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Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. is an American management consulting firm headquartered in Tysons Corner, Fairfax County, Virginia in Greater Washington DC, with 80 other offices throughout the United States. Its core business is the provision of management, technology and security services, to civilian government agencies, as a security and defense contractor to defense and intelligence agencies, and to civil and commercial entities. Their scope of services includes strategic planning, human capital and learning, communications, operational improvement, information technology work, systems engineering, organizational change efforts, computer modeling and simulation, program management, assurance and resilience, and economic business analysis.Booz Allen Hamilton was founded in 1914. It is one of the oldest management consulting firms in the world. By the end of the 1950s, Time Magazine dubbed the firm "the world's largest, most prestigious management consulting firm."In 1970, Booz Allen went public with an initial offering of 500,000 shares at $24 per share. Trading continued through 1976.As of August 2008, Booz Allen Hamilton’s former parent company divided in two. The Booz Allen Hamilton moniker was retained by the half focusing on U.S. governmental contracts, with Booz & Company taking sole control of its commercial strategy and international portfolio. However, as Booz Allen's three-year noncompete provision has expired, it is now building out its commercial consulting practice, focusing on technology integration and cybersecurity programs. Booz Allen Hamilton is majority owned by private equity firm The Carlyle Group, while Booz & Company is owned and operated as a partnership. Booz & Company was subsequently acquired by PricewaterhouseCoopers and is now known as Strategy&. On November 17, 2010, Booz Allen's shares of common stock began trading at the New York Stock Exchange on January 2, 2014.As of 2013, 99% of the company's revenue comes from the Federal government. It has been ranked 1st by Vault in public sector consulting in 2014, and from 6th to 4th best technology consulting firm worldwide on a number of criteria, including prestige and quality, since 2012. Wikipedia.


Ciolkosz D.,Pennsylvania State University | Wallace R.,Booz Allen Hamilton
Biofuels, Bioproducts and Biorefining | Year: 2011

The torrefaction of biomass is a thermochemical decomposition process in which hemicellulose degradation is the dominant reaction, with the cellulose and lignin fractions largely unaffected. The primary product is a solid material that retains 75-95% of the original energy content. Properties of the torrefied solid include improved grindability, hydrophobicity, and energy density. Torrefied biomass has been processed successfully in batch-mode and continuous process devices; net thermal efficiencies of the process as high as 90% have been reported. Torrefied biomass has been proposed as a feedstock for coal co-combustion, as well as for gasification-combustion and Fischer-Tropsch fuel production. Analyses of supply chain impacts indicate that, in some scenarios, torrefaction can be the lowest cost and most energy efficient option for supplying fuel, especially when combined with pelletization of the material. Significant gaps still exist in our understanding of torrefaction; there is need to further study this important process for its potential benefits to bioenergy production. Some of the more pressing needs include characterization of chemical pathways of the torrefaction reaction, investigation of equipment performance and equipment-related influences on the process, and elucidation of supply chain impacts. © 2011 Society of Chemical Industry and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Source


Haynes C.A.,Booz Allen Hamilton | Gonzalez R.,Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy
Nature Chemical Biology | Year: 2014

If methane, the main component of natural gas, can be efficiently converted to liquid fuels, world reserves of methane could satisfy the demand for transportation fuels in addition to use in other sectors. However, the direct activation of strong C-H bonds in methane and conversion to desired products remains a difficult technological challenge. This perspective reveals an opportunity to rethink the logic of biological methane activation and conversion to liquid fuels. We formulate a vision for a new foundation for methane bioconversion and suggest paths to develop technologies for the production of liquid transportation fuels from methane at high carbon yield and high energy efficiency and with low CO 2 emissions. These technologies could support natural gas bioconversion facilities with a low capital cost and at small scales, which in turn could monetize the use of natural gas resources that are frequently flared, vented or emitted. © 2014 Nature America, Inc. All rights reserved. Source


Goellner J.F.,Booz Allen Hamilton
Chemical Engineering Progress | Year: 2012

Development of US shale gas resources will require expansion of infrastructure assets ranging from roads and rails to pipelines and seaports to power generation plants and ethane crackers, and more. Drilling requires lot of water, sand and equipment, which needs to be transported into areas that are often remote. This creates the need for good infrastructures like roads and rails. Although the exact nature of the disposition infrastructure is not known, the need for more facilities to treat and purify these waters is evident. After natural gas is produced, it must be gathered into the natural gas transmission and distribution network. This requires capital outlays for gathering lines to take the raw natural gas to processing facilities, as well as for the gas processing facilities themselves. Shipping through a seaport that is reasonably close to the shale play also opens up access for exporting ethane to foreign markets. Source


Patent
Booz Allen Hamilton | Date: 2013-06-03

An exemplary apparatus and associated method are disclosed for analyzing surface degradation. The apparatus can include a sensor configured to acquire images of a surface; and a processing device configured to correlate the acquired images to a geo-coordinate, to extract at least one property of a surface abnormality identified in at least one of the acquired images, and to generate trend data based on changes over time in the at least one property of the surface abnormality identified in the images, which are correlated to a common geo-coordinate.


Methods and systems for Sustained Testing and Awareness Refresh against Phishing threats (STAR*Phish) are disclosed. In an embodiment, a method assigns schemes and unique identifiers to target e-mail addresses associated with a user accounts. The method delivers e-mail messages to the targeted e-mail addresses, the e-mail messages comprising an HTTP request and a unique identifier associated with each of the user accounts. The method then receives, at a Phishing Metric Tool (PMT), a response including the unique identifier. The PMT logs training requirements for the user accounts, tracks response metrics for the training requirements, and redirects the respective HTTP requests to a phishing training tool (PTT). The PTT sends a notification of the user account identities and the unique identifiers to the PMT and returns a status for the training requirements for the user accounts. Upon completion of the training, the PMT sends completion notifications for the user accounts.

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