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Maximus Federal’s Andy Beamon: AI-Powered Virtual Assistants Could Help Government Improve Citizen Engagement

Andy Beamon VP Maximus Federal

Andy Beamon, vice president of strategic innovation for citizen services at Maximus' federal business arm, said intelligent virtual assistants have the potential to personalize, accelerate and streamline customer deliveries. Artificial intelligence-powered IVAs allow government agencies to accommodate inquiries and various requests of citizens 24/7 without the need for a complete staff, according to Beamon.

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USAF Demos New Autonomy Core System With Kratos-Made Unmanned Aircraft

UTAP-22

The U.S. Air Force has flight-tested a Kratos Defense & Security Solutions-made unmanned tactical aerial platform equipped with a new autonomy core system to assess its navigational command response and basic aviation functions. The UTAP-22 aircraft flew at Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida on April 29 to exhibit safe flight performance of the Skyborg ACS while being monitored by both ground-based and airborne control stations, Air Force Research Laboratory said Wednesday.

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Air Force Reserve, ANG Field Full-Color Configuration of Northrop-Made Targeting Pod

Northrop Grumman

The Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard has deployed a Northrop Grumman-built advanced targeting pod capable of providing F-16 aircraft pilots with full-color digital video for situational awareness and targeting accuracy. The company said Tuesday the Litening pod features a modular design that allows users to update the pod into the new full-color configuration.

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Perspecta Lands Spot on DHS’ $700M Multiaward BPA for Investigative Services; Jennifer Swindell Quoted

Jennifer Swindell SVP and GM Perspecta

Perspecta has secured a spot on a $700 million multiaward blanket purchase agreement with the Department of Homeland Security to help it conduct national security and background investigations. The company said Tuesday it offers a full range of services that agencies can use for detection, investigation and reduction of mission risks.

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Lockheed Subsidiary Exhibits Data Sharing Capability Among F-22, F-35 Jets, U-2 Aircraft

Project Hydra

Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works subsidiary demonstrated communications between six fifth-generation fighter jet and one reconnaissance aircraft during a test with the U.S. Air Force and the Missile Defense Agency. The flight test titled Project Hydra had five F-35s, one U-2 and and one F-22 aircraft link with each other to share data and build real time situational awareness for ground-based operators, the company said Monday.

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Quzara, CORTAC Group, Summit 7 Create Consortium to Support Defense Industry’s CMMC Compliance

Cybersecurity

Quzara has partnered with Summit 7 Systems and CORTAC Group to help members of the defense industrial base comply with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification, a Department of Defense program that sets new cybersecurity standards. The companies have formed the CMMC Consortium that will guide stakeholders and advise them on compliance efforts by providing regulatory and cybersecurity expertise, Quzara said Monday.

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Former Army Intell Officer Barbara Fast Named to Clarifai’s Public Sector Advisory Council

Barbara Fast Senior Adviser Clarifai

Barbara Fast, a former U.S. Army intelligence officer, has joined Clarifai to serve as senior adviser and member of the company's public sector advisory council. Fast is a retired Army major general who contributed 32 years of service to the military, having held intelligence-related roles with the Army Intelligence Center, Multi-National Forces-Iraq, National Security Agency and Central Security Service.

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Raytheon Delivers Prototype AESA Radar to Marine Corps for F-18 Flight Testing

APG-79 radar Raytheon Technologies

The U.S. Marines Corps has received a Raytheon Technologies-made prototype radar that the service branch plans to use for early flight testing with its F-18 Hornet aircraft. The company said Thursday it delivered a prototype of the APG-79(V)4 radar, a scaled variant of the APG-79 active electronically scanned array designed for detecting and tracking enemy aircraft more accurately than the older APG-73 technology.

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