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Phokus Research Group Launches Two New Medical Products in ADS Inc Booth at SHOT Show

Tuesday, January 21st, 2020

Phokus Research Group is launching two new products—a waterproof option for their behind the plate and pocket trauma kits, as well as the second generation Wound Cube™ simulator with five new wound patterns. See and experience both products in the ADS, Inc. booth #20415.

Full details below:

Phokus Research Group is excited to launch two new products—a waterproof option for it’s behind the plate and pocket trauma kits, as well as the second-generation Wound Cube™ simulator with five new wound patterns.

For more than a decade, Phokus has manufactured innovative medical kits and wound simulation training devices. Through the use of their individual first aid systems (IFAS), Warfighters always have lifesaving medical gear on them, regardless of their uniform.

Users have been requesting a waterproof version so they can take it into any environment. Now, with the addition of the patented TRU Zip waterproof zipper, Phokus Research Group’s trauma kits are waterproof.

Both their behind the plate split kit and pocket kits are tested dustproof and waterproof to IP67, meaning they withstand immersion in water one meter deep for up to 30 minutes.

Engineered to be undetectable to the wearer, the Extreme bladder shares the benefits from previous Phokus product lines, including total protection from water, dust and sand. It also gives the user full accessibility to the inside compartments in order to update contents or replace expired ones, meaning Warfighters can keep one kit throughout their entire career.

Advanced Behind the Plate Trauma Kit includes shaped bladder design with dual patented TRU Zip waterproof zippers, two separate chambers and a middle seam which keeps all contents in place.

The Low Vis Pocket Trauma Kit was made to fit easily and securely in the small of the back, inside a Cargo pocket, or Cummerbund pocket.

Additionally, the release of the second-generation Wound Cube™ wound simulator offers users five new, realistic wound patterns in a semi-transparent silicone cube for wet or dry training. The original Wound Cube was designed to increase muscle memory for students learning how to master the basics of stopping the bleed without the mess. Read Eric Graves of Soldier Systems Daily’s review of the first-generation wound cube.

The Gen 2 Wound Cube’s five new wound patterns include:

• Deep Laceration
• Gouge
• Exit Wound
• Flat Wound
• Large Bore

The cube design provides more effective training in any classroom setting, including the ability for a flashlight to be inserted in a wound channel to allow illumination of the wound from the inside.

Meggitt Training Systems to Demonstrate New FATS 180MIL in ADS Booth During SHOT Show

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

The new FATS 180MIL from Meggitt Training Systems up to 20 simulated weapons, including FATS weapons and ammunition types, with the ability to assign up to four simulated weapons to each user.

This advanced screen system includes three borderless screens and fits into almost any space with at least a 10-foot-tall ceiling. Each screen is 150 by 84 inches (16:9 aspect ratio) with borderless projection surface.

Features:
Realistic Sounds – The self-powered audio system plays scenarios in 5.1 surround sound. Using the directional sound effects board, the instructor can incorporate unsettling sounds from any direction, including a barking dog, crying baby, gunshots and more to elevate situational awareness.
Immersive Training – Supports both 3D Marksmanship and Judgmental training.
Courseware – Delivered with a full array of training courseware.
Military Validation – The FATS 180 MIL offers the same high-fidelity ballistic engine validated by the U.S. Army, U.S. Marine Corps and other military customers.
Hit Detection System – Three digital cameras interface directly with the same Off-CPU real-time (OCR) processor used by the FATS® 100 system for an easy upgrade path.
Projectors – Ultra short throw projectors provide the user greater freedom of movement within the training space while displaying stunning visuals in a 180°environment.
Low-Light Subsystem (optional) – Allows users to practice in simulated low-light conditions with both hand-held and weapon-mounted flashlights.
Rack – For easy transportation, the FATS 180MIL uses the same transportable rack as the FATS 100 system.

Additionally, existing FATS 100 systems can be easily upgraded to the FATS 180MIL.

Try it out in the ADS Inc booth (#20415) during next week’s SHOT Show at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. They’ll be holding an individual shooting competition, complete with prizes from Meggitt.

ADS Inc Declared Small Business and Added to Fire and Emergency Services TLS Contract by DLA

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2019

Earlier this year, Virginia Beach-based ADS, Inc temporarily lost their Small Business designation based on a determination of the Small Business Administration. Late last month, the SBA made a final determination that ADS was indeed a small business. Furthermore, DLA has now added them to the FES TLS contract.

ADS Inc.,* Virginia Beach, Virginia (SPE8EH-20-D-0001), has been added as an awardee to the multiple award contract for fire and emergency services equipment, issued against solicitation SPE8EH-16-R-0001, and announced March 21, 2019.

Disco 32 – Antenna Relocation Kit V2

Tuesday, October 22nd, 2019

The new Antenna Relocation Kit V2 allows you to put your antenna where you want it on your kit. It has been extensively in stateside and overseas operating environments.

It includes:

-Harderned black chromed low loss TNC right angle RF adapters perfect for tactical communications. 

-19″ high quality low loss cable with abrasion resistant sheathing

-Raptor Tactical Relocation Pouch

*Antenna not included*

Assembled in the USA

www.disco32.com/product-page/antenna-relocation-kit-right-angle

By Laurice Graves

Former ADS Inc CEO Agrees To Pay US Government $20 Mil to Settle False Claims Act Allegations Related to Fraudulent Procurement of Small Business Contracts

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

The US Department of Justice announced that Luke Hillier, founder and former CEO and majority owner of Virginia Beach-based ADS Inc has agreed to pay the United States $20 million to settle allegations that he violated the False Claims Act by fraudulently obtaining federal set-aside contracts reserved for small businesses.

The government alleged that Hillier caused ADS to falsely represent that it qualified as a small business concern when it failed to do so, including due to its alleged affiliations with a number of other entities.  The United States alleged that, as a result of Hillier’s representations, his company was awarded numerous small business set-aside contracts for which it was ineligible.       

The settlement announced today resolves a lawsuit filed under the whistleblower provision of the False Claims Act, which permits private parties to file suit on behalf of the United States for false claims and share in a portion of the government’s recovery.  The lawsuit was filed by Ameliorate Partners LLP in federal district court in the District of Columbia and is captioned United States ex rel. Ameliorate Partners, LLP v. ADS Tactical, Inc. et al., Case No. 13-cv-1880 (D.D.C.).  Ameliorate Partners will receive $3.6 million from the settlement with Hillier.  

The government previously resolved related claims stemming from the same case against ADS for $16 million, and Charles Salle, the former general counsel of ADS, has agreed to pay $225,000 to resolve claims arising from his role in the alleged scheme. 

DoJ states that the claims resolved by the settlement are allegations only, and there has been no determination of liability.

2019 Warrior East Keynote Address by ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret)

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret) was the keynote speaker at the 2019 Warrior EAST Expo.

The subject was 21st Century Leadership, with particular emphasis on challenges.

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He began by saying that challenges will be unexpected, move with gravity, emphasis and change. He demonstrated that by discussing the 9/11 attacks. On that day, he was a brand new One-Star in the Pentagon. He looked out his window and watched the aircraft fly into the building, striking it not far from his office. He was in one of the safest places on earth and yet, it was attacked. The world is still feeling the consequences of that day with the challenge of countering Islamic extremism.

ADM Stavridis went on to discuss current and future challenges in the Middle East which include Iranian expansionism and the Syrian humanitarian crisis. This latter conflict ties into Russian manipulation and its incursion into the Ukraine.

The next challenge he discussed is drug trafficking. While he feels that drug use is a personal decision, his concern is the proceeds of that trafficking and its effect on fragile democracies. He should know, as the Commander of US Southern Command he saw how drug trafficking undermined the government of Colombia.

ADM Stavridis went on to mention pandemics. Based on his story, we are due another. A century ago, Spanish influenza affected 40% of the world’s population.

He feels we can negotiate with China to deal with the issues of trade and intellectual property. Interestingly, he believes the US and China will work together to deal with North Korea.

Cyber security keeps him awake at night. Multiple countries have been victims of significant cyber attacks. Our power grid is particularly vulnerable, as is our personal information.

Here at home, he believes political gridlock is a major concern. Our political parties and even branches of governments rent working well together.

ADM Stavridis went over tools for the 21st century leader. He believes that the most significant tool for a 21st century leader is the ability to listen, to both subordinates and adversaries.

Second is education, with reading as a means of self-education. Books and reading matter deeply. He suggested everyone read, “LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media” by Peter Singer.

Next is innovation. One form of innovation he used at SOUTHCOM was engagement. In particular, he used sports outreach across Central America and the Caribbean, with military team members. In Afghanistan, his technique was literacy programs for the ANA, with a goal of bringing basic trainees to a third grade reading level. His experience is that only one in four innovations works, but it’s imperative to reward innovators and to share the stories of success.

Good leaders are also good communicators. He sees communication as a bridge, with information going both directions. What he refers to as alignment is key; how the information will be received by the audience. Communication is most of all, personal.

He moved on to collaboration. It’s complicated and hard. It might be with current partners. It might involve non-traditional partners. It might be a form of outreach.

Finally, he mentioned values. Leaders must uphold values. He suggested we all list our heroes and next to their name, put the reason why. Then, conduct a self-assessment of how we are doing compared to those we look up to.

Good leaders believe in hope. Napoleon said, “A leader is a dealer in hope.” The Admiral said, “that sums up a leader.”

No matter the attribute he listed, across the board, all of his points were intertwined.

Admiral James Stavridis served as the 12th dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University since its founding in 1933. A retired 4-star admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, piracy, and cybersecurity. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009. He holds more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations. In 2016, Admiral Stavridis was vetted as a Vice Presidential candidate by the Hilary Clinton campaign, and after the election was invited to meet with President-Elect Trump to discuss a cabinet-level position in the Trump Administration.

Earlier in his military career, he commanded the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet, winning the Battenberg Cup, as well as a squadron of destroyers and a carrier strike group – all in combat. Admiral Stavridis earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in International Relations and has published six books and over two hundred articles in leading journals around the world. His 2012 TED talk has over 700K hits, and he speaks Spanish and French. Admiral Stavridis is a monthly columnist for TIME magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News. He also joined The Carlyle Group as an Operating Executive and serves as the Chair of the Board of Counselors of McLarty Global Associates. His focus is on innovation, strategic communication and planning, and creating security through international, interagency, and public/private partnerships in this turbulent 21st Century.

2019 Warrior EAST

Wednesday, July 10th, 2019

We’re kicking off our coverage of the 2019 Warrior EAST Expo, presented by ADS, Inc.

Warfighter Countdown – Warrior EAST Keynote Speaker, ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret)

Tuesday, July 9th, 2019

Warrior EAST kicks off tomorrow morning (10-11 July, 2019 at the Va Beach Convention Center) with keynote speaker ADM James Stavridis, USN (Ret) at 9:00 AM.

A distinguished leader and longest-serving global combatant commander in recent American military history, James Stavridis provides answers and strategies to address the most pressing global affairs challenges.

Admiral James Stavridis served as the 12th dean of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University since its founding in 1933. A retired 4-star admiral in the U.S. Navy, he led the NATO Alliance in global operations from 2009 to 2013 as Supreme Allied Commander with responsibility for Afghanistan, Libya, the Balkans, Syria, piracy, and cybersecurity. He also served as Commander of U.S. Southern Command, with responsibility for all military operations in Latin America from 2006-2009. He holds more than 50 medals, including 28 from foreign nations. In 2016, Admiral Stavridis was vetted as a Vice Presidential candidate by the Hilary Clinton campaign, and after the election was invited to meet with President-Elect Trump to discuss a cabinet-level position in the Trump Administration.

Earlier in his military career, he commanded the top ship in the Atlantic Fleet, winning the Battenberg Cup, as well as a squadron of destroyers and a carrier strike group – all in combat. Admiral Stavridis earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree in International Relations and has published six books and over two hundred articles in leading journals around the world. His 2012 TED talk has over 700K hits, and he speaks Spanish and French. Admiral Stavridis is a monthly columnist for TIME magazine and Chief International Security Analyst for NBC News. He also joined The Carlyle Group as an Operating Executive and serves as the Chair of the Board of Counselors of McLarty Global Associates. His focus is on innovation, strategic communication and planning, and creating security through international, interagency, and public/private partnerships in this turbulent 21st Century.

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