USAF Considers Air Force One Contract Split as Frank Kendall Seeks More Contract Competitions

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The U.S. Air Force is looking into a potential splitting of work on the future presidential plane between Boeing (NYSE: BA) and other contractors as Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall recently pushed for more competitive contracts. Tony Capaccio reports Thursday for Bloomberg News that Kendall has noted a low contract competition rate at DoD and recommended a stricter process for sole-source...

Andrew Wittman Joins Okta as Chief Marketing Officer

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Andrew Wittman, formerly chief marketing officer at CA Technologies (Nasdaq: CA), has been appointed to the same role at identity and access management software firm Okta, Recode.net reported Thursday. Arik Hesseldahl writes that Wittman spent eight years at CA Technologies, where he served as senior adviser to the CEO before he became the firm’s CMO in February 2012. Wittman has also held marketing...

Navy Picks 5 Firms for $240M F-35 Hangar Construction IDIQ

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The U.S. Navy‘s Naval Facilities Engineering Command has awarded positions on a potential three-year $240 million contract to five companies for F-35 maintenance hub design and construction services. Awardees include Carothers Construction, Archer Western Construction, Brasfield & Gorrie General Contractors, Hensel Phelps Construction and M.A. Mortenson Construction, the Navy said Tuesday. Carothers...

Vantage Partners to Continue NASA Glenn Center Aeronautics Support

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Vantage Partners will continue providing engineering and scientific services to NASA‘s Glenn Research Center after the agency exercised the second option of the company’s potential $231 million contract for the work. NASA said Wednesday the one-year option is worth an estimated $46 million and starts in October. The company supports the Cleveland-based research center’s aeronautics...

Air Force Wants Anti-Jam Tech for Global Wideband Satcom

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The U.S. Air Force is interested in procuring a ground-based technology that can mitigate jamming threats to military broadband communication satellites. A sources sought notice released Tuesday outlines the branch’s plan to acquire an X-band anti-jam system for the Wideband Global SATCOM constellation. A potential contractor would update the WGS ground control infrastructure to include a satellite...

John Halinski to Advise Command Consulting Group Clients on Aviation Security

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John Halinski John Halinski, the recently retired deputy administrator of the Transportation Security Administration, has been named a senior adviser at Command Consulting Group, a security and intelligence advisory company based in Washington. Halinski, a 10-year veteran at TSA who has previously served in the U.S. Marine Corps for 25 years, has experience in international aviation security, counterterrorism...

Report: Air Force Could Award Long-Range Radar Contract Next Week

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The U.S. Air Force is close to naming the winner of a contract to produce long-range, ground-based sensors for tracking hostile aircraft and missiles, Defense News reported Wednesday. Aaron Mehta writes that Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) and Raytheon (NYSE: RTN) are competing for the Air Force’s Three Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar development program. The...

Saab to Update USSOCOM’s Carl-Gustaf Weapon System; Gorgen Johansson Comments

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Saab has won a potential five-year, $187 million contract with the U.S. Special Operations Command to supply new Carl-Gustaf weapon systems to the command. USSOCOM has placed a $14.3 million initial order for the portable weapon, Saab said Wednesday. The contract follows a previous deal between Saab and USSOCOM for the 84-milimeter rifle system. “This new order demonstrates the continued belief...

Eric Wieman: STG Extends Support for State Dept Financial Mgmt Systems

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Eric Wieman STG has won a five-year, $67.3 million contract to help the U.S. State Department manage and maintain application systems for processing the agency’s financial and compensation transactions. The contract covers support work for DoS’ Comptroller Global Financial Services and Global Financial Management Systems, STG said Wednesday. “During the past 15 years, we have directly...

Report: NASA to Award Space Transportation Contract by Early September

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NASA will award a contract or contracts to develop space vehicles for transporting U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by the end of August or in early September, National Journal reported Tuesday. Marina Koren reports that the future commercial spacecraft would end U.S. dependence on Russia’s Soyuz capsules to transport each astronaut for $70.7 million. The three finalists...