Posts from ExecutiveBiz for 12/04/2018

McAleese & Associates: Military, Gov’t Leaders Discuss Defense Tech Priorities at Reagan Forum

A new McAleese & Associates report says several government and military leaders discussed some of the Pentagon’s technology priorities at the Reagan National Defense Forum in California. Ellen Lord, defense undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment, talked about cybersecurity and the need for strong cyber defenses to counter threats posed by China, including theft of intellectual property on weapons programs…
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Glenn Davidson Named Human Capital Transformation Exec at Deloitte Public Sector Arm

Glenn Davidson, former executive director of enterprise services at the Commerce Department, has joined the government and public services practice of Deloitte’s consulting business as human capital transformation executive…
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Boeing Completes KC-46 Certification Test’s Second Phase

Boeing has completed the second phase of a certification test for the KC-46 Pegasus aerial tanker at Edwards Air Force Base in California. A team of Boeing and U.S. Air Force crews tested the tanker over three weeks with the military service’s F-15E as receiver aircraft and conducted flights at different altitudes, configurations and airspeeds, Boeing said Monday…
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SSL-Built Robotic Arm Begins to Operate on InSight Mars Lander; Richard White Quoted

Maxar Technologies‘ SSL business has built the robotic arm that currently aids NASA’s InSight probe in a mission to study Mars’ deep interior. The Instrument Deployment Arm is designed to place lander instruments, including a seismometer, onto the Martian surface, SSL said Monday…
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SpaceX Launches First Spaceflight Rideshare Mission for Gov’t, Commercial Clients

SpaceX has used its Falcon 9 rocket to launch Spaceflight‘s first rideshare mission for multiple government and commercial entities worldwide. The rocket lifted off Monday at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to deploy 64 payloads to low-Earth orbit as part of the SSO-A: A SmallSat Express mission, SpaceX said Monday…
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Raytheon’s Thomas Kennedy: Tech Against Missile Threats Could Back Strategic Defense Initiative 2.0

Thomas Kennedy, chairman and CEO of Raytheon, has said several technologies have matured in the last two decades and could support the second iteration of the Strategic Defense Initiative that was canceled in 1993, National Defense reported Monday…
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Symantec Gets FedRAMP ‘In Process’ Status for Cloud, Data Security Platforms; Chris Townsend Quoted

Symantec has achieved “in process” status under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program for two software applications designed to secure cloud computing applications and sensitive data…
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Hughes to Help Oklahoma Agencies Manage Wide Area Networks; Tony Bardo Quoted

Hughes Network Systems has received an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract form the Oklahoma Office of Management and Enterprise Services to provide managed network services to Oklahoma’s state agencies…
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Microsoft, Mastercard Form Digital ID Security Partnership

Microsoft and credit card company Mastercard have partnered to help consumers secure their digital identities when they interact with service providers, businesses and the online community. Mastercard said Monday it expects the joint initiative to serve as the foundation for multiple services powered by Microsoft’s Azure platform and developed with government and industry partners…
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General Dynamics, Intelligent RF Solutions Ink Signal Classification Tech Reseller Agreement

General Dynamics and Intelligent RF Solutions have signed a reseller agreement for a software platform designed to automatically classify spectrum signals. SignalEye uses a machine learning technology and works to help military and security personnel recognize threats as well as obtain situational awareness across the RF spectrum, General Dynamics said Monday…
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Lockheed-Built Spacecraft Reaches Bennu Asteroid

The Lockheed Martin-built Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, Security-Regolith Explorer arrived Monday at the asteroid Bennu after a 1.2B-mile journey. NASA said Tuesday its navigation team will use preliminary survey data to prepare for OSIRIS-REx’s entrance to the potentially hazardous asteroid’s orbit on Dec…
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Austal USA Gets Navy Contract for 14th Expeditionary Fast Transport Materials

Austal USA will obtain long lead-time materials needed for the construction of the U.S. Navy‘s 14th Expeditionary Fast Transport vessel under a $40.4M contract. The company will also provide production engineering support as part of the cost-plus-fixed-fee contract, the Defense Department said Monday…
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