Boeing is partnering with the Commonwealth of Virginia and Virginia Tech to establish The Boeing Center for Veteran Transition & Military Families, a new hub for veterans and their families. The Center, to be located at Virginia Tech’s Innovation Campus in Alexandria, VA, will provide career resources and advance employment opportunities for veterans in one of the nation’s most rapidly developing tech corridors, as well as support for military families during the transition to civilian life.
“Boeing has a long, proud history of supporting veterans and their families during and after their service. We’re also a leading employer of service members, with veterans representing more than 15% of our workforce. So we’re honored to join Virginia and Virginia Tech to build on Boeing’s commitment to veterans with this Center for Veteran Transition & Military Families,” said Boeing President and CEO Dave Calhoun. “This initiative will unlock new career opportunities for veterans and their families and help develop leading technical talent while affirming our continued investment in Northern Virginia.”
Boeing’s investment in the Innovation Campus is also providing student scholarships, fostering the recruitment of world-class faculty and researchers and funding STEM initiatives for underserved K-12 students.
The veterans center will be in close proximity to and operate in coordination with the Hokie One Stop, a planned Virginia Tech services center that will serve as a support center for current and prospective students interested in participating in Innovation Campus programs.
“Boeing’s recent announcement to move its headquarters to Virginia and reaffirm its commitment to building the next generation of tech talent is a timely development for the Commonwealth, and is made more exciting by their extensive partnership with Virginia Tech,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “The relocation of a world-class company like Boeing to Virginia is a testament to the wealth of talent and human capital in our state. Their pledge to create the Boeing Center for Veteran Transition and Military Families ensures that the Commonwealth and its businesses continue to invest in diverse career pathways for veterans and students alike, all the while helping businesses thrive.”
In partnership with national military and veteran programs, Virginia is in the process of developing an expanded network of resources for veterans and their families. Centered in the Northern Virginia and Hampton Roads regions, the network will include economic and workforce programs, mental health resources and community volunteering opportunities.
“After working for well over a year to help bring Boeing’s headquarters to Virginia, I proudly welcome this effort, which will further strengthen the Commonwealth’s 21st-century workforce and set our military families up for success,” said U.S. Senator Mark R. Warner. “The Virginia Tech Innovation Campus veterans center will be key to engaging our veterans and their families in the groundbreaking new tech opportunities being cultivated in National Landing and throughout the region.”
Contract Opportunities to Watch: Raytheon
Raytheon Missiles & Defense, a Raytheon Technologies business, is awarded an $867 million Missile Defense Agency contract to deliver SM-3®Block IIAs to the United States and partners.
“The SM-3 Block IIA interceptor was developed in partnership with Japan, and it features a larger rocket motor and kinetic warhead that allow it to defend broader areas from long-range ballistic missile threats,” said Tay Fitzgerald, president of Strategic Missile Defense at Raytheon Missiles & Defense. “Our strong cooperation with Japanese industry was essential to the development of this next-generation solution that can defeat complex threats around the world from sea and land.”
The SM-3 interceptor is a defensive weapon the U.S. Navy uses to destroy short- to intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The interceptor uses sheer force, rather than an explosive warhead, to destroy targets in space. Its “kill vehicle” hits threats with the force of a 10-ton truck traveling 600 mph. This technique, referred to as “hit-to-kill,” has been likened to intercepting a bullet with another bullet.
The SM-3 Block IIA interceptor’s kinetic warhead has been enhanced, improving the search, discrimination, acquisition and tracking functions, to address advanced and emerging threats. The missile intercepted an advanced ballistic missile threat in its first live target test in early 2017.
The SM-3 interceptor is a critical piece of the Phased Adaptive Approach for missile defense in Europe. The interceptor is being carried by U.S. Navy ships deployed off Europe’s coast and is now operational at a land-based site in Romania, further enhancing Europe’s protection.
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Parsons Corporation is opening an innovation laboratory focused on rapidly developing and delivering operational technology to the nation’s DoD, Intelligence Community, and Federal Civilian markets in an open, experimental environment: the PALADIN Lab.
“This unique incubator aligns with Parsons’ goal of pushing the boundaries of innovation and technology development to make our customer’s missions faster, safer, and more successful,” said Ricardo Lorenzo, chief technology officer for Parsons. “As global threats continue across national security and critical infrastructure, PALADIN represents an industry and technology-agnostic approach to collaboration and innovation, where the sole focus is on rapidly delivering operational technology to the end user.”
Located inside the gates of Aberdeen Proving Ground in Aberdeen, M.D., PALADIN provides customers with over 9,700 square feet of state-of-the-art engineering space dedicated to the rapid research, development, and integration of innovative solutions and their transition to operational command, control, communication, computers, cyber, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance center (C5ISR) environments. The facility will also serve as the bridge between industry, academia, and government customers, powered by available technology and a consortium mindset.
The PALADIN Lab also offers:
- Open and easy-access unclassified integration space to enable the identification, integration, testing, and eventual migration of operationally ready technologies.
- Scalable and virtual server, compute, GPU, and storage, enabling customers without hardware to begin projects immediately.
- Hybrid cloud capability, enabling connectivity to external cloud resources and local compute and storage with 24/7 VPN and help-desk support.
- Customizable network and compute allow a collaborative approach to the integration, evaluation, and exploration activities of emerging technologies.
- Easy-access integration environment with breakout/huddle rooms, dedicated demo room, secure meeting space, and RF lab.
- Massive operational data sets that can be used to evaluate commercial capabilities against realistic data to determine viability for meeting government requirements and integration needs.
The PALADIN Lab is also the company’s inaugural Parsons X innovation center of excellence. Parsons X is the company’s new, central approach that unifies its digital organization and moves to a new delivery model that reinforces a data-driven focus to delivering digital-enabled solutions. This center of excellence offers a collaborative space for development and delivery of innovative infrastructure solutions, including asset life management, digital twins, 3D modeling, and augmented and virtual reality tools.