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Connecting ANVM Members, their Customers and Friends of Night Vision
Q2/2022                                                                      30 June 2022
Looking Ahead ...
... by John Domalski, President. By the time this article is read in the 2Q2022 edition of the ANVM newsletter, both the ANVM-sponsored social event in Bloomington, IN and the Joint Service Integrated Process Team Meeting at NSWC/Crane will have been held. Hopefully, both will have been successful.

In terms of further-out events, please know that planning for an ANVM “Industry Day” at C5ISR RTI Directorate (formerly NVESD) is coming together. Dates are currently set for 15 and 16 November 2022 with the 15th being the day for a dry run and the actual event happening on the 16th. Organizations from throughout Fort Belvoir will be invited to participate as will night vision organizations from Quantico, the Pentagon, Fort Benning, DTSA and DSCA. A night equipment demo will be part of this event on the 16th.

Shortly after the above event, our 2022 Annual Meeting will be held at the Marriott Crystal Gateway Hotel in Arlington, VA on Thursday, 1 December 2022. (This will be our first “live” Annual Meeting since 2019.) A key event to take place at this meeting will be inductions of Michael J. Iosue (formerly L3Harris and Litton) and Michael D. Atwood (formerly U.S. Army and Aviation Specialties Unlimited) into ANVM’s Night Vision Hall of Fame. I will start planning for the Government part of this meeting within the next few months so if there is any particular organization or individual you would like to have speak at the meeting, please provide me with names and contact info.

One of the topics for discussion at the Business part of the Annual Meeting will be whether or not we hold an event on Capitol Hill in 2023. Per direction from last December’s Annual Meeting, planning was to take place in 2022. Here is what is known so far: 1) Best location—House side of Capitol Hill. 2168 Rayburn (Gold Room) is very convenient for Members. It is also large enough to accommodate us. 2) Best time of year—February or March. 3) Best day of week—Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. 4) Best time of day—10AM to 5PM, open-house style (guests come and go as they please; no formal program); most likely we will offer a box lunch.

If we decide to hold this event, the next step will be deciding how to promote it. Based on past experiences doing this, we will need good cooperation from the office of the Member who agrees to sponsor the event. We will also need cooperation from the Government Relations people employed by our larger member companies. ANVM will provide both hard copy and electronic invitations, but these will need to be distributed by the GR folks. ANVM will also provide names of all the House Members and Senators who represent our 32 member companies in order to possibly generate internal support for the event.

Thanks to Matt Green and Ryan Silverberg (Leonardo DRS), Ted Fordyce (Elbit), Tom Lankford (L3Harris) and Carl Kime (SRI Sarnoff) for their inputs on the planning to date.
DARPA ENVision News
DARPA awarded contracts for the development of a light weight NVG dubbed Enhanced Night Vision in Eyeglass Form (ENVision). Several ANVM member companies will participate including Elbit and Raytheon. For more details see:

Elbit Systems of America partners to produce next-generation night vision through DARPA-funded program

DARPA wants to build slimmer, enhanced night vision goggles
Member News
Apollo Gear joins ANVMs ranks

Our night vision market continues to attract new entrants with fresh ideas. Please extend a hearty welcome to our newest member, Apollo Gear Company, based in Havertown, PA and its owner, Ryan Jameson.




Aviation Specialties Unlimited Achieves ISO Certification

Boise, Idaho 3 May, 2022 – "ASU's ISO 9001: 2015 Certification is a significant accomplishment for our organization that demonstrates our dedication to quality and continuous improvement. The team has invested significant time and energy into a robust quality management system to produce exceptional products with the highest quality standards that exceed our customers' expectations," said ASU President Dr. Joseph Estrera.

Excerpted from Aviation Specialties Unlimited Receives ISO 9001:2015 Certification, Hires Quality Manager




SNELL joins ANVM

We're pleased to welcome Solutions Now Enterprises, LLC (SNELL) to ANVM as an Associate Member.  Based in Winter Park, FL, SNELL is a Small, Veteran Owned Business that provides Business Development and Technical Assistance to government agencies and small/large businesses within the DoD Electro-Optical Market Place.  Many ANVM members are familiar with Drew Nelson, founder of SNELL.  He may be reached via email:  drewnelson@snell.com 


House lawmakers ask Army: Who’s in charge of massive modernization program?
WASHINGTON: House lawmakers want clarity about who is in charge of the Army’s broad modernization effort after a directive from the service, which appeared to suggest a realignment of the acquisition enterprise, caused confusion on Capitol Hill.

The May 3 directive signed by Army Secretary Christine Wormuth, first reported by Breaking Defense, gave primary oversight of the Army’s research, development and acquisition efforts to the assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology (ASA(ALT)) — a decision viewed by some lawmakers as downgrading Army Futures Command, the office seen as leading the service’s broad modernization effort.  Read on at BreakingDefense.com:

House lawmakers ask Army: Who’s in charge of massive modernization program?


USMC FD 2030 Envisions a Force Reduction
Force Design 2030 is sparking much debate as it comprehends technology, mission change and force reduction.  Some 15,000 personnel would be cut in an effort to pay for FD 2030 according to Breaking Defense. 

Force Design 2030 Annual Update

Analyzing the biggest changes in the Marine Corps Force Design 2030 update


Important Dates
C5ISR RTI ANVM Outreach. Ft. Belvoir. (TBD) November 2022.
ANVM Annual Meeting. Crystal City, VA. 1 December 2022.
Looking Back ...
... This edition of LOOKING BACK looks back pretty far. Not as far back as the creation of the universe or even the founding of our great country, but pretty far back nonetheless. The date was 15 July 1980 which was the day on which the first Annual Meeting of our Association was held. This day probably will never be counted among the National Holidays of our country, but I am willing to wager that if that decision was left up to the Warfighters who have used the goggles, weapon sights and lasers in combat that our companies have delivered over the years, they might decide differently. If you would like to know what transpired at that first meeting, please read on.

Minutes of the July 15, 1980 ANVM meeting

  -- John Domalski
Association of United States Night Vision Manufacturers
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