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DARPA Gains Access to Ceva’s IP, Wireless Tech Portfolio

Ceva

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has received a license to use Ceva's portfolio of wireless connectivity and smart sensing internet protocols to support the development of various DARPA-made wireless technologies under a new commercial engagement program. Ceva said Tuesday it will provide processors, tools and technical area services to DARPA under the Toolbox initiative in support of the agency's technology development pursuits.

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EY Helps HUD CFO Office Adopt Robotic Process Automation Tech; Irv Dennis Quoted

Irv Dennis CFO HUD

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has enlisted the help of Ernst & Young to simplify the agency's financial management processes through the implementation of robotics process automation technology, Federal News Network reported Monday. Irv Dennis, chief financial officer of HUD and a 36-year EY veteran, said the partnership used RPA to shorten a manual process from 2.6K hours to 65.

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Systems & Technology Research to Help DARPA Create Airspace Mgmt System Testbed

STR

Systems and Technology Research has won an $8.3M contract to help the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency study, develop and trial a testing environment in support of a program that aims to ensure effectiveness of airspace operations in future battlespace. The sought environment will serve as a testbed for airspace management systems, airspace planning algorithms and a network of aircraft-tracking sensors under DARPA's Air Space Total Awareness for Rapid Tactical Execution program, the Department of Defense said Tuesday.

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Raytheon Technologies Employs Open Architecture Approach to Expand DOD’s Tech Customization Options

Raytheon Technologies

A vice president at Raytheon Technologies' intelligence and space arm has detailed how the business' use of open systems architecture in its programs aligns with the Department of Defense's requirement of employing non-proprietary software to ensure interoperability. Paul Meyer, VP for space and command and control systems at Raytheon Intelligence and Space, said in a Dec. 17 company post that DOD wants to ensure usability of military technologies across all warfighting domains: land, air, space, sea and cyber.

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Navy Awards Kratos Contract Modification for Aerial Target System Sustainment, Ops

Kratos

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions will perform engineering and logistics for BQM-177A aerial target systems under a new U.S. Navy-awarded $3.6M contract option that follows the completion of the full rate production effort. Steve Fendley, president of Kratos' unmanned systems division, said in a statement posted Thursday the company has begun operations and sustainment activities for the Navy's sub-sonic aerial target as part of the program's life cycle.

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Report: Aircraft Demand, UAV Adoption to Drive Aerospace 3D Printing Market’s Growth Through 2027

3D printing

A new Research and Markets forecast says increasing demand for new aircraft and use of unmanned aerial vehicles worldwide will be among the factors that will drive 3D printing growth in the aerospace sector over the next seven years. The global market for aerospace 3D printers reached a value of $1.12B last year and is projected to experience a 25.3 percent compound annual growth rate to hit $6.81B by 2027.

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ALS, Firefly Aerospace Ink Contract for Four Alpha Rocket Launches

Firefly Alpha rocket

Adaptive Launch Solutions, a satellite integrator and multi-manifest hardware provider, has agreed to conduct launch services with Firefly Aerospace's launch vehicle in response to small satellite demands from government operators and commercial owners. Firefly said Wednesday its Alpha rocket will be used in four ALS-led smallsat launches starting 2021 under a multi-year agreement.

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Kratos to Conduct Assessments for DOD Cybersecurity Certification Program

Kratos

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions has been named a certified third-party assessment organization by the accreditation body of the Department of Defense's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program to help determine defense contractors' compliance with the new security standards. The CMMC Accreditation Body authorized Kratos to assess whether companies observe security practices that follow DOD's industrial cybersecurity requirements, Kratos said Wednesday.

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