Mary-Louise Hoffman

Inmarsat-Addvalue Partnership Intros Satellite Link Service; Todd McDonnell Quoted

Todd McDonell President

Inmarsat and Singapore-based communications firm Addvalue Innovation have introduced a service to facilitate data transfer between low-Earth orbit small satellites and ground stations. The partnership commissioned the Inter-satellite Data Relay System service Nov. 12 on Sequoia, a Capella Space synthetic aperture radar microsatellite, and launched the IDRS offering after completion of a live data connectivity demonstration, Inmarsat said Monday.

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Data and Analytic Solutions to Help Modernize IRS Procurement Operations; Shanna Webbers Quoted

Partnership

Fairfax, Virginia-based consulting firm Data and Analytic Solutions has been selected to help the Internal Revenue Service explore approaches to accelerate the agency's contracting process. IRS said Monday it will work with DAS through a research partnership aimed at bringing together procurement professionals, university professors and students who have been educated in machine learning.

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Forcepoint’s Michael Crouse: Agencies Need Enterprise-Level Visibility Into User Access to Systems, Data

Data access and security

Michael Crouse, a user protection specialist at Forcepoint, has said agencies should incorporate user and data protection approaches into their overall security strategy. In a GCN guest piece published Monday, Crose offers three questions agency leaders can ask to pinpoint privileged access management challenges and suggests potential measures to address such issues.

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IBM Proposes Three-Pronged Gov’t IT Transformation Approach

IBM

Government agencies should follow the example of large commercial enterprises in modernizing information technology infrastructure with hybrid cloud computing architectures, writes IBM Chief Information Officer Fletcher Previn. In a blog post published Wednesday, he outlines a three-step framework the company has devised with the intent to help public sector leaders ensure agency systems are “Tomorrow Ready.”

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Timothy Herrick Becomes GM Defense’s Interim President

TImothy Herrick Interim President GM Defense

Timothy Herrick, vice president of global product programs at General Motors, has been appointed to serve as president of GM Defense on an interim basis. He will lead the military vehicle manufacturing business until the company finds a permanent replacement for David Albritton, who exited GM Defense to join Amazon Web Services as VP of global communications for public sector and vertical industries.

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Raytheon Technologies, DARPA to Enter Cross-Domain Software Project’s Second Phase

Raytheon Technologies

A Raytheon Technologies-led team will help the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency mature software for the second phase of a military planning technology being developed to support the agency's Mosaic Warfare strategy. Raytheon BBN Technologies aims to further develop a decision aid platform as part of DARPA's Adapting Cross-Domain Kill-Webs program to help commanders determine available resources or assets across air, space, land, maritime and cyber domains, the company said Tuesday.

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