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25 July 2019 - LinQuest Featured in ExecutiveBiz for its Model-Based Systems Engineering Expertise

LinQuest's model-based systems engineering capability was highlighted by Jane Edwardson of ExecutiveBiz following LinQuest's award of the $562M MILSATCOM Systems Engineering, Integration, and Test (MSEIT) contract.

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23 July 2019 - LinQuest Featured in Space News for Reestablishing U.S. Space Command

Jeff Renehan, retired Air Force Col. and associate vice president for LinQuest's Operational Systems Support Solutions group, spoke with Sandra Erwin, a reporter for Space News, about standing up U.S. Space Command again. Having assisted with the shutdown of U.S. Space Command in 2002, Jeff is in the unique position of reestablishing this critically vital mission.

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20 July 2019 - LinQuest Featured in C4ISRNET MSEIT Article

Nathan Strout, reporter at C4ISRNET, recently published an article stemming from an interview surrounding the award of the Air Force's MILSATCOM Systems Engineering, Integration, and Test (MSEIT) contract to LinQuest Corporation. Chris Beres, Vice President and General Manager of LinQuest's Space Systems Engineering and Integration Business Group, outlined the implications of the contract and what LinQuest will be providing to the Space and Missile Systems Center.

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13 June 2019 - LinQuest Corporation Receives $562 Million MILSATCOM Systems Engineering, Integration and Test (MSEIT) Contract Award

LinQuest Corporation announced today that it has received a $562 million award from the U. S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) to provide architecting and full life-cycle systems engineering, integration, and solutions support to the military satellite communications enterprise. The portfolio of SMC programs supported by MSEIT includes all satellites, terminals, and networks for worldwide tactical, strategic, and wideband military communications.

"We are proud to sustain our nearly 40 year heritage of helping SMC design, develop, deploy, and operate their MILSATCOM portfolio of programs. We are grateful to know that SMC continues to recognize and value our digital engineering tools and subject matter expertise as integral ingredients to their future success," said Tim Dills, LinQuest President and CEO.

"MILSATCOM is where LinQuest began and we are honored to be selected for continued mission support. We recognize that SMC 2.0 is where our customer is headed and are prepared and excited to partner with the government as they reinvent how future space systems are designed and acquired to ensure we remain ahead of all threats to the national security space enterprise," said Chris Beres, General Manager, Space Systems Engineering & Integration Group.

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4 March 2019 - LinQuest Names Timothy Dills as President and CEO

LinQuest Corporation has announced Timothy Dills as its new Chief Executive Officer and President.

Dills' appointment follows LinQuest's acquisition by Madison Dearborn Partners and CoVant Management and will provide new executive leadership focused on continuing the company's superior performance as well as capitalizing on its future growth opportunities. As enhancing and protecting national security space capabilities continues to be a U.S. priority, Dills will lead a broadened corporate development strategy to pursue opportunities that bring new market access and capabilities to the company, expand its customer base, attract and retain top talent, and increase engagement with all stakeholders.

"It's a privilege to be named LinQuest's CEO. I look forward to helping the company reach the next level while expanding opportunities for our greatest asset - our employees," said Dills. "I believe in transparent leadership fueled by honesty and trust. I am particularly pleased that there is clear customer trust in LinQuest and incredible talent to advance our customers' critical missions."

Dills was previously President of Scitor Corporation. Having joined the company in 1989 and becoming its President in 2008, he helped Scitor grow to be a $600M business. Following Scitor's sale to SAIC, Dills remained with the company for more than a year to support a successful transition. While at Scitor, he also led the successful acquisition and integration of Kinsey Technical Services, Inc. (KTSi), as well as Intelligence Community related assets acquired from General Dynamics.

"We have selected an individual to lead LinQuest who has proven leadership skills, an appreciation for our culture, an understanding of our domain, customers and their missions, and a team-oriented management style," said Joseph Kampf, Chairman of LinQuest's Board of Directors, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CoVant. "Tim's experience, industry background and leadership qualities will be essential in guiding LinQuest as we move into the next phase and prepare for a robust future."

Dills will be located at LinQuest's Chantilly, VA office.

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."

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