DESE Research

DESE Research

DESE Research, Inc., is a veteran-owned, small-business firm conducting theoretical and analytical research services in the fields of Defense, Energy, Space, and Environment. DESE was formed in 1982 by former U.S. Army civil-service executive Dr. Wallace (Wally) Kirkpatrick.[1] In addition to research accomplishments, DESE is recognized for high ethical standards[2] and leadership in community services[3].

DESE Research, Inc.
Type Veteran-Owned, Small Business
Industry Defense
Founded Huntsville, Alabama (1982)
Headquarters Huntsville, Alabama
Key people Wallace Kirkpatrick, CEO
Michael Kirkpatrick, President



Corporate headquarters and primary operations are in the Cummings Research Park, Huntsville, Alabama. The firm also has offices serving Washington, D.C. and Leavenworth, Kansas.

Organization and management

Corporate managers

Chief executive officer – Wallace E. Kirkpatrick
President – Michael A. Kirkpatrick
Chief operations officer – Wilbur J. Etbauer
Business development – David F. Hemingway
Administration – Norma M. Osborne


Advanced Technology – H. Ray Sells
Leavenworth Operations – William E. Gevedon
Medium Extended Air Defense System – Shawn P. Wilson
Missile Systems Development – William T. Naff, Ph.D.
Simulation Applications – David F. Hemingway
Systems Engineering and Test – Victor Dlugoszewski
Washington, D.C. Operations – Paul R. Logan

Primary customers

At the present and in recent years, the client base of DESE has included the following Government Agencies and Business Industries.

Government agencies

Army Aviation and Missile Command; Army Combined Arms Center; Army Installation Management Command; Army Space and Missile Defense Command; Army Test and Evaluation Command; Army Training and Doctrine Command; Defense Intelligence Agency (Missile and Space Intelligence Center); Defense Threat Reduction Agency; Joint Systems Integration Center; Missile Defense Agency: NASA Marshall Space Flight Center; and Oak Ridge National Laboratory. DESE Research is certified by the General Services Administration under Professional Engineering Services and Information Technology Services.[4]

Business industries

Boeing Company[5]; CAS Group/Wyle; COLSA Corporation; Computer Sciences Corporation; Dynetics; General Dynamics; L3 Communications; Lockheed Martin Missiles and Space; Raytheon Company; Science Applications International Corporation; Teledyne Brown Engineering; plus others, mainly Small Businesses.

Areas of specialization

DESE offers the following primary areas of expertise and recently developed tools and processes.

Areas of expertise

Advanced software development; cyber security; database engineering; enterprise architecture; independent validation and verification; information assurance; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; interoperability certification; missile research and development; modeling and simulation; requirements analysis; test and evaluation; threat assessment; training; weapon system design.

DESE has received contracts, subcontracts, or Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) awards in these areas. A number of the activities resulted in published papers and patents.[6]

Simulation tools and processes

DESE is recognized for developing simulation and modeling software tools.[7] NASA’s heavy-lift vehicle projects use a DESE-developed code for their primary flight simulation[8] In an unusual practice, DESE has made some of its simulations available to the public as open-source code, permitting users to study, change, improve, and, at times, distribute the software.[9]

DESE literature cites the following recently developed and used major tools and processe.

  • C++ Model Developer – simulation kernel for quickly building dynamic simulations[10]
  • Digital Glue – scripting languages to make software interoperable
  • T-Frames – universal architecture for high-fidelity missile engagement simulations
  • MAVERIC – high-fidelity simulation used in developing heavy-lift vehicles
  • Genetic Algorithms – optimization technique using survival-of-the fittest principles
  • Mini-Rocket – easy-to configure, multiple-degree-of-freedom flyout trajectory model[11]
  • Collection Asset Visualization – optimizing location of intelligence sensors
  • Flight Path Threat Assessment – identifying and avoiding MANPADS threat areas
  • Battle Command Common Operational Architecture – JTF through Company HQs
  • System-of-Systems Mission Threads – basis for Army Interoperability Certification


  1. ^ Smith, Wayne; "DESE Research - 25 years at forefront," The Huntsville Times, April 24, 2007, p. 1C
  2. ^ Beckett, Jeniffer; "DESE crystalizes high ethical standards," Huntsville R&D Magazine, Fall 2010, pp. 38-41
  3. ^ Received the 2006 Silver Volumteer Service Award from President George Bush
  4. ^ GSA Authorization;
  5. ^ "DESE has received a 2010 Silver-Level Performance Excellence Award from Boeing," The Huntsville Times, Jan. 23, 2011, p. 1C
  6. ^ An example patent is No.7786417, "RAM Neutralization System and Method," granted Aug. 31, 2010;
  7. ^ "Supporting the Military Through M&S," Technology Alabama, Summer 2007, pp. 14-15
  8. ^ "DESE Technology Undergrids NASA Ares Simulation," Technology Alabama, Spring 2010, p. 21;
  9. ^ "Open Source: DESE Research has released their new Object-Oriented Simulation Kernel as open code,' Technology Alabama, Winter 2005, p. 11.
  10. ^ "C++ Model Developer User Guide," U.S. Army Technical Report AMR-SG-05-12;
  11. ^ "Mini-Rocket User Guide," U.S. Army Technical Report AMR-SS-07-27;

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