Posts from GovConWire for 09/19/2017

Akamai’s Tom Ruff: Agencies Should Adopt Agile Tech As Part of Cyber ‘Defense-In-Depth Strategy’

Tom Ruff, vice president of public sector at Cambridge, Massachusetts-based content delivery network and cloud services provider Akamai Technologies (Nasdaq: AKAM), has said government agencies should establish a comprehensive “defense-in-depth strategy” to protect networks from distributed denial-of-service attacks, cross-site scripting and other cyber threats…
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Senate Approves $700B Defense Budget for Fiscal 2018

The Senate on Monday approved through an 89-8 vote a bill that would authorize $700 billion in defense spending for fiscal year 2018, Defense News reported Monday. The FY 2018 National Defense Authorization Act would allocate $640 billion for the Defense Department’s base budget and $60 billion in war funds…
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ManTech Inks $180M Deal for InfoZen in Federal Civilian Market Push; Kevin Phillips Comments

ManTech International (Nasdaq: MANT) has agreed to buy Bethesda, Maryland-based information technology platforms provider InfoZen through a $180 million cash transaction that would grow ManTech’s managed cloud services and information technology offerings for the federal civilian market…
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Former Govplace CFO Mark Serway Named HDS Federal Finance Chief, Operations VP

Mark Serway, former chief financial officer of government technology provider Govplace, has joined Hitachi Data Systems‘ federal business as CFO and vice president of operations. He will report to HDS Federal President and CEO David Turner and oversee the unit’s controllership, treasury, tax, information technology and customer support functions, Hitachi Data Systems said Monday…
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Sierra Nevada Lands Potential $205M IDIQ for USSOCOM Counter-IED Tech Support

Sierra Nevada Corp. has secured a potential five-year, $205 million contract to provide support services for electronic warfare technology the U.S. Special Operations Command uses to disrupt radio-controlled improvised explosive devices…
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Margaret Anderson Takes Managing Director Role at Deloitte Federal Health Practice

Margaret Anderson, formerly executive director at Washington-based FasterCures, has joined Deloitte Consulting LLP as a managing director for federal health practice. Deloitte said Monday Anderson will oversee the firm’s health outcome improvement efforts through the advancement of platforms and collaboration with stakeholders across federal health, life sciences and nonprofit sectors…
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FirstNet Board OKs $74M Fiscal 2018 Public Safety Network Budget

The First Responder Network Authority Board has approved a fiscal year 2018 budget of $73.5 million to fund FirstNet’s efforts to deploy, operate and manage a nationwide public safety broadband network…
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Navy Taps 4 Firms for Submarine, Shipboard C4ISR Training Contracts

The U.S. Navy has awarded four companies potential five-year contracts to provide training support for the service branch’s submarine, ashore and tactical afloat shipboard command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems…
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Air Force Taps BAE for South Korea F-16 Radar Warning Receiver Upgrades

BAE Systems‘ U.S. subsidiary has received a potential $49.6 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to update radar warning receivers currently installed on South Korea’s F-16 Fighting Falcon aircraft…
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Executive Spotlight: Interview with Stephen Marker, Director of Product Strategy, Cyber and Electronic Warfare Systems of General Dynamics Mission Systems

“This threat that legacy equipment poses across all of our industries is truly one of the things that keeps me up at night.” EM: How has your work experience prepared you for your current position? Stephen Marker: My current role is director of product strategy within cyber and electronic warfare systems, focusing on which markets to enter and getting our products to market quickly…
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C5 Accelerate, SAP NS2 Forge PeaceTech Accelerator Partnership; Mark Testoni Comments

Technology investment firm C5 Accelerate has teamed up with SAP National Security Services in an effort to further support an accelerator program that seeks to identify and track companies that work to address national security issues…
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Northrop to Buy Orbital ATK in Potential $9.2B Deal; Wes Bush, David Thompson Comment

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has agreed to purchase Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA) for approximately $9.2 billion in a push to accelerate innovation efforts and expand technology offerings. Falls Church, Virginia-based Northrop said Monday it will pay $7…
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Robert Cardillo: NGA in Talks With Congress to Trade Govt Data Sets for Industry’s AI, Algorithms

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency Director Robert Cardillo has said NGA has initiated talks with Congress to strike a public-private partnership in an effort to facilitate the exchange of the agency’s data archives for industry’s algorithms, artificial intelligence and other computational methods, Federal News Radio reported Friday…
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VIDEO: Skunk Works – On the Path to 75 Years of Innovation

Powerful ideas. Daring team. Disruptive innovation. This is the story of Skunk Works. In 2018, Skunk Works will celebrate 75 years of partnering with our customers to make the impossible possible. https://lmt…
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September 18th Market Close: GovConIndex Rises on News of Northrop’s Acquisition of Orbital ATK

The Executive Mosaic GovCon Index (GCI) increased significantly on the day reaching a new YTD high of 104.137 up 1.786 percent. Orbital ATK  and Northrop Grumman top the GCI with the news of Northrop Grumman’s intent to acquire the global aerospace and defense company…
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