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Darn Tough Vermont Receives Award from the US Department of Labor

November 17th, 2022

2022 Hire Vets Medallion Award Granted

 

Northfield, VT (November 10, 2022) – Just ahead of Veterans Day, U.S. Secretary of Labor, Martin J. Walsh, recognized Darn Tough Vermont as one of the recipients of the 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award during a virtual award ceremony presented by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Darn Tough earned the Gold award – and is the only Vermont company to receive this recognition. The Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing American Military Veterans Act (HIRE Vets Act) Medallion Program is the only federal award program that recognizes employers who successfully recruit, hire, and retain veterans.

“We are committed to our veterans, our families, our communities and our state,” said Ric Cabot, President and CEO of Darn Tough Vermont. “Everyone at Darn Tough is dedicated to giving back to the community in every way we can. Establishing comprehensive and thoughtful programs and opportunities for veterans is another way to show our support and appreciation.”

Darn Tough joins 834 other companies from 49 states, plus the District of Columbia, who have shown a commitment to hiring veterans, but also ensuring that they have a long-term career and growth plan that uses the diverse skills they acquired through their military service.

Recipients of the 2022 HIRE Vets Medallion Award meet rigorous employment and veteran integration assistance criteria, including veteran hiring and retention percentages; availability of veteran-specific resources; leadership programming for veterans; dedicated human resource efforts; pay compensation and tuition assistance programs for veterans. More than 1,400 employers have earned a HIRE Vets Medallion Award since 2018.

U.S. Department of Defense Awards Accrete Multi-Million Dollar AI Production OT Software Licensing Contract

November 17th, 2022

Accrete’s dual-use AI solution for open-source threat detection, Argus, will enhance DoD’s intelligence competitiveness and bolster U.S. national security

NEW YORK, Nov. 17, 2022 — Accrete has secured a five-year multi-million dollar Production Operational Technology (OT) software licensing contract from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) for Argus™, Accrete’s highly configurable, dual-use open-source threat detection AI software solution, worth tens of millions of dollars. The exact contract value and deal terms cannot be disclosed per government guidelines.

Argus continuously analyzes the open-source web to predict anomalous and nefarious behavior hidden in plain sight. Argus performs work that would otherwise require thousands of intelligence analysts at an estimated cost of hundreds of millions of dollars a year in areas critical to national security such as supply chain risk management, vulnerability research, intellectual property theft, social media intelligence, insider threat detection, and anti-money laundering. Argus reads, understands, and learns from an exploding universe of dynamic, unstructured data, including news, blogs, think tank publications, strategy papers, social media chatter, financial filings, microprocessor manuals, and binaries in multiple languages. The AI software automatically extracts, normalizes, and maps relationships between entities, models influence, and surfaces behavioral anomalies indicative of potentially illicit activity that are too complex for humans to identify.

“We are at the dawn of an entirely new type of conflict, driven by rapid advances in artificial intelligence. Whereas nuclear proliferation threatened entire populations, AI proliferation individualizes warfare by manipulating targeted groups through digital means. Using AI, bad actors can propagate disinformation to exploit ignorance and weaken civil society causing billions of dollars of damage to the U.S. economy,” commented Prashant Bhuyan, Founder, CEO, and Chairman of Accrete, Inc. “As a prime defense contractor licensing configurable dual-use AI software directly to the DoD, Accrete is in a unique position to scale its business with the Defense, Intelligence, and Special Operations communities, as well as other government and enterprise customers, and bolster national security as well as intelligence competitiveness in previously unimaginable ways.”

In 2020, the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), which former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter established in collaboration with former Google CEO Eric Schmidt to strengthen U.S. national security by accelerating DoD adoption of commercial technology, awarded Accrete with an Other Transaction Authority (OTA) Prototype contract after Accrete outperformed 65 other companies in a competitive review. The DoD accepted the Argus prototype within 15 months, and Accrete worked closely with the DIU and the DoD to transition the OTA Prototype contract into a first-of-its-kind multi-year Production OT AI software licensing deal.

William Wall, who leads Accrete’s federal sales subsidiary, Accrete AI Government, and formerly served as a U.S. Special Forces Lieutenant Colonel and with the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), said, “We are extremely excited to announce this award, especially as this is the first production OTA that our DoD customer has ever awarded. There are very few start-up technology companies that successfully navigate the extremely challenging OTA process through prototype acceptance and transition into a multi-year production OT software licensing agreement. Our success is a testament to the efficacy, scalability, and configurability of our AI technology and, more importantly, to our employees’ relentless focus on providing solutions that are tightly aligned with end-user requirements. As we continue to scale, Accrete looks forward to providing its growing customer base with powerful dual-use AI solutions that not only drive efficiency through the automation of analytical work but also produce mission-critical insights beyond human capacity.”

Zachary Smith, Accrete AI Government’s Program Manager and retired special agent who spent most of his 23-year Air Force career focused on countering human, technical, and cyber-based threats, observed, “Based on Argus’ blazing speed and scale, in seconds, analysts will be able to research and visualize complex relationships that would have taken at least a month of steady research and annotation. Within the framework of the DoD’s acquisition risk review process, Argus will enable supply chain risk analysis to be more efficient and effective while delivering enhanced value at a lower cost per insight.”

Accrete’s continuously learning AI technology enables the templatization of analytical workflows. Templates such as Argus for Threat Detection learn from sparse data and are configurable for use cases including supply chain influence, social media intelligence, reverse engineering, and logistics disruption for both government and commercial customers. In addition to helping the DoD predict bad actors that may be intentionally obscuring identities to influence the supply chain, Argus has also been enabling the U.S. Air Force to reverse engineer binaries from microprocessor manuals to detect vulnerabilities in firmware.

Accrete’s dual-use AI solutions have also been proven in industry, including media and entertainment companies automating talent scouting to predict emerging talent from social chatter; insurance brokers automating lead generation to find the shortest path to the hottest lead; private equity and venture firms automating pitch deck review through smart table extraction; and automobile dealerships automating the writing of marketing content.

TNVC Presents: Decisive Action

November 17th, 2022

Ohio Ordnance Works – 240 Patrol-SLR Conversion Kits

November 17th, 2022

The OOW 240P-SLR is a belt-fed, air cooled Rifle, capable of sustained and accurate fire while using a shorter and lighter barrel, M4 style collapsible stock and removable lightweight bipod and foregrip.

This conversion takes your standard “Bravo” configuration weighing in at 27.5 lbs. and an over all length of 49″. Bringing it down to 22.3 lbs. with an over all length of 41.25″.

MIL-STD 1913 Picatinny Rails on the top cover and at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock positions of the forend allow for the mounting of numerous accessories including laser devices, lights, night vision, thermal, day optics, and various foregrips and bipods.

The shorter barrel features dimpling which reduces weight while increasing heat dissipation with no loss of strength or durability.

www.oowinc.com

Brouwer LLC – M1811 Grip Module for SIG SAUER P320

November 17th, 2022

Brouwer created the M1811 Grip Module to make the SIG P320 more like a 1911. The grip addresses the shortcomings they see with the P320: high bore axis, rounded slippery grip, and short beavertail.

Brouwer has nearly replicated the 1911 grip angle. The front strap angle is 107.5 degrees, with a back strap angle of 67.5 degrees.

The trigger guard was kept large to accommodate gloved fingers but the profile of the trigger guard was moved up as high as possible to improve grip index relative to the beavertail while maintaining clearance for the P320 trigger. Additionally, the tolerancing for the mag release button has been reduced to combat dust ingress.

The rear profile of the beavertail has been shaped to reduce catching the web of the user’s hand when gripping the gun promoting quick grip acquisition.

The M1811 Grip Module also incorporates a Mil Std 1913 rail.

The magwell has been profiled to ensure a loaded magazine can be inserted at up to 45 degrees out of rotation, and 20 degrees out of axial alignment with the magwell. Soon, they’ll introduce an external flared magwell extension.

The frame is compatible with most P320 parts including a manual safety, but a cut out must be made to accommodate it. An interior outline has been molded into the part to assist.

While a M1811 Grip Module equipped P320 should fit most holsters built for the P320, Brouwer has tested the following models:

Safariland:

6304RDS-7502
6304RDS-4502
7304-450

AlienGEAR
Rapid Force Full Size
P320 9mm

Offered in Black and Coyote.

www.brouwersolutions.com/products/m1811-grip-module

Griffin Armament Announces DUAL-LOK PSRTM Rifle Suppressors

November 17th, 2022

Watertown WI, Wed Nov 16 2022

Reflex Suppressors, or Over the Barrel Suppressors have been manufactured for quite some time, but recently haven’t been the focus by mainstream manufacturers. Griffin first made over the barrel suppressors over ten years ago with the introduction of the RSTA and SPR models. Meant to diminish blow back, provide superlative accuracy, excellent POI shift characteristics and add minimal system length, these suppressors were highly desirable among suppressor aficionados. Griffin is reintroducing next generation over the barrel suppressors with the DUAL-LOK PSRTM suppressor series. However, before going into detail on these models, a brief discussion on the history of reflex suppressors is warranted.

Unlike an integral suppressor, which typically has drilled holes in the barrel of the host firearm and the tube extending over the barrel; the over the barrel suppressor has an attachment system which goes rearward of the barrel’s muzzle by several inches thus making a shorter overall length suppressed firearm. Despite the long length of the suppressor itself, this allows for a ~9 inch suppressor to be something like only 6.5 inches or so of added length to the barrel. Popular Vietnam War era suppressors were all over the barrel varieties. Fast forward to a more modern time, the company Ops Inc, started providing these style suppressors in the early 1990’s and later became prolific integrating its suppressors with the SOF communities MK12 MOD0 and MOD1 firearms. Around the same time Knights Armament also started engineering similar products. In the early 2000’s, AAC, and Surefire started manufacturing over the barrel suppressors as well for military sale. These suppressors targeted the sniper community. Semi-automatic and bolt action rifles in the sniper community used over the barrel suppressors almost exclusively for some time in both the Army and Marines until about 2010. This was most likely due to accuracy being more consistent in harsh field use with over the barrel suppressors vs muzzle mounted variants. Fast forward to today and over the barrel suppressors are still in use by the sniper communities but not very popular by commercial recreational users due to their more limited versatility. Griffin introduced the RSTA and SPR around 2010. These suppressors were well liked by the small community of end users who purchased them due to their single piece muzzle devices which were much easier to install vs multi piece mounting systems from companies like OPS inc. Griffin refocused engineering efforts towards more mainstream muzzle mounted products around 2016 and chose to discontinue those models.

In the last several years Griffin has been spending considerable research efforts on developing lighter suppressors with better mounting systems and higher performance baffle technology. The advent of these developments brought about a reason to revisit the over the barrel suppressors. Current Griffin ECO-FLOWTM baffle tech is much more capable of using the volume of space in the large blast chambers of over the barrel suppressors. Laser welding technology has also allowed for light-weight tubeless versions of these suppressors which historically had a very negative weight impact vs muzzle mounted suppressors. The DUAL-LOKTM mounting system provides high performance attachment, greater user confidence, and a more modern feature set. Incorporating it into the over the barrel DUAL-LOK PSRTM series allows for a rigid locking system in an extremely accurate taper interface mount. Rough handling of the firearms muzzle device is not an issue with the PSR cans as there is a redundant support structure that forces alignment to be as exceptional as a brand new mounting interface regardless of dings and handling abuse common to the sniper field environment. The suppressors feature the patent pending pressure reduction front cap with integrated flash suppressor for extremely low flash. Blow back is lesser than previous Griffin RSTA and SPR suppressors in part due to the ECO-FLOWTM baffles as well as the patent pending end cap, and other internal geometric nuances. These suppressors are ear safe on gas operated firearms making them a perfect fit for bolt actions or semi-automatic systems.

“The DUAL-LOK PSRTM suppressors offer the benefit of over the barrel suppressors for precision rifles with weight penalties similar to lighter muzzle mounted systems. These are the best over the barrel suppressors available in the industry today.”

– Austin, Lead Design Engineer, Griffin Armament

DUAL-LOKTM suppressors are machined in Griffin’s Watertown Wisconsin facility by freedom loving Americans.

Key points :

• Patent pending DUAL-LOKTM wear free mounting system, requires no consumable parts

• Taper lock interface ensures security and accuracy

• ACME thread provides speed of attachment

• Locking ring incorporates 3 anti-rotation teeth to eliminate inadvertent loosening

• 120 effective positions ensure a rock-solid suppressor mount and provide extremely low POI shift

• 17-4 stainless steel & 718 Inconel materials

• Tubeless laser welded design

• Patent pending ECO-FLOWTM baffle system for reduced blow back

• Patent pending Pressure Reduction Cap with integrated flash hider

• 3/4” wrench flats on muzzle devices

• Collar Nitrided black and PVD’d on FDE models for increased surface hardness, corrosion, and wear resistance

• Heat treated and Cerakoted Black and FDE in a heat resistant finish

• Warrantied for life with Griffin’s Perpetual Lifetime Warranty

DUAL-LOK PSRTM 5 Specs:

• DIMS: 1.5”x 8.4”

• Weight: 14.9oz

• Sound pressure Level: 129.7db (16” 5.56mm Griffin MK1)

• MSRP: 1195.00

DUAL-LOK PSRTM 7 Specs:

• DIMS: 1.5”x 8.9”

• Weight: 15.8oz

• Sound pressure Level: 137.6 (16” 7.62mm AR10)

• MSRP: 1295.00

Muzzle devices supported :

• DUAL-LOK PSRTM muzzle brake

• DUAL-LOK PSRTM flash suppressor

Thread pitches supported:

• 1/2×28 (5.56mm)

• 5/8×24 (7.62mm)

To find out more on Griffin Armament’s entire product line, please visit their website at www.GriffinArmament.com. For attendees of the 2023 SHOT Show, Griffin Armament will be exhibiting the Optimus, along with the rest of their product line. Booth #20458.

BAE Systems’ New CV90 Variants Add Capabilities and Combat Efficiency for Swedish Army

November 17th, 2022

BAE Systems is launching two new variants of the CV90—the Forward Maintenance vehicle and the Combat Engineer vehicle—to support Swedish Army requirements

ÖRNSKÖLDSVIK, Sweden — Nov. 16, 2022 — BAE Systems has signed a follow-on contract worth $90 million with the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV) for two new CV90 variants, which are being added to the Swedish CV90 RENO upgrade program.

The two new variants will be delivered by BAE Systems’ Swedish joint venture HB Utveckling AB, which brings together BAE Systems Hägglunds and Bofors manufacturing capabilities. The new variants are the Forward Maintenance vehicle, which will provide critical frontline support, repair, and recovery for other vehicles, ensuring improved overall combat vehicle availability; and the Combat Engineer variant, which will significantly grow the ability to ensure route clearance and deny enemy forces mission critical mobility. These two new variants will join the Swedish Army’s mechanized formations with deliveries scheduled between 2023 and 2027.

“We are proud to be producing these two new CV90 variants for the Swedish Army,” said Tommy Gustafsson-Rask, managing director of BAE Systems Hägglunds. “The collaborative approach involved in the Swedish CV90 RENO program has been recognized as a key success factor in achieving a timely, balanced, and cost-effective solution to meet the customer’s capability requirements. We look forward to supporting our Swedish customer in increasing their combat efficiency.”

The two new CV90 variants will be produced at BAE Systems Hägglunds’ facility in Örnsköldsvik, Sweden and by Ritek in Levanger, Norway. Ritek is one of BAE Systems Hägglunds’ key industrial partners in the Norwegian CV90 program. Ritek’s role in this Swedish program is a significant milestone, moving Ritek into the international CV90 supply chain.

“Ritek has demonstrated that it has the industrial capability and skills required for such a program,” said Peter Sedin, BAE Systems Hägglunds’ director of operations. “As our production partner for a similar Norwegian Army program, it made sense to turn to Ritek when we were looking for the optimal industrial setup for this important FMV contract.”

There are approximately 1,300 CV90s in service with Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. The vehicle has a combat-proven track record and is designed to accommodate future growth to meet evolving missions. More recently, both Slovakia and the Czech Republic have selected CV90 to replace their legacy infantry fighting

vehicle fleets.

The CV90 will now be available in 17 variants and is designed to provide optimum mobility, with the highest level of protection in any terrain or tactical environment. The CV90 MkIV combines improved battlefield speeds and handling with an upgraded electronic architecture to support future growth capabilities as the complex battlefield evolves.

You Never Know Where They’ll Show Up

November 17th, 2022