Carahsoft Government IT Solutions Provider Announces Microsoft Azure Services Now Available to U.S. Government Customers

Carahsoft | August 28, 2020

Carahsoft Technology Corp., The Trusted Government IT Solutions Provider®, today announced that Microsoft Azure services are now available to U.S. government customers through its NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) V contracts, The Quilt National Consortium Contract, and DevSecOps Software and Cloud Services basic ordering agreements (BOAs) and through the Carahsoft reseller partner network. Carahsoft is now authorized to distribute Azure, including Azure Commercial Cloud, Azure Government and Azure Government Secret. Azure Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform as a Service (PaaS), and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offerings allow public sector agencies to build, manage, and deploy applications in the cloud. Carahsoft will also offer Azure-based solutions including Microsoft’s Dynamics 365, Microsoft 365, and the Microsoft Power Platform. Partners can work through Carahsoft to educate, promote, and sell their Azure-based solutions, and Azure enables customization and security while permitting choice of languages, frameworks and infrastructures.

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Summer is often a quieter time when we have a chance to catch our breath and prepare for a busy autumn, but this year has seen little slowing of activity in the nuclear nonproliferation and security worlds. Preparations continued for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) with the announcement of the 2016 Summit dates and location—March 31–April 1 in Washington, D.C.—and a meeting of the Sherpa teams in Vilnius, Lithuania, in July. Building on the successful scenario-based policy discussion that was a highlight of the 2014 NSS hosted by The Netherlands, the use of these exercises is being expanded for 2016, including one at the ministerial level, which will be hosted by Secretary of Energy Moniz next January. In addition, the IAEA held one of its largest technical conferences ever in July on the challenging and sensitive topic of cyber security. The “International Conference on Computer Security in a Nuclear World” boasted over 700 participants from over 90 countries and featured technical demonstrations—including blended cyber and physical attacks—and five days of lively conversation. The United States was well-represented and we were very proud of the substantial contributions made by headquarters and laboratory experts to the conference organization and execution.

Spotlight

Summer is often a quieter time when we have a chance to catch our breath and prepare for a busy autumn, but this year has seen little slowing of activity in the nuclear nonproliferation and security worlds. Preparations continued for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) with the announcement of the 2016 Summit dates and location—March 31–April 1 in Washington, D.C.—and a meeting of the Sherpa teams in Vilnius, Lithuania, in July. Building on the successful scenario-based policy discussion that was a highlight of the 2014 NSS hosted by The Netherlands, the use of these exercises is being expanded for 2016, including one at the ministerial level, which will be hosted by Secretary of Energy Moniz next January. In addition, the IAEA held one of its largest technical conferences ever in July on the challenging and sensitive topic of cyber security. The “International Conference on Computer Security in a Nuclear World” boasted over 700 participants from over 90 countries and featured technical demonstrations—including blended cyber and physical attacks—and five days of lively conversation. The United States was well-represented and we were very proud of the substantial contributions made by headquarters and laboratory experts to the conference organization and execution.

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Tyler Technologies | February 25, 2022

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Kratos Receives $50 Million Sole Source Contract Option Award for 65 Production BQM-177A Aerial Target Drones from U.S. Navy

Kratos | December 29, 2021

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. , a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today following the Government announcement, that Kratos Unmanned Aerial Systems (KUAS) has been awarded a $50,917,490 contract modification (P00007) to a previously awarded firm-fixed-price contract (N0001920C0075). This modification exercises an option to procure 65 BQM-177A Subsonic Aerial Targets, 50 for the Navy, seven for the government of Japan, and eight for the government of Saudi Arabia, as well as associated technical and administrative data in support of full rate production lot three. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Maryland, is the contracting activity. Due to customer-related, competitive, security, and other considerations, no additional information will be provided. Steve Fendley, President of Kratos Unmanned Systems Division, said, “The Kratos team is incredibly proud to receive this third consecutive full rate production option award supporting our U.S. Navy customer. We are also excited that 15 of these drone aircraft will support the U.S. Government’s foreign allies. Throughout the challenges of the last two years, Kratos has remained focused on developing, producing, and delivering target and tactical drone systems to support the established and forecasted customer needs.” About Kratos Defense & Security Solutions Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:KTOS) develops and fields transformative, affordable technology, platforms and systems for United States National Security related customers, allies and commercial enterprises. Kratos is changing the way breakthrough technology for these industries are rapidly brought to market through proven commercial and venture capital backed approaches, including proactive research and streamlined development processes. At Kratos, affordability is a technology and we specialize in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cyber security/warfare, microwave electronics, missile defense, hypersonic systems, training, combat systems and next generation turbo jet and turbo fan engine development.

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Acalvio ShadowPlex Achieves “FedRAMP Ready” Designation

Acalvio Technologies | October 27, 2021

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