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09 Jul 19. Exostar Helps DoD Suppliers Mitigate Risk and Ease Compliance Burden with New Policy Management Solution. Exostar PolicyProTM Automates Development and Evaluation of Security Policies to Facilitate Compliance with NIST 800-171 and Similar Standards. Exostar, the leader in trusted, secure business collaboration in highly-regulated industries including aerospace and defense, life sciences, and healthcare, today announced the launch and general availability of Exostar PolicyProTM, an innovative Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)-based policy management solution. Exostar PolicyPro extends the company’s risk management suite by allowing organizations throughout the DoD supply chain to quickly assess, score, and build policies that comply with the security controls identified in standards such as Special Publication (SP) 800-171 issued by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

“Many suppliers lack the time or in-house resources needed to create and maintain the security policies mandated by NIST 800-171 and similar standards,” said Stuart Itkin, Exostar’s Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. “Engaging third-party consultants or professional services expertise requires a significant budgetary commitment. Exostar PolicyPro offers an intuitive interface and an intelligent engine that any organization can use to reduce the time, effort, and cost of policy development and assessment.”

Organizations face a significant policy management challenge with potential consequences for non-compliance. NIST SP 800-171 alone identifies 30 distinct policies across 20 security controls needed to protect information from compromise. Exostar PolicyPro, powered by proprietary technology developed by ISMS Applications, leverages artificial intelligence, machine learning, and semantic technology to help overcome the challenge. The solution enables suppliers to create new, customizable policies that accelerate the compliance timeline or to evaluate and score existing policies, identifying key elements not included and areas of improvement necessary to achieve compliance.

With Exostar PolicyPro, organizations receive a policy management solution designed to deliver ongoing return-on-investment. Its digital ledger records all transactions chronologically, so organizations can accurately track all policy development and changes over time. Its SaaS architecture enables organizations to archive all policies in a single repository, promoting consistency and version control as policies are updated and evaluated to keep pace with evolving security requirements and standards, such as the forthcoming NIST SP 800-171 Revision 2. (Source: BUSINESS WIRE)

08 Jul 19. KBR Secures Seat on DLA’s $124m Automated Fuel Systems Installation Contract. KBR (NYSE: KBR) announced today it has been awarded a seat on a $124m indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity (IDIQ) contract by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) for automated fuel systems installation services.

Under this multi-award contract, KBR will have the opportunity to bid on firm-fixed-price task orders to provide engineering and services for the procurement and installation of automated fuel systems and other fuel facility related systems and equipment.

Specifically, the company will supply all personnel, equipment, materials, supervision, and other non-personnel services to design and install automated fuel handling equipment and associated systems. KBR’s work will help standardize equipment and systems at DoD fuel facilities worldwide. The contract has one base year plus four option years.

“KBR has designed and constructed project installations of automated fuel systems across the globe for more than 12 years,” said Byron Bright, President, KBR Government Solutions U.S. “We will use our expertise to assist the Defense Logistics Agency in increasing fuel inventory accountability, improving fuel monitoring and controls, and preventing potential fuel spills.”

KBR ensures mission success for customers on land, at sea, in the air, and in space and cyberspace. The company drives innovation by combining engineering, technical and scientific expertise with its full life cycle capabilities, mission knowledge and future-focused technologies. KBR is known for excelling in complex and extreme environments and trusted to overcome the nation’s most pressing challenges. (Source: ASD Network)

10 Jul 19. Beca wins RAN seaworthiness contract. Beca has been awarded a contract for the continued management of Seaworthiness Materiel Assessments (SwMA) within the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet Engineering Directorate (FED). Beca has collaborated with the FED to provide SwMA management and development services for the RAN since 2014.

“During this time, we have worked to develop and implement an assurance process that has positively contributed to materiel seaworthiness outcomes for HMA Ships and establishments,” a release from Beca said.

“This project is key to supporting the compliant conduct of SwMAs in accordance with the Fleet Practice Instruction for the Royal Australian Navy. The SwMA management cell now controls more than 6,000 bespoke assessments covering 14 classes of ships and two establishments. It also provides an established education and awareness program that helps maintain knowledge levels across the Navy.”

The services provided by Beca will include:

  • project management;
  • business administration;
  • quality control; and
  • education and training.

“Seaworthiness Materiel Assessments are a fundamental building block of the Sea Release Assurance framework and provide evidence that RAN ships are materially ready for operations,” Mick Richardson, business director – defence acquisition and sustainment at Beca, said.

“Their ongoing management is therefore a critical enabler of operations, and we look forward to continuing to work with the Fleet Engineering Directorate to ensure this building block is well maintained”.

The release from Beca added that it has “been providing seaworthiness services to the Royal Australian Navy since 2012 and is proud to continue our partnership with them on this latest project”. (Source: Defence Connect)

09 Jul 19. AAR (NYSE: AIR), a leading provider of aviation services to commercial airlines and governments worldwide, has been awarded a four-year contract by the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) to perform maintenance, repair and overhaul of the Chinook APU for Logistics Centre Woensdrecht (LCW). AAR will service the Chinook fleet in its Component Repair facility in Amsterdam, where AAR has been supporting European Participating Air Forces (EPAF) for over 30 years as a prime provider or subcontractor for repair management, component maintenance, supply chain and depot services.

“The RNLAF is pleased to have an MRO contract in place for their CH-47 APU’s,” said Lieutenant Colonel Remco Bastiaan, EMSD Program Manager Chinook. “The Chinook community is excited to have a trusted partner like AAR support the RNLAF to maintain and improve the availability of the Chinook fleet and looks forward to sustaining and expanding their valued relationship.”

“AAR has been a proud and trusted partner of the Royal Netherlands Air Force on the F-16 platform for more than 25 years,” said Eric Bron, AAR General Manager of Component Repair. “This step expanding our MRO services to the CH-47 Chinook platform reflects our strong relationship, dedication to exceeding customer expectations and shared core values with the RNLAF. We deliver tailored services and capabilities based on commercial best practices and our customers’ unique needs to produce the highest quality work and cost savings.”


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