While supporting the U.S. Space Force won’t put you on the moon, you can still fulfill those childhood dreams of keeping the U.S. safe with an eye from space. Even if you don’t join the military, you can support the newest branch as a contractor.  From SAIC to Lockheed to Perspecta to Booz Allen to BAE Systems to Peraton, the list of contractors that support the U.S. Space Force is long. Despite plans to keep servicemember numbers low, the Space Force has been calling on contractors to meet mission goals. Whether you’re a technician or a data scientist, there are ways to join the space mission.

Contract Opportunities to Watch

Noblis DHS awarded Noblis a $99 million contract to help protect the U.S. from weapons of mass destruction. The prime contract with the Department of Homeland Security’s Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) is a five year award in order  to enhance the Nation’s abilities to prevent terrorists and other threat actors from using weapons of mass destruction and help operational partners close capability gaps in safeguarding the Nation against chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and health security threats.

“Noblis has more than a decade of experience working alongside DHS’ legacy Domestic Nuclear Detection Office and current CWMD, providing nuclear forensics and other technical expertise,” said Amr ElSawy, Noblis’ president and chief executive officer. “We are honored for the opportunity to combine this experience with Noblis’ leading science and technology expertise to continue helping DHS advance this critical mission.”

“As the prime on this advisory and assistance support contract, Noblis will lead a team of seven subcontractors, including, BarbaricumBVTIDEFTECSC&ASnare ConsultingTechINT and TechOp Solutions,” said Dr. Jordin Cohen, vice president of Noblis’ Homeland Security mission area. “Together, we look forward to continuing our partnership with DHS and delivering efficient, data-driven solutions to help protect our nation from weapons of mass destruction.”

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Cleared Job of the Week

Logistics Technician For many veterans, their time in the military has given them years of experience in the logistics field. A natural transition out of the military can be into the field of logistics. With various positions with contractors like ManTech or GDIT, there are many opportunities. The key to defense work in logistics is inventory experience. Most logistics jobs only require an assortment of education – either an associates degree or professional training, but they do call for at least five years of logistics experience. This is a position where the experience can pay more than the education.

Cleared logistics technicians will need to maintain a security clearance, with the level dependent on the program. And the field of logistics requires employees who are detail oriented. Whether the role is at a Navy shipyard or a, Air Force base, the contract opportunities are all over the U.S.

Growth Opportunities

The Pentagon continues to be at a halt with its Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud contract, standing by its Microsoft selection, as federal judges continue to hear claims from Amazon Web Services. While there may be drama over a cloud contract at the Pentagon, the future of the cloud continues to grow within the DoD. Capt. James Cho, a platform product manager at the Army Software Factory in Austin, TX touts the benefits of the cloud in speeding up software development. Cho says that with cloud, “you can dynamically spin up more instances or compute power as needed. A lot of the toil you would have in managing an on-prem solution for this is abstracted away, and it reduces the amount of work we have to do scale these applications for deployment across the Army.”

All across the military, the use of the cloud is growing, with Air Force Chief Software Officer Nicolas M. Chaillan looking to also use the cloud to accelerate software production. The Cloud Computing Program Office at DISA is also looking to build a shared repository to expedite development capabilities.

“When you combine the elasticity of the cloud with the rapid feedback loop of DevSecOps, you get real return on investment,” Chaillan said. “Instead of waiting years and months to test the software and cyber-scan the software, we do that multiple times a day, so that security and the reliability are built in.”

Cho explains that “It reduces the manual overhead on the application development team so they have more time to focus on outcomes, to focus on soldiers and solider problems.” Cloud-based development keeps the benefits of the soldier as a priority and allows for more timely updates so battlefield goals are met.

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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.