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December 8 Market Close: GovCon Index Drops on Steep Prime Declines, SAIC Climbs on Earnings Beat

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index tumbled Thursday on steep losses among several of its large-cap prime components as U.S. stocks posted a small advance to a new record high close with financial shares the top performers at a 1-percent gain and industrials the largest laggards. Thursday’s decline puts the GCI below 90 points after a …

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Booz Allen’s Greg Wenzel Details Engineering, Digital Services Push Through Aquilent Buy

Booz Allen Hamilton‘s (NYSE: BAH) pending $250 million purchase of Laurel, Maryland-based cloud computing and digital services contractor Aquilent represents a selective entry into the GovCon acquisition landscape for a firm as it has made five purchases. McLean, Virginia-based Booz Allen largely sat out of last year’s large deal activity that reshaped the government technology services sector …

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Former AF Chief of Staff Mark Welsh Joins Northrop Board of Directors; Wes Bush Comments

Mark Welsh III, a retired U.S. Air Force general and current dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, has joined the board of directors at Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC). Northrop expands its board of directors to 14 members with the addition of Welsh, the …

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SAIC 3Q Earnings Top Street’s Consensus, Sets Post-Spin Book-To-Bill Record

GovCon Index-listed Science Applications International Corp. (NYSE: SAIC) reported third quarter earnings above the consensus Wall Street analyst forecast Thursday as the government contractor also set a record book-to-bill ratio since its September 2013 spinoff from former parent Leidos Holdings (NYSE: LDOS). SAIC reported $0.91 earnings per share for the …

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Dan Morris Joins UltiSat as Govt Services Senior Director; Amy Gwinn Comments

Dan Morris, a former senior account executive at Adobe Systems (Nasdaq: ADBE), has been named senior director of government services at Gaithersburg, Maryland-based satellite communications firm.UltiSat. Morris will be responsible for helping expand the company’s projects with U.S. defense agencies and professional services portfolio, UltiSat said Tuesday. He previously held senior-level roles …

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NASA Taps A.I. Solutions for Potential $388M Launch Services Program Support IDIQ

A.I. Solutions has secured a potential $387.6 million indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract to support launch of NASA and agency-sponsored payloads aboard commercial expendable launch vehicles. NASA said Thursday the Expendable Launch Vehicle Integrated Support 3 contract includes launch site engineering, launch vehicle and spacecraft ground processing, communication engineering and telemetry system maintenance and operations support for the …

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4 Companies Win Spots on $47M Army Organizational, Technical Equipment Contract 

The U.S. Army has awarded four companies positions on a potential three-year, $47 million contract that covers organizational, administrative and technical personnel and equipment. The Defense Department said Wednesday contractors will provide staff and equipment to support theater combatant commands, theater special operations commands and other headquarters or command control elements of the Army. The …

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Defense News: Airbus Wins Potential $2.3B Search & Rescue Aircraft Replacement Contract With Canada

Canada has selected Airbus-built C-295 to serve as the next fixed-wing search-and-rescue aircraft and replace the country’s fleet of aging C-130s and Buffalo planes under a potential $2.3 billion contract, Defense News reported Wednesday. David Pugliese writes Harjit Sajjan, Canada’s defense minister, and Judy Foote, the country’s procurement officer, are set to announce …

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December 7 Market Close: GovCon Index Posts All-Time Record Close, Extends Gain Streak to 5

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index posted a fifth straight gain to a new all-time record close Wednesday on strong performances by Honeywell International (NYSE: HON) and L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) as U.S. stocks also advanced with the S&P 500 at a record close. GovCon Index gainers outnumbered decliners by a 2-to-1 ratio …

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Curtiss-Wright to Purchase Teletronics for $233M; David Adams Comments

Curtiss-Wright (NYSE: CW) has agreed to purchase Newtown, Pennsylvania-based commercial aerospace and defense systems provider Teletronics Technology Corporation for $233 million. Curtiss-Wright said Wednesday the acquired data acquisition and comprehensive flight test instrumentation systems manufacturer will commence operations within the former’s defense segment. “The acquisition of TTC will yield significant opportunities for growth …

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