting the important work of educating tomorrow’s engineers.”

A full list of Jacobs School CAP partners is available here.  

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Fuse Named 2022 Military + Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards Platinum Honoree

Fuse is proud to announce that Tactical Technologies Toolset (T3), our remote network monitoring and management solution for multi-domain operations, was recognized by the 2022 Military + Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards. An esteemed and experienced panel of judges from the aerospace and defense community recognized Fuse as a Platinum honoree.

“On behalf of the Military + Aerospace Electronics Innovators Awards, I would like to congratulate Fuse Integration on their Platinum-level honoree status,” said Military + Aerospace Electronics Editor in Chief John Keller. “This competitive program allows Military + Aerospace Electronics to celebrate and recognize the most innovative products impacting the aerospace and defense community this year.”

Platinum awards recognize “superb innovation, characterized by a groundbreaking approach to meeting a need, and/or a new level of performance, efficiency, ease-of-use or other beneficial quality.”

“We are honored to be included among the industry’s most innovative companies,” said Sumner Lee, Fuse CEO. “This award affirms the value of our warfighter-focused engineering and design process to build innovations that go beyond national security requirements and provide game-changing results.”

Designed with warfighter input and expertise, T3 remotely monitors and manages multiple networks, data links, and radar connections to provide an enterprise view of distributed U.S. military fleet networks and systems. The product helps military personnel monitor essential network performance and accelerate troubleshooting and repairs, wherever they are deployed.

Fuse’s first permanent T3 installation was at a Navy shore facility — the Pacific Missile Range Facility, as part of the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, in Barking Sands, Hawaii.

Read about this year’s award recipients here.

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Fuse Integration and Raytheon Missiles & Defense Enter into a Department of Defense Mentor-Protégé Agreement to Enhance Federal Defense Networking Capability at the Tactical Edge

Fuse and Raytheon Missiles & Defense today announced they have entered into a formal DoD Mentor-Protégé agreement sponsored by the Missile Defense Agency Office of Small Business Programs. The DoD’s Mentor-Protégé program is designed to support eligible small businesses to gain capacity and win government contracts through relationships and partnerships with large companies. Under the program, Raytheon Missiles & Defense will help Fuse mature its engineering capabilities and corporate infrastructure.

“Raytheon Missiles & Defense is committed to supporting small businesses that strengthen our nation’s defense,” said Dr. Jennifer Brower, director, Advanced Technology Maritime at Raytheon Missiles & Defense. “By helping Fuse Integration through this program, we can advance DoD’s goal of enabling joint force integrated connectivity.”

Fuse specializes in virtualized network systems, tactical edge virtual networks and airborne networking gateway products, utilizing a warfighter-focused engineering and design approach to improve connectivity in contested environments.

“The DoD Mentor-Protégé program is an exciting opportunity to engage with Raytheon Missiles & Defense across multiple domains,” said Sumner Lee, CEO of Fuse. “Fuse benefits from working closely with a large and well-respected prime as we grow our team, evolve our innovative products and continue to drive an intense focus on the warfighter.”

About Raytheon Missiles & Defense

Raytheon Missiles & Defense brings global customers the most advanced end-to-end solutions delivering the advantage of one innovative partner to detect, track, and intercept threats. With a broad portfolio of air and missile defense systems, precision weapons, radars, command and control systems and advanced defense technologies Raytheon Missiles & Defense solutions protect citizens, warfighters and infrastructure in more than fifty countries around the world. www.raytheonmissilesanddefense.com 

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 Installs Permanent Remote Monitoring Solution at Navy’s Pacific Missile Range Facility

Fuse today announced it has completed the first permanent installation of its Tactical Technologies Toolset at a U.S. Navy shore facility. T3, a remote network monitoring and management solution for multi-domain operations, was installed for the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division, at the Pacific Missile Range Facility in Barking Sands, Hawaii. PMRF personnel will use T3 to better monitor and manage the Aegis SPY radar at that facility.

“Ballistic missiles are one of our nation’s fastest-growing threats and it’s imperative that the Navy’s air-and-missile-defense radar is working every moment of every day,” said Sumner Lee, CEO of Fuse. “We’re proud to support PMRF personnel with our T3 installation, so they can ensure that their Aegis SPY radar is working as needed, at all times.”

Designed to provide an easier way to view the health and status of distributed fleet networks and systems, T3 presents commanders and decision-makers with an intuitive layout of tactical data link, network and radar settings and status. T3’s high-tech, intuitive user interface will support PMRF personnel to better troubleshoot, maintain and manage the radar at this facility during day-to-day operations as well as for special test events.

For this landmark installation, the Fuse team coordinated planning and collaboration with PMRF personnel and Aegis subject matter experts at the NSWC Dahlgren Division.

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 corporate office in Washington, D.C. www.fuseintegration.com

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Fuse to Share Tactical Edge Networking Products for Air, Ground and Sea Connectivity at NHA 2022 Symposium

Fuse today announced that the company is exhibiting at the Naval Helicopter Association 2022 Symposium May 11 – 13 at the Marriott Norfolk Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, Virginia. This year’s event, themed “The Human Advantage,” will bring together organizations with an interest in supporting the development and use of naval vertical lift aircraft in the United States Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Fuse will share tactical edge networking product models, and air, ground and sea operational demonstration success stories at its Booth #510.

“Naval aviation leaders are building strategies to outthink adversaries and adopting technologies to deliver warfighting advantage,” said Sumner Lee, Fuse CEO. “At this year’s Symposium, we’re excited to showcase our warfighter-focused products that improve connectivity across airborne, shipboard, and ground operations.”

The company will feature its CORE® multi-function network controller and Fuse DARE pod, a small lightweight airborne networking gateway designed to extend tactical edge networking to disadvantaged users. The pod extends IP and TDL networks over the horizon between helicopters and other platforms using Link-16 with gateway, directional multi-beam CDL, mesh networks and satcom. DARE has been flight tested through multiple Navy and USAF events.

Fuse Booth: Norfolk Ballroom – Booth #510

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]

For more information about Fuse’s products and capabilities, visit: https://www.fuseintegration.com/

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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Transformational Defense Tech Business Leader Brad Feldmann Joins Fuse Board of Advisors

Fuse today announced from Sea-Air-Space 2022 that defense technology business leader Brad Feldmann has joined its Board of Advisors. Widely recognized for his transformational leadership as CEO at Cubic Corporation, where he expanded the company’s value and innovative technology portfolio, Feldmann brings proven growth strategies, C4ISR solution insights and U.S. Air Force experience to the role.

“Fuse innovation is critical to the U.S. winning the near-peer great power competition,” said Sumner Lee, CEO of Fuse. “Brad’s experience strengthens our Advisory Board and will help us implement innovative JADC2 solutions for our nation’s warfighters.”

Founded two years ago, the Board of Advisors improves connections to defense industry experts who can support Fuse in delivering value to the DOD through warfighter-focused programs and products. The Board provides strategic business insights and advice to Fuse leadership as the company moves into its next phase of compound growth and innovation.

Feldmann is on the executive committee for the National Defense Industrial Association and currently serves as the Finance Chair. Previously, Feldmann was named San Diego Business Journal’s CEO of the Year in 2021 and to the Wall Street Journal CEO Council’s World’s Most Influential Business Leaders in 2020.

Prior to Feldmann, retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. William E. “Bill” Landay joined the Board at the end of 2021. Regarded a strategic leader for NAVSEA and shipboard systems, Landay served a distinguished career as a Surface Warfare Officer before transitioning to the commercial sector.

Fuse Board of Advisor Members include:

Brad Feldmann | Chairman and CEO of Neology, former Chairman and CEO of Cubic Corporation

Bill Landay | VADM (retired) U.S. Navy

Scott Skillman | Business Advisor

Gary Wang | SES U.S. Navy (retired) and U.S. Army (retired)

Sheila Zuehlke | MGEN (retired) U.S. Air Force

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