Small business innovations strengthen the U.S. Defense Industrial Base

by Jeff Poore, president

A report on the resiliency of the U.S. Defense Industrial Base published by the Department of Defense in 2018 identified significant risks including a surprising level of foreign dependence on both competitor nations and allies. The report noted dependencies on everything from basic chemicals to key components of systems like night vision goggles. Unfortunately, these risks exist even more broadly in U.S. defense capabilities such as sensors, weapons and software. In the air and missile defense realm, for example, the U.S. is becoming more and more dependent on sensors provided by foreign-owned and controlled companies to power many of its short-range air defense and counter-unmanned aerial systems (C-UAS) capabilities. These systems carry with them high residual risks concerning embedded technologies and supply chain integrity as their design and production are largely out of U.S. control.

To address this specific risk, Numerica has created the Spyglass™ Short Range Surveillance Radar

Designed, developed and manufactured in the U.S., Spyglass is a precision 3D radar built for C-UAS and short-range, multi-mission defense systems. We’ve chosen to partner with NEOTech and Liteye Systems, both trusted U.S. defense manufacturers, to ensure robust and secure supply chain management and manufacturing of Spyglass. With International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) and AS9100 accredited manufacturing locations just a short drive from our design and assembly facility, we’ve had the ability to work closely with NEOTech and Liteye on processes that ensure secure, scalable and timely delivery of this new capability to the warfighter.

At Numerica, we leverage our position as a specialized defense technology company to focus on the development of best-in-class products to solve important problems in the defense sector.  Bringing a cost-effective air defense radar system to market has required the innovation and agility of a small business, supporting a team of experts and partners, without the burden of large company overhead. As an incentive for other U.S. small businesses to risk their own capital in the development of new defense technology, the DoD can fully embrace those small businesses that prove capable of being relied upon as a critical piece of the Defense Industrial Base. By fully embrace, I mean leaning into the threat environment with small businesses at your side and counting on us to deliver technology to the warfighter.

The development of Spyglass addresses an urgent need and demonstrates the power of small business innovation with one of the few U.S.-made C-UAS radar solutions. Learn more at