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  1. The Washington Post Names LGS Innovations a Winner of the Greater Washington Area 2018 Top Workplaces Award,

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    HERNDON, VA – June 26, 2018– LGS Innovations has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Washington Post. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

    “We are honored and humbled to receive the Washington Post Top Workplaces award for the third consecutive year,” said Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS Innovations. “We strive to maintain a workplace environment that encourages creative thinking and provides resources for our teams to solve the most complex problems our customers face. Exceptional employees are the driving force behind our success and this recognition is truly their accomplishment.”

    LGS scored particularly well in encouragement of new ideas (23% above industry benchmark), senior leadership understanding and involvement (22% above industry benchmark), and a feeling of meaningful connection employees feel to the work the company does (19% above industry benchmark).

    “Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”

    “Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” Claffey said. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”

    About LGS Innovations

    LGS Innovations is a technology company delivering mission-critical communications products, R&D, and supporting services to U.S. defense, intelligence, and civilian agencies and commercial customers around the world. We create advanced solutions in wireless communications, signals processing and analysis, optical networking, photonics, routing and switching, and spectrum management. These solutions drive mission success in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), cyberspace operations, and network assurance. LGS Innovations is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, with offices across the U.S. and overseas. We employ over 1,300 associates around the world, including 950 scientists and engineers.

    LGS Innovations: Listen. Innovate. Deliver. www.lgsinnovations.com.

    About Energage, LLC
    Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage (formerly known as WorkplaceDynamics) is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 47,000 organizations representing well over 16 million employees in the United States.

  1. LGS Innovations to Support the Largest Base Relocation in Army History,

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    $50M Yongsan Relocation Project Increment 3 Contract Awarded by the U.S. Army

    HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–LGS Innovations has been awarded a five-year contract in support of the Yongsan Relocation Plan Increment 3 (YRP-3) by the U.S. Army under the GSA Alliant contract.
    LGS Innovations is responsible for relocating and upgrading Command, Control, Communications, Computers, and Intelligence (C4I) systems and infrastructure as part of the migration of assets and capabilities from the U.S. Army facilities throughout the Republic of Korea to U.S. Army Garrison (USAG) Humphreys.
    “This large-scale project is an extension of our 25-year footprint with the U.S. Army in the Republic of Korea,” said LGS Innovations CEO Kevin Kelly. “Recognizing the magnitude of the relocation and impact on warfighters, LGS Innovations stands ready to ensure smooth transition and improve capabilities to help the U.S Army sustain readiness and a strong posture in the country and throughout the Pacific Theater,” he added.
  1. What are “fog computing” and “programmable networks,” and why should you care?,

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    Cloud computing is naturally attractive to many users – it can save a lot of time and money through a shared network of remote servers that store, manage, and process data. Instead of having to build our own server networks, data storage facilities, and business or mission programs, we can use the cloud to share information and run all kinds of applications. In principle, offloading all that “IT stuff” and data storage tasks can help a company or government agency focus on their core business or mission—provided that access to cloud-based resources is fast, reliable, cost-effective, and secure.

    And there’s the issue.

    Any time you locate your corporate or agency resources on a third party server, you incur communications delays and interruptions (a.k.a. “latency”), potential service interruptions and other quality-of-service (QoS) issues, and increased security risks. In defense and intelligence environments, of course, these risks are unacceptable.

    As the figure below shows, the conventional cloud model features a plethora of end-user devices at the network’s edge, accessing the cloud via third party servers and communications networks. “Fog computing” seeks to stretch the cloud over the user universe, so that all of those end-user and edge devices, as well as the communications networks, are IN the cloud.

    In the natural world, fog is basically a cloud that has spread to the ground and encompassed its surroundings. Similarly, in fog computing, your laptops, smart phones, remote devices and vehicles, and other near-at-hand computing and communications infrastructure (such as cell towers) are sharing the load of storing and distributing data and applications, where and when they’re needed—faster and more cost effectively than relying on distant servers and communications channels, and without latency delays or interruptions in service.

    Fog computing also means that network management tasks—access control, configuration, measurement, and security—all occur within the cloud as well. As the figure notes, fog computing is also known as “dispersed” computing, in that all network devices, data storage, applications, and communications are dispersed within and throughout the fog. Given the additional efficiencies and improved security this self-contained fog environment enables, fog computing is of great interest to the government, industry, and academics.

    For fog computing to operate seamlessly, however, relationships among computing, networking, and applications need to be re-architected. The current Internet was built assuming the “end-to-end (E2E) model” which argues for minimalist in-network functionalities while pushing application or service specific complexities to the devices or end-points at the network’s edge. This makes less sense now, considering the structure of fog applications that disperse over a range of network elements and intermediate nodes. An example of limitations of E2E exists in mobile services, where pushing complex functions to mobile devices with unreliable network access causes problems, while redesigning the functions to disperse throughout the network alleviates them.

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has a history of inspiring the rethinking of the relationship between computing, networking, and applications. The DARPA Active Networks Program (DANP) was an early effort in the late 90’s that questioned the E2E model. Its key idea, as summarized in the figure, is programmable network elements between the edge end-points. Today, with orders of magnitude reductions and improvements in hardware costs and capabilities, respectively, functional dispersion that forms the basis of both active networking and fog computing is becoming practical. With sufficient adoption, fog computing can become the killer app for active networking or its descendant software defined networking.

    The confluence of the intellectual trajectory started by DANP and the efficiency and security benefits of fog computing has resulted in the DARPA Dispersed Computing (DCOMP) program. The program, initiated by Dr. Stuart Wagner and taken over by Dr. Jonathan M. Smith (who was a principal investigator in DANP) after Dr. Wagner finished his tenure at DARPA, aims to develop algorithms and protocols that harness geographically dispersed and possibly unreliable computing and networking capabilities to boost application performance by orders of magnitude. While there are similarities to existing fog research, DCOMP’s emphasis is more closely focused on algorithms over architectures, broadening applicability to multiple platforms (many operating in harsh and/or contested network conditions), and boosting mission awareness and prioritization capabilities.

    LGS Innovations is participating in two DCOMP Technical Areas. On TA1, LGS and three subcontractors are focusing on algorithms for making computation decisions, such as to where code and where data should be located within the fog to maximize efficient and reliable execution. LGS is a subcontractor on TA2, which focuses on enhancing such code and data movements using programmable network protocol stacks.

    “An initial result from our TA1 project indicates at least an order of magnitude gain over cloud-only computing for an image processing application running over a demo network,” says co-principal investigator Dr. Siun-Chuon Mau, a researcher in the LGS Cyber Solutions division. “Our algorithm decides where to assign the various subtasks in an application by reasoning over the impacts of potential assignments, given the network’s computing and networking capabilities.”

    Future research areas will likely include incorporating resiliency features into this algorithm and extending it to various classes of applications, programmable nodes, and protocol stacks, as well as large-scale demonstrations.

    The views, opinions, and/or findings expressed are those of the author and should not be interpreted as representing the official views or policies of the Department of Defense or the U.S. government.

  2. LGS CEO Kevin Kelly Talks with WashingtonExec About the Top 5 Things on the Minds of GovCon Execs: Kevin Kelly,

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    This summer, WashingtonExec is reaching out to leaders in government and government contracting who’ve had success to learn more about their habits, experiences and perspectives.

    Kevin Kelly is CEO of technology firm LGS Innovations. His experience includes 15 years with the company as well as stints in leadership positions at General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems and Lockheed Martin.

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  3. The Washington Post Names LGS Innovations a Winner of the Greater Washington Area 2018 Top Workplaces Award,

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    HERNDON, VA – June 26, 2018– LGS Innovations has been awarded a 2018 Top Workplaces honor by The Washington Post. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.

    “We are honored and humbled to receive the Washington Post Top Workplaces award for the third consecutive year,” said Kevin Kelly, CEO of LGS Innovations. “We strive to maintain a workplace environment that encourages creative thinking and provides resources for our teams to solve the most complex problems our customers face. Exceptional employees are the driving force behind our success and this recognition is truly their accomplishment.”

    LGS scored particularly well in encouragement of new ideas (23% above industry benchmark), senior leadership understanding and involvement (22% above industry benchmark), and a feeling of meaningful connection employees feel to the work the company does (19% above industry benchmark).

    “Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”

    “Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy,” Claffey said. “It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”

    About LGS Innovations

    LGS Innovations is a technology company delivering mission-critical communications products, R&D, and supporting services to U.S. defense, intelligence, and civilian agencies and commercial customers around the world. We create advanced solutions in wireless communications, signals processing and analysis, optical networking, photonics, routing and switching, and spectrum management. These solutions drive mission success in Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR), cyberspace operations, and network assurance. LGS Innovations is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, with offices across the U.S. and overseas. We employ over 1,300 associates around the world, including 950 scientists and engineers.

    LGS Innovations: Listen. Innovate. Deliver. www.lgsinnovations.com.

    About Energage, LLC
    Headquartered in Exton, Pa., Energage (formerly known as WorkplaceDynamics) is a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools that help leaders to unlock potential, inspire performance, and achieve amazing results within their organizations. The research partner behind the Top Workplaces program, Energage has surveyed more than 47,000 organizations representing well over 16 million employees in the United States.

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