ISL News 2007


Information Systems Laboratories Names David Honey New Chief of Defense Sector

October 1, 2007
Information Systems Laboratories (ISL) has named Dr. David A. Honey, recently chief of the largest technical office at the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency (DARPA), as Senior Vice President of its Defense Sector.

Honey will take over responsibilities currently held by Richard Miller, who led the Defense Sector until being named recently as Chief Operating Officer and executive vice president of ISL.

“We are very pleased to be able to attract someone of Dr. Honey’s stature to our growing company,” said Michael Dowe, President and CEO of ISL. “His wide experience in both the military and as director of a number of programs developing military hardware make him ideally suited to lead our varied research and development efforts for our defense clients.”

Honey is a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who began his career as a pilot and transitioned into managing a wide variety of technical programs involving photonics technology, an interest that grew out of his undergraduate work in photographic science at the Rochester Institute of Technology. While still in the Air Force, he earned masters degrees in both optical science and engineering physics, and went on to earn his PhD in solid state science at Syracuse University while stationed at Rome (NY) Air Force Base.

Late in his Air Force career in 1997, he was assigned to DARPA in Arlington, VA, to oversee a program involving a number of photonics applications, including steering laser beams over long distances. As a result of this work, he led an optical transceiver program co-funded by the Department of Defense and private industry that brought to market the high-speed laser module.

Following his retirement from the Air Force , he remained at DARPA as Deputy Director of the agency’s Microsystems Technology Office, where he helped identify high-payoff DoD investments in micro-electronics, photonics and micro-electromechanical systems.

In 2002, he became Director of DARPA’s Advanced Technology Office, where he led 20 program managers developing capabilities in networks, communications, network-centric-warfare applications, information assurance, sensor systems, maritime technology and systems for Special Forces.

After four years in that position, Honey became Director of the Strategic Technology Office when the agency merged the Advanced Technology and Special Projects Offices into a single unit. Honey was responsible for the management and execution of over 70 major programs and an annual budget of $550 million. During his tenure, the office worked on projects that included accelerating the movement of data over the Internet; protecting buildings from chemical-biological attack; allocating crowded radio spectrum in battlefield situations; using bio-fuels in military aircraft; and using a laser as the illuminator in an imaging system.

Acoustic Analysis Equipment to German Navy

September 17, 2007
(San Diego) – Information Systems Laboratories (ISL) has completed delivery of the latest-generation high-performance Fast Time Analysis System (FTAS) to the German Navy.

The FTAS provides the German Navy with the full spectrum processing and display capability to perform quick-look and in-depth post mission analysis of acoustic signals recorded on-board the P-3C “Orion” Maritime Patrol Aircraft (MPA) from sonobuoys deployed to detect and track submarines and other vessels of interest.

The FTAS is currently in operation at the Naval Air Wing 3 “Graf Zeppelin” located at Nordholz Germany and provides post mission support for the German Navy’s recently acquired P-3C “Orion” aircraft. The “Mobile” configuration packaging of the system allows it to be easily deployed with the Squadron from its home base in Nordholz and set up to provide direct mission support in any forward operational area. The German Navy will begin using the FTAS equipment in support of its NATO coalition partners in the Baltic Sea, the North Sea and other theaters of operation.

ISL’s FTAS technology, developed by its Systems Engineering & Integration Division, is on its way to becoming the standard for NATO and other nations with maritime patrol and surveillance capabilities. The system accepts acoustic data in STANAG 4283-compliant digital and analog formats. The use of this common format supports analysis of acoustic data provided by other participating NATO military services. The system is currently used by the Royal Netherlands Navy, and the company will soon complete delivery of two systems to the French Navy.

The system’s faster data handling speeds, increased storage capability and high resolution displays provide the analyst with the tools to perform detailed analysis of passive and active acoustic signals. The operator workload is minimized by acoustic data storage capabilities that allow the original data to be replayed once from the original tape or data source and then analyzed many times from memory at a variety of replay speeds. The scalable system design is based on a high-performance digital signal processor unit interfaced with commercial off-the-shelf equipment such as PCs, tape recorders, time code readers and printers. The open system architecture allows for expansion and upgrades with improved signal processing hardware.

Under the terms of the contract, ISL also provided training for German Naval personnel in using the FTAS and will continue to provide technical support and system upgrades as necessary.

“We are pleased to be able to support NATO partners with our advanced technology,” said Michael Dowe , President and CEO of ISL. “The combination of the new aircraft and our FTAS equipment has already proven to be far superior to anything the German Navy had in the past.”