Hanscom helping today’s warfighters with a FEURY
By Patty Welsh, 66rh Air Base Group Public Affairs / Published February 15, 2017
HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. - A small team here is improving warfighter capabilities by providing full motion video systems for those deployed in theater.
Full Motion Video Extension and Unified RelaY, or FEURY as the project is referred to, is a response to current conflicts. FEURY collects near-real-time, quality 24/7 full motion video for distribution to engagement authorities located in Tactical Operations Centers or Mission Operations Centers to aid in decision-making.
"FEURY allows JTACS [Joint Terminal Attack Controllers] and strike coordinators to monitor targets, while never leaving the wire," said 1st Lt. Luke McNamara, FEURY lead engineer. The capability significantly extended the range of Non-Traditional Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance advanced targeting pods.
The FEURY Program Management Office at Hanscom was able to successfully deliver this critical Joint Urgent Operational Need in less than 65 days, and for under $9 million. Due to the continuing program and mission success, FEURY was awarded as an effort to be sustained in theater.
Members of the program management office attribute the delivery speed to its decision to use organic resources as the system integrators and installers. Integrating existing government-off-the-shelf hardware already used by the military also contributed to rapid acquisition, installation and maintenance. Quality was not compromised, however, as the systems have been operating in remote, austere and unpredictable environments for nearly two years.
To ensure this critical capability is accessible, the FEURY team, which has never been more than four members, has deployed multiple times in less than two years for site surveys, "down-range" system installs and upgrades and the occasional repair, all while effectively maintaining the programmatic side of the house.
“This team has done an absolutely phenomenal job! They have figuratively and literally delivered crucial combat to the tactical edge in our nation's fight against ISIS,” said Maj. Gen. Dwyer Dennis, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks program executive officer. “Project FEURY and this team are shining examples of our Air Force's acquisition warriors who are making truly significant - if not game-changing - mission contributions on a daily basis.”
The FEURY team's performance has been well recognized with multiple Hanscom Special Programs Division Team of the Quarter awards as well as the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center FY16 Air Force Gen. Edwin W. Rawlings Team Award. And during an Air Force Requirements Oversight Council, the program was highlighted as the way rapid capabilities should be delivered.
"FEURY is an Air Force program manager's dream,” said Capt. Ron Windham, FEURY lead program manager. “Rarely do Air Force PMs get to see the operational fruits of their labor. I get to gift wrap my fruits with a bow and deliver to my customer's doorstep."