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Air Force Accepts Two Boeing-Built KC-46 Tankers; Leanne Caret Quoted

Boeing handed over two KC-46A Pegasus tanker planes to the U.S. Air Force during a ceremony held Thursday at the company’s Everett, Wash.-based assembly facility, GeekWire reported Thursday. Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing’s defense, space and security business, made a surprise announcement Thursday before employees and service personnel that the company would deliver not just one, but two KC-46As to the military branch.

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Chris Pogue on MDA’s Government Division, UAS Surveillance Offerings

Chris Pogue, president of government division at Maxar TechnologiesMDA business, told MilsatMagazine in an interview that he oversees the operations and growth of defense, enterprise geospatial platforms, Earth observation systems and space robotics business lines as head of MDA Government. Pogue, who assumed his current role in June 2018, discussed how MDA meets the surveillance needs of warfighters and defense clients worldwide through unmanned aircraft systems.

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Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Gov’t Should Leverage Commercial Innovation to Build Unified Satcom Architecture

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch of Inmarsat Government has said government leaders and the satellite communications industry must continue to work together to facilitate the integration of commercial innovation into a unified satcom architecture. Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president for government strategy and policy at Inmarsat Government, wrote in a MilsatMagazine article how the U.S. Air Force’s Analysis of Alternatives effort highlights the urgency for a strong industry-government partnership to “ensure available solutions are fully considered as part of any recapitalization process.”
 

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DARPA Selects Teams for Subterranean Navigation Challenge

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has selected nine teams to take part in a competition that aims to innovate on the navigation of man-made tunnels, urban underground locations and natural caves. The two-track Subterranean Integration Exercise challenges teams from universities and companies to apply robotics, sensor and communications technologies as they remotely navigate through the Edgar Experimental Mine in Idaho Springs, Colo., this April, DARPA said Tuesday.

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AWS, Leidos Execs on Cloud and Agencies’ Need to Focus on Mission Outcomes

Brett McMillen of Amazon Web Services and Keith Johnson of Leidos discussed in a Federal News Network article published Tuesday about the need for government agencies to focus on mission outcomes when adopting cloud and other technology platforms. McMillen, director of federal government at AWS, said he thinks the latest technologies may not always address the needs and requirements of agencies and citizens.

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