Noah Chelednik

NRO To Use Commercial Launch Providers For Low-Risk Space Missions; Col. Robert Bongiovi Quoted

National

The National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) plans to use launch services outside of its usual National Security Space Launch (NSSL) program when needed to launch missions on tight schedules or deploy lower-cost research payloads. The NRO develops and operates the U.S. government’s spy satellites and typically uses the U.S. Space Force run NSSL program to get satellites into orbit. 

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Battelle Partners with Ohio State and Northwestern To Combat COVID-19 ‘Misinformation’

Battelle

Battelle announced on Wednesday its new collaborative effort with the Ohio State University and Northwestern University aimed at combating ‘misinformation’ related to COVID-19 by assessing the risk of COVID-19 ‘misinformation’ in near real-time. The effort is sponsored by a $1 million grant from the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). 

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VMware and Dell Technologies Announce Spin-Off Agreement; Zane Rowe Quoted

VMware

The VMware Special Committee of independent directors and Dell Technologies announced that they have agreed to terms for VMware to be spun-off from Dell Technologies on Wednesday. The terms will simplify the corporate structure and include an $11.5-12.5 billion special cash dividend declared by the VMware Board to all VMware stockholders just before the spin-off and subject to all closing conditions' satisfaction. 

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HighPoint Appoints Stacey Au as Customer Experience Program Manager; COO Scott Willis Quoted

Stacey Au

HighPoint announced on Thursday that the company has appointed Stacey Au as customer experience program manager. In this role, Au will help highpoint customers implement omnichannel, AI, and other emerging technology and industry best practices to strengthen contact center operations. Au has over 25 years of experience as a senior-level customer experience and contact center leader.

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Lt. Gen. Michael Groen Says DOD Must Avoid AI Obsolescence

Lt. Gen. Michael Groen

Lt. Gen. Michael Groen, a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient and the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) director, believes that the biggest artificial intelligence (AI) threat facing the Department of Defense (DOD) is obsolescence. He stressed that China is attempting to become the world leader in AI by 2030 and the DOD needs to have integrated systems to counter that threat.

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Congress Holds Hearing On DOD Electromagnetic Spectrum Capability Weaknesses

U.S. Congress

A panel of experts stated at a hearing before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies and Information Systems that the U.S. military must better integrate electromagnetic spectrum operations throughout its ranks to succeed against U.S. adversaries. C4ISRNET reported the panel’s statements on Monday. 

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CNSI Receives Top Score in NASPO Evaluation; Todd Stottlemyer Quoted

Todd Stottlemyer

CNSI announced Wednesday that it received the top overall score in the 2020 NASPO ValuePoint™ multi-state evaluation of Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS) Claims Processing and Management Services. CNSI received the highest composite proposal and demonstration scores and the top overall weighted score. CNSI’s performance will permit states and territories to procure CNSI solutions through NASPO ValuePoint.

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Anduril Industries To Appoint Zachary Mears as New Head of Strategy

Anduril Industries

Anduril Industries is expected to announce on Tuesday their acquisition of Zachary Mears, a former Pentagon staffer, as head of strategy. Anduril Industries is a company based out of Southern California with over 400 employees. The company has worked with the federal government on border surveillance, unmanned aerial systems and cruise missile defense technologies.

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Akima Subsidiary Appraised at CMMI V2.0 Level 3; Juvy McCarthy Quoted

Tuvli

Akima announced on Monday that its subsidiary company Tuvli was appraised at maturity level 3 on the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Version 2.0 for information technology (IT) services. “Helping our federal customers achieve success is our mission, and this rating demonstrates our commitment to delivering high-quality results,” commented Juvy McCarthy, president of Akima’s technology solutions and products group. 

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VMware Develops AI-Ready Updates to Streamline Online Businesses; Lee Caswell Quoted

VMware

VMware announced new updates on Monday that will assist customers to modernize their applications and digital infrastructure. The updates are vSphere 7 and vSAN 7, and they will allow businesses’ information technology (IT) teams to support old and new applications with infrastructure that is developer and AI-ready. The updates will also increase data security and simplify business operations. 

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