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Department of Homeland Security Selects Booz Allen as Prime Contractor on $621M Task Order to Enhance Cybersecurity Across Federal Government

Cyber-attacks against government networks are growing more sophisticated, frequent and dynamic. To tackle the constantly evolving challenge of protecting the United States from these attacks, DHS established the CDM Program in 2012, which envisioned a flexible approach to strengthen the cybersecurity of every computer network and system in the Government. In 2015, Booz Allen (NYSE: BAH) was among the first awarded multiple contracts to partner with DHS and to implement the ambitious CDM Program. Within this first Phase, Booz Allen integrated foundational cybersecurity solutions that spanned 80 percent of the .gov enterprise and gave the 13 participating departments and agencies unprecedented visibility into their networks.

DHS has now selected Booz Allen as the first prime contractor under the next chapter of the CDM Program to continue driving its implementation with a $621 million single-award, six-year task order.

“We’re thrilled to grow our partnership with Department of Homeland Security in their critical mission to protect the United States and its citizens from cybersecurity threats,” said Marcie Nagel, a Booz Allen principal and leader of the firm’s CDM work. “Our work will expand into new areas of cybersecurity, like incident response and automation. This work aims to help these federal departments and agencies leverage new capabilities that will ultimately empower our clients to defend their networks faster with more flexibility and greater visibility into the network itself.”

The new contract will extend across the three current and possible future CDM Phases and is part of the larger DEFEND Program, which has a total value of up to $3.4 billion. The CDM DEFEND program will focus on reducing the Federal Government’s threat surface by delivering innovative solutions that adapt to dynamic Agency environments and combat the latest cyber adversaries. This critical mission to develop and deploy next-generation cyber capabilities will be led by a strong partnership between DHS, the Federal Systems Integration and Management Center (FEDSIM) within the Government Services Administration and the task order’s seven participating Agencies.

“The cybersecurity threats facing government agencies today are growing increasingly dynamic and sophisticated, making them more challenging to defend against,” said Brad Medairy, a Booz Allen senior vice president and leader of the firm’s Civil cyber business. “We are well positioned to help in this fight, applying experiences that our analysts, threat hunters and engineers gain by working on the cutting edge of cybersecurity. We are embedded in the nation’s most important missions and will continue to help drive toward innovative solutions like CDM to make the world a safer place in the face of ever-evolving cyber threats.”

Booz Allen will apply deep cyber expertise, with strong systems engineering and technical management processes, combined with leading-edge commercial tools to help protect our nation against cyber-attacks. To learn more about Booz Allen’s cyber capabilities, visit www.BoozAllen.com/Cyber. To learn more about DHS’ CMD program, visit www.DHS.gov/CDM

About Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) has been at the forefront of strategy and technology for more than one hundred years. Today, the firm provides management and technology consulting and engineering services to leading Fortune 500 corporations, governments, and not-for-profits across the globe. Booz Allen partners with public and private sector clients to solve their most difficult challenges through a combination of consulting, analytics, mission operations, technology, systems delivery, cybersecurity, engineering, and innovation expertise.

With international headquarters in McLean, Virginia, the firm employs approximately 24,225 people globally, and had revenue of $5.80 billion for the 12 months ended March 31, 2017. To learn more, visit www.boozallen.com.

Cellebrite Plays Key Role in Defining Global Standard for Digital Forensics Information Sharing

PETAH TIKVA, Israel -- Cellebrite, the leading provider of digital intelligence solutions, today announced details about the company's leading role in establishing a global interoperability standard for digital forensics information sharing.  Working with participating organizations like the U.S. Department of Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3), the U.S. National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST), Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3), University of Lausanne, governments and law enforcement agencies, industry peers, and academic institutions, Cellebrite is contributing its deep subject matter knowledge and technical expertise to define critical elements of the community-driven global standard referred to as the Cyber-investigation Analysis Standard Expression (CASE).

With the main objective of enabling critical investigative data exchange among systems and agencies, the global community of cyber investigations and digital forensics experts have called for an open community-developed specification language that would enable investigators to seamlessly share data between investigators, thereby improving and streamlining the investigative process. CASE is a community-driven effort to define a unified standard that enables seamless data exchange.

Committed to its mission of supporting a safer world, Cellebrite is taking a leading role in developing the component of the CASE standard that relates to mobile data by convening the major digital forensics companies and forming a collaborative working group.  While the CASE standard covers a broad range of cyber-investigation domains including incident response and counterterrorism, Cellebrite will leverage its vast and deep expertise to develop and enhance the standard by providing recommendations to the participating community for specifications for the sections of the standard related to digital forensics systems and solutions. The Cellebrite-led working group will create the technical means of sharing data between platforms by exchanging information and reaching collaborative agreements on the technical details.

With digital data playing an increasingly important role in a broad spectrum of investigations and operations, the global community of end users, specifically government and law enforcement agencies, need the ability to seamlessly collaborate.  While sharing digital intelligence within a particular software solution, such as Cellebrite's industry-leading UFED platform, is easily accomplished, collaborating across various technology tools requires time and technical resources. The lack of interoperability between digital forensics platforms is particularly problematic for crime types that involve multiple agencies and countries or requires investigative data to be collected from a large variety of sources, such as terrorism, trafficking and smuggling.

"As a global leader in digital intelligence solutions, Cellebrite has a deep understanding of digital data—how information is obtained, analyzed and shared by investigators—and we appreciate the growing importance of achieving seamless interoperability between digital forensics platforms to end users," said Ron Serber, Global Co-CEO, Cellebrite.  "Having the industry's best technical minds and the broadest understanding of digital data, the Cellebrite team is committed to creating a safer world by removing barriers to collaboration and enabling our customers to streamline their investigations by exchanging data across solutions and tools."

"The entire law enforcement community is faced with a massive challenge posed by digital evidence and, speaking for Europol/EC3, our ability to solve crimes is increasingly dependent on collaborating with other agencies by sharing information across any number of geographical and technical borders," said Jean-Dominique Nollet, Head of Europol's Forensic Lab.  "While the standards development process is often a complex challenge, we appreciate the efforts by industry leaders, academics and convening authorities, as we will all benefit from a workable global interoperability standard for digital forensics information sharing."

Cellebrite: Digital Intelligence for a Safer World

Digital data plays an increasingly important role in investigations and operations of all kinds. Making data accessible, collaborative and actionable is what Cellebrite does best. As the global leader in digital intelligence with more than 60,000 licenses deployed in 150 countries, we provide law enforcement, military, intelligence, and enterprise customers with the most complete, industry-proven range of solutions for digital forensics, triage and analytics.

By enabling access, sharing and analysis of digital data from mobile devices, social media, cloud, computer, cellular operators and other sources, Cellebrite products, solutions, services and training help customers build the strongest cases quickly, even in the most complex situations. As a result, Cellebrite is the preferred one-stop shop for digital intelligence solutions that make a safer world more possible every day.

Preston Abbey Launches Solution for Secure Paperless Transfer of Government Classified Files

Preston Abbey PA-CFT eliminates the need for government personnel to manually feed secure fax machines and is compatible with Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol

 

 

RESTON, VA, 06 FEBRUARY 2018 – Preston Abbey, a developer of solutions for the secure transmission of confidential and sensitive documents, today introduced the     PA-CFT (Classified File Transfer), enabling government and defense agencies to transfer any classified files, including documents, photos, videos and maps, with the security of Secure Telephone Equipment (STE). When using Preston Abbey PA-CFT, transmitted files never leave a secure environment, thus providing a paperless solution that allows sensitive files to be sent electronically, dramatically reducing the risk of classified documents being compromised during the manual fax process.

 

“There is a pressing need for this type of solution due to the increasing number of attacks on Internet-based systems, such as email and databases, which represents a major threat to those in government who need to protect and secure classified information,” said David Shaw, President and co-founder of Preston Abbey.

 

Preston Abbey solutions accomplish the secure transmission of classified documents without the use of email, the Internet or any mechanism susceptible to eavesdropping or other interference by unauthorized parties, including foreign governments, terrorist groups, hackers and anyone who would leak sensitive material on public web sites.

 

Preston Abbey offers an effective migration path from obsolete or outdated secure fax equipment to a completely paperless operation, with little or no impact on the day-to-day operations of a government agency or its communications network. Preston Abbey solutions support the reliable connection of modern printer/scanner devices to replace legacy equipment and secure mission critical document exchange over existing communications channels, retaining the full advantages of STEs for confidentiality.

 

The full Preston Abbey product range meets the needs of civilian government and military agencies that rely on STEs and Secure Communications Interoperability Protocol (SCIP) to send and receive classified files and includes:

 

  • PA-CFT (Classified File Transfer)
    • The paperless solution
  • PA-LFR (Legacy Fax Replacement)
    • A cost-effective alternative to aging and often failing fax machines
  • PA-SAA (Stand Alone Application)
    • A software solution allowing connection of a STE to Windows or Mac

 

The Preston Abbey solutions allow the standard RS232 interface for STEs to seamlessly access the full features of the advanced software.

 

“It is abundantly clear that the emerging requirement for sensitive file transmission is to retain the faxing mechanism’s extraordinary security of a point-to-point, direct communication path, while avoiding the tedious need to handle physical documents,” said James Abbey, CEO and co-founder of Preston Abbey. “With PA-CFT, government users will become more efficient by being able to transfer documents to or from their computer directly without having to go through the time and trouble of manually operating a fax machine.”

The Preston Abbey PA-CFT will automatically determine the nature of the recipient device and make the appropriate technical arrangements. Designed with reliability in mind, the proprietary firmware is hardened against transmission errors or other communications problems and will optionally retry data that fails internal integrity checking. Preston Abbey solutions provide long-term dependability for secure document handling requirements, as well as an upgrade path for new features.

 

Preston Abbey solutions require minimum engineering changes or network alterations. They enable users of legacy equipment to migrate easily and effectively to modern, inexpensive paperless solutions. Speed is mandatory and is provided by mature platforms that Preston Abbey leverages to provide robust solutions for critical document handling. The Preston Abbey solutions are fully automated and feature a simple web interface, ensuring quick and easy configuration and set-up. Once installed, they will operate continuously without user intervention.

About Preston Abbey

Preston Abbey develops reliable, mission critical communications solutions that secure the connectivity and delivery of confidential and sensitive documents for government and DOD agencies. Headquartered in the heart of the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area's technology corridor, Preston Abbey has unparalleled experience, expertise and knowledge of secure fax technology for government deployments. For more information visit the website at: www.prestonabbey.com.

 

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Statement from Jeffrey Shuren, M.D., J.D., director of the FDA's Center for Devices and Radiological Health on the recent National Toxicology Program draft report on radiofrequency energy exposure

SILVER SPRING, Md. -- One part of the Food and Drug Administration's mission is to ensure the safety of electronic products that emit radiation, like televisions and cell phones. These types of products are part of Americans' daily life and we take our duty to protect consumers with the utmost gravity.

With cell phones, we have relied extensively on a myriad of scientific evidence developed over many years to help inform our regulatory thinking. Although the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sets the standard for radiofrequency energy exposure limits from cell phones, the FCC relies on the FDA and other health agencies for scientific expertise and input regarding those standards.

We respect the recently released research conducted by our colleagues at the National Toxicology Program (NTP), which is part of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences within the National Institutes of Health, on radiofrequency energy exposure. When we nominated this topic for study in 1999, there were limited epidemiological and long-term animal studies investigating the effects of radiofrequency energy exposure from cellular phones. Fortunately, since then, there have been hundreds of studies from which to draw a wealth of information about these technologies which have come to play an important role in our everyday lives. Taken together, all of this research provides a more complete picture regarding radiofrequency energy exposure that has informed the FDA's assessment of this important public health issue, and given us the confidence that the current safety limits for cell phone radiation remain acceptable for protecting the public health.

In this latest study, the NTP looked at the effects of high exposure to radiofrequency energy in rodents. It's important to understand that – as is commonly done in these types of risk assessment studies – the study was designed to test levels of radiofrequency energy exposures considerably above the current safety limits for cell phones to help contribute to what we already understand about the effects of radiofrequency energy on animal tissue. In fact, the current safety limits are set to include a 50-fold safety margin from observed effects of radiofrequency energy exposure. From the FDA's understanding of the NTP results, male rats that showed carcinogenic activity were exposed to a radiofrequency energy exposure rate that is much higher than the current safety standard. As our colleagues at NTP note in a statementissued earlier today, "the levels and duration of exposure to radiofrequency radiation were much greater than what people experience with even the highest level of cell phone use, and exposed the rodents' whole bodies. So, these findings should not be directly extrapolated to human cell phone usage."

Looking at the results in animals, the conclusions still require careful discussion, as our preliminary understanding of the NTP results is that the study found mostly equivocal, or ambiguous, evidence that whole body radiofrequency energy exposures given to rats or mice in the study actually caused cancer in these animals. There are additional unusual findings from the study, such as the exposed rats living longer than the control group rats, that we are assessing to understand how that may be relevant to the results. The FDA looks forward to participating in the peer review of this study in March, which is an important and crucial step in scientific research to assure the integrity and quality of the data and the conclusions that can be drawn from it. Public comment is welcome during this period and can be provided through the NTP's Federal Register notice.

As part of our work to assess this important public health and consumer safety issue, the FDA has reviewed many sources of scientific and medical evidence related to the possibility of adverse health effects from radiofrequency energy exposure in both humans and animals and will continue to do so as new scientific data are published. We have reviewed the 2016 interim NTP results and are currently reviewing the full set of data from the NTP draft final report. The FDA will work quickly to thoroughly review the data and consider any impact of this work within the context of the full body of scientific evidence on this exposure.

In the meantime, I want to underscore that based on our ongoing evaluation of this issue and taking into account all available scientific evidence we have received, we have not found sufficient evidence that there are adverse health effects in humans caused by exposures at or under the current radiofrequency energy exposure limits. Even with frequent daily use by the vast majority of adults, we have not seen an increase in events like brain tumors. Based on this current information, we believe the current safety limits for cell phones are acceptable for protecting the public health.

More information:
FDA: Cell phones 
NTP: Draft final report 
NTP: Federal Register docket

The FDA, an agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, protects the public health by assuring the safety, effectiveness, and security of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines and other biological products for human use, and medical devices. The agency also is responsible for the safety and security of our nation's food supply, cosmetics, dietary supplements, products that give off electronic radiation, and for regulating tobacco products.

Media Inquiries: Stephanie Caccomo, 301-348-1956, [email protected]  
Consumer Inquiries: 888-INFO-FDA

SOURCE U.S. Food and Drug Administration

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Leidos Joins Forces with IBM, Unisys, and Verizon to Pursue the U.S. Navy's Next Generation Enterprise Networks Re-compete Service Management, Integration and Transport Program

RESTON, Va., Feb. 5, 2018 -- Leidos (NYSE: LDOS), a Fortune 500® information technology, engineering, and science leader, announced today it has joined forces with IBM, Unisys, and Verizon Enterprise Solutions to pursue the U.S. Navy's Next Generation Enterprise Networks Re-compete (NGEN-R) Service Management, Integration and Transport (SMI&T) program.

The team brings decades of experience supporting the federal government's evolving information technology (IT) needs. Leidos is the largest government systems integrator and the top provider of IT services and technical solutions to the U.S. Federal government. IBM has a track record of pioneering innovation, and houses one of the world's largest research and development organizations. Unisys builds high-performance, security-centric solutions for the most digitally demanding businesses and governments on earth. Verizon Enterprise Solutions is a leading provider of IT solutions to the Federal government, and is continually recognized for its portfolio of security, wireless, and network services. Combined, the team offers commercial best practices through research and development innovation, technology leadership, and the security expertise needed to provide a smooth transition to a future system that will achieve the Navy's critical modernization mission.

NGEN-R SMI&T will provide IT and support services to the Navy Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI), Marine Corps Enterprise Network (MCEN), and the Outside of the Continental United States (OCONUS) Navy Enterprise Network (ONE-Net). The team's breadth of experience and history of mission-focused IT solutions demonstrates its capability to support the Navy and Marines' global operations.

"Leidos is a leading global solutions integrator with a prominent portfolio among the international federal IT solutions and service providers," said Roger Krone, Leidos Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "The merger with Lockheed Martin's former Information Systems & Global Solutions Business strengthened our scale to provide cost-effective, agile, and 'speed to mission' capabilities that solve our customers' most challenging problems. The Leidos team offers unmatched execution excellence, proven engineering rigor, and business analytics that can expertly support the Navy's critical missions anytime and anywhere."                 

About Leidos 
Leidos is a Fortune 500® science and technology solutions and services leader working to solve the world's toughest challenges in the defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil, and health markets. The company's 32,000 employees support vital missions for government and commercial customers. Headquartered in Reston, Virginia, Leidos reported annual revenues of approximately $7.04 billion for the fiscal year ended December 30, 2016. For more information, visit www.Leidos.com.

Statements in this announcement, other than historical data and information, constitute forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. A number of factors could cause our actual results, performance, achievements, or industry results to be very different from the results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Some of these factors include, but are not limited to, the risk factors set forth in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 30, 2016, and other such filings that Leidos makes with the SEC from time to time. Due to such uncertainties and risks, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.

 

Contact:    

Melissa Koskovich                 

Jennifer Moffett 

 

(571) 526-6850                  

(571) 526-6852

 

[email protected]                

[email protected]

 

SOURCE Leidos

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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 www.TSA.gov.

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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More birth defects seen in parts of U.S. with local Zika spread Findings show need for strong birth-defect surveillance networks

ATLANTA, Jan. 25, 2018 -- Birth defects most strongly linked to Zika virus infection during pregnancy have increased in parts of the United States that have had local Zika virus transmission, according to a report in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Areas with local transmission of Zika – southern Florida, a portion of south Texas, and Puerto Rico – saw a 21 percent increase in births with outcomes most strongly linked to Zika virus in the last half of 2016 compared with births in the first half of that year.

It is not known if this increase is due to local transmission of Zika virus alone, or if there are other contributing factors. Most of the mothers who had babies with the Zika virus-linked birth defects did not have laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection—either because they were not tested, were not tested at the right time, or were not exposed to Zika virus. All cases with birth defects potentially related to Zika virus infection are monitored by birth defects surveillance systems.

"Babies with Zika-related birth defects need all the help they can get, as soon as possible and for as long as they need it," said CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald, M.D. "This report highlights the critical importance of documenting birth defects possibly related to Zika and our need to maintain vigilance."

CDC looked at nearly 1 million births in 2016 in 15 U.S. states and territories, including Florida (select southern counties), Georgia (select metro-Atlanta counties), Hawaii, Iowa, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York (excluding New York City), North Carolina (select regions), Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas (select regions), Utah, and Vermont.

About three out of every 1,000 babies born in 15 states and territories in 2016 had a birth defect possibly associated with Zika virus infection in the mother:

About half (49 percent) were born with brain abnormalities and/or microcephaly (small head size)
2 in 10 (20 percent) had neural tube defects and other early brain abnormalities
1 in 10 (9 percent) had eye abnormalities without brain abnormalities
More than 2 in 10 (22 percent) had nervous system damage, including joint problems and deafness, without brain or eye abnormalities
Because many pregnant women exposed to Zika virus in late 2016 gave birth in 2017, CDC researchers anticipate that there could be another increase in possible Zika-related birth defects when 2017 data are analyzed.

CDC uses tracking systems to find birth defects that might be related to Zika virus:

U.S. Zika Pregnancy and Infant Registry tracks pregnancies with laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection.
Zika Birth Defects Surveillance system tracks birth defects possibly related to Zika virus infection, regardless of exposure or laboratory testing.
"Our pregnancy and birth defects surveillance networks are a collaborative effort with state, local, and territorial health departments and are essential to protect mothers and babies affected by Zika virus," said Peggy Honein, Ph.D., M.P.H., acting director, Division of Congenital and Developmental Disorders,  National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities. "These networks can also be used as models to help track other known and emerging health threats for mothers and babies."

For more information about Zika virus and pregnancy visit www.cdc.gov/pregnancy/zika.

US Department of Health and Human Services

CDC works 24/7 protecting America's health, safety and security. Whether disease start at home or abroad, are curable or preventable, chronic or acute, or from human activity or deliberate attack, CDC responds to America's most pressing health threats. CDC is headquartered in Atlanta and has experts located throughout the United States and the world.

Contact: CDC Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

SOURCE Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

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NASA Television to Air Live Coverage of Upcoming Rare Lunar Eclipse

WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2018 -- Sky-gazers are in for a rare treat Wednesday, Jan. 31, when three celestial events combine to create a super blue blood moon. NASA Television and the agency's website will provide live coverage of the celestial spectacle beginning at 5:30 a.m. EST.
Weather permitting, the broadcast will feature views from the varying vantage points of telescopes at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California; Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles; and the University of Arizona's Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter Observatory.

This event offers a rare opportunity to see a supermoon, a blue moon and a lunar eclipse at the same time. A supermoon occurs when the Moon is closer to Earth in its orbit and appears about 14 percent brighter than usual. As the second full moon of the month, this moon is also commonly known as a blue moon, though it will not be blue in appearance. The super blue moon will pass through Earth's shadow and take on a reddish tint, known as a blood moon.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Sun, Earth, and a full moon form a near-perfect lineup in space. The total phase of the eclipse will last 1 hour and 16 minutes. The whole process will take more than four hours.

If skies are clear, the U.S. West Coast, Alaska and Hawaii will have the best view of totality, from start to finish. For the eastern U.S. and Canada, a clear view will be limited as the Moon sets and the Sun rises during the early stages of the eclipse.

The last total lunar eclipse occurred Sept. 27-28, 2015. The next total lunar eclipse visible across North America will occur Jan. 21, 2019.

The Jan. 31 eclipse is the third in a series of supermoons in December 2017 and January 2018. Watch the Supermoon Trilogy video.

Follow the event online at:

https://moon.nasa.gov 

Join the conversation on Twitter at:

https://twitter.com/NASAMoon

Michael McGarrity Named Assistant Director of the Counterterrorism Division

FBI Director Christopher Wray announced the appointment of Michael McGarrity as the assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Mr. McGarrity most recently served as the special agent in charge of the Criminal Division of the New York Field Office.

Mr. McGarrity joined the FBI in 1996 and began his career in the New York Field Office, where he investigated violent gangs, Colombian drug trafficking organizations, and international money laundering networks. After the terror attacks on September 11, 2011, Mr. McGarrity transferred to the New York Joint Terrorism Task Force, where he investigated international terrorism matters.

Throughout his career, Mr. McGarrity has held leadership positions as the FBI detailee assigned to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, as the FBI’s deputy on-scene commander in Afghanistan, as the supervisor of the FBI’s extraterritorial investigation squad in the Washington Field Office, as the director for Counterterrorism on the White House National Security Staff, as the FBI’s legal attaché in Switzerland, and as the first director of the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell, where he led national efforts to secure the safe recovery of U.S. nationals held hostage abroad.

Before joining the FBI, Mr. McGarrity was a prosecutor in New York City and an economist for the U.S. Department of Energy. He obtained his law degree magna cum laude and undergraduate degree in economics from The Catholic University of America. He also attended Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government Senior Executives in National Security program.

Mr. McGarrity will report to Washington, D.C. in February.

Pasternack Debuts New Line of Compact Waveguide Gunn Diode Oscillators

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 24, 2018 -- Pasternack, a leading provider of RF, microwave and millimeter wave products, has unveiled a new line of compact waveguide Gunn diode oscillators that are tunable and generate signal levels that exhibit low phase noise at popular K and Ka band frequencies. Typical applications include transmit and receive oscillators for radio communications, local oscillator source that can be multiplied for higher mm-wave frequency test and measurement, military and commercial radar sources, police radar, Doppler sensors and security screening.

Pasternack's new Gunn diode oscillators incorporate high performance devices and machined aluminum cavities.  Due to the extremely high external Q and temperature compensation mechanism, these oscillators exhibit excellent frequency and power stability, lower phase noise and higher anti-load pulling characteristics. There are two models in this series, the PEWGN1001 model is a K-Band waveguide Gunn oscillator module that generates a center frequency of 24.125 GHz with a tuning range of +/- 1.0 GHz. The PEWGN1000 model generates a Ka band center frequency of 35 GHz with a tuning range of +/- 3.0 GHz.  Both models incorporate self-locking tuning screws.

Performance specifications include phase noise as low as -98 dBc/Hz typical at 100 KHz offset and frequency stability as low as -0.2 MHz/°C maximum. The output power of these oscillators is +10 dBm min with power stability of -0.03 dB/°C maximum. Bias supply is +5 to +5.5 Vdc at 200 to 250 mA typical with an operating temperature range of -40°C to +85°C.  The rugged and compact package designs support output frequency ports with fully integrated Mil-grade waveguide flanges of WR-42 UG-595/U for K band and WR-28 UG-599/U for Ka band.    

"Our new series of K and Ka band Gunn diode oscillators offer popular center point frequencies of 24.125 and 35 GHz that are tunable. Designers will find these devices extremely useful for sensitive communication, radar and test and measurement applications. Pasternack offers both models available in stock with detailed datasheets and ready for immediate shipment," said Tim Galla, Product Manager.

Pasternack's new Gunn diode oscillators are in stock and ready for immediate shipment with no minimum order quantity. For detailed information on these products, please visit https://www.pasternack.com/pages/rf-microwave-and-millimeter-wave-products/waveguide-gunn-diode-oscillators.html.
For inquiries, Pasternack can be contacted at +1-949-261-1920.

About Pasternack:
A leader in RF products since 1972, Pasternack is an ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturer and supplier offering the industry's largest selection of active and passive RF, microwave and millimeter wave products available for same-day shipping. Pasternack is an Infinite Electronics company.

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