The British government is growing warier of China

The Economist | February 21, 2019

In 2015 David Cameron and Xi Jinping propped up a bar in Buckinghamshire to toast a “golden era” in Anglo-Chinese relations over pints of ale. Things now seem to have turned bitter. The latest example came in a speech by Gavin Williamson, the defence secretary, on February 11th. Mr Williamson promised that Britain’s new aircraft carrier, the Queen Elizabeth (pictured above), would go to the Pacific for its inaugural mission in 2021, complete with American-piloted f-35 fighter jets. Britain, he said would “oppose those who flout international law”.

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The National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week theme, "Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future," focuses on the many ways parents can reduce a child's exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects. EPA, along with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), promote educational activities during the week, and this year we've added a focus on lead in drinking water.

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The National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week theme, "Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future," focuses on the many ways parents can reduce a child's exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects. EPA, along with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC), promote educational activities during the week, and this year we've added a focus on lead in drinking water.

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EMERGING TECHNOLOGY

Sigma Defense Announces Acquisition of Sub U Systems to Deliver Enhanced C5ISR and JADC2 Capabilities

Sigma Defense | May 18, 2022

Sigma Defense Systems LLC, a portfolio company of Sagewind Capital and leading provider to the national security community, announced it has acquired Sub U Systems. Founded in 2008, Sub U Systems is a leading manufacturer of deployable tactical edge-of-network route, switch, and computing technology for commercial, government, and military use. The acquisition of Sub U Systems strengthens the Sigma Defense portfolio, expanding its existing capabilities for C5ISR, JADC2 and tactical SATCOM communications to deliver a more robust portfolio of solutions tailored to specific use cases. Together, Sigma Defense and Sub U Systems are positioned to deliver a broad range of software applications via a common hardware platform to include ISR relay, edge computing, AI/ML and analytics at the edge. Sigma Defense’s operating model, process maturity and management experience will further strengthen Sub U Systems’ product capabilities. The acquisition of Sub U aligns with our vision of autonomously connecting people, systems and data with an integrated hardware and software approach to communications. We are very excited to be able to deliver a platform that will support leading edge solutions such as artificial intelligence and machine learning and analytics at the edge delivering sense, make sense and act capabilities supporting the DoD vision for JADC2. Sub U not only accelerates our vision for the future, but their customers will recognize immediate benefits through our ability to scale and deliver more in the way of engineering resources, manufacturing output and program management.” Matt Jones, CEO of Sigma Defense “Sigma Defense is a natural fit for Sub U Systems’ tactical communications and IP networking solutions,” said Keir Tomasso, President and Founder of Sub U Systems. “Our history of innovative product design and development of customized communications solutions will bring new capabilities to the Sigma Defense portfolio. Sub U customers will benefit from the experience of the Sigma Defense management team and their ability to scale and deliver system and solutions in support of customer’s unique requirements. I am very proud of what we have accomplished and the entire Sub-team looks forward to bringing our innovative approach to Sigma Defense.” Mr. Tomasso will continue to oversee Sub-U Systems operations and develop new solutions for growth. About Sigma Defense Sigma Defense Systems LLC is a leading technology company serving the Department of Defense (DoD) providing systems and services for Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance since 2006. The company’s software-focused approach to tactical communications accelerates information collection and sharing for faster decision making and better mission outcomes. Customers turn to Sigma Defense for engineering, program management, and data logistics services for technical solutions that encompass ground, air, and space-based systems and sensors and network and satellite communications. Sigma is headquartered in Perry, GA with satellite offices both CONUS and OCONUS. About Sub-U Sub U Systems (SUB-U) designs and manufactures software and hardware-based IP routers, switches, computers, integrated IP-based appliances, and Software Definable Network Appliances (SDN‑A), for the commercial, public safety, and defense markets. As NSA Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC) experts, SUB-U delivers secure, high-performance products that meet the most stringent environmental requirements where ruggedization, size, weight, and power are critical. SUB-U also provides a full range of specialized support services in the form of custom design engineering and communications solution engineering support services.

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GOVERNMENT BUSINESS

Sage Communications Partners with Deep Water Point to Provide Holistic Marketing and Professional Services Solution for Reaching Federal Government

Sage Communications | June 22, 2022

Sage Communications, a leading technology and public sector marketing and public relations agency in the Washington, D.C.-metro region, announced today that the company has formed a strategic alliance with federal management consultancy Deep Water Point to provide top-level marketing and professional services to businesses supporting the federal government. The new alliance provides an unmatched solution for companies that seek to increase their business and growth in the federal government. Through a combination of both companies’ extensive understanding of the federal government, its critical programs, and industry, Sage and Deep Water Point will offer broad strategic and tactical capabilities to their many clients working with the federal government. Our new alliance with Deep Water Point brings together our team’s ability to foster a more welcoming and informed federal market with Deep Water Point’s knowledge and experience from the perspective of federal agencies and government contractors. Whether targeting an entire agency mission or just one program, Sage Communications and Deep Water Point together will help companies map an efficient, practical, and doable path to success.” David Gorodetski, co-founder and CEO of Sage Communications Deep Water Point’s unparalleled understanding of government agencies and programs stems from its longstanding relationships and direct experience across every federal mission. Its team of more than 300 former senior-level agency and industry leaders guide clients to the right opportunities for their capabilities, increasing win probability and leading to success. The new partnership with Sage will not only further that path to success but also bolster current capabilities by adding more professional communication experts within marketing and public relations while developing integrated offerings. “Moving our business forward with one of the top marketing and PR agencies in the D.C. metro area provides both companies the opportunity to offer a more comprehensive suite of services to our mutual clients. Most importantly, companies doing business with us will benefit and that’s the basis for our relationship,” said Howard Seeger, Deep Water Point’s President and CEO. About Sage Communications Located in the Greater Washington, D.C. area, Sage Communications is a full-service marketing communications and public relations agency providing strategic marketing services to technology, government, healthcare, pharmaceuticals, non-profits and consumer-oriented organizations. The company provides a unique fusion of traditional and digital services that include public relations, advertising, marketing, branding, social media, interactive services, and event management to Fortune 500 companies, start-ups, non-profits, government agencies, associations and coalitions to deliver custom, high-impact communications programs. Sage supports several organizations and activities including the Leadership of Greater Washington, DC Jazz Festival, Access Youth, and The Children’s Inn at NIH. About Deep Water Point Deep Water Point’s unique combination of government and industry expertise helps businesses accelerate their growth in the complex federal market. With 300+ former senior government and industry executives who have operational experience and a proven track record of success, our expertise covers the federal civilian, DOD, intelligence community, and health and life sciences markets. Our complete array of services, from opportunity identification through capture, implementation, and operations, is unmatched by any other federal government consultancy. With a presence throughout the National Capital Region, Central Florida, the United Kingdom and the European Union, Deep Water Point has become one of the fastest growing and respected consultancies in the federal market.

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CYBERSECURITY

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. 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