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Executive Spotlight: Shamlan Siddiqi, CTO of NTT DATA’s Public Sector

Shamlan Siddiqi, chief technology officer of NTT DATA’s public sector division, recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz regarding the impact artificial intelligence is having on the U.S. government, the reason why there’s so much red tape in AI innovation, why attracting talent is such a challenge in today’s climate and how the government can implement emerging technology more effectively.

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SSL to Design Methane Emission Detection Satellite; Richard White Quoted

Maxar TechnologiesSSL subsidiary has received a contract from Environmental Defense Fund to design and define requirements for a small satellite designed to detect and monitor methane emissions from oil and gas facilities worldwide. MethaneSAT is a small form-factor satellite that will work to provide high-resolution images to help detect and measure low- and high-emission sources in regions that constitute more than 80 percent of global production of oil and gas per week, Maxar said Thursday

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ECS, Elastic Forge Open Source Tech Partnership; George Wilson Quoted

ASGN’s ECS business has teamed up with search company Elastic to leverage the latter’s open-source technologies and software-as-a-service offerings to build up the speed and security posture of its big data platforms. ECS said Wednesday it will use Elastic’s technology platform to advance machine learning and build up reporting and monitoring in support of defense, federal civilian and commercial clients.

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Premier Analyzes Financial Impact of Opioid Overdoses on Hospitals; Roshni Ghosh Quoted

A new analysis by health care company Premier found that U.S. hospitals incur approximately $11.3B in total annual costs associated with patients who experienced opioid overdoses, constituting 1 percent of all hospital spending. Premier performed the opioid overdose analysis in October using a year’s worth of data from 647 health …

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Matt Desch: Iridium Considers Final ‘NEXT’ Satellite Launch an ‘Important Milestone’

Iridium Communications CEO Matt Desch has said the company considers the upcoming launch of the last and eighth batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites as “the most important milestone of all,” Via Satellite reported Thursday. The Iridium-8 mission is now scheduled to launch Tuesday, Jan. 8, aboard a SpaceX rocket from Vandenberg …

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Hortonworks’ Shaun Bierweiler: Federal Gov’t to Advance Data Management ‘At the Edge’ in 2019

Shaun Bierweiler, vice president of U.S. public sector at Hortonworks, has predicted the federal government will implement this year a new policy to manage data “at the edge.” “Capturing data at the edge and being able to get [artificial intelligence and machine learning] faster with real-time capabilities and security is …

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Boeing’s Leanne Caret, Engility’s Lynn Dugle on Challenges Facing Women in Defense Industry

Women now hold senior leadership roles at top defense contractors and among them are Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing’s defense, space and security business, and Engility CEO Lynn Dugle, Politico reported Wednesday. Caret noted that women continue to encounter challenges in the defense sector, which she considers are …

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Red Hat’s David Egts: Open-Source Training, ‘Sense of Mission’ Could Help Agencies Address Cyber Skills Gap

David Egts, chief technologist for Red Hat’s North American public sector, has said there are several options the federal government can consider to build up its workforce’s cybersecurity and information technology skills and one of those is to explore open-source training. “The proliferation of open source software has changed the training landscape …

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Raytheon’s Todd Probert: DoD Could Look to Commercial Software Dev’t to Speed Up Weapons Procurement

Todd Probert, vice president of mission support and modernization at Raytheon, told C4ISRNET that one of the trends he expects to see in 2019 is the Department of Defense’s move to accelerate the acquisition of weapons systems through commercial software development model. “I see 2019 as the point when the …

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Kratos Reports $65M in Satcom, Space Tech Contracts; Phil Carrai Quoted

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has booked new contracts and renewals worth up to $65M combined to support various space and satellite communications programs. The company said Monday it will provide technology platforms for satellite command, cloud computing architecture, signal monitoring and service assurance applications designed to aid space defense …

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Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: National Defense Strategy, NDAA Key Drivers for Unified Satcom Architecture

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch of Inmarsat Government has said industry and military leaders have initiated several space-related measures in 2018 meant to establish a resilient, global and integrated satellite communication architecture. Those actions include the fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act, National Defense Strategy and the Joint Space Operations Center’s transition to the Combined …

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Ray Williams: Radiant Solutions Uses AI, Other Emerging Tech to Help Clients Gain Insights From Data

Ray Williams, vice president and general manager of agile intelligence business at Maxar Technologies’ Radiant Solutions subsidiary, has discussed how his business works to help clients quickly generate insights from data sources in support of national security, environmental and humanitarian efforts. Williams explained in a blog post published Thursday how …

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