Technology continues to change. In order to keep up with the cycle, some leaders are pushing for a skills over degrees mentality. For some roles, the ability to actually do the job should shine a lot brighter than the degree on the resume. Of course, the only way to shake things up in national security is to get federal government contracts to change. But the world is changing outside the defense industry, and at some point, it will trickle down to the federal government and their contractors. These days, it’s less about what school someone went to, and more about what skills they bring to the table. If you don’t have skill assessments as part of your hiring process, consider adding them in now before it’s a requirement. It will help the decision process and ensure you’re adding the best candidates to the team.

Layoffs: Playtika

Playtika, an Israeli mobile game company, is cutting 12-15% of its workforce. The layoff cuts 600 employees worldwide from the company. Less than a third are in Israel. Following a major expansion in 2020, Playtika wasn’t able to keep pace with that growth. This latest round is about six months after their June 2022 layoff, where 250 employees lost their jobs.

Hiring: Riverside Research

Riverside Research recently won a $49.5M, five-year contract  with the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL). The contract allows Riverside Research to continue their work, supporting national security efforts. For 20 over 20 years, Riverside has supported AFRL with technical R&D in microelectronics, open architecture, electromagnetics, PNT, materials and plasma physics. The company has almost 35 open positions for work on AFRL or in Beavercreek, OH. Riverside Research also has other open positions around the country.

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Opportunity to Watch

Fortem Technologies has opened a new office in the Washington D.C. metro area. The new office will be located just outside D.C. in in Chantilly, VA.

“Opening an office in Washington D.C.’s metro area is a necessary move,” said Jon Gruen, CEO of Fortem Technologies. “We’re growing rapidly and much of that growth is coming from the D.C environment. Having a presence at the nation’s capital will help us better address that business demand.”

Along with the new office location, Fortem has appointed Michael Buscher as Executive Director of Enterprise Operations based out of the new D.C. office location. Buscher will be focused on coordinating engagements with U.S. Government entities, acting as the key point of contact for partnerships in the national capital region, and ongoing business development activities. Buscher brings 30+ years of government experience to include Army Special Operations and nearly 10 years at the Central Intelligence Agency.

Within the past year, Fortem Technologies has more than doubled its deal flow and booking projections. And they’ve maintained a presence in Ukraine helping fight off drone warfare.

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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.