WEST 2023 Sponsorship and Branding Opportunities

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Grand Rapids,  MI 
United States
  • Booth: 1848

BrainGu is a technology company specializing in developer-centric DevSecOps platforms and operator-driven applications. We solve complex challenges by taking a human approach to incubating and scaling technologies that solve real-world problems in the hands of operators and mission owners. BrainGu’s platforms deliver solutions that are resilient, scalable, repeatable, and secure for warfighters at the speed of relevance. We deliver results in weeks, not years.

 Press Releases

  • Grand Rapids, MI (November 29, 2022) - BrainGu, a software development company focused on empowering innovation and rapid software prototyping for customers in highly regulated industries, announced today that it has been awarded a $15 million contract by the US Air Force's Strategic Funding Increase (STRATFI) program. The $15 million contract was awarded through AFWERX, the Air Force's innovation hub, as part of USAF efforts to accelerate the development of mission-critical technology with the assistance of highly innovative companies like BrainGu.

    "The STRATFI contract awarded to BrainGu signals the Air Force's commitment to invest in the future of BrainGu and our Structsure products. Together we will further the mission of empowering operators to get directly involved in the development of software tools that benefit them and support their mission. The demand for integrated software solutions that enable or enhance Air Force operational and business systems has never been greater. At BrainGu, we are committed to supporting our warfighters with our DevSecOps platform, Structsure. With Structsure, we are creating a sustainable common environment that enables operator-driven mission application development from concept to combat." - Tim Gast, VP BrainGu Labs

    AF Ventures opportunities have given BrainGu an on-ramp to bring software and unique capabilities to the DoD and engage with stakeholders across the DoD to optimize the DevSecOps Platform to support the DoD operational environment. STRATFI funding will accelerate BrainGu's custom platform development efforts in support of the US Air Force's strategic mission, as well as other key mission partners across the US Department of Defense - including the US Navy and Army. With Structsure, BrainGu continues to bring modern, DevSecOps approaches to support high-quality software delivery to military and intelligence missions.

  • WASHINGTON D.C. – BrainGu, a DevSecOps innovation lab currently focused on delivering secure platforms and mission-critical software to highly regulated industries, announced this week that Cos DiMaggio has been appointed to the position of President. Past President and company founder John Spencer will retain the position of Chief Executive Officer.

    "Cos has provided a massive lift to the BrainGu leadership team for the last year and a half in an advisory capacity. His experience leading highly technical organizations in the defense innovation space will prove invaluable as BrainGu continues to navigate this period of hypergrowth. The innovative software we originate at BrainGu is at the heart of that growth, and moving forward its development and successful deployment will be job number one. As President, Cos will help ensure that BrainGu continues to grow and scale responsibly. A key goal will be to shift focus to a partner channel-driven sales strategy, driving the value of our technology through key relationships with new and existing partners to expose BrainGu to wider audiences." - John Spencer, CEO & Co-Founder

    Cos is an expert in organizational development and transformation. He has established and led private-sector and nonprofit organizations for close to 35 years. Prior to joining BrainGu, he was a co-founder and CEO of The Tauri Group, and led national security teams at DynCorp, Futron, System Planning Corporation, and SRA, providing analytical and advisory support to arms control, intelligence, emergency preparedness, and missile defense programs. This experience will prove essential as BrainGu continues to expand its partner reach by marketing its comprehensive suite of data security platforms to new channel partners currently struggling to meet stringent and evolving security requirements.

    "After advising the leadership team for over a year, I could feel the excitement surrounding BrainGu’s novel approach to cyber-secure software solutions, and I wanted to play a bigger role in bringing those products to market. The expertise and expediency driving their high-touch services have placed BrainGu on the verge of explosive growth and I look forward to helping the company navigate those challenges." - Cos DiMaggio, President of BrainGu.

  • GRAND RAPIDS, MI - BrainGu is excited to announce that they have been approved as a DoD PlatformOne Authorized Reseller available through the PlatformOne Basic Ordering Agreement. This partnership will continue to build on the leadership role BrainGu has already undertaken in the PlatformOne DevSecOps software and platform development community. This opportunity enables BrainGu to commercialize PlatformOne capabilities throughout the private sector. It also allows BrainGu to expand the usage of PlatformOne capabilities within the U.S. government.

    "BrainGu’s recent and continued growth is in no small part due to our partnership with PlatformOne. Having a partner in PlatformOne that also values the Agile process is invaluable. We’re very proud to continue this mission, bringing the Silicon Valley approach to software development for the U.S. government. PlatformOne’s capabilities combined with our operator-first process means the delivery of solutions at speeds our customers have never experienced before." - John Spencer CEO & Co-Founder of BrainGu.

    When we were founded, we focused on creating the best, custom-developed tools for our clients. Over time, we realized that many of our clients were fighting similar battles. They were moving from legacy technology solutions to cloud-native ones; or they were large, federated organizations needing to develop applications quickly, reliably, and on the same tech stack. We realized that this was a problem that we’d already solved multiple times and that we should develop that solution for the commercial market. This idea became Structsure.

    BrainGu has a long list of notable deliveries of DevSecOps software and platform solutions based on the DoD’s Design Reference Architecture. BrainGu’s biggest success story is WIDOW (Web-based Information DOminant Warfare). WIDOW is a modern cloud-based distributed planning application that is designed in partnership with tactical-level operators, the people that use it every day. WIDOW and all BrainGu solutions that utilize DoD PlatformOne’s capabilities are designed by working side-by-side with end-user operators and have user and developer experience as a core focal point.

    Disclaimer: The views expressed are those of the contractor and do not reflect the official policy or position of the US Air Force, Department of Defense, or the US Government. Further, PlatformOne does not endorse nor validate the accuracy of the information provided.

  • (Jan 23, 2023)

    Amid Nationwide COVID-19 crisis, USAFWS completes WSINT with the help of mission planning software developed by BrainGu

    The COVID-19 pandemic will have lasting effects on the U.S. military and how it operates in the future. Hundreds of airmen completing the U.S. Air Force Weapons School’s (USAFWS) rigorous coursework were left without a way to collaborate in real time while planning the final capstone exercise. The U.S. Air Force Weapons School Integration (WSINT) exercise is a series of complex, large-force employment missions, converging over the Nevada Test and Training Range. WSINT previously necessitated co- location of all participants at Nellis AFB. BrainGu is a cutting-edge software innovation lab that supports operators across the DoD. BrainGu partnered with the USAF in order to produce the Web-based Information Dominant Warfare (WIDOW) Mission Planning Software within only five weeks. WIDOW exceeded mission and operator needs, enabling WSINT participants to plan in a modern and collaborative environment.

    "COVID forced the Weapons School to execute our first distributed tactical-integration exercise with participants from more than ten geographically separated locations across the CONUS. WIDOW helped synchronize mission planning to ensure safe and effective execution of highly complex air, space, and cyberspace operations designed to solve our toughest potential tactical problems. The threat may force us to operate from distributed locations in the future. WIDOW is helping the Weapons School prepare the force to WIN!" - USAFWS Commandant, Col Jack "Winder" Arthaud

    WIDOW, built on PlatformOne, is a streamlined mission planning tool. It is purpose-built to give mission planning cell chiefs, mission commanders, and their teams time back to focus on lethality instead of admin. It makes administrative tasks more efficient across disparate teams of mission planners. In order to meet these timelines, BrainGu and the USAF relied on PlatformOne and the automated software tools provided by the DOD Enterprise DevSecOps Initiative. PlatformOne allowed BrainGu to meet the tight deadlines in a secure, flexible, and interoperable manner. During WSINT the BrainGu team completed 246 front end deployments, and 94 backend deployments during live usage (with zero downtime)— all powered by the CI/CD pipeline on PlatformOne.

    WIDOW demonstrated at WSINT that a collaborative environment enables warfighters to optimize planning tasks between receipt of the Air Tasking Order and mission execution. These extra hours are invaluable to refine tactics and enhance lethality.

    "Distributed mission planning is a brutal reality, but WIDOW significantly decreases the amount of time we spent working on admin and formatting excel sheets. This allowed the bulk of our focus to be spent refining the tactical plan. I loved it. I think WIDOW is the future of mission planning. Literally click one button, and it builds the product for you. It couldn’t get any easier or faster." - Capt Alex "Tuna" Plonk, 8th Weapons Squadro

  • BrainGu Founder and Engineering Fellow, Matt Shaver, has been named the 2021 WashingtonExec Pinnacle Award winner in the Cloud Executive of the Year (Private Company) category.

    Washington DC | December 1, 2022- BrainGu Founder and Engineering Fellow, Matt Shaver, has been named the 2021 WashingtonExec Pinnacle Award winner in the Cloud Executive of the Year (Private Company) category. Shaver’s selection highlights BrainGu’s mission-focused efforts to empower innovation with federal clients across the Capitol region, while working to solve some of the nation’s most pressing technological needs.

    "Winning this award is a great honor, especially when you consider the impressive work being done by my fellow nominees at Boomi and Second Front Systems. As honored as I am, this is absolutely a BrainGu award, made possible by the incredible work being done by my colleagues and collaborators. My hope is that this award further shines a light on the vital work being done in service to our nation’s warfighters. BrainGu will continue to champion a DevSecOps and platform approach as it works to provide solutions to some of this country’s greatest national security challenges." - Matt Shaver, Engineering Fellow & Co-Founder

    The foundation for Matt Shaver’s Cloud Executive of the Year award centers on his and BrainGu’s work surrounding the Web-based Information DOminant Warfare application, or WIDOW. This modern cloud-based distributed planning application was developed in direct partnership with the U.S. Air Force with the goal of increasing the speed, organization, and accuracy of planning tasks through real-time coordination and visualization of mission details. Because of its cloud-native nature, WIDOW thrives off direct user response, leveraging near instantaneous feedback from tactical-level operators to create an experience designed by end-users, for end-users


  • Big Bang as a Service
    BrainGu’s DevSecOps platform solution combines the capabilities of our proprietary technology, Structsure, and the expertise of the humans who developed it, our support services....

  • StructsureTM Overview

    StructsureTM, BrainGu’s DevSecOps Platform, provides developers with a secure, responsive, and integrated software delivery environment. Our modular platform empowers the development and deployment of high-quality software in hours, not months.

    StructsureTM Modules

    • Developer Collaboration Environment 

    • A fully managed Cloud ecosystem hosted in BrainGu’s Multi-Tenant environment.

    • Edge capability to enable real-time decision support for the JADC2 enterprise.

    • Feature-rich library of Application Templates ready-made for developers to adapt.

    • A library of existing features that can be easily integrated into Application Templates to evolve their functionality and capabilities. 

    StructsureTM Support Services

    BrainGu partners with 3rd Party System Integrators to provide ongoing tiered support for Structsure users. 

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