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Our HistoRII

Armed with a laptop and a dream of impactful R&D, Rich Briggs made Research Innovations Incorporated a reality in January 2009 when he founded the company in Virginia. Here's a look at the significant milestones we've reached from 2009 to today.

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400-Employee Milestone

The RII team continues to grow! We are proud to have four hundred talented team members helping us create RIIdiculously Awesome solutions that make the world safer.

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At the 2023 AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, RII launched PRIISM, a Decision Advantage Platform created to empower globally distributed defense organizations and coalitions with faster access to the data and workflow interoperability needed to make mission-critical decisions and outmaneuver threats at the speed of relevance.

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300-Employee Milestone

In July of 2022, we welcomed our 300th employee! We have RIIdiculously Awesome teammates working in over 25 states in the US and across the globe.


St. Petersburg, FL office

We opened an office in St. Petersburg to expand our Cyber Solutions line of business.

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Our first UK contract

RII won its first contract supporting the United Kingdom’s Ministry of Defence. 


San Antonio, TX office

Everything’s bigger in Texas! We opened a 10,000+ sq. ft. office in San Antonio, TX.

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200-employee milestone

In late 2020, our 200th employee started work in our San Antonio, TX office. Due to the pandemic, we didn't memorialize the event in person, but our virtual happy hours allowed us to celebrate safely online.

10-Year AnniversaRII

We kicked off 2019 with a legendary party and brought employees and their families together to celebrate our 10-year anniversaRII in Northern Virginia.

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Nasdaq closing bell

Recognized twice by Deloitte as a Technology Fast 500 company, Founder/CTO Rich Briggs and CEO Jack Harrington joined the closing bell ceremony at Nasdaq to represent RII.

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RII wins $40M contract to support the Information Environment

RII continued our artificial intelligence and machine learning work in the Information Environment, winning a $40M prime follow-on contract.   

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100-employee milestone

There are dozens of us! Dozens! 

Cyber in Melbourne, FL

RII originated its Cyber Solutions line of business and began work in Melbourne, Florida.

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New VA headquarters opens

Location. Location. Location. RII moved HQ to a metro-accessible LEED-certified office space complete with espresso machines, test labs, 3D printers, restaurant booths, a gaming lounge, standing desks, and a fully-stocked kitchen.

"RIIdiculously Awesome" coined

We love a good pun. We’ve got a dictionary dedicated to all the ways we can work “RII” into our eveRIIday vernacular. It seemed only fitting that our mantra incorporated both so we are always inspired to Be RIIdiculously Awesome.

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O Canada: Our first international contract

RII won our first international contract, supporting the Canadian Forces Joint Warfare Center. To this day, we continue to provide subject matter expertise in areas such as Joint Doctrine Development and Command & Control.

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On the GRID: RII's first prime contract 

RII won our first prime contract: GRIDS II (Geospatial Research, Integration, Development, and Support), a Multiple-Award Task Order Contract (MATOC) from the U.S. Department of Defense's Army Geospatial Center. In 2019, we were awarded the next instantiation of this program, GRIDS III, under which we will continue to provide cutting-edge solutions to AGC.

RII sends its first developer downrange

RII deployed its first engineers to Afghanistan to live and work with our end-users. These acts underscored our commitment to grokking customer success and co-creating solutions.

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TransApps: RII's first DARPA program

RII received its first contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to support the Transformative Applications (TransApps) program. It allowed us to work directly with end-users and field operational capabilities rapidly.

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RII founded

Founder Rich Briggs incorporated the company in January 2009.

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