UK's initial progress on carbon cutting starts to slow

The Guardian | March 04, 2019

The government has been warned against complacency on climate change action after figures showed a slowdown in the rate of Britain’s carbon emission cuts. Emissions dropped for the sixth year running in 2018, to 361m tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) equivalent, a level last seen in the late 19th century. But there are signs the country’s recent period of rapid progress is drawing to a close. The estimated 1.5% decline last year was considerably smaller than the 3.2% fall in 2017 and the 8.7% drop in 2014: the biggest in recent years.

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QinetiQ US Completes Acquisition of Avantus Federal

Avantus Federal | November 24, 2022

Lorton, VA and McLean, VA – QinetiQ US, a wholly owned subsidiary of QinetiQ Group plc, an integrated global defense and security company, announced today that it completed its acquisition of Avantus Federal (Avantus) from NewSpring Holdings for an enterprise value of $590 million. The combination of QinetiQ US and Avantus creates a unique platform to offer comprehensive mission-led innovation for the most sensitive and complex challenges intelligence, defense, homeland, civilian, and other government customers face today. This transaction was previously announced August 5, and the transition is expected to be seamless for customers, partners, and employees. This integration will combine QinetiQ’s leadership in robotics and autonomous systems, sensing, protection systems, and next-generation technology services with Avantus’ advantages in strategic planning, operations, and stakeholder collaboration in a host of government operations, including cyber, data, government facility, and outer space solutions. The combination will deliver mission-led innovation in hardware, software, and mission services to the growing needs of defense, intelligence, homeland security, and law enforcement organizations, along with civilian agencies in the United States and close-U.S. allied nations including the United Kingdom and Australia. “I am delighted that we have completed the acquisition of Avantus today – it is a strategic milestone in our five-year ambition to build an integrated global defence and security company, delivering innovation for our customers’ mission, This acquisition extends our customer base, strengthens our capabilities and builds scale in the largest defence and security market in the world. With a strong track record of 10%+ growth at attractive margins, Avantus is a brilliant strategic and cultural fit and positions us to meet the increasing mission-critical needs of our US defence and intelligence customers with agility and pace.” -Steve Wadey, Group Chief Executive Officer for QinetiQ Group plc. Andy Maner, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Avantus, said the combination with QinetiQ US is key to providing more opportunities and growth for our people and customers. We started this journey with our great partner, NewSpring Holdings, and now we’re taking a critical step forward that allows our collective team to leverage additional scale and investments across our world class talent, technology, and processes at a pivotal time in our market and geopolitical landscape. “We are thrilled to welcome our Avantus colleagues to QinetiQ US, Avantus’ elite talent, differentiated technology solutions, and dedication to mission complement our innovative culture. I am honored to lead a combined team that shares a focus on performance and a proven ability to be agile in impactful delivery at the speed of our customers’ missions.” QinetiQ is a leading science and engineering company dedicated to protecting lives and securing the vital interests of defense and security customers with distinctive offerings in experimentation and technology; cyber and information advantage; engineering services and support; robotics and autonomous systems; training and mission rehearsal; and, test and evaluation. This is complimented by the Avantus capabilities to leverage a strong consulting force to deliver technology, cyber, data, digital engineering and integration, intelligence analysis, and operations strategy and tactics to its clients, ensuring maximum efficiency and impact. -Shawn Purvis, President and Chief Executive Officer of QinetiQ US. About QinetiQ US: QinetiQ US is a leading defense and security company in the United States providing mission-led innovation at pace. QinetiQ US is a provider of technologically advanced services and products to the US Department of Defence and national security agencies, positioned to deliver key aspects of the modernization required to address our customers’ pivot to counter near peer adversaries. QinetiQ’s engineering services span the DoD and Intel community providing subject matter expertise in the areas of communications, sensor integration and research and development, survivability and unmanned ground combat systems. QinetiQ US operates as the U.S. arm of QinetiQ Group plc (QQ.LSE), an integrated global defense and security company focused on innovation for defense, security and civil customers. QinetiQ US employees are based predominantly in Virginia and Massachusetts and operate under a Special Security Agreement (SSA) with the U.S. Defence Counterintelligence & Security Agency (DCSA). QinetiQ US is creating new ways of protecting what matters most; testing technologies, systems, and processes to make sure they work as expected; and enabling customers to deploy new and enhanced-existing capabilities with the assurance they will deliver the outcomes required. About Avantus Federal: Avantus Federal is a mission-focused data, cyber, and space services and solutions company. As a mid-market powerhouse with an intentional blend of elite talent, infrastructure, and speed to impact, Avantus and its approximately 1,150 highly cleared professionals lead with technical and domain expertise for its Defence, Intelligence, Homeland Security, and Federal Civilian customers.

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Qtrac and Strategic Communications Partner to Improve Customer, Employee Experiences in Government Offices

Strategic Communications | September 16, 2022

Qtrac® by Lavi Industries, a world-leading provider of virtual queue management and appointment scheduling systems, today announced it is partnering with Strategic Communications, a certified woman-owned business enterprise (WBE) and reseller to U.S. government agencies, to provide best-in-class queue solutions for local, state and federal government offices. "Qtrac identified Strategic Communications as a partner who had broad industry experience in IT, audio visual and cloud services deployments, and shared Qtrac's passion to innovate with a purpose by delivering the highest value in business solutions, Both Qtrac and Strategic Communications share a commitment to provide the very best products and excellent customer service to their clients, We look forward to expanding Qtrac's virtual queue platform to additional departments and services in Florida and across the country because of our partnership with Strategic Communications." -Steve Covate, VP of Sales at Qtrac. Since its founding, Qtrac has continually invested in its products and staff to deliver an ever-evolving solution and unsurpassed support to appeal to a broad and changing market. The partnership enables Qtrac to leverage Strategic Communications' extensive experience and knowledge in order to increase market share and build product awareness in the government, education, healthcare, and enterprise sectors. "Strategic Communications sought a partnership with Qtrac to support a variety of government agencies with a best-in-class queuing and appointment platform that can be configured to benefit a wide range of government agencies and manage the complexity within them." -Blake Kelly, cloud sales manager at Strategic Communications. The partnership is already helping residents in Florida who need WIC (women, infants, and children) assistance. Qtrac's queue management solutions are being deployed by the Florida Department of Revenue to give them the ability to schedule their appointments for a time most convenient for them. Because of information gathered from citizens at the time appointments are made, workers will be prepared to deliver necessary products and services, increasing staff efficiency and reducing the amount of time recipients spend collecting needed supplies. ABOUT QTRAC: Qtrac® provides virtual queue management systems to companies of all sizes and across many different industries around the world. Its virtual queuing technology enhances the customer experience by focusing on the way people interact with businesses in order to eliminate lines, increase sales and improve service. Qtrac was founded by Lavi Industries, the premier provider of public guidance and crowd control solutions. Building on Lavi's 40+ years of experience and success in helping the world's leading companies effectively guide people in, through and out of their facilities, Qtrac helps organizations improve their operations by improving the customer journey.

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DMI Announces the Acquisition of the Ambit Group

DMI | October 31, 2022

DMI, a global leader in digital transformation services, announced today that it has acquired the Ambit Group LLC ("Ambit"), a leading provider of data analytics, cybersecurity, and mission support services to the U.S. Government. The acquisition will further enhance DMI's comprehensive suite of digital services and expand its portfolio of customers and contract vehicles in high priority federal markets. Founded in 2004, Ambit delivers next-generation digital transformation services to federal agencies with wide-ranging missions across homeland security, regulatory, and civilian services. Ambit is known for its focus on mission performance improvement and brings vast experience serving clients within the federal financial, national security, and federal science communities including the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), among others. "Demand for IT modernization services leveraging the latest digital innovation and capabilities has never been greater, With this addition, we combine Ambit's comprehensive data management, analytics, and cybersecurity services with our cross-industry, digital transformation expertise to help drive the next generation of digital government." -Sunny Bajaj, founder and CEO of DMI. Founded in 2002 and based in Bethesda, Maryland, DMI provides enterprise consulting, transformation and managed services to government and commercial customers through an integrated suite of agile software development and next-gen engineering solutions that combine business strategy, domain specific knowledge, and technical expertise. "We are thrilled to begin the next phase of our journey as part of DMI, There is a strong cultural alignment to drive innovative, customer-centric strategies and programs for our clients along with a mutual commitment to our people-first philosophy and values of integrity, diversity, and teamwork. With Ambit's track record of success in this space, coupled with DMI's extensive experience and range of services, this pairing represents an unstoppable force." -Kim Hayes, co-CEO of Ambit. About DMI: DMI, a portfolio company of OceanSound Partners, is a global leader in digital strategy, design, transformation, and support services. We bring together an integrated set of industry and technology solutions that combine both public and private sector expertise to deliver human-centric innovation at scale. Born digital, DMI has been delivering secure, mission-critical technology solutions since 2002 for more than a hundred Fortune 1,000 enterprises, various state and local government agencies and all fifteen U.S. federal departments. DMI has grown to 2,100+ employees globally and has been continually recognized by top industry analysts as a market leader as well as named a Top Workplace in both regional and national categories. About Ambit: The Ambit Group designs, deploys, and delivers the next generation of government. Since 2004, Ambit has partnered with federal clients with wide-ranging missions across homeland security, regulatory, federal science, and civilian service to solve the toughest challenges at the heart of the nation's priorities. About OceanSound Partners: OceanSound Partners is a New York-based private equity firm that pursues control investments in technology and technology-enabled services companies serving government and enterprise end-markets. OceanSound employs a partnership approach, working closely with founders, entrepreneurs, and executives of middle market businesses to drive transformational growth.

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