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Hawk Carlisle: NDIA’s ‘Vital Signs 2021’ Report Examines Health, Readiness of Defense Industrial Base

Hawk Carlisle President and CEO NDIA

Hawk Carlisle, president and CEO of the National Defense Industrial Association, wrote in an article published Monday in National Defense magazine that NDIA gives the defense industrial base a score of 75 and a C rating in the “Vital Signs 2021" report set to be released in December. Carlisle said the score indicates that the defense industrial base continues to face a challenging environment amid the COVID19 pandemic.

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Jeff Ryder: GM Defense Arm Eyes Addressable Military Vehicle, Tech Market

Jeff Ryder Growth and Strategy VP GM Defense

Jeff Ryder, vice president of growth and strategy at General Motors’ defense unit, said GM Defense sees a $25B market in developing new military products based on the parent company’s existing vehicles, technologies and parts, CNBC reported Monday. “That’s an addressable market that we feel we have a right to win and pursue. And that’s what we’re doing,” he said.

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Air Force Research Satellite Conducts VLF Transmission in Space

AFRL DSX spacecraft

The Demonstration and Science Experiments satellite of the Air Force Research Laboratory performed the first space-to-space very low frequency transmission within three months of its launch during a coordinated experiment with the Japanese Space Agency’s Arase spacecraft. The DSX satellite launched in June 2019 to study the interactions of space plasma, radiation belts and radio waves in near-Earth space.

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Avaya to Provide Cloud-Based Contact Center Tech for ‘NORAD Tracks Santa’ Program; Jerry Dotson Quoted

Jerry Dotson VP of Public Sector Avaya

Avaya will support the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s annual Tracks Santa program by deploying its cloud-based contact center platform designed to handle calls from the public. "The capability to create meaningful connections across a variety of platforms makes for happier customers and a happier holiday season. We are proud to serve so many, including the NORAD Tracks Santa program, and pleased that our technology continues to help spread cheer across the globe,” said Jerry Dotson, vice president of Avaya's public sector business.

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NuWave Buys ProModel Gov’t Services Unit, Baird Advises on Sell Side; GovCon Expert Reggie Brothers Quoted

Reggie Brothers CEO NuWave Solutions

NuWave Solutions has purchased a ProModel Corp. business segment that offers analytic software platforms to the U.S. government, for an undisclosed sum. “ProModel Government Services is uniquely qualified to help federal government agencies with their decision making,” said Reggie Brothers, CEO of NuWave and a GovCon Expert.

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James Taiclet: Lockheed-Aerojet Rocketdyne Deal to Drive Tech Integration Work for Federal Clients

James Taiclet President and CEO Lockheed Martin

James Taiclet, president and CEO of Lockheed Martin, said acquiring Aerojet Rocketdyne will bring in propulsion systems for potential integration with Lockheed-built missile and rocket offerings, Via Satellite reported Monday. Taiclet told analysts Monday during a conference call he expects the transaction to support upfront design, production planning and engineering integration efforts at the Bethesda, Maryland-based aerospace and defense company.

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Forcepoint’s Nicolas Fischbach: User Activity Monitoring Could Help Agencies Protect Data

Nicolas Fischbach Global CTO Forcepoint

Nicolas Fischbach, global chief technology officer at Forcepoint, wrote in a guest piece published Friday on Nextgov that government agencies should prioritize data visibility and data loss prevention as they head into 2021. He said agencies should determine how employees and other users interact with government data through user activity monitoring with the aid of behavioral analytics to better detect compromised accounts and malicious actors.

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IBM-Salesforce Partnership Seeks to Provide Single Platform for Health Status Verification

Health IT

IBM and Salesforce have teamed up to help government agencies, businesses and schools verify an individual’s health and vaccine status to enable them to safely reopen amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership will facilitate the integration of IBM Digital Health Pass with the Salesforce Work.com platform to provide organizations with a single tool for making data-driven decisions as they work to streamline communications, initiate actions and reduce risks.

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Deloitte: Machine Learning Ops, Zero Trust Among Government Tech Trends to Watch in 2021

Deloitte

A new Deloitte report has identified nine technology trends that are likely to cause disruption for government agencies over the next 12 to 18 months. The company's annual report Tech Trends 2021: A Government Perspective scored each trend based on its relevance to agencies and the government’s readiness to implement such trends and showed that machine learning operations or MLOps, revitalization of core assets, zero trust approaches and a reboot of the digital workplace were considered the most relevant to agencies.

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