Microsoft is launching a pilot program tailored for military spouses to provide training in Technical Program Management (TPM). The program aims to equip participants with the technical and professional skills needed for transportable roles in the tech industry, enabling remote employment as a TPM. Running from October 14, 2024, to February 27, 2025, the 17-week program offers live virtual instruction and hands-on labs covering topics such as program management methodologies, data analytics, Python programming, and Azure fundamentals. Participants can engage in real-world scenarios and gain operational frameworks for success as TPMs, with opportunities to interview with Microsoft Partner companies. Applications are open May 13–27, and interested candidates can find more details and resources on the MSSA—Military Spouse website.

Contract Opportunities to Watch: MDA Space

MDA Space has secured a $250 million contract extension from the Canadian Space Agency to continue supporting robotics operations on the International Space Station (ISS) until 2030. Under the new contract, MDA Space will take on robotics flight controller duties, responsible for making real-time decisions and planning robotic operations on the ISS.

CEO Mike Greenley said he’s honored in assuming this crucial role, reinforcing MDA Space’s position as a global leader in mission-critical space robotics and opening opportunities for offering mission operations as a commercial service worldwide. Since 2001, MDA Space has worked with the CSA and international partners to ensure the operational readiness of the ISS’s Mobile Servicing System, including Canadarm2, Dextre, and the Mobile Base System. The contract will be added to the company’s backlog in the second quarter of fiscal 2024.

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Palantir Technologies Inc. has been designated as an “Awardable” vendor for the Chief Digital and Artificial Intelligence Office’s Tradewinds Solutions Marketplace, with two of its product offerings, AI Mission Command Capability and Predictive Maintenance & Precision Sustainment Suite, now available to support critical missions across the Department of Defense. “Achieving an ‘awardable’ status for our technologies within the Tradewinds Marketplace is an exciting moment for our company and our partners across DoD,” said Akash Jain, President of Palantir USG. This designation enables Palantir to deliver innovative, AI-enabled mission command and logistics capabilities to service members quickly and efficiently.

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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.