Advocacy, Transformation Training, AND Technical Assistance


Advocacy

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REGULATORY

Catalyst-Go will develop messaging campaigns appropriate to state and federal government leaders. Focusing
on a product’s impact on the market, consumers, and the environment, we
help you make the argument for lowering regulatory barriers holding back
your product.

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REPRESENTATION

Catalyst-Go will act as your representative in industry forums and events.
We specialize in representing companies
in trade associations and ensuring value is extracted from your membership. We can represent you with the government.
Please contact us for more information.

PUBLIC

Catalyst-Go will develop easy to understand messaging that positions your product in the marketplace and differentiates it from your competitors.
We will capture your technology's full capabilities and create messaging campaigns appropriate to Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, or Linked-In.

Transformation Training

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Accelerate Decisions

Catalyst-Go provides your management team with the tools and support to accelerate decision-making and make success repeatable. We train you to use the principles and processes of quantitative decision making developed for engineering. The result is a management team better able to quickly refine design elements and product concepts to those most promising for commercial delivery.

Foster Creativity

As a high-tech company, understanding both what motivates and what limits people from maximizing their creative potential is critical for success. We can provide you dynamic tools and team training for techniques to foster and facilitate creativity in your workplace. These can be applied across the entire work spectrum from initial hiring to the executive boardroom meetings.

Enhance Agility

Working with senior management, we will collaborate with you on systematically identifying specific areas of your business needing improvement, prioritizing the order of their pursuit, and deciding on the most promising approaches (solutions). This engagement results in solutions specific to your business needs and a framework for you to rely on for future decision making. Contact us for management consulting options.

Technical Assistance

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PLATFORM REVIEW

Catalyst-Go is able to conduct technical analysis to determine if payload and UAV airframes are properly matched. We offer this service for platforms as small as hobbyist-size drones and as large as high altitude long endurance vehicles (HALE). 

AIRSPACE MANAGEMENT

We offer review of FAA regulations and airspace restrictions that may affect your drone operations. We will work with FAA to develop the necessary compliance procedures for you to successful operate your UAV in the appropriate airspace.

SAFETY REVIEW

Catalyst-Go can help you design a safety program for your company and UAV operations that protect your operations and people from the ramp to the mission area. These are deigned on industry leading safety standards and comply with FAA requirements.

INCIDENT SUPPORT

Catalyst-Go will help you put programs in place to comply with accident investigation requirements (unfortunately, UAVs/drones crash). This includes gathering and preserving data and working with the authorities who will investigate you incident or accident.

Case Studies


Autonomous vehicle capabilities revieW

Autonomous air vehicles (UAVs/drones) consist of both an airframe and payload. The air frame does the flying and the payload accomplishes the mission. Some payloads consist of medicines to be airlifted to patients, boxes scheduled for delivery, or sensors to collect data. Regardless of the mission, the number one concern is the UAV/drone be able to carry the payload and provide the power, cooling, or heating necessary for the payload to function. 

A venture investor looking to make a multi-million dollar investment in a high tech camera company contacted Ken to back up the firm's due diligence. Everything looked good at first glance to the investor.  The camera produced high quality images, and the manufacturer assured the investor it could fit into a common military UAV. Upon further examination, it was found that the camera, while light enough for the UAV/drone, was too large to fit within the payload space. Further, the camera required so much power that it could not be operated simultaneously with other on-board systems. As a result of this work, the venture investor moved on and avoided investing in a technology unable to fit into a common UAV platform. The hype around the camera did not match the reality.


Government marketplace expertise

A good business will continually ask itself whether the sales numbers add up and what will the market look like in the future. You may have hired the best team in the business, but an outside second opinion often makes sense. "Trust but verify," as the old adage goes. Ken was retained by a large publicly traded company to evaluate the key markets in which their high revenue products were being sold. The company received a report which identified key competitors and their financials, identification of competing product lines, total state and federal contracts awarded, itemization of awarded contracts by dollar amount, break down of contracts by government agency, and a multi-year summary of contract awards. As a requested follow on, the company received a forward looking summary of agency procurement cycles and 2 year spending priorities. These studies matched those internally generated and the company leadership maintained confidence not only in their direction, but also their key directors.


Shaping the policy message around your technology

Companies often cite today's regulatory environment as one of the most formidable barriers to bringing their technology to market. From government standards that do not keep pace with innovation to global agreements that place limitations on market access, autonomous vehicle technology faces a complex road to the marketplace. Catalyst-Go specializes in making tech understandable, so that regulatory barriers are eliminated or lowered through better knowledge of a product’s impact on the market, consumers, and the environment. Catalyst-Go's leadership has deep experience in developing transportation technology standards used by the Department of Transportation (DOT), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), and the World Customs Organization (WCO). We have shaped and guided the messages used by companies to promote often disruptive technologies with news organizations, national legislative bodies, and regulators. Ken Dunlap launched and guided the airline industry's Checkpoint of the Future program from a Post-it-Note to an ICAO resolution endorsing it's key principals by 190 nations. 


About Us

Ken Dunlap

Ken is a recognized international leader in strategy development and government relations for promoting cutting edge transportation technologies. He is a Senior Fellow at the George Washington University Center for Cyber and Homeland Security. He has advised both the US Department of Defense (DOD) and Fortune 500 companies on deploying autonomous vehicles, including airspace management, avionics equipage, and specialty payloads. Ken has advised investment bankers in evaluating UAV capabilities and airworthiness certification. He has also represented the airline industry to the FAA on the integration of manned and unmanned aircraft. He has served on numerous government technology development and human factors committees including: FAA ADS-B Out, FAA ADS-B In, FAA Pilot Fitness, ICAO, ECAC, and RTCA.

For more than a decade, he led many of the global airline industry’s key technology development programs and government affairs activities relating to airports, passengers, cargo, and security. As the International Air Transport Association’s (IATA) Director of Government Affairs, he formulated global strategies and managed relationships with key government officials in the transport industry. Previously, as IATA’s Global Director, Security and Travel Facilitation, he was responsible for planning and executing the security strategy of the Association on behalf of 240 global airlines and managing global government relations teams.

Ken has been a leader in developing information sharing and critical infrastructure protection programs. He launched and guided the Checkpoint of the Future program for IATA. He has testified on global security issues before the United States Congress and Canadian Parliament. Ken is the Vice-Chairman of the Department of Homeland Security’s Aviation Security Advisory Committee (ASAC). He has also served as the Vice-Chairman of the Air Line Pilot Association's (ALPA) National Security Committee. He holds a M.A. in National Security Studies and B.A. in Government both from Georgetown University. Ken has logged thousands of hours as both a commercial airline and military pilot.


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