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General Dynamics Encryptors Certified by NSA

General Dynamics Encryptors Certified

The National Security Agency recently certified two high-speed encryptors produced by General Dynamics C4 Systems. The encryptors will likely be utilized by professionals holding top secret security clearance, as they are designed to transfer information of different levels, including the top secret variety, according to a release from the company. 

The release from the C4 Systems unit of the company noted that the encryptors are the KG-540A for aircraft and KG-540B for ground operations. The encryptors are designed to keep large-scale video files and classified information secure as the information is transferred, the release noted. 

Mike Guzelian, vice president of the Secure Voice and Data Products unit of General Dynamics C4 Systems, said in a statement that the encryptors would prove to be extremely useful for government agencies. 

Protecting stored data, or data-at-rest, is a high priority for government operations that work with huge files like video feeds from hundreds of surveillance cameras," Guzelian explained. "Using advanced encryption technology, both ProtecD@R encryptors can encrypt and store a file the size of a 25 gigabyte Blu-ray disk in under 6 seconds which is a tremendous advancement in the information-security field."

Defense Systems reports that the versatile encryptors can work for large intelligence aircraft as well as to protect data at supercomputing facilities. 

SAIC introduced DigitalEdge to the market earlier this week.

SAIC Presents DigitalEdge

A Northern Virginia consultancy released a software platform that aims to aid business operations and organizations' decisive action, according to a press release.

Science Applications International Corporation of McLean presented DigitalEdge, which is renowned for its versatility, real-time, high-volume data ingestion and processing. The new system is able to draw these capacities from myriad data sources that have various levels of intricacy.

The system already has drawn rave reviews from some users.

"Zions Bancorporation is working with SAIC to incorporate the DigitalEdge platform into our security intelligence operations as part of our ongoing efforts in continuing to provide leading fraud prevention and detection capabilities," said Security Division and Chief Information Security  executive vice president Preston Wood with Zions Bancorporation.

The system provides for real-time actionable intelligence, which allows timing and context for competitive advantage and situational awareness that is strengthened.

It also has increased capacities for threat detection and prevention by enabling groups to remain ahead of opportunities and threats that pose perils to critical and sensitive information via the use of alerts based on real time. Dealing with threat, detection and prevention likely requires users to hold top secret security clearance.

The system also has productivity and efficiency for operational purposes, which enables it to upgrade or lower processing depending on the whims of storage demands.

SAIC group president John Thomas praised the innovative angle from which the new system derives.

"DigitalEdge's advanced ingestion ability can ignite innovative strategies for our clients by enhancing their ability to reach and correlate diverse data sets to create context rich information – which advances real-time decision making. This is important first stage to the big data life cycle that sets a strong foundation for deep analytics."

Established in 1969, SAIC is staffed by roughly 40,000 workers, many of whom also work with subsidiaries of the consultancy, according to the consultancy's website.

Coverent is looking for a data ninja for its McLean, Virginia, offices.

Coverent Seeks Detail-Oriented Data Ninja

Coverent is collecting resumes in search of a data ninja who can help at its offices in Northern Virginia, according to Cleared Connections.

The consultancy helps companies that work with the intelligence community and strong applications will be submitted by people who hold top secret security clearance. The person who is selected for the job will spearhead the Data Science team.

The lead data ninja will be tasked with easing discussions with clients so that metrics are further developed. The data ninja also will issue recommendations regarding strong methodology while conducting advanced analyses and implementing fact-based insights for the express benefit of clients whose decisions are founded in data.

Strong applications will be filed by people who understand the strong value of analytics that lead to useful knowledge. The applications of people who have a keen understanding of how important minor details also are stand the likelihood of gaining attention during the application process.

Based in Arlington, Virginia, Coverent was established about five years ago and the firm aids private and public organizations with performance measurement, according to the firm's website.

A unit of Boeing was awarded a contract by the U.S. Air Force.

Air Force Awards Contract to Boeing Unit

The U.S. Air Force awarded a contract to a unit of Boeing to help enhance how effective airmen are on the battlefield, according to a press report.

Valued at $3 million, the contract details that Boeing Defense, Space & Security help with the design, development, delivery, training and sustainment for an integrated targeting system. Called the Line of Sight – Short, the project includes a compact laser targeting system and the contract's total value could run higher than $100 million.

"Our mission is to deliver complete C4ISR solutions that meet our customers' need for actionable information," general manager Mike Hettmann with Boeing subsidiary Argon ST and director of Tactical Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance said. "LOS-S provides the Air Force intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and targeting in one easy-to-use, lightweight, hand-held device."

The project is in support of the Air Force's Battlefield Air Operations Kit Program. People who hold top secret security clearance are likely to work on the project.

As many as 150 worldwide nations contract with Boeing for its expertise in aerospace and manufacturing commercial airliners, according to the firm's website. The company also works on defense, space and security systems for its clients.

The Department of Defense awarded a prime contract to SAIC for a base period of one year.

DOD Awards Contract to SAIC for Support Services

The U.S. Defense Department awarded a contract to the Science Applications International Corporation to help with manufacturing, engineering of systems and support services with integration, according to a press release.

The prime contract holds a one-year base period and four one-year options. If the full contract is exercised, the total value is as high as $65 million. The contract will be fulfilled by people who hold top secret security clearance at the company facility in Columbia, Maryland.

"We look forward to continuing to provide manufacturing and engineering support services to the Department of Defense," senior vice president and group general manager John Thomas with SAIC senior said.

The contract sees SAIC help the Pentagon with module and system engineering, design and manufacturing, while also aiding with software development and the design and analysis of antennas.

Long serving the U.S. Defense Department with support services for manufacturing, systems engineering and integration, SAIC is staffed by roughly 40,000 employees, according to the company. Annual revenues for year ending January 31, 2012 amounted to $10.6 billion.

CSC is one of 11 firms awarded a contract by the Air Force to support DHS.

Air Force Contract for CSC to Support Air Force

The U.S. Coast Guard awarded a contract to a Northern Virginia technology consultancy for assistance with supporting the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, according to a published report.

Along with 11 additional firms, CSC is charged with helping provide acquisition program management support for the design, development, utilization and additional activity for assets, processes and systems that will be purchased by Department of Homeland Security agencies that are named on the contracts.

“Through this contract, we will provide DHS with proven support services needed to assist with the Department’s cross-organizational mission of protecting the homeland, deterring crime and detecting and countering terrorism while also helping DHS improve IT cost effectiveness,” vice president and general manager Pat Schambach with the Homeland Security and Foreign Affairs Group of CSC said.

The firm also will help with knowledge that is germane to domains, expertise with missions and best practices with intelligence technology, which typically requires work of people who hold top secret security clearance.

Established in 1959, CSC is based in Falls Church and has offices in Australia, Asia and Europe, according to the firm’s website.

Vertiss is looking to hire junio and mid-level HUMINT Collection Requirement Managers.

Veritiss Seeks HUMINT Collection Requirement Managers

Veritiss, LLC is collecting resumes in search of a HUMINT Collection Requirement Managers, according to Cleared Connections.

Applicants who have experience are encouraged to submit expressions of interest for the Northern Virginia firm’s opportunities that are both junior and midlevel. The assignment is to serve one of the firm’s top customers in the region of the U.S. Capital. The job is contingent on contract award money and stronger applications will be submitted by people who hold top secret security clearance.

Responsibilities of the HUMINT Collection Requirements Manager include management compliance with the Tasking, Collection, Production, Exploitation and Dissemination cycle, which is devised to support needs for analytical information. That task includes research, validation and submission of HUMINT collection requirements and the crafting of collection strategies and monitoring the generation fulfillment of all obligations as mandated by the agency of commanding entity.

Strong applicants should be cognizant of the collection process for HUMINT and system capacities while hold experience with training for winning access to various accounts for collection and research.

The HUMINT Collection Requirement Manager also will be assigned to merge efforts with both the U.S. Department of Defense and organizations that also capitalize on collection and exploitation of U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency requirements and products that support the effort.

Junior-level applicants should have specialized training amounting to between two and three years within intelligence analysis while mid-level applicants should have specialized training amounting to between four and six years of intelligence analysis. Bachelor and Masters degrees also are helpful for the applicants as is military intelligence experience.

Based in Reston, Virginia, Vertiss works with government, defense and civilian agencies while also helping with the growth and development of businesses by offering consultation services for management consulting and analysis, outsourcing and offering strategic business solutions, according to the company’s website.

The U.S. president cited cybersecurity concerns on Tuesday eve.

Obama Advances Cybersecurity Drive

U.S. President Barack Obama is moving forward with an aggressive tack to increase cybersecurity, according to CNN,

After having signed an executive order this past Tuesday, the president then cited the matter during the first State of the Union speech of his second term. The executive order he signed aims to enable the capacities of private companies to share information regarding cyberattacks with government officials.

The president emphasized the importance of acting sooner than later to challenge the dangers presented by cyberattacks.

“America must also face the rapidly growing threat from cyber-attacks,” the president said Tuesday eve before both chamber of the U.S. Senate and on national television. “Now, we know hackers steal people’s identities and infiltrate private emails. We know foreign countries and companies swipe our corporate secrets. Now our enemies are also seeking the ability to sabotage our power grid, our financial institutions, our air traffic control systems. We cannot look back years from now and wonder why we did nothing in the face of real threats to our security and our economy.”

People who hold top secret security clearance are poised to benefit from the increased motivation to challenge these dangers.

The effort is geared toward protecting the country’s systems for power, water and nuclear activity. With cyberattacks climbing, the effort cannot come soon enough.

Last year saw attacks against critical infrastructure companies surge 52 percent, according to a recent report cited by CNN. As a result of some of those attacks, there were breaches.

“Businesses have to be good citizens, but they also have to be concerned about their liabilities and interests of their users,” senior counsel Evan Brown with InfoLawGroup told CNN. “There are all kinds of ramifications if companies are found not to be good protectors of user privacy.”

Boeing and an Israeli firm agreed to a Memorandum of Understanding.

Boeing, Israeli Counterpart Ink Pact

A leading U.S. aerospace defense firm inked a pact with an Israeli counterpart early this week to enhance the growth prospects for both outfits while driving the self-defense missions of each company, according to a press release.

The Memorandum of Understanding between Boeing and Elbit Systems also is projected to enhance Boeing’s international market for military aircraft and create defense jobs.

The agreement will see the Northern Israel-based firm provide its Directed Infrared Counter Measure systems for Boeing military fixed wing and vertical lift jets. These systems’ incentives include them being lightweight, compact and they are crafted to defend jets against threats presented on battlefields.

The Network & Space Systems and Military Aircraft organizations of the Chicago-based firm have merged efforts to integrate those processes into aircraft that is both new and already in operation. The effort also aims to provide analysis and services and support from one end to the other.

“Boeing is partnering with pioneering firms worldwide to bring advanced technology to our customers,” president Roger Krone with Network & Space Systems at Boeing said. “Our relationship with Elbit is an example of how we are enhancing our portfolio with innovative capabilities for a variety of solutions.”

Elbit also praised the pact between the two companies, noting they share a strong relationship of merging efforts.

“We are very proud to collaborate with Boeing in this unique solution, providing optimum protection for airborne platforms,” chief executive officer and president Joseph Ackerman with Elbit Systems said. “Based on our long history of working with Boeing, we anticipate that this joint effort will provide the optimal solution for protecting our customers and creating synergistic value for both companies in this strategic and fast-growing market.”

Based in Haifa, Elbit specializes in military aircraft and systems for helicopters, according to the firm’s website.

Boeing will continue helping the U.S. military wing with its GPS constellation.

Boeing to Continue Working on Air Force GPS

The U.S. Air Force awarded a contract to Boeing to help upgrade the Global Positioning System satellite constellation, according to a press release.

Valued at $51 million, the contract’s base length is one year and it holds four one-year options. The pact outlines the GPS IIF satellite shipment to the site of the launch in Florida. The contract includes tasks and responsibilities in preparation for the launch, after the launch check-out, issues regarding handover and support during on-orbit.

Boeing is set to resume its services to the important network for the military and civilians, which is likely to create jobs for people who hold top secret security clearance.

“The contract provides mission continuity for the Boeing GPS IIF fleet as we continue to deliver on our commitments,” vice president and general manager Craig Cooning with Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems said. “With nine GPS IIFs still awaiting deployment, the contract scope includes supplying all support needed until the Air Force calls for the vehicles.”

Since the network was first established in the 1970s, Boeing has generated almost 70 percent of satellites sent into orbit to bolster the work undertaken by the GPS constellation.

Boeing is tasked with generating 12 GPS IIF satellites and three of those satellites have been sent into space. The purpose of the IIFs is to supply enhanced accuracy when navigating because of enhancements like atomic clock technology, a new civilian L5 signal and an enhanced military signal.

The next satellite is forecast to go into space before the middle of the year. The firm is set to fulfill production of the remaining satellites by the end of 2013.

“We have the capability to maintain the remaining IIF spacecraft to be delivered and the flexibility to launch up to three within a single year if required to sustain the network,” GPS IIF program director Jan Heide with Boeing said.

Based in Chicago, Boeing focuses its work on aerospace leadership and innovation, according to the firm’s website. More than 170,000 people throughout the U.S. and dispersed in 70 countries work for the firm, which includes fulfilling defense jobs.

Boeing also works for customers that come from approximately 150 countries throughout the world, the website states.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Boeing Defense, Space & Security are the two business units of the company and it also includes Boeing Capital Corporation, which works on developing financing solutions.