Posts from ExecutiveBiz for 10/09/2015

Tiffany Hixson: GSA’s Consolidated Professional Services Contract Vehicle Goes Live

The General Services Administration has consolidated eight acquisition contracts for professional services into a new single contract vehicle that opened for business Oct. 1. Tiffany Hixson, a regional commissioner and professional services category executive at GSA, wrote in a blog post published Thursday the agency sought to cut down on contract duplication through the consolidation initiative…
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Mark Nicol Named Raytheon Canada President; Thomas Vecchiolla Comments

Mark Nicol, former program director for Standard Missiles 1 and 2 at Raytheon (NYSE: RTN), has been appointed president of the global defense contractor’s business in Canada. Raytheon said Friday Nicol will be based in Canadian capital city Ottawa and oversee business development and client engagement efforts in Canada for the company…
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Lawrence Gross Jr. Joins FDIC as CIO

Lawrence Gross Jr., formerly chief information officer of the Farm Service Agency, has been appointed to a similar role at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. The FDIC saidThursday Gross will advise the financial regulatory agency’s senior officials on information technology program management, investment, planning, security and governance issues in his new position, Before he joined FSA, the more than  25-year federal and military service veteran served as deputy CIO at the Interior Department and as associate CIO at the Treasury, where he oversaw IT portfolios of both agencies…
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NAPA Report Calls for Expanded Federal Cybersecurity Education Programs

The National Academy of Public Administration has published a 52-page report that examines two federally-backed educational programs designed to train students at select U.S. universities about cyber defense and information security…
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Northrop Builds Spacecraft Bus for Webb Telescope

Northrop Grumman has completed the production and assembly of the spacecraft bus for NASA‘s James Webb Space Telescope at Northrop’s Redondo Beach facility in California. The company said Thursday the structure is made of carbon fiber composites and works to integrate Webb’s optical telescope, instrument electronics and sunshield…
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Orbital ATK to Develop Army AMP Tank Rounds; Dan Olson Comments

Orbital ATK will carry out the initial phase of development work on a new 120-millimeter tank ammunition under a potential $16 million contract with the U.S. Army. The company saidThursday it will manufacture the Advanced Multi-Purpose XM1147 High Explosive Multi-Purpose round for the service branch’s Abrams battle tanks…
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ULA Launches NRO Payload, 13 Rideshare CubeSats; Jim Sponnick Comments

United Launch Alliance has launched a National Reconnaissance Office payload and 13 CubeSats for the Government Rideshare Advanced Concepts Experiment aboard an Atlas V rocket as part of the NROL-55 mission…
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LogRhythm Updates Integrated Security Intell, Analytics Platform; Chris Petersen Comments

LogRhythm has added new automation, data management and incident response orchestration tools to a unified cybersecurity offering designed to help enterprises address sophisticated threats. The company said Thursday version 7 of its security intelligence and analytics platform works to collect, examine and prioritize events from multiple disparate information sources…
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