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NASA Picks Luna’s RIO Laser for Navigation Doppler LiDAR

Luna Innovations

NASA has selected a Luna Innovations-built semiconductor laser for use in its Navigation Doppler LiDAR system. “To precisely measure the vehicle speed, direction, and distance, our NDL system uses both Doppler shift and laser beam travel time, which requires a highly stable single-frequency laser source,” said Farzin Amzajerdian, NDL principal investigator from NASA Langley Research Center. “The RIO laser from Luna Innovations has met NASA’s requirements for high reliability, low noise, and ultra-narrow linewidth.”

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Johns Hopkins APL Provides Modeling, Simulation Tech for DARPA’s Fighter Aircraft ‘Dogfight’ Trials

Johns Hopkins APL

Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory has conducted a simulated dogfighting exercise with F-16 fighter jets as part of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Air Combat Evolution program. Johns Hopkins APL said Thursday that the exercise took place in February and serves as a follow-up to DARPA’s AlphaDogfight Trials which saw one-versus-one simulated fights between F-16s.

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CGI’s Horace Blackman: Agencies Should ‘Reimagine the Value Chain’ in Tech Modernization Efforts

Horace Blackman SVP CGI

Horace Blackman, senior vice president of consulting services at CGI, told Government Matters in an interview posted Thursday that agencies should consider the option of “reimagining the value chain” as they decide whether to update or replace legacy information technology platforms. “When we talk about reimagining the value chain, it’s looking at the mission and asking the question how can we best leverage technology to support this mission,” said Blackman.

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Citadel Defense Adds Counter Drone Training to Titan System

Citadel Defense

Citadel Defense has updated its Titan counter unmanned aircraft system to incorporate CUAS training and help warfighters teach a colleague how to operate the platform for enhanced situational awareness. The company said Thursday the training environments integrated into the Titan software were developed using artificial intelligence, automated threat simulation and data augmentation technologies.

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Microsoft Launches Azure Templates for DOD Security Implementation Standards Compliance

Microsoft

Microsoft has released templates to help organizations ensure secure cloud transitions that comply with the Department of Defense’s quarterly-updated security implementation guide. Nirali Shah, program manager for Microsoft Azure Government, wrote in a blog post published Thursday that the templates are meant to comply with the Defense Information Systems Agency’s Security Technical Implementation Guide that covers configurations for hardware, software and operating systems.

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Mike Madsen, Deputy Director and Strategic Engagement Head at Defense Innovation Unit, Inducted Into 2021 Wash100 for Driving Commercial Partnerships; IT Tech Capabilities

Mike Madsen Deputy Director Defense Innovation Unit

Executive Mosaic is honored to introduce Mike Madsen, deputy director and director of strategic engagement at the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), as a recipient into the 2021 Wash100 Award for his leadership, innovation and success to drive commercial technology and partnerships to advance IT capabilities for both sectors. This marks the first Wash100 Award for Madsen.

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Anne Neuberger, Deputy National Security Adviser for Cyber and Emerging Technology, Receives Second Consecutive Wash100 Award

Anne Neuberger National Security Council

Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for Cyber and Emerging Technology at the White House’s National Security Council (NSC), has received her second consecutive Wash100 Award, the most prestigious award in all of government contracting (GovCon). Previously, Neuberger was recognized for her role in developing new counter-threat policies with the agency and driving federal technology initiatives. 

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Jeffrey Fowler Becomes First President of Golden Key Group; Gretchen McCracken Quoted

Jeffrey Fowler President Golden Key Group

Golden Key Group (GKG) announced the promotion of Jeffrey Fowler to be the first-ever president of the Reston, Virginia-based professional services company. Fowler, who joined GKG as vice president of Navy programs in September 2020, will be responsible for the company’s execution of all program and business operations and will work closely with Gretchen McCracken, CEO and managing partner of GKG, to strengthen the company's mission of providing the federal government with innovative workforce optimization solutions.

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Akima Subsidiary Secures Spot on Potential $835M USAF Aircraft Maintenance Contract; Scott Rauer Quoted

AKIMA

An Akima subsidiary has won a seat on a potential 10-year, $835 million indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract from the U.S. Air Force for aircraft support services. Under the Rotary Wing Maintenance Contract Consolidation IDIQ, Akima Logistics Services will provide helicopter maintenance operations to support operational and training missions of the service branch.

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Air Force Taps Lockheed to Develop Long-Range Radar Interface

TPS-75 radar

Lockheed Martin has received a follow-on contract to develop a data transmission interface as part of the U.S. Air Force's rapid prototyping competition to modernize the legacy TPS-75 military radar system. The integration contract under the Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar development program has options for the company to manufacture up to 35 systems, the military service said Wednesday.

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