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Iridium Reports Third Quarter 2020 Results; Matt Desch Quoted

Matt Desch

Iridium has announced financial results for the third quarter of 2020, reporting that  net loss was $4.0 million, as compared to net loss of $18.0 million for the third quarter of 2019, which is attributable to the lower net interest expenses related to the refinancing of Iridium's credit facility and high-yield notes from the year ago period.  

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Mark Esper: DoD Needs 5% Budget Increase to Stay Ahead of Adversaries

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, the defense secretary and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the Pentagon needs a 3 to 5 percent increase in budget to keep up with near-peer adversaries and boost military readiness. He noted that the DoD is looking to realign program funds and reform 2018 National Defense Strategy goals to ensure spending efficiency. 

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Space Force Eyes Commercial Satcom Partnerships, Official Personnel Name

Space Force

The U.S. Space Force is planning to launch more low-Earth orbit satellite programs and unveil an official name for its personnel ahead of the service branch’s first anniversary in December 2020. He added that Gen. John Raymond, the chief of space operations and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, intends to announce his long-term plans for the Space Force soon.

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Mark Esper: DoD Eyes Commercial Sealift Vessels for FY 2022 Budget

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has said that DoD plans to add commercial vessels for military sealift operations in its budget request for fiscal year 2022. The Department of Defense also needs “sufficient munitions” to ensure conflict preparedness, according to Esper.

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Aaron Weis: US Navy Transitioning to Zero Trust

Aaron Weis

Aaron Weis, chief information officer of the U.S. Navy and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the service is transitioning to a zero trust framework to better protect and defend its networks from cyber threats. He said the service will need time to reorganize its networks as it adopts the zero trust model and that “defense in depth” model. 

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Ryan McCarthy: Army Seeks to Free Up $10B More Through ‘Night Court’ in 2022

Ryan McCarthy

Ryan McCarthy, secretary of the U.S. Army and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the service intends to find $10 billion more in savings in 2022 through a “night court” process as it seeks to free up funds for modernization priorities and expects to make harder decisions in 2023.

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NASA Forms Principle-Based Agreement With Foreign Artemis Partners; Jim Bridenstine Quoted

Artemis Program

NASA has signed a new agreement with multiple foreign countries for collaborative efforts under the Artemis program, an effort to revive manned space exploration. The Artemis Accords agreement sets guidance on the collaborative pursuit of the program's goals. NASA's international partners will help the space agency sustain human presence on the lunar surface

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DoD’s Dana Deasy on Zero-Trust Network Mgmt, Vendor Challenges

Dana Deasy

Dana Deasy, chief information officer of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the Pentagon is assessing ways to implement zero-trust networks from a management and operations standpoint. Deasy said at a prior media roundtable that the DoD has been studying the implementation of zero-trust environments beyond the network architecture. 

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FirstNet Wins Army Task Order to Advance Public Safety Communications; Jill Singer, Kevin Comfort Quoted

Jill Singer

The U.S. Army has awarded FirstNet a task order to support firefighters, law enforcement and security personnel at 72 Army installations across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, the company reported on Tuesday. FirstNet will provide support and mission-focused tools to help the Army ensure reliable, secure communications capabilities during national emergencies.

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Bruce Jette on US Army’s Project Convergence

Bruce Jette

Bruce Jette, the U.S. Army’s acquisition chief and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, told Defense News in an interview published Monday about Project Convergence and how it allows the service to integrate existing capabilities. He mentioned the TITAN ground station as a program of record and the Army’s move to an architectural approach and design.

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