Technology

Lumen Secures Navy JAG Connectivity Contract; Zain Ahmed Quoted

Zain Ahmed Lumen Technologies

Lumen Technologies has recently won a potential 12-year, task order under the General Services Administration’s (GSA) $50 billion Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions (EIS) program, to provide secure high-speed connectivity, WiFi, unified communications and managed network services to the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps. Lumen will operate on an initial one-year term with 11 additional one-year options available to continue work.

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Q&A With David Egts of Red Hat Details Edge Computing Importance, Addressing Challenges and Hybrid Cloud Approach

David Egts Red Hat

David Egts, senior director and chief technologist of Red Hat's North American public sector, recently took part in a recent Q&A session with ExecutiveBiz to detail the ongoing importance of edge computing and its capabilities in data processing. David Egts is the senior director and chief technologist of Red Hat’s North America public sector organization. 

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Virgin Orbit’s New LauncherOne Mission to Send DOD, International Satellites to Space in June

Virgin Orbit

Virgin Orbit announced on Thursday that its LauncherOne rocket is fully assembled and will soon be shipped to Mojave Air and Space Port in California for pre-launch operations. The rocket’s upcoming mission is called Tubular Bells, Part One, which will launch CubeSat satellites for the Department of Defense (DOD) and Royal Netherlands Air Force, as well as two optical satellites for SatRevolution. The launch is scheduled for June of this year. 

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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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USPS Adopts Edge AI to Expedite Package Tracking; NVIDIA’s Anthony Robbins Quoted

Anthony Robbins VP of Federal NVIDIA

The U.S. Postal Service has implemented an edge artificial intelligence system on the NVIDIA EGX platform to help speed up the process of identifying and tracking packages within hours instead of several days. The distributed edge AI platform, called the Edge Computing Infrastructure Program, emerged from a three-week sprint in 2019. During the sprint, a USPS data scientist and NVIDIA architects identified ways to accelerate the analysis of billions of images of packages each USPS center generates by designing deep learning models.

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Leidos Secures Position on DIA’s $12.6B IT Support IDIQ; Vicki Schmanske Quoted

Vicki Schmanske President Leidos Intelligence Group

Leidos announced on Thursday that it has been awarded a spot on potential $12.6 billion Solutions for the Information Technology Enterprise III (SITE III) contract from the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). The company will continue supporting DIA and compete for task orders to support the overall information technology (IT) program. SITE III runs for ten years and is a multiple-award indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.

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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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BETA Technologies Gets USAF Airworthiness Approval for ALIA Electric Aircraft

BETA Technologies ALIA flight simulator

BETA Technologies has received airworthiness approval from the U.S. Air Force for its electric vertical aircraft. The approval allows the company to begin operating its manned ALIA electric aircraft under the AFWERX Agility Prime Program that uses government resources to rapidly deploy new platforms to help broaden technology transition pathways and advance dual-use markets.

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