Rich has been the Program Manager or Technical Lead on many US
DoD contracts providing a full range of AIDC/AIT solutions. He was the Program Manager for RFID-II while
at Savi Technology for the entire duration of the contract. The RFID-II contract spanned six years
providing over $450M of active RFID hardware, software and technical
engineering services for all of DoD.
Some of his other DoD programs include:
- While at Northrop Grumman,
he was the Principal Architect of the USAF Supply Asset Tracking System
- Designed the wireless
handheld capability for USAF Cargo Movement Operation System (CMOS)
- Technical lead on the Army
LOGMARS (Tactical) program where he developed bar code systems for several
Standard Army Information Systems used to manage all classes of supply.
- Prototyped the first RFID
tracking system during Desert Storm (1992) for monitoring the movement of
munitions in Saudi Arabia. This
would be later expanded into the Army RF-ITV system.
- Developed the concept of a
Business Process Server used to provide AIT input to standard DoD system
prior to full adoption of the technology.
- Prior to his departure
from Savi Technology, he was the Program Manager for the RFID-III
contract. This is third iteration
of the active RFID contract vehicles.
- Prior to entering the AIDC
industry, Rich worked for SDC/Unisys on USAF contracts developing software
for tactical systems at Langley AFB.
Rich is also an advocate of open standards and instrumental
in obtaining industry wide cooperation towards those goals, and was
Instrumental in bringing about the RFID ISO standard adopted by the US DoD for
In-Transit Visibility (ITV). In 2006 he
was recognized for his standards and educational work by being inducted into
Rich is an eight year veteran of the USAF where he worked as
an avionics technician on large cargo aircraft and a programming technician for
real-time tactical command, control, communications and intelligence systems.
Lead Consultant and Owner
February 2011 -Present
Rich currently provides consulting services to both the public and private
sectors in the areas of AIDC/AIT systems, training and standards. Also provide
consulting support for requirements generation, customer relations, business
development and contract proposal writing.
As the owner of Vossel LLC, Rich also provides the industry with talent
from a pool of engineers and programmers to complete short term projects such
as program interfaces, specialized hardware products, and unique solutions.
During this period, Rich performed several short term
consulting and training jobs for several AIDC companies. He worked a major project with Evanhoe and
Associates to perform a demonstration for the Nuclear Equipment Tracking System
(NETS). The objective of the NETS
demonstration activity was to show a range of technology solutions (this was
one of 10 demonstrations awarded) that have the potential to improve total
asset visibility for Air Force Nuclear Weapons Related Material (NWRM). Evanhoe
provided a comprehensive demonstration integrating passive and active Radio
Frequency ID (RFID), Real Time Location System (RTLS), satellite tracking,
Biometrics identification (fingerprint), Common Asset Card (CAC) integration
and interfaces with existing Air Force legacy systems and environments. The goal of the demonstration was to show a
fully integrated suite of technologies that provides full chain-of-custody
throughout the enterprise. Rich’s role
in this demonstration was to evaluate and select the RFID, RTLS, and Satellite
technologies to use as well as the overall real-time tracking software. We also provided design support in creating a
seamless chain-of-custody process and project management support.
Vossel LLC is a Veteran Owned Small Business (VOSB) and a
member of AIM Global.
AIM Global RFID
Experts Group at AIM
January 2003 -Present
The AIM Global RFID Experts Group (REG) brings together the industry leaders in
RFID technology in order to facilitate the advancement of the industry and
broaden the overall understanding of RFID.
Rich served as the committee chairman from February 2010 to
February 2011. This position is limited to one year. During his tenure, the
committee grew significantly in the number of active participants and projects.
AIM Global is the trade association for the entire AIDC
industry. During this period, Rich also
participated in the Internet of Things (IoT) and Unique Device Identification
Standards Institute (ANSI) MH10.8 Subcommittee
Rich has been a long term voting member of the ANSI MH10.8 subcommittee which
performs standards work in the area of material handling data structures for
barcodes and RFID tags used to identify shipments and their contents.
October 1999 -February 2011 (11 years 5 months)
Rich provided the major interface between the Department of Defense (US DoD)
and Savi on all issues associated with products and product performance along
with technical engineering services. He held the position of Program Manager
for the RFID-III contract providing ISO based active RFID technology to all
parts of the US government. Prior to
this, he managed the RFID-II program which was extended from three to six years
and grew from a $90M to $450M program under his direction making it the single
largest AIT contract.
As the program manager, Rich worked with Savi Product
Management to design, develop, test and promote new products produced
specifically to meet the expanding needs of the US DoD warfighter during a time
of conflict. He assisted the Savi Sales Team with the closure of key sales.
Rich was instrumental in the development of the Army’s
strategy toward migration from a closed ANSI based active RFID standard to an
open ISO standard which had reasonable and nondiscriminatory access to the
intellectual property. Rich showed the
Army a process that could be used to migrate to a “dual-mode” capability which
would allow tags made by both standards to be used during a period of
While at Savi, Rich also supported the standards community
including ANSI MH10.8, Dash7 Industrial Association and ISO 18000-7. He was
Invited and served as Savi's representative on the AIM Global RFID Experts
Center at SYSCON/LOGICON/Northrop Grumman - Williamsburg, VA
October 1987 -October 1999 (12 years 1 month)
During this period, Rich was the leader of the Technical Staff responsible for
the development of AIT solutions for the Department of Defense. He was also the
AIT Technical Lead on the DoD LOGMARS -Tactical program, the Desert Storm Ammo
Retrograde program, DoD AIT program (Technical Engineering Support), Army
Material Release Order Control System (MROCS), USAF Supply Asset Tracking
System (SATS) and the integration of AIT capabilities into Standard Army and
Air Force Systems.
Some of Rich’s Projects Include:
- Designed, developed and
lead the in country implementation team for the first successful proof of
concept tracking system as part of the DAMMS (Department of the Army
Movement Management System) which tracked the movement of ammunition
shipments around Saudi Arabia following Desert Storm. This was the first
large-scale deployment of RFID to track assets and memory devices to
contain cargo manifests. He
designed a system of RFID readers connect back to a central data base
using a long range wireless network. This would be the template for the
future DoD RF-ITV network which is currently the largest active RFID
network in the world.
- Principal designer of the
USAF Supply Asset Tracking System (SATS) and Army Material Release Order
Control System (MROCS) which were the first large scale implementation of
portable hand held computers communicating through an RF network. This is
a bar code based system which started out using a proprietary RF backbone
which transitioned to IEEE 802.11 (WiFi) after the development of the
- Member of the committee
that developed the original concept of the Unique Identification (UID)
mark and participated in the process that defined the data elements to be
used and the nature of the mark (2D matrix barcode).
- Designed the first use of
smart cards as personal identification devices for the legal transfer of
property in the SATS delivery process and also designed the first use of
smart cards to contain personal data on deploying Army soldiers. Both
processes would later be used as the bases for the smartcard portion of
the Common Access Card (CAC).
- Designed the Business
Processing Unit used during the EUCOM AIT test in the 1990s. The BPU would provide input from and
output to many different forms of AIT to include barcodes, optical memory
cards and RFID tags. The BPU was
used as a proof of principal showing how AIT enhances the overall business
process without making major changes to Army and USAF standard logistics
- Trained USAF personnel in
the types of technologies beyond bar codes that could be used as AIDC.
This was part of a traveling training program sponsored by the AF AIT
- Designed the first file
transfer protocols used to link tactical hand held computers to Army
Rich’s work at the center started with SYSCON on the LOGMARS
(tactical) program. SYSCON would later
be acquired by LOGICON which would even later be acquired by Northrop
Grumman. Rich was one of the principal
founders of the AIT center in Williamsburg, Virginia and was responsible for
the hiring, mentoring and training of many AIT professionals who continue to
contribute to the AIDC community in a very big way.
While working as a the lead programmer at the AIT center,
Rich programmed in C++, Pascal, Ada, UBasic, IRL, TCal, FORTRAN and COBAL on
existing Standard Army Multi-command Management Information Systems (STAMMIS)
logistics systems and Air Force logistic systems.
System Development Corporation/Unisys - Hampton, VA
May 1980 -October 1987 (7 years 6 months)
During this period, Rich worked on a number of USAF programs designing and
developing software for several Command, Control, Communications and
Intelligence (C3I)systems used by the Tactical Air Command (now Air Combat
Command) at Langley AFB, VA.
Some of Rich’s projects include:
- Research and Development
on ways to perform automated text parsing on DoD textual messages into
defense data bases for analysis.
This system was written in Ada.
- Lead engineer on the TIPI
IIS JINTACCS Upgrade Project. Designed the enhancement to the system that
allowed the photo interpreter to enter intelligence data directly into on
screen templates which allowed pull down lists and help text. This was an assembly language based
system which pre-dated modern windows based systems.
- Provided software
development support for the Air Force PTU Support Project. Re-designed the disk operating system
to work with new disk technology and enhanced the bootstrap loader. Programming was performed in assembly
language and JOVIAL.
- Provided Programming
support on the 407L Radar project for both console operations and
- Designed and programmed
the software in testing equipment used to test and condition communication
lines between tactical systems.
During this period, Rich wrote programs in assembly language
in real-time environments. He also
programmed in BASIC, Fortran, Ada, JOVIAL, Lisp, and PROLOG.
United States Air Force - Langley AFB, VA
March 1976 -May 1980 (4 years 3 months)
Rich provided programming support for real-time tactical defense systems at
Langley AFB Programmed primarily in assembly language. During his time at
Langley, Rich’s production rate was higher than any other programmer on
staff. During one version cycle, he was
responsible for almost half of all fixes and enhancements made to the system on
a staff of over 25 programmers. He was
the NCOIC of the Command Console programming team on the 407L radar project
which consisted of six enlisted programmers.
Rich graduated from programming school at Keesler AFB prior to his
assignment at Langley.
Control Systems Tech (7 Level)
United States Air Force - McChord AFB, WA
September 1972 -March 1976 (3 years 7 months)
Rich was an avionics technician repairing digital autopilots, navigation
systems and automated landing systems on USAF aircraft at McChord AFB, WA. After promotion to E-5 he was made the NCOIC
of the swing shift where he supervised a team of eight avionics
technicians. Rich graduated from
electronics school at Chanute AFB prior to arriving at McChord. He also received specialized training in the
repair of C-5 aircraft at Travis AFB.
- Bachelor Degree in Mathematics
with Studies in Computer Science – Christopher Newport University, Newport
News, VA – Graduated Magna Cum Laude.
- 21 hours graduate studies
in Computer Science at the College of William and Mary in Virginia,