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Company Information:

Company Name: Sentar, Inc.
City: Huntsville
State: AL
Zip+4: 35805
Woman-Owned: Yes
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Website URL: http://www.sentar.com
Phone: (256) 430-0860

Award Totals:

Program/Phase Award Amount ($) Number of Awards
SBIR Phase I $2,916,927.00 33
SBIR Phase II $10,845,565.00 14
STTR Phase I $349,914.00 3

Award List:

Quick Planner for Verification and Validation of Distributed Hybrid Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1994 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Cynthia Harris
Award Amount: $93,103.00
Abstract:
With all the uncertainties in complex Distribute Hybrid Systems (DHS), one key probelm is the definition of a reasonable set of tests (and tools) that will evaluate both the extrmees and the nominal behaviors associated with real-world situations. This general lack of confidence for AI components… More

Fault-Tolerant Cooperative Intelligent Agent Systems for Distributed C3I

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1996 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey S. Yalowitz
Award Amount: $99,428.00

Fault-Tolerant Cooperative Intelligent Agent Systems for Distributed C3I

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey S. Yalowitz
Award Amount: $747,538.00
Abstract:
High-level integration of decentralized C3I systems requires distributed/networked functionality and data. Loosely-coupled architechtures with semiautonomous components that incorporate cooperating intelligent agent technology have advantages, because of the heterogenous mix of system types… More

An Agent Architecture for Continuously Evolving Large-Scale Knowledge Bases

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1997 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Robert S. Daniel Iii
Award Amount: $59,912.00
Abstract:
In order for Knowledge-Based Systems to continue progressing into the mainstream of computing technology, they must become capable of addressing large and complex problems. Conventional systems are achieving this progress by moving to network infrastructure models, distributed systems, and finer… More

An Agent Architecture for Continuously Evolving Large-Scale Knowledge Bases Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1998 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Robert S. Daniel Iii
Award Amount: $999,000.00
Abstract:
In order for Knowledge-Based Systems to continue progressing into the mainstream of computing technology, they must become capable of addressing large and complex problems. Conventional systems are achieving this progress by moving to network infrastructure models, distributed systems, and finer… More

Reliable Distributed-Object Computing with Fault-Tolerant Cooperative Intelligent Agents

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Principal Investigator: Jeffrey Yalowitz
Award Amount: $99,934.00

An Extensible Solution for Distributing and Accessing Tactical Geospatial Information

Award Year / Program / Phase: 1999 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Carey Cilyok
Award Amount: $69,976.00
Abstract:
Not Available The next generation of Navy shipborne radars must be designed to improve the detection low observable (LO) targets such as sea skimming missiles in littoral environments. These radars will be designed using solid state active array (SSAA) antenna technology. SSAAs utilizing space-time… More

N/A

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2000 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Schooley, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $64,923.00

Work-Centered Interface Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2001 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gordon Streeter, Senior Analyst III
Award Amount: $64,898.00
Abstract:
The challenge in developing a Work-Centered Interface (WCI) is to create a system capable of exploiting an array of distributed information resources and channeling these resources to decision-makers in a useful and flexible manner to support a full rangeof Command and Control operations.Sentar… More

Agent-based Knowledge-design Assistance (AKA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew G. Schooley, Senior Engineer
Award Amount: $749,763.00
Abstract:
The Agent-based Knowledge-design Assistant (AKA), a generic knowledge-building tool, enables Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) to easily create, modify, and manage knowledge, without specialized training. The Missile Defense Agency needs tools thateffectively build and share knowledge to make their… More

Event-Driven Distributed Information Fusion

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2002 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Peter A. Kiss, Chief Executive Officer
Award Amount: $69,987.00
Abstract:
"Whether the subject is satellite surveillance data, clues on terrorist activities, or corporate decision-making, we are globally drawing in information. To win the war on information we need knowledge and the appropriate systems to optimally use it oninformation. To solve Autonomous Satellite… More

Work-Centered Interface Technology

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew N. Potter, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $1,499,995.00
Abstract:
Information overload is a critical problem in both military and commercial decision-making processes. Sentar's Work-Centered Interface (WCI) provides a generic, highly usable solution to these problems by wedding intelligent multi-agent systems withuser-centered design. Based on Sentar's… More

Agent Enabled Advanced Intrusion Detection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew N. Potter, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,921.00
Abstract:
Current commercial Intrusion Detection Systems (IDS) have several major shortcomings. These include low detection rates of 20 percent or less, the inability to detect previously unseen or new attacks, and high false alarm rates. Frequent false alarmsoften prompt Computer Network Defense (CND)… More

Agent-based Knowledge-design Assistant (AKA) Technology for Computer Network Defense (CND)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew N. Potter, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,544.00
Abstract:
In this proposal, Sentar presents its plan for applying its Agent-based Knowledge-design Assistant (AKA) technology to Computer Network Defense (CND). This work will leverage two Sentar Phase II SBIR projects: the AKA currently in development and theproposed Work Centered Interface (WCI) Phase II… More

Mission Critical Software and Database Guard

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew N. Potter, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,921.00
Abstract:
A major challenge for the management of mission critical software and associated databases is the trustworthiness of data and code.To meet this challenge, Sentar proposes the Software and Database Guard (SDG) to secure Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD) mission critical software and databases from… More

Secure Agent Based Platform for Computer Network Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gordon S. Streeter, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,936.00
Abstract:
When under conditions of cyber attack, all aspects of a computer network are vulnerable, including the base platform on which network defense applications execute. To ensure an effective defense, the platform must be capable of monitoring itself,defending itself, and healing itself while… More

Ontology Reusability Resource for Multi-Agent Decision Support Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Andrew N. Potter, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,683.00
Abstract:
As the importance of ontologies has become increasingly clear in recent years, the need for automated reusability has become readily apparent. However, the ability to develop reusable ontologies remains unrealized. Sentar proposes an approach based onthe total knowledge engineering process. … More

Scalable Engagement Coordination Test Bed

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Peter A. Kiss, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,958.00
Abstract:
Sentar has teamed with SPARTA to design and develop a Scaleable Engagement Coordination (SEC) Test Bed for the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). The SEC test bed will interface Sentar' scaleable BMC3 prototype with SPARTA's Monte-Carlo ObjectOriented System Evaluator (MOOSE), the EADTB, and… More

A Real-Time Distributed Database Manager for GMD Applications

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2003 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Betsy A. Leigh, Principal Investigator
Award Amount: $69,934.00
Abstract:
In this proposal, Sentar presents its plan for applying its multi-agent technology to the management of distributed real-time databases. The proposed capability, called the Real-time Distributed Database Manager (RDDM), will provide an innovative solutionfor Ground-based Midcourse Defense (GMD)… More

Agent-based Knowledge-design Assistant (AKA) Technology for Computer Network Defense (CND)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Potter, Senior Analyst
Award Amount: $749,793.00
Abstract:
The proposed technology will provide runtime knowledge management and discovery for Computer Network Defense (CND) and other applications. Proposed innovations entail a convergence of research developments now in progress: the Work-Centered Interface Computer Network Defense (WCI-CND) and the… More

Secure Agent Based Platform for Computer Network Defense

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gordon Streeter, Senior Analyst
Award Amount: $749,964.00
Abstract:
The threat of cyber-attack comes from many sources. Sophisticated attack software, novice hackers, and foreign operatives recruiting dissatisfied individuals within an organization to compromise system operations. Because inside attackers have legitimate access to privileged system resources,… More

Mission Critical Software and Database Guard

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Potter, Senior Analyst
Award Amount: $749,624.00
Abstract:
Sentar's Work-Centered Interface (WCI) for Computer Network Defense (CND) provides decision support for computer security by combining a multi-agent architecture with work centered design concepts. Based on Sentar's KnoWebr architecture, the WCI integrates distributed information resources to… More

Agent Enabled Advanced Intrusion Detection System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Dale Brown, Senior Analyst
Award Amount: $749,972.00
Abstract:
Agent Enabled Advanced Intrusion Detection System (AEA-IDS) Phase I provided insight into the latest research, tools, and products available to protect mission critical systems. The proposed Phase II project, will build on this research to address several critical CNO technology gaps identified by… More

The Secure Agent-based Operations Reconstitution (SABOR) System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Bridget Abashian, Catalyst
Award Amount: $99,989.00
Abstract:
In today's information-based society, attacks on information systems and infrastructure are everyday occurrences. The more critical a system is, the more likely it is to be under constant attack. Naturally military systems are prime targets. A likely initial target of a sophisticated cyber attack… More

Protection Analysis Work Stations (PAWS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Al Underbrink, Senior Analyst
Award Amount: $99,914.00
Abstract:
Sentar, teamed with The Boeing Corporation and SYColeman is developing a Situation Awareness System for GMD Security Management. The Situation Awareness System is being developed to provide real-time monitoring and decision support to the security manager. What it does not address is the off-line… More

Secure Configuration Auditing for Network Defense (SCAND)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2004 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Al Underbrink, Senior Analyst
Award Amount: $99,725.00
Abstract:
This research investigates a concept for automatically monitoring and auditing system security con-figurations and assuring compliance with established security policies. The concept uses multiple, distributed, intelligent software agents, which may be mobile, to compare the security configurations… More

Protection Analysis Work Stations (PAWS)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Joe Rayford, Principal Analyst II
Award Amount: $599,774.00
Abstract:
A problem associated with complex network defense systems is the constant change occurring in the system. This is due to wireless devices, upgrades in operating system and application software, and user configuration changes. These changes result in a natural evolution of the network system that… More

Secure Configuration Auditing for Network Defense (SCAND)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Al Underbrink, Systems Analyst II
Award Amount: $399,898.00
Abstract:
The SCAND concept improves network system security by increasing the efficiency of human administrators and narrowing the window of opportunity for malicious users to exploit vulnerabilities in network systems. This is achieved through the monitoring and auditing of system security configurations… More

Logistics Agent-based Algorithm Test-bed (LAAT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dale Brown, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $119,948.00
Abstract:
In this proposal, Sentar Inc. presents plans for a Logistics Agent-based Algorithm Test-bed (LAAT). LAAT will address problems associated with FCS logistics by utilizing state-of-the-technology software agents to support rapid prototyping, implementation, integration, and testing of logistics… More

Multiple INtrusion detection FUsion Learning (MINDFUL)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Peter A. Kiss, CEO
Award Amount: $99,970.00
Abstract:
To limit the damage from cyber attacks, Computer Network Defense (CND) managers need real time, high quality intrusion detection. However effective any of the current IDSs may be individually, they are not infallible across an operational scenario that is dynamic. Since the underlying constructs… More

Active Response Console (ARC)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Potter, Senior Analyst III
Award Amount: $99,936.00
Abstract:
Active Response is the capability for a computer network system to respond to cyber-attack defensively. When an attack is detected, the system takes appropriate steps to mitigate its effects. The proposed Active Response Console (ARC) will provide such a capability. The ARC will enhance Sentar's… More

Secure Environment for Distributed Development (SEDD) using the Software Pedigree Analyzer (SPA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2005 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Leigh A. Davis, Principal Analyst II
Award Amount: $99,945.00
Abstract:
During large software development projects, assuring tamper-proof source code is often difficult or impossible. Currently, many projects are vulnerable to attacks-both insider and external. The Software Protection Initiative (SPI) is charged with the task of ensuring all modifications to a… More

The Secure Agent-based Operations Reconstitution (SABOR) System

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Gordon Streeter, Systems Analyst II
Award Amount: $749,997.00
Abstract:
Cyber attacks are a constant drain on resource, and a serious threat to our privacy, commerce, and security. Numerous efforts are underway to detect, analyze, deter, and respond to attacks. Nonetheless, attacks will be successful, and Computer Network Defense (CND) systems themselves will succumb… More

Logistics Agent-based Algorithm Test-bed (LAAT)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Dale Brown, Chief Engineer
Award Amount: $729,126.00
Abstract:
The Future Combat Systems (FCS) is a 10-year program to develop new technologies for achieving the Army's vision of fielding a "Future Force" this decade. FCS is a networked "system of systems" that serves as a core building block within all Unit of Action (UA) echelons and is comprised of a family… More

Active Resource Manager (ARM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Andrew Potter, Senior System Analyst
Award Amount: $99,877.00
Abstract:
The need for self-managing networks is readily apparent. As network systems become more vital to the organizational mission, they grow larger, faster, more complex, and more difficult to protect. However, developing a technology for effective self-management is challenging. The solution must have… More

The Digital Microscope (DM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Leigh Davis, Senior Research Analyst
Award Amount: $99,826.00
Abstract:
To address the critical issue of software defects and vulnerabilities in code, be it C, C++, Java or Visual Basic, Sentar proposes the Digital Microscope (DM). The DM simulates a native running environment in which a binary code can be encapsulated, analyzed, and tested for malefactor influence, as… More

The Digitial Microscope (DM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Leigh Davis, Senior Research Analyst
Award Amount: $99,879.00
Abstract:
To address the critical issue of software defects and vulnerabilities in code, be it C, C++, Java or Visual Basic, Sentar proposes the Digital Microscope (DM). The DM simulates a native running environment in which a binary code can be encapsulated, analyzed, and tested for malefactor influence, as… More

Information Assurance Run-time Auditing (IARA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Research Institution: UNIV. OF TULSA
Principal Investigator: Leigh Flagg, Senior Science Analyst
Award Amount: $99,994.00
RI Contact: R. F. Gamble
Abstract:
Capabilities of large-scale software intensive systems such as those of interest to the Software Producibility Initiative are built incrementally within the overarching infrastructure. This requires frequent updates/extensions to integrate processes and to ensure expedient, fault tolerant, secure… More

COMBO

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Andrew Potter, Senior System Analyst
Award Amount: $99,790.00
Abstract:
Current solutions for computer network security focus narrowly on the computer network for detection and management of security problems. But computer networks do not exist in a vacuum. They exist within a physical environment, and threats arise, not as a result of virtual digital entities-they… More

Joint Protection Enterprise Network (JPEN) Situation Awareness (JSA)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2006 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / NAVY
Principal Investigator: Andrew Potter, Systems Analyst III
Award Amount: $69,954.00
Abstract:
The Joint Protection Enterprise Network (JPEN) system is used by gate officers at military installations to share information about potential threats to the personnel, facilities and resources they safeguard. With JPEN, officers can report suspicious activity using the DoD Threat and Local… More

Self-Aware Reconstituion, Reconfiguration, and Repurposing (SAR3)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / DARPA
Principal Investigator: Gordon Streeter, Director of Technology
Award Amount: $98,941.00
Abstract:
In today's information-based society, global operation in virtually any domain is significantly, if not completely, dependent upon high-performance processing systems. These high-performance processing systems are complex and frequently composed of heterogeneous processor subsystems. Such… More

Active Resource Manager (ARM)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2007 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Andrew Potter, Senior Research Scientist
Award Amount: $372,519.00
Abstract:
The Active Resource Manager (ARM) will perform dynamic decision-making for self-managing networks. To accomplish this, ARM will access information from a wide range of network resources and cyber-defense sensors, and it will use this information to generate and maintain a situation awareness model. … More

STTR Phase I: Spiral Assessment Loop for Rubrics

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2008 / STTR / Phase I
Agency: NSF
Research Institution: University of Tulsa
Principal Investigator: Leigh Flagg, PhD
Award Amount: $149,994.00
RI Contact: Rose Gamble
Abstract:
This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase 1 project seeks to improve educational assessment rubrics. Accreditation requires adequate assessment rubrics to substantiate expected student outcomes. Faculty struggle with specifying outcomes and their rubrics, due to inexperience and lack of… More

Legerdemain: An Illusion-based system to thwart covert access and exfiltration

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / OSD
Principal Investigator: Al Underbrink, Senior Analyst II
Award Amount: $99,821.00
Abstract:
The integration of software and components from multiple sources, the interconnection of systems via the internet, and the rapid pace of change in the computer industry as a whole virtually guarantee the continued emergence of threats to systems and information via new and undetected vulnerability… More

Structured Application Protection Process (SAPP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2009 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Al Underbrink, Senior Analyst
Award Amount: $99,815.00
Abstract:
The Structured Application Protection Process (SAPP) system concept classifies software applications into domains. Each domain class represents different operational aspects of software - such as real-time response, data management, compute intensive, and user interactive - to correlates a… More

Decision Support for Software Code Analysis

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Al Underbrink, Senior Analyst II
Award Amount: $99,926.00
Abstract:
A software tool is proposed for automatically executing both vulnerability and malicious code analyses against both binary and source code files. The analysis tools may be selectively applied, supporting a wide assortment of analysis and verification activities for code targeted at multiple… More

Structured Application Protection Process (SAPP)

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase II
Agency / Branch: DOD / MDA
Principal Investigator: Al Underbrink, Senior Analyst
Award Amount: $998,602.00
Abstract:
The Structured Application Protection Process (SAPP) system concept classifies software applications into domains. Each domain class represents different operational aspects of software - such as real-time response, data management, computationally-intensive, and user interactive - to correlate a… More

Real-time Visualization Tool for Distributed Intrusion Detection System Data

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2010 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Principal Investigator: Andrew Potter, Chief Scientist
Award Amount: $68,669.00
Abstract:
Current intrusion detection systems are effective for collecting large quantities of event data, but they are inadequate for presenting information to security analysts in a useful way. Typically, to investigate a single problem, an analyst must study reams of data and devote substantial hours to… More

Dynamically Evolving Malware Detection in Streams

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / STTR / Phase I
Agency / Branch: DOD / USAF
Research Institution: Auburn University
Principal Investigator: Lyle Johnson, Senior Software Developer – (256) 430-0860
Award Amount: $99,926.00
RI Contact: Eric Imsand
Abstract:
ABSTRACT: The emergence of polymorphic malware poses an increasingly difficult threat to network security. Sentar proposes the development of a Polymorphic Malware Detection Unit that will perform automated detection of dynamically evolving malware as well as zero-day attacks. The Unit will be… More

Software Deception as a Countermeasure to Attacks on Software Protection Systems

Award Year / Program / Phase: 2012 / SBIR / Phase I
Agency: DOD
Principal Investigator: Al Underbrink, Senior Analyst – (256) 430-0860
Award Amount: $149,944.00
Abstract:
An advanced strategy and architecture for software deception is proposed. The proposed research and development leverages a DoD SBIR Phase I contract awarded in 2009. The original project performed a feasibility assessment and early design of an architecture for providing software deception.… More