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deciBel Research Employees Participate in Heart Walk Huntsville 2020

27 June 2020

deciBel Research’s employee committee for community giving, dB Gives, once again participated in the American Heart Association’s Huntsville Heart Walk 2020. This year’s Heart Walk was a little different with the Covid-19 pandemic, however we were able to field a team of virtual walkers and raise $1082 for the American Heart Association. Team members were encouraged to “walk where they were” at a specified time on June 27 and take photos of themselves walking to support this great cause. “dB Gives is proud to support the American Heart Association and to be able to participate in the 2020 Heart Walk Huntsville. Heart disease has affected our employees in various ways, and we are glad we are able to support continued research to save lives,” said Donna Whetstone, dB Gives for Heart Team Lead and deciBel Research Marketing Manager. For more information on dB Gives, contact

ABOUT dB GIVES dB Gives, employee committee for community giving, supports organizations dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty, enhancing educational opportunities, and promoting the general welfare of our community through financial contributions and employee volunteerism. We are devoted to enriching the quality of life in the communities where we live and work.

ABOUT DECIBEL RESEARCH deciBel Research was founded in 2002 on the principles of radar system and sensor technologies research, development, integration, and advancement. Our core competencies include modeling and simulation analysis; sensor and system test and evaluation; algorithm development; tasking, processing, exploitation, and dissemination (TPED) development; and sensor and system engineering. We have proven capabilities to manage and execute large contracts, while remaining flexible and responsive as a small business. deciBel Research is headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, and has offices and personnel supporting our customers in Dayton, Ohio; Colorado Springs, Colorado; and Wallops Island, Virginia.

deciBel Research Expands Dayton Operations

01 June 2020

deciBel Research expanded our Dayton operations and moved to a new location on June 1, 2020. The new location provides additional floor space for projected growth for deciBel within the greater Dayton market. The new facility is near our previous location and provides additional offices, conference rooms, laboratory space, and the ability for future expansion. “Moving into the larger space will expand our ability to support ongoing and future growth of our customer base in the Dayton market and solidifies our commitment to the Wright Patterson Air Force Base community,” said Alan Puterbaugh, Senior Vice President, Dayton Operations.

“We look forward to a long future supporting our customers in the Dayton area and are pleased to announce this facility expansion and multi-year lease agreement,” said Jeff Gronberg, deciBel Research CEO and President.


deciBel Research is a small business founded in 2002 in Huntsville, AL, with a focus on modeling and simulation analysis; sensor and system test and evaluation; algorithm development; tasking, processing, exploitation, and dissemination (TPED) development; and sensor and system engineering. The Dayton Operations, which began in 2010, supports Defense Intelligence Agency and National Air and Space Intelligence Agency as well as the US Air Force Research Laboratory. deciBel Research also supports customers in Colorado Springs, CO, and Wallops, Island, VA.

MASC-T News Release

22 August 2019

deciBel Research, Inc. is pleased to announce our award of the Modeling and Simulation Contract for Truth Models and Element Representations (MASC-T) from the Missile Defense Agency (MDA). This effort is an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity small business set aside contract with a maximum amount of $172.6M and ordering period of 60 months. The scope of the effort includes development and sustainment of Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) truth models to include Environments, Lethality, and Signatures, and representations for elements that make up the BMDS. The work will be performed primarily in Huntsville, Alabama.

“We thank our employees and team members for their contributions to our successful proposal. Our team looks forward to partnering with MDA to improve BMDS modeling and simulation efforts for the threats we face now and in the future,” stated Jeff Gronberg, President/CEO of deciBel Research. “Our company has been supporting BMDS programs since our founding in 2002, and this contract continues that commitment to defending our nation and allies.”

deciBel Research will lead a highly qualified team to provide a compelling blend of incumbent experience, innovative research and tools, tremendous expertise and deep reach-back combined with low transition and execution risk to meet all the MASC-T requirements. Composition of the deciBel Research MASC-T team includes:

deciBel Research – Prime Contractor


Teledyne Brown Engineering


Davidson Technologies

ExoAnalytic Solutions


ISYS Technologies


Metacomp Technologies


Propulsion Sciences Technologies (PST)


Tripoint Industries


David McKannan Memorial Run 2019

18 May 2019

deciBel’s charitable organization, dBGives, was once again a presenting sponsor for the David McKannan Memorial 5K and Fun Run on May 18th, 2019. This run is held in memory of David, a deciBel employee, avid runner, loving father, husband, and brother who lost his battle with ALS in 2012. We are grateful to all that volunteered to support this event and impact their community.

Sponsor for Walk to End Lupus Now

17 May 2019

dBGives was a purple sponsor in this year’s Lupus Walk. The walk was held on May 18th, 2019 at Campus 805 in Huntsville. This is the fourth year in a row that dBGives has helped sponsor this event.

Huntsville Heart Walk

13 April 2019

The American Heart Association's 25th Anniversary Heart Walk was held Saturday, April 13th in downtown Huntsville. The theme for the tent that deciBel sponsored was Silent Disco. Our team participants performed line dances to show how to incorporate exercise in a fun way. We had great participation in the walk from deciBel employees, family and friends, and our team raised a large donation as well! Thank you to all that helped us support such a worthy cause.

2019 Best Places to Work Contender

30 January 2019

deciBel Research is proud to be named as a contender for the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber’s 2019 Best Places to Work award. This program celebrates businesses that create an excellent workplace culture through employee engagement, strong leadership and excellent communication.

Manna House Donations for Furloughed Employees

24 January 2019

deciBel Research joined the effort in assisting our furloughed government employees through a toiletry and monetary drive through the Manna House in Huntsville. deciBel is proud to have a great team that is willing and ready to help those in need in our community.

LifeSouth Blood Drive Through dBGives

17 January 2019

dBGives sponsored a blood drive on January 17th, 2019 at our Research Park Office. After donating blood on the LifeSouth Blood Mobile, participants were invited to partake from a table of refreshing goodies set up in the deciBel lobby area. We truly appreciate everyone who donated!

deciBel Golf Tournament and Fundraiser

07 November 2018

The 2018 deciBel Golf Tournament was held on November 7th and was a great success. Several teams competed and fun was had by all. This event also helped raise money and awareness for HEALS. HEALS is a Huntsville non-profit that is dedicated to providing on-site quality medical, dental, and optometry care for school children. We appreciate each of our participants and our sponsors: Iberia Bank, HighTower Twickenham, and Morgan Stanley - The Jeffery Team.

Manna House Drive Through dBGives

30 September 2018

The Manna House is a 501c Public Charity that offers food assistance to those in need in the Huntsville area. Those who are in need can go to gather food and other essentials. dBGives held a drive to gather as many of these essentials as we could. Altogether, deciBel was able to fill several large boxes full of goods and deliver them to the Manna House. We appreciate the opportunity to help serve those in need in our community.

Boys and Girls Club Tour deVille with dBGives

22 September 2018

dBGives was a Gold-Level sponsor for the Boys and Girls Club of North Alabama’s Tour de Ville that was held September 22nd. Tour de Ville was a first-time event centered on a leisurely bike ride around Historic Downtown Huntsville. The ride included food, drinks, and several noteworthy “rest stops”. The money raised from this event benefited the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama’s Williams Unit. These funds allow them to fulfill their mission to inspire and enable all young people to realize their full potential as productive, responsible, and caring citizens. The ride also promotes the Boys & Girls Club’s Healthy Lifestyles programs. dBGives was proud to participate in such an important event for the young people in our community.

deciBel Celebrates 16th Birthday!

04 September 2018

deciBel celebrated its 16th year on September 4th. Each location marked the occasion with sweet treats, remembrances of things past, and an eye toward the future. We appreciate all of our employees and look forward to continuing to share many more anniversaries with them.

Walk to End Lupus Sponsor

05 May 2018

dBGives was a purple sponsor in this 2018 Walk to End Lupus. The walk was held on Saturday, May 5th at Columbia High School in Huntsville.

David McKannan Memorial Run 2018

01 May 2018

The David McKannan Memorial Run was held Saturday, May 12th. This annual run is held in memory of David, an avid runner, loving father, husband, brother, and deciBel employee who lost his battle with ALS in 2012. deciBel was the presenting sponsor for this event.

2018 Best Places to Work Finalist

18 April 2018

deciBel Research was named as a contender for the Huntsville Madison County Chamber Best Places to Work in the Medium Employees category for 2018. This program celebrates businesses that create an excellent workplace culture through employee engagement, strong leadership and excellent communication.

deciBel has Talent!

18 April 2018

Our employees showed off their individual talents during deciBel’s annual talent show to raise money for the American Hear Association’s Heart Walk. Our amazing acts raised over $5,000 for this event! We would also like to thank our employees who teamed together to represent deciBel in the April Heart Walk!

dBGives Volunteers to Help Local Homeless

01 March 2018

dBGives provided a hot breakfast for First Stop in March. This organization provides services to homeless or re-establishing citizens of our community. Thanks to all of our employees who donated their time for this worthy cause.

Jeff Gronberg CVO for Huntsville Heart of the Valley YMCA

15 February 2018

deciBel President, Jeff Gronberg, has assumed the role of Chief Volunteer Officer (CVO) for the Huntsville Heart of the Valley YMCA for the 2018 year. The Heart of the Valley YMCA, comprised of three branches, three early childhood education centers, and a camp, is proud to serve the North Alabama area. Since 1910, the YMCA has continued to support the needs of our growing and diverse communities through quality programs that build a healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Congratulations to Jeff as he shares his leadership skills with this fine organization.

dBGives Supports Local Veteran Home

21 December 2017

In December 2017, dBGives supported Tutt Fan State Veteran’s Home in Huntsville by donating new, white undershirts in various sizes to local veterans. Our employees generously provided hundreds of T-Shirts for our veterans!

15th Year Anniversary

15 November 2017

2017 marked deciBel’s 15th year as a company. We are so proud of the work we do to support our customers and the outstanding employees we have in Huntsville, Dayton and Colorado Springs!

Fifteenth Annual Young’s Ice Cream Charity Bike Tour

14 August 2017

deciBel Research was once again a proud sponsor for the 15th Annual Young’s Ice Cream Charity Bike Tour held July 15th-16th in Dayton, OH. This annual fund raiser supports United Rehabilitation Services of Greater Dayton, the Alzheimer’s Association, South Community, and JDRF.

Fifth Annual David McKannan Memorial Run

12 June 2017

deciBel Research’s charitable organization, dBGives, was once again a presenting sponsor for the fifth annual David McKannan Memorial Run on May 13, 2017. This run is held in memory of David, a deciBel employee, avid runner, loving father, husband, and brother who lost his battle with ALS in 2012. On behalf of dBGives, deciBel is grateful to all of the employees who volunteered their time and energy to support this event and impact their community.

deciBel’s Got Heart!

14 April 2017

deciBel Research was a corporate sponsor of the 2017 American Heart Society’s Heart Walk in Huntsville, AL, on 8 April 2017. Additionally, our charitable giving group, dBGives, formed a “ deciBel’s Got Talent “ show to raise money for this event. Employees and their family members showed off their talents, raised the roof, and raised over $6,000 for the Heart Walk. Our Team deciBel group was recognized at the Heart Walk as the number one fundraising group!! We are proud of our folks who shared their talents and came out to support the walk. We also appreciate the generosity our employees exhibited for this very worthy cause!

2017 Best Places to Work Finalist

13 April 2017

deciBel Research, Inc. recently participated in the 2017 Chamber of Commerce of Huntsville/Madison County’s Best Places to Work competition. The Best Places to Work program recognizes local employers with an outstanding workplace culture.

deciBel made the finalist list (medium category) for the 2017 Best Places to Work based on employee survey results. Finalists were recognized by the Huntsville Chamber during a luncheon on Tuesday, March 21st.

At deciBel Research, the continuous growth and happiness of our employees are top priorities. Employee perks, rich benefits, and cool company events help us maintain a family-focused environment, ensuring all employees feel valued and motivated. More information about this event can be found here:

Jeff Gronberg Receives National Kathleen P. Sridhar Small Business Executive of the Year Award

03 October 2016

On September 29, 2016 Jeff Gronberg, President/CEO of deciBel Research, Inc. headquartered in Huntsville, Alabama, was awarded the Kathleen P. Sridhar Small Business Executive of the Year Award by the National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA). Gen Craig R. McKinley, USAF (Ret), the President and CEO of NDIA attended the local NDIA Tennessee Valley Chapter Awards Dinner to present the award to Mr. Gronberg. Gen McKinley, in reading a portion of the award commented that “Following a pattern of success and accomplishment, Mr. Gronberg’s effort at deciBel Research has contributed to making the company one of the most successful and highly regarded defense contractors in the small business area.” Mr. Gronberg was selected from candidates nominated by NDIA Chapters across the United States. He serves on the Boards of the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Committee of 100 BizPac, American Red Cross North Alabama Chapter, Heart of the Valley YMCA, and NDIA-TVC. Jeff is active in Rotary Club of Greater Huntsville, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, ALS Association, American Heart Association, MS Society and the Huntsville Hospital Foundation Development Council.

About Kathleen P. Sridhar Small Business Executive of the Year Award: The Kathleen P. Sridhar Small Business Executive of the Year Award is a national award named in honor of Dr. Kathleen P. Sridhar, who was a small business CEO of uncommon ability and accomplishment. She was very active in NDIA conferences, seminars, and events, and eventually served as President of the San Diego Chapter of NDIA. She was known as an inspirational leader who mentored others to successful leadership positions in the small business sector of the defense industrial base. The Sridhar Award and medal recognize leadership and strategic impact in the defense small business sector. It is bestowed annually on a defense industry small business executive who best reflects Dr. Sridhar’s leadership excellence and support for a robust small business sector in the defense industrial base.

deciBel Celebrates 14th Birthday!

06 September 2016

On September 6, 2016, deciBel Research celebrated 14 years since the company was founded. We appreciate all of our employees and look forward to sharing many more anniversaries with them.

Jeff Gronberg Hosts Chamber of Commerce SBA

30 August 2016

Jeff Gronberg, President of deciBel Research, hosted the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce 31st Small Business Awards on August 30, 2016 at the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, AL. Jeff currently serves as the Chamber Small Business Vice Chair and was the recipient of the Russel G. Brown Executive at the Small Business Banquet in 2015.

UAH Alabama Science and Engineering Fair

02 April 2016

Each year, our Chief Scientist Enrico Poggio is asked to be a VIP judge for the Alabama Science & Engineering Fair (ASEF), hosted by the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

This year, he joined judges representing several large defense contractors and Government agencies to review 25 middle and high school finalists in the categories of Chemistry, Earth & Environmental Sciences, Environmental Engineering, Physics and Astronomy.

The ASEF is just one part of a much bigger framework of the science and engineering fairs that take place around the world every year. In the U.S., students first compete at the regional level. Alabama, for example, has five regional science and engineering fairs. The winners at that level go on to compete at the state level, which had 250 entries this year. Each state fair can then provide funding to send up to four overall finalists to the International Science and Engineering Fair, which this year was held in Phoenix, Arizona.

Sally Santos Dances for HEALS

03 November 2015

Sally Santos, deciBel’s Chief Analyst, was a celebrity dancer for the Stars Dancing for HEALS on November 2, 2015. The HEALS organization is a local group that provides access to health and dental care to many children in our area. Sally was recruited to participate in their major fundraiser, and has spent the past several months learning to salsa and fundraising. She and her instructor Chris Dawson performed in the televised competition along with 7 other couples. deciBel was also a corporate sponsor for this event. This one night broke all previous records for HEALS for fundraising by 94,000, raising well over 300,000. Sally won 3rd place for the total amount raised and gave an amazing performance. We are very proud of Sally’s accomplishments to raise money for such a worthy cause!

More information about this event can be found here:

LRDR News Release

26 October 2015

Lockheed Martin Awarded $784 Million Contract to Build Ballistic Missile Defense Radar MDA Long Range Discrimination Radar Program Designed to Protect U.S. from Ballistic Missile Threats

MOORESTOWN, N.J., Oct. 26, 2015 The U.S Missile Defense Agency (MDA) awarded a team led by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a contract to develop, build and test the first Long Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR). The radar system will form the backbone of a layered ballistic missile defense strategy to protect the U.S. homeland from ballistic missile attacks.

The nine-year contract will, with options, have the potential to be worth about $784 million. Work will primarily be performed in New Jersey, Alaska, Alabama, Florida and New York.

LRDR is a high-powered S-Band radar, incorporating solid-state gallium nitride (GaN) components, and capable of discriminating real threats from decoy targets at extreme distances. LRDR is a key component of the MDAs Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS) that will provide tracking data to enable separate defense systems to lock on and engage ballistic missile threats, a capability that stems from Lockheed Martins decades of experience in creating ballistic missile defense systems for the U.S. and allied governments.

The U.S. has a limited number of ground-based interceptors to detect threats, yet the number of potential missile threats and decoys used to hide those threats is growing, said Carl Bannar, vice president of Lockheed Martins Integrated Warfare Systems and Sensors business. Our offering meets the MDAs vision for LRDR by pairing innovative radar discrimination capability with proven ballistic missile defense algorithms.

This MDA selection builds upon the U.S. governments long-term investment in S-Band radar, ground-based radar, and systems integration, as evident in such Lockheed Martin technologies as the Aegis Combat System, Space Fence and Aegis Ashore. Since 2012, Lockheed Martin has offered solid state ground-based S-Band radar utilizing an Open GaN Foundry model that leverages relationships with strategic GaN suppliers.

Our mature, scalable, GaN-based S-Band technology was ideally suited for this high performance ballistic missile defense application, Bannar said. LRDR represents the latest evolution in ground-based radar and ballistic missile defense.

When constructed, LRDR will consist of a solid-state, active electronically-scanned antenna and the facility to house and operate this radar antenna. Lockheed Martins proposed LRDR system will be built on an aggressive timeline, ready for operational testing in Clear, Alaska by 2020.

Lockheed Martin has developed a team of corporate partners to meet the challenges of the LRDR program, including deciBel research (Huntsville, Ala.), AMEC (Alpharetta, Ga.), ASRC Federal (Barrow, Alaska), IERUS Technologies (Huntsville, Ala.), PENTA Research (Huntsville, Ala.), and Davidson Technologies (Huntsville, Ala.).

About Lockheed Martin Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 112,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporations net sales for 2014 were $45.6 billion.

Women Honoring Women

17 September 2015

deciBel sponsored a table at the annual Women Honoring Women Reception for the WEDC Foundation at the VBC on September 17th, 2015. The WEDC’s mission is to empower women in the community to achieve self-sufficiency and economic independence by providing mentors, development programs and financial assistance through grants and scholarship. Every year the WEDC selects six women in Madison County who are recognized for their career success, their significant contributions to community and overcoming their own significant obstacles to achieve their dreams. Several deciBellians were on hand with over 600 people to witness these women’s extraordinary and inspirational stories and help raise money for the foundation.

Jeff Gronberg Receives Leadership Award

11 September 2015

Jeff Gronberg, President of deciBel Research, was presented with the Russel G. Brown Executive Leadership award at the Alabama Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Awards Banquet on Friday, September 11, 2015. This prestigious award honors excellence in leadership and entrepreneurship among local business executives.

Happy 13th Birthday, deciBel!

08 September 2015

On September 8, 2015, deciBel Research celebrated 13th years since the company was founded. A special birthday reception was hosted in Huntsville in recognition of this anniversary. We appreciate all of our employees and look forward to sharing many more anniversaries with them.

dB Races in Memory of David McKannan

20 August 2013

deciBel Research through its charitable arm, dBGives, was presenting sponsor for the McKannan Memorial Run for ALS Alabama on May 18, 2013. David McKannan, a former deciBel employee, lost his battle to ALS in 2012. To honor David’s spirit of tenacity and courage, deciBel supports this 5K to raise money for support and research for ALS Alabama. Jeff Gronberg, President of deciBel, kicked off the event with opening remarks, remembering David’s desire to find a cure for this cruel disease. David was highly esteemed at deciBel, as is evidenced by the almost twenty deciBel employees/family members who registered as runners for this event, to include employees from its Dayton office, and many first-time 5Kers. Many other employees came to the event to work as volunteers. On behalf of dBGives, deciBel is grateful to all of the employees who volunteered their time and energy to support this event and impact their community.

deciBel Honors David McKannan

04 August 2011

In an on-location announcement June 21, 2011, with the McKannan family looking on, dedicated and renamed its large conference room as the “David McKannan Conference Room.” David McKannan, a loved and respected deciBel employee, has been battling a form of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). In remarks, many spoke of Mr. McKannan’s grace, intellect, and tenacity. Mr. McKannan accepted this honor in person. Maureen McKannan, David’s wife, spoke for David and thanked the dB family for their love and support.

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