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Lockheed Launches New Tactical ISR Satellites; Rick Ambrose Quoted

Rick Ambrose EVP Lockheed Martin Space

Lockheed Martin has unveiled a new line of tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance satellites that could help warfighters pursue mobile targets at long ranges while operating in denied environments. The tactical ISR satellites are based on the company’s LM 400 satellite bus, can connect with other battle management and warfighting platforms and can help field new capabilities on orbit in response to changing threats.

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SDA Seeks Info on Space Vehicles for Tranche 1 Transport Layer

Space Development Agency

The Space Development Agency has released a request for information on potential industry sources that could design and develop space vehicles for the first tranche of the National Defense Space Architecture’s transport layer. SDA wants the Tranche 1 Transport Layer to support multiple warfighter missions by delivering regional persistence capabilities in support of the Combined Joint All Domain Command and Control by facilitating sensor-to-shooter connectivity, low-latency data transport and direct-to-weapon connectivity.

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Verizon Report Provides In-Depth Look at US Public Sector’s Mobile Device Security

Verizon Mobile Security Index 2021 report

A Verizon report has found that 48 percent of public sector respondents whose organizations had suffered a compromise involving a mobile device said the effects of the breach were major. Public sector organizations cited loss of data, increased risk to employee safety and disruption of operations as the top three consequences of a breach they were concerned about.

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Mike Daniels: Google Secures Compliance Certifications for Cloud Services

Mike Daniels Global Public Sector VP Google Cloud

Mike Daniels, vice president of global public sector at Google Cloud, wrote in a blog post published Thursday that the company has expanded its list of government and security compliance certifications for its cloud service offerings to address public sector requirements. One of those is the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program High certification for the company's Cloud DNS platform.

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NASA Picks Luna’s RIO Laser for Navigation Doppler LiDAR

Luna Innovations

NASA has selected a Luna Innovations-built semiconductor laser for use in its Navigation Doppler LiDAR system. “To precisely measure the vehicle speed, direction, and distance, our NDL system uses both Doppler shift and laser beam travel time, which requires a highly stable single-frequency laser source,” said Farzin Amzajerdian, NDL principal investigator from NASA Langley Research Center. “The RIO laser from Luna Innovations has met NASA’s requirements for high reliability, low noise, and ultra-narrow linewidth.”

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CGI’s Horace Blackman: Agencies Should ‘Reimagine the Value Chain’ in Tech Modernization Efforts

Horace Blackman SVP CGI

Horace Blackman, senior vice president of consulting services at CGI, told Government Matters in an interview posted Thursday that agencies should consider the option of “reimagining the value chain” as they decide whether to update or replace legacy information technology platforms. “When we talk about reimagining the value chain, it’s looking at the mission and asking the question how can we best leverage technology to support this mission,” said Blackman.

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Northrop, Air Force Conclude Ground Based Strategic Deterrent Integrated Baseline Review

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman and the U.S. Air Force completed the integrated baseline review for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile program under an engineering and manufacturing development contract awarded in September. The review involves the establishment of schedule and cost baseline, risk identification and development of mitigation plans within the first 180 days of contract award.

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Amy Gilliland: GDIT Shifts Focus to Support Federal IT Modernization Efforts

Amy Gilliland President GDIT

Amy Gilliland, president of General Dynamics’ information technology business and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said the company is focusing more on how it is delivering technology platforms to government clients to support their IT modernization efforts amid expectations of federal budget constraints. "We have shifted our investment approach to not just partner with companies that have very leading-edge capabilities and new ideas, but to focus squarely on the implementation side, which means we have the right skills to deploy commercial products, support and operate them in an agency environment,” Gilliland said.

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