When and why was Soft Power Solutions, LLC (SPS) established?
Edwin A. Vincent, Brig Gen, USAF (Ret), founded Soft Power Solutions, LLC (SPS) in 2010 to provide consulting services to the defense industry and other industry organizations. It was primarily staffed with military veterans and service oriented professionals with a passion to continue serving their nation and state.
Our SPS professionals have built solid business processes and financial stability based on our strong client focus, ethics, sense of community responsibility, and commitment to the Hawaiian value 'Po‘okela' – Excellence, to constantly seek improvement.
What is the company's purpose?
SPS is a now a Small Business Administration (SBA) 8(a) certified small business headquartered in Northern Virginia and Honolulu, Hawaii. Its purpose is to empower its customers to stay ahead in a dynamic world through effective professional service and international "Soft Power" outreach.
Professional Services: SPS is a fully capable prime contractor. Our team’s experience and superb past performance encompasses all 50 states, 3 territories and the District of Columbia. National and state-based programs include Program Management and professional support for the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program, professional services for the Guard and Reserve, and professional support services requiring staff with experience and skills in the areas of disaster management, training, military personnel, exercises and human resources.
Our successful track record includes training and development, Army Emergency Management Installation Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Course Services, hurricane response exercises and veteran and family support services.
Soft Power outreach: SPS defines its Soft Power mission as developing community resilience and sustainability. We actively partner with communities and their stakeholders to address key resiliency factors by building their capacity to manage change, mitigate risks and danger to their community and develop a way ahead.
Our successful track record includes advancing conflict resolution dialogue with the Myanmar Peace Centre, and synchronizing community, government and non-government organizations throughout Afghanistan and the Middle-East. This success is reflected by the Pakistan Peace Award, received for our role in response to recent floods.
Who owns SPS?
SPS is owned by private individuals and The Hawaii-Pacific Foundation for Soft Power Solutions, a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) and Non-Profit Charity under 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code. The NHO is the majority owner.
Who are SPS's primary customers?
SPS is currently providing professional services to the National Guard, U.S. Department of Defense and other government agencies, as well as customers in the private sector and overseas.
What sets SPS apart from its competitors?
As a Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) owned 8(a), SPS offers significant contracting efficiencies, defined by law and regulation, to help Department of Defense (DoD) agencies resolve urgent and dynamic requirements.
Through our ability to receive sole-source contracts above the 8(a) ceiling, SPS offers significant time and cost savings to the government’s contracting process. Coupled with the ingenuity and agility associated with small firms, NHO 8(a)s, such as SPS, have proven to be attractive vendors and business partners.
What role, if any, does SPS's parent NHO have?
It has a significant role. Our particular NHO, The Hawaii-Pacific Foundation for Soft Power Solutions, exists to support Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) youth education programs, societal enhancement technologies, and soft power outreach.
SPS disperses its profits to the NHO who, in turn, supports and funds these programs. In many cases, the NHO's activities connect to provide mutual benefit to SPS's government or commercial customers, as well as community stakeholders, by enhancing common goals and missions. For instance, the NHO recently provided funds to a National Guard Youth Challenge Academy STEM program. Funding this STEM program has a secondary effect of enhancing the National Guard's state mission and community resilience goals. It is a collaborative way of giving back.
How many employees does the company have?
SPS employs approximately 180 employees.
What is the overall Business Strategy?
Our approach is simple: Identify our potential customer/stakeholder needs, find a solution, and continually develop relationships between the customer and the business environment.
What is the Soft Power Strategy?
Soft Power is an international engagement concept. It is the ability (for a nation or government) to obtain what one wants through co-option and attraction. It is the opposite of “hard power” which is the use of coercion through force and/or direct payment.
We define our Soft Power mission goal as developing community resilience and security. Our strategy is a systems engineering approach we call Soft Power Engineering® (SPE). An SPE approach connects stakeholder leadership in a way that facilitates informed decisions, aligns resources and extends the planning horizon to effectively address community resilience challenges. SPE is rapidly finding acceptance among government, industry and leaders abroad.
What is the Professional Services Strategy?
Most of our professional services work is with the National Guard and Department of Defense. Our focus is on domestic operations such as disaster management, support of military members and families during deployments or crisis, training, exercises and readiness.
We find that our overseas Soft Power mission goal of community resilience and security is the same as at home. It is important that we develop relationships that allow our customers to extend the planning horizon to stay ahead, anticipate and succeed.
Where is SPS now?
SPS has become a thought and action leader in the geopolitical realm of Soft Power. We apply a systems engineering approach which facilitates measurable implementation of Soft Power engagements. As a solid, reliable organization, SPS provides professional and technical services for customers needing bridge contract vehicles, short or long-term professional management and staffing and program support. SPS has solid business processes and the financial stability to ensure exceptional financial, schedule and technical management of contracts.
Where does SPS leadership see the company in five to ten years?
SPS anticipates significant growth and enhanced support of the NHO mission. SPS sees itself as part of a family of profit and non-profit organizations inspiring communities and enhancing our way of life
Where is SPS company located?
7000 Gateway Court Suite 130, Manassas VA 20109
Satellite Office: 10432 Balls Ford Road Suite 328, Manassas VA 20109