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Waste-to-energy system, MAGS™, makes traversing the Northwest Passage a reality for luxury cruise ship Crystal Serenity.

 

screenshot-2016-11-10-15-34-46Recently, Crystal Serenity completed a 32-day voyage from Alaska to New York City through the Northwest Passage just north of Canada, marking the first time a large luxury cruise ship successfully traversed its ways through the Arctic region.

The Arctic is quickly growing in terms of strategic importance related to new transport routes and natural resources. Development has been met with the recognition that the Arctic is a sensitive environment. Conscious of the pristine nature of this area, Crystal Cruises elected to bring onboard a unique waste-to-energy system developed by Power Ten, Inc. partner Terragon. The patented system (MAGS or Micro Auto Gasification System) is commercially available and can handle up to 50 kg/hour of solid waste, converting it into useful thermal energy. Unlike marine incinerators, MAGS does not release soot or other pollutants to the air, a true benefit for both the environment and the passengers. Throughout the transit, Crystal operated as it always does with a nothing overboard policy, and throughout the voyage it operated in a manner to meet or exceed all environmentally regulatory requirements for the region.

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On August 29, the Crystal Serenity stopped at the Northern community of Cambridge Bay (Nunavut), where another MAGS system is undergoing field trials. Thus, for a brief period, a shipboard MAGS and a land-based MAGS were brought together in the Arctic, a testament to the growing recognition of the potential of Terragon’s MAGS technology for the North. Providing clean energy fueled by waste to both Cambridge Bay and the Crystal Serenity marks a shift in overall philosophy, where waste is viewed as a valuable resource rather than something to be discharged to land or the ocean. Terragon is proud to be associated with these groups, whose interest in sustainable practices will serve as examples for others and lead the way forward.

Click here for more information on MAGS.

Power Ten, Inc. awarded EF-21 Primer Contract

We at Power Ten, Inc. are proud to announce we have been awarded the contract to develop the Marine Air Command and Control System (MACCS) in Support of Expeditionary Force-21 Primer. This publication will serve as a vision for the MACCS community by detailing the manner in which the MACCS will incorporate its transformative technologies, refocus/redesign its training, and how it employs in support of the MAGTF. Power Ten is honored to be able to provide continued support to HQMC Deputy Commandant for Aviation.

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Congratulations to Power Ten, Inc.’s Beth Oliver and Chad Hannah, and partner company GbHawk, LLC’s Aimee Sowder on their success at the TKD World Championships in London last week!

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Power Ten, Inc. Employee Spotlight: Tom Mayhew

Employee Spotlight: Tom Mayhew, Director of Cybersecurity Solutions at Power Ten, Inc.Tom Mayhew

Mr. Tom Mayhew leads Power Ten’s Cybersecurity Solutions Team and brings significant industry and military experience in information technology and engineering. He holds the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification and has led software development and Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework initiatives supporting the Office of Naval Research and Marine Corps Systems Command.

Get to Know Tom, Quick Q&A

1. Number of years with Power Ten, Inc.

Three

2. Why did you choose to study electrical engineering? Business Administration?

I was always good at math and enjoyed taking things apart and figuring out how they worked. Plus I heard that electrical engineering majors had the highest starting salaries of any major at my college. While I was working an internship the summer before my senior year of engineering school, I became interested in business, particularly finance, and decided to continue right into an MBA program.

3. You spent 25 years in the Navy Reserve. How did you decide to join?

I had always been interested in the military, having grown up on an Air Force base and then near a big Army post. I joined the Army after high school and got to fly helicopters as an air cavalry scout. When I got out of the Army and went to college, my interest in the military continued and when I was in the MBA program I found out about the Navy Reserve’s direct commissioned officer program for aerospace engineering duty officers. I had some great mentors help me get started, including the father of my business school roommate, who had been the vice commander at NAVAIR.

4. Did your work supporting NAVAIR entice you to work in cybersecurity after retirement?

It did to a certain extent, but it was my previous civilian experience at Accenture and Oracle that got me interested in cybersecurity. I worked for Oracle for fourteen years and helped them launch their internet and electronic commerce solutions. My last few years at Oracle, I was the company’s subject matter expert on network-centric operations for the military and intelligence markets.

5. Describe your work as part of the Power Ten Team.

I am honored to be part of Power Ten. In 2006, I was recalled to active duty and deployed to Iraq with Third Marine Aircraft Wing. I felt a very strong sense of clarity and purpose as I supported combat operations with the Marine Corps. About a year after I returned from Iraq, I left my job at Oracle and came back on active duty with Third Marine Aircraft Wing where I served on the wing staff. My first two bosses eventually retired from the Marine Corps and joined Power Ten. I had stayed in touch with them and was offered a job when I came off active duty in 2012. Since then, I have worked on a number of programs introducing new technology and combat capabilities into the fleet. The best part of being at Power Ten, to me, is working with current Marines as our customer and former Marines as my teammates.

6. What does Power Ten’s Cybersecurity Solutions Team do?

We participate in the newly-introduced Cybersecurity Risk Management Framework process for authorizing information systems to operate in the Marine Corps and Department of Defense cyber domains. Power Ten’s strength is its great pedigree of experience in Marine Corps aviation operations, training, command and control and leadership. We hope to develop a similar pedigree in the cybersecurity realm.

7. What is/has been your favorite part about being the director of the Cybersecurity Solutions Team? Program Manager?

My favorite part of everything I do at Power Ten is working with Marines. I love to mentor and teach the next generation of leaders and experts, and hopefully help them to become the best at what they do, and to be better than I was!

Thank you Mr. Mayhew for your service and excellent work with the Power Ten Team!

 

 

Power Ten, Inc. Awarded Cybersecurity Risk Management Support on AC2SN Second Generation Dashboard (D2) in Support of the Marine Corps Systems Command

Power Ten, Inc. is happy to announce we have been awarded the contract for Cybersecurity Risk Management Support on AC2SN Second Generation Dashboard (D2) to further refine and improve a decision maker’s operational dashboard for AC2SN focusing on Cybersecurity Risk Management, Business Process Mapping, and Refinement of User Defined Dashboards. This contract combines Power Ten’s rich operational experience with our Cybersecurity expertise. Power Ten, Inc. and partner, Moebius Solutions, Inc., are grateful for the opportunity to provide dedicated, continuing to support Marine Corps Systems Command.

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About Power Ten, Inc.

Power Ten, Inc. was founded by former Marines as a platform for continued service to our country.  Our unique distributed work environment and results-oriented business model attracts quality people and allows them to follow their talents and passions. Our primary customer is the Marine Corps and we also serve the broader Department of Defense and industry. We are primarily a services company with offerings in Aviation Training, Command and Control, Test and Evaluation, Studies and Analysis, Strategic Planning, and other support services. Our product solutions include a unique command and control knowledge management system and an environmental line of innovative waste, water, and energy systems. We are a proud Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB). – See more at: http://www.powerteninc.com/news/#sthash.PrBfkdWF.dpuf

 

Terragon Parters with BW Ventures Limited

It has just been announced that our partner, Terragon Environmental Technologies (Terragon), has a new investment partnership with BW Ventures Limited (BWV). This investment is in furtherance of BWV’s Green Marine Capital initiative which invests in businesses that offer products or services that have immediate or future relevance in the maritime sector.

“We are extremely proud of our strategic partnership with Green Marine Capital, which will help us accelerate the commercialization of our technologies and our innovative approach of waste utilization.” Says Dr. Panayotis Tsantrizos, CEO of Terragon.

Green Marine Capital recognizes the potential of Terragon to provide a safer, more environmentally friendly and economically viable waste management alternative in the marine market.

We at Power Ten, Inc. are looking forward to seeing what comes from the great companies of this partnership!

Use the following link to view the whole press release: http://www.greenmarinecapital.com/press-releases-2015.php#terragon-environmental

Power Ten Welcomes New Team Member

Power Ten, Inc. is excited to announce the addition of a new member to the Power Ten team. Megan Stark will be joining us to assist with proposal development, marketing, and research and analysis. Megan recently completed her Master of Science degree in International Relations from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. In addition, Megan received her Bachelor of Arts in International Security and Conflict Resolution from San Diego State University. Welcome Megan!

Power Ten, Inc. Awarded Research and Innovative Technical Analysis (RITA) Contract in Support of the United States Marine Corps

 

Power Ten, Inc. is happy to announce we have been awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to provide current and advanced research and innovative technical analysis (RITA) services to fulfill Marine Corps Study Systems (MCSS) requirements as determined by Commanding General, Marine Corps Combat Development Command. Power Ten, Inc., along with our partner Veracity Forecasting and Analysis, is looking forward to leveraging our Studies and Analysis capability to provide continued support to the United States Marine Corps.

“This is an exciting opportunity to continue our support of the Marine Corps,” said Russ Emons, Power Ten, Inc. President and CEO. “The foundational work done through the Marine Corps Study System ensures the Marine Corps is trained, organized, and equipped to meet the challenges of an increasingly uncertain future. We are thrilled to be able to participate in this important work.”

Power Ten, Inc. and Veracity are dedicated to providing the U.S. Marine Corps Combat and Development Command, Operational and Analysis Division with the highest quality of research and technical analysis professional services and are grateful for the opportunity to serve.

About Power Ten, Inc.

Former Marines founded Power Ten, Inc. with a results-oriented business model to attract quality people and allow them to follow their talents and passions. Our primary customer is the Marine Corps and we also serve the broader Department of Defense and industry. We are primarily a services company with offerings in Aviation Training, Command and Control, Test and Evaluation, Studies and Analysis, Strategic Planning, and other support services. Our product solutions include a unique command and control knowledge management system and an environmental line of innovative waste, water, and energy systems. We are a proud Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) and a Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB).

Ship Efficiency Awards Finalist-MAGS

Power Ten, Inc. is pleased to announce that our partner, Terragon Environmental Technologies, has been nominated as a finalist for the 2014 Ship Efficiency Award in Environmental Technology for their development of a waste to energy device called Micro Auto Gasification System (MAGS). The award recognizes a technology that makes a significant contribution to environmental impact reduction of ships.
Learn more about MAGS by visiting our website: http://www.powerteninc.com/technology/mags/
See the other finalists and learn more about the award: https://www.fathomshippingevents.com/finalists.html

Remote Work Environments-Are They Right for You?

Due to increasing costs of business, travel, and tightening time constraints, remote workplaces have been getting a lot of attention in the media for their cost saving potential. Companies of all sizes have found that remote environments allow for employee flexibility and a larger global reach. However, there are a few unexpected disadvantages that companies must understand before deciding if a remote work environment is right for them.

Disadvantages

One of the most well-known and controversial changes that Marissa Mayer made when she took over as CEO of Yahoo! required all employees who previously worked from home to return to the office. At the time the struggling company needed rejuvenation and Mayer believed “some of the best decisions and insights come from hallway and cafeteria discussions, meeting new people, and impromptu meetings.” Although she took a lot of heat for the decision, she had substantial research to backup her claim. In their research on globally dispersed teams, David Armstrong and Paul Cole determined that the best work teams have a high sense of psychological closeness. They describe this term as “many interrelated variables, including the degree of identification with group membership; the similarity of work goals, norms, roles, and the procedure expectations; the accuracy of mutual comprehensions; the degree of motivation towards shared goals; the amount of interdependency and mutual trust; and the frequency of communication among members.” They found that all of these qualities were increased in a shared work environment. Remote employees are further removed from this psychological closeness, potentially creating an environment where they work more independently, and less for the team.

Remote work environments rely on various electronic communication systems in order to function. In the study “Critical success factors for video conferencing,” Wickramasinghe et al. found that “electronic communication systems are deficient in four basic cues for communication: reciprocity, conversational fluidity, mutual gaze, and un-interruptability.” Although electronic systems such as email and video-conferencing are valuable for passing information, there is always a reduction of social cues that are critical in face-to-face conversation. In their research titled “The Virtual Tea Room,” Renee Gedge and David Abramson show that “one of the most commonly reported sources of unease is the lack of reciprocity and privacy inherent in the [video-conferencing] system.” Electronic communication’s inherent shortcomings may create an environment where a sense of unease is shared between fellow employees, decreasing trust and possibly creating a more hostile work environment.

Advantages

One of the reasons why Marissa Mayer’s decision to force everyone into the office was so controversial was because people had become very comfortable working from home. To them, it created a more balanced environment where they were free to work in whichever atmosphere best promoted their creativity. Brad Harrington, executive director of the Boston College Center for Work and Family notes that people who work from home tend to have less stress and are more productive. This is because they don’t invest time and money in commuting and because they can balance their personal and work lives. Stated otherwise by Gamel Wiredu in the Information Systems Journal, electronic communication technologies “facilitate human’s desire for flexibility in communication behavior and manifest reduced structure overload.” Working from home can promote worker happiness and increase their sense of satisfaction for the company they work for.

The main reason why executives usually switch to a remote environment is to reduce costs. By reducing the number of employees in the office, real estate requirements will significantly fall. Between 2005 and 2012, insurance company Aetna increased its telecommuting workforce from 9% to 47%. During that time they cut real estate costs by $78 million. Travel costs are also a significant factor. Daily commutes to work and meetings are often reimbursed by the company resulting in thousands of dollars in additional costs per year. Costs only increase with global reach. Companies that wish to utilize the top employees from around the country or globe will incur higher cost in order to bring these people together.

This reduction in driving and travel also has a positive impact on the environment. A study looking at Cisico’s TelePresence system showed that a large company utilizing their system can save the planet over 15,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions per year.

How do I decide what is right for my company?

It may never be a clear-cut decision if a remote workplace is right for you. In order to decide, you must first have a clear understanding of your main business functions and the importance of face-to-face communication within those functions. Since Power Ten, Inc. is a defense contracting company, one of our main priorities is proximity to military bases around the country. By promoting a remote working environment, we can utilize the best employees that are based near important military institutions. As a result, travel costs are significantly reduced and we are able to remain in close contact with the departments we serve.

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While making the decision, it is also important to understand which electronic communication technologies are available to your business. Multiple studies have proven the benefits of communication technologies that can best create a sense of social presence, or feeling of face-to-face interaction. However, these technologies, typically video-conferencing or TelePresence, can come with a high initial cost and are subject to subscription fees and maintenance. The graphic above demonstrates the relationship between technology and the interaction results that are fostered. At Power Ten, our domestic dispersion allows for our important contract meetings to happen in person while most of our internal communications are electronic. However, rather than relying on one electronic communication technology for all internal interactions, we utilize email, cell phones, chat applications, screen share/audio conferencing,and multiple collaborative tools to allow a greater flow of information. We remain aware of meetings that might best take place in person and have face-to-face interactions when deemed necessary. Russ Emons, Power Ten’s President and CEO summarizes the benefits of remote work environments on business as such:

“The advantages of our remote work environment are manifold.  We are able to matrix the right person for the task regardless of their location, without having to settle for whoever is local.  And as inspiration often strikes at a moments notice, we are never far from our virtual office to take advantage of that muse.  The remote office concept keeps our facilities costs to a minimum, allowing our rates to stay competitive.  And not insignificantly, the remote work environment is easier on the global environment with far less energy spent commuting and less of our peoples time wasted in transit.”

Finally, when looking to switch to a remote work environment for your company, take time to ease yourself in. Start by allowing one or two days a week of remote work and see if productivity if impacted. There are a multitude of free services available to test. Utilize different ones and see which work best for your employees and company. During this time, have open communication with your employees to get their feedback to avoid any dissonance that may be created.

As an executive, it is a daunting task to restructure your work environment, especially when it removes employees from your direct oversight. However if implemented correctly with a focus on results-based productivity, remote work environments may increase employee creativity and collaboration while saving significant money for your company.