Message from the Director
Partnerships: A Key to Success
On April 22, 2013 Rear Admiral Lee of the U.S. Coast Guard signed the document accrediting cgSARVA for use in decision making throughout the Coast Guard. This recent achievement is attributable to VACCINE's foundation built on partnerships. VACCINE currently has partnerships with over 40 agencies across North America and our close working relationships are instrumental in inspiring new research challenges, increasing the pace of our innovation, and ensuring transition to operationally fielded solutions. I sincerely value all of the time and effort that these busy indidivuals invest in working with us. Our relationships are true partnerships and all of our successes are joint successes!
In the particular example of our work with the U.S. Coast Guard, I want to thank Dr. Joseph DiRenzo, Chief of Operations Analysis, Atlantic Command, who initiated this relationship, Rear Admiral Michael Parks, LCMDR Matt White, and LCMDR Ben Maule who were our very first end-user parnters. As the project has grown, the Coast Guard CG-771 staff, with CMDR Kevin Hansen leading the team, along with the Research and Development Center have been invaluable partners. VIce Admiral Parker has been a strong supporter and provided many interesting challenges and opportunities. Additionaly, we have had the opportunity to collaborate with the USC CREATE Center of Excellence on several projects, as well as USCG PAR Operations Analysis, and personnel in Districts 1,5,8, and 9.
As we move forward, I expect our partnerships to continue to be a key component of our operation and direction.