DARPA Taps Perspecta Labs for Long-Range Tactical Communications Work; Petros Mouchtaris Quoted

Petros Mouchtaris President Perspecta Labs

Perspecta’s applied research arm has received a potential 45-month, $18.5 million contract to develop a platform for long-range tactical radio communications under a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program. Perspecta Labs will build, prototype and test an adaptive distributed array system that works with unmodified tactical waveforms and existing tactical radios as part of DARPA’s Resilient Networked Distributed Mosaic Communications program.

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General Atomics-Built MQ-9 Reaper Flies With Electronic Support Measure Payload; J.R. Reid Quoted

MQ-9 Reaper

The U.S. Air Force performed flights of the General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper remotely piloted aircraft equipped with the Reaper Defense Electronic Support System and a digital recorder in Europe through remote split operations. RDESS is an electronic support measure payload that provides MQ-9 with electronic sensing capability by gathering and geolocating signals of interest from standoff ranges, while the digital recorder collects multispectral targeting pod data to further develop machine learning and artificial intelligence applications.

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AceInfo to Help Manage Forest Service IT Systems; Mike Cosgrave Quoted

Mike Cosgrave President and COO Ace Info Solutions

Ace Info Solutions has received a potential $37 million task order to help the U.S. Forest Service's natural resource manager directorate sustain agency information technology tools and applications. The Dovel Technologies subsidiary said Thursday it will perform operation and maintenance work on more than 70 systems that support agency business processes under the five-year task, as part of the Department of Agriculture IT Support blanket purchase agreement.

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Executive Spotlight: Gabe Camarillo, SVP of Army Business Unit for SAIC

Gabe Camarillo SVP for SAIC Army Business Unit

Gabe Camarillo, senior vice president of the Army Business Unit for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), recently spoke with ExecutiveBiz regarding SAIC’s reorganization of the business unit, the advancing capabilities and modernization initiatives for the service branch, recent contracts to expand the company’s HWIL, engineering and support services as well as SAIC’s establishment in the Huntsville market and goals for the rest of 2021. 

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin Moves Into 1st Place in 2021 Wash100 Rankings; Eight Days Left to Cast Your Vote

Wash100 Award

This week, first-time Wash100 inductee Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin ascended to the top spot in the Popular Vote for the most influential executives in the government, industry and academia that are shaping the GovCon community in 2021. Visit the Wash100 website to see the current Top 30 voting results and vote for your favorite executive leaders by April 30.

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White House Plans to Announce Dr. Stacey Dixon, Ely Ratner as Nominees for Intelligence, Indo-Pacific Roles

White House

The White House plans to nominate Ely Ratner as assistant secretary for Indo-Pacific security affairs at the Department of Defense and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient Stacey Dixon as principal deputy director at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Ratner is a special assistant to the secretary of defense and director of DOD’s China Task Force while Dixon serves as deputy director at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

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MetTel Obtains Government Certification to Offer Managed Security Service; Robert Dapkiewicz Quoted

MetTel

TYSONS CORNER, VA, April 22, 2021 — MetTel has received authority to operate from the General Services Administration and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency for its security services after the company completed the assessment and certification process under the Trusted Internet Connection initiative, GovCon Wire reported April 9.

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SAIC to Provide Modeling, Simulation Services Under $800M Army Contract; Gabe Camarillo Quoted

Gabe Camarillo SVP SAIC

TYSONS CORNER, VA, April 22, 2021 — Gabe Camarillo, senior vice president of Science Applications International Corp.’s Army business unit, said the company will provide modeling and simulation services in support of the software, simulation, systems engineering and integration directorate under the Aviation and Missile Center of Army Combat Capabilities Development Command, GovCon Wire reported April 8.

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Raytheon Develops Next Generation Decoy for Aircraft Missile Defense

Dual-Band Decoy Raytheon Technologies

A Raytheon Technologies business is developing a next generation decoy technology to provide F/A-18 Super Hornet aircraft with added protection against enemy missiles. Raytheon Intelligence and Space has designed the Dual-Band Decoy to attract hostile missiles by sending out signals that cover a wider range of bands in the electromagnetic spectrum, the company said Wednesday.

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Kratos Receives Space Ground Tech Support Contracts; Phil Carrai Quoted

Kratos

Kratos Defense and Security Solutions has booked follow-on contracts worth more than $30 million combined to provide technology for use in U.S. national security space missions. “Space is undergoing a renaissance. Advancements in ground systems and satellite technologies are joining to form space networks that support multi-domain missions and broader data requirements," said Phil Carrai, president of the space, training and cybersecurity division at Kratos.

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Mercury Systems Unveils ‘Rappid’ Spectrum Processing Tool; William Conley Quoted

William Conley CTO Mercury Systems

Mercury Systems has introduced a spectrum processing platform designed to expedite the development of signal intelligence, electronic warfare and software-defined radio applications. The Rappid platform is an open, modular architecture that could help accelerate the deployment of EW technologies and other capabilities and reduce integration costs by enabling system developers to use the same firmware and software on different hardware implementations.

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