Helping Palestinians was an uphill battle for US aid chief

July 15, 2016

JERUSALEM After 11 years of helping oversee the U.S. government's aid efforts to lay the foundations for a future Palestinian state, the outgoing chief of the U.S. Agency for International Development mission in the West Bank and Gaza Strip is unsure whether that vision has inched any closer to reality.


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Hexagon US Federal Selected for Cooperative Research and Development Agreement With U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Technical Center

Hexagon US Federal | June 28, 2022

Hexagon US Federal announces that it has been selected by U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command Technical Center (USASMDC-TC) for a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to explore space-based satellite systems and advanced sensor technology to enhance U.S. Army systems and missions. Through the CRADA, Hexagon US Federal and USASMDC-TC will establish a joint team to research and prototype airborne and space system paths to collect 3D high resolution Single Photon LiDAR (SPL) imagery in support of Army mission requirements. The resulting technology will offer first-of-its-kind, worldwide target acquisition-quality resolution, points, and area collection with near-real-time on-board processing. Hexagon US Federal is pleased to partner with the U.S. Army to advance our state-of-the-art Single Photon LiDAR sensors in support of their missions. Through this partnership, we will gain valuable insights that will result in improved technologies for enabling safer and more effective mission execution.” Tammer Olibah, CEO and President of Hexagon US Federal Airborne and Space-Based LiDAR and ground systems are necessary to provide a real time, high resolution, precise geo-locational accuracy, 3D target image collection and processing supporting long-range fires systems. During this CRADA effort, the team will demonstrate rapid fielding, increased access, and responsiveness to tactical space needs. About Hexagon Hexagon is a global leader in digital reality solutions, combining sensor, software and autonomous technologies. We are putting data to work to boost efficiency, productivity, quality and safety across industrial, manufacturing, infrastructure, public sector, and mobility applications. Our technologies are shaping production and people-related ecosystems to become increasingly connected and autonomous – ensuring a scalable, sustainable future. Hexagon US Federal provides world-class technology and professional services for C4ISR, installation security, GIS, and cyber security. Dedicated to the delivery of Hexagon technology and services to the US Federal government, including defense, intelligence, and civilian organizations, we build unique solutions that help our customers design, build, maintain, manage, operate, and protect.

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BedRock Systems Joins United States National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership (NCEP) Program

BedRock Systems | June 06, 2022

BedRock Systems, the leading software company delivering an unbreakable foundation for secured computing from edge to cloud, announced it has joined the National Cybersecurity Excellence Partnership (NCEP) program. NCEP is a collaborative public-private partnership between U.S. companies and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE), formed to advance the state of cybersecurity practice in the United States. It’s an honor to participate in the NCEP program. Through partnership and collaboration with NCCoE and other NCEP participants, we look forward to identifying pressing cybersecurity challenges and driving innovations that bolster the security of U.S. information systems.” John Walsh, SVP Strategy and Business Development at BedRock Systems BedRock Systems joins a community of NCEP partner companies that have pledged to provide hardware, software, and expertise to foster rapid adoption and broad deployment of integrated cybersecurity tools and techniques and address technology gaps affecting multiple sectors of the economy. In addition to contributing equipment and other products to the NCCoE’s test environments, partner companies can designate guest researchers to collaborate and work with NCCoE researchers at the center, in person or remotely. To address the challenges of securing the country’s IT environments, the NCCoE has developed 167 publications, which have been downloaded more than 1 million times. In addition to joining the NCEP program, BedRock Systems has participated in reviewing NIST’s recent Special Publication 1800-32, titled “Securing Distributed Energy Resources: An Example of Industrial Internet of Things Cybersecurity.” “Fostering collaboration and leveraging the expertise that exists across the private and public sectors is an important part of NCCoE’s strategy to drive innovation and address technology gaps affecting critical systems and industries,” said Jim McCarthy, Senior Security Engineer, National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE). “We are pleased to have BedRock Systems join the community of NCEP partners who help NIST and NCCoE design, build, deploy, and document standards-based solutions that can be leveraged across multiple segments in our economy.” McCarthy recently joined BedRock for a webinar discussion on Dissecting Critical Infrastructure Risks: The Double-Edged Sword of Interoperability. The expert panel of cybersecurity professionals discuss requirements and challenges related to connecting the OT and IT systems that power critical infrastructure. About BedRock Systems BedRock Systems is the leading software company delivering an unbreakable foundation for secured computing from edge to cloud. Designed on the principles of Zero Trust and formal methods, BedRock Systems provides unprecedented levels of security and resiliency to the world’s most critical systems and infrastructure. Industries like Financial Services/DeFi, Government, Defense, Healthcare, Pharmaceutical and critical infrastructure sectors all use BedRock to improve cyber security, reduce cost and unlock new revenue by enabling innovation, even while under attack. BedRock your applications and workloads today.

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NCI announces its transformation to Empower AI

NCI Information Systems | June 10, 2022

NCI Information Systems, Inc., a long-time technology provider to U.S. government agencies, announced that it has become Empower AI. The transformation reflects the successful adoption of the Empower AI Platform across federal defense, civilian and health care agencies, and leverages Empower AI’s all-inclusive AI-as-a-Service (AIaaS) approach. Empower AI is declaring what we know to be true: AI is the most transformative technology of this era. AI represents the single biggest opportunity to enhance productivity of the federal workforce. By aggregating and synthesizing data quickly and more effectively with AI, we can elevate mission success for every government agency.” Paul A. Dillahay, president and CEO of the new Empower AI According to December 2021 research from Deloitte, 92% of federal agency leaders believe AI is important to their mission outcomes but the lack of technology supporting artificial intelligence is the top barrier to taking advantage of it. With nearly half of mature government organizations still beginners at AI, according to the same study, Empower AI’s AIaaS model makes government adoption easier by reducing risk and focusing on the “human development” aspects through integrated development, implementation, maintenance, and performance services at a fixed, inclusive cost. Empower AI Platform built for the government ecosystem The company’s flagship product, the Empower AI Platform, introduced in 2020 and continuously enriched, is built on decades of mission experience and tailored specifically for government challenges. The platform gives government agency customers the insights and tools necessary to make critical decisions faster. “Our deep knowledge and understanding of our federal clients featured prominently in the development of the Empower AI Platform,” Dillahay said. “We designed it specifically for the unique ways in which government works, and in accordance with its strict requirements for security and transparency.” The platform’s components include an AI framework, hyper-automation tools, and digital assistant: Empower AI Works: A suite of hyper-automation tools helps shift focus to the most impactful work by automating time consuming tasks with AI, without the need for human intervention. Empower AI Advises: A side-by-side AI assistant that accelerates human decision-making and increases productivity. Empower AI Leads: A comprehensive AI management system that equips mission leaders to make better, faster decisions and achieve meaningful digital evolution through a unique and streamlined view of objectives, projects and tasks updated in real-time as work is accomplished. Empower AI’s commitment to the transformative power of AI has already yielded results. The company has secured more than $1.5 billion in AI-enabled work and more than 75% of its customers have implemented the Empower AI Platform to recognize the exponential effectiveness of their AI-enabled workforce. About Empower AI Empower AI is AI for government. Empower AI gives federal agency leaders the tools to elevate the potential of their workforce with a direct path for meaningful transformation. Headquartered in Reston, Va., Empower AI leverages three decades of mission experience solving complex challenges in Health, Defense, and Civilian missions. Their proven Empower AI Platform provides a practical, sustainable path for clients to achieve transformation that is true to who they are, what they do, and how they work, with the resources they have. The result is a government workforce that is exponentially more creative and productive.

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Women-Led Venture Firm Dcode Capital Makes Two Investments to Drive Stronger Urban Resilience and Data Usage in Government

Dcode Capital | June 20, 2022

Dcode Capital, the affiliated investment arm of Washington D.C.-based federally-focused accelerator Dcode, announced it has invested in two high-growth, commercially successful technology companies with the potential to transform the U.S. government: UrbanFootprint, the world’s first Urban Intelligence platform, and Tamr, the leading cloud-native data mastering solution. In failing to adopt commercial technology, the federal government wastes billions of dollars and misses key opportunities to better serve Americans. We believe Dcode Capital is well positioned to bridge the gap between the private and public sector and to connect this market to the innovative platforms needed to modernize it. Dcode Capital joined UrbanFootprint’s $25 million Series B round as a new investor. Through this partnership, Dcode Capital will support UrbanFootprint in its mission to deliver intelligence to federal decision makers on critical challenges like food security, climate risk, energy security, urban mobility, and healthcare preparedness. We’ve been fortunate to work with UrbanFootprint for over a year, and the team and technology are fantastic. UrbanFootprint will enable the government to make better-informed decisions in allocating resources for a more equitable and sustainable future.” Meg Vorland, Manager at Dcode Capital "We're thrilled to have Dcode Capital join our Series B,” said Joe DiStefano, CEO of UrbanFootprint. “They are uniquely positioned to accelerate us into the federal market and enable better decision-making on critical infrastructure investments. Prior to Dcode’s investment, we had been working together for a year. This model established solid relationships and gave us great confidence to expand our partnership." Dcode Capital also joined Tamr’s latest round and will continue to help the company’s expansion across the federal market. Tamr was the first-ever winner of a Phase 5 award from the Department of Homeland Security’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program. Their technology helped to solve a critical problem – how to combine government datasets to identify suspicious travelers quickly. “Already an industry-disruptor, Tamr provides a novel way for government organizations to unify and master high volumes of data, a perennial problem,” said Dcode Capital Manager Rebecca Gevalt. “We’re thrilled to support this essential and ground-breaking technology across many important applications in the public sector.” Since its founding in 2016, the Dcode accelerator has helped more than 100+ venture-backed technology companies scale in the federal market. Dcode connects tech companies of all stages with civilian, DoD, and Intelligence Community organizations to improve government engagement with private sector innovation. Dcode Capital launched from the Dcode accelerator in 2019 primarily to invest in companies that graduated from Dcode’s programming. Dcode Capital also has invested in DroneSeed, HYAS, Hyperscience, Stardog, StreamSets, and Trifacta. StreamSets and Trifacta were acquired earlier this year, and Hyperscience is valued at over $1B. Dcode Capital’s close partnership with Dcode’s stage-agnostic federal go-to-market (GTM) programming generates consistent deal flow of promising tech companies, provides a valuable ability to conduct diligence on these companies, and supports all aspects of Dcode Capital’s portfolio companies’ federal GTM. “We make the federal market easy for tech companies, and the startup landscape accessible to the federal market,” said Dcode Capital Manager Meagan Metzger. “We’re thrilled to add UrbanFootprint and Tamr to our portfolio as we tackle the problem from both sides and advance this infrastructure into the future.” About Dcode Capital and Dcode Dcode Capital invests alongside leading venture firms in high-growth technology companies in areas that are of high priority across the U.S. government. These companies have the potential to dramatically improve the way the federal government serves and protects the American people. Dcode Capital launched from Dcode, an advisory firm that accelerates stage-agnostic venture-backed tech companies into the federal market and teaches the federal government how to find and contract with innovative tech companies. The Dcode accelerator seeks to successfully connect tech companies to the $500B federal market. About UrbanFootprint UrbanFootprint is the world's first urban intelligence platform — a comprehensive urban, climate, and community resilience data system that serves mission-critical insights to the institutions that are rebuilding, financing, and insuring the world's physical and social infrastructure. UrbanFootprint’s data and web-based geospatial software unifies previously siloed climate, environmental, urban, socio-economic, and customer data and helps governments, utilities, financial institutions, and urban planners answer fundamental resource questions — where to invest, where to deploy resources, and where to optimize for risk, return, resilience, and community. In 2022, UrbanFootprint was named to both the Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies list and the GovTech 100 list for the second year in a row, and in 2021 was also awarded Inc.’s Best in Business Awards and Fast Company’s Innovation by Design Awards. About Tamr, Inc. Tamr is the leading cloud-native machine learning based data mastering company that accelerates data-driven business outcomes for large organizations. Industry leaders like Toyota, Societe Generale, and Novartis trust Tamr to manage their enterprise data as an asset. Tamr’s unique approach of using human-guided machine learning algorithms to accelerate data mastering projects lets the world’s largest organizations enhance their data operations, rapidly activate latent data, and increase the velocity of business outcomes through data-driven insights. With a co-founding team led by Andy Palmer (founding CEO of Vertica) and Mike Stonebraker (Turing Award winner) and backed by investors including NEA and Google Ventures, Tamr is transforming how companies get value from their data.

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