When investors think of AI giants, companies like Nvidia (NVDA), Microsoft (MSFT), and Alphabet (GOOGL) typically come to mind. However, Booz Allen Hamilton (BAH) stands out as the largest provider of AI services to the federal government. The Virginia-based consultancy has carved a niche in AI across defense, civil government, and intelligence sectors, partnering with the Defense Department and other federal agencies to integrate advanced AI technologies into critical operations. This strategic role has earned Booz Allen recognition as a key player in the AI landscape, setting it apart from its tech counterparts. According to Investor’s Business Daily, as Booz Allen continues to lead AI innovation within the government, its stock remains a strong contender in the AI investment landscape.

Layoffs: Stellantis

Spirit AeroSystems is laying off several hundred employees in Wichita, KS, due to high debt and reduced production rates. According to an internal memo, about 400 workers will be affected by the cuts, although the exact number remains unconfirmed. Spokesman Joe Buccino cited the slowdown in commercial program deliveries as the reason for the workforce reduction and emphasized the company’s commitment to handling the transition compassionately. The layoffs follow previous measures to limit overtime and hiring.

Hiring: BlueHalo

BlueHalo is expanding its operations in Montgomery County, MD, with a new 57,000 square-foot facility in Germantown. This expansion will create 200 high-quality jobs across Montgomery, Anne Arundel, and Howard counties, increasing BlueHalo’s statewide workforce to 600. The Maryland Department of Commerce and Montgomery County are supporting the project with financial incentives. Maryland’s Governor Moore emphasized the importance of investing in innovation and praised BlueHalo’s role in enhancing state competitiveness and security. BlueHalo’s COO, Trip Ferguson, highlighted the company’s commitment to technical superiority and its strong partnerships with state and local officials.

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Opportunity to Watch

LeoLabs received a second Consolidated Pathfinder order from NOAA’s Office of Space Commerce to support the development of the U.S. Traffic Coordination System for Space (TraCSS). This extension will enable LeoLabs to continue live data collection, improve performance, and validate metrics, leveraging its AI techniques and extensive commercial dataset. CEO Tony Frazier highlighted the significance of this development for U.S. space safety. This effort aligns with Space Policy Directive-3, showcasing the U.S. government’s commitment to integrating commercial solutions in space traffic management.

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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.