Tag Archives: Department of Defense

Margaret Vo Schaus Confirmed as NASA Finance Chief; Administrator Bill Nelson Quoted

Margaret Vo Schaus

The Senate on Friday voted to confirm Margaret Vo Schaus, a career member of the Senior Executive Service, as the next chief financial officer of NASA. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson said that the agency needs steady management of the budget to support its upcoming efforts such as the deployment of the first woman and person of color to the Moon. 

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Microsoft Partners With U.S. Army Engineers To Use Azure Cloud For Extreme Weather Modeling

Microsoft

Microsoft announced on Wednesday that the company has signed a cooperative research and development agreement (CRADA) with U.S. Army engineers use the company’s Azure Government cloud for a system that models extreme weather around coasts. The CRADA stipulates that the Army Engineer Research and Design Center (ERDC) will use CSTORM-MS, a coastal storm modeling system, to demonstrate its scalability in Azure.

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Code-X Announces Lattice-Based Data Protection Platform; Darren LaCroix Quoted

Code-X

Code-X announced on Thursday its first-ever commercially available lattice-based data protection platform validated by the Department of Defense (DOD) and Intelligence Community. The platform successfully passed federal government tests demonstrating its ability to protect sensitive information and critical systems across multiple environments simultaneously. 

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Booz Allen Appoints Matt Tarascio as Strategic Innovation Group Senior Vice President; Steve Escaravage Quoted

Matt Tarascio

Booz Allen Hamilton announced on Wednesday its appointment of Matt Tarascio as a senior vice president in the strategic innovation group (SIG). He will lead the analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) business in support of the Department of Defense (DOD) and spearhead Booz Allen’s efforts to accelerate the integration of analytics, data science and AI capabilities for public and private-sector missions.

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Amentum Secures Spot on Potential $950M RISE Contract; Greg Ihde Quoted

Amentum

Amentum announced on Wednesday the company secured a potential $950 million five-year Air Force Life Cycle Management Center indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide infrastructure, supporting tools and services for its threat radar systems and combat training ranges. The company will perform whatever work is required from Hill Air Force Base, Utah.

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Octo Consulting Acquires Volant Associates; Mehul Sanghani Quoted

Mehul Sanghani

Octo announced on Tuesday that the company has acquired Volant Associates, a technology integrator and software development company, at the enterprise-scale information technology  (IT) solutions for the Defense Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) mission. Volant was founded in 2008 and enables data sharing, advanced analytics and enhanced mission capability across the IC and Department of Defense (DOD). The company was headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia.

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Comcast Government Services Secures Two DISA CEG Contracts; Ken Folderauer Quoted

Ken Folderauer

Comcast Business announced on Tuesday that Comcast Government Services has secured two additional multimillion-dollar contracts by the Defense Information Systems Agency. The contracts cover DISA’s Commercial Ethernet Gateway (CEG) Region 4 and Region 5 and are potentially worth $84.2 million and $71.6 million up to ten years, respectively. 

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Huntington Ingalls Industries to Acquire Alion Science and Technology For $1.65B; Andy Green Quoted

Andy Green

Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) announced on Tuesday that the company has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Alion Science and Technology for $1.65 billion in cash from Veritas Capital, subject to customary adjustments. Alion is a technology-driven solutions provider for the global defense marketplace. The transaction is expected to close in the second half of 2021. 

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John Sherman: Cloud Computing Key Element in Global DOD IT Modernization Strategy

John Sherman

John Sherman, acting chief information officer at the Department of Defense, said DOD considers cloud computing as an important part of its strategy to modernize information technology infrastructure that supports U.S. military operations across the globe, DOD News reported. Sherman told a House subcommittee hearing Wednesday that cloud technology works to help warfighters access data faster as digital platforms are becoming prevalent in battlefield missions.

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BigBear.ai and UAV Factory Form Partnership To Develop AI/ML Capable Unmanned Systems; GovCon Expert Dr. Reggie Brothers Quoted

Dr. Reggie Brothers

BigBear.ai announced on Thursday that the company has entered into a memorandum of understanding agreement with UAV Factory to develop artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) capabilities for its unmanned systems and components for use in autonomous operations in the defense and commercial markets. 

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