Fairbanks Morse Rebrands to Highlight Defense Market Focus; George Whittier Quoted

Fairbanks Morse Defense

Fairbanks Morse has changed its name as part of a rebranding effort to emphasize the company's work with defense customers. The Beloit, Wisconsin-based marine technology supplier said Tuesday it will now operate as Fairbanks Morse Defense with three business units that focus on providing engines, aftermarket services and motor and control systems in the military and commercial maritime sectors.

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General Motors Gets License for Oak Ridge National Lab’s ‘MENNDL’ AI Software

ORNL licenses AI system to GM

General Motors has secured a commercial license for an artificial intelligence software from the Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory in support of its vehicle technology development efforts. The company will use and evaluate the potential of the Multinode Evolutionary Neural Networks for Deep Learning AI system in speeding up the development of driver assistance technologies.

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FCC OKs SpaceX’s License Modification Request for Starlink Constellation


The Federal Communications Commission approved SpaceX’s request for modification of its license for its Starlink satellite constellation. The modified license will allow SpaceX to move the operational altitude for its 2,814 satellites to the range of 540 to 570 kilometers, reduce the number of satellites in the constellation from 4,409 to 4,408 and change the minimum earth station elevation angle for gateway and user beams.

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KBR Books $50M DLA Contract for Maintenance, Sustainment of Fuel Systems; Byron Bright Quoted

Byron Bright President KBR Government Solutions

KBR has secured a potential five-year, $49.5 million contract for maintenance and sustainment of automated hydrant fueling systems at 90 Department of Defense facilities around the world. The company said Tuesday it will help the Defense Logistics Agency by providing equipment and site support, program management, training, testing and maintenance services.

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NetImpact Strategies Named ServiceNow Elite Partner; PV Puvvada Quoted

PV Puvvada CEO NetImpact Strategies

NetImpact Strategies, Inc. (NetImpact) has been named a ServiceNow Elite Partner, a top tier certification status, following rigorous certification requirements that demonstrate the company’s diversity of implementation expertise, history of several large successful enterprise-scale implementations, and exceptional customer satisfaction scores. "This is a testament to our exceptionally talented team's focus and technical depth to achieve this very hard-to-get designation," said Venkatapathi "PV" Puvvada

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Robert Cardillo Appointed as Chief Strategist, Board Chair at Planet’s Federal Arm

Robert Cardillo Chief Strategist Planet Federal

Planet Labs Inc. has named Robert Cardillo, former director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and four-time Wash100 Award recipient, as chief strategist and chairman of the board of its federal business arm. At Planet Federal, Cardillo will support strategic decision-making regarding future products that correspond with the mission needs of the federal government, the company said Tuesday.

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Veraxx Names Mark Gray as Executive Chairman, Chris Conrad as CEO, Chief Growth Officer

Mark Gray Executive Chairman Veraxx

Veraxx Engineering Corporation (Veraxx), has appointed former president and CEO of ASRC Federal and six-time Wash100 Award recipient Mark Gray as its new executive chairman as well as named company co-founder Chris Conrad as its CEO and chief growth officer. Gray and Conrad will work together to evolve the company’s overall growth strategy for high-fidelity flight training solutions

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Managed Care Advisors CEO Lisa Firestone Receives Women Impacting Public Policy Recognition

Lisa Firestone President and CEO Firestone

Lisa Firestone, president and CEO of Managed Care Advisors, has been inducted into the Women Impacting Public Policy organization's 2021 Legacy Leadership Circle in recognition of her accomplishments as a business owner and leader. WIPP honors Firestone and other women entrepreneurs who are committed to supporting business development, policymaking and economic development initiatives, MCA said Monday.

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