Posts from GovConWire for 08/14/2017

Lockheed Wins $8B Follow-On Contract for Global Logistics Support to US Special Forces

The U.S. Special Operations Command has awarded Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) a potential $8 billion follow-on contract to continue providing logistics support services to the country’s special operations forces…
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Defense Firms Link Unfilled DoD Posts to Contracting Activity Slowdown; Leidos’ Roger Krone Comments

Some defense industry executives have said the Trump administration’s failure to appoint leaders to senior-level roles at the Defense Department has resulted in uncertainty and slow pace of contract awards, Reuters reported Saturday…
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USAF Picks Northrop, Aurora Flight Sciences for $499M Aerospace Vehicle R&D IDIQ

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and Aurora Flight Sciences have won positions on a potential eight-year, $499 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to research, develop and demonstrate aerospace vehicle systems designed to deliver weapons, cargo and other payloads to warfighters…
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Okta’s Chris Niggel: Data Security’s Future Is Linked to Identity Management

Chris Niggel, director of security and compliance at San Francisco-based identity management services provider Okta (Nasdaq: OKTA), has said government agencies seeking to protect information systems from cyber threats should adopt security controls “that match the level of risk…
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GovCon Execs Launch Fundraising Campaign for Children’s Home in Kenya; PAE’s Jason Souza Comments

Two government contracting industry veterans have launched a campaign that aims to raise $50,000 in funds to set up a sustainable food source and complete the construction of a new dormitory in support of a local orphanage in Kenya…
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MeriTalk Study: Majority of Federal Agencies Have Adopted Converged Infrastructure Platforms

A new MeriTalk study has found that 59 percent of federal agencies have fielded converged infrastructure systems as part of their organizations’ data center strategies. The “Converged: At the Core of IT All” report, underwritten by NetApp and Cisco, is based on an online poll of 150 federal information technology leaders between May and June…
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Matthew Donovan Starts in Air Force Undersecretary Role

Matthew Donovan, a 31-year U.S. Air Force veteran, took the oath of office to become undersecretary of the military branch during a ceremony held Friday at the Pentagon. The Air Force said Friday he will oversee efforts to organize, train, equip and deliver welfare services to approximately 660,000 active-duty, Guard, Reserve, civilian airmen and their families worldwide…
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James Mattis: DoD Should Leverage AI Tech Advancements

Defense Secretary James Mattis wants the Defense Department to further invest in artificial intelligence and harness the technology for military applications, Wired reported Friday. “It’s got to be better integrated by [DoD], because I see many of the greatest advances out here on the West Coast in private industry…
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L3 Subsidiary to Update Army, Marine Satellite Terminals

An L3 Technologies subsidiary has received a $48.8 million contract to inspect, test and update U.S. Army and Marine Corps AN/TSC-156 tactical satellite communications terminals. The Defense Department said Friday that L3’s Communication Systems West business in Salt Lake City, Utah, will support AN/TSC-156B/D and AN/TSC-156C terminals under the contract…
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Executive Spotlight: Interview with Amr ElSawy, President & CEO, Noblis

“…With changes come new challenges…In applying new technologies and approaches to problems [Noblis] is extending the art of the possible.” EM: What are some of the more notable changes you have seen in the company in the past ten years? Amr ElSawy: Over the past ten years, Noblis has striven to stay proactive— and busy! We have tripled in size and acquired two companies…
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Pentagon’s Innovation Offices Obtain Authorization to Streamline Recruitment, Acquisition Processes

The Defense Department‘s Defense Innovation Unit Experimental and Strategic Capabilities Office have received authorization to accelerate their recruitment and contracting processes, Defense News reported…
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Justin Poole Appointed NGA Deputy Director; Robert Cardillo Comments

Justin Poole, formerly director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency‘s source operations and management directorate, has been appointed to serve as NGA’s seventh deputy director…
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Former Coast Guard Officer David Pekoske Sworn in as New TSA Administrator

David Pekoske, a former U.S. Coast Guard vice commandant, has sworn in as the seventh administrator at the Transportation Security Administration a week after his confirmation by the Senate on Aug. 3…
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August 14th Morning Report: Friday Close – Markets End Week Stable and to the Positive

Markets closed Friday to the positive after a geopolitically charged week of ups and downs. The Executive Mosaic GovCon Index (GCI) reversed its downward trend to close Friday up 0.370 percent to 100…
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VIDEO: Navy Pilot Recovered by USCG After Jet Crash

A Navy pilot ejected from his F-5N Tiger II tactical fighter aircraft, August 9, about 20 nautical miles southeast of Naval Air Station Key West. The pilot was quickly recovered by a Coast Guard helicopter at approximately 1:15 p…
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