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Lockheed Martin Announced New ISR Satellite Line; Rick Ambrose Quoted

Rick Ambrose

Lockheed Martin announced on Tuesday its new line of rapid, integrated and economical tactical Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) satellites. The new ISR satellites are based on Lockheed’s LM 400 mid-size bus and will enable U.S. warfighters to track moving targets at long ranges and maneuver in highly contested environments quickly. 

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House Panels Call on Biden Administration for Partnerships on U.S. Research Security

U.S. Research Security

The members of two House panels have written to President Biden seeking collaborations to ensure the safety of U.S. academic research initiatives against foreign influence. They noted in the letter that an effective approach entails transparency on security risks, coordination on research security requirements and commitment to collaboration and openness.

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Yusef Jackson Joins Aventiv Technologies; CEO Dave Abel Quoted

Yusef Jackson

Aventiv Technologies and Platinum Equity have announced that Yusef Jackson has joined the company as a senior executive and advisor to its ownership group. Jackson explained that he hopes to review the data and speak with both the families of those incarcerated and the past and present members of the incarceration community. 

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President Biden Nominates John Tien, Jen Easterly, Robert Silvers for DHS, CISA Roles

White House

President Biden has nominated U.S. Army veterans John Tien and Jen Easterly to serve as deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), respectively. Tien has been a managing director at Citigroup since 2011 and served as senior director for Afghanistan and Pakistan at the National Security Council (NSC) during the Obama and Bush administrations. 

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Retired Maj. Gen. Michael Taheri Appointed Strategic Board Advisor for Sev1Tech; CEO Bob Lohfeld Quoted

Maj. Gen. Michael Taheri

Sev1Tech announced on Monday that Retired Major General Michael Taheri has joined the company as a strategic board advisor to provide leadership, vision and guidance to support the company’s growth goals and mission areas for their customers. Taheri served the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Air National Guard for over 31 years. 

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Red River Recognized as a US Best Managed Company

Red River

Red River, a technology transformation company, announced today it has been selected as a 2021 US Best Managed Company. Sponsored by Deloitte Private and The Wall Street Journal, the program recognizes outstanding U.S. private companies and the achievements of their management teams.

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Akima Global Technology Rated at CMMIV2.0 Level 3; Juvy McCarthy Quoted

Akima

Akima announced Tuesday that its subsidiary, Akima Global Technology (AGT), has been evaluated at level three of the CMMI Institute’s Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI) Version 2.0 (CMMI V2.0) for development and services. The appraisal was performed by the Integrated Quality Corporation (IQ). In March, Akima subsidiary Tuvli also received the coveted level three designation for exceptional business processes. 

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President Biden to Nominate Chris Inglis for National Cyber Director Post

Chris Inglis

President Biden has announced plans to nominate Chris Inglis, former deputy director of the National Security Agency (NSA), to serve as its national cyber director. He is a retired Air National Guard brigadier general and sits on the boards of several private and public companies. He spent nearly three decades at the NSA and also served in the U.S. Air Force. 

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Kathleen Hicks on Need to Prioritize Resilience of Military Facilities Against Climate Change’s Effects

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, visited Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida to assess the damage caused by Hurricane Sally and took part in a video conference with other military leaders from other installations to highlight the need to develop resilience against the effects of climate change

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GSA to Waive Three Vendor Requirements Under MAS Solicitation; Jeff Koses Quoted

Jeff Koses

The General Services Administration (GSA) will waive certain requirements for vendors under the Multiple Award Schedule (MAS) program to expand the availability of products and services in support of the U.S. government’s COVID-19 pandemic response efforts. Check out GovConWire's Innovation and Modernization in Federal Acquisitions Forum coming up on Thursday, April 15th. 

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