Systems Planning and Analysis

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Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc.
Founders Phillip E. Lantz
Key people

President and CEO

Kirkland H. Donald
Employees 450

Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. (SPA) is a privately held professional services company headquartered in Alexandria, VA, USA, with clients throughout the departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Energy. SPA has more than 450 employees in locations throughout Washington DC, Alexandria, VA, Norfolk, VA, and San Diego, CA.


Chairman of the Board Phillip E. Lantz founded the company in 1972 with three employees. Today, SPA is a $100M a year company with more than 450 people providing decision support to national security leaders. In January 2014, Retired Navy Admiral Kirk Donald became President and CEO.

SPA was founded on work primarily with the U.S. Navy, leading major technical support programs for the Strategic Systems Programs (SSP). Mr. Lantz oversaw the development and employment of powerful analytic tools which supported studies for SSP over a period of decades and led to numerous major decisions involving the Trident Weapons Systems.

Over the past four decades, the needs of government clients evolved, and so did SPA. SPA expanded its customer base and experience to cover a wide range of missions and clients in the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, and Energy. SPA services include:

  • Strategic planning
  • Technical analysis
  • Systems engineering and technical trade-off analysis
  • Operations research
  • Program management consulting
  • Force structure analysis
  • Warfare assessments
  • Modeling and simulation
  • Cost and cost-effectiveness analysis
  • System acquisition support
  • Financial management support
  • Business process reengineering
  • Resource allocation planning
  • Serious gaming

SPA's awards and recognition include being named as one of the Best Places to Work in Washington and in San Diego, Government Contractor of the Year ($75M-300M), one of the Healthiest Employers in Washington, and 100 Largest Private Contractors in Washington.

SPA Mission[edit]

Provide top-level decision makers with objective and timely assessments that integrate the technical, operational, programmatic, policy and business aspects of national security issues.


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