DoD and IC Partner on Space Capabilities
During the House Armed Services Committee’s Strategic Forces Subcommittee hearing March 15, officials said the Department of Defense (DoD) and intelligence agencies are working together to bolster U.S. space capabilities. According to a DoD press release, topics of discussion included access to space, a close working environment between DoD and the Intelligence Community (IC), and building a Joint Space Operations Center. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo said at the hearing the operations center is an amazing effort between the IC and DoD to share information and better protect space assets.
Booz Allen Hamilton Awarded DoD Cybersecurity Contract
The Department of Defense (DoD) Information Analysis Center Program Management Office named Booz Allen Hamilton a prime awardee of a five-year, $5 billion contract focused on cybersecurity and information systems support. Booz Allen said through this work the firm will continue to develop its analytics, engineering, and technical support services to the DoD and intelligence organizations, specifically for data management, modeling and simulation, security, and software-related work.
Northrop Grumman Awarded DARPA Contract
Northrop Grumman won a $6.3 million DARPA contract to develop an inertial navigation system that will allow users to navigate in GPS-denied environments, reports C4ISR & Networks. The contract is part of DARPA’s Precise Robust Inertial Guidance for Munitions Navigation-Grade Inertial Measurement Unit program.
Woolpert to Map Indiana
Woolpert signed a three-year, $1.7 million contract with the Indiana Office of Technology, Geographic Information Office to collect aerial imagery of Indiana. This is the second time Woolpert has been selected to map Indiana—the first in 2011. According to the press release, Woolpert will collect and process one-foot, four-band imagery, allowing for the option to upgrade to 6-inch resolution or 3-inch resolution. The data produced will be available to state, county, and city offices. Woolpert has completed seven state mapping projects in the last five years.
IBM Acquires Optevia
IBM announced it has acquired software-as-as-service (SaaS) and systems integrator company Optevia. Optevia will join IBM Global Business Services and help meet client demand for customer relationship management (CRM) SaaS solutions within the public sector. The acquisition of Optevia will help IBM establish itself as a premier SaaS and digital consultant as well as accelerate its leadership in CRM solutions.
AWS Achieves 1,000+ Database Migrations
Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced the AWS Database Migration Service is now available. According to the press release, the migration service allows customers to migrate their production databases from on-premises data centers to AWS. Customers used the migrations preview to move more than 1,000 databases to the AWS Cloud since Jan. 1.
USGS Partners with ESA to Develop Copernicus Earth Data
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the European Space Agency (ESA) have established a partnership to enable USGS storage and redistribution of Earth observation data acquired by Copernicus program satellites. The USGS-ESA collaboration serves customers interested in the current conditions of forests, crops, and water bodies across large regions as well as the long-term environmental condition of the Earth. The agreement is part of a broader understanding between the European Union, NASA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration signed in October 2015.
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