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Full Spectrum Operations (FSO) Awarded NOAA NMITS Blanket Purchase Agreement

FAIRFAX, Va. -- Full Spectrum Operations, LLC (FSO), an SBA-approved, Mentor-Protégé Joint Venture (JV) between American Communications Solutions LLC (ACS), and By Light Professional IT Services LLC (By Light), has been awarded a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Mission IT Services (NMITS), a small business set-aside agreement with a 10-year lifespan valued at $2.1 billion.

The BPA utilizes General Services Administration's (GSA) IT Schedule 70 and is administered by a joint effort from the NOAALink Program Office and Acquisition and Grants Office's (AGO) Corporate Services Acquisition Division.

NMITS enables NOAA to procure mission and mission support information technology (IT) services and tools across a wide range of support areas, to include enterprise services, system and application administration, cloud migration, data and voice network services, information assurance and cybersecurity.

"As a Veteran Owned Small Business, FSO is honored to have the opportunity to provide the full scope of enterprise IT services, applications, enterprise and cloud computing, data and voice network services, cybersecurity and information assurance capabilities to support the NOAA mission," said John M. Schleifer, Managing Member of FSO and President and CEO of ACS.

According to Bob Stanton, By Light Vice President, "NOAA NMITS will leverage the skills and capabilities ACS and By Light have refined in our Software Development Center, our Satellite Operations team, and Cyberspace Operations team, among others. We look forward to addressing the many complex requirements that NOAA will require to drive their mission for the next 10 years."

About Full Spectrum Operations (FSO):

FSO is a CVE-verified, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) based in Fairfax Station, VA, that provides information technology, cybersecurity, engineering, and operational support services to customers in the Federal Government. FSO is an SBA-approved, Mentor-Protégé JV between ACS (Protégé), and By Light (Mentor), a large business.

About American Communications Solutions (ACS):

ACS, the Managing Partner of FSO, is a CVE-verified SDVOSB currently providing IT, cybersecurity, engineering, software development, and operational and training support services to customers in the Federal Government.

About By Light Professional IT Services LLC:

By Light, headquartered in McLean, VA, is an ISO 9001, 20000-1, and 27001 registered and CMMI Level 3 rated IT service provider specializing in innovative end-to-end software and systems development, security, administration, and management for complex projects and enterprise programs. Founded by industry professionals with extensive knowledge of Federal Government service, By Light's technical solutions integrate commercial best practices to meet the needs of government. For more information, visit http://www.bylight.com/.

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Secure The Future 2100 Publishes Paper – Arctic Ice Loss a Strategic National Security Issue

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Secure The Future 2100 (STF2100) has published a paper "Arctic Ice Loss Threatens National Security: A Path Forward" in the Fall 2020 issue of Orbis, the Foreign Policy Research Institute's quarterly journal of world affairs. Co-authored by the scientist team at STF2100, the paper proposes a strategic approach to develop and coordinate basic and applied research to address the challenge of rapid depletion of Arctic ice and warming of permafrost.

"Global warming is causing a dramatic and rapid shrinking in Arctic sea and land ice," says Dr. Anthony Strawa, retired NASA atmospheric scientist. "A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) study reports that the Arctic has warmed at least twice as fast as the rest of the planet, due to a phenomenon known as Arctic Amplification. This loss of Arctic ice impacts weather patterns globally and in the Northern Hemisphere in particular."

The article proposes that the United States take a strong leadership position in addressing issues of Arctic ice loss. Secure the Future 2100 recommends that the United States expand funding towards basic and applied research and multi-agency coordination, an effort they call the National Arctic Ice Restoration Initiative (NAIRI), designed to better understand both Arctic ice loss and develop effective Arctic ice restoration approaches to mitigate and even restore ice loss.

"Events such as droughts, wild fires and hurricane related coastal flooding, all exacerbated by global warming, result in food and water shortages, severe economic and environmental loss and mass human migrations that can destabilize governments and threaten our national security interests," notes Dr. Steven Zornetzer, retired Associate Center Director at NASA's Ames Research Center, "The loss of sea-ice is also changing the geo-political dynamics in the Arctic."

In publishing the paper, STF2100 seeks to raise awareness of the intersection of climate change mitigation and national security and the need for robust policy to address the challenges of rapid loss of Arctic sea and land ice.

Secure the Future 2100 (STF2100) is a nonprofit organization that works to engage the public and policy leaders on measures to mitigate climate change to protect global security and natural ecosystems.

As part of the public education and outreach mission of STF2100, our scientists are ready to present to civic groups.

Learn more: https://securethefuture2100.org/

Read paper: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0030438720300508

To arrange for a talk on the National Arctic Ice Restoration Initiative (NAIRI), contact Catherine Shinners. Follow us on Twitter or Facebook

Related link: https://securethefuture2100.org/

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