SWAMP Act Would Use Bidding Process to Push Agency HQs Outside DC

Government Executive | January 29, 2018

President Trump has made the phrase “drain the swamp” famous across the country, especially in its capital city. The slogan became a rallying cry to Trump’s base throughout the 2016 election to signify the need for change in running the government, but some have really taken the three words to heart. Rep. Luke Messer, R-Ind., recently introduced the Strategic Withdrawal of Agencies from Meaningful Placement (SWAMP) Act, which would encourage federal agencies to relocate their headquarters to areas outside of Washington, D.C. The bill (H.R. 4863) would repeal a requirement in place since the country’s infancy that requires federal agency headquarters to be located in the capital, while creating a bidding process for states or municipalities to entice agency heads to move offices inside their borders.

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EXPANDING FISHING ACCESS, REACHING NEW GENERATIONS—THANKS TO YOU Of all the wonderful ways to experience the outdoors, fishing has to be near the top of the list. And Texas has amazing fishing, from clear-flowing Hill Country streams to big, lazy rivers, reservoirs large and small, coastal bays and Gulf deeps. These varied waters offer a smorgasbord of bluegills, bass, catfish, crappie, red drum, speckled sea trout, flounder— something for every angler. These rich opportunities are here in no small part due to the stewardship and stocking efforts of our fisheries divisions. TPWD biologists are also committed to providing more fishing access. That includes leasing 17 private riverbank areas for public use on the Brazos, Colorado, Guadalupe, Llano, Neches, Nueces, San Marcos, and South Llano rivers, and overseeing the Neighborhood Fishin’ program, where 18 lakes in 11 metro areas draw more than 100,000 people a year, and 50% are children and adults new to fishing.  None of this would be possible without the support of our anglers, who purchase fishing licenses and provide the needed funds to make Texas fishing better all the time. We look forward to seeing you on the water this year!

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U.S. Government and QuSecure Orchestrate First-Ever Post-Quantum Encryption Communication over a Government Network

QuSecure | July 13, 2022

QuSecure™, Inc., a leader in post-quantum cybersecurity (PQC), today announced the U.S. Federal Government is currently orchestrating the world’s first-ever post-quantum encryption communication over a Government network by utilizing its QuProtect™ PQC solution. QuProtect is the industry’s first end-to-end PQC software-based solution uniquely designed to protect encrypted communications and data with quantum-resilience using quantum secure channels. The Government is leveraging QuSecure’s unique post-quantum cryptographic algorithm on its legacy systems at a combined Air Force, Space Force and NORAD location. The quantum-resilient deployment has 100-percent uptime protecting data that previously used standard encryption, with no increased bandwidth or latency issues through QuProtect’s quantum tunnel. Data currently being transmitted cannot be decrypted by others unless they have the QuProtect system, and any adversary collecting the protected data to store will be unlikely to decrypt it in the future, even with a quantum computer. “This is extremely significant because the U.S. Government has not employed a post-quantum communications channel on premises before, The QuProtect platform is performing exceptionally well with uninterrupted, continuous quantum channel uptime protecting formerly classically encrypted and quantum vulnerable asymmetric keys, With the current speed of business, commerce, warfare and everyday communications, QuProtect protects all data on existing systems and devices and does not slow the systems down, We have proven this in our successful pilot, which will lead to the large-scale deployments as a result of our SBIR Phase III contract with the Government. This historic moment places QuSecure one step closer to fulfilling our vision of ensuring an exceptionally secure quantum future.” -Pete Ford, QuSecure Head of Federal Operations. This historic event was possible due to activities around QuSecure’s evaluation for, and eventually winning, the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase III Federal Government procurement contract for PQC solutions. Announced last month, QuSecure has been established as the Government’s leading provider of PQC solutions, setting the standard for Government’s PQC requirements. This is the Government’s first and only Phase III designation aimed at addressing end-to-end comprehensive solutions to the post-quantum threat, and further emphasizes today’s need to deploy PQC for classical and future quantum attacks. Federal agencies participating in SBIR include the following agencies and departments: Small Business Administration, Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Transportation, Environmental Protection, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Science Foundation. The Government’s deployment of QuSecure is being operated over an open Internet network on legacy equipment and systems. QuSecure has proven it works on Government systems by using cryptographic agility that supports all National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) finalist algorithms in the post-quantum cryptography standardization competition. The winners of the NIST competition were announced on July 5. QuProtect enables organizations for the first time to leverage quantum resilient technology to help prevent today’s cyberattacks, while future-proofing networks and preparing for post-quantum cyberthreats. It provides quantum-resilient cryptography, anytime, anywhere and on any device. QuProtect uses an end-to-end quantum-security-as-a-service (QSaaS) architecture that addresses the digital ecosystem’s most vulnerable aspects, uniquely combining zero-trust, next-generation post-quantum-cryptography, quantum-strength keys, high availability, easy deployment, and active defense into a comprehensive and interoperable cybersecurity suite. The end-to-end approach is designed around the entire data lifecycle as data is stored, communicated, and used. About QuSecure- QuSecure is a leader in post-quantum cybersecurity with a mission to protect enterprise and Government data from quantum and classical cybersecurity threats. Its patent-pending, quantum-safe solutions provide an easy transition path to quantum resiliency across any organization. The company’s QuProtect solution is the industry’s first PQC software-based platform uniquely designed to protect encrypted communications and data with quantum-resilience using a quantum secure channel. QuSecure has current customer deployments in banking/finance, healthcare, space/satellite, IT/data enterprises, datacenters, and various Department of Defense agencies. QuSecure is investor backed and has offices in Silicon Valley.

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SES Completes $450 Million Acquisition of DRS Global Enterprise Solutions Doubling US Government Business

SES | August 02, 2022

SES and its wholly-owned subsidiary SES Government Solutions (SES GS) today announced the completion of the acquisition of DRS Global Enterprise Solutions (GES) from Leonardo DRS for $450 million after obtaining all the necessary regulatory approvals. The DRS GES business will be combined with SES GS to create a scaled solutions provider serving the multi-orbit satellite communications needs of the US Government and supporting missions anywhere on land, at sea, or in the air. With the combined businesses operating as SES Government Solutions, the new organization will comprise a cross-functional workforce with deep technical expertise and a proven ability to integrate and manage multi-orbit geostationary and medium earth orbit (MEO) services as well as multi-operator network solutions. In particular, SES GS will offer highly flexible second-generation MEO services – via SES’s soon-to-be launched O3b mPOWER system – with a unique combination of low latency and high throughput per terminal for high-value missions, to an expanded government customer base. SES GS will also leverage essential tools and expertise in cybersecurity operations, customer support, governance and compliance. The combined business will continue to serve US Government customers under the direction of the SES GS Proxy Board of Directors. The consolidation of DRS GES with SES GS is expected to unlock $25 million of annualized run-rate synergies, with government becoming SES’s largest data business segment in terms of revenue. The combined business will be led by David Fields, who assumes responsibilities on August 1, 2022 as appointed by the SES GS Proxy Board. Fields has over 30 years of experience in the satellite communications and information technology (IT) services industries, and joins SES GS from DRS GES. He succeeds Brigadier General Pete Hoene, USAF (Retired), who, after 11 years at the helm of SES GS and decades of dedicated service in the satellite communications arena, will take his retirement. “I am extremely excited about the potential that this combination unleashes, reinforcing our commitment to provide best-in-class satellite network solutions to the US Department of Defense customers, We are delighted to welcome Fields, who comes to SES GS with extensive knowledge and expertise in the satellite communications industry and a demonstrated record of achievement in the US Government sector. Well-respected by industry partners and customers, he has developed deep and trusted relationships with many US Government agencies, and we anticipate David to build on his success through his leadership of the combined business. We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Pete Hoene, whose leadership has resulted in SES GS achieving outstanding growth rate of over 30% in just the last five years. We wish him all the best in his well-earned retirement.” -Brigadier General Billy Bingham, USAF (Retired), Chairman of the SES GS Proxy Board. I am excited to join SES GS and honored to lead the combined team where we will be delivering best-in-class solutions and state-of-the-art multi-orbit satellite networking capabilities, said David Fields, President and CEO of SES GS. SES GS will be significantly expanding its differentiated value proposition for the US Government, with a trusted multi-operator network integration and service management solutions. The breadth of our capabilities, now spanning both connectivity and integration, allows for building, managing and supporting the most advanced satellite networks solutions for our US Government customers. About SES: SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially-proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. By leveraging a vast and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network carries over ~8,200 channels and has an unparalleled reach of 366 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content. About SES Government Solutions: SES Government Solutions (SES GS) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES, the leader in global content connectivity solutions, and is exclusively focused on building, managing, and supporting the most advanced satellite network solutions for the US Government. SES GS leverages a proven multi-operator network integration and management capability, an extensive global terrestrial network, as well as access to SES’s multi-orbit satellite fleet. It also offers US Department of Defense customers the essential tools in cybersecurity for mission-critical operations, coupled with a proven track record in governance and compliance. SES GS operates under a proxy board, enabling it to support classified projects, and it has been present in the US Government satcom market for over four decades.

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Booz Allen Hamilton Partners with Acalvio to Provide Advanced Cyber Deception Capabilities

Booz Allen | July 26, 2022

Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) announced today it has partnered with Acalvio Technologies to improve the nation’s cybersecurity operations with proactive defenses that will help government and commercial organizations build greater resilience in the face of an increasingly dynamic threat landscape. This partnership complements Booz Allen’s National Cyber strategy by adding cyber deception to the firm’s intelligence-grade tradecraft and full-spectrum capabilities. Acalvio’s patented and award-winning Autonomous Deception product, ShadowPlex, the only advanced cyber deception product with FedRAMP certification, enables organizations to detect, investigate, and respond to malicious activity in information technology (IT) and operational technology (OT) environments across on-premises and cloud deployments. Together, Booz Allen and Acalvio will bring these sophisticated capabilities to government and commercial clients to combat advanced cybersecurity challenges, including advanced persistent threats (APT), ransomware, and insider threats. Key benefits of the partnership include: Accelerated Threat Detection to Connect the Dots: With more than 5,000 cyber professionals with proven skillsets to support clients, Booz Allen cuts through the noise and connects across missions, sectors, and data silos to provide a comprehensive view of the threat landscape. ​Now, with Acalvio’s ShadowPlex, clients can better prioritize the endless number of alerts they receive with high-confidence alerts across identity management and cyber asset threats that are not always prevented by traditional sensor strategies. This approach reduces the attacker dwell time with early detection and increases security operations center efficiency with sophisticated investigation. Adversarial Insights to Outpace the Competition: Backed by over 20 years of support across classified missions and commercial critical infrastructure sectors, Booz Allen uses a combination of reverse engineering, defensive technologies, predictive analytics, vulnerability assessments, proactive threat hunting, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning (ML) in preparation for adversaries.​ Now, this portfolio adds Acalvio’s patented Deception Farm architecture, a key differentiator for clients, to deploy deceptive artifacts—like fake hosts or “honeypots” —that act as tripwires to detect intruders to better understand their behaviors. Combined, these solutions allow for new and unique insights that can be quickly implemented to stop bad actors in their tracks. Automated Deployments to Stay Ahead: Innovative solutions are only as good as their ability to rapidly integrate into the mission and quickly drive outcomes. Acalvio’s ShadowPlex automates and simplifies the configuration and deployment of deception artifacts, combining pre-defined playbooks with an AI-based recommendation system. With this partnership, Booz Allen will provide ready-to-deploy packaged solutions that automate service delivery to create scale, with lower cost, and greater mission impact. “As cyber threats grow increasingly advanced, Booz Allen is committed to developing secure, trusted, and resilient strategies that enhance the nation’s cybersecurity posture, To outpace the adversary, it is imperative that government and commercial organizations better integrate and synchronize the way they conduct cyber offense and defense. Booz Allen’s partnership with Acalvio achieves this, using offensive insights to inform cyber defense and addressing current gaps in the marketplace. This innovative approach operationalizes insights in real time so we can evolve our solutions to keep pace with the cyber landscape.” -Garrettson Blight, Director of National Cyber Solutions Booz Allen. The strategic partnership adds cyber deception to Booz Allen’s multiple cyber-enabled platforms for OT, cloud security, 5G technology security, connected health, and weapons systems cybersecurity, and complements Booz Allen’s existing operational capabilities such as threat hunting, detection engineering, and zero trust. “We are proud to partner with Booz Allen to deliver innovative and ready-to-deploy cyber deception capabilities for government and commercial clients, These offerings will empower government and commercial organizations to combat advanced cybersecurity challenges with solutions that deploy at speed and at scale in a fast-changing environment. With a combined focus on relentless innovation, this collaboration will allow clients to stay ahead of the competition and defend their most critical assets.” -Ram Varadarajan, CEO and Co-founder of Acalvio Technologies. With cross-sector mission understanding, battle-tested approaches, and ready-to-deploy solutions, Booz Allen is disrupting how the nation tackles cybersecurity and is taking a holistic approach to anticipate and solve the most complex cyber challenges. Learn more about Booz Allen’s vision for bolder cybersecurity strategy, operations, and solutions, and the firm’s long history of supporting U.S. government work in cyber defense and offense. About Booz Allen Hamilton- For more than 100 years, military, government, and business leaders have turned to Booz Allen Hamilton to solve their most complex problems. As a consulting firm with experts in analytics, digital solutions, engineering, and cyber, we help organizations transform. We are a key partner on some of the most innovative programs for governments worldwide and trusted by its most sensitive agencies. We work shoulder-to-shoulder with clients, using a mission-first approach to choose the right strategy and technology to help them realize their vision.

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