• FY2022 NDAA Means More Hoosier Jobs


    September 2, 2021

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, in the early morning, the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed the Fiscal Year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act (FY22 NDAA.) Rep. Jim Banks sits on HASC which is responsible for authorizing funding levels for the military.

    Throughout this process, Rep. Banks was able to fight to ensure that the FY22 NDAA delivers on northeast Indiana’s defense priorities.

    “I’m proud of the work I did with this bill. I was able to use my seat on the Committee to help my colleagues understand northeast Indiana’s vital role in defense research and manufacturing. Northeast Indiana will continue to make important contributions to national security for years to come,” said Rep. Banks. “I’m also pleased that the House version of the bill increased overall funding levels for the military. With the unfolding crisis in Afghanistan and the threat of ISIS-K, Congress must prioritize America’s security.”

    Hoosier Priorities Included in FY22 NDAA:

    • Secured additional $54M for purchase of US Navy Sonobuoys, which are instrumental in antisubmarine warfare
    • Secured additional $10M for development of high band jamming capability for Naval aircraft
    • Secured additional $8.7M for security improvements in combat system microelectronics
    • Secured additional $33M for development of the Army’s Advanced Combat Engine
    • Secured additional $33M for the Future Long Range Assault Aircraft development
    • Secured additional $10M for Next Generation Countermeasure (NGCM) acoustic device for US Navy submarines
    • Secured language for development of testing capability for Hypersonic technology
    • Secured additional $5M toward development of Hypersonic Propulsion testing for aircraft
    • Secured additional $12M for thermal management for US military directed energy programs
    • Required a report to DoD by December 30, 2021 on development of Army Advance Combat Engine for potential future use
    • Required a report to DoD by April 1, 20220 on Future Vertical Lift advancements for US military
    • Included language to foster Defense Innovation Unit growth into regional centers, including the Midwest
    • Included language to launch a Talent Optimization Program within the Defense Innovation Unit

    The following amendments were introduced by Rep. Banks and passed by HASC:

    • Mandating a report investigating the Taliban’s economic, political, and military relationships with other Foreign Terrorist Organizations
    • Mandating a report on the Taliban’s access to financial resources, such as weapons systems and rare earth minerals.
    • Amendments supporting the National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence’s recommendations, including more flexible funding for emerging technologies in the Department of Defense.
    • Language supporting the Navy’s Convention Prompt Strike Program
    • Two amendments from the HASC Future of Defense Task Force I co-chaired from 2019-2020:
    • Directing a briefing from the Secretary of Defense to discuss DOD’s use of artificial intelligence, autonomous systems and AI work with universities and non-traditional companies.
    • Directs the Comptroller General to produce a report on aging equipment in the DOD and which platforms are technologically outdated.
    • Language supporting an increased emphasis on semiconductor production.
    • Requiring a briefing on DOD’s efforts to inform and educate entities contracting with the Department about efforts targeting employees to commit espionage.
    • Mandating a strategy on autonomy integration for major weapons systems.
    • Language supporting underwater cut and capture capabilities, such as at Crane Navy Base.
    • Requires a briefing on the development of attritable air vehicles and that are believed to play an important role in effectively countering Chinese anti-access area denial threats.
    • Funding for Artificial Intelligence Maritime maneuvering and university research initiatives.
  • Ivy Tech Fort Wayne offers free cybersecurity courses amid increases in corporate hacks

    Ivy Tech Community College Fort Wayne is offering a free course this fall addressing the fundamentals of cybersecurity. The course will empower everyone to protect their personal digital presence and also to understand the needs of corporations operating in today’s digital environment. The course is a free, non-credit course meeting on three concurrent Saturdays beginning September 11, 2021.

    “Cyber criminals infect millions of systems across the world and when you couple the ransom dollars, and the lost productivity of down-time, it can add up to multi-million-dollar losses for a company,” says Darrel Kesler, dean of the School of Information Technology at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne. “Even here in Northeast Indiana, employers have reported up to thousands of cyber-attacks per day.”

    Ivy Tech Community College’s cyber security faculty is dedicated to educating the community about personal and business cyber safety. Beyond this free three-session non-credit course, the School of Information Technology offers an array of degree and certificates that allow students to enter the workforce directly, or transfer to four-years universities for their Bachelor degrees.
    Students interested in the free course, they can register at link.ivytech.edu/FWcyber, or contact Lucy La Hurreau, assistant department chair in the School of Information Technology at Ivy Tech Fort Wayne, at llahurreau@ivytech.edu.

    Lucy La Hurreau
    Assistant Department Chair,
    School of Information Technology
    260.482.9171 x 2548

  • Rep. Banks Selected as Ranking Member of HASC Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies and Information Systems

    For Immediate Release
    May 18, 2021


    Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Rogers (R-AL), the Ranking Member on the House Armed Services Committee, announced two new Armed Services Subcommittee Ranking Members. Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) will serve as the Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WI) will serve as the Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.

    “I am pleased to announce that Representatives Jim Banks (R-IN) and Mike Gallagher (R-WI) will be taking on new and important roles on the House Armed Services Committee,” Ranking Member Mike Rogers said. “Rep. Banks will serve as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems and Rep. Gallagher will serve as the Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel. I am pleased to have two combat veterans in these roles. I have the utmost confidence that Representatives Banks and Gallagher will continue to be outstanding leaders as we work to strengthen our national defense and modernize our military to combat our rising adversaries.”

    “I thank Ranking Member Mike Rogers for the opportunity to lead Republican efforts on the Subcommittee on Military Personnel and was grateful to work on ensuring those serving and their families are well taken care of,” Banks said. “I am now honored to be asked to lead the Subcommittee on Cyber, Innovative Technologies, and Information Systems and look forward to advancing U.S. efforts on artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, emerging technologies, and other key technology issues to modernize the Department of Defense and equip the military for the future of warfare.”

    “I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Military Personnel. There is nothing more important than ensuring our service members have the resources they need to keep us safe, particularly in light of the growing threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party” Gallagher said. “As I take on this new role, I will be guided by the words of Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 1 Warfighting, which reminds us the military has two basic functions: ‘…waging war and preparing for war. Any military activities that do not contribute to the conduct of a present war are justifiable only if they contribute to preparedness for a possible future one.’ I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure the Department is laser-focused on performing these functions and training our service members to be warriors – not wokesters.”

  • Third Coast Federal is Growing its Consulting Capability


    Third Coast Federal has been active in South Bend for over four years as a consultancy for local, small, entrepreneurial businesses wanting to break into the federal contracting and R&D space. Until a few weeks ago, the company consisted of two people — the president, Dave Temeles, and a client success manager, Clevon Brown. The addition of these four consultants, as well as a director of client engagement, and a PR function, is a significant leap in the company’s ability to create, discover and capture opportunities for local businesses. Greg Daniels, John Falvey and Rebecca Parker hail from AM General. Kathleen Rice Mosier has a long legal career behind her and teaches at the Notre Dame law school.

    Through its consultancy capabilities and the use of its Federal Navigator tool, Third Coast Federal is helping local, small businesses with innovative and targeted technologies navigate the complicated federal government system and become visible to the Department of Defense, and other federal agencies. Third Coast federal is quickly racking up successes, taking companies with no knowledge of even where to begin the process, from “zero,” through to winning federal technology development contracts.

    We are excited to share the news of our growth and what it means for our customers and the region.


    Four experts added to help Midwestern businesses navigate federal programs

    SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Third Coast Federal, Inc., welcomes Greg Daniels, John Falvey, Kathleen Rice Mosier, and Rebecca Parker to the team empowering Midwestern companies to identify federal government opportunities, capture federal business, and successfully execute government programs.

    Third Coast Federal supports its clients through services specifically designed to meet their federal contracting and R&D needs, whether starting a federal contracting business, capturing innovation funding, or addressing the intricacies of the federal marketplace. “The federal contracting world can be complicated and overwhelming, particularly if you’ve never dealt with it before,” said David Temeles, president of Third Coast Federal. “Our goal is to give our clients all the tools and assistance they need to successfully navigate the government system.”

    “These four experts bring decades of experience in export control, privacy, security, business development, international sales, and contract negotiation,” said John Ross, vice president of Third Coast Federal. “Having this depth of federal contracting and business knowledge available for our regional businesses will help them effectively compete and win in the federal marketplace, accelerate innovation, and drive sales.”

    More information on each team member can be found at: www.thirdcoastfederal.com/team

    About Third Coast Federal
    Third Coast Federal, Inc., leverages its proprietary tools, deep regional relationships, and extensive government contracting expertise to connect the Department of Defense with innovative small businesses that have the technology to solve its most-pressing operational and sustainment challenges.Third Coast Federal also helps entrepreneurial businesses and regions access federal research and development funding and special government contract awards to accelerate innovation and economic development. Learn more at www.thirdcoastfederal.com and follow us on LinkedIn.


    M. Celeste Ross
    Public Relations

  • Rep. Banks Celebrates Commitment to Hypersonics Research in NDAA Conference Report

    December 9, 2019

    Rep. Banks Celebrates Commitment to Hypersonics Research in NDAA Conference Report

    WASHINGTON – The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Conference Report was filed with the Rules Committee tonight. Rep. Banks submitted and fought for language to be included in the report that directs the Department of Defense (DOD) to establish a Joint Hypersonics Transition Office (JHTO) with a university consortium.
    As a conferee of the conference committee, Rep. Banks signed the Conference Report before it was filed. The report received bipartisan and bicameral support.

    “Hypersonics is crucial to our global competition with China. I am proud of Indiana’s contributions to this important research and their close partnerships with the Department of Defense,” said Rep. Jim Banks. “This is one of many wins for Hoosiers in the NDAA. I look forward to sharing these wins when the package comes to the floor for a final vote.”

    The Joint Hypersonics Transition Office language in the NDAA strengthens the partnership between the DOD and universities by creating a hypersonics consortium. The JHTO will ensure that hypersonics research and development efforts throughout the Department of Defense are well-coordinated and will also strengthen connections between the DOD with ongoing research efforts in academia.

    The language establishes a runway for Indiana universities like Purdue and Notre Dame to apply their decades of hypersonics expertise to ongoing projects within the Department of Defense.

    Hypersonics is a crucial technology to compete with global adversaries like China, who have invested heavily in similar technologies.

    This year’s NDAA is historic, supporting $738 billion for our national defense.

    “President Trump deserves enormous credit for his leadership rebuilding our military and ensuring the U.S. defense apparatus is ready for the 21st century,” said Rep. Banks.

    Rep. Banks is the only Hoosier member of the Armed Services Committees in Congress and co-chairs the Future of Defense Task Force. He also serves on the Subcommittee on Intelligence and Emerging Threats and Capabilities as well as the Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces.