Sean Berg to Lead Dell Federal’s DoD Business; Tracy Pavillard, Ray McDuffie Take New Roles

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Sean Berg, former head of Dell’s enterprise solutions group in the U.K., has joined the company’s U.S. federal business and will lead a team focused on the Defense Department. His appointment is one of three moves within Dell Federal’s leadership team, as Tracy Pavillard will lead the civilian sales organization and Ray McDuffie will oversee sales to the intelligence community, Dell...

Deltek Details $8B in Defense Tech, Services Contract Opportunities

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The Defense Department and two service branches are planning to launch three contracting vehicles in early 2014 that could be worth up to $8 billion for all awardees, the Washington Post reported Monday. Ashley Bergander, a Deltek research manager, writes the three contract vehicles will come from the Pentagon, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Army. A DoD vehicle covering IT and technical support services...

Pentagon Wants Israel to Have Ospreys By 2015

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The Defense Department has prioritized a foreign military sales order from Israel for six Boeing (NYSE: BA) and Bell Helicopter-built V-22 Ospreys ahead of the U.S. Marine Corps, Defense News reported Thursday. Marcus Weisgerber writes Israel’s formal request for modified versions of the tilt-rotor aircraft came this week following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s visit to the Middle East in April. Israel...

ManTech to Help Navy Prep Readiness Documents

A business unit of ManTech International (NASDAQ: MANT) has won a potential seven-year, $85 million contract to work with the U.S. Navy to prepare documents on military readiness activities. The Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Pacific received seven offers for the firm-fixed-price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity architect-engineer services contract via the Navy’s e-commerce...

General Atomics to Build Navy Aircraft Arresting Gear

General Atomics has received a $51,997,981 order from the U.S. Navy for electric motor-based systems that work to slow down aircraft during recovery operations. The Navy is acquiring the Advanced Arresting Gear equipment in order to run arresting simulations of live aircraft before the branch deploys planes onboard ships, the Defense Department said Thursday. According to the Pentagon, the gear is...

Report: Lockheed, Air Force Close to $2.2B Satellite Contract Signature

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Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is close to signing a $2.2 billion contract with the U.S. Air Force for the fifth and sixth Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellites, according to a Reuters report. Andrea Shalal-Esa writes a preliminary deal for the satellites was agreed upon in December and another handshake agreement was made in September. Lt. General Ellen Pawlikowski, commander of the Space and...

Contractors to Restart Work as DoD Brings Back 90% of Furloughed Civilians

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Robert Hale The U.S. Defense Department intends to end the furloughs of certain inspectors and officials that work with contractors at government sites. Those furloughs were reported to have driven an increase in planned contractor furloughs and temporarily paused contracted work at federal facilities. Click here to read more on these developments from ExecutiveGov. Bloomberg’s William Selway...

Lockheed, Pentagon Close $8B in F-35 Contracts; Lorraine Martin Comments

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Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) and the Defense Department have closed on two new contracts worth $7.8 billion for the sixth and seventh batches of F-35 aircraft, Reuters reported Friday. Andrea Shalal-Esa writes the company received a $4.4 billion order for 36 F-35s and another $3.4 billion order for 35 F-35s. DoD told Reuters each of the conventional takeoff variants under lot seven would cost $98 million,...

General Dynamics Wins $187M to Convert Abrams Tanks

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General Dynamics Land Systems (NYSE: GD) has won a $187.5 million contract to convert 84 Abrams tanks into a new configuration. Work will support a foreign military sales agreement with Saudi Arabia, the Defense Department said Wednesday. The company will convert 44 M1A1 and 40 M1A2 model vehicles to the M1A2S configuration under the firm-fixed-price, non-option-eligible, non-multi-year contract. Production...

Report: Netherlands to Buy 37 Lockheed F-35 Jets

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Netherlands Defence Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert is scheduled to announce Tuesday that the Dutch government will acquire 37 Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) F-35 fighter jets, Reuters reports. Anthony Deutsch and Andrea Shalal-Esa write the Netherlands would become the seventh country to place orders for the F-35 following the U.K., Australia, Italy, Norway, Israel and Japan. Defense Department...