Over the past two decades, millions of Soldiers and their families have cycled through U.S. Army Fort Huachuca’s “Extraordinary Skies and Uncommon Ground” nestled high in the Huachuca Mountains of southeastern Arizona. For many – this is an outdoor recreation and family paradise, for others – the relative isolation and lack of “big city” life is a bit traumatic.

The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) is a long-standing function of Sierra Vista AZ’s Chamber of Commerce promoting cooperation, collaboration, and partnership with the Ft. Huachuca community, its Soldiers and Families. The MAC’s primary mission is to facilitate constant dialog between civilian and commercial leadership and the Fort – while providing information and opportunities for Military Families to get off post, engage with, and enjoy the town. This is accomplished through events, programs, sponsorships, and a wide variety of activities – including Quarterly Luncheons held on the Fort where Military and town leadership gather to exchange information, honor Soldiers’ of the Quarter, and fellowship over good food. Guest Speakers at these MAC Luncheons have included University Presidents & Deans, Generals, members of the Senior Executive Service, Mayors, Senators, State Representatives, etc.

TekSynap is a Diamond Level Corporate Sponsor of Sierra Vista’s MAC Luncheons, including the annual “Bring a Vet to Lunch” event where Veterans living in Retirement Centers, Assisted Living, Nursing Homes, and “shut ins” are brought to the Fort for a free lunch with full Military “Pomp and Circumstance”. Each year, the oldest and youngest (male and female) Veterans and Soldiers are honored and cut the dessert cake with Army Cavalry Swords.

At Wednesday, 02-August’s MAC Luncheon, Vice President Joe Walker introduced TekSynap’s local, national, and global business, our Government customers served, and missions supported – to an audience of over 100 Military and Civilian Leaders, including Major General Christopher Eubanks, US Army NETCOM Commander. The was followed by updates from local leaders, lunch, and keynote talk on Artificial Intelligence from Dr. Gary Packard (BG, USAF Ret.), Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology, University of Arizona.

TekSynap is pleased to be among those awarded a basic ordering agreement (BOA) providing Data Readiness for Artificial Intelligence Development (DRAID) for the DoD Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC). The BOA is a decentralized vehicle that streamlines rapid procurement and agile delivery of AI data readiness capabilities for the #DoD! The streamlined methodologies implemented will benefit both industry and government partners, by increasing competition and flexibility on ceilings for each task order.

The successful use of AI depends critically on the availability of quality data that can be used to build reliable AI-enabled systems. The DRAID vehicle will address the entire data lifecycle, beginning from the collection, through pre-processing, up to before AI system creation. It will also support AI-specific requirements, including unique challenges in operationalizing data for AI. DRAID is also customizable; it enables the selection of a custom subset of AI data readiness services to meet individual needs.

DRAID will be accessible to the DoD and provides an Intellectual Property Flowchart that helps DoD partners draft requirement packages. Additional tools, features, and information will be added to help facilitate the DoD’s ability to deliver rapid and agile AI technologies.

Marla Helveston, TekSynap’s Senior Vice President of Operations, was ranked #9 of The Top 50 Women Leaders of Louisiana for 2022.

Marla Helveston takes a mission objective and achieves it through sound strategy development. She intuitively sees the big picture, brings the necessary pieces together into a coherent plan, helps others extend their thinking, and drives operational performance. Helveston, Senior Vice President of Operations, is responsible for managing business growth, formulating and executing growth strategies, and interacting with clients, employees, partners, and other stakeholders. She exemplifies TekSynap’s commitment to helping clients achieve high performance and operational success. Helveston has demonstrated performance in maximizing growth within established and new programs. She was directly responsible for leading capture efforts that resulted in a multi-year string of new opportunity wins, injecting new business into her organization. Her adaptability and agility in achieving mission objectives while managing evolving business priorities is clearly demonstrated by her exemplary capture rate across her career.

In her 30-year career in government contracting, Helveston has held a wide variety of leadership positions across key parts of the business. Prior to joining TekSynap in November 2018, she was VP of General Dynamics IT’s Commerce and Interior operating group, which provided technical services to the Department of Commerce, Department of Interior and Department of Defense clients. She was responsible for all P&L activities, business growth and development, client engagement and staff management and growth for the 275+ people in her organization. Helveston began her career working for the USAF at Keesler Air Force Base where she earned Master Instructor status, teaching classes in basic computer concepts, problem solving, logic design, and programming. Helveston is a certified PMP and graduated with a BS in engineering from Mississippi State University.

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TekSynap, as the prime contractor supporting the Department of the Defense Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Network and Information Exchange (DENIX) program continues to raise the bar in providing leading capabilities. DENIX has achieved many first and outstanding accomplishments over its history. Most recently, during the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Washington DC Summit 2022, the DENIX program was highlighted for our Infrastructure as Code (IaC) implementation. Our partnership with Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) Hosting and Compute Center (HaCC) to implement IaC as a project accelerator enhances the program’s security posture and decreases operational costs.

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is committed to supporting the mission of our Department of Defense (DoD) customers by providing innovative, efficient, and effective solutions. In support of this commitment, we are announcing the availability of DoD Cloud Infrastructure as Code (IaC) for AWS – a baseline that uses a collection of templates to enable defense mission owners to quickly build out secure, scalable cloud environments. DoD Cloud IaC for AWS is designed to help DoD organizations accelerate cloud adoption and support the rapid delivery of capabilities to the warfighter.

Today, adoption of cloud services in the DoD requires time and resources that may not be readily available due to current mission demands and operational tempo (OPTEMPO). Infrastructure as code (IaC) is a DevOps concept that leverages automation to build out a foundational cloud environment that is ready to be customized to mission-specific requirements, significantly reducing the upfront investment that can slow the adoption of cloud capabilities. DoD Cloud IaC for AWS baseline helps further accelerate the DoD’s cloud adoption by its use of templates that are pre-configured and pre-authorized by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) to provide DoD mission owners a secure, approved starting point for their cloud environments.

DoD Cloud IaC for AWS recently received a three-year Authority to Operate (ATO) with conditions from DISA’s Risk Management Executive. The ATO with conditions reduces the assessment and authorization burden for mission owners, to include the inheritance of 103 common controls and 295 control correlation identifiers (CCI) in the Enterprise Mission Assurance Support Services (eMASS) system.

DoD Cloud IaC for AWS also makes it simpler for mission owners to make sure the cloud environment is secure and compliant. DoD Cloud IaC for AWS creates tailored environments with embedded preventative and detective controls that comply with NIST 800-53 and the DoD Cloud Computing Security Requirements Guide (CC SRG), and provides automated environment assessment and reporting. After deployment, mission owners can have a compliant and secure environment that can be used to deploy mission systems, build software applications, and migrate data.

Recently, the DoD Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Network and Information Exchange (DENIX) was able to accelerate their digital transformation through timely, cost-effective, and secure cloud deployment facilitated by DoD Cloud IaC for AWS.

“The DENIX program sees DoD Cloud Infrastructure as Code for AWS as a digital transformation accelerator,” said Poppy Harrover, program manager at DENIX. “By adopting the preapproved baseline, we reduce our deployment timelines, stay within budget, enhance cybersecurity, and expedite the ATO authorization process. DOD IaC helps transform DENIX into customer focused platform service that enables capabilities delivery at the speed of relevance at the least possible cost.”

Through the use of its pre-configured, pre-authorized templates, DoD Cloud IaC for AWS supports rapid delivery of innovative cloud infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) technologies and capabilities to the warfighter.

Beyond the foundational environment deployments, DoD Cloud IaC for AWS includes a set of DISA-authorized, pre-configured offerings available through the AWS Service Catalog. These services decrease time to operational capability for a wide array of use cases and accelerate mission owners’ deployment of a tailored cloud environment.

DoD Cloud IaC for AWS also provides customers the opportunity to move up the stack and leverage higher level native AWS Managed Services, which increases the number of controls inherited from the cloud services provider.

Learn more details about DoD Cloud for IaC. Visit the DISA Hosting and Compute Center’s (HaCC) webpage to learn more about this baseline and get started.

Source: https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/publicsector/dod-cloud-infrastructure-as-code-for-aws-now-available/

The National Security Agency (NSA) has approved TekSynap as a Trusted Integrator for Commercial Solutions for Classified (CSfC). CSfC is an important part of NSA’s commercial cybersecurity strategy to deliver secure cybersecurity solutions leveraging commercial technologies and products to deliver cybersecurity solutions quickly. It is founded on the principle that properly configured, layered solutions can provide adequate protection of classified data in a variety of different applications. NSA has developed, approved, and published solution-level specifications called Capability Packages (CPs) and, through the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP), works with technical communities from across industry, government and academia to develop, maintain, and publish product-level security requirements called Protection Profiles (PPs). NSA’s CSfC Program was established to enable commercial products to be used in layered solutions protecting classified NSS data. This will provide the ability to securely communicate based on commercial standards in a solution that can be fielded in months, not years.

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