Space Force Posts RFI for Commercial Satcom Services

Satcom services RFI

The U.S. Space Force plans to launch a solicitation for commercial satellite communications services in support of the U.S. military and various government entities. USSF said Wednesday in a request for information notice that its Commercial Satellite Communications Office seeks proliferated low Earth orbit services that can facilitate data transfers with a maximum latency of 50 milliseconds.

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NIST Seeks R&D Support for Cybersecurity Standards Development

NIST seeks cybersecurity research support

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is looking for potential sources of research and development services to help inform the NIST Information Technology Laboratory's cybersecurity and information security efforts. NIST said in a notice posted Thursday that it plans to issue an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to support the ITL Computer Security Division's work establishing standards, practices and tools for ensuring the security of U.S. systems.

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HHS Invests $57M to Continue Production Support for Corning’s COVID-19 Vaccine Vials

Corning

The Department of Health and Human Services has earmarked $57 million to help expand Corning's capacity to manufacture coated glass vials and tubing to address needs related to the U.S. government's COVID-19 vaccination campaign. Corning said Friday the additional funding is meant to support mass vaccination activities and builds on a $204 million allocation from the HHS Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.

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Booz Allen's Joel Dillon: 5G, Integrated Operations Key to Achieving Digital Battlespace Dominance

Joel Dillon VP Booz Allen Hamilton

Joel Dillon, vice president and technical lead of the U.S. Army portfolio at Booz Allen Hamilton, said digitized battlespace operations, virtual training and 5G will drive military leadership amid the current threat landscape. Dillon wrote in an opinion piece published Monday on National Defense Magazine that defense officials have recognized the role of 5G implementation in supporting augmented and virtual reality-based training as well as connected architecture.

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TrustComm to Bring OneWeb’s Low-Latency Communications Offerings to DOD

OneWeb

OneWeb entered into a product distribution agreement with TrustComm March 16 to deliver beyond line-of-sight and low-latency communications services to the Department of Defense. The two companies will work to implement low-Earth orbit technologies into various areas in the Arctic region in an effort to address poor connectivity levels caused by harsh terrain and high latitude, OneWeb said Friday.

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Northrop to Build MQ-4C Triton UAV Under $99M Navy Contract Modification

Northrop

Northrop Grumman has received a $99 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy for additional low-rate initial production of a lot 5 MQ-4C Triton unmanned aircraft system. The action expands the scope of the previously awarded, fixed-priced incentive contract and the military service will obligate the full value of the modification from fiscal years 2019 through 2021 funds, the Department of Defense said Friday.

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Edward Horowitz-Led CEA Space SPAC to Go Public to Raise $250M

Edward Horowitz Co-Chairman and CEO CEA Space Partners I

CEA Space Partners I, a special purpose acquisition company led by satellite industry veteran Edward Horowitz, plans to launch an initial public offering to raise $250 million in funds. The Tampa, Florida-based company intends to offer 25 million units consisting of a share of Class A common stock and a third of one redeemable warrant at a price of $10 per unit with plans to have them listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “CEAS.U,“ according to a Securities and Exchange Commission filing.

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Novetta CEO Tiffanny Gates Chosen to 2021 Wash100 for Continued Analytics Portfolio Expansion, Military Veterans Employment

Tiffanny Gates President

Executive Mosaic is pleased to unveil Tiffanny Gates, president and CEO of Novetta, as a recipient of the 2021 Wash100 Award for driving company growth through its expansion of analytics capabilities for the government sector and its programs to support military transition into the civilian workplace. This represents the third consecutive Wash100 selection for Gates.

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Eric Schmidt: US Needs More Assertive Role in AI, Military Tech Development

Eric Schmidt Chair NSCAI

Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt said the U.S. government and the technology industry must develop new approaches for artificial intelligence (AI), microelectronics and other critical military innovations to maintain technology advantage over China, C4ISRNET reported Friday. Speaking at the National Defense Industrial Association's National Security Artificial Intelligence Conference, Schmidt noted that China has been investing in emerging technology and that the U.S. needs to take a more assertive role in tech development.

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