Sarah Sybert

GSA to Re-award $5.5B Second Generation IT BPAs; Sonny Hashmi Quoted

Sonny Hashmi

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) will re-award its 2nd Generation Information Technology (2GIT) Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPAs), which have an estimated value of $5.5 billion over five years. The BPAs will be available for use by all agencies across the federal government. The 2GIT solution will deliver a reliable, flexible, fast and efficient way to procure best-value solutions for complex IT hardware requirements.

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Boeing Starts Production of T-7A Red Hawk Advanced Trainer; Shelley Lavender Quoted

Shelley Lavender

Boeing has initiated production of the first U.S. portion of the T-7A Red Hawk advanced trainer, the company reported on Tuesday. “The future of air dominance lies in the ability to move quickly, take smart risks and partner in new ways to get the job done,” said Shelley Lavender, Boeing senior vice president of Strike, Surveillance and Mobility.

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CGI Wins Contract to support Transformation of Virginia Commonwealth’s eVA program

CGI

CGI has been awarded a contract by the Virginia Department of General Services (DGS) to support transformational enhancements to the Commonwealth's eVA program. CGI was selected by DGS to modernize the eVA platform with next-generation technologies, tools and capabilities that will support the Commonwealth's business goals. 

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Avantus Federal Names New Executives to Space Unit; Andy Maner Quoted

Avantus Federal

Avantus Federal has appointed Doug McCobb, Taylor Edwards and Scott Anderson to the  company’s Space team to provide a collaborative, technology agnostic approach to neutralizing risks for Avantus’ space clients. "Doug, Taylor and Scott’s expertise will enable Avantus to tackle  this emerging sector of our market. I look forward to working with our teams to provide  innovative solutions to our clients.” said Andy Maner, CEO at  Avantus Federal. 

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Viasat Approved to Gain Cyber Threat Intelligence through DHS ECS Program

Ken Peterman

Viasat has been approved to receive cyber threat intelligence through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Enhanced Cybersecurity Services (ECS) program. "The added DHS ECS intelligence coupled with the advanced capabilities inherent in the Viasat cyber offering, enables us to better fortify our customers' cyber posture and maintain a vigilant and watchful defense against the world's most advanced adversaries,” said Ken Peterman, president, Government Systems, Viasat.

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FirstNet Expands Coverage to Support Public Safety; Edward Parkinson Quoted

FirstNet

FirstNet has announced that its network now covers more than 2.71 million square miles, the company reported on Monday. In 2020, AT&T added nearly 100 thousand square miles to the FirstNet coverage footprint. “The FirstNet Authority is pleased that… we are moving closer to fully realizing the vision of a nationwide network that serves all of public safety,” said Edward Parkinson, CEO, FirstNet Authority

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SES Government Solutions to Deliver MEO Loopback Capability to DOD

SES Government

SES Government Solutions (SES GS), a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, in partnership with a U.S. government customer, has designed, developed and is fielding an O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) loopback capability. The awarded task order is against the single-award Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with DOD for Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) low-latency High Throughput Satellite (HTS) services.

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USAF’s Operation Flamethrower to Abandon Outdated Legacy Networks

U.S. Air Force

The U.S. Air Force’s Operation Flamethrower will work to get rid of outdated IT policies that challenge network modernization. The initiative has worked to modernize IT policy, and will shift its force to discard policies burdens the Air Force’s move to an enterprise IT-as-a-service model. “Operation Flamethrower is all about creating offsets,” said Brig. Gen. Chad Raduege.

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Space Force Projects New Anti-Jamming Capability by 2022; Steve Hayden Quoted

Nanosatellites

The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) has completed three tests of a new anti-jamming capability for satellite communications at the end of 2020. The Mitigation and Anti-Jam Enhancement (MAJE) Program will provide advanced anti-jamming support for Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS), which provides satellite communications to warfighters. SMC expects to complete the transition of the anti-jamming system to the U.S. Army for operational use in spring 2022.

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