Analysis: $5 Billion Could Buy a Lot of Border Security

Government Executive | January 11, 2019

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump pledged to reduce illegal immigration from Central America, and since taking office he has paired that vow with professed concerns about not just the flow of asylum seekers into the United States, but the smuggling of drugs and the potential entry of terrorists, too. That, in his telling, is why he wants $5 billion from Congress for a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. But what if there were other better ways of achieving the president’s goals than spending $5 billion on a wall? Here are a few possibilities.

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New Iridium Certus Service Providers to Support U.S. Government Customers

Iridium Communications | October 13, 2022

Iridium Communications Inc. (Nasdaq: IRDM) announced today that Iridium partners MetOcean Telematics, NAL Research, and Trace Systems are now Iridium Certus® service providers for U.S. government customers, joining Satcom Direct, in this capacity. These unique, long-term deals will allow these companies to provide Iridium's secure global satellite broadband and midband connectivity for mobile voice and data services to the U.S. government through a dedicated gateway. By leveraging the inherent advantages of the Iridium® network, including truly global, on-the-move L-band connectivity, MetOcean Telematics, NAL Research, and Trace Systems are now able to deliver enhanced capabilities that meet Communications Security (ComSec) requirements for the Department of Defense (DoD) and warfighter. These capabilities include global and resilient voice, data and 1080 HD live-action video over satcom across all domains (land, maritime and air) on the move. The service also serves as the "ACE in PACE" – alternate, contingent or emergency communications link, supports early entry communications packages and command and control for autonomous or uncrewed systems and data backhaul. Whether in high-risk combat zones or during inclement weather events, the Iridium network provides uncompromising satellite communications that keeps users connected when it's needed most. Iridium Certus™ terminals enable U.S. government users to securely connect remote assets to respective command and control centers in the U.S. in a cost-effective and secure manner, from anywhere in the world. "Iridium Certus continues to provide mission-critical broadband and midband capabilities to the modern warfighter and we're excited to add new service providers to expand the distribution of these offerings, With the addition of Iridium Certus for the government, these partners will play a critical role in supporting DoD personnel as they utilize this value-added service." -Scott Scheimreif, Executive Vice President of Government Programs, Iridium. Unique in the satellite industry, Iridium Certus is the only broadband service that provides highly reliable, truly global, weather-resilient connectivity for on-the-move internet and high-quality voice access. Iridium Certus terminals are low-profile, compared to the competition, and capable of maintaining broadband connectivity in fast-paced, unpredictable environments on land, at sea, in the air — and can do it without landing in or passing through non-U.S. territories. Iridium Communications Inc: Iridium® is the only mobile voice and data satellite communications network that spans the entire globe. Iridium enables connections between people, organizations and assets to and from anywhere, in real time. Together with its ecosystem of partner companies, Iridium delivers an innovative and rich portfolio of reliable solutions for markets that require truly global communications. In 2019, the company completed a generational upgrade of its satellite network and launched its new specialty broadband service, Iridium Certus®. Iridium Communications Inc. is headquartered in McLean, Va., U.S.A., and its common stock trades on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker symbol IRDM.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

U.S. Department of Defense Awards $50 Million Contract to Kodiak Robotics for Autonomous U.S. Army Ground Reconnaissance Vehicles

Kodiak Robotics | December 07, 2022

Kodiak Robotics, Inc., a leading self-driving trucking company, today announced it has been awarded a $49.9 million, 24-month United States Department of Defense (DoD) agreement to help automate future U.S. Army ground vehicles led by the Army's Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) program. This effort will be in support of vehicles designed for reconnaissance, surveillance, and other high-risk missions. Through this award, which started in October 2022 and was awarded by DoD's Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) on behalf of the Army's RCV program office, Kodiak will leverage its commercial self-driving software to develop, test and deploy autonomous capabilities for driverless vehicles that further strengthen national security. Kodiak will develop autonomous vehicle technology for the Army to navigate complex terrain, diverse operational conditions and GPS-challenged environments, while also providing the Army the ability to remotely operate vehicles when necessary. Wartime is extraordinarily complex with high-risk challenges that often result in troops operating near or behind enemy lines. Deploying autonomous vehicles to perform such critical and dangerous tasks has the potential to significantly reduce the risk to troops, while giving them greater access to the information they need in the field. Additionally, the remote driving capabilities Kodiak will develop for the Army will increase the flexibility of these autonomous vehicles, while further reducing risk for soldiers. The project will also provide a technical pipeline that will enable the rapid development and deployment of new autonomous vehicle technologies as they become commercially available. "I started Kodiak because I believe autonomous technology can save lives, and helping the U.S. Army develop driverless vehicles for the most challenging operating environments fits perfectly with that goal, We are proud to have the opportunity to leverage our cutting-edge self-driving technology for defense applications, and believe our work with DIU and the U.S. Army will both help strengthen national security and hasten our path to commercial deployment. We owe a debt of gratitude to the servicemen and women who step into harm's way to keep us safe; keeping them safe in return is an honor we take seriously." -Don Burnette, founder and CEO, Kodiak Robotics. Kodiak Robotics was the only autonomous vehicle company initially selected for this award out of 33 submissions, thanks to its proven leadership in autonomous systems development and commercialization, as well as its intense focus on safety. In the first year of this effort, Kodiak will build upon its core competency by applying its robust autonomous software stack for Army specific use cases, including future Army vehicles. In year two, the company will implement its autonomous driving system on off-road vehicles capable of traversing complex terrain and operating remotely in unpredictable and austere conditions. DIU focuses exclusively on adopting and scaling technologies developed by commercial partners to help strengthen U.S. national security by solving critical field challenges faced by the U.S. military. DIU works to identify innovations in six key technology areas where the commercial sector is operating at the leading edge: artificial intelligence, autonomy, cyber, energy, human systems, and space. While Kodiak Robotics will continue to focus on its core business of building autonomous trucks for use in commercial applications, this project serves as an important extension that helps to propel its innovations forward. This project shows that Kodiak's core technology has multiple use cases, laying the groundwork for future expansion beyond long-haul trucking. About Kodiak Robotics, Inc: Kodiak Robotics, Inc. was founded in 2018 to develop autonomous technology that carries freight forward — so people, partners, and the planet thrive. The company is developing an industry-leading technology stack purpose-built specifically for long-haul trucks, making the freight industry safer and more efficient. Kodiak's unique modular hardware approach integrates sensors into a streamlined sensor-pod structure that optimizes for perception, scalability, and maintainability. The company delivers freight daily for its customers across the South, operating autonomously on the highway portions of the routes.

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Resecurity Broadens Alliance with Cloud Seguro in Colombia

Resecurity | September 12, 2022

Resecurity, Inc., a U.S. cybersecurity and intelligence company, announced its deepened partnership with Cloud Seguro to expand Resecurity's AI-driven cybersecurity solutions and services to Colombia. Based in Bogotá, Cloud Seguro is a leading Colombian Information Security, Ethical Hacking and Cloud Security company. As Colombia's digital economy expands, cyber threats are increasingly prominent; the first half of 2020 saw a 59% increase in reports of computer crimes compared to the same period of the previous year. In 2019, Colombia was among the countries in Latin America most targeted by cyber criminals. Cybersecurity has become a frequent topic of policy concern for Colombia. The government proposed a Consolidated Guiding Vision in document CONPES 3701, which seeks to generate national cybersecurity policy guidelines. The aim is to develop a national strategy that counteracts the increase in computer threats to Colombia's digitization process. [1] To accelerate the implementation of AI-powered cybersecurity and threat intelligence in Colombia, Resecurity has further partnered with Cloud Seguro to provide Colombian customers best-in-breed risk management. "The relationship between Colombia and the United States has continuously strengthened over the last 300 years to a full partnership that links the governments of both nations around several key issues, including, most recently, terrorism and cybercrime; our deepened partnership with our existing reseller in Colombia, Cloud Seguro, is a natural expansion as Colombia invests in cybersecurity to secure private and public organizations, leveraging AI Resecurity is excited to build a deep relationship with Cloud Seguro to drive cybersecurity market development in Colombia, including participating together in co-organized events and cybersecurity contests." -Gene Yoo, CEO of Resecurity. The synergy between Cloud Seguro and Resecurity will accelerate proactive managed threat detection, vulnerability assessment and penetration testing (VAPT) services for Colombian market. The offering will enable local business leaders to mitigate possible cybesecurity risks and minimize damage from the consequences of data breaches and ransomware activity targeting companies in critical sectors of economy in Latin America. Resecurity's innovative cybersecurity solutions allow organizations to automate the identification, assessment, and triage of incoming cyber threats while staying ahead of cybercriminals using advanced tactics to attack organizations at scale. The AI-driven platform allows administrators to reduce potential blind spots and security gaps by quickly seeing in-depth analysis and specific artifacts obtained through the dark web, botnets activity, network intelligence, and high-quality threat intelligence. "Risk must be identified in each of the processes of companies, not only in technology management; each process has a risk and needs special management in information security. Our alliance with Resecurity allows us to use their bleeding-edge tools and highly innovative team to augment our own team on the ground in Colombia to provide our Colombian customers with unparalleled services, across on-premise, private cloud and public cloud." -German Realpe, CEO and co-founder of Cloud Seguro. About Resecurity: Resecurity is a cybersecurity company providing managed threat detection and response. The company delivers a unified platform for endpoint protection, risk management, and cyber threat intelligence. Known for providing best-of-breed data-driven intelligence solutions, Resecurity's services and platforms focus on early-warning identification of data breaches and comprehensive protection against cybersecurity risks. Founded in 2016, it has been globally recognized as one of the world's most innovative cybersecurity companies with the sole mission of enabling organizations to combat cyber threats regardless of how sophisticated they are. Most recently, Resecurity was named as one of the Top 10 fastest-growing private cybersecurity companies in Los Angeles, California by Inc. Magazine. An official member of AFCEA, NDIA, SIA, Infragard, the American Chamber of Commerce in Saudi Arabia (AmChamKSA) and the American Chamber of Commerce in Mexico (AmChamMexico). About Cloud Seguro: Founded in 2011, Cloud Seguro's information security consulting is based on managing risk, which is different for each company. Identifying the risks is the best way to understand how to create an information security management system. When the risk of a company's processes and assets is understood, security controls can be implemented, including encryption, technological tools, digital signatures, electronic signatures, VPNs, software, and others. Cloud Seguro has created a simple methodology that is based on processes, procedures and technical controls. With this methodology, it is easy to certify a process over time under the framework of the ISO 27001 standard. Cloud Seguro's clients are from myriad verticals, including health, services, and Fintech.

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