Epirus has been selected for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s (DARPA) Massive Cross-Correlation (MAX) program. Epirus and the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) will collaborate on up to four project phases, worth a total of $5.3 million.

Epirus and UCLA will work to develop highly scalable analog circuit techniques, resulting in paradigm shifting levels of power efficiency and speed. This power efficiency will, in turn, enable a reduction in form factor that will allow embedding of high-speed correlators in a range of platforms and applications that cannot support the power requirements of current state-of-the-art devices. The project’s technology outcomes will also enable passive sensing, new radar modes such as real-time synthetic aperture radar, imaging and jam-resistant radar and communications applications in a cutting-edge form factor with low size, weight and power requirements.

“We’re pleased to deepen our partnership with DARPA as we begin our efforts to develop the world’s best general purpose analog correlator to enable new capabilities for U.S. and allied militaries,” said Ken Bedingfield, Chief Executive Officer, Epirus. “Today’s announcement will spur new opportunities for our intelligent power management architecture that holds the potential to reshape power management as we know it.”

In December 2021, DAPRA awarded Epirus a multi-million-dollar contract as part of the WARDEN RANGER program to accelerate the advancement of Electromagnetic and Radio Frequency capabilities. The company is also under contract with DARPA’s Microsystems Technology Office (MTO) to develop distributed processing of phased arrays with the goal of significantly reducing computational complexity and required processing rates in order to deal with large and flexible phased array antenna systems.

The company’s collaboration with DARPA on these three projects will propel the continued research, development and maturation of Epirus’ waveform optimization and power efficiency technologies for high-power microwave systems.

By gating energy at the sub-microsecond level, Epirus’ intelligent power management platform optimizes performance to achieve significantly greater efficiency or higher power output, depending on the application area. In addition to powering Epirus’ Leonidas suite of high-power microwave systems, the platform holds significant opportunities to transform a spectrum of sectors – from power and energy to communications and security – by limiting energy waste and protecting our world’s most critical resource.

Layoffs: Red Hat

In an email to staff recently, Red Hat CEO Matt Hicks shared the following news, “We will reduce the associate base of Red Hat over the next few months. Our reductions will focus on general and administrative (G&A) and similar roles across all functions and represent a reduction of just under 4% in total. We will not reduce roles directly selling to customers or building our products. Notifications will begin today in some countries, and the process will continue through the end of Q2.”

Hicks noted that the Red Hatters leaving will have severance packages, bonuses paid out, and medical benefits as they transition to their next job. The layoff move comes despite a growth outlook for the organization.

Hiring: Dev Technology Group

Dev Technology Group is expanding in Fairfax County, VA, adding 90 jobs to the area. Due to a substantial increase in demand for its services, the company is investing in 10,000 square feet of new office space to accommodate additional IT and software personnel.

“Dev Technology Group is a Virginia success story that bolsters our booming IT industry while providing critical services for the government and 21st-century jobs for civilians and veterans,” said Governor Glenn Youngkin. “We are proud to see a longstanding corporate partner benefit from the Commonwealth’s diverse, world-class technology talent that catalyzes growth.”

“As a federal contractor, Dev Technology has selected to continue its growth in Fairfax County due to the proximity of clients and access to highly skilled employees, including veterans,” said Kendall Holbrook, CEO of Dev Technology.

Founded in 1998, Dev Technology Group delivers information technology services and solutions that enable government missions. The company’s work supports multiple agencies including the Department of Homeland Security, Commodity Futures Trading Commission, Army National Guard, Army Corps of Engineers, Defense’s Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office, the United States Geological Survey, DARPA, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and others.

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Opportunity to Watch

Ascent AeroSystems has developed the Blue UAS-approved Spirit UAV, which is now available for purchase through the General Services Administration (GSA) Advantage website.

The Spirit UAV is a high-performance, multi-role aircraft designed and manufactured in the United States for a wide range of applications, including intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR), search and rescue, border patrol, disaster relief and more. The industry-leading Spirit provides operators with an all-weather platform equipped with best-in-class integrated EO/thermal sensor payloads so personnel can reliably dispatch the surveillance asset they need whenever and wherever they need it.

“Government operations require drones for a variety of reasons, including ISR, target acquisition, monitoring and inspection, rogue gas detection, etc.,” said Paul Fermo, VP of Business Development at Ascent AeroSystems. “Most drones are designed for single mission type, or worse, are restricted by a closed ecosystem, which limits their usefulness and subjects the government to obsolescence.  Not Spirit.  Spirit has a modular open architecture that allows government operators to customize the platform to meet any operational requirement, all from one common airframe.”

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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.