In a strategic move to bolster its workforce and stay competitive in the ever-evolving landscape of technology and cybersecurity, the Department of Defense (DoD) has greenlit pay raises for STEM and cyber positions across its intelligence components, including powerhouses like the NSA, DIA, and NGA. The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Gilbert Cisneros, discreetly gave the nod to these pay hikes, recognizing the urgent need to attract and retain top-tier STEM and cyber talent in the face of intense private sector competition. This forward-thinking initiative establishes a Targeted Local Market Supplement (TLMS) for select Defense Civilian Intelligence Personnel (DCIPS) roles, working to bridge the gap between private and public sector compensation. With regular reviews to ensure alignment with market rates, the DoD’s move marks a clear commitment to recognizing and rewarding excellence in IT and cybersecurity talent within government ranks.
Layoffs: A.L.P. Lighting Components
In a somber development for the workforce at A.L.P. Lighting Components’ manufacturing hub in Lithia Springs, GA, the facility is set to shutter its doors, leaving all employees facing layoffs. A.L.P. Lighting Components has filed its Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) notice with the Georgia Department of Labor, revealing that 55 employees will be permanently laid off as the Lithia Springs facility closes its operations. Just outside Atlanta, this facility has played a crucial role in the production and fabrication of A.L.P.’s metal products.
Boecore, a Colorado Springs-based aerospace and defense company, is set to make an impact on the region, bringing over 600 jobs and an $8 million facility expansion. The new jobs, spanning the next 5-8 years, will include software and system engineering positions averaging $160,484 annually, contributing to the region’s growing aerospace and defense industry. Boecore’s expansion, backed by incentives from the state, reflects Colorado’s spirit of innovation and commitment to advancing technology for national security. Boecore’s decision to remain in Colorado Springs aligns with the city’s aerospace and defense ecosystem and its significance in national and global security.
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TurbineOne, a U.S. intel analytics firm, secures a multi-year contract with the Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) for groundbreaking machine learning (ML) projects. Collaborating with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense’s Research and Engineering’s (OUSD R&E’s) FutureG and 5G Office, TurbineOne will pioneer ML innovations covering force protection, geolocation, and intelligence operations centers. Simultaneously, TurbineOne introduces “Sidekick,” part of its Frontline Perception System, using Zero Shot computer science to identify new objects, a revolution in computer-vision ML from unstructured data. Recognized for its potential, this venture promises to transform intelligence capabilities and enhance national security.