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Leidos to Develop FAA Satellite; NT Concepts and Veritone Partner on AI Analytics; General Dynamics Completes CSRA Acquisition; Orolia to Acquire Talen-X; More


Leidos to Develop FAA Satellite 

Leidos was awarded a $117 million task order from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to develop and maintain the 7th generation Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellite. The project supports the FAA Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) for GPS navigation. Leidos and its partners will build and test new satellite payloads and integrate ground uplink stations with the GEO 7 spacecraft. The task order includes a four-year development period with a targeted payload launch in Q1 2020, and a 10-year operations and maintenance phase beginning in 2021.

NT Concepts and Veritone Partner on AI Analytics

NT Concepts and Veritone established a partnership enabling NT Concepts to deliver Veritone’s aiWARE platform to its federal customers. The platform uses hundreds of trained cognitive AI engines to optimize data routing and decrease processing time. Additionally, aiWARE can be hosted in virtually any environment and its plug-and-play application system means it is unlikely to be overtaken by new tech or other agency investments in the future.

General Dynamics Completes CSRA Acquisition

General Dynamics officially completed its acquisition of CSRA, valued at about $9.7 billion. CSRA will now operate within General Dynamics’ Information Technology line of business, providing solutions to the DoD, IC, and other federal entities. The acquisition is predicted to generate cost savings of roughly two percent for General Dynamics over the next two years.

East View Geospatial to Sell Topographic Data 

East View Geospatial is now offering large-scale topographic datasets as an off-the-shelf commercial product called East View Foundation Geospatial Data (EV-FGD). By leveraging commercial imagery, LandScan global population data, and an international workforce, East View is able to deliver high-quality datasets cheaply, quickly, and all over the world.

Orolia to Acquire Talen-X

Orolia, a provider of positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) capabilities, announced it will acquire Talen-X, a firm with expertise in GPS and GNSS security solutions, for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition strengthens Orolia’s portfolio of assured PNT offerings for government and warfighter applications.

Noblis Merges with Subsidiary Noblis NSP

Noblis announced a merger with Noblis NSP, a formerly wholly-owned subsidiary of the company. The merger combines Noblis NSP’s expertise in cyber and special intelligence programs with Noblis’ science and strategy services to streamline support of federal clients. Noblis NSP president Ellen McCarthy will join Noblis as vice president of intelligence and analytics.

Peer Intel

The Department of Defense announced Dana Deasy will be its new chief information officer, effective in May. Deasy, former CIO of JPMorgan Chase, will oversee information management, communications, and cybersecurity for the department. His experience leading JPMorgan Chase’s transition to the public cloud will benefit him in the DoD role, as the department prepares for a 10-year, multi-billion dollar shift to a commercial cloud environment.

Hexagon US Federal appointed Tammer Olibah president and chief executive officer. Olibah is a former IT and cyber executive at Booz Allen Hamilton with nearly 20 years of experience innovating and implementing change in federal and commercial sectors.

Dewberry promoted Wendy Koritko to associate vice president in the firm’s Fairfax, Va., office. In her former role of controller, Koritko led financial reporting, budgeting, and external audits. She has more than 20 years experience in financial and administrative operations.

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