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Applied Research Associates Achieves CMMI® Maturity Level 3

RALEIGH, N.C. (May 13, 2009) – Applied Research Associates' (ARA) Southeast Division achieved a Maturity Level 3 rating during its recent Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI®) appraisal. CMMI®, developed by the federally funded Software Engineering Institute (SEI) provides a benchmark for evaluating the effectiveness of management, engineering, and support processes.

ARA's Southeast Division (SED), headquartered in Raleigh, NC, demonstrated performance at Maturity Level 3 of CMMI for Development (CMMI®-DEV), version 1.2. CMMI®-DEV characterizes a set of best practices that encompass the full product development lifecycle, from inception through delivery and sustainment. The independent appraisal was conducted using the Standard CMMI® Appraisal Method for Process Improvement (SCAMPI℠).

"As a growing and maturing organization we want a proven, repeatable process that will deliver more value to our clients while minimizing program/project risks," said Dr. Allen York, SED Division Manager. "Achieving a Level 3 rating means that ARA customers can have confidence that SED has institutionalized proven processes and has a commitment to continued improvement."

ARA produces a range of software products including geographic information systems (GIS), 3D visualization systems, enterprise architectures, synthetic and virtual environment generators, intelligence fusion systems, blast effects and propagation software, RF-modeling software, and physics-based effects simulations.

Founded in Albuquerque, NM in 1979, ARA is an employee-owned company of more than 1,200 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration, and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products, and services. ARA's collective staff possesses a broad range of engineering, scientific and software development expertise in defense and aerospace, homeland safety and security, and transportation technologies.

CMMI® is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Carnegie Mellon University.

SCAMPI℠ is a service mark of Carnegie Mellon University.