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30 May 2018 - Madison Dearborn Partners and CoVant Acquire LinQuest Corporation

Chicago and Los Angeles (30 May, 2018) - Madison Dearborn Partners (MDP) and CoVant Management (CoVant) announced today that they have acquired LinQuest Corporation (LinQuest or the Company), a leading provider to the U.S. defense and intelligence communities of space systems technology solutions, including large-scale systems engineering and integration, software and cyber systems development, complex systems modeling and simulation, data analytics, and turn-key mission solutions. LinQuest management, including Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Dr. Leon Biederman, will retain a significant minority ownership position in and will continue to lead the Company. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"LinQuest is a unique, differentiated technology company serving critical national security programs in the growing space market," said Matt Norton, a Managing Director on MDP's Business & Government Software & Services team. "Maintaining U.S. space superiority and ensuring the resilience of our nation's space-based defense and intelligence technology infrastructure have become heightened government priorities addressing global threats, and we look forward to working with LinQuest's experienced management team and talented employees to drive the Company's growth."

Headquartered in Los Angeles, with offices throughout the country, including the National Capital Region and Colorado Springs, LinQuest designs, develops, and delivers state-of-the-art engineering and advanced technology solutions to Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) programs of national importance. LinQuest's core competencies are in military satellite communications engineering, development, integration, testing, and operations; space flight and ground software; tactical communications networks; cyber operations; space superiority; battlespace awareness; and position, navigation, and timing (PNT), placing it in some of the highest priority defense and intelligence growth markets.

"Partnering with MDP and CoVant enables us to expand our R&D capabilities, improve our business development resources, and enhance our customer offerings, thereby accelerating our growth both organically and through future acquisitions," said Dr. Leon Biederman, CEO of LinQuest. "Both MDP and CoVant have a demonstrated track record of success partnering with similar government technology companies and generating significant value. We are excited to gain access to their deep industry expertise and work together to realize LinQuest's next chapter of growth."

MDP is a leading private equity firm that invests across a broad spectrum of industries, including business and government software and services, while the CoVant team has expertise in acquiring and growing companies in the federal government technology marketplace. MDP and CoVant formed a partnership in 2012 to identify and secure equity investments in the federal government technology services and solutions market. In 2014, this partnership invested in and carved out LGS Innovations, LLC (the former federal division of Bell Labs) from Alcatel-Lucent and has since grown LGS into one of the leading independent providers of secure networking, cybersecurity, photonics, and communications technologies to government and commercial organizations.

"LinQuest is a highly attractive business in the dynamic space situational awareness, PNT, and satellite communications sector," said Joseph Kampf, Chairman and CEO of CoVant. "We believe LinQuest's differentiated technology capabilities in desirable space end-markets will benefit from our focus on growing businesses through both organic and strategic acquisition initiatives. We are excited to continue our partnership with MDP and apply our proven operating strategy as we work with LinQuest's executive team and MDP to help LinQuest achieve continued success."

Baird served as LinQuest's financial advisor with Alston & Bird LLP, Squire Patton Boggs, and Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP serving as legal advisors. Kirkland & Ellis LLP and Crowell & Moring LLP served as legal advisors to MDP and CoVant. As part of the transaction, Bank of America Merrill Lynch is providing a credit facility to support the Company's continued growth.

30 April 2018 - LinQuest Chantilly Laboratory Opens

Chantilly, VA (30 April, 2018) - LinQuest is pleased to announce the opening of its new Chantilly Laboratory facility. This laboratory enables LinQuest to integrate and test commercial and government-owned equipment for rapid proof-of-concept development, product evaluation, and independent verification and validation of the equipment.

The new laboratory consists of approximately 1550 square feet of dedicated space with a high-bay ceiling, 500 square feet of storage space with a raised loading dock, and 1300 square feet of office space with a conference room.

The following capabilities exist for both wired and wireless network equipment: Rapid prototyping, Proof-of-Concept, Network simulation, Mock-up and staging, Performance testing, Interoperability testing, Long-term stability testing, Operational testing, Optical networking, Independent test and evaluation, Protocol analysis, Commercial encryption, Virtualized/cloud environments, Customer equipment "sandbox", Wired ethernet (presently up to a 10-gigabit ethernet), Wireless (3G, 4G/LTE, 802.11x Wi-Fi, radio access network/MANET).

The facility currently operates in an unclassified environment that allows commercial and government customers, vendors, and product engineers to use the facility without sponsor or mission association.

Mr. Patrick Talty, LinQuest's Vice President and General Manager of the Intelligence and Information Solutions Group, stated, "LinQuest is excited to bring this new laboratory facility online to support our customer's rapid mission-enabling solutions. In today's world of challenging and evolving threats, demonstrating success in prototyping and rapid capability fielding is our metric for success."

LinQuest Corporation's Acquisition Proficiencies Appraised at CMMI Level 3

Los Angeles, CA (April 6, 2018) - LinQuest Corporation announced today that its Space Systems Engineering and Integration (SSEI) Group has been appraised at level 3 of the CMMI Institute's Capability Maturity Model Integration (CMMI)®. The appraisal was performed by JFR Consulting.

CMMI is a capability improvement framework that provides organizations with the essential elements of effective processes that ultimately improve their performance. An appraisal at maturity level 3 indicates the organization is performing at a "defined" level. At this level, processes are well characterized and understood, and are described in standards, procedures, tools, and methods. The organization's set of standard processes, which is the basis for maturity level 3, is established and improved over time.

LinQuest Corporation's MASIES Acquisition Program was used for the assessment of process artifacts and affirmations. Capability Level 3 was achieved in Measurement and Analysis, Process and Product Quality Assurance, Configuration Management, Risk Management, Requirements Management, Acquisition Requirements Development, Acquisition Validation, Acquisition Verification, and Acquisition Technical Management of the CMMI Institute's Capability Maturity Model Integration v 1.3 (CMMISM). The assessment is based on results from a standard CMMISM Appraisal method for Process Improvement v1.3 (SCAMPISM).

Mr. Chris Beres, the SSEI General Manager, stated, "Being appraised at CMMI-ACQ Level 3 substantiates the maturity and effectiveness of our Space Systems Engineering and Integration processes. Specifically, the CMMI-ACQ model focuses on applying best practices in the acquisition environment-the environment in which we serve our customers. We are excited about the continued employment and improvement of these processes for acquiring the best possible weapon systems for our customers and end users."

LinQuest Corporation Awarded $99M Joint Navigation Warfare Center III Contract

Albuquerque, NM (March 12, 2018) - LinQuest Corporation is proud to announce the United States Strategic Command has awarded the $99M Joint Navigation Warfare Center (JNWC) III contract to LinQuest Corporation. LinQuest teamed with Booz Allen Hamilton, Gnostech Inc., Parsons Corporation, and PreTalen to win this very important program. LinQuest, together with its teammates, will assist the JNWC mission to enable Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) superiority for the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), interagency partners, and the coalition, all focusing to enable PNT capabilities for the joint warfighter.

Mr. Greg Young, LinQuest's Vice President and General Manager of the Operational Systems Support Solutions Group stated, "This is a strategic win for LinQuest. The JNWC effort positions LinQuest to understand the PNT Superiority, Cyber, and Electronic Warfare domains and provide solutions to counter threats and posture the Joint Forces for operations in denied and degraded environments. We look forward to assisting Combatant Commanders, Component Commanders, Joint Task Forces, DoD Services, the Intelligence Community, Federal Agencies, Coalition Members, and Allied partners in their important missions."

LinQuest Corporation Awarded $26M NUWC MILSATCOM Systems Engineering Services Contract

San Diego, CA (March 29, 2018) - LinQuest Corporation is proud to announce the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) has awarded the $26M NUWC MILSATCOM Systems Engineering Services contract to LinQuest Corporation. LinQuest teamed with Systems Technology Forum (STF), Networks Inmocean, A2 Systems Engineering, Serco, and Seacorp to win this important effort. LinQuest and its teammates will support NUWC Code 34 SATCOM systems programs for current and future-proposed protected, wideband, U.S., and International Partner Variant (IPV) MILSATCOM systems and subsystems. In these endeavors, LinQuest and its teammates will provide protected and wideband MILSATCOM systems engineering; protected MILSATCOM communications planning software tool analysis; and Navy MILSATCOM training and logistics support.

Mr. Rich Williams, LinQuest's Vice President and General Manager of the Information Solutions Systems Group stated, "We are pleased to continue our long-term relationship with NUWC Code 34 in support of their critical mission to provide systems engineering for the development, deployment, and training of Navy's SATCOM terminals. We are proud to be a partner with NUWC and contribute to the exceptional capabilities the Center brings to the fleet."

November 2017 - LinQuest Corporation Received Recognition as the "AEHF Dream Team" for its Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) Training Course

Fort Meade, Maryland (29 November 2017) - LinQuest personnel received recognition for its two-day AEHF training course held at the National Security Agency (NSA). LinQuest personnel led the two-day course to help new NSA systems engineers understand the foundational operational requirements and design of AEHF as well as its importance in providing terminal support.

A Lieutenant Colonel of the United States Army Signal Corps, Deputy Chief, Space and Weapons Cybersecurity Solutions said, "I cannot praise enough the quality of the course, and the fantastic technical knowledge represented by the three LinQuest instructors: Jerry Hill, Juan Lujan, and Chris Trimble. Together, the three of them are a veritable "AEHF Dream Team." The volume and accuracy of their collective technical knowledge is unparalleled and simply awesome; not to mention the very well-assembled and well-organized course curriculum."

Well done, gentlemen!

15 November 2017 - LinQuest Participates as Mentors in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Event

El Segundo, California (15 November 2017) - Students from El Segundo High School visited the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles Air Force Base to participate in a history tour and mentoring session with SMC leadership and LinQuest Corporation employees.

LinQuest employee, Dr. John Eblen, noted, "Juniors currently enrolled in the "Project Lead the Way Engineering Pathway" program also participated in an Aerospace Corporation STEM Event and Career Mentoring that included a Questions and Answers session about what life is like as an engineer, which led to great discussions. The discussions primarily focused on the space environment and how it effects the design of spacecraft and space missions."

Mr. Christopher Beres, LinQuest's Vice President and General Manager of the Space Systems Engineering and Integration Group stated, "LinQuest is honored to have been invited to participate in this STEM event alongside Lt. Col. Porter (SMC/EN) and Capt. Collins (SMC/MC). It is exciting to be given the opportunity to help shape the upcoming generation of engineers."

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