Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program
As American manufacturing continues to erode, the US Department of Defense is taking the initiative to address the challenges of meeting national security requirements by increasing the abilities of U.S. suppliers in innovation and manufacturing through the collaboration of key public and private organizations. Three Cal Poly organizations, the CCI, the DxHub, and the Cal Poly CubeSat have teamed up to support space commercialization and manufacturing to capture industry requirements, create public-private partnerships, improve workforce development efforts, and help drive innovation and collaboration.
The Defense Manufacturing Community Support Program (DMCSP) includes 15 project components executed by a consortium comprised of community, industry, state agencies, and educational institutions. DMCSP project activities will focus on supporting California suppliers in the defense innovation and manufacturing base who are involved in the advancement of these specific key technologies or supply chains including microelectronics, fifth-generation (5G) wireless technology, cyber, space, artificial intelligence, and fully networked command, control and communications (FNC3).
Under the California Advanced Defense Ecosystems & National Consortia Effort (CADENCE) grant that drives the DMCSP, Cal Poly will create a variety of publications to generate community and industry awareness via multiple channels, including a monthly newsletter, webinars, and podcast episodes, all focused on various aspects of space manufacturing and cybersecurity. Additionally, Cal Poly will host annual symposiums, create digital literacy training programs that support the manufacturing community, and engage Cal Poly student interns on CADENCE projects.
The California Cybersecurity Institute is highly focused on decreasing the workforce skills gap of 73,123 jobs in the state of California, leverages and is leveraging a network of public and private partners to create and distribute awareness campaigns under CADENCE. Beginning in November September 2020, the CCI has been releasing monthly newsletters to help industry executives to gain awareness about the latest developments in space manufacturing, cybersecurity, and defense efforts. Through newly establish podcast capabilities, CCI will also host four podcasts in collaboration with CADENCE grantees to generate awareness about innovation, manufacturing methodologies, and workforce development opportunities. Thirdly, the CCI will host two webinars focused on similar topics. Finally, to support the advanced manufacturing community, CCI will create a digital literacy training program that covers cybersecurity culture, cyber hygiene, and cybersecurity best practices to protect defense manufacturing companies' intellectual property and customer data.
Digital Transformation Hub
The DxHub applies Amazon’s human-centered, ‘Working Backwards’ innovation methodology to tackle challenges facing government, education, and non-profit organizations.The DxHub team leads public sector organizations through innovation and solution workshops structured to generate big ideas and impactful solutions. Through product development sprints and customer validation testing, the team creates a ‘lean prototype’ that brings the solution to life. Students assist the team throughout the innovation process.
While providing students with real-world learning experiences, the Cal Poly Digital Transformation Hub (DxHub) applies proven innovation methodologies in combination with the deep subject matter expertise of the public sector, the technology expertise of Amazon Web Services (AWS), and other partners to solve challenging problems in ways not contemplated before.
Cal Poly CubeSat Laboratory (PolySat)
PolySat, as part of the Cal Poly CubeSat Laboratory, is a student run, multidisciplinary independent research lab. We are the CubeSat development team of Cal Poly, an originator and leader for launches in the CubeSat community. A CubeSat is at minimum a 10cm x 10cm x 10cm (also called a 1U) satellite which can be developed for a relatively low cost. This allows students and other research institutions to perform experiments and participate in space exploration. Most of our launches are through the NASA ELaNa program and we have worked with various teams such as NASA Goddard, NASA JPL, SRI and Scientific Solutions. Our program has launched 8 satellites and is actively working on several more.
THIS COMMUNICATION IS FUNDED BY A U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, OFFICE OF LOCAL DEFENSE COMMUNITY COOPERATION GRANT THROUGH THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF PLANNING AND RESEARCH. THE CONTENT REFLECTS THE VIEWS OF CAL POLY CALIFORNIA CYBERSECURITY INSTITUTE AND DOES NOT NECESSARILY REFLECT THE VIEWS OF THE U.S. DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE, OFFICE OF ECONOMIC ADJUSTMENT, OR THE CALIFORNIA GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF PLANNING AND RESEARCH.