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Berry Aviation Forms UAS Research Group; Stan Finch Quoted

Stan Finch President Berry Aviation

San Marcos, Texas-based Berry Aviation has opened a new division in Stillwater, Oklahoma, that is focused on conducting research into unmanned aerial systems to support the Department of Defense in the areas of propulsion, navigation and acoustic improvements. The company's newly created autonomous and unmanned aviation division has hired additional engineers to support work related to UAS and counter-UAS activities.

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Federated Wireless Names US Partners in DOD Private 5G Deployment Effort; Sal D’Itri Quoted

Sal DItri VP and Federal Unit GM Federated Wireless

Federated Wireless has partnered with Amazon Web Services, Cisco, Perspecta Labs, Vectrus, JMA and Capstone Partners to deploy a Citizens Broadband Radio Service-enabled private 5G wireless network for the Department of Defense. The prototype deployment is part of a multiyear initiative that seeks to modernize Marine Corps Logistics Command's warehouse operations in Albany, Georgia, through the creation of a reference design for a 5G smart warehouse.

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SDA Eyes August Release of Satellite Procurement Details; Derek Tournear Quoted

Derek Tournear Director Space Development Agency

The Space Development Agency plans to release a solicitation in August to buy 150 satellites and expects those spacecraft to be in orbit by 2024 to support the development of a multilayered system designed to improve surveillance and transmit data to weapons and ground systems, Federal News Network reported Tuesday. “What our architecture is based on is proliferation and spiral development,“ Derek Tournear, director of SDA and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said Tuesday at a Space Foundation event.

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Northrop's SharkSat Payload Transmits Telemetry Data Back to Ground; Candace Givens Quoted

Candace Givens VP Northrop Grumman

The Northrop Grumman-built SharkSat payload collected and transmitted performance and telemetry data back to mission controllers while orbiting the Earth during a two-week demonstration aboard the company's Cygnus spacecraft in January. “SharkSat's success directly reflects the speed and agility that our team put forth to deliver mission success,“ said Candace Givens, vice president of payload and ground systems division at Northrop.

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Leidos to Help Update Army Fires Support C2 System

Leidos

The Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded Leidos a sole-source contract to support the modernization of the U.S. Army's command-and-control system for fires support in order for the platform to keep pace with the Department of Defense's operational needs, including Joint All Domain Command and Control and sensor-to-shooter frameworks. A justification and approval notice published Thursday says the Advanced Field Artillery Tactical Data System 7 modernization effort requires a shift in the current contract strategy from block development, which needs a regional fielding approach, to a code conversion effort. 

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Microsoft, HPE Partner to Link Azure Cloud to Orbiting Laboratory Via SpaceBorne Computer-2

ISS

Microsoft has teamed up with Hewlett Packard Enterprise to connect its Azure cloud to the International Space Station through HPE's Spaceborne Computer-2. SBC-2 is set to fly aboard Northrop Grumman's Cygnus spacecraft as part of Northrop's 15th commercial resupply mission to the orbiting laboratory on Feb. 20, and will bring artificial intelligence, cloud connectivity and edge computing capabilities to the ISS.

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SAIC CEO Nazzic Keene Named to 2021 Wash100 for Leading Major Acquisitions, Advancing Significant Company Growth

Nazzic Keene CEO SAIC

Executive Mosaic is honored to present Nazzic Keene, CEO of Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC), as a recipient of the 2021 Wash100 Award for her leadership as SAIC acquired Unisys Federal and reorganized the company's business structure to advance future growth priorities heading into 2021 and beyond. This marks Keene's fourth Wash100 Award and her third consecutive.

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