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USAF Selects BlackBerry Spark to Support UEM and UES; John Chen Quoted

John Chen

BlackBerry Limited has been selected by the U.S. Air Force to integrate BlackBerry Spark that will support secure productivity. The Air Force will have access to the company’s Unified Endpoint Management (UEM) and Unified Endpoint Security (UES), under the recent agreement. BlackBerry Spark will enable the federal government and enterprises to modernize digital infrastructure.

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1901 Group Completes EITOC to Advance IT Services; Sonu Singh, James Christopher Quoted

Sonu Singh

1901 Group has completed its Enterprise Information Technology Operations Center (EITOC) expansion in Blacksburg, VA, which will provide managed services for cloud migration and operations such as IT service management, IT operations management, cybersecurity, data intelligence and automation services, the company reported on Tuesday. 1901 Group has collaborated with the Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center (VTCRC) to build the EITOC.

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Ellen Lord Discusses Impact of COVID-19 on Federal Modernization

Hon. Ellen Lord

Hon. Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense (DoD) and four-time Wash100 Award recipient, recently discussed how the defense department has shifted modernization efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. As an effect of the pandemic the DoD added more focus to aviation propulsion, where the department has a number of key suppliers who depend on commercial aviation. 

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ECS Launches Cloud CoE 2.0, Appoints Imran Bashir as Head; George Wilson Quoted

George Wilson

ECS has launched the Cloud Center of Excellence (CoE) 2.0 Initiative, which will advance ECS’ programs and invest and drive innovation in cloud computing technology to provide new value to customers, the company reported on Monday. The company has also appointed Dr. Imran Bashir, ECS chief technical officer of cloud computing and vice president of emerging technologies, to lead the division. 

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NASA Sees Uptick in Cyber Threats as Employees Shift to Remote Work; Jeff Seaton, Paul Martin Quoted

Cyber Threats

NASA officials told the House Space Subcommittee o n Friday that the transition to telework due to the COVID-19 pandemic has led to new cybersecurity challenges. Paul Martin, NASA inspector general, told the House subpanel during the hearing that the space agency has seen an increase in cyber threats including phishing attempts during the period.

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FireEye to Provide Cybersecurity Defenses to Texas DIR; Pat Sheridan Quoted

FireEye

FireEye, Inc. has announced that it will offer cyber security defenses to Texas public sector agencies, under Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR), the company reported on Thursday. Through the end of 2020, FireEye security products and Mandiant Solutions services will be available to all Texas agencies, county governments, cities and school districts through DIR’s Bulk Purchase Initiative for Endpoint Detection and Response (EDR) solutions.

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NASA-Lockheed X-59 Supersonic Jet Now Under Assembly

X-59 Supersonic Jet

NASA and Lockheed Martin Skunkworks are assembling an upcoming supersonic aircraft designed to perform quiet flights. The X-59 Quiet Supersonic Technology (QueSST) aircraft is under construction at a Lockheed-owned facility in Palmdale, California. QueSST would collect data on how quiet the aircraft would appear to the public during flights. 

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Gerry Fasano, President of Leidos Defense Group, Receives First Wash100 Award From Executive Mosaic CEO Jim Garrettson

Gerry Fasano (L) and Jim Garrettson (R)

Gerry Fasano, president of Leidos’ defense group, was presented his 2020 Wash100 Award for the first time in his long career in the government contracting (GovCon) sector. Fasano received his first Wash100 Award from Jim Garrettson, founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic, on Thursday. Visit the Wash100 site to learn about the other 99 winners of the 2020 Wash100 Award.

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AFWERX to Host Collaborative Space Industry Event

AFWERX

The U.S. Air Force's AFWERX innovation arm has opened registration for a two-day virtual event that aims to foster collaboration between government, military, academia, investors and stakeholders from the space industry. Slated to run from Sept. 29 to 30, the EngageSpace event seeks to provide an avenue for the government to procure technologies that may address space-related concerns. 

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Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach: Pacific Forces Need More Satellites

Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach

Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, who commands Pacific Air Forces, said he wants more satellites to support the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance of battles on Earth. He said at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam that satellites are needed in nearly every operation, and Indo-Pacific Command requires more of these systems than other commands due to a larger assigned coverage.

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