October 23 Morning Report: GovCon Index Down at Market Close

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The 30-company GovCon Index closed at 64.584 on Wednesday, down by 0.270 point or 0.419 percent from the previous day. The Standard & Poors 500 index dropped 0.7 percent to 1927 points, the Nasdaq composite index registered an 0.8 percent fall to 4383 and the Dow Jones industrial average inched down 0.9 percent to 16,461 as markets reacted to news of falling oil prices and a shooting in...

Army Taps 17 Firms for Army Research Lab/JIEDDO Challenge IDIQ

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The U.S. Army has selected 17 companies to participate in the initial task order for the Culvert Denial Challenge program, which is run by the Army Research Laboratory and Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Organization. The Defense Department said Tuesday that the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract is worth up to $49.5 million through September 2019. Work will encompass the...

Northrop Awarded $3.6B to Build 25 Navy Hawkeye Aircraft

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Northrop Grumman Corp. (NYSE: NOC) has been awarded a $3.6 billion multiyear contract to build a new batch of Hawkeye aircraft for the U.S. Navy. Northrop will work to build 25 new E-2D Advanced Hawkeyes and incorporate a rotating rotodome and four vertical stabilizer tail configuration into the aircraft for surveillance operations, Northrop said Monday. Navy Capt. John Lemmon, program manager of...

L-3 Wins $143M to Help NASA Manage Graphics, Space Vehicle Systems

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L-3 Communications‘ (NYSE: LLL) national security solutions business has won a potential five-year, $143 million contract to help NASA work with simulation graphics and space vehicle systems contract. The company said Wednesday it will provide simulation and software technology support to the Johnson Space Center’s engineering software, robotics and simulation division under the contract. NASA’s indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity SST...

Hans Hollister to Head L-3’s Global Solutions Unit; Les Rose Comments

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Hans Hollister Hans Hollister, formerly senior vice president of business development for L-3 Communications‘ (NYSE: LLL) national security solutions business segment, has been appointed general manager of the segment’s newly-formed global solutions unit. The 21-year company veteran will oversee strategic direction for the unit in commercial and international markets, L-3 said Thursday. “(Hollister)...

Robert Gaylord Appointed L-3 Maritime Systems President

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Robert Gaylord, formerly a senior vice president and general manager at L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL), has been promoted to president of the company’s maritime systems business, GovCon Wire has learned. The business comprises of 80 employees across two facilities in New Orleans and Leesburg, Va. that work to integrate electrical and electronic systems onto naval and marine platforms. Gaylord,...

Michael Strianese: L-3 Buys Data Tactics Corp. for Analytics Market Push

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L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) has purchased big data analytics and cloud computing services provider Data Tactics Corp. for an undisclosed sum. McLean, Va.-based Data Tactics is a prime contractor for several national security programs in the areas of big data management and analysis, L-3 said Wednesday. Data Tactics’ customers include agencies in the military, government, public safety and...

Steve Kantor: L-3 to Build Missile Target Vehicles for MDA’s Aegis, THAAD Tests

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An L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) business unit has won a potential $400 million contract to build missile target vehicles for the U.S. Missile Defense Agency. The Coleman Aerospace business will develop and manufacture the medium-range ballistic missile targets in order to help MDA carry out tests on its missile defense systems, L-3 said Monday. Steve Kantor, president of L-3’s electronic systems...

L-3 Buys Radar Sensor Maker Mustang Technology; Michael Strianese Comments

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L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) has purchased radar sensor builder Mustang Technology Group L.P. for an undisclosed amount in an effort to grow technology and service offerings and expand customer base. Mustang has been renamed L-3 Mustang Technology and its technologies and customers are a part of L-3’s precision engagement business within the electronic systems segment, L-3 said Thursday. Michael...

John Heller Appointed PAE CEO; Paul Cofoni Comments

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John Heller John Heller, formerly senior vice president and chief operating officer at Engility Corp. (NYSE: EGL), has joined PAE as CEO and is starting in the role Thursday. Mike Dignam, president at PAE since 2010, will report to Heller who now has responsibility for executing the company’s strategic vision of becoming a leading government services provider, PAE said Thursday. “John has...