The MIL Corporation: 40 Years of Mission, Vision, and Purpose
After stints in executive leadership at several other companies, Maurice I. Long decided that the best way to build and shape an organization was from the ground up. With this in mind, he founded a small startup in 1980 that parlayed his business acumen, institutional knowledge, and industry contacts into a company that today serves customers across the federal domain and around the globe. MIL, that one-time dining room table startup, now employs 800 talented staff comprised of engineers, CPAs, IT technicians, cybersecurity specialists, business analysts, and a myriad of other service professionals who go about the business of meeting the needs of MIL’s customers everyday.
From the beginning, MIL has reflected the founder, President, and CEO’s perspective. People Making the Difference is not only the corporate motto, it’s been Mr. Long’s unwavering mission statement since the beginning. Making the customer’s goals your own was adopted as a mandate by MIL’s CEO 40 years ago, and not much has changed since then. Over the years, MIL has grown and been molded by the many strategic decisions that a business needs to make to stay viable. When MIL was a fledgling company, the primary focus was making the company’s name known, building a reputation for good work, and staying solvent.
Once the company was firmly established, the focus shifted to defining the company’s areas of general practice, and from the beginning, information technology (IT) and financial services served as the company’s bread and butter. Using professional connections built over the years at the Departments of Energy and State, Mr. Long and MIL went about the business of forging solid working partnerships with clients at these agencies that would last for decades. Long-term relationships with federal customers is now a hallmark of MIL’s corporate experience. The company’s commitment to its clients is legendary within some customer organizations, reflecting Mr. Long’s decision to forge an organization that made a real difference in helping its customers manage their business interests.
Decades of customized solutions in an evolving industry
Snapshot: MIL’s federal frontline in 2020
People making the difference
As a company, MIL is ever-changing yet fundamentally unchanged. Over the years, people have come and gone—employees and customers alike—yet some remain. Our methods and practices have evolved and refined, and yet the basics remain unaltered. What has not changed and will not change in the days to come are the essentials: our core values.
Mission. MIL’s Mission is still to be people making the difference by providing creative, competitive, and dependable technology solutions that exceed expectations.
Vision. Our Vision is still to shape a high performing federal government through a commitment to excellence and innovative solutions.
Purpose. Our Purpose has been and will always be to be an organization that provides positive and productive experiences for our clients and inspires our team to be leaders.
Reflections from our leadership
I am pleased and greatly honored to celebrate The MIL Corporation’s 40th anniversary with you. Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to work with, and for, amazingly talented employees and customers—individuals who were passionately dedicated to conducting mission critical work for the Homeland. I remain grateful to have shared so many successes in such great company and look forward to MIL’s fifth decade with enthusiasm and anticipation.
For the past 40 years, MIL has maintained and enhanced synergistic relationships with our employees. It’s been a core MIL principle from the beginning, and we work every day to build and sustain these exceptional alliances. I believe it’s one of the secret ingredients to the Company’s longevity. We extend this same commitment to relationship-building with our customers and vendors. We work hard for them and they know it. They appreciate our efforts and we know that too.
Over the years, the federal contracting industry has changed quite dramatically. It continues to consolidate around large, prime contractors, creating both opportunity and challenges for the mid-tier sector where MIL is currently positioned. Our industry is constantly challenged to provide superior customer solutions while maintaining cost competitiveness. These economic demands are compounded by increasing pressure to recruit, retain, and continuously train highly specialized staff. We strive to never lose sight of our goal, which is to provide the best value for our customers and, ultimately, the Nation’s taxpayers.
To keep competitive over the last four decades, MIL has focused on improving and enhancing our corporate infrastructure in all aspects of our customer service delivery. This emphasis on continuous improvement not only enhances our competitiveness but also provides increased efficiencies and productivity to our valued customers.
Along with our respect for our employees and customers, MIL has also kept community service as a core corporate value throughout all our years in business. We believe in giving back to the communities in which we live and work – it’s the right thing to do. To make sure this happens, each operating sector at MIL includes community service in their annual budgets. These local efforts are in addition to community service initiatives supported by the corporation and executive management through the MIL CARES program.
Going forward, we will continue to work hard to maintain MIL as an ethical business. One that holds itself to a high standard in all endeavors. We will also work hard to maintain MIL as a highly diversified firm and continue to expand our footprint within the federal sector, both within civilian and defense domains. I attribute much of MIL’s success over the years to these two essential values—respect for others and hard work.
I would like to thank MIL’s employees for their many contributions over the last 40 years. As People Making the Difference, their efforts are what help keep MIL growing, innovating, and driving forward.
Maurice I. Long, Jr
President & CEO
Every day, MIL’s IT and financial services teams deliver customized solutions to our civilian customers. Clients at the Departments of State, Commerce, Transportation, and Justice, as well as more independent agencies like the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, National Archives and Records Administration, and Library of Congress, benefit from our team’s dedication and professional acumen. Over MIL’s 40-years of service, we have consulted with numerous Department’s and helped federal organizations launch, execute, and complete major finance and technology initiatives. From MIL’s dawning days helping the Energy Information Administration meet their data analysis needs to more recent engagements providing systems development life cycle support to customers such as the International Trade Administration, MIL professionals work cooperatively with our clients to keep the government’s infrastructures running.
We are proud of the work we do. We provide professional services our federal customers need to keep pace with technology and pioneer new technical platforms. We provide collective brain power and experienced-based recommendations vital to informing decisions across key federal civilian agencies.
Looking back over the last 40 years, the industry has evolved. Technical platforms allow our customers to move their data from large mainframe computers to desktops and tablets. Over the course of 30 years, MIL has helped clients, like the U.S. State Department, through decades of financial industry advancements migrating their financial products and services into timely, accurate, and reliable platforms.
Looking at our current environment, we see evidence of our sustained good works in the stability and high employee satisfaction ratings of our workforce and the longevity of our professional relationships with clients, industry partners, and commercial vendors. MIL is a company that focuses on building trust and cohesion internally, in the community surrounding us, as well as with our external customers.
As we look forward, MIL’s federal civilian perspective is dedicated to discovering new opportunities for corporate growth, employee engagement, and customer satisfaction providing advanced opportunities for MIL personnel and clients alike. Because we are the people making a difference—today and well into the future.
Chief Operating Officer
Federal Civilian Business Unit
In the life of a business, 40 years is a period that can witness a sea of changes in corporate mission statements, values, and business focus. Technical focusses and corporate practices shift and alter, often following the rising tide of change. Four decades is a long time to hold the line and stay the course in an industry that embodies instability, volatility, and uncertainty. MIL and its leadership have steered a course that has remained steady and true. Which is why MIL is still privately owned; still focused on making a difference to its customers, employees, and communities; still values commitment, professionalism, and ingenuity; and still conscientiously and intentionally focusses on doing things the right way because it’s the right thing to do. In short, the more things change at MIL, the more they stay the same.
For MIL’s Defense Business Unit, staying the course means dedicating ourselves to our Navy customers and their evolving real-world missions. For over 30 years, MIL has worked hand-in-hand with our federal partners to tackle challenges that directly impact National security, every day. Our DoD Business Unit heritage started with Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) and direct engagement with customers.
Over the years, the DoD Business Unit has formed solid partnerships, delivered dependable services and quality solutions; as a result, we have experienced significant growth, not just in employees and revenue, but in relevant capabilities. We have pioneered the development of interdisciplinary teams and evolved our solutions to support the effectiveness and well-being of the warfighter – through a range of ground, air, and sea platforms.
Our support to NAVAIR, NAWCAD, and our many defense and intelligence clients’ networks, boarders, and other vital mission systems has made DoD communications more dependable, secure, and effective. Our engineers, cyber analysts, program managers, and other first-class experts are all part of an RDT&E legacy that continues today. We develop and deploy functional teams with real-world experience to support global military readiness missions.
On our 40th anniversary, we can’t help but be nostalgic. To remember all of the brilliant, hard-working, and dedicated people that have come through the doors of The MIL Corporation over the last four decades. To reflect on all of the real-world missions, projects, and successes we have had together. But we are also looking forward to continuing our legacy of making a difference. We are still focused on exploring the art of what is possible, and dedicated to our customers and their missions, and above all to support our brave men and women in uniform.
Chief Operating Officer
Defense Business Unit