DC daily roundup: Israeli firm expands stateside; Boeing’s trial decision; what Google’s energy report misses

Plus, Vienna takes solar to church.


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Israeli drone tech firm hires two US execs

D-Fend Solutions appointed a vice president of US sales and business development, as well as a business development manager for its offices in McLean. The technology developed by the company is used by the US military and federal law enforcement.

“The extensive leadership and proven on-the-ground experience of our new hires will be invaluable as we continue to grow and expand our presence in the US market and focus on providing our partners with the most trustworthy technology for their counter-drone challenges,” US General Manager Danny Rajan said in a press release.

Plus, the national security-focused firm Core4ce announced several new hires in tandem with the launch of its incubator program.

➡️ Read more about these and other regional Power Moves in my latest report.

Help us honor community-boosting engineers

It’s July, so that means we’re putting together our latest RealLIST Engineers. This annual series recognizes influential technologists and developers whose impact extends beyond their technical prowess.

We do this list in each of our markets, and you can check out last year’s DC honorees here. Do you know anybody who’d be perfect for this list? Are you that person? If so, learn more here and offer your own nominations.

➡️ Submit a nomination here.

News Incubator: What else to know

• Google released its 2024 Environmental Report, but it avoided explaining how much energy is AI using. The tech giant has two data centers in Loudoun County. [TechCrunch/Google]

• DC’s 911 call center has long been criticized for long wait times and dropped calls. Ward 1 council member Brianne Nadeau recently sent a letter to the Office of Unified Communications requesting a plan for changes to correct the repeated failures. [WTOP]

• A church in Vienna will soon be home to the town’s biggest solar panel project. [FFXNow]

• The aerospace company Boeing, which is headquartered in Arlington, needs to make a decision to plead guilty or go to trial for allegedly misleading safety regulators about the 737 MAX. [Wall Street Journal]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• The innovation organization Bethesda Green is hosting a networking event and panel for local founders on July 9. [Details here]

• The news organization Semafor will bring together policymakers and industry leaders for an event about fintech on July 10. [Details here]

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