Defiant U.S. sheriffs push gun sanctuaries, imitating liberals on immigration

Reuters | March 04, 2019

A rapidly growing number of counties in at least four states are declaring themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries, refusing to enforce gun-control laws that they consider to be infringements on the U.S. constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Organizers of the pro-gun sanctuaries admit they took the idea from liberals who have created immigration sanctuaries across the United States where local officials defy the Trump administration’s efforts to enforce tougher immigration laws.

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When corals are stressed by changes in conditions such as temperature, light, or nutrients, they expel the symbiotic algae living in their tissues, causing them to turn completely white.

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When corals are stressed by changes in conditions such as temperature, light, or nutrients, they expel the symbiotic algae living in their tissues, causing them to turn completely white.

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Pitney Bowes | June 14, 2022

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NuWave Solutions Acquires BigBear

NuWave | December 04, 2020

NuWave Solutions ("NuWave"), a main supplier of information the executives, progressed investigation, man-made consciousness, cloud arrangements and innovations to the government, reported today that it has procured BigBear Inc. ("BigBear" or "the Company"), a main supplier of cloud-based large information investigation answers for the national security community inside the U.S. Government. Terms of the exchange were not uncovered. This is the principal procurement finished by NuWave since being obtained by AE Industrial Partners, LP ("AEI") in June 2020. AEI is a private value firm work in Aerospace, Defense and Government Services, Power Generation, and Specialty Industrial business sectors. Established in 2008, BigBear has practical experience in large information registering and investigation, distributed computing, man-made reasoning, AI, geospatial data frameworks, information mining and frameworks designing to clients in the U.S. safeguard and knowledge networks. The Company joins far reaching innovation arrangements with its BigBear Platform to make totally private, secure, and one of a kind cloud conditions that assists associations with empowering large information figuring, AI and improved dynamic while better overseeing hazard. BigBear has some expertise in helping clients figure out their information by conveying the most progressive tweaked information investigation arrangements accessible today. BigBear is settled in San Diego, California, with extra workplaces in Reston, Virginia and Charlottesville, Virginia. "BigBear's data and analytics solutions bolster our existing capabilities to address the entire spectrum of information superiority," said Dr. Reggie Brothers, CEO of NuWave. "Making better decisions from data while mitigating risk is a top priority for our government customers, and we look forward to working with the BigBear team as we supplement our capabilities to meet growing demand." "NuWave is building a unique business and we are excited to be a part of a larger company that shares the same culture of innovation and mission focus," said Frank Porcelli, who will remain with the Company. "We are enthusiastic for the opportunities we can pursue together moving forward." Brian Levy, President and CTO of BigBear, who will also remain with the Company added, "This partnership enables us to diversify our capabilities across a broad collection of mission partners and commercial markets, allowing us to offer our customers differentiated, end-to-end solutions." "When AEI invested in NuWave earlier this year, we stated our commitment to build a world-class advanced analytics and artificial intelligence platform, and the addition of BigBear is a great first step in that journey," said Jeffrey Hart, Principal at AEI. "We remain focused on adding more companies with specialized technology that complement NuWave's existing capabilities and expand its roster of premier government customers." "Predictive technologies and data analytics are critical in helping government organizations reduce risk and identify opportunities," said Kirk Konert, Partner at AEI. "We believe NuWave is well positioned to take advantage of these growing demands." Akerman LLP filled in as lawful counsel and Ernst and Young LLP filled in as monetary counselor to NuWave. Lord and Spalding LLP and Foundry General Counsel, PLLC filled in as legitimate guides and Baird filled in as monetary counselor to BigBear. About NuWave Based in the Washington, D.C. metro area, NuWave is a leading provider of data management, advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cloud solutions that delivers anticipatory intelligence and advanced decision support solutions and technologies to the U.S. Government. NuWave provides innovative, customized solutions through development, selection, and integration of leading technologies. NuWave has unmatched expertise in advanced technologies across the analytics and data management lifecycle and applies its expertise and teamwork to give customers the ability to solve complex problems, communicate, and manage information. About BigBear BigBear, Inc. is a leading provider of cloud-based, big data and analytics solutions for government customers, helping them make sense of big data. The Company specializes in big data computing and analytics, cloud computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, geospatial information systems, data mining and systems engineering.

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Sev1Tech Acquires Geocent, Bolstering Mission-Focused Services

Sev1Tech | October 26, 2021

Sev1Tech, LLC, a leading provider of IT modernization, cybersecurity, and cloud services to both federal and commercial customers, announced today that it completed the acquisition of Geocent, LLC. Geocent serves the U.S. federal government through its strong reputation as an innovator in DevSecOps and engineering services, supporting critical missions across agencies. Both Sev1Tech and Geocent are familiar and valued partners to the government agencies and commercial organizations that have, through these shared core values and collaborations, transformed and streamlined to better serve citizens, more effectively compete in the marketplace and improve national security. “With a mutual, customer-first, employee-centric culture and commitment to meaningful outcomes, this acquisition is a milestone in our growth journey. We’ve strategically aligned our customer bases and we’re incorporating in-demand offerings into our integrated services. Geocent’s leadership in DevSecOps and the scientific space domain dovetails with Sev1Tech’s growing influence in space modernization. Furthermore, this fortifies our common Department of Homeland Security presence. Our combined capabilities will amplify our missions, from the tactical edge to the enterprise to the end user.” Bob Lohfeld, Sev1Tech CEO The acquisition strengthens scalability and solutions for meeting today’s emerging demands and the increasing sophistication of government IT needs. The partnership links deep experience serving federal clients and driving digital transformation—a valuable addition for existing and future contract opportunities. “Together we’ll enhance the design, development and delivery of innovative solutions to support the mission of our federal customers by combining robust technologies, engineering and data integration services,” said Dr. Bobby Savoie, Geocent CEO. “Market-leading applications and development capabilities, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and machine learning—these all sharpen our competitiveness, unleash new offerings and augment service delivery across our partner ecosystem.” Sev1Tech backer DFW Capital agrees. “The combination of these management teams and the service synergies created will allow Sev1Tech to deliver even more complex solutions to an incredibly mission-driven customer base. We are proud of this team and our partnership that continues to accelerate Sev1Tech on its growth journey,” noted Doug Gilbert, a partner at DFW Capital. In addition, Enlightenment Capital is an investor in Sev1Tech, alongside DFW Capital. About Sev1Tech Sev1Tech provides IT modernization, cloud, cybersecurity, engineering, training and program support services to U.S. government agencies and major commercial organizations. Headquartered in the Washington D.C. metro area, Sev1Tech is a trusted contractor supporting critical missions across the defense, intelligence, homeland security, space, and health markets. Sev1Tech delivers excellence through highly qualified people, CMMI SVC 3, ISO 9001, ISO 20000, ISO 27001 and ISO 27017 certified processes, and cutting-edge technology.

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