Dynetics began the year winning a blanket contract with an unlimited ceiling to provide U.S. Government customers Professional Engineering Services through the General Services Administration and, a few days later, we were awarded the Family Friendly Business Award through the Huntsville/Madison Chamber of Commerce, the National Children’s Advocacy Director, and the Huntsville Times.
After the national tragedies 2001 would bring, Dynetics was called upon to help the hunt for Osama Bin Laden. Our expertise in intelligence was required to help understand the weapons that U.S. soldiers would face. Another result of 9/11 was the increased use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), to which Dynetics responded with an array of high-technology solutions. In 2002, we developed our HELLFIRE sleeves that are still being produced and used today. We created a niche capability in reverse engineering lattice fins, which led to us working as the prime contractor on designing and building the Massive Ordnance Air Blast (MOAB)—the world’s largest precision-guided munition—for the Air Force, one of which was deployed as recently as 2017. The same work enabled us to support the Massive Ordnance Penetrator (MOP) in 2007 under Boeing as the prime.
In 2004, Dynetics achieved Software Engineering Institute Level 3 certification for our modeling and simulation activities, and our quality system achieved ISO 9001:2000 certification. We were awarded a contract with the National Ground Intelligence Center, which was the beginning of Dynetics expanding our intelligence work outside of MSIC. In 2006, Dynetics employees contributed to the development of the Sea-Based X-Band Radar. In 2009, we were awarded a $335M contract for IT and cybersecurity with Marshall Space Flight Center. This expansion signified that Dynetics needed to continue growing our infrastructure. We cut the ribbons on our new Corporate Headquarters in 2006.
We made all of this headway while still maintaining our core values and culture of ethics. This was recognized by the awards that we received, including the Family Friendly Business of the Year Award in 2005, the Best Places to Work in Huntsville/Madison County in 2008, as well as the American Business Ethics Award and the Ethics Award from the North Alabama Chapter of Financial Service Professionals in the same year.
At the end of the decade, Dynetics' space capabilities were expanding rapidly. We hired Steve Cook and Dave King from NASA and developed the $10M Fast, Affordable, Scientific SATellite (FASTSAT) with the Marshall Space Flight Center, the DoD Space Test Program (STP), and the Von Braun Center for Science and Innovation. We also purchased Orion, a small propulsion company, positioning us to make a major penetration in space systems.