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Recent Trends in Defense Industry Consolidation

July 16, 2019

Two recent mergers have made a big stir within the defense industry. Although they are hardly the first examples of consolidation within the sector, these mergers highlight some current trends. Moreover, they display differing attitudes to how shareholders, corporate executives, and the government view these mergers and acquisitions. The L3 Technologies and Harris Corp. merger has gone relatively smoothly, with all relevant interested parties on board with the purchase. In contrast, the Raytheon and United Technologies merger has been viewed with a healthy dose of skepticism.

Below, we review some of the technical details regarding these mergers, how they reshape the companies in question, how they impact investors and employees within the defense industry, and how they alter the industry itself.

Briefing on Mergers

Leading up to the merger, which was made official on June 29, both Harris Corp. and L3 Technologies showed strong performance on the stock market. The new symbol, LHX, entered the market with a bang. The combined stock reflects a 25-30% increase in value since the end of April. The resulting company is evaluated at $43 billion following the nearly 50-50 merger.

Meanwhile, the best news regarding the UTR merger is that both United Technologies and Raytheon have held steady so far this year. The announced merger has had no significant impact either way on the stock prospects, but the negative press so far gives us pause.

Adjusting the Corporate Structure

A significant difference between the two mergers is how the companies’ structures are affected by these changes. First, looking at how LHX is structuring, it reflects a near-perfect composite of Harris and L3’s specialties. This kind of blend highlights the benefits of such a merger, as the resulting company has several complementary divisions. LHX has arranged all its assets into four branches:

  • Integrated Mission Systems
  • This branch focuses on intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance technologies.

  • Space and Airborne Systems
  • Both in terms of locale and technologies, this division focuses on future realms of warfare. It covers such items as space payloads, cyber defense, avionics, and electronic warfare.

  • Communication Systems
  • These systems include those used for tactical communications, broadband communications, and night vision.

  • Aviation Systems
  • The Aviation division manages technologies used both in defense and commercial-oriented aviation. Further, it also covers technical knowledge, such as air traffic management and pilot training.

Ultimately, we can see how LHX combines two companies with minimal overlap. The result is a benefit both for the corporate structure and shareholders. On the other hand, the merger between United Technologies and Raytheon lacks such clarity. Specifically, the new company does not provide any unique benefits to United technologies that couldn’t have been gained through a simple acquisition. Given the overlap between the companies, Raytheon has gone from a potential competitor to a complicated asset, but little more can be said for a structural impact.

The Impact on Investor Relations

LHX has announced a clear plan to build on the successful merger. First, the company is increasing its dividend share by 10%. This increase, combined with a $4 billion share repurchase program, is sure to prompt additional positive movement for the stock. LHX aims to replace the old companies’ repurchase programs over the next year, as well. The resulting firm is a strong company, and based on the revenue, it is the 6th largest defense firm.

In contrast, several UT shareholders staged a rebellion of sorts, with Third Point LLC CEO Daniel Loeb leading the charge. Ultimately, shareholders are significantly concerned with the announced UTR merger due to the release of rather few details. Among other comments, insiders feel that Raytheon CEO Tom Kennedy sold the company at a functional bargain. Nevertheless, the UT board approved the merger based on vague terms about optimistic projections of future benefits and technologies.

What It Means for Defense Industry Employees

Given LHX’s relatively small overlap, most of the scientific and production capabilities of the two former companies will likely remain intact. It’s difficult to say what will happen to current administrative employees, but LHX will not act rashly. Bill Brown, a chief executive, explains that LHX’s renewed focus will be on technology innovation. Over 40% of its 48,000 employees are scientists and engineers, so management is carefully assessing the situation before making any significant changes. Ultimately, the company aims to establish greater control over supply chains and conduct more production in-house.

While the context clues are helpful to understand employee prospects at LHX, the UTR merger lacks a clear vision and similar details, creating considerable uncertainty for employees. Production and technological overlap areas are likely to be targeted due to redundancy, and the administrative support is similarly vulnerable. Ultimately, the UTR merger is far more likely to bring layoffs at some point. In such cases, TeamGlobal recognizes the value of industry experience and proudly assists laid-off employees in finding temporary or contract employment.

The Industry’s Changing Landscape

These mergers don’t exist in a vacuum. As part of the merger, Harris Corp. sold its night vision division to Israeli contractor Elbit Technologies for $350 million. LHX is touting its renewed focus on efficiency and cost-savings, as the company anticipates increasing demands on the industry. UTR similarly indicates that it is preparing for the future by enlarging its production capacities and technological investment.

Some experts worry that the spate of mergers signal the industry has reached a high-water mark. Thus, they have deep concerns about what the future holds. Recent mergers and acquisitions include TransDigm Group’s purchase of Esterline Technologies, and General Dynamics acquiring CSRA. It is possible that these mergers reflect the industry’s concern about new competition to America from China, North Korea, Iran, and Russia on the world stage.

Putting the Pieces Together

The industry is changing daily. The defense industry’s future is inextricably tied to electronic communications technology, with information transmission being the key to it all. Defense contractors who develop innovative ways to disrupt communications and prevent communication disruptions are likely to have a stable future for the coming decades.

As these mergers continue, it has become clear that economies of scale will play a more significant role in the future. The lesson from these two mergers is that there is a right way and a wrong way to conduct such a merger. The corporations involved must have a clear plan and articulated benefits to keep both investors and clients satisfied with the changes.

Boeing’s Tarnished Reputation Due to Outsourcing

July 16, 2019

Boeing has recently become embroiled in near-daily stories and headlines. For a company that was renowned for its meticulous processes and attention to detail, it must be galling to see its planes’ hardware and software responsible for crashes that killed hundreds of people. These tragedies deserve a response, and the DOJ probe continues to turn up new information.

Below, we look at how outsourcing has negatively impacted Boeing and how companies can benefit from domestic labor.

How Did Things Go So Wrong?

Where Boeing previously kept its development processes in-house, the company has since changed its ways. Problems that would have been unthinkable in the past are now a hard reality. For example, the FAA’s recent discovery that faulty data processing in the jetliner’s computers can cause a perilous dive despite the intervention of human pilots.

Whenever a significant issue develops as it has with the Boeing 737-Max, the cause is often related to either the software or hardware. In the 737’s case, it appears that both are at times ineffective. When a company relinquishes control of sensitive systems like these to teams of people unfamiliar with the experience of the end-user, we begin to see such issues.

Boeing is outsourcing more of its design work to hardware manufacturers and more of its technology research and development to overseas development teams. This subcontracting creates situations of massive inefficiency and, as we have seen, a genuine risk to passenger safety around the world.

The Intention and Method Behind Boeing’s Outsourcing

HCL Technologies maintains that the recent crashes are unrelated to the work that it has done with Boeing. Boeing has also affirmed that it has not used either HCL or Cyient, Ltd., for the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) responsible for the Lion Air and Ethiopian Airlines crashes. While this denial is evidently a move to save face, it is in point of fact deeply unsettling. Unfortunately, it strongly implies that there are more issues to be found.

However, Boeing was enticed by the promise of exclusive contracts with Indian airlines. We recognize that India’s 1.3+ billion population is a prime market for expanding air travel. Therefore, it’s unsurprising that Boeing should want to break into territory that formerly belonged almost exclusively to Airbus. Recent purchases by the Indian military and SpiceJet Ltd. proved attractive justifications for Boeing using Indian companies for its outsourced design work.

Now, Boeing’s in-house design teams must work with counterparts halfway across the world. As they attempt to fulfill production designs and management directives, the dream has begun to fade. These overseas communications bear with them a more profound cost than money, which we examine next.

The True Problems with Outsourcing

The reality of outsourcing is that it appears attractive at first. Outsourcing promises companies cheaper labor in other parts of the world. Allegedly, the work will be as good as anything found domestically, but this claim is frequently debunked by reality.

One of the major flaws is found in inefficient or otherwise unclear communication. Between translations, different timeframes, and the lack of a cohesive vision, outsourced design and technology research tend to take more time. This added time results in wasted money and opportunity, leading to results that are late, overpriced, and sloppy.

Another problem that stems from the cost-cutting mentality behind outsourcing is that managers experience tremendous pressure. Shareholders and executives have high expectations for the work that outsourced teams will accomplish. Managers feel this pressure and pass it along to the engineers and design teams. Unsurprisingly, the teams then produce rushed products and compromise on quality to meet impossible deadlines. When the quality of aircraft design and coding suffers, it’s only a matter of time before problems manifest during flights.

So much time and effort is wasted that it’s easy to imagine engineers becoming frustrated with the issues. Despite the notable cost, there are significant ways that companies can benefit by using in-house, domestic employees.

The Obvious (and Hidden) Benefits of Domestic Labor

After reviewing some of the recent issues that afflict Boeing’s approach towards outsourcing, some benefits of domestic labor may seem obvious. Engineers need not engage in a lengthy back-and-forth regarding designs with a team that is entirely unfamiliar with the product coding they are expected to perform. There is effectively no language barrier to work around. Any required revisions can be done individually and personally. Further, experienced employees tend to become familiar with the corporate culture and approach that each business takes towards its production.

When considering a $9/hour software engineer in India vs. a $35-40/hour domestic employee, the promise of a bottom-line reduction is admittedly seductive. However, the reality is that wasted time, errors, and the bad press that follows increase that cost. The real cost of a $9/hour outsourced design employee may land in the realm of hundreds per hour, considering the need to respond to disasters these choices can create. Thus, companies that employ domestic labor often realize significant savings over outsourcing when considering all factors.

The Future of Quality Labor

The increasing globalization of world economies continues to reveal interesting truths. More commonly, companies are finding that the backlash to outsourcing is more than merely a marketing issue. Boeing’s recent misfortunes highlight that there is a real cost to outsourcing that is far greater than seeking high-quality domestic labor.

TeamGlobal helps companies find the right employees with the necessary skills to perform any job. Our advice to Boeing is to return to its old approach of in-house design and troubleshooting. It’s not too late for them to go back, as history is sure to reveal that the future looks a lot like the past of skilled, professional labor. TeamGlobal incorporates the best of today’s technologies to connect good companies with trustworthy employees.

Innovative Careers in Engineering: Financial Engineers as an Example of High-Salary Types of Engineer

June 27, 2019

Engineering has traditionally been vital to the success and stability of any economic system. The prevalence of engineers in the United States proves their importance to the economy at large. As of 2016, there were over 1.6 million people employed as engineers or seeking jobs in engineering. The unemployment rate for engineers varies depending on specialty, but in general, it is half, or less, of the overall unemployment rate. Engineers also often benefit from a high average salary.

Because of these favorable conditions, many people aspire to engineering positions. Within the overall category, however, there are many variations. Recent developments in science and technology have had a significant impact on nearly every kind of engineer, from chemical to civil, and electrical to mechanical. After a brief review of engineers’ use of modern technologies, this analysis will explore financial engineering as an industry, the specific requirements of financial engineers, and the future of the industry.

Engineers in a Digital Setting

The digital revolution changed engineering no less than any other discipline. With the ubiquitous use of digital technologies to assist companies in solving their problems, engineers adapted to the new circumstances. In education, design, and construction, traditional engineers incorporated computers and software into training processes, machines, and mechanisms.

These changes also brought about several new types of engineers. Software engineers, network engineers, and hardware engineers work to maximize the effectiveness of computers and software. Engineers specializing in applied engineering took the developments in these fields and combined them with traditional mechanical engineering principles. Civil engineers revolutionized the way they gather and use demographic information for urban planning.

On a macro level, one new branch has received relatively little attention for the impact that it has on the economy: financial engineering. Examples of these engineers can be found working for Berkshire Hathaway, Banco Santander, and JPMorgan Chase. Due to the complexities of how financial engineering works, it’s vital to take an overview of one of the newest engineering types.

An Overview of Financial Engineers

In brief, financial engineers are responsible for developing and implementing ways of minimizing investment risk while maximizing profit. This responsibility is a natural outgrowth from the financial industry and incorporates an engineer’s philosophy of finding the most efficient solution to a problem. The main tools used for this task now are software-based.

While the details of jobs that financial engineers perform vary between positions and firms, these engineers frequently employ algorithms to aid them in speedy transactions. These algorithms may be used to package groups of mortgages or other financial assets together. Once assembled into packages, firms may insure or sell them in part or whole using credit default swaps (CDS) or other forms of financial speculation.

The industry’s practices were involved in the recession of 2008, but additional regulations and understanding have helped to mitigate the risks. Since the failures in 2008, financial engineers have continued a quantitative analysis to prevent the same problems from arising in the future. Naturally, the tremendous impact these agents have had on the financial industry and the economy at large justify the median financial engineer salary of $85,660 per year as of 2018.

Process and Prospects for Financial Recruiters and Staffing

Many financial engineers spend years studying how to use software instruments. It is not easy to understand these tools, so the first step to entering the industry or finding a new position is proving competency with financial software. Due to continued growth in the financial sector following the economic rebound of the 2010s, finding a financial engineering vacancy is easier than it once was.

Nevertheless, it is often difficult to find the position best suited to an individual’s skill set. Staffing agencies and job-seeking firms are indispensable in helping financial firms and prospective employees find each other. Several areas of the United States are benefitting from the recent bullish years, notably Dallas, TX. An increase in tech-oriented businesses, including both start-ups and financial firms, has fueled significant growth here.

Aside from the attendant growth in construction firms to handle businesses forming in or moving to Dallas, the finance industry already boasts a significantly higher-than-average number of jobs in the local economy. Due to the current size of the financial sector in Dallas and its anticipated growth, those who have completed the required education and training have a bright future.

Looking to the Future of Digital Engineering

Whether you have years of experience working in the financial industry or are seeking your first position, the outlook is good. The Bureau of Labor Statistics anticipates an 11% growth in the analytical finance sector over the next ten years. As more investment firms rely on financial engineering and the raw power of software-aided investment techniques, there will continue to be more opportunities for financial engineers.

We are excited about these continued opportunities. TeamGlobal has a history of successful staffing in other industries, and our analysis of the economy suggests continued growth here. As financial staffers, we will connect those who are looking for jobs to companies in growing economies like Dallas, TX. Those most successful on the job may not always have the tools needed to find the best-suited job. Each company has a different culture, approach, and set of expectations for new employees. Whether you are an engineer seeking a new position or a company aiming to fill a vacancy, contact us to get the help you need.

Within First Week of Use, Rekor's Mobile LPR-2 Collected 8,900 License Plate Reads and Issued 11 Accurate Stolen Vehicle Alerts

June 11, 2019

CHANTILLY, VA / ACCESSWIRE / June 11, 2019 / Rekor Systems, Inc. (REKR) ("Rekor"), a leading provider of innovative vehicle recognition systems, announced today that the Company has been selected by a Northern California law enforcement agency to deploy its Mobile LPR-2 vehicle recognition system.

Rekor's Mobile LPR-2 system captures critical vehicle information such as license plate, color, make, model, and body type from a video stream at high rates of speed, and at extreme angles of view with unmatched levels of accuracy. A wide-range field view enables high-speed, simultaneous recognition of multiple vehicles on roadways with up to five lanes of traffic or multi-row parking lots. Law enforcement authorities receive invaluable data to aid official investigations, with live alerts using hot lists of known offenders and monitors of motorists to increase public safety.

Utilizing Rekor's system, the Northern California law enforcement agency collected 8,900 license plate reads and received 11 accurate stolen vehicle alerts in just the first week. This represents a significant improvement over the legacy system, which was less accurate, and where false positives would force them to deploy resources on inaccurate information.

"Law enforcement agencies rely on fast and accurate information so they can make the best decisions possible to ensure public safety. Rekor's Mobile LPR-2 solution captures vehicle information at a rate of speed and accuracy unmatched in the industry - and that officers can depend on," said Rod Hillman, Chief Operating Officer, Rekor Systems. "In just one week our technology has outperformed the legacy system, empowering the department to work smarter and safer."

Rekor's Mobile LPR-2 unit is powered by the Company's OpenALPR software engine, which incorporates the results of deep machine learning using convolutional algorithms. The Company's unique "vehicle recognition as a service" $299 per month, 36-month contract differentiates it from competing systems by eliminating both significant upfront capital and future unplanned repair and maintenance expenses. Using Rekor's extensive and continuously growing global library of vehicle images, the software is automatically updated regularly to keep abreast of changes in license plates and vehicle design modifications, ensuring continuous accuracy. The Company also offers a 4-camera embedded system (Mobile LPR-4) at $399 per month with enhanced features that can be installed by its affiliate, Global Public Safety, in a matter of hours.

To learn more about Rekor Mobile LPR vehicle recognition systems, visit our website.

About Rekor Systems, Inc.

Rekor Systems, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed (REKR) Delaware company, is the parent of Maryland-based Rekor Recognition Systems, Inc. Our smarter, faster, cost-competitive solutions are disrupting major industries in over 60 countries across the globe, including security and surveillance, public safety, electronic toll collection, brand loyalty, parking operations, banking and insurance, logistics, and traffic management. We use the power of artificial intelligence to analyze video streams images and transform them into extract actionable information for our clients. Our machine learning enabled software can turn most IP cameras into highly accurate and affordable vehicle recognition devices. Rekor provides advanced vehicle recognition systems, powered by its innovative OpenALPR software, which dramatically improves the accuracy of license plate reads and can also identify the make, model and color of vehicles. Rekor's solutions include mobile and fixed license plate readers, "Move Over" law enforcement, school bus stop-arm enforcement, and red light and speed enforcement, parking enforcement and citation management. Rekor's solutions help to protect lives, increase brand loyalty, and manage complex supply chain logistics. Our systems can dramatically reduce the cost of collecting tolls on major highways or manage congestion in the bumper-to-bumper traffic of large cities, without the need to install expensive new infrastructure. We make what was once considered impossible, possible. To learn more please visit our website.

Rekor Systems Announces Contract to Deploy Mobile LPR-2 Vehicle Recognition Systems

June 3, 2019

CHANTILLY, VA / ACCESSWIRE / June 3, 2019 / Rekor Systems, Inc. (REKR) ("Rekor"), a leading provider of innovative vehicle recognition systems, announced today that the Company has received an additional order for 30 of its recently released Mobile LPR-2 systems from SECURIX, LLC, a premier provider of instant, accurate, non-invasive insurance verification and compliance.

Rekor Systems' Chief Operating Officer, Rod Hillman, stated, "Our subscription-based, 36-month contract at $299 per month is a game-changing methodology of providing vehicle recognition as a service. The LPR-2's sophisticated machine learning enabled technology can scan and recognize thousands of plates per hour from multiple lanes of traffic or in parking lots, with accuracy rates exceeding 99 percent. The system also identifies the make, model, color and body type of vehicles in real time, a unique feature that is particularly useful for these markets. This additional order is a milestone marking Rekor's rapid entry into the Banking and Insurance market for vehicle recognition, adding to Rekor's base of recurring revenue through units recently deployed in the Law Enforcement and Parking Operations markets."

SECURIX's CEO, Jonathan Miller, commented, "We are pleased to have started deploying Rekor's industry leading vehicle recognition technology. The results are even better than anticipated. We have much experience with older, less-capable approaches and are already seeing a massive improvement with the LPR-2 for our law enforcement partners. This system is portable, highly efficient, exceptionally rugged and very affordable. In being able to identify uninsured vehicles and conduct other investigative operations, this is a true 'sea change' and nothing will ever be the same. There are approximately 36 million uninsured vehicles traversing our nation's roads every day. Tying our unparalleled uninsured motorist database with real-time status to the exceptionally accurate and real-time identification provided by the LPR-2 is a giant leap forward. Rekor's low cost subscription-based model enables us to deploy a far greater number of systems, expanding SECURIX's footprint, currently in four states, and growing quickly throughout the US. This enables us to handle expansion in a manner unavailable otherwise."

Rekor's Mobile LPR-2 unit is powered by the Company's OpenALPR software engine, which incorporates the results of deep machine learning using convolutional algorithms. The Company's unique "vehicle recognition as a service" $299 per month, 36-month contract differentiates it from competing systems by eliminating both significant upfront capital and future unplanned repair and maintenance expenses. Using Rekor's extensive and continuously growing global library of vehicle images, the software is automatically updated regularly to keep abreast of changes in license plates and vehicle design modifications, ensuring continuous accuracy. The Company also offers a 4-camera embedded system (Mobile LPR-4) at $399 per month with enhanced features that can be installed by its affiliate, Global Public Safety, in a matter of hours.

To learn more about Rekor Mobile LPR vehicle recognition systems, visit our website.

About Rekor Systems, Inc.

Rekor Systems, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed (REKR) Delaware company, is the parent of Maryland-based Rekor Recognition Systems, Inc. Our smarter, faster, cost-competitive solutions are disrupting major industries in over 60 countries across the globe, including security and surveillance, public safety, electronic toll collection, brand loyalty, parking operations, banking and insurance, logistics, and traffic management. We use the power of artificial intelligence to analyze video streams images and transform them into extract actionable information for our clients. Our machine learning enabled software can turn most IP cameras into highly accurate and affordable vehicle recognition devices. Rekor provides advanced vehicle recognition systems, powered by its innovative OpenALPR software, which dramatically improves the accuracy of license plate reads and can also identify the make, model and color of vehicles. Rekor's solutions include mobile and fixed license plate readers, "Move Over" law enforcement, school bus stop-arm enforcement, and red light and speed enforcement, parking enforcement and citation management. Rekor's solutions help to protect lives, increase brand loyalty, and manage complex supply chain logistics. Our systems can dramatically reduce the cost of collecting tolls on major highways or manage congestion in the bumper-to-bumper traffic of large cities, without the need to install expensive new infrastructure. We make what was once considered impossible, possible. To learn more please visit our website.

Commercial Supersonic Flight Development

May 31, 2019

Both new start-ups and long-standing industry giants are pouring money and effort into developing new faster-than-the-speed-of-sound aircraft. They are banking on making commercial supersonic flight not only profitable but so attractive and available that someday supersonic aircraft will become the standard way to fly across continents and oceans. Team Global has long had the inside track on the plans to revitalize the production of commercial supersonic aircraft. Team Global is committed to putting the right people and the right companies together in order to make commercial supersonic flight not just a dream, but a reality and a profitable one at that.

Commercial supersonic flight up until now

The Concorde was the first supersonic commercial airliner and as most aviation sources agree, it was also the only true supersonic commercial airliner. True, the Soviets had the Tupolev-144, which began operations in 1969, four years before the Concorde began making its trans-continental and trans-ocean runs. The Tu-144, however, was more of a transport rather than a passenger aircraft, and flew only within the then Soviet Union and infrequently (and with lackluster results). The Concorde could sustain a cruising speed of Mach 2.04, but it was never a viable economic model. While its speed was definitely a draw, the asset was offset by extremely high operating costs which only became higher as jet fuel prices continued to soar. With its limited seating, the Concorde was soon priced out of the commercial market. In addition the supersonic boom created when the aircraft exceeded the sound barrier led to public unhappiness and protests and eventually to regulations by several governments to limit its operations. October 2003 marked the last commercial supersonic flight by the Concorde.

New supersonic flight companies hope to revive supersonic commercial flights

In the last few years, the challenge of building a passenger aircraft which can break the sound barrier yet also be a commercially viable airliner has been taken up by a number of companies. To these companies, the question is not if but when supersonic flights will become standard. They not only dream of providing supersonic flights from NY to LA and back again, but of making supersonic flight prices reasonable enough to attract customers yet profitable for the companies operating the commercial flights. These companies include:

  • Boom Supersonic: This U.S. start-up is already taking pre-orders for its supersonic Overture aircraft. The Overture will have room for 55 passengers. Later this year, Boom will test its XB-1, a single-seat prototype of the Overture. The company has raised over $141 million, and expects to have its Mach 1.4 aircraft ready certified 2023.
  • Lockheed Martin: The venerable aerospace giant is teaming up with NASA to develop the X59 QueSST which is being touted as a far quieter aircraft than the Concord. According to Lockheed-Martin's PR campaign, the QueSST will reduce the sonic boom of the Concorde to a mere “gentle thump.”
  • Spike Aerospace: Boston-based Spike Aerospace hopes to have its Mach 1.6 capable S-512 commercial passenger airliner ready to go by 2020. This business-class sized version will carry between 12 and 18 passengers, and is being touted by Spike as “the fastest civilian aircraft ever made.”
  • Aerion Supersonic: Backed by Boeing and with the participation of General Electric, Aerion Supersonic is developing a supersonic business passenger jet. It will only carry 12 passengers, but the companies are betting that even with high ticket costs, they will have no problem filling 12 expensive seats for business travelers, celebrities and government officials for whom time, not money, is of the essence.

Team Global has worked with and continues to work with these and other companies in the aerospace industry. Since 1989, Team Global has helped them find the engineers, technicians, mechanics and other highly skilled and motivated personnel they need and demand. Team Global is committed to helping these companies make commercial supersonic flight a viable and perhaps someday even a standard option.

When will supersonic flights become standard?

Pilots, aviation executives and aviation experts understand that in order to answer the question, “when will supersonic flights become standard?” several issues will need to be addressed. The first and most important is pricing. Except for high-level business travelers or the very rich, lower fares beat less time in the air, especially if that time is unpleasant (as supersonic aircraft so far have been much noisier than regular airliners). There is also the public relations problem of increasing environmental damage by supersonic flights operating in the thin upper atmosphere. Whether or not that is a serious scientific issue that needs to be addressed is as important commercially as is the supposition that it is causing such damage. “Sound pollution” is another problem to be solved before commercial aircraft will be allowed back into the airspace of many of the world's leading cities.

Finding solutions to those and other issues requires highly qualified, innovative, experienced and passionate professionals. Team Global has been putting such people and the companies that need them together since 1989. And it will continue to do so in order to help make the dream of commercial supersonic flight come true.

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DoD selects Rekor\'s Vehicle Recognition System Solution for IP Camera Update

May 29, 2019

CHANTILLY, VA / ACCESSWIRE / May 28, 2019 / Rekor Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: REKR) ("Rekor") announced today it has been selected by the Department of Defense (DoD) to provide automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) solutions. The contract with the DoD is for the purchase of 200 licenses to use Rekor's machine learning-enabled vehicle recognition system, powered by our industry-leading OpenALPR software.

"We are pleased to be selected by the DoD to provide vehicle recognition systems. Our systems are easy to integrate and highly scalable, making them an ideal solution to enhance security and surveillance operations," said Robert A. Berman, President and CEO of Rekor. "Selection by the world's preeminent defense department is a great validation of our technology and one we are proud of. We look forward to working with the DoD to support their important work, and to further showcase the power of our solutions."

Rekor's OpenALPR software enables automatic license plate and vehicle recognition through virtually any IP camera. Its industry-leading artificial intelligence-based solutions can be hosted locally or in the cloud. Enabled by machine learning from its robust and growing database covering over 60 countries, OpenALPR software can identify in real time vehicle license plate data, color, make, model and body type.

Rather than buying expensive cameras that take weeks or months to ship and install, Rekor's OpenALPR software can be deployed to any existing IP camera immediately. This can represent a potential substantial savings per camera, as well as greater flexibility to expand or decrease usage as needed without large capital expenditures on hardware. It also eliminates the need for two separate cameras, one for LPR functionality and one for general surveillance recording. Rekor's solution can be used to collect license plate data and information such as the make, model, and color of a vehicle using the same camera that provides surveillance monitoring.

"The fact that Rekor's solution can be deployed to any existing IP camera is extremely attractive in the defense sector, particularly where cameras may already be set up for surveillance and the installation of new hardware might prove difficult due to time constraints or location in harsh or remote terrains," Berman continued. "The flexibility of our SaaS model also allows for the easy integration of additional cameras if they are needed in a hurry, rather than having to wait for hardware to be shipped and installed. It provides valuable new capabilities within the defense sector."

To learn more about Rekor's OpenALPR software, please visit our website.

About Us

Rekor Systems, Inc., a Nasdaq-listed (REKR) Delaware company, is the parent of Maryland-based Rekor Recognition Systems, Inc. Our smarter, faster, cost-competitive solutions are disrupting major industries in over 60 countries across the globe, including security and surveillance, public safety, electronic toll collection, brand loyalty, parking operations, banking and insurance, logistics, and traffic management. We use the power of artificial intelligence to analyze video streams and transform them into actionable information for our clients. Our machine learning software can turn most IP cameras into highly accurate and affordable vehicle recognition devices. Rekor's solutions help to protect lives, increase brand loyalty, and manage complex supply chain logistics. Our systems can dramatically reduce the cost of collecting tolls on major highways or manage congestion in the bumper-to-bumper traffic of large cities, without the need to install expensive new infrastructure. We make what was once considered impossible, possible. To learn more please visit our website:

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TeamGlobal: Aircraft Mechanic Outlook - The Next 10 Years

May 17, 2019

The aerospace industry has bounced back stronger than ever from the bleak years following the economic crash of a decade ago. It is expected to continue growing at a steady upward pace well into the 2020s. That continued growth means more job opportunities will be opening up for avionics technicians, aircraft mechanics, and others in the aviation maintenance and aerospace industries. TeamGlobal has over 30 years of experience in meeting the staffing needs of the aviation maintenance and modification industry and in placing aviation maintenance professionals in their dream job.

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Jobs outlook very promising, says Bureau of Labor Statistics

The latest figures released by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics show that jobs in the industry have grown by five percent a year since 2016. The Bureau predicts that rate will stay steady or even increase above five percent a year through 2026. At present, there are nearly 150,000 aircraft and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians. A significant number of these professionals were placed in those jobs by TeamGlobal. As the aerospace industry grows, companies rely on TeamGlobal to find the right people for the right job. Qualified avionics techs and aircraft mechanics also come to TeamGlobal to find the right position at the right salary.

Increasing need for avionics techs and aircraft mechanics

Aircraft mechanics and avionics techs do more than just fix things that are broken; they diagnose problems and repair or replace defective and worn-out parts before they break. They also inspect and test equipment, assemble components and certify that all maintenance has met performance standards. Avionics techs also interpret flight data as well as test and install software. Most avionics techs and aircraft mechanics are generalists, in that they can work on a variety of aircraft, but many also specialize in a particular part of their field. The need for both generalists and specialists is growing, and TeamGlobal has the experience to help put companies and people together.

As demand rises, so do wages for avionics techs, aircraft mechanics and aeronautical engineers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median pay for aircraft maintenance and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians is $63,000 and rising. The highest 10 percent of these professionals make as much as $94,000, while the lowest 10 percent earn about $36,000, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Those wages vary with the industries and particular fields in which these professionals work, including those employed in private industry and the federal government. The Bureau predicts that the industry will hire approximately 7,500 avionics technicians and aircraft mechanics this year, and every year until at least 2026. As the latest report by the Bureau adds, “job opportunities are expected to be good because there will be a need to replace those workers leaving the occupation” due to normal attrition and a rising number who have reached or are about to reach retirement age. Many companies are also offering early retirement packages to older workers, thus opening up positions for younger workers, notably those graduating from technical schools; also those qualified personnel who are leaving the military to enter the civilian job market.

The future looks bright for aircraft mechanics, avionics technicians and aeronautical engineers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, “air traffic is expected to increase gradually over the coming decade, and will require additional aircraft maintenance, including that performed on new aircraft.” By 2026, for example, the Bureau expects there will be over 138,000 aircraft mechanics and service technicians, and over 18,000 avionics technicians. The Bureau concludes simply that “job opportunities are expected to be good” not only because of the growth in the industry, but also because “there will be a need to replace those workers leaving the profession.” As that need arises, TeamGlobal will be there both for the industry, and for the professionals who work in that industry.

The State of Global Space Flight and Defense

May 7, 2019

Over the past few years, a new and disturbing arms race has developed. Despite numerous treaties and international agreements, nations have begun weaponizing satellites and other space vehicles. Many are also designing new weapons designed to destroy the very satellites upon which both commercial and military enterprises rely.

While some officials are calling for a separate “space force” to address these issues, others say such a space force in essence already exists within the existing military structure. In the United States, for example, the U.S. Air Force is primary responsible for space defense, and for assigning and directing defense assets to protect and counter threats to the peaceful use of space.

TeamGlobal's support of the spaceflight and defense fields

In part due to the renewed interest in spaceflight by both military and commercial organizations, the aerospace industry is not only growing, but also is expected to continue to do so and at a steady rate over the next decade. The number of job opportunities for aerospace engineers, technicians and other professionals in the aerospace industry is also rising, as are salaries. TeamGlobal has over 30 years of experience in meeting the staffing needs of the aerospace industry, and in placing aerospace professionals in their dream job.

Space defense assets

Every major power has its own set of space defense assets. The great majority of these are indeed just for defense (not offense) and include military spy and communication satellites, navigation and weather satellites and missile-tracking satellites. The United States Air Force operates a pair of X-37B robotic space planes.

Space weaponry

Some nations — India and Russia in particular — have tested anti-satellite weapons. The most recent test was conducted by India on March 27, when it tested a missile that was specifically designed to hit a satellite in orbit. (Dubbed “Mission Shakti,” the test created 24 new pieces of space debris, each of which is in itself a threat to satellites and other space vehicles).

Last December, Russia conducted the seventh test of its PL-19 Nudol anti-satellite system. In September 2018, a Russian MIG-31 jet fighter was photographed mounting a suspected air-launchable anti-satellite missile. Russia is also known to be working on the Burevestnik co-orbital anti-satellite system.

North Korea, China, and Iran are involved in similar efforts designed to destroy satellites, thus blinding a target nation's eyes in space and destroying the satellites upon which a rival relies for both military and commercial communication.

Spaceships in design

At present, almost all vehicles under construction for space flight are designed for peaceful purposes. Many independent companies are producing or in the process of designing and producing commercial vehicles to take passengers on a space flight, or to launch satellites into space. Commercial and military satellites are normally designed to be carried into space by a large rocket.

Satellites, however, also have been carried into space in the cargo holds of space shuttles. The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is working with Boeing to develop a reusable space plane. Test firings of the AR-22 rocket engine developed for the space plane were conducted in the summer of 2018 at NASA's Stennis Space Center. Stratolaunch, Virgin Orbit, SpaceX and Blue Origin, among other independent companies, are also designing space vehicles. Many of the professionals working for those companies were recruited and placed by TeamGlobal.

Spaceflight Regulation

In the United States, regulations that govern private human space flight have been established by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The FAA has set rules designed to protect the safety of spaceflight crews and of any passengers on ships capable of space flight. These are not unlike those regulations established for commercial airliners and their crews, and include medical as well as professional training qualifications that must be met and verified. These regulations also apply stringent requirements regarding the safe construction and maintenance of vehicles intended for space flight, and for both the hardware and software involved in the operation of such vehicles in space.

The FAA has also set licensing and security requirements for companies involved in space flight, and requires that passengers and crew must be fully informed of the risks involved in space flight.

Team Global: Where the space flight and traditional aerospace industry turns for top talent

Many of the more than 70,000 engineers involved in the design and creation of America's space defense efforts — including the work on space force planes, rockets and other vehicles designed for space flight — were placed in those jobs by TeamGlobal. Many of the 4,200 engineers that the U.S. aerospace industry will need this year, either as new employees or as replacements for retiring engineers will be hired through TeamGlobal.

TeamGlobal specializes in recruiting and placing top aerospace professionals with leading government and commercial organizations who are involved in the design and production of vehicles for space flight as well as more traditional aerospace operations. Since 1989, TeamGlobal has provided intelligent solutions for corporate and government staffing needs and helped talented individuals find their dream job in the aerospace industry.

The Problems With Boeing’s 737 MAX, Explained

April 30, 2019

More than 350 passengers and crew died in two separate incidents when Boeing MAX 8 airliners went down last October and, more recently, in March. Since the second MAX 8 crash on March 10 in Indonesia, nations and airline companies have grounded the entire fleet of 300-plus Boeing MAX 8 airliners. These twin tragedies have rocked the aviation industry, shaking confidence in both Boeing and in the Federal Aviation Administration, each of which admit to have taken shortcuts — particularly when it came to training requirements for pilots who would be taking the Boeing MAX 8 airborne.

As the world's leader in recruiting and placing aerospace engineers and technicians, TeamGlobal understands the impact that the Boeing MAX 8 crashes are having on the aerospace industry, the people who work in that industry and the families and friends of the passengers and crew who lost their lives in the tragedies. We support the ongoing investigations into the Boeing MAX 8 crashes, and share the hopes and beliefs of the aerospace industry that such investigations will lead to action that will help prevent any further such tragedies.

What brought down the 737 MAX planes?

Although investigations into the two crashes are still ongoing, the initial reports indicate that the new automated maneuvering system installed in the Boeing MAX 8 is to blame. The MCAS (Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System) deployed aboard the Boeing MAX 8 appears to be at fault in both the October 29, 2018 crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and the March 10, 2019 incident that struck down Indonesian Lion Air Flight 610. Both planes crashed within minutes of takeoff, and in both crashes, there is evidence of a software malfunction in the MCAS — a malfunction that the pilots were unable to correct for, and which led to the fatal crashes.

Faulty sensors, malfunctioning software and incomplete manuals allegedly at fault

In both Boeing MAX 8 crashes, the MCAS erroneously reported that the engines were in danger of stalling, and in each case, tried to correct that by pointing the aircraft's nose down to help regain speed. Faulty sensors told the MCAS that the aircraft was pointing upward at a dangerous and unsafe angle, and automatically adjusted the stabilizers to compensate. Investigators at both crash sites report that the stabilizers were in an “unusual” position, apparently as a result of the automated system.

Recordings from the final minutes in both crashes show that the pilots struggled to find instructions in their manual to correct, override or even shut off the MCAS, but to no avail. United Airlines' pilots have confirmed that such information is lacking in the manuals. In an attempt to better prepare themselves to operate the Boeing MAX 8, United pilots put together a short, 13-page guidebook, but it did not include instructions on how to respond to the issues that allegedly caused the Boeing MAX 8 airliners to crash.

Pilots and engineers, reported the problem, but a warning light was made “optional”

There have been numerous reports by pilots who noticed there were problems with the autopilot system of their Boeing MAX 8 during the ascent after takeoff. These included the previous crew of the Lion Air plane who operated that aircraft the day before the crash. In many instances, these pilots reported that the plane would suddenly, inexplicably and incorrectly start to nose down after takeoff. Boeing engineers were aware of this issue. A cockpit warning light that the MAX 737 engineers developed to alert pilots if this “angle of attack” error occurred was produced, but was offered only as “optional” equipment, as installation of such a device added $80,000 to the cost of the aircraft.

Shortcuts by Boeing and the FAA may be to blame

When new aircraft or new systems are deployed, the manufacturer typically invests millions of additional dollars in simulators and training sessions to ensure that such aircraft and systems are safe and reliable. Feedback from pilots is solicited in these training sessions to help engineers correct shortcomings and to ensure that instruction manuals on how to correct or respond to problems are complete.

In the case of the Boeing MAX 8, and especially its MCAS, however, such training was rushed. The FAA, which routinely oversees and has strict guidelines and requirements concerning such training, apparently deferred to Boeing and delegated that authority to the manufacturer. The inspector general of the U.S. Department of Transportation is currently investigated this alleged failing on the part of FAA regulators, as well as allegations that there were many errors in the safety assessments and other reports Boeing supplied to the FAA when it was considering and issued the certification required for the Boeing MAX 8 to enter service.

What is the Boeing MAX 8, and which design features may have led to the MAX 8 crashes?

The Boeing 737 is one of the oldest, safest and most reliable passenger aircraft in service. First introduced in the 1960s, it has been upgraded many times. The three latest editions are the MAX 7, MAX 8 and MAX 9. The Boeing 737 MAX 7 is a smaller version of the aircraft. It is now undergoing testing and is scheduled for delivery later in 2019. The MAX 9 made its debut at the Paris Air Show in 2018. The Boeing MAX 8 is the most popular such upgrade. It is also, however, in many ways a much different aircraft from its predecessors and its siblings.

Boeing has been in a race with Airbus to hold its lead in providing aircraft for the domestic and intra-continental passenger plane market. The Boeing 737 MAX 8 was designed to compete with the Airbus 320 line (which includes the A318, A319, A320 and A321). Fuel efficiency is seen to be the deciding factor in this competition, and Boeing met that challenge by putting a bigger engine on its 737.

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 has larger engines than any previous 737. These engines, moreover, are positioned farther forward than those in other versions of the 737. While the larger engines were designed to increase fuel efficiency, the increased diameter and altered positioning altered the aerodynamics of the 737 design. As numerous pilots and engineers have reported, the Boeing 737 MAX 8 was essentially a different plane than its predecessors.

If that is indeed the case, as it appears to be, both the aircraft and its systems needed more testing, and the pilots that were to fly them should have received not only more training, but also better and more comprehensive manuals. In its rush to beat out Airbus, however, Boeing apparently cut corners and took shortcuts, and the FAA apparently failed to do its usual job in certifying the aircraft for service.

TeamGlobal: 30 Years of Partnership with the Aerospace Industry

Since 1989, TeamGlobal has been providing intelligent solutions for corporate and government staffing needs and helping talented individuals find their dream job in the aerospace industry. As such, it is concerned with the problems, issues and alleged failings which may have led to the twin tragedies involving the Boeing 737 MAX 8. For its part, TeamGlobal will continue with its mission of providing commercial aviation, corporate and government aerospace enterprises with the top aerospace engineers and other aerospace professionals they need.

Forecasting Military Purchases and Spending

March 29, 2019

The United States spends more money on defense than the next seven nations combined. The proposed budget of $750 billion for national security includes $718.3 billion for the Department of Defense — a 5 percent increase over the current military budget. A significant portion of this budget will go toward the purchase of new ships, planes and other military equipment, and to fund research on new technologies and weapons systems.

TeamGlobal has been and will continue to provide defense, aerospace and other industries with the highly skilled engineers, technicians and other professionals they need to get the job done. For over 30 years, TeamGlobal has matched the top people in their field with the employers who need, respect and value their talent — and we intend to keep putting great people in great jobs.

Strengths, weaknesses, threats and strategies

The United States and its allies are cognizant of the growth and modernization of the armed forces of both the People's Republic of China and the Russian Federation. Saber-rattling, military posturing and the projection of power into the South China Sea by the former and in the Middle East and Ukraine by the latter pose both threats and challenges to the interests of the United States and its allies.

The formulation of a military strategy to meet and hopefully forestall such threats is debated and explored daily in the military news outlets and by those who have made a career for themselves in defense talk. Such strategies influence and drive decisions and requests for military acquisitions and spur research in defense tech, which increases the demand for the kind of talent that TeamGlobal has been supplying for the last 30 years.

$15 billion a year and rising just to replace aging military aircraft

As the military archives of the last century will attest, air power has proven to be and is expected to remain the deciding factor in military operations. The United States Air Force is second to none, and is committed to retaining that primacy. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that the United States will spend $15 billion a year during the coming decade just to replace aging military aircraft. That number will rise to $23 billion a year in the 2030s. This includes not only the current F-35 or “fifth generation” fighter project, but other advanced aircraft as well.

The requirements and opportunities presented by such new military acquisitions is expected to give a solid boost to the defense aerospace and defense tech industries, which will also increase the demand for talented aerospace and other military engineers — a demand that TeamGlobal is ready to help satisfy.

Half a trillion dollars for U.S. nuclear forces

As modernization and replacement programs continue to gain momentum, the Department of Defense expects to spend nearly half a trillion dollars over the next 10 years to maintain and modernize the United States' nuclear arsenal. In competing to satisfy defense purchases in this field, companies need to recruit the top military engineers and leading experts in military engineering services. TeamGlobal has a reputation for finding the right people and putting them in the right jobs.

$26+ billion a year for repairing, reactivating, replacing and building new warships

Control of the seas has been a key to national military strategy since the Athenians put their legendary triremes in the water over 2500 years ago. The United States has long maintained the tradition of a two-ocean navy, and the need to do so is as great and as pressing as ever.

To achieve its planned goal of building a battle force of 355 warships, the United States Navy plans on spending on average $26.6 billion a year for the next 30 years. That represents an increase of 60 percent over what the Navy spent over the previous 30 years. Upgrading decommissioned vessels could shift or slightly reduce money allocated to new construction, but this approach still presents defense contractors with significant opportunities.

No matter what kind of defense acquisition systems the United States or its allies require to carry out their military strategy on land, on the sea, in the air — or even in space — TeamGlobal will be there. As the leader in direct hire in the defense and aerospace industries, TeamGlobal is committed to putting great engineers and technicians in great jobs.

From Novume to Rekor!

March 29, 2019

CHANTILLY, VA – Novume Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVMM) announced today that its Board of Directors approved changing the company’s name to Rekor Systems, Inc. The planned name change is a result of the company’s recent acquisition of assets of OpenALPR Technology, Inc. and increased focus on technology products and services. The company recently renamed its subsidiary from Brekford Traffic Safety, Inc. to Rekor Recognition Systems, Inc. The line of hardware and software products and services offered by Rekor Recognition Systems, Inc. is powered by OpenALPR software, which uses artificial intelligence to improve the performance of automated license plate readers. The line was designed to assist law enforcement agencies in improving public safety and has commercial uses in automated parking management, electronic tolling, traffic flow management, supply chain logistics and customer loyalty. To complement the planned name change to Rekor Systems, Inc., Novume has applied to the Nasdaq Capital Market to change its trading symbol to “REKR.”

Beginning with the first quarter of 2019, the company also plans to change its operating and reportable segments from one segment to two segments. The two segments are expected to reflect that company’s focus on both technology products and services and professional services.

A Brief History of Supersonic Flight

March 29, 2019

Announcements from Boeing, Boom Supersonic and other companies regarding their investment in hundreds of millions of dollars in new supersonic aircraft are solid proof that reports of the death of the supersonic aircraft industry were not only greatly exaggerated — they were downright wrong.

TeamGlobal has long had the inside track on plans to revitalize the production of supersonic aircraft and is committed to continuing to help the aerospace industry and those who work in it help return supersonic aircraft to the important role they deserve.

Boom Supersonic raises $141 million and counting for a new supersonic airliner

In January, Boom Supersonic announced that it has raised over $141 million toward its new project to produce the next generation supersonic airliner. The new design has been designated the “Overture,” and will have three engines and be capable of carrying 55 passengers plus crew at Mach 2.2.

Boom's CEO and founder Blake Scholl told Forbes magazine in January that the Overture will be the first in a series of new aircraft that Scholl predicts will “make supersonic travel mainstream.” Scholl expects the first plane in this new fleet to take to the skies in 2023. The predicted list price for each Overture is $200 million.

A scaled-down version using GE J85-15 engines is scheduled to begin test flights before the end of this year. The aircraft, the XB-1, will reach speeds of up to 2.2 Mach — more than twice the speed of sound — according to Boom. The aircraft has already been called “Son of Concorde” by the press. Virgin Atlantic and its Spaceship Company subsidiary are also backing the project, as is Japan Airlines, according to Forbes.

The supersonic race is on

The Boston-based Spike Aerospace says it has a competing model, its S-512, in development. Backed by Siemens and in cooperation with Greenpoint Technologies, Spike says the S-512 will be “the fastest civilian aircraft” ever made. It will be capable of carrying up to 18 people, and will cut flying time over long distances, such as from New York to Dubai, in half.

Jumping over hurdles to supersonic flight

While the need for speed pushed military aerospace companies to produce fighter planes that could fly faster than the speed of sound, commercial airlines have long backed that same technology as a way to reduce time in the air for trans-oceanic and trans-continental airliners. The famed Concorde was the first and most famous commercial supersonic airliner. High fuel costs and laws limiting the airports and flight paths that these aircraft could take forced airlines to scale back plans to put more supersonic planes in the air. New technology that will dampen the sonic booms that led to the imposition of such limitations is in the works.

Boeing and GE back in the supersonic game

General Electric is developing a new variation of the famed CFM56 airline engine to provide Aerion with just such a new supersonic engine with less “boom.” While there has not been a new supersonic engine since the one developed for the Concorde over half a century ago, Boom, Spike and Aerion also are considering modifying supersonic combat plane engines with larger fans.

Boeing, meanwhile, is partnering with Aerion to develop a 12-seater business jet that can carry passengers at the speed of sound and beyond. Boeing is working with Aerion to upgrade that company's AS2 jet with technology that would dampen sonic booms when the plane flies at supersonic speed. Boeing announced in February that it has a “significant investment” in the Aerion project, and that the first plane in that line is scheduled to fly in 2023. Boeing is also working on a hypersonic aircraft — one that would travel at Mach 5, or five times the speed of sound.

Supersonic flight history in the making

Legendary test pilot Chuck Yaeger flew the first aircraft to break the sound barrier — the venerable Bell X-1 — in 1947. Over the next 20 years, numerous generations of combat aircraft capable of hitting speeds of up to 2.5 times the speed of sound took to the skies, but it was not until 1969 that anyone built a commercial airliner capable of flying at a supersonic speed. That airliner was the Soviet Tu-144 transport.

An Anglo-French company did the Russians one better in 1973 when they produced the Concorde, which was capable of a sustained cruising speed of Mach 2.04. Both British Airways and Air France flew Concordes for 30 years. High fuel costs, limited seating and, especially, opposition to sonic booms, led to the retirement of the aging Concorde. Although no one is quite yet ready to promise a “new Concorde,” the race is on once again to produce passenger aircraft that can fly at supersonic speed — and, someday, even hypersonic speed.

At TeamGlobal, we know a lot about supersonic flight — we have to, because we help the engineers, technicians and other professionals who design, build and service supersonic military and passenger aircraft connect with the right companies in the aerospace industry. Those companies come looking to us to find them the talented, experienced and qualified personnel they need to meet the needs of their customers for supersonic aircraft.

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Preparing for Your DoD Interview

March 15, 2019

Thinking about working for the U.S. government? You’re not alone!

Many people don’t know this, but the Department of Defense is the United States’ largest overall employer. When you total up the amount of people who work for the DoD in one area or another — including active military personnel, reservists and civilians — you get a total workforce of almost 3.4 million people who spend their day working to keep our country safe both at home and abroad. This workforce spans 163 countries all over the world and includes such diverse fields as educators, combat specialists, accountants, construction and just about anything else you can think of. In short, no matter your skills or training, there’s a DoD job for you.

Getting the job, on the other hand, can be difficult. Like any job, the application and interview process can be tricky, and it’s always good to know what to expect. With that in mind, here are some things you can do or expect when preparing for a DoD interview.

Read the Job Posting

Of course, the interview is going to focus on the job you’re applying for. The job notice will have listed such things as requirements and duties — the things you’ll be expected to do after being hired. Expect that they will ask you many questions about these duties, such as:

  • Can you perform these duties well?
  • Do you have experience with success in this area?
  • Can you share past success stories?
  • Are there any duties or expectations listed that you might struggle with, and why?

Know Your Own Resume

You’d be surprised at how many people submit a resume without really knowing what’s on it. Then, they are surprised when questions are asked about their past. These questions can include:

  • Why did you choose the school you went to?
  • Why did you quit your last job?
  • How do you think your previous education and training has prepared you for this new position?

Be Ready With Your Own Questions

Many interviewers give the applicant a chance to ask questions. While this is a great chance for you to speak up, most applicants simply shake their head and say they have none, not realizing the opportunity they’ve missed out on. Asking good, thoughtful questions at this time is one of the surest ways to separate yourself from the rest of the pack. It shows the interviewer that you have taken the time to think about the position and your role in it. This is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to your new job even before you have it!

If you’d like to know more about us or how we can help secure a DoD interview for you today, please contact us today.

Finding a Government Job: A How-To Guide

March 8, 2019

If you trained as an engineer, you may find yourself well-qualified for work in the government sector regardless of your field of expertise. Working for the U.S. federal government can pay well, offer excellent benefits and provide better job security than work in the private sector. Federal government jobs also create unique opportunities to serve your country, even if you have no plans to serve in the military.

The difficulty for most engineers, however, is finding available positions that fit their skills, training and experience. To that end, we’ve put together a how-to guide on securing a government job for yourself, as well as how to pursue that job you know is perfect for you. Let’s take a look.

Considerations Before Starting Your Search

Landing a government job isn’t that much different from pursuing a position in the civilian job market. You still need the right experience expressed with the right keywords on your application and resume. Every applicant still needs to highlight their academic, career and individual achievements. Focus on whatever quantifiable (measurable) achievements you have in your resume/experience. Those are what will resonate most with federal government hiring authorities.

How Federal Government Salaries Work

Nearly all federal agencies are required to use the General Schedule pay system. The short version is this: grades 5-11 are entry level, grades 12-13 are mid-level, and 14-15 are senior level. When you’re trying to figure you where your experience matches up with the General Schedule, keep in mind that specialized experience counts often carries more weight.

The Human Resources (HR) department where you apply will determine what grade requirements you meet for salary although there is some room for negotiation. One caveat to that: When there are many qualified candidates, HR may be less than amenable to hearing your salary counter-offer.

The Federal Hiring Process for Competitive Service Jobs

There are steps to follow when pursuing a federal government job in the competitive service. The greatest need for highly qualified candidates in engineering and similar fields of expertise falls into this category, so it is best to limit your job search to Competitive Service Jobs.

  1. Create a account
    • This is the sole point of access for job announcements and vacancies, so you need an account to search, browse and save potential positions currently available. You also need to upload your resume to your account, though it is recommended you generate a USAJOBS resume via the onsite resume builder to make certain you have everything you need before submitting your resume for a position.
  2. Review Potential Jobs/Vacancies Carefully
    • Federal hiring authorities are serious about your ability to meet the qualifications for every position, so you don’t want to waste their time or yours applying for a spot you know you don’t have the expertise or qualifications to fill. Do not apply for any position if you do not have the required degree or education.
  3. When You Find The Right Job, Agency or Location, Subscribe to Updates
    • You can get customized alerts for jobs in specific locations and agencies or that meet your specific criteria. Once you figure out what will work best for you, go ahead and subscribe to updates. Postings occur on a daily basis, and you want to stay on top of any changes or new postings as best you can. Subscribing to email updates is the next logical step in your job hunt process.
  4. Apply for Your Desired Position Right Away, but Choose Carefully
    • Follow all application directions to the letter and submit all requested paperwork promptly. Don’t waste your time or the hiring party’s time by applying to job announcements when you know you don’t have all the requisite experience and qualifications.
  5. Check Back for “Referred” Status
    • After job announcements close, hiring agencies review all applications received. These applications get categorized as qualified, highly qualified or best qualified. Generally your application will just say “reviewed” once your application has been seen by the hiring authority, at which point it can go one of two ways: “referred” or “not referred.” Referred means you go on to the next step.
  6. Interviews Are Scheduled
    • “Referred” status candidates get called in for a job interview. What form the interview takes depends on the agency, organization or government entity. Some use panel interviews, while others prefer in-person interviews, video interviews or phone interviews. Interviews must follow a specific structure, and all interviewees are asked the same questions in the same order.
  7. The Offer
    • If the organization in question decides you are a good fit, they will make you an offer. Human Resources will contact you regarding salary and grade. No offer is final until you pass any requisite background or security clearance checks.

The Takeaway: Getting That Government Job

Like any job hunt, securing government work is a process, and it is generally more time consuming than traditional job hunts. Here are the most important things to keep in mind:

  • Be careful: Triple-check every application before submitting.
  • Be prompt: Submit all paperwork honestly and promptly.
  • Be patient: Processing your application for a job announcement or vacancy can take more time than civilian job application processes.
  • Be prepared: Practice and study up for your interview once they get your appointment scheduled. You can’t over-prepare, and you want to put your best foot forward.

Ultimately, the additional effort and rigor of this process are worth it, but you need to be prepared to navigate the process and bureaucracy. Do your homework, and you’ll be more likely to land that coveted government job.

Market Salary Expectations for Government and Defense Contractors

February 27, 2019

During the recent government shutdown — the longest ever in American history — special attention was paid to the fact that thousands of government contractors went without pay. Unlike the salaried federal workers who would be reimbursed for their missing paychecks, contractors were unable to recoup their lost income.

With the threat of another shutdown looming, it’s easy to wonder if being a government contractor is still worthwhile. However, considering the salary expectations and outlook for these positions overall, it still pays to work for the federal government, even if the job may have its ups and downs.

Today we want to take a closer look at the various contractor positions that work within the government to examine contractor market salary expectations now and in the near future.

Federal Government Contractors

The fact is that the government needs people to work in all kinds of fields. While we’ll break down a few of the most high-paying markets below, we want to take a look at the averages for federal contractors in general.

Some of the top employing agencies include:

  • Veterans Health Administration (over 1,800 employees)
  • Federal Acquisition Services (more than 900 workers)
  • Public Buildings Service (more than 600 workers)
  • Department of Energy (600 employees)

Average salaries for these agencies and positions can range from just about $80,000 (Veterans Health) to over $108,000 (Department of Energy). Overall, most government contractors working in one of these and other agencies can expect to make between $80,000-$100,000 per year.

Some of the positions hired by these agencies include government IT jobs, engineering and Program Managers. Management positions are typically the highest paid on average.

Outlook: Positive

Historically speaking, the government has been much more willing to spend money on independent contractors rather than maintaining salaried employees. There are several reasons for this, but part of the reason is because many of these workers are hired for “temporary” work, and thus don’t need to be on the payroll permanently. Also, it’s much easier to fire contractors than salaried employees.

Over the last few years, the trend of hiring government contractors has been on the rise and shows no sign of slowing down The recent shutdown shed light on just how many contractors the government employs, although the financial pain of the shutdown doesn’t seem to be affecting that number at all.

Aerospace and Defense Contractors

One area in which the United States has plenty of money to burn is with military contracts. The U.S. outspends more on the armed forces than almost any other country in the world, so contractors in this field can expect to make quite a bit of money. Again, directors and managers typically take a more substantial portion, with average salaries regularly reaching into six digits. However, engineers and mechanics in either aerospace or defense positions can usually take home between $50,000 and $75,000.

Some of the more common jobs in these departments include:

  • Soldier Contractor ($2000/month)
  • Consultant ($68K-$73K/year)
  • Law Enforcement Contractor ($48K-$52K/year)
  • Avionics Technician ($59K-$64K/year)
  • Human Resources Director ($71K-$77K/year)

Outlook: Positive

Military spending has always been a massive cornerstone of the American budget since World War 2, and the current administration has only increased spending on various aerospace and defense projects. Even when a new administration takes over, it will be hard to stifle this industry, particularly because it employs so many people across the nation.

Engineering Contractors

When most people think of engineers, they imagine people working on complex machinery. While electrical and mechanical engineering is undoubtedly a large portion of the industry as a whole, engineers come in all shapes and sizes, including civil engineering (infrastructure), bioengineering (food production) and computer engineering.

Fortunately, as we become more and more dependent on technology, engineers will only become more vital to the success of modern society, meaning that demand for these jobs is going to increase in the coming years. Average salaries for engineers can be close to $100,000. Here are some highlights.

  • Aerospace Engineers - $102,000
  • Scientific Research - $105,000
  • Architectural Engineering - $95,700
  • Federal Executive Branch - $115,000

The last two categories also employ the most people, with more than 15,000 architectural engineers and 28,000 federal executive engineers currently being employed by the government. Overall, agricultural engineers lag behind the rest of the pack, but with an average salary of over $73,000, it’s still a lucrative position. Also, as food scarcity becomes more common, these positions will probably command higher wages as the government depends on these engineers to figure out how to feed a growing population with fewer resources.

Outlook: Positive

Engineers make the world go round, and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. The U.S. needs to update its infrastructure, build new machinery and find creative solutions to our most pressing problems. Each of these situations will require skilled engineers to get the job done, so both salaried workers and contractors will benefit from this increased demand.

Aerospace and Aeronautics certifications to take your career to the next level

February 6, 2019

The aerospace and aeronautics field is a highly competitive one in which only the best rise to the top. To ensure that you’re considered among the best, it’s important to be highly qualified with the most up-to-date training and to show that you have received this training by earning and updating various certifications.

There are many different aerospace and engineering certifications available, depending on which area you would like to pursue. There are so many certifications, in fact, that it’s impossible to list and describe all of them here.

However, we’re here to provide you with a short list of certifications that are available in this crucial area.

Certified Quality Auditor (CQA)

The Certified Quality Auditor is concerned with examining and evaluating various systems to analyze a system’s overall performance. The CQA is able to review the elements of various related systems and determine whether or not they are operating at maximum efficiency, and where and why there might be any deficiencies in those systems. The CQA also decides whether the system in question meets all technical criteria.

Certified Quality Engineer (CQE)

While the CQA analyzes and evaluates systems that are already in place, the CQE’s main focus is to develop and implement those systems in the first place. Designing, building, testing and inspecting these systems all fall under the purview of the CQE, as does being able to use metrology and other methods to find and fix problems that may occur as the systems are put to work.

Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT)

This is an entry-level certification designed specifically for those in the field of manufacturing. Whether you’re just getting started in the manufacturing or already have some experience under your belt, this certification can help demonstrate your competency and knowledge.

Certified Manufacturing Engineering Certification (CMfgE)

For those who already have advanced manufacturing experience, the CMfgE can help take your career to the next level. If you have at least eight years of experience in manufacturing and are interested in taking on a leadership role, the CMfgE can help. If you hold a CMfgT certification as a manufacturing technologist, then this is the next logical step in your engineering verification.

This is just the beginning when it comes to the types of certifications available for those in the aerospace and engineering field. Depending on your overall goals, there are many different certification paths you can explore, each of which can help you maintain and ensure engineering excellence in your chosen field.

Get in touch with a TeamGlobalTM representative today and let us help your career take flight.