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Quantum Research International Employee Recognized for Support to AFOTEC

(Huntsville, AL, and Shalimar, FL) —Todd Hancock (Defense Systems Sector, AMD Support Division) was recently recognized for his efforts supporting Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (AFOTEC). He was selected as the AFOTEC Detachment 2 (Eglin AFB) nominee for the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Tester of the Year (Contractor) for 2008 and will compete at the AFOTEC Headquarters level. The NDIA Tester of the Year Award recognizes the outstanding government civilian, contractor, and military testers from the Services and Office of the Secretary of Defense. Mr. Hancock distinguished himself through outstanding service as test team deputy for operations, effectiveness analyst, and operational subject matter expert for the $31M Laser Joint Direct Attack Munition (LJDAM) Acquisition Category IC program with Director of Operational Test & Evaluation oversight, the $49M Laser Maverick (LMAV) Operational Utility Evaluation, and the $49M Hard Target Void Sensing Fuze Joint Concept Technology Demonstration Operational Utility Assessment. Mr. Hancock's efforts to leverage previous test data enabled a reduction of test missions by 50 percent, saving $1.4M and fourteen testing days on the LJDAM evaluation. His invaluable expertise, dedication, and tireless pace during test planning, management, execution, analysis, and reporting resulted in a nine month operational test program from AFOTEC tasking order to final report production and permitted accelerating Air Combat Command's fielding decision by six weeks.

The LJDAM and LMAV requirements are based on an Air Forces Central Command Urgent Operational Need to precisely attack fast moving targets in support of OIF/OEF Global War on Terrorism efforts. LJDAM was successfully employed in combat by USAF aircrews against a moving enemy vehicle in the Diyala province to support a combined Iraqi army and U.S. Marine operation on 12 August 2008, only three months after test completion.

"This employment first represents a great step in our Air Force's ability to deliver precise effects across the spectrum of combat," said Lt. Gen. Gary L. North, the U.S. Air Forces Central commander and U.S. Central Commands Combined Force Air Component commander. "The first combat employment of this weapon is the validation of the exacting hard work of an entire team of professionals who developed, tested and fielded this weapon on an extremely short timeline, based on an urgent needs request we established in the combat zone." (Source: Airmen employ laser joint direct attack munition in Iraq," 8/27/2008 - JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq [AFPN]).