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Huntsville’s Intrepid receives government accreditation for new laboratory

They are not the biggest company located in Huntsville’s Cummings Research Park, but the three-year government accreditation Intrepid received for their Tactical Innovation and Experimentation Laboratory (TIEL) at their site in Research Park is huge for a company their size.

The prime government contractor received a three-year Authorization to Operate (ATO) from the Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency (DCSA) and the National Industrial Security Program (NISP) Authorization Office (NAO) for the TIEL, giving them the maximum approval needed to support and complete classified work for a variety of federal customers.

“For a company the size of Intrepid to have this state-of-the-art classified lab is huge,” said Mark Statham, Intrepid business unit leader for PEO Missiles and Space. “It is unheard of, and it is a capability that has only been seen in larger companies until now.”

The certification will put Intrepid on a fast track to developing a classified system at its corporate headquarters. They can now facilitate the unrestricted sharing and use of data or resources between multiple systems, and they will be able to quickly create customizable, robust, and collaborative virtual test environments for their customers as well.

While it gives credibility to the company’s future potential for government customers and classified work, ultimately the TIEL will better facilitate joint operations, open communications, and enhance network functionality, making them appealing to companies in the federal marketplace.

Intrepid currently supports the Department of Defense, including the U.S. Army, the Air Force, and the Missile Defense Agency.

“With this major milestone accomplished and all of the hard work along with it, we see this as an opportune time to start providing the needed lab support to our customers for prototyping, testing, and analysis,” said Nancy Herthum, director of the TIEL and Interoperability Programs. “This also opens the door to provide this asset to other organizations and agencies. The door is wide open.”

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