Customers and Partners of AAC
AAC’s successful open enterprise process welcomes any contributor – university, laboratory or industry contractor – who brings excellence
to the end product.

AAC’s open enterprise process
enables each customer to reap the commonality dividend and to sustain technological superiority through the
life cycle of the product.

AAC’s open enterprise system is exemplified with Team IPS’ successful surface ship sonar modernization program – operational in the fleet, in record time.
Governed by the Peer Review Process (PRP) and “Best of Breed” tenets, AAC assembled a team of 28 organizations to deliver a 15 Mission Module ASW system for use on U.S. Navy surface combatants. Under AAC's program management and engineering leadership, this team, comprised of university-affiliated research centers, Navy laboratories and industry partners, successfully developed, integrated and installed Improved Performance Sonar Systems and Scaled Improved Performance Sonars on U.S. Navy DDGs in less than a year.

Testimony to effectiveness of AAC's open enterprise and disciplined PRP approach to getting technology to the fleet, better, faster and more affordably is the Navy's commitment to install the SIPS upgrades on more of its older ships. The AAC led team continues to develop and deliver Scaled Improved Performance Sonars to support the Navy's CG and DDG Modernization programs.

Navy Newsstand reported in an August 18, 2007 article "John Paul Jones Sharpens Anti-Submarine Skills During Valiant Shield," that "Flexing the newly installed Scaled Improvement Performance Sonar (SIPS), John Paul Jones was able to engage and kill six enemy submarines in seven days. According to Chief Sonar Technician (SW) Justin Beck, this fast reaction to threats provided invaluable protection to the Nimitz Carrier Strike Group (CSG) and was a result of seasoned teams working together to operate using cutting-edge technology."

"Our ASW team led the way during Valiant Shield by aggressively pursuing submarine contacts and set the standard for the Nimitz Strike Group," said Beck. "SIPS played a vital role in improving the operator's ability to detect and prosecute contacts, and the sonar watch team demonstrated outstanding knowledge and analytical skill by classifying and engaging multiple submarine threats.
~ Justin Beck, Chief Sonar Technician (SW)

Link to full article


With six locations nationwide, AAC has established research collaborations with a number of universities and laboratories, including:

  • Air Force Office of Scientific Research
  • U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center
  • Office of Naval Research
  • Applied Research Laboratories of The University of Texas at Austin
  • Brookhaven National Laboratory
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
  • The University of Texas at Arlington
  • Applied Physics Laboratory University of Washington
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory
  • Montana State University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi
  • University of Maryland

No one organization has the whole story.  AAC builds teams from industry and academia to provide the customer with the best technology solutions. ~ Brian Boyle, Sr VP Legislative Strategy - AAC