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John Wasko, PhD Joins Torch.AI, Leads Federal Mission Sector

Washington, D.C.—September 16, 2019—Torch.AI today announced that John Wasko, PhD has joined our team, serving as a Managing Principal, Federal Mission Sector Lead.

John brings near 30 years of experience as a member of and then directly supporting the Department of Defense (DoD). Prior to joining Torch.AI, Dr. Wasko worked at Deloitte Consulting as a Specialist Executive/Leader focused on mission growth within their Federal Defense, Security and Justice practice. In that capacity, John led delivery in net new engagements supporting DoD clients in data visualization, cyber analytics, cognitive automation, and operational strategy. He was instrumental in recruiting both senior and junior talent whose mission experience accelerated the quality and scale of client delivery. He led the firm’s capture efforts resulting in a 10-year $7B IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity) award focused on Technology and Innovation.

Prior to joining Deloitte, John served over a quarter century on active duty (Army) achieving the rank of Colonel.  He is a multi-tour combat veteran recognized on multiple occasions for outstanding performance including a below-the-zone promotion, course honor graduate, and 1st time selections to the Command & General Staff and Senior Service Colleges. Tactical assignments over his career included Airborne and Air Assault units at the company through brigade level. At a strategic level, John has served on the Army Staff, multiple Combat Support Agencies, and as a principal staff member in a functional Combatant Command.

John’s educational background is equally noteworthy; an engineering degree from West Point, operations research MS from Georgia Tech, and culminating with a doctorate in design, measurement, and statistics from the University of Maryland at College Park. He has been published in multiple refereed journals and been an assistant professor on the United States Military Academy and North Carolina State University faculty. John has applied that education to address critical operational challenges at the National Security Agency, Defense Information Systems Agency, and the United States Cyber Command.

Torch.AI is currently on a hiring spree, adding additional team members in both Kansas City and in a new Washington, D.C. office near Dupont Circle to better serve public sector clientele.

 

About Torch.AI

Torch.AI is on a mission to enable machine augmented trust at scale. The platform offers rapidly deployable augmented intelligence technologies that use unique data ingestion technologies and advanced techniques to provide an automation and judgement solution within a convenient framework.

Through the lens of network centric intelligence, variable detection and change are illuminated and displayed in real-time, facilitating opportunities for improved decisioning with outputs needed to measure and optimize performance. With built-in connections for entity search, classification and investigation modules, Torch can quickly and dynamically surface out-of-range variables without manual intervention. Learn more at https://torch.ai.


Folds of Honor

Folds of Honor and Torch.AI Raise More Than $60,000 at Inaugural Wingman Open

The Inaugrual Wingman Open hosted more than one hundred and fifty golfers, including thirty Veteran special guest players, in July at Canyon Farms Golf Club.  The event was sponsored by Torch.AI, raised more than $60,000 to benefit Folds of Honor, a nonprofit organization that provides educational scholarships to children and spouses of fallen and disabled veterans.

Torch.AI partnered with Folds of Honor to recognize the sacrifices made by America’s military members and their families, and to show gratitude for their honorable service. Brian Weaver, Founder and CEO of Torch.AI, said, “At Torch.AI, we are grateful for the immense sacrifices of our veterans and active military, who have and continue to fight for our freedom. We sincerely thank our associates and customers who generously donated to support Folds of Honor as they continue to serve the families of America’s fallen heroes.”

Since 2007, Folds of Honor has awarded nearly 20,000 life changing scholarships to deserving U.S. military families. By standing with Folds of Honor, Torch.AI team members honored the sacrifice of fallen and disabled servicemen and women by providing educational scholarships for the spouses and children left behind in the pursuit to protect American freedoms.

About Torch.AI

Torch.AI is on a mission to enable machine augmented trust at scale. The platform offers rapidly deployable augmented intelligence technologies that use unique data ingestion technologies and advanced techniques to provide an automation and judgement solution within a convenient framework.

Through the lens of network-centric intelligence, variable detection and change are illuminated and displayed in real-time, facilitating opportunities for improved decisioning with outputs needed to measure and optimize performance. With built-in connections for entity search, classification and investigation modules, Torch can quickly and dynamically surface out-of-range variables without manual intervention. Learn more at https://torch.ai.

 

About Folds of Honor

Folds of Honor is a 501(C)(3) nonprofit organization, rated a four-star charity by Charity Navigator and platinum on Guide Star, that provides educational scholarships to the families of military men and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the United States armed forces. Our educational scholarships support private educational tuition and tutoring for children in grades K-12, as well as higher education tuition assistance for spouses and dependents. Founded in 2007 by Major Dan Rooney, a PGA Professional and F-16 fighter pilot in the Air Force Reserves who served three tours of duty in Iraq, the Folds of Honor is proud to have awarded nearly 20,000 scholarships in all 50 states and some US territories, including approximately 4,000 in 2018 alone. For more information or to donate in support of a Folds of Honor scholarship, please visit foldsofonor.org


Security Clearance Vetting

Torch.AI to Support New $75 Million U.S. Department of Defense Program to Modernize Security Clearance Vetting

Chantilly, Va.— May 28, 2019—Perspecta Inc. (NYSE: PRSP), a leading U.S. government services provider, announced today that it has been awarded an Other Transaction Agreement  (OTA) from the Defense Security Service (DSS) and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), to support the continued reform and modernization strategy for the National Background Investigation Service (NBIS). The two-year award represents new work for the company and has a potential ceiling value of nearly $75 million.

Under the agreement, Perspecta will work to update and rebuild the Department of Defense (DoD) personnel security vetting and adjudication technology apparatus. The goal of the program is to make the personnel security clearance process faster, scalable and more secure through an innovative delivery model. Specifically, the company plans to leverage commercial-off-the-shelf solutions combined with its advanced data analytics capabilities and expertise in emerging technology areas such as big data, cloud, artificial intelligence and machine learning, to deliver a new, more agile process to support DSS’ rapidly evolving needs.

“Perspecta is a leading DoD mission partner in supporting the development of a trusted workforce model that can meet evolving national security demands and better support the dedicated personnel involved in background investigations and adjudication,” said Mac Curtis, president and chief executive officer of Perspecta. “We applaud DoD’s efforts to drive bold, transformational change in technology and will provide an unmatched combination of proven innovation and intellectual property (IP), scalable agile development/security/operations (DevSecOps) expertise and intimate knowledge of the security clearance vetting process to our DSS customer.”

To deliver the DSS OTA program, Perspecta has partnered with Torch.AI; C3 IoT; Pegasystems, Inc.; CA Technologies (A Broadcom Company); Accenture Federal Services, LLC; Prime Technical Services, Inc.; and Next Tier Concepts, Inc.

Additional information can be found here:  Defense Security Service & Defense Information Systems Agency : Partnering with Industry to Protect National Security

About Torch.AI

Torch.AI is on a mission to enable machine augmented trust at scale. The platform offers rapidly deployable augmented intelligence technologies that use unique data ingestion technologies and advanced techniques to provide an automation and judgement solution within a convenient framework.

Through the lens of network-centric intelligence, variable detection and change are illuminated and displayed in real-time, facilitating opportunities for improved decisioning with outputs needed to measure and optimize performance. With built-in connections for entity search, classification and investigation modules, Torch can quickly and dynamically surface out-of-range variables without manual intervention. Learn more at https://torch.ai.

About Perspecta Inc.

At Perspecta (NYSE: PRSP), we question, we seek and we solve. Perspecta brings a diverse set of capabilities to our U.S. government customers in defense, intelligence, civilian, health care and state and local markets. Our 260+ issued, licensed and pending patents are more than just pieces of paper, they tell the story of our innovation. With offerings in mission services, digital transformation and enterprise operations, our team of 14,000 engineers, analysts, investigators and architects work tirelessly to not only execute the mission, but build and support the backbone that enables it. Perspecta was formed to take on big challenges. We are an engine for growth and success and we enable our customers to build a better nation.


William Beyer

William Beyer Joins Torch.AI’s Board of Directors

LEAWOOD, Kansas—May 17, 2019—Torch.AI today announced that William Beyer, founding partner of Deloitte’s federal practice, has been elected to Torch.AI’s board of directors.

Mr. Beyer brings more than 30 years of direct experience in the Federal marketplace to Torch.AI.  “Bill is widely regarded as one of the most effective professionals in the Federal arena, especially within the National Security and the Intelligence Communities,” said Brian Weaver, Chairman of the Board.  “He is already engaged with our teams in both D.C. and Kansas City to continue to evolve how we select and support key mission areas.”

Before joining Torch.AI, Mr. Beyer was one of four partners to establish Deloitte’s Federal consulting practice which today boasts more than $3 billion in annual revenue. He was responsible for clients across both the civilian and defense landscape.  Bill personally led the top 12 strategic accounts for the firm.  In his most recent role, he led the Deloitte’s West Coast innovation group and established Deloitte’s Space practice. In just the past year Bill has been interviewed by Fed Radio, Politico, and ABC for his insights on Space and innovation.

Bill brings expertise in scaling enterprises in professional services and technology.  Prior to Deloitte, he led the Federal Health practice at Booz, Allen and Hamilton, growing the unit into the largest professional services practice for that sector in the world.  He sat on the UN’s Council for Aids Relief in Geneva and worked with top global health organizations and countries to combat epidemics across the globe.

Early on, his entrepreneurial talents became evident when Bill led Xerox Corporation’s entry into China, establishing a robust base of operations in the emerging economy.  He lived in Shanghai and served as General Manager and Director of China Operations responsible for all aspects of sales, service and manufacturing.  Bill was the youngest senior manager in the company’s history.  In less than two years, Xerox became the largest document management company in the continent.

“I am excited to be joining the board of a company that is squarely on the forefront of evolution through AI.  Many companies talk a big game and label themselves as AI firms.  Torch has done what most dream of, actually implementing mission critical solutions across the commercial and Federal landscape”, said Mr. Beyer. “Brian Weaver is a true entrepreneur with a unique creative spirit. He leads with consistency of execution, focus and vision.   It’s a privilege to work with him and Torch.AI to protect our homeland and furthering the use of software and data to help humanity, the enterprise, our world.”

 

Torch.AI is currently on a hiring spree, adding additional team members in both Kansas City and in a new Washington, D.C. office near Dupont Circle to better serve public sector clientele.

 

About Torch.AI

Torch.AI is on a mission to enable machine augmented trust at scale. The platform offers rapidly deployable augmented intelligence technologies that use unique data ingestion technologies and advanced techniques to provide an automation and judgement solution within a convenient framework.

Through the lens of network centric intelligence, variable detection and change are illuminated and displayed in real-time, facilitating opportunities for improved decisioning with outputs needed to measure and optimize performance. With built-in connections for entity search, classification and investigation modules, Torch can quickly and dynamically surface out-of-range variables without manual intervention. Learn more at https://torch.ai.


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Torch.AI CEO Delivers Commencement for Northwest 2019 Graduating Class

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Torch.AI CEO Delivers Commencement for 2019 Graduating Class, Northwest celebrates connections, bachelor’s degree candidates.

Leaders and alumni of Northwest Missouri State University emphasized the value of connections Saturday as the institution celebrated its newest graduates and put a stamp on its 2018-19 academic year.

Noting its network of more than 70,000 alumni throughout the world, Northwest President Dr. John Jasinski said the graduates represent a long and proud tradition of excellence at the University. He challenged them to use their network and stay connected while bettering the communities in which they live and work.

“Your diploma is testament,” Jasinski said. “It is testament to you committing to live your life as an educated person. Our society needs you now more than ever. Go forth and make Northwest proud as you contribute to the societal good. Go lead the Bearcat way.”

Brian Weaver, a 1995 Northwest alumnus, delivered the day’s commencement addresses. Weaver is chief executive officer of Torch.AI, a Leawood, Kansas, company that helps organizations leverage artificial intelligence through a proprietary enterprise data management software solution.

Read more here.


Augmented Intelligence

Torch.AI Recognized By GovCIO Outlook for Augmented Intelligence

Torch.AI, a leading provider of intelligent systems of trust for the federal government and the fortune 500 is proud to announce being featured in Industry Magazine, the GovCio Outlook.

Torch.AI was featured by the magazine following the company’s ability to offer a machine learning platform that enables complex systems to be managed and manipulated with unparalleled security and ease of use. Torch’s computing technology leverages asymmetric encryption in containing and computing data securely, in a format that is can be shared, authenticated, credentialed, and security is handled in a simple package.

The ability of the company’s platforms to store data tags securely, rather than data itself, eliminates the need to have a large data warehouse as well as computation limitations. Users can also customize the platform to ensure key variables to surface quickly. According to Brian Weaver, Founder and CEO, “The most rewarding part is making heroes out of our clients when processes are triggered based on the specific patterns of data detected by the platform. Taking their expertise and putting it into action.”

The unmatched expertise of the company in the deployment of OEM applications has attracted several consultancy firms such as Deloitte, Accenture, DXC and many others. The partnership between them has been a vital aspect that has led to the development of state-of-the-art solutions for well-known organizations such as USDA, DISA, Treasury, FSB, FNS, IRS and DoD.

Torch is currently leveraging on staff in Beltway and R&D to add value to its client’s businesses by reducing improper payments and eliminating insider threats. The company also pursues meaningful relationships with key state contractors as pointed out by Mr. Weaver: “Our partners are thought-leaders and have true domain expertise that makes an advanced platform like Torch, really shine.”

About Torch.AI

Torch.AI is on a mission to enable machine augmented trust at scale. The platform offers rapidly deployable augmented intelligence technologies that use unique data ingestion technologies and advanced techniques to provide an automation and judgement solution within a convenient framework.

Through the lens of network-centric intelligence, variable detection and change are illuminated and displayed in real-time, facilitating opportunities for improved decisioning with outputs needed to measure and optimize performance. With built-in connections for entity search, classification and investigation modules, Torch can quickly and dynamically surface out-of-range variables without manual intervention. Learn more at https://torch.ai.

About GovCio Outlook

GovCio Outlook is a technology magazine whose focus is the trends, opportunities, and challenges for CIOs in an effort to deliver efficient technology-driven services and operations to enable smart governance.


Encapsulation Technology

Torch.AI Featured in Forbes Magazine for New Encapsulation Technology

Forbes – Trick-Or-Treat: 13 Blockchain Companies By Industry That Will Have Your Cauldrons Bubbling For 2019

As Halloween approaches, there are some chilling blockchain projects out there that you will want to keep your tech cauldrons brewing for. But don’t worry, none of them involve the Sanderson Sisters returning to suck the life force out of these projects.

I’ve cracked the spells of 13 different companies across various industries and how they are using their technological magic for the public good. So, take your broomsticks and fly with me on a trip into these hauntingly beautiful projects.

Rossow, A. (2018). Trick-or-treat: 13 blockchain companies by industry that will have your cauldrons bubbling for 2019. Forbes.


Department of Defense

Torch.AI to Support $49 Million Program with U.S. Department of Defense

Chantilly, Va.— August 7, 2018—Perspecta Inc. (NYSE: PRSP), a leading U.S. government services provider, announced today that its subsidiary, Enterprise Services LLC, has been awarded an agreement to support the Defense Information Systems Agency’s (DISA) National Background Investigation Services (NBIS) Investigation Management program. The award, which represents new work for the company has a value of $49 million. Work on the program began in June and will conclude after 18 months.

The award was made possible via a prototype project sub-agreement through an Other Transaction Agreement (OTA) with Consortium Management Group (CMG) on behalf of Consortium for Command, Control and Communications in Cyberspace (C5).

On the agreement, Perspecta will deliver a government-wide information technology system that will support suitability, security and credentialing (SSC) investigations for all federal employees. The standardized investigative platform will be scalable, highly configurable and will integrate multiple systems and agencies. Designed to improve the investigative process with a streamlined case management system, the platform will provide enhanced visibility into investigative data and give field investigators a robust suite of collaboration and investigative tools to support their mission.

“Determining an individual’s trustworthiness to have access to U.S. government facilities, information systems and data is one of the key focus areas of Perspecta’s analytics program,” said Mac Curtis, president and CEO of Perspecta. “That is why we have brought together the best and brightest team of industry experts in case and content management, national security, clearance processing and data analytics to support this critical DISA program, and provide our government customers with the highest degree of assurance and security.”

Perspecta is the nation’s largest provider of background investigative services and offers a full suite of investigative services to help government organizations identity, investigate and mitigate risk. To deliver the NBIS program, Perspecta has partnered with Torch Research (Torch.AI), Accenture Federal Services, Pegasystems, Next Tier Concepts and CA Technologies.

About Torch.AI

Torch.AI is on a mission to enable machine augmented trust at scale. The platform offers rapidly deployable augmented intelligence technologies that uses advanced techniques to provide an automation and judgement solution within a convenient framework.

Through the lens of network centric intelligence, variable detection and change are illuminated and displayed in real-time, facilitating opportunities for improved decisioning with outputs needed to measure and optimize performance. With built-in connections for entity search, classification and investigation modules, Torch can quickly and dynamically surface out-of-range variables without manual intervention. Learn more at https://torch.ai.

About Perspecta Inc.

At Perspecta (NYSE: PRSP), we question, we seek and we solve. Perspecta brings a diverse set of capabilities to our U.S. government customers in defense, intelligence, civilian, health care and state and local markets. Our 260+ issued, licensed and pending patents are more than just pieces of paper, they tell the story of our innovation. With offerings in mission services, digital transformation and enterprise operations, our team of 14,000 engineers, analysts, investigators and architects work tirelessly to not only execute the mission, but build and support the backbone that enables it. Perspecta was formed to take on big challenges. We are an engine for growth and success and we enable our customers to build a better nation.  For more information about Perspecta, visit perspecta.com.

About CMG

The mission of Consortium Management Group, Inc. on behalf of Consortium for Command, Control, and Communications in Cyberspace (C5) is to speed development of technologies to improve U.S. Government capabilities required to sustain U.S. military supremacy in weapon systems information technologies.

For more information on CMG and its uniquely rapid, cost-effective and collaborative acquisition vehicle for companies, nonprofits and academic organizations seeking to do business with the Federal Government, contact Mary Reinecke at mary@cmgcorp.org, 202-466-4211.


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Torch.AI Acquires Leading US Branding and UX Firm ID

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 

UX Firm

 

ID to Boost Torch’s Brand Intelligence, User Experience Design Services

Leawood, Kansas, Nov. 13, 2017

Torch AI, one of the world’s preeminent augmented intelligence software companies, announced today that it has acquired Indicia Design (“ID”), a design and UX innovation firm based in Kansas City. The acquisition will broaden and deepen Torch’s brand intelligence and UX design capabilities, especially those related to rapidly enabling enterprise modernization and transformation.

“To further enhance our ability to meet client’s ambitious goals for transformation and growth, we are expanding the Torch offering with an even more robust suite of branding and UX services,” said Brian Weaver, founder and CEO of Torch AI. “We had been working with ID’s incredibly talented team rapidly prototyping solutions for clients and I was blown away. This acquisition dramatically and immediately expands the full-stack AI offering to our clients delivering greater value and impact.”

For more than a decade, ID has helped organizations by using human-centered design to solve complex business problems. Specific offerings include identity design, training materials and collateral, digital UI/UX development, environmental graphics, retail packaging, as well as motion graphics/animation.

“We are very excited to bring our unique strengths to the Torch family. Our firms share similar values, work culture, and clients,” said ID’s principal, Michael Wenger. “This is a very exciting opportunity for not only the ID team but for our clients as well, as we leverage Torch to enhance our current solutions.”

ID and Torch have been developing a new brand intelligence software tool that is being slowly rolled out to current clients. This tool provides ID clients with a new perspective on brand intelligence leveraging Torch software to dynamically surface brand variables, contemplate strategy and anticipate paths forward with regard to their market approach.

About ID

ID is a digital design and innovation firm in Kansas City, Missouri, helping leading organizations solve complex problems through brand and product design, digital strategy, corporate and consumer-facing environments, and advanced user experience development. ID’s research and work in brand intelligence has helped guide clients into the future of a modern data enabled world. For more information, please visit indiciadesign.com.

About Torch AI

Torch AI offers a rapidly deployable augmented intelligence platform that uses advanced technologies to provide an automation and judgement solution within a convenient framework.

Through the lens of network centric object intelligence, variable detection and change are identified and displayed in real-time, facilitating opportunities for improved judgement with outputs needed to measure and optimize performance. With built-in connections for entity search, classification and investigation modules, Torch can quickly and dynamically surface out-of-range variables without manual intervention. Learn more at https://torch.ai.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  

ID to Boost Torch’s Brand Intelligence, User Experience Design Services

Leawood, Kansas, Nov. 13, 2017

Torch AI, one of the world’s preeminent augmented intelligence software companies, announced today that it has acquired Indicia Design (“ID”), a design and UX innovation firm based in Kansas City. The acquisition will broaden and deepen Torch’s brand intelligence and UX design capabilities, especially those related to rapidly enabling enterprise modernization and transformation.

“To further enhance our ability to meet client’s ambitious goals for transformation and growth, we are expanding the Torch offering with an even more robust suite of branding and UX services,” said Brian Weaver, founder and CEO of Torch AI. “We had been working with ID’s incredibly talented team rapidly prototyping solutions for clients and I was blown away. This acquisition dramatically and immediately expands the full-stack AI offering to our clients delivering greater value and impact.”

For more than a decade, ID has helped organizations by using human-centered design to solve complex business problems. Specific offerings include identity design, training materials and collateral, digital UI/UX development, environmental graphics, retail packaging, as well as motion graphics/animation.

“We are very excited to bring our unique strengths to the Torch family. Our firms share similar values, work culture, and clients,” said ID’s principal, Michael Wenger. “This is a very exciting opportunity for not only the ID team but for our clients as well, as we leverage Torch to enhance our current solutions.”

ID and Torch have been developing a new brand intelligence software tool that is being slowly rolled out to current clients. This tool provides ID clients with a new perspective on brand intelligence leveraging Torch software to dynamically surface brand variables, contemplate strategy and anticipate paths forward with regard to their market approach.

About ID

ID is a digital design and innovation firm in Kansas City, Missouri, helping leading organizations solve complex problems through brand and product design, digital strategy, corporate and consumer-facing environments, and advanced user experience development. ID’s research and work in brand intelligence has helped guide clients into the future of a modern data enabled world. For more information, please visit indiciadesign.com.

About Torch AI

Torch AI offers a rapidly deployable augmented intelligence platform that uses advanced technologies to provide an automation and judgement solution within a convenient framework.

Through the lens of network centric object intelligence, variable detection and change are identified and displayed in real-time, facilitating opportunities for improved judgement with outputs needed to measure and optimize performance. With built-in connections for entity search, classification and investigation modules, Torch can quickly and dynamically surface out-of-range variables without manual intervention. Learn more at https://torch.ai.