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Rescue 21 System Passes 100,000 Search and Rescue Missions

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 2, 2018 -- The U.S. Coast Guard has conducted approximately 100,000 search-and-rescue (SAR) operations since 2006 with support from the Rescue 21 Coastal system built by General Dynamics Mission Systems. Rescue 21 is the Coast Guard's advanced command, control and direction-finding communications system. The system was created to better locate mariners in distress, save lives and property at sea and on navigable rivers.

By harnessing state-of-the-market technology, the Rescue 21 Coastal system enables the Coast Guard to execute its SAR activities with far greater agility and efficiency. In 2017, Rescue 21 Coastal has been primarily responsible for saving nearly $20 million in property. The system also reduces Coast Guard operational spending by enabling more efficient searches and early identification of hoax calls. The system is operational along the entire Atlantic, Pacific and Gulf coasts of the continental United States, as well as along the shores of the Great Lakes, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Hawaii, Guam and Mariana Islands.

"Rescue 21 Coastal has been a game changer in transforming how the Coast Guard conducts SAR operations," said Chris Marzilli, president of General Dynamics Mission Systems. "Our team at General Dynamics is tremendously proud to have partnered with the Coast Guard to integrate the best technology and deliver superior program management to continuously improve Rescue 21 Coastal mission readiness."

Recent examples of the system in action include:

  • On July 18, 2017, the Coast Guard Sector Lake Michigan received a distress call via the Rescue 21 system regarding a 32-foot pleasure craft on fire in the vicinity of Big Sable Point, Mich. The Sector issued an Urgent Mariner Information Broadcast (UMIB) and the Ludington Coast Guard Station deployed a rescue boat. In coordination with another vessel, the Coast Guard rescued all five people on board before the vessel sank.
  • On June 10, 2017, Coast Guard Sector St. Petersburg received a distress call that originated through the Tarpon Springs Remote Fixed Facility. The mariner reported that the vessel had four people on board and was taking on water. The Sector issued a UMIB and dispatched its 45-foot rescue boat. A MH-60 helicopter was also dispatched to the scene and deployed its rescue swimmer. The rescue boat successfully rescued the four sailors following the capsizing of the vessel in heavy seas.
  • On May 30, 2017, three people were aboard a 24-foot sailboat when the mast broke. Upon receiving the Rescue 21 notification, Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles/Long Beach issued a UMIB. Coast Guard Station Morro Bay dispatched its 47-foot rescue boat. Upon arriving on scene, deteriorating weather conditions prevented the rescue boat from towing the sailboat. Coast Guard Air Station San Francisco deployed a HH-65 helicopter, which arrived on scene and deployed its rescue swimmer. All three people were successfully hoisted off the sailboat.

When a distress call arrives, the system automatically records the call while direction-finding equipment on the towers accurately computes the call's location, allowing SAR operations to begin immediately. The system is also designed to accommodate additional sensors and command and control equipment as it becomes available, which will deliver new and cost-effective capabilities to the Coast Guard.

General Dynamics Mission Systems is a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD). For more information about General Dynamics Mission Systems, please visit and follow us on Twitter @GDMS.


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Dallas Fort Worth International Airport Named As TSA Innovation Site Airport

DFW AIRPORT, Texas, Feb. 2, 2018 -- Dallas Fort Worth International Airport has been designated an official Innovation Task Force (ITF) site by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

TSA's Innovation Task Force seeks to drive improvements in overall transportation security effectiveness and efficiency, while ensuring a positive experience for customers. To meet that goal, the ITF works with airports, airlines and other transportation partners to champion innovative and cutting-edge technologies and procedures to protect the nation's transportation systems.

"DFW Airport
has a long-standing, constructive relationship with the TSA and our team looks forward to hosting demonstrations of new technology that will explore how to make airports more secure while improving the customer experience," said Chad Makovsky, DFW's executive vice president of Operations. "We recently completed the installation of ten automated screening lanes, which will increase the throughput at four checkpoints, and we've welcomed the TSA into our Airport Operations Center where we collaborate on new ideas and respond quickly to our customers' needs."

"TSA has actively been demonstrating new technologies in airports across the country, and we are pleased that DFW Airport has been named an official Innovation Task Force site," said Steve Karoly, Assistant Administrator for the TSA Office of Requirements and Capabilities Analysis. "With this partnership, we can find new ways to work together to improve all aspects of aviation security."

This year, the task force will bring more deployment and experimentation of new technologies into public settings. As an ITF site, DFW is eligible for pilot programs to test and refine groundbreaking technologies and processes.

TSA selects innovation sites based on several criteria to ensure TSA resources are utilized efficiently, and in compliance with the requirements of the FAA Extension, Safety, and Security Act of 2016. Criteria include the ability of partner airports to support the initiative and nimbly respond to various needs.

In addition to Automated Screening Lanes, some of the additional technologies under demonstration with the ITF include Computed Tomography (CT) scans, Biometric Authentication and improved passenger communication techniques. For more information about TSA's Innovation Task Force, visit

About Dallas Fort Worth International Airport:
Dallas Fort Worth International (DFW) Airport holds the distinction of the best large airport in North America for customer service from Airports Council International. DFW Airport warmly welcomes more than 66 million customers along their journey every year, elevating DFW to a status as one of the most frequently visited superhub airports in the world. DFW Airport customers can choose among 173 domestic and 57 international nonstop destinations worldwide. DFW is elevating the customer experience with modernized facilities and updated amenities, as well as through a $2 billion Terminal Renewal and Improvement Program. Centered between its owner cities of Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas, DFW Airport also serves as a major economic generator for the North Texas region, producing over $37 billion in economic impact each year by connecting people through business and leisure travel. For more information, visit the DFW website.

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Industry Veteran Ed Spitler Rejoins Artel as Head of SATCOM

Artel, LLC, has appointed Ed Spitler as Head of SATCOM after his return to the company following 4 years as President of Airbus Defense and Space Government Services.  A seasoned veteran of the telecommunications and satellite communications industries, Spitler brings to Artel more than 25 years of senior executive-level experience in military, government, and satellite operations.

As Artel's Head of SATCOM, Spitler will be responsible for leading all aspects of Artel's SATCOM programs, including operations, P&L, strategic planning, business development, and technical functions. Spitler is well known in the telecommunications and satellite communications industries and is often called upon for expert advice in U.S. Government procurement practices. During his previous, 11-year tenure at Artel, Spitler held the position of Vice President of Managed Network Services, serving as program director on major satellite communications contracts.

Ed Spitler Rejoins Artel as Head of SATCOM

Spitler has held key leadership positions at several major corporations, including Astrium, Vizada, ITT, Raytheon, and MCI. He spent 6 years active duty in the U.S. Army as a cryptographic and telecommunications specialist. He is the recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Washington Technology's Government Channel Leadership Award and Intelsat's Partnership Award. He is a multi-term officer on the Mid-Atlantic Chapter for Space and Satellite Professionals International and currently serves on the Board of Directors.

About Artel

For 30 years, Artel, LLC (Artel) has been providing secure network communication services to Federal Government agencies. Based in the U.S. and backed by leading global private investment firms TPG and Torch Hill, Artel is a carrier-agnostic network integrator – developing customized solutions for our customers rather than trying to force fit off-the-shelf offerings. An International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001:2008 certified network systems integrator, Artel provides cost-effective, on-time delivery of global terrestrial and satellite network communication services, cyber security, risk management, and Information Technology (IT) solutions. For more information about Artel, visit

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USCIS Awards Salient CRGT $9.2M Order to Modernize Immigration Paper-Based Immigration Process

FAIRFAX, Va., Feb. 1, 2018 -- The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) seeks to modernize its paper-based immigration process through its Electronic Immigration System (ELIS) program. Through its Eagle II contract vehicle, Salient CRGT was awarded the USCIS Outcome-based Delivery and DevOps Services (ODDS) task order to provide Agile development services for ELIS program. This task order was awarded for a six-month base period and a six-month option period valued at approximately $9.2 million.

Under this task order, Salient CRGT will provide USCIS's ELIS program with experienced Agile development teams and DevOps service to transform and streamline USCIS operations; making adjudicators more effective.

This task order will allow Salient CRGT to continue to provide the talent, and the expertise to deliver high quality outcomes in response to business requirements. The Salient CRGT teams will work collaboratively with Government throughout the project to rapidly deliver quality, tested code in small batches, to increase the frequency and pace of delivering business-valued technology and support the operational needs of the system, thus functioning in a true DevOps manner.

"The USCIS plays a critical role in securing America's promise as a nation of immigrants and maintaining the integrity of our immigration system," said Brad Antle, CEO of Salient CRGT. "Our expertise in Agile methodology will help the USCIS improve the technologies it employs and enable the efficient issuing of immigration and citizenship benefits."

About Salient CRGT
Salient CRGT provides federal civilian, defense, homeland, and intelligence agencies, as well as Fortune 1000 companies, with expertise and leadership in health, data analytics, cloud, agile software development, mobility, cyber security, and infrastructure solutions. We support these core capabilities with full life‐cycle IT services and training—to help our customers meet critical goals for pivotal missions. The most innovative talent delivery model in the industry, scientifically providing exactly the right people for the customers' most pressing requirements, fuels these critical capabilities. Salient CRGT has earned a record of success with integration and operations of large‐scale, high‐volume solutions. On March 1, 2017, Salient CRGT completed its acquisition of Information Innovators, Inc.– visit newsroom and explore

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Squirrel Compliancy Solutions Announces Automated Network Compliancy Solution is Now Available for Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) STIGs

CARY, N.C., Feb. 1, 2018 -- Squirrel Compliancy Solutions combines decades of industry experience assisting organizations with IT Service Management (ITIL) implementations, deploying monitoring platforms to increase operational visibility, and providing consulting for a variety of regulatory security compliance standards. We saw the need for an automated network and communications security compliance solution when observing challenges leading to financial penalties, unmitigated security vulnerabilities, and staff redirection from critical operating duties, to performing tedious and time-consuming compliance audits. Squirrel Compliancy Solutions helps our clients in the Department of Defense (DoD), with near-term plans to support other civilian Federal agencies, State and Local governments, Financial Industry, Utilities, and Healthcare, as well as others, achieve a consistently higher level of network security compliance while reducing operational overhead and cost. 

The DoD is continuously implementing new methods to ensure network and communications security. The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) releases Security Technical Implementation Guides (STIGs) to assist with the protection and defense of the systems that support military readiness and operations. Cyber Command Readiness Inspections (CCRI) are performed to assess defensive posture as it relates to STIG best practices. 

Squirrel Compliancy Solutions' Automated Network Compliance allows you to understand your network infrastructure security posture at a glance. The ability to quickly move our solution across network classifications, as needed, ensures communication security for any environment, allowing you to determine your operational risks. 

Squirrel's Compliancy Solutions automates the repetitive, tedious, and labor-intensive process of network and communications security compliance, saving you and your technicians valuable time. This allows your team to focus on operating the environment instead of administrative tasks. It saves thousands of man hours during the auditing process while also allowing you to have daily visibility into your security posture with targeted remediation. 

Know your network better than your adversaries with Squirrel Compliancy Solutions. 

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Eric Cumming
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All-new Crystal Group Rugged 1.5U Server maximizes performance and availability of critical systems

HIAWATHA, Iowa, -- Crystal Group Inc., a leading designer/manufacturer of rugged computer hardware, is unveiling its RS1.533S18G Rugged 1.5U Server, specifically engineered to meet modern military needs for high-performance, highly reliable computing in even extreme operating environments, at WEST 2018 Feb. 6-8 in San Diego, Calif.

The all-new Crystal Group RS1.533S18G Rugged 1.5U Server is a modern, open-architecture system in an all-aluminum chassis with internal cross-braces and stabilized components to withstand high shock and vibration. Flexible and scalable, the RS1.533S18G is designed to meet current and future needs with dual Intel® processors, up to 512GB of DDR4 memory, up to nine removable solid-state disks (SSDs), and USB 3.0, audio, and Gigabit LAN interfaces.

"Crystal Group's RS1.533S18G Rugged 1.5U Server is a modern, high-performance alternative to the U.S. Navy's current combat and electronic warfare server employed in Virginia-class submarines," says Robert Haag, vice president of sales and marketing for Crystal Group. "An immediate, cost-effective, drop-in replacement requiring no physical, electrical, or software modifications, the RS1.533S18G delivers improved reliability, greater weapon system availability, superior cooling, and a smaller integrated logistic support footprint to maintain operational readiness today and in the future."

Crystal Group's RS1.533S18G is designed, meticulously manufactured, and tested to provide a low-risk path for military technology insertion, sustainment, and modernization programs to improve mission uptime and system availability in the field and at the tactical edge. Measuring just 18 inches deep and weighing 25 to 30 pounds, the new rack-mount server can quickly and easily replace aging systems in 1.5U/1U configurations, including Q-70 Navy consoles on current and future Virginia-class submarines.

"Sustainment efforts needn't be stunted by long lead times, reliability issues while underway, and dead-on-arrival units. Rugged, reliable hardware and services are needed to support the electronic warfare, sonar, combat, data-sharing, and other mission capabilities that are so critical to military readiness and mission success," says Crystal Group's Jim Shaw, executive vice president of engineering. "Crystal Group's RS1.533S18G Rugged 1.5U Server is designed from the ground up to be more effective at fulfilling modern military needs. We attended the barge test in Rustburg, Virginia last November and witnessed the RS1.533S18G successfully operate through four shots under barge shock testing and pass.  It was impressive!" Shaw added.

Crystal Group is demonstrating the company's new RS1.533S18G Rugged 1.5U Server, RACERugged Autonomous Computer Equipment, FORCE™ Fully Optimized Rugged Computer Equipment, RCS7150-12 and RCS7450-24 Rugged Switches, as well as its popular RS255, RS2616S18, and RS378 Rugged Servers; RE1312, RE1401, and RE0412 Rugged Embedded Computers; and SE16 Sealed Embedded Computer in Booth #2022 at WEST 2018.

Crystal Group has a proven track record and reputation for providing quality products, services, and support, with its rugged hardware deployed on more than 500 military programs. Crystal Group has delivered more than 5,000 servers and critical system capabilities to the U.S. Navy via the Automated Digital Network System (ADNS), Integrated Shipboard Network System (ISNS), and more. Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) Integrated Logistics Support in Charleston, South Carolina, reports a considerably low Crystal Group hardware failure rate of approximately 1.6% and no dead-on-arrival (DOA) units to date, over a nine-year period. (Read more about deployments at this link.)

Visit Crystal Group in Booth #2022 at WEST 2018 to learn how the company's rugged servers, switches, and embedded computers can meet your specific program requirements, today and for the future. WEST 2018, the sea service conference and exposition co-sponsored by Armed Forces Communications & Electronics Association (AFCEA) International and the U.S. Naval Institute (USNI), takes place Feb. 6-8 in San Diego, Calif.

About Crystal Group Inc.
Crystal Group Inc., a technology leader in rugged computer hardware, specializes in the design and manufacture of custom and commercial rugged servers, embedded computing, networking devices, displays, power supplies, and data storage for high reliability in harsh environments. An employee-owned small business founded in 1987, Crystal Group provides the defense, government and industrial markets with in-house customization, engineering, integration, configuration management, product lifecycle planning, warranty, and support services.

Crystal Group products meet or exceed IEEE, IEC, and military standards (MIL-STD-810, 167-1, 461, MIL-S-901); are backed by warranty (5+ year) with in-house support; and are manufactured in the company's Hiawatha, Iowa, USA, facility certified to AS9100C:2009 and ISO 9001:2008 quality management standards.

© 2018 Crystal Group Inc. All rights reserved. All marks are property of their respective owners. Design and specifications are subject to change.


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(ISC)² and The Center for Cyber Safety and Education Open Application Period for 2018 Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarships

CLEARWATER, Fla., Feb. 1, 2018 -- (ISC)²® – the world's largest nonprofit association of certified cybersecurity professionals – and its Center for Cyber Safety and EducationTM are accepting applications for its 2018 Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarship program. Multiple scholarships between $1,000 and $5,000 each will be awarded. The application period closes at midnight EST on March 15, 2018.

The (ISC)² Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarship program is administered by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education. With the global cybersecurity workforce gap, this program was created to inspire more people to become cybersecurity professionals. In total, (ISC)² and the Center for Cyber Safety and Education have provided over $1 million dollars in cybersecurity scholarships. International applicants are accepted.

"Given the global shortage of cybersecurity workers, this program is playing a critical role in building a pipeline of professionals who are ready to enter the workforce," said Patrick Craven, director of The Center for Cyber Safety and Education. "Seeing the impact that this scholarship program has on cybersecurity students around the world is very rewarding. Many of these students wouldn't be able to continue their education without this assistance."  

The Center for Cyber Safety and Education evaluates applicants based on academic excellence, passion for the industry and financial need. Since 2011, the (ISC)² Undergraduate Scholarship program has made a lasting impact on these individuals:

"Thank you so much for choosing me to be a recipient of the Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarship. It helps us so much more than you can imagine and enables me to continue working towards my goal of making a difference in the world. Without your help, I wouldn't have been able to afford to go back to college this year and continue to study my dream job of working in digital forensics and cybersecurity. I promise you that I will use the skills I learn to help make the world a better place, and to protect as many people as I can. I hope to give back in the not-too-distant future to your foundation so that others who may need assistance can be shown the same kindness you have shown me. Thank you for helping me follow my dreams and allowing me to work towards protecting those in need."
-Brandon Brown (U.S.A.)

"Last year, I was at the verge of suspending my studies due to an increase in my family financial responsibilities and diminished income. I later learned about the (ISC)2 scholarship for information security students and applied. I must sincerely thank my instructor Luke Andresen for encouraging and recommending me for this scholarship. It is thanks to this scholarship that I hope to graduate in December 2017. The scholarship has paid for my tuition and textbooks. I am sincerely grateful to the (ISC)2 scholarship board for providing such a valuable resource. I strongly encourage fellow information security students to make use of this opportunity."
-Fonyuy Rose (Camaroon)

"I am honored to be able to accept the (ISC)2 Undergraduate Cybersecurity Scholarship. As a current undergraduate student, I am always excited to be able to learn new things in regards to information security and computer science. I chose to study information security because it is a field that is always facing new and growing challenges. I want to be able to help solve some of these issues and help keep our information protected. This scholarship will provide financial aid to allow me to continue in pursuing my goal of becoming a professional in information security."
-Rebecca George (South Korea)

For additional information on (ISC)²'s scholarship program, please visit

About (ISC)²
(ISC)² is an international nonprofit membership association focused on inspiring a safe and secure cyber world. Best known for the acclaimed Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP®) certification, (ISC)2 offers a portfolio of credentials that are part of a holistic, programmatic approach to security. Our membership, over 130,000 strong, is made up of certified cyber, information, software and infrastructure security professionals who are making a difference and helping to advance the industry. Our vision is supported by our commitment to educate and reach the general public through our charitable foundation – The Center for Cyber Safety and EducationTM. For more information on (ISC)², visit, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on Facebook

© 2018, (ISC)² Inc., (ISC)², CISSP, SSCP, CCSP, CAP, CSSLP, HCISPP, CCFP, CISSP-ISSAP, CISSP-ISSEP, CISSP-ISSMP and CBK are registered marks, of (ISC)², Inc.

About the Center for Cyber Safety and Education
The Center for Cyber Safety and Education (Center), formerly (ISC)² Foundation, is a nonprofit charitable trust committed to making the cyber world a safer place for everyone. The Center works to ensure that people across the globe have a positive and safe experience online through their educational programs, scholarships and research. Visit

CONTACT: Amanda Tarantino, Manager, Corporate Communications, (ISC)², [email protected], 727-742-1853


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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Certifies Elbit Systems of America's In-fill Radar and Tower System

FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 1, 2018 -- U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) certified for operational use an in-fill radar system and tower provided by Elbit Systems of America. The system now provides CBP Air and Marine Operations agents another important capability to protect U.S. borders.  

Elbit Systems of America was awarded a contract by CBP in 2017 to provide an in-fill radar system and tower in Texas. The contract supports CBP Air and Marine Operations and extends border security solutions into the air domain.

"Elbit Systems of America is a trusted provider and integrator of advanced technology border solutions for Air & Marine Operations, Field Operations and Border Patrol agents," stated Raanan Horowitz, president and chief executive officer of Elbit Systems of America. "Elbit America's integrated border security solutions provide increased situational awareness and improved border surveillance coverage." 

Elbit Systems of America, LLC, partnered with C Speed, LLC to incorporate its LightWave Radar technology used for detecting small and low-flying airborne threats in a high clutter environment. C Speed's LightWave radar has also been deployed worldwide to mitigate the effects of wind turbine clutter in similar environments

This program is another example of Elbit Systems of America delivering solutions supporting CBP's mission to protect U.S. borders. Separately, the company is the prime contractor and system integrator for the Integrated Fixed Tower (IFT) system, currently deployed along the Arizona border. Elbit Systems of America furnishes the sensor towers with radar, day/night cameras, and command & control software that correlates sensor information to provide a single operating picture. Information from the towers is networked into Border Patrol Station Command and Control Centers. This system increases situational awareness for Border Patrol Agents. The IFT's high reliability and proven contractor logistics support provides CBP with 24/7 surveillance coverage.

About Elbit Systems of America, LLC
Elbit Systems of America is a leading provider of high performance products, system solutions, and support services focusing on the defense, homeland security, commercial aviation, and medical instrumentation markets. With facilities throughout the United States, Elbit Systems of America is dedicated to supporting those who contribute daily to the safety and security of the United States. Elbit Systems of America, LLC is wholly owned by Elbit Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: ESLT) and (TASE: ESLT), a global high technology company engaged in a wide range of programs for innovative defense and commercial applications. For additional information, visit: or follow us on Twitter.

About Elbit Systems
Elbit Systems Ltd. is an international high technology company engaged in a wide range of defense, homeland security and commercial programs throughout the world. The Company, which includes Elbit Systems and its subsidiaries, operates in the areas of aerospace, land and naval systems, command, control, communications, computers, intelligence surveillance and reconnaissance ("C4ISR"), unmanned aircraft systems, advanced electro-optics, electro-optic space systems, EW suites, signal intelligence systems, data links and communications systems, radios and cyber-based systems. The Company also focuses on the upgrading of existing platforms, developing new technologies for defense, homeland security and commercial applications and providing a range of support services, including training and simulation systems.

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Elbit Systems of America and other trademarks, service marks and logos are registered or unregistered marks of Elbit Systems of America companies in the United States and in foreign countries. Copyright ©2018 Elbit Systems of America. All rights reserved.

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This press release contains forward‑looking statements (within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) regarding Elbit Systems Ltd. and/or its subsidiaries (collectively the Company), to the extent such statements do not relate to historical or current fact.  Forward-looking statements are based on management's expectations, estimates, projections and assumptions. Forward‑looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain risks and uncertainties, which are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual future results, performance and trends may differ materially from these forward‑looking statements due to a variety of factors, including, without limitation: scope and length of customer contracts; governmental regulations and approvals; changes in governmental budgeting priorities; general market, political and economic conditions in the countries in which the Company operates or sells, including Israel and the United States among others; differences in anticipated and actual program performance, including the ability to perform under long-term fixed-price contracts; and the outcome of legal and/or regulatory proceedings. The factors listed above are not all-inclusive, and further information is contained in Elbit Systems Ltd.'s latest annual report on Form 20-F, which is on file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward‑looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. The Company does not undertake to update its forward-looking statements.

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Gryphon Technologies Wins $83.5 Million Single Award Task Order for engineering and technical services support to the Naval Sea Systems Command Surface Ship Maintenance (NAVSEA 21) Surface Maintenance and Engineering Planning Program (SURFMEPP)

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31, 2018 -- Gryphon Technologies LC has been awarded a single-award task order to provide engineering and technical services to the Naval Sea Systems Command Surface Ship Maintenance (NAVSEA 21) Surface Maintenance and Engineering Planning Program (SURFMEPP). 

"Becoming part of the SURFMEPP team providing surface ship life cycle maintenance engineering, maintenance, and modernization planning for the US Navy is a huge addition to Gryphon's overall strategy," said P.J. Braden, founder and CEO of Gryphon. "Gryphon will work with the SURFMEPP professionals providing centralized surface ship life cycle maintenance strategies aligned with and responsive to National, Fleet, Surface Type Commander and NAVSEA needs and priorities."

Gryphon will provide engineering, maintenance and availability planning, mission and administrative support services, executive and program management support, and Fleet/Type Commander Technical Support services to centralize surface ship life cycle maintenance engineering and class maintenance planning and management requirements.

Work will be performed at SURFMEPP headquarters in Portsmouth, VA, as well as other locations within the continental United States and overseas. The contract was competitively won under full and open competition and if all options are exercised, it is expected to be completed by August 2022. 
Gryphon Technologies is a premier professional and engineering services firm headquartered in Washington DC and specializing in warfare systems and integration, naval architecture and marine engineering, program management, test and evaluation, and logistics.

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Courtney Walker
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Shell Announces Large Deep-Water Discovery In Gulf Of Mexico

Gulf of Mexico exploration finds in the past decade from the Whale deep-water well. The well encountered more than 1,400 net feet (427 meters) of oil bearing pay. Evaluation of the discovery is ongoing, and appraisal drilling is underway to further delineate the discovery and define development options.

"Deep water is an important growth priority as we reshape Shell into a world-class investment case," said Andy Brown, Upstream Director for Royal Dutch Shell. "Today's announcement shows how, through exploration, we are sustaining a strong pipeline of discoveries and future projects to sustain this deep-water growth."

Whale is operated by Shell (60%) and co-owned by Chevron U.S.A. Inc. (40%). It was discovered in the Alaminos Canyon Block 772, adjacent to the Shell-operated Silvertip field and approximately 10-miles from the Shell-operated Perdido platform.

"Whale builds on Shell's successful, nearly 40-year history in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico and is particularly special in that it offers a combination of materiality, scope and proximity to existing infrastructure," said Marc Gerrits, Executive Vice-President Exploration for Royal Dutch Shell. "The result is another opportunity to think differently about ways we can competitively develop deep-water resources."

This major discovery in a Shell heartland adds to the company's Paleogene exploration success in the Perdido area. Through exploration, Royal Dutch Shell has added more than one billion barrels of oil equivalent resources in the last decade in the Gulf of Mexico.

Shell currently has three Gulf of Mexico deep-water projects under construction – Appomattox, Kaikias, and Coulomb Phase 2 – as well as investment options for additional subsea tiebacks and Vito, a potential new hub in the region. The Shell group expects its global deep-water production to exceed 900,000 boe per day by 2020, from already discovered, established areas. 

Cautionary Note
The companies in which Royal Dutch Shell plc directly and indirectly owns investments are separate legal entities. In this release "Shell", "Shell group" and "Royal Dutch Shell" are sometimes used for convenience where references are made to Royal Dutch Shell plc and its subsidiaries in general. Likewise, the words "we", "us" and "our" are also used to refer to subsidiaries in general or to those who work for them. These expressions are also used where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular company or companies. ''Subsidiaries'', "Shell subsidiaries" and "Shell companies" as used in this release refer to companies over which Royal Dutch Shell plc either directly or indirectly has control. Entities and unincorporated arrangements over which Shell has joint control are generally referred to "joint ventures" and "joint operations" respectively.  Entities over which Shell has significant influence but neither control nor joint control are referred to as "associates". The term "Shell interest" is used for convenience to indicate the direct and/or indirect ownership interest held by Shell in a venture, partnership or company, after exclusion of all third-party interest.

This release contains forward-looking statements concerning the financial condition, results of operations and businesses of Royal Dutch Shell. All statements other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are statements of future expectations that are based on management's current expectations and assumptions and involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, performance or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in these statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements concerning the potential exposure of Royal Dutch Shell to market risks and statements expressing management's expectations, beliefs, estimates, forecasts, projections and assumptions. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as ''anticipate'', ''believe'', ''could'', ''estimate'', ''expect'', ''goals'', ''intend'', ''may'', ''objectives'', ''outlook'', ''plan'', ''probably'', ''project'', ''risks'', "schedule", ''seek'', ''should'', ''target'', ''will'' and similar terms and phrases. There are a number of factors that could affect the future operations of Royal Dutch Shell and could cause those results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements included in this release, including (without limitation): (a) price fluctuations in crude oil and natural gas; (b) changes in demand for Shell's products; (c) currency fluctuations; (d) drilling and production results; (e) reserves estimates; (f) loss of market share and industry competition; (g) environmental and physical risks; (h) risks associated with the identification of suitable potential acquisition properties and targets, and successful negotiation and completion of such transactions; (i) the risk of doing business in developing countries and countries subject to international sanctions; (j) legislative, fiscal and regulatory developments including regulatory measures addressing climate change; (k) economic and financial market conditions in various countries and regions; (l) political risks, including the risks of expropriation and renegotiation of the terms of contracts with governmental entities, delays or advancements in the approval of projects and delays in the reimbursement for shared costs; and (m) changes in trading conditions. No assurance is provided that future dividend payments will match or exceed previous dividend payments.  All forward-looking statements contained in this release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to in this section. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Additional risk factors that may affect future results are contained in Royal Dutch Shell's 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2016 (available at and ). These risk factors also expressly qualify all forward-looking statements contained in this release and should be considered by the reader.  Each forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of this release, January 31, 2018. Neither Royal Dutch Shell plc nor any of its subsidiaries undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement as a result of new information, future events or other information. In light of these risks, results could differ materially from those stated, implied or inferred from the forward-looking statements contained in this [report].

We may have used certain terms, such as resources, in this release that United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) strictly prohibits us from including in our filings with the SEC. U.S. Investors are urged to consider closely the disclosure in our Form 20-F, File No 1-32575, available on the SEC website



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