Darkblade Systems Joins Top of Virginia Chamber

February 2019

Darkblade Systems is excited to announce new membership in the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber.  

The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber is Clarke County, Frederick County, and Winchester’s premier business networking and advocacy organization and provides programs and services to meet the business and professional needs of members. “We are dedicated to the individual success of our members and nurturing an environment where businesses and people thrive as we connect our members with business-building programming and updates, access to business and community leaders, the ability to effect legislative change, cost-effective marketing and visibility, and opportunities to enhance the community.”

Darkblade Systems Corporation is committed to helping the Chamber achieve its mission on behalf of our local community.  We value the significant benefits that Chamber membership offers.  We look forward to utilizing the resources and pursuing opportunities available to members.

The Top of Virginia Regional Chamber is found here:  www.regionalchamber.biz

UAS Swarm Capstone Project with the University of Virginia School of Engineering

January 2019

Darkblade Systems teamed with the University of Virginia School of Engineering to sponsor an engineering capstone class project focused on creating Electronic Warfare (EW) capabilities for low Size, Weight, and Power (SWAP) UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) Swarms.  UVA’s talented fourth year engineering students created innovative solutions for processing complex timing and signal calculations at extremely low power.

The work completed by UVA’s engineering students was the first step in creating an extremely low SWAP Time Difference of Arrival (TDOA) geolocation system capable of operating on and with semi-autonomous drones.  The ultimate goal of the project is to have a system of networked sensors which can detect and geolocate a signal in real time then pass that information to the drone navigation system and direct the drone swarm for further signal geolocation refinement and visualization.

Darkblade Systems would like to thank the students and faculty of the University of Virginia’s School of Engineering for their guidance and support of the project.

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) Mentor Protégé Program (MPP) Completion

December 2018

Darkblade Systems successfully completed the third and final year of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s Mentor Protégé Program (MPP) on September 31, 2018. Darkblade Systems is privileged to be one of Booz Allen Hamilton’s (Booz Allen) Preferred Small Businesses and to be a Protégé for the past three years as part of the NGA MPP.

Since the start of the NGA MPP, Darkblade Systems experienced substantial revenue (+528%) and employee (+195%) growth through the establishment of multiple prime and subcontract awards.  During the NGA MPP, Darkblade Systems developed into a mature and robust Agile developer for the NGA, and other members of the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community (IC).

During the MPP period, Darkblade Systems matured on multiple fronts such as:

Multiple ICAgile Certified Professionals (ICP)

US Department of Labor HIRE Vets “Gold Medallion” Award Winner

November 2018

Darkblade Systems has been awarded a Gold Medallion as part of the Department of Labor’s Honoring Investments in Recruiting and Employing (HIRE) American Military Veterans Act (VETS) program.  The Gold Medallion Award is awarded to small companies with a demonstrated commitment to recruiting, employing, and retaining veterans and to providing services supporting the veteran community.

90% of the Darkblade Systems staff is comprised of veterans and as such they are widely recognized being veteran friendly. As an industry leader in veteran’s employment, Darkblade Systems actively recognizes the inherent experience, mission-focused, responsible, independent, and capable workers available within the veteran community.

If you are a veteran seeking employment, please find more information about openings here:  https://darkbladesystems.com/careers/

Medallion Awardees can be found in the Federal Register @: https://www.hirevets.gov/award-recipients

Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certifications (IFPC)

October 2018

Darkblade Systems professionals have earned the Department of Defense (DOD) Intelligence Fundamentals Professional Certification (IFPC), a DOD Intelligence and Security Professional Certification.  All Darkblade Systems professionals are offered the opportunity and encouraged to learn and pass IFPC, as well as other DOD, FAA, and IT/Cyber certifications.  As of October 2018, five (5) Darkblade Systems professionals have earned the IFPC cert.

More info can be found here:  https://dodcertpmo.defense.gov

From the IFPC Candidate Handbook:

The IFPC program is sponsored by the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence (USD(I)) to professionalize the defense intelligence workforce by establishing a common standard of the fundamental knowledge and skills expected of all who serve and support, and those who hope to serve and support, in the Defense Intelligence Enterprise (DIE). The IFPC is based on the Defense Intelligence Fundamentals standards, which are cross-cutting and enterprise-wide, and depict the Department’s core expectations of what all Defense Intelligence Professionals, regardless of Service/Agency, Function/Specialty and experience level, must know and/or be able to do to successfully execute and/or contribute to the execution of intelligence missions, functions, and activities at the fundamental level. The IFPC will also serve to ensure incoming defense intelligence professionals meet knowledge standards.

The IFPC assessment measures performance across eight knowledge domains:

  1. What is intelligence?
  2. What are the intelligence disciplines?
  3. Who is involved in intelligence?
  4. Why does intelligence require oversight?
  5. How is intelligence conducted?
  6. How are classified and controlled materials protected?
  7. How are classified and controlled materials shared?
  8. How do my actions affect my status as an intelligence professional?

#41 on Washington Technology 2018 Fast 50

September 2018

Darkblade Systems has been selected by Washington Technology as part of the 2018 Fast 50 list.  Washington Technology selects the fastest growing small business contractors in the government market according to their five-year compound annual growth rate.

Darkblade Systems was #9 on the 2017 Washington Technology Fast 50 list, and #8 on the 2016 Washington Technology Fast 50 list.

The Fast 50 list can be found at:

https://washingtontechnology.com/fast50lists/fast-50-lists/2018.aspx

Inc. 5000’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies – Darkblade Systems is #3639

August 2018

Darkblade Systems is proud to announce that it has earned a spot as #3639 on the 2018 Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing privately-held companies. 

The Inc. 5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth over a four-year period. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by the first week of the starting calendar year, and therefore able to show four full calendar years of sales.  Companies have to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies— as of December 31, 2017.  The minimum revenue required for 2013 is $100,000; the minimum for 2016 is $2 million.

Darkblade Systems was ranked #212 on the 2016 Inc. 500 and Inc. 5000 lists, and #1438 on the 2017 Inc. 5000 list.

https://www.inc.com/profile/darkblade-systems

About Inc. 5000

Inc. magazine, founded in 1979 and based in New York City, is an American monthly publication focused on growing companies.  The magazine publishes an annual list of the 500 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S., the “Inc. 500,” which was introduced in 1982.  The Inc. 5000 is an expansion of the Inc. 500, which ranks the country’s top 5000 fastest-growing private companies and also features a special ranking of the top 10% of the list as the Inc. 500.

The full Inc. 5000 list can be found here: http://www.inc.com/inc5000/list/2018

Darkblade Systems Thunderbird Road Race

July 2018

Darkblade Systems is sponsoring the 2018 Thunderbird Road Race in Colorado Springs, CO, on Sunday, 12 August, 2018.

Darkblade Systems is supporting COS Racing, which is hosting the annual Colorado State Senior & Junior Road Race championships held at the United States Air Force Academy.

2017’s event saw more than 400 racers participate in more than 15 unique racing categories.  This 2018 Darkblade Systems Thunderbird Road Race is on the same 8.8 circuit course at the U.S. Air Force Academy, which includes an approximate 750 feet climb per lap.

For more information about the race, please visit this site:
http://cosracing.com/cos-racing-thunderbird-road-race/

From the website:
This year’s Colorado State Senior and Junior Road Race Championship will be held on the US Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. This year’s race is sponsored by Darkblade Systems of Colorado Springs, Colorado, and Virginia. The race will take place on a challenging hilly circuit around the northern end of the Academy on a spectator-friendly with multiple great vantage points from which to watch the action. Pros, Seniors, Masters, and Juniors (13 and Over) will race on an 8.8-mile circuit around the cadet area. Younger Juniors will compete on a shorter 3.3-mile route near the start/finish area. The race venue offers ample parking for racers and spectators.

AOC SIGINT Partner Project Sponsorship

June 2018

Darkblade Systems is a primary sponsor of the 2018 AOC SIGINT Industry Partner Project (SIGINT IPP) on Capitol Hill, on Wednesday, 18 July, 2018.

The event, titled “Winning the EMS: The Future of Army SIGINT”, will study how the Army is prepared to fight in the electromagnetic spectrum (EMS).  SIGINT, Electronic Warfare (EW), and Cyber Operations will be the focus of the event and will feature representatives from the Congressional Electronic Warfare Working Group (EWWG), US Army Deputy Chief of Staff G2, US Army Intelligence Center of Excellence (ICOE), the Cyber Center of Excellence (CCoE), and the PEO Intelligence Electronic Warfare and Sensors (IEW&S). 

Darkblade Systems is a Platinum Partner for this event, which will take place over two sessions.  The first session will feature a congressional panel discussion and will be followed by an industry solutions forum.  This event is open to military, government, and industry.  The event is free, but registration is required.

For more information about the event and/or to register, please visit this site:
https://www.crows.org/general/custom.asp?page=WinningArmySIGINT

New Headquarters Location in Winchester, Virginia

Darkblade Systems has moved its headquarters office location to Winchester, Virginia.  This coincides with growth to accommodate corporate business operations supporting multiple government contracts and commercial projects.

The full address is: 420 West Jubal Early Drive, Suite #204, Winchester, VA 22601

A map can be found on our contact page:  https://darkbladesystems.com/contact

Virginia’s Fantastic 50 List

April 2018

– Darkblade Systems is #29 on the 2018 Virginia’s Fantastic 50 List.  The Fantastic 50 List is comprised of privately held companies with headquarters in Virginia, with sales between $200,000 and $200 million, and which demonstrate positive revenue growth and positive net income in its most recent fiscal year over the previous year. Companies are judged on four-year sales revenue history.

Darkblade Systems received this award at the Virginia Chamber of Commerce Fantastic 50 ceremony in Chantilly, Virginia on 26 April, 2018.

The Fantastic 50 List is published in the May 2018 issue of Virginia Business Magazine.

About Virginia’s Fantastic 50:

From the Virginia Chamber website:  The Virginia Fantastic 50 Awards is the only program that highlights 50 of Virginia’s fastest growing companies on a statewide basis and is open to all types of businesses.

https://www.vachamber.com/event/2018-fantastic-50-awards-program/

Virginia Women Veterans Lead the Way

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The General Assembly has designated March 18-24, 2018 as Virginia Women Veterans Week. Please tag us at #VETEServices and #VirginiaWomenVetsWeek. Thank you for your support of Virginia’s Veterans, Service members and their families.