Posts from GovConWire for 11/16/2017

7 Firms Win Spots on Potential $150M Army Mission Training Systems Support Contract

The U.S. Army has awarded seven companies spots on a potential five-year, $150 million contract to support the service branch’s mission training complex systems. Eighteen bids were submitted to the Army Contracting Command for the hybrid contract via an online solicitation and work is scheduled to occur through Nov…
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NASA Taps SSL to Conduct Deep Space Gateway Propulsion Study; Richard White Comments

Maxar Technologies’ SSL business has received a contract from NASA to perform a four-month study on a module designed to provide propulsion and control for the agency’s deep space gateway project…
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State Dept OKs $170M Raytheon Air-to-Air Missile Sale to Norway

The State Department has approved Norway’s request to buy Raytheon-built (NYSE: RTN) AIM-120 C-7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles under a potential $170 million foreign military sales agreement…
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Raytheon Exec Mark Esper Confirmed as Army Secretary

The Senate approved Mark Esper, vice president of government relations at Raytheon, to serve as U.S. Army secretary through an 89-6 vote Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reported Wednesday. His confirmation came four months after President Donald Trump nominated him for the service’s top civilian post…
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Intelsat, General Atomics Test MQ-9 Drone’s Beam Switching Capability Via Satellite Platform

General Atomics and an Intelsat subsidiary have conducted tests to demonstrate the compatibility of a satellite platform with the beam switching functionality of an unmanned aerial system. The General Atomics Aeronautical Systems-built Block 5 Predator B/MQ-9 UAS was able to transition between the two spot beams on one of Intelsat EpicNG satellites – Intelsat 29e – to facilitate sensor data and command-and-control transmissions while flying 1,075 nautical miles during the test, Intelsat General said Wednesday…
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Executive Spotlight: Interview with Mark Rayha, VP/CFO of General Dynamics Mission Systems

Mark Rayha sees his position as vice president and CFO for General Dynamics Mission Systems as far more than keeping an eye on financial results and forecasting emerging trends, opportunities for growth and financial ‘headwinds…
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Lockheed Updates ‘Fury’ UAV Engine; Kevin Westfall Comments

Lockheed Martin has updated the engine technology of a company-built unmanned air vehicle in an effort to increase the platform’s flight endurance capacity. The company said Wednesday it integrated a new 1803 engine into the Fury UAV and the upgrade is meant to help the aircraft operate for up to 15 continuous flight hours…
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Govt Cyber Vets Michael Taxay, Jeremy Haas Join LookingGlass Leadership Team

Michael Taxay and Jeremy Haas, respectively former FBI and CIA officials focused on cybersecurity, have joined the executive leadership team at LookingGlass Cyber Solutions. LookingGlass said Tuesday it named Taxay as chief risk officer and general counsel and appointed Haas as chief security officer…
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BAE Enters Hawk Fleet Support Partnership With UAE-Based Aircraft MRO Firm

BAE Systems has partnered with an aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul company based in the United Arab Emirates to provide support services for the country’s fleet of Hawk trainer planes. The British defense company said Wednesday its partnership with the Advanced Military Maintenance Repair and Overhaul Center will cover the provision of spares, repairs and engineering services for Hawk MK61, MK102 and MK63 trainers through 2020…
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Deloitte Wins $62M DHA Program Mgmt Support Contract

Deloitte Consulting has won a potential five-year, $62.4 million contract to provide  program management services to Defense Health Agency requirement managers for governance, requirements and architecture management support…
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CSRA to Help Modernize Seahawk Helicopters of Navy, Foreign Military Clients

CSRA has received a $38.5 million task order from the U.S. Navy to help update various models of the H-60 Seahawk multimission helicopter. The company said Wednesday the order was issued under the Rapid Response–Third Generation contract vehicle and includes support for Seahawk helicopters of the Navy and foreign military sales customers…
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GAO: Bid Protests Down 7% in Fiscal Year 2017

A Government Accountability Office report shows that the total number of protests filed with the agency to dispute federal contract awards hit 2,596 in fiscal year 2017, a figure that represents a 7 percent decline over the 2,789 recorded in the previous fiscal year…
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VIDEO: Reconnaissance Marines in New Zealand

New Zealand Army Soldiers with the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment and the Marines from 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 1st Marine Division, conduct reconnaissance missions and tactics during Exercise Southern Katipo 17 at St…
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