Executive Spotlight: Alan Tashima of NJVC

Executive Spotlight: Alan Tashima of NJVC - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Alan Tashima

Executive Spotlight: Alan Tashima of NJVC - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Alan Tashima

Alan Tashima, vice president of NJVC’s Intelligence Community programs, has spent his career in service to his country. From his days in the Air Force to his current position working with the Intelligence Community, he has dedicated his life to ensuring efficient service to the government. ExecutiveBiz sat down with Tashima to talk about NJVC’s endeavors.

ExecutiveBiz: Can you tell us a little about your background?

Alan Tashima: After graduation from college, I entered the Air Force as a commissioned officer and served 25 years. I was a rated navigator, flew for the first 12 years, and then my last 13 years I was assigned to staff duty work. My last assignment was with the Defense Mapping Agency, which transitioned to the National Imagery and Mapping Agency, which later became the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. That was my entry into working in the Intelligence Community. After I retired from the Air Force in 1997, I started off specifically supporting NGA, and I've used my background and technical understanding of DMA, NIMA and NGA, and leveraged that into my overall Intelligence Community efforts.

ExecutiveBiz: In terms of NJVC, can you discuss a little bit about what your team does and what you bring to the Intelligence Community?

Alan Tashima: Basically, my team is the new organization that stood up within NJVC to have program management oversight for our business within the Intelligence Community. We're starting off in the Intelligence Community first, and then will branch out into other federal agencies. Each of my project managers has experience and knowledge of the agencies that they are supporting, so they can understand what each agency is trying to accomplish and then use that in future contracts and current work. NJVC is an information technology solutions provider, and we provide the full lifecycle of IT, from the beginning to the end, through design, through implementation and then through sustainment. Working with our anchor client in the Intelligence Community, we've helped them to collapse their multiple networks into three physical networks using some of the latest technology. In support of the agency's BRAC move, we've been able to help them move a lot of their mission capabilities to a new campus without mission degradation or loss. What we want to do is take our knowledge of what we've done to help our client be more efficient, and implement what we've done with its IT infrastructure into other Intelligence Community agencies.

ExecutiveBiz: You said you were even thinking of expanding it beyond the Intelligence Community. Were you thinking about other government agencies or private sector?

Alan Tashima: Yes, we're looking into the federal and civil markets.

ExecutiveBiz: What are some of the challenges you face in your role or maybe in this kind of expansion, and what are the plans to overcome them?

Alan Tashima: I think one of the key challenges is finding the right people with the right knowledge of the agencies, understanding their IT requirements to be relevant within that agency, and then also to have the background to be program managers. I'm trying to blend the technical side with the management side to include how to build business. Most of the time people are either good at technical or good at management. I'm trying to bring that together. I think one of the things to overcome right now is the new fiscal constraints within the government. There's a lot of reductions and the government is looking for more efficiencies. The challenge for NJVC is to be relevant in that market, and to be able to help the government with those efficiencies brought about by fiscal constraints.

ExecutiveBiz: Are there any examples of some ways you helped agencies reduce cost or harmonize IT?

Alan Tashima: As previously noted, we were able to collapse the numerous networks within our Intelligence Community anchor client into three physical domains for their main infrastructure. When the agency was stood up it brought together several distinct organizations, and each brought their own stovepipe infrastructure. It's taken the client years to be able to collapse those infrastructures into three domains that they can all communicate. Another efficiency we've been able to implement is the agency had multiple help desks, and depending upon what system you were working on, you had a specific help desk to call. We were able to collapse the multitude of help desks so that the customer within the agency would just call one telephone number and be able to get his or her IT problem addressed.

ExecutiveBiz: It was basically one knowledge base for all of the questions. Outside of work, do you have any hobbies or activities you enjoy doing?

Alan Tashima: The one thing that I really enjoy doing is playing golf, but I don't have as much free time as I would like. I do try to play some golf whenever I'm traveling to conferences and definitely on vacations. The other thing that I do, to try to stay in shape, is jogging. You're able to clear your mind, just enjoy the run and scenery, and you're not thinking on work-related issues. You feel a little bit more relaxed, and my stress level has been reduced after I jog.

ExecutiveBiz: Those are all of my questions. Is there anything else you would like to add?

Alan Tashima: Let's just say that NJVC is a new company. We just celebrated our 10-year anniversary. We're striving to be relevant in the market and make a name for ourselves.

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