SpaceX Seeks $16 Billion in Government Subsidies for Satellite Internet Project

SpaceX | March 12, 2020

SpaceX wants to sell you satellite broadband internet -- and have the U.S. government pay for it. At least ... pay for a part of it -- the start-up part. According to Elon Musk, it's going to cost in the neighborhood of $10 billion to build a planned satellite constellation of 12,000 "Starlink" broadband internet satellites. Once built, those will be able to provide fast internet service to every location on the globe. Of course, a subset of "everywhere" includes rural areas of the United States, and "the FCC has earmarked $16 billion to improve internet service in rural areas over the next 10 years," reports The Wall Street Journal.

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The Port of Seattle’s Terminal 46 will soon be able to serve two super post-Panamax vessels at once, boosting terminal productivity, thanks partly to $20 million in federal funding.

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The Port of Seattle’s Terminal 46 will soon be able to serve two super post-Panamax vessels at once, boosting terminal productivity, thanks partly to $20 million in federal funding.

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CTI launches software integration and training services for government platforms

CTI | August 18, 2021

CTI, a leading government software and systems development company, is launching its new Training and Integration Services program. CTI now offers customized Team Awareness Kit/Tactical Assault Kit (TAK) and RaptorX training to improve and maintain TAK user proficiencies and provide custom integrations for third-party platforms requiring component integrations with TAK, Raptor, and Electronic Warfare Planning and Management Tool (EWPMT) government platforms. Training Services CTI's Training Service will leverage the team's combined experience within Special Operations and Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations to provide hands-on instruction of TAK and RaptorX to the end-user, maximizing mission success in the field. CTI trainers rapidly develop customized curriculums to meet mission requirements and conduct instruction both in classroom and field training venues to support the needs of the user community. John Goodson, a Naval Special Warfare veteran and CTI's Director of Products, elaborates further on the need, "Every unit has several power users that maintain TAK proficiency across the team, but as the those individuals naturally transition into new roles, that knowledge leaves the organization, impacting mission readiness. The training services provided by our team of ex-military TAK and RaptorX subject matter experts fills that gap by expanding the team's knowledge and ensuring that it is consistently maintained regardless of personnel turnover." Integration Services With over 20 years of developing open, government-owned platforms, CTI is expanding its expertise to third-party partners that require integration of their unique technologies into government-open platforms. Offering this turnkey integration service enables our partners to focus on their technology value, leveraging CTI's experience navigating platform intricacies, government approval processes, and ensuring testing and validation is complete prior to new versions being released. "From adding complex Electronic Warfare (EW) sensors into TAK within days at training exercises to full systems integration considering networks, protocols, sensors, emerging cloud infrastructure, and operational concerns informed by our veterans -- CTI is the impartial glue that makes things work smoothly for our Warfighters," says CTI's Product Solution Architect, Steven Turner. No matter how difficult the integration, CTI is ready to bring our experience to reduce developer and user frustration, ensuring the adoption of technologies into government applications across all warfighting domains and commercial markets that may benefit from open, government-owned applications. About CTI's Solutions and Services CTI's solutions are the preferred standard in the mission space due to the team's iterative, hand-on development with users, unique application of agile methodologies, and utility-driven design. CTI is focused on building solutions on open-source and open government-owned platforms. This corporate philosophy ensures that industry proprietary software or hardware tools do not stand in the way of the right capabilities being brought to bear in the field. Paired with our "Rapid" approach to solutions development, service delivery, and business execution, CTI continues to thrive in the defense marketplace. CTI is headquartered in California, MD and has offices in San Diego, Camarillo, and Santa Barbara, CA as well as Denver, CO, Honolulu, HI, and Chantilly, VA.

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BlackBerry Achieves National Security Agency Approval for BlackBerry UEM

BlackBerry | November 20, 2020

BlackBerry Limited today declared that its BlackBerry® Unified Endpoint Manager (UEM) programming has accomplished National Security Agency (NSA) Commercial Solutions for Classified Program (CSfC) endorsement. The NSA ensures the United States' most basic data and frameworks against cyberattacks. The CSfC is a significant portion of the NSA's technique, guaranteeing that the U.S. government can use the business' generally secure and inventive network safety advancements to achieve their main goal targets. "BlackBerry and the NSA share a common mission to help make the nation safer," said John Chen, Executive Chairman & CEO, BlackBerry. "We are honored to receive approval from the NSA for BlackBerry UEM to be used to protect classified information. This adds to the portfolio of U.S. government certifications BlackBerry has received for UEM, including NIAP, DoDIN APL and FedRAMP." About BlackBerry BlackBerry provides intelligent security software and services to enterprises and governments around the world. The company secures more than 500M endpoints including 175M cars on the road today. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company leverages AI and machine learning to deliver innovative solutions in the areas of cybersecurity, safety and data privacy solutions, and is a leader in the areas of endpoint security management, encryption, and embedded systems. BlackBerry's vision is clear - to secure a connected future you can trust.

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Makpar Introduces Innovation Lab to Launch New Products and Services for Government

Makpar | May 26, 2021

Makpar Corporation, an experienced solutions-orientated contractor focused on modernizing IT solutions for the federal government, today announced that it has released its Makpar Innovation Lab, which aims to enhance mission success for the government via modern-day innovations. By testing and developing the modern emerging technologies, the new Makpar Innovation Lab aims to introduce new services and products to its government customers – to enhance solutions at the same time as deepening data analytics, to add significant context and power to data-driven decisions. “With the new Makpar Innovation Lab, we aim to constantly refine our solutions to best meet new and emerging government IT needs,” stated Tariq Islam, Director of Technology and Solutions at Makpar. “From tackling big data problems to the usage of pattern analysis and AI, we aim to constantly develop solutions that make data relevant, timely, and actionable for the government.” About Makpar Makpar is an experienced solutions-orientated federal government contractor focused on IT infrastructure modernization. Since 2009, the organization has provided mission-critical, modern technology for federal agencies looking for enterprise-wide solutions. Our capabilities encompass cybersecurity, data strategy, cloud migration, IT project management, application development, and agile transformation. Recognition and awards include the 2019 SBA Region three Subcontractor of the Year award, listing on Fortune’s Best Small and Medium Workplaces, and multi-year certifications as a Great Place to Work.

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