Boeing, SpaceX Win NASA Commercial Space Transportation Contracts

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Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Elon Musk’s startup firm SpaceX have both won contracts to transport U.S. astronauts to and from the International Space Station for NASA. Charles Bolden, NASA administrator, said in a press conference Tuesday from Kennedy Space Center that the contracts are worth up to $6.8 billion combined, with up to $4.2 billion for Boeing and $2.6 billion for SpaceX. Boeing will...

Bernhard Gerwert: Airbus to Downsize Defense, Space Division

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Airbus Group will sell some of the subsidiaries and business units within its defense and space division after what the aerospace and defense conglomerate called a “detailed and comprehensive portfolio assessment.” Airbus Group said Tuesday that it identified its commercial and para-public communication business as among the candidates for divestment and said it also plans to divest...

General Dynamics to Consolidate AIS, C4 Business Arms; Chris Marzilli to Head Combined Org

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General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) will combine its advanced information systems and C4 systems business units into a single organization that will adopt the name General Dynamics Mission Systems. The company said Monday that the consolidation will take effect in January 2015 and Chris Marzilli, current president of the C4 systems unit, will lead the combined mission systems organization. The future mission...

Randy Fuerst Promoted to CEO at Oceus Networks

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Randy Fuerst Randy Fuerst, formerly president and chief operating officer at Oceus Networks, has been promoted to the CEO post at the Reston, Va.-based broadband technology services contractor and will retain the title of president, the company announced Wednesday. “Oceus has made great strides in introducing 4G LTE commercial broadband technology into the defense and public safety markets,”...

Tom Sharpe: GSA Aims to Cut Contract Duplication as OASIS Vehicle Starts Business

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Tom Sharpe The General Services Administration has declared its OASIS professional services contract vehicle as ready for business after both the Government Accountability Office and the Court of Federal Claims have denied all protests related to the program. Federal agencies now have access to commercial and non-commercial professional services through OASIS, which GSA awarded positions on through...

Stephen Warren: VA to Acquire ‘Commercial, Off-The-Shelf’ Scheduling System

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The Department of Veterans Affairs intends to issue a request for proposals by the end of September 2014 to acquire a new medical appointment scheduling system that would contain new management-based scheduling software. “VA chose a full- and open-competitive strategy to acquire a ‘commercial, off-the-shelf’ scheduling system,” Stephen Warren, the VA’s chief information officer, said Monday. “We...

GD Bath Iron Works Wins Potential $100M LCS Planning Yard Contract

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General Dynamics‘ (NYSE: GD) Bath Iron Works subsidiary has won a potential $100,418,069 contract to perform planning yard services for the U.S. Navy‘s Littoral Combat Ship program. The Navy received three offers for the cost-plus-award-fee contract and Bath Iron Works will act as the single planning yard for the LCS ships, the Defense Department said Friday. Work will encompass engineering,...

Airbus Vet Steve Mestraud Moves to Cyveillance as Finance, Accounting VP

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Steve Mestraud, a former financial executive at Solomon Edwards Group and Airbus‘ North American arm, has joined Qinetiq‘s Cyveillance subsidiary as vice president of finance accounting. “As our global business and service offerings continue to expand, it will be critical for us to have experienced leaders like Steve to guide us through this transition,” Scott Kaine, Cyveillance...

NASA Triggers $178M Option on Jacobs’ Kennedy Space Center Operations Contract

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NASA has awarded a two-year, $178 million contract option to Jacobs Technology to continue management and implementation services for technology and operations at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The agency said Monday that it also exercised a two-year extension for the contract’s indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity ordering provision, which is worth up to $500 million...

Larry Hill: Leidos to Build NGA GEOINT Tools for ‘Map of the World’ Graphics

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Leidos (NYSE: LDOS) has been awarded a potential three-year, $20 million contract to build products and other tools to help the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency produce digital navigation planning charts and other documents. NGA also contracted Leidos to help implement process flow changes at the agency for the production of intelligence and geospatial information and to help convert data...