Brenda Marie Rivers

Torch.AI to Pursue Data Management Tech Development, Expansion Efforts via Series A Funding

Torch.AI

Artificial intelligence platform maker Torch.AI has secured $30 million during a Series A funding round to support the company's efforts to drive its growth strategies. Torch.AI said Wednesday that the WestCap Group-led funding will help the company in scaling its Nexus AI software suite to address the mission requirements of clients including federal agencies.

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Maxar, Busek Complete Solar Propulsion Fire Tests for Lunar Gateway; Robert Curbeam Quoted

Robert Curbeam Space Capture SVP Maxar Technologies

Maxar Technologies and Natick, Massachusetts-based space propulsion technology maker Busek have concluded hot fire tests for a solar electric propulsion component for NASA's planned lunar Gateway. Busek said Wednesday the fire test validates all parts of the Power and Propulsion Element's SEP subsystem that will help handle the Gateway's maneuvering, communications and attitude control functions in lunar orbit to support missions like the Artemis program.

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Hitachi Vantara Federal’s Gary Hix on Industry’s Role in Supporting Agencies’ Cloud Strategies

Gary Hix CTO Hitachi Vantara Federal

Gary Hix, chief technology officer of Hitachi Vantara Federal, said that agencies must have a structured approach to implementing hybrid cloud strategies and build relationships with industry based on past performance and trust. Hix told Federal News Network in an interview published Wednesday that hybrid cloud environments enable users to extend security profiles to the public cloud while retaining some on-premises elements for data-intensive functionalities.

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Zscaler Selects Telos Risk Management Tool to Support FedRAMP Compliance; Stephen Kovac Quoted

Stephen Kovac VP Zscaler

Zscaler has partnered with Telos to use the latter's Xacta cyber risk assessment tool to help automate deployment authorizations under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program and Department of Defense. The team will execute a phased rollout process and integrate Xacta with Zscaler's System Security Plan to handle risk management activities for Zscaler's Z-OS variant of the Linux operating system, Telos said Wednesday.

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General Atomics, Parsons to Manage Radioactive Separation Activities at DOE's Savannah River Site

Salt Waste Processing Facility

General Atomics has partnered with Parsons to help the latter support radioactive operations at the Department of Energy's Salt Waste Processing Facility within the Savannah River Site near Aiken, South Carolina. General Atomics' electromagnetic systems business will perform operational support and cognizant system engineering services at SWPF, which is valued at $2.3 billion and commenced full operations in January, the company said Wednesday.

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Enlightenment Capital Taps Former DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson for Advice & Counsel; Devin Talbott Quoted

Jeh Johnson Partner Paul Weiss

Jeh Johnson, a partner at law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and former secretary at the Department of Homeland Security, has been appointed to offer advice and counsel to Vienna, Virginia-based private equity firm Enlightenment Capital. Johnson will rely on his over 30-year public and private sector experience to provide legal assistance to the Enlightenment Capital as part of the engagement agreement, the firm said Tuesday.

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QuickLogic to Provide Semiconductor Cores to DARPA to Support Commercial IP-Based Tech Development

QuickLogic

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has partnered with QuickLogic to designate the company as the agency's supplier of customizable Field-Programmable Gate Array Intellectual Property cores to support technology development using commercial IP. QuickLogic said Monday it will provide embedded FPGA IP and associated open-source tools as part of the DARPA Toolbox program, which is aimed at providing access to commercial IP under legal open-licensing terms to streamline capability transitions.

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Charles River Analytics Lands Navy Contract to Develop Ship Management System Architecture

Charles River Analytcis

The U.S. Navy has awarded Charles River Analytics a $140,000 contract to develop a platform-agnostic framework designed to support the service branch's management of disparate systems and sensor networks. Charles River said Monday the Core Combat Architecture will serve as a baseline for platforms meant to handle the real-time management of combat systems, weapons and sensors supporting the Navy's vessels.

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Army OKs Northrop’s Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure System for Full-Rate Production

Common IR Countermeasure System

Northrop Grumman has achieved certification from the U.S. Army that declares the company's Common Infrared Countermeasure technology as operationally suitable and clears the system for full-rate production. Northrop said Monday that the go-ahead for CIRCM's full production comes after six months of initial operational test and evaluation work involving simulated scenarios for threat detection and termination.

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Army Earmarks SBIR Funding for Trident Systems’ Predictive Maintenance Tech for Combat Vehicles

Trident Systems

The U.S. Army has selected Trident Systems' predictive maintenance technology as the winner of a combat vehicle-focused topic area for a competition under the military branch's Small Business Innovation Research initiative. Trident said Thursday it will receive funding to develop its Predictive Maintenance Analyzer as part of the Army xTech SBIR effort's “Topic F: Condition Based Maintenance for Combat Vehicles“ track.

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