The research project — dubbed “ARCNet” — will be located at Ohio University’s Russ Research Center. The center is a 60-acre high-tech research park in the 2600- and 2700-block of Indian Ripple Road.
Ken Wall, former FBI supervisory special agent, has been hired to direct the project, the company’s announcement said.
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“ARCNet thrust areas include autonomy, precision navigation and timing, and cyber-physical systems security across the many families-of-systems and mission profiles that will strengthen the national aerospace autonomy industrial base,” Wall said. “Each consortium project must have value-add for the Air Force and other sponsoring branches of the federal government, as well as for consortium members, and must have a demonstrated return-on-investment.”
The chief executive of SP’s parent company, SPG Holding LLC CEO Thomas Burns, hailed the news.
“We are extremely excited about this selection and look forward to working with the Air Force,” Burns said.