AOC is a small engineering company that uses its in-depth knowledge of systems engineering, open systems architecture, and life cycle engineering to solve problems of vital importance to the US Navy's ship design, ship acquisition, and ship construction efforts. We do this with a commitment to high quality standards and ethical integrity that has defined AOC since its founding. Currently AOC is working primarily on the LCS programs.
AOC has supported clients in both the government and private sector including such customers as DARPA, Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC), Carderock, Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC), Lakehurst, Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Consolidated Edison of New York and TVA.
AOC management initiated the concept of Total Ship Systems Engineering (TSSE) within the Naval ship design community during the 1970's. Such processes as Requirements Management, Systems Analysis, Reliability Engineering and Human/Systems Integration (HSI) began at NAVSEC/NAVSEA under key personnel now working for AOC.
For the last 30 years, AOC's President has led the way in development of Open Systems Architecture (OSA). This has included direct support to the Open Systems Joint Task Force (OSJTF) at the Department of Defense (DOD) level - supporting development of their guide on the Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) currently invoked on all CAT A Program Managers. Within the Navy, AOC efforts have culminated in the development of the OSA for the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). The interfaces resulting from this open architecture are being implemented by LCS Program Office (PMS 501) in the construction of two totally different ship designs and allow the installation and operation of any of the approximately 30 different Mission Modules.
Life Cycle Engineering at AOC has included such innovative concepts as integrated Supply, Maintenance and Monitoring Open Architecture (SMMOA) and System Automation for optimized crew levels. Several AOC personnel have pioneered the use of Condition Based Maintenance (CBM) for Navy surface ships. This expertise comes from transferring "Lessons Learned" from the highly successful Submarine Maintenance and Monitoring Support Office (SMMSO) program. Expertise also exists in more traditional ILS efforts such as logistics support analysis, planning and execution.
Senior AOC personnel have applied the above capabilities to more than 20 ship classes over the last 35 years. Programmatic phases of these applications have ranged from R&D, design development, manufacturing/production, and testing, to logistic support.
AOC headquarters are located in Vienna, Virginia with engineering personnel located on-site at NSWC Carderock, MD. AOC provides the highest quality engineering products and services. This has resulted in continuous follow-on business from satisfied customers for over 15 years