Posts from GovConWire for 09/06/2017

Former Air Force CIO William Bender Joins Leidos in SVP Role; Gerry Fasano Comments

William Bender, formerly chief information officer of the U.S. Air Force, has joined Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) as senior vice president for strategic accounts and government relations. The retired Air Force lieutenant general will aim to help strengthen Leidos’ customer relationships and drive organic growth strategies in his new position, the company said Tuesday…
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Lookout’s Bob Stevens: Govt Tech Leaders Should Be Aware of ‘Spectrum of Mobile Risk’ to Address Device-Related Threats

Bob Stevens, vice president of federal systems at San Francisco-based mobile security firm Lookout, has said an April 2017 study released by the Department of Homeland Security indicates that threats posed by federal agencies’ use of smartphones and other mobile devices to government data are present across all areas of the mobile ecosystem…
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MD Helicopters to Build Military Aircraft for Afghanistan Under $1.4B Army FMS Contract

MD Helicopters has secured a potential $1.39 billion foreign military sales contract from the U.S. Army to produce approximately 150 MD 530F helicopters for Afghanistan. The Defense Department said Tuesday the contract also covers program management, delivery, pilot training and maintenance support services…
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Greg Hayes: UTC-Rockwell Collins Merger Deal Aims to Advance Digital Platforms, Predictive Analytics

Greg Hayes, CEO of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX), has said UTC’s move to acquire Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) under an estimated $30 billion deal seeks to advance the development of digital platforms for the aviation sector, Reuters reported Tuesday…
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Robert Behler to be Nominated DoD Operational Test & Evaluation Director

President Donald Trump intends to nominate Robert Behler, chief operating officer and deputy director of the Carnegie Mellon University Software Engineering Institute, as director of operational test and evaluation at the Defense Department…
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Huntington Ingalls Awarded $105M Navy Nuclear Submarine Support Extension

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) will continue to provide support services for U.S. Navy nuclear submarines under a two-year, $105 million contract modification. The Defense Department said Tuesday the modification covers database and configuration management, integrated logistics, engineering, technical, design, research, development, modernization and industrial services…
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Lucian Niemeyer: DoD Supports Draft Senate Bill to Authorize New BRAC Round

Lucian Niemeyer, newly appointed assistant defense secretary for installations, has said the Defense Department backs a Senate bill that would push for a new round of base realignment and closures, Washington Examiner reported Tuesday…
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Navy, Lockheed Complete Helicopter-Based Electronic Warfare Pod Preliminary Design Review

The U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin have wrapped up a preliminary design review of a helicopter-based electronic warfare pod designed to help warfighters detect and respond to anti-ship missile threats. Lockheed said Tuesday its Advanced Off-Board Electronic Warfare Active Mission Payload AN/ALQ-248 system aboard Sikorsky-made MH-60 helicopters works to provide the aircraft with surveillance capabilities against ASM threats through the use of radio frequency countermeasure methods…
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Sky and Space Global Conducts Voice Calls, Data Transfer via Nanosatellites

Sky and Space Global has conducted phone calls, instant messaging, voice recording and image transfers through the company’s constellation of three nanosatellites. SAS said Tuesday the test run of its 3 Diamonds constellation marked the first time that a voice call was delivered using nanosatellites…
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Executive Spotlight: Interview with Robert Hahn, President of Reed Tech

“When it comes to navigating regulatory submission requirements on massive volumes of big data and related databases, there is no substitute for our experience.” EM: During your time working with the federal government, how have you seen it evolve and in what ways do you think it could better foster innovation? Robert Hahn: I have had the opportunity to work with many federal agencies over the past 35 years…
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Orbital ATK, Air Force Enter Military Aircraft Sustainment Partnership

Orbital ATK has partnered with the U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center to support the country’s military aircraft through complementary, composite aerostructure design, manufacturing and inspection services…
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20 US States, Territories Join FirstNet Public Safety Broadband Network Program

Twenty U.S. states and territories so far have agreed to participate in the First Responder Network Authority’s collaborative project with AT&T to establish a nationwide emergency broadband network…
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September 5th Market Close: GovConIndex and Major Indices Close Down

The Executive Mosaic GovCon Index (GCI) reversed its five days of positive direction to close down today. The GCI was off 0.66 percent to close at 101.601. Declining shares outpaced advancing 3 to 1…
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