Federal government in the US and EU is pushing politics to the brink

April 30, 2016

Federal government in the US and EU is pushing politics to the brink
You don’t hear the totemic vision of a “United States of Europe” being touted much at the moment. I wonder why. That ideal of the European continent as a unified entity, presenting an alternative presence in the world to the overweening superpower across the Atlantic was once the whole point – wasn’t it? I can remember a German politician explaining to me very forcefully why it was necessary for Europe to have a single currency: this was an essential step in the creation of a parallel union of states which would be big enough to challenge the hegemony of the dollar and US political domination. The clear model for economic success and global influence was a federation extending, as an American patriotic hymn puts it, “from sea to shining sea”.

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Ceres | January 17, 2022

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HawkEye 360 Awarded $15.5 Million Contract with Air Force Research Laboratory

HawkEye 360 | January 11, 2022

HawkEye 360 Inc., the world's leading commercial provider of space-based radio frequency (RF) data and analytics, today announced it has been awarded a three year, $15.5 million Experimental Purpose Agreement (EPA) contract with the Air Force Research Laboratory's (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate. Through the agreement, HawkEye 360 will provide radio frequency analytics research, development, and experiments to help the government demonstrate, test and evaluate its hybrid space ISR architecture. "This agreement is a tremendous opportunity for HawkEye 360 to showcase the whole spectrum of capability we offer the government as it develops its space architectures," said CEO John Serafini. "We deliver value not only through the efficient tasking, collection and delivery of our RF data, which has never before been commercially available, but also through embedded operational support and enhanced analytics capabilities, deriving applicable insights for diverse end users. Ultimately, we hope to shape a pathway for further integration of valuable commercial capabilities into the government's space architecture." HawkEye 360 has previously supported numerous Air Force Research Laboratory exercises, but had never done so through a direct contract vehicle. As part of the new agreement, HawkEye 360 will support a variety of operational use cases by providing embedded personnel support, data collection, tools for data ingestion, analytics and more. The agreement scope includes participating military exercises, such as the Rim of the Pacific Exercises, to introduce new capabilities to the warfighter and identify ways to improve and integrate into operational workflows. The EPA contract vehicle is available for use by all Combatant Commands as they look to test and demonstrate innovative commercial RF data and analytics to include Direct Downlink to government ground stations. "We appreciate the opportunity to partner with one of the most prestigious military research organizations in the world," said Alex Fox, Executive Vice President for Global Growth. "Our team is excited to be part of an AFRL program focused on developing and transitioning space capabilities for more effective and affordable warfighter missions. We share AFRL's vision for a hybrid government and commercial ISR architecture to address growing global threats and to provide the warfighter with high-impact insights needed to support their mission." "The Department of Defense constantly seeks to identify, evaluate and recommend commercial intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities for integration into United States Air Force and United States Space Force workflows," said AFRL Technical Program Manager Charlene Jacka. "We are pleased to have the opportunity to explore at greater scale and depth, using real-world scenarios, how a leading radio frequency data and analytics provider such as HawkEye 360 can supplement and strengthen our hybrid satellite ISR architecture, and to develop new tactics, techniques and procedures to enable further utility assessments." HawkEye 360 operates a growing constellation of satellites which detects, characterizes and precisely geolocates radio frequency signals from a broad range of emitters used for communication, navigation and security. By processing and analyzing this RF data, the company delivers high-impact actionable insights across a broad range of sectors, including environmental protection and national security. About Hawkeye 360 HawkEye 360 is a Radio Frequency (RF) data analytics company. We operate a first-of-its-kind commercial satellite constellation to identify, characterize, and geolocate a broad set of RF signals. We extract value from this unique data through proprietary algorithms, fusing it with other sources to create powerful analytical products that solve hard challenges for our global customers. Our products include maritime domain awareness and spectrum mapping and monitoring; our customers include a wide range of commercial, government and international entities.

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CoLab Software Awarded Government of Canada Contract to Modernize Engineering Collaboration

CoLab Software | January 13, 2022

CoLab Software has signed a contract with the Government of Canada that enables the Department of National Defence (DND) to test CoLab’s collaborative engineering software. Funded under the Canadian government’s Innovative Solutions Canada Testing Stream, the $412,000 CAD contract allows the Naval Material Technology Management (NMTM) section of the DND to evaluate CoLab’s usefulness for modernizing their engineering design review processes. CoLab’s web-based app provides an ideal platform to streamline engineering workflows for greater efficiency across various ongoing projects. Engineering programs today are increasingly more collaborative, multidisciplinary, and geographically distributed than ever before. For design teams trying to manage these demands effectively, the status quo involves admin-intensive workflows and slow review cycles. Most organizations currently rely on generic tools and manual processes to collaborate on complex design projects—which leaves room for mistakes to slip through the cracks and increases the risk of expensive, preventable errors getting caught too late in the design process. CoLab is purpose-built for engineering teams to share and review design files quickly and easily, replacing the heavy use of emails, slideshows, spreadsheets, PDFs, and screenshots. Using CoLab, engineering teams can make better design decisions and work more effectively. Design conversations are centralized in CoLab, and stakeholders always have the full mechanical context when giving or receiving feedback on a design. The review process becomes more automated and standardized with CoLab, giving engineers the ability to focus on critical design work instead of administrative tasks. Through direct CAD/PLM integrations and compatibility with over 60 file formats, CoLab brings together all the information and people involved in a design project so that collaboration is simplified, organized, and efficient. “It’s encouraging to see the Canadian government embrace modern ways of working by adopting more collaborative and digital solutions,” says CoLab CEO Adam Keating. “We’re excited to have this chance to work together and to provide tools that support the Digital Navy Action Plan.”

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AT&T Offers Eligible Customers Low-Cost Broadband Through New Federal Program

AT&T Communications | January 10, 2022

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