While the tech landscape is filled with layoff news, Palantir Technologies CEO Alex Karp has plans to hire a couple hundred employees this year. Karp acknowledged that plans can change, saying, “Things could get much, much worse, and then of course everything’s on the table.” The stability of Palantir’s work comes from much of it being government customer driven and not consumer driven.

Karp also pushed back on any employees who don’t love the companies involvement with the Intelligence Community (IC) or military. His messaging at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland was, “You may not agree with that and, bless you, don’t work here.” Palantir headquarters are located in Denver, CO – a move Karp made in 2020. Palantir began its business with a national security focus, and the CIA, FBI, and NSA have all partnered with the company as clients.

Contract Opportunities to Watch: Raytheon

NGA awarded an indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract entitled Mantis to Raytheon Technologies. The contract will provide the core capabilities necessary for imagery scientists and imagery analysts to perform non-literal imagery exploitation as web services and desktop applications. The total period of the contract is five years. The value of the contract is approximately $270.9 million.

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Cleared Opportunities

Boeing is offering technical training opportunities to students in the University of Missouri–St. Louis/Washington University Joint Undergraduate Engineering Program. Boeing has signed an agreement with UMSL to create an Engineering Services Program. The agreement will be in place for three years, and up to 20 students could be hired to support Boeing projects this semester.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for students to be exposed to the Boeing work environment and participate in real-world projects,” said Haiyan Cai, a professor of mathematics and statistics and associate dean of the joint engineering program. “Boeing will provide technical training, and the students will have a chance to interact with the engineers in a real-world setting. Boeing is a leading engineering company with endless opportunities for these students.”

Students get compensation and real-world experience. Boeing has offered support to the university in the past, offering a way to build up the community, engineering talent, and a potential recruiting pipeline.

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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.