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Ball Aerospace, DigitalGlobe, Exelis, Lockheed Prep WorldView-3 Satellite for Launch

A commercial launch services team of Ball Aerospace & Technologies, DigitalGlobe, Exelis and Lockheed Martin has completed payload fairing assembly work on the WorldView-3 remote sensing satellite ahead of its scheduled launch next week. Ball said Tuesday the DigitalGlobe Earth observation satellite will launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base via the Atlas V launch vehicle to provide high-resolution …

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Verizon’s Mark Bartolomeo: ‘Internet of Things’ Must Center on Network Security

Mark Bartolomeo, head of connected solutions at Verizon Enterprise Solutions, has urged industry to focus on building a network that utilizes cybersecurity measures and greater cloud capacity in a shift toward the “Internet of Things.” Marie McGehee, the company’s director of corporate communications, wrote Monday that industry usually looks at the future connected machines and …

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EMCOR Subsidiary to Help Maintain 340 CBP Arizona, Texas Facilities; Mike Rodgers Comments

A subsidiary of EMCOR Group has won two contracts to provide repair and preventive maintenance services for U.S. Customs and Border Protection facilities systems in Arizona and the Texas Gulf Coast. “The services EMCOR Government Services will provide CBP at its 340 sites across the Arizona and the Texas Gulf Coast Regions are integral in supporting …

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Booz Allen Subsidiary Launches Deployable LTE Emergency Communications System

A subsidiary of Booz Allen Hamilton plans to unveil a deployable broadband communications system to support the information-sharing functions of first responders and public safety workers in the aftermath of an emergency. The firm said Monday that Booz Allen Hamilton Engineering Services will exhibit the system at this week’s APCO 2014 Conference in New Orleans. The deployable …

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Scott Smith: Iridium to Test Compatibility of 1st Satellite Model With NEXT Network

Iridium Communications will conduct compatibility tests on the first satellite engineering model for the Iridium NEXT satellite constellation following its delivery to the company’s technical support center. The company said Monday the model will be integrated into the Iridium Satellite Control System to demonstrate its features and check its compatibility with the constellation. …

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Northrop’s Wes Bush: Decision-Making Flexibility Needed to Bring Gov’t Contracting Efficiency

Wes Bush, chief executive officer of Northrop Grumman, urges the government to allow federal contracting personnel flexibility in making procurement decisions to achieve efficiency, The Washington Post reported Sunday. Bush spoke at the recent National Contract Management Association World Congress about the need to practice a flexible acquisitions approach amid the government’s tendency …

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Thales, Selex ES Partner for Anglo-French Combat Drone Program

Thales and Finmeccanica‘s Selex ES subsidiary will collaborate on the sensor and communications requirements of the Future Combat Air System program that the French and British defense ministries have recently signed an agreement for. Selex ES said July 15 that the partner companies will design and develop the sensing and communications systems for …

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Cubic Subsidiary to Maintain, Upgrade London Traffic Signals; John Pickworth Comments

A Cubic Transportation Systems subsidiary will work with Transport for London to maintain and upgrade 1,000 traffic signals, crossings, road signs and overhead gantries in southeast London. Cubic said Thursday that the Cubic (ITMS) subsidiary will maintain “intelligent” traffic signals and manage traffic control systems beginning Oct. 1 under the six-year, $85 million contract. TfL and London officials …

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Verizon’s Paul Pratley: Financial Services Should Base Cyber Defenses on Attack Patterns

Paul Pratley, a global investigations manager with Verizon‘s RISK team, urges financial services organizations to implement cyber defenses against threats such as web application attacks, denial of service and skimming. Pratley said Wednesday the above three emerged as the top threats to the finance and insurance industry in Verizon’s 2014 Data Breach Investigations Report, covering …

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François Auque: Airbus Defence and Space to Produce Electric Satellite for Eutelsat

Airbus Group‘s defense and space division will design and produce an electric telecommunications satellite for satellite operator Eutelsat as they prepare for its launch in early 2017. EUTELSAT 172B would be the first European satellite to use electric propulsion in performing orbit-raising and on-orbit maneuvers, Airbus said Thursday. According to François Auque, head of space …

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CGI to Support, Maintain Cameco’s SAP Environment; Shawn Derby Comments

CGI, a global SAP services partner, will provide uranium producer Cameco‘s SAP environment with application management services via CGI’s SAP Center of Excellence in Saskatchewan, Canada. CGI said Thursday it will provide preventive maintenance and software support services to help Cameco bolster its service levels and the capacity of its enterprise systems as …

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Leidos Extends Energy Efficiency Programs to Ameren Illinois’ Customers; James Moos Comments

Leidos has won a three-year, $55 million prime contract to implement programs for Ameren Illinois‘ ActOnEnergy energy efficiency offerings as Leidos extends its services to both business and residential customers. The time and material contract also includes rebates and incentives for low- and moderate-income households, Leidos said Thursday. The company added that it has …

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Alion Releases Risk Assessment Tool for Chemical Industry; Terri Spoonhour Comments

Alion Science and Technology has unveiled a new tool based on technology the Department of Homeland Security uses to assess chemical facilities’ vulnerability to risks such as accidents, terrorism and theft. “The risks facing the chemical industry daily can range anywhere from minor accidents to large-scale incidents, including terrorist threats, and these hazards can impact people …

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Planet Labs to Use TCS Antennas for Earth-Imaging Satellites; Michael Bristol Comments

TeleCommunication Systems will supply Planet Labs with the X/Y Tracking Antenna Systems to help track the Flock-1 Earth-imaging satellite constellation. TCS said Wednesday that features of the tracking antennas for the low-Earth orbit satellites include uplink satellite command and imaging data reception. “Capturing these high-resolution views of the earth at significant volume is a major …

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Exelis Supplies Navy Aircraft With Electronic Self-Protection Systems; Joe Rambala Comments

Exelis has delivered the first nine ALQ-214(V)4/5 electronic self-protection systems as part of the Integrated Defensive Electronic Countermeasures suite installed on the U.S. Navy‘s F-18 aircraft fleet. Joe Rambala, vice president and general manager of Exelis’ integrated electronic warfare systems business, said Wednesday this latest onboard jammer features software programmability and a more compact form factor. The ALQ-214(V)4/5, manufactured …

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