Weekly Roundup Feb. 29 – Mar. 4 2016: Former DoD Logistics Head to Steward PSC & more

Feb. 29 – Mar. 4 2016

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

Government services contractors gained a new leading voice and public advocate this week in the form of a nearly 35-year veteran with a diverse background that includes high-profile roles in industry, the public sector and academia.

David Berteau, former assistant defense secretary for logistics and materiel readiness, will join the GovCon trade association Professional Services Council on March 28 and succeed PSC’s former longtime leader Stan Soloway.

Nearly 400 contractors ranging small to large are members of the 44-year-old organization that represents the government services industry in issues related to legislation and other policies.

Berteau oversaw a nearly $170 billion defense logistics budget in his role at the Pentagon and is also a former senior vice president from the think tank CSIS, held an SVP role at SAIC and has taught national security courses at major universities.

Berteau heads to the Arlington, Va.-based PSC nine months after its trade group counterpart Aerospace Industries Association announced former Exelis CEO and another longtime defense veteran David Melcher as chief executive.

AIA has 150 full and 161 associate member companies in the aerospace and defense industry to represent many of the largest platform and product makers in the government contracting sector.

Changing budgets, a renewed emphasis on public-private partnerships all figure to be on the agendas for both organizations this year as GovCon leaders await developments in the political arena.


Raytheon Vet Lynn Dugle Appointed CEO at Engility, John Hynes Named President
Dugle previously led Raytheon’s intelligence segment for six years and also is a member of Engility’s board.
Richard Montoni: Maximus Buys Ascend for Public-Sector Health Services Push
Ascend is based in Tennessee and provides data management tools to health agencies and other customers.
Army Picks 3 Firms for Potential $12B Manpack Radio Production Contract
Awardees will compete for task orders to build two-channel, software-based radios under the potential 10-year contract.
John Rood Named Lockheed International Business SVP
Rood will start in the role March 7 and oversee a 70-country portfolio that represented approximately 21 percent of Lockheed’s overall revenue for 2015, up 6 percent from prior year levels.
Aerojet Rocketdyne, ULA Join Air Force’s EELV Propulsion Tech Development Program
The rocket engine technology companies will work on prototypes for the Air Force’s effort to replace the Russian RD-180.
DARPA Selects Aurora Flight Sciences to Continue VTOL X-Plane Development
Aurora moves onto phases two and three of a program to design an unmanned vertical-takeoff-and-landing aircraft to fly at a speed of up to 460 miles per hour.
Fortinet’s Jim Jasinski on How to Balance New Tech Adoption With Legacy Systems & Procurement Lessons From The FBI
The 22-year bureau veteran also offers his view on public-private network security partnerships in this Q&A with ExecutiveBiz.
Mark Testoni: In-Memory Computing Tools Can Help CIOs Detect, Respond to Cyber Attacks in Real Time
SAP NS2’s CEO describes the role CIOs can play in defending their companies’ computer networks in an op-ed for the Guardian newspaper.
Tim Meehan: GSA Approves CenturyLink’s Cloud, Managed Hosting Contract Extensions
CenturyLink will extend its work under GSA’s Networx Universal and Enterprise contracts to 2020 past the previous 2017 end date.
Frank Kendall: Govt Needs ‘Revolving Door’ Law Overhaul to Attract More Talent
DoD’s top acquisition officer calls for legislation changes to help agencies bring more people from private industry.
Adm. Michael Rogers: Govt-Industry Partnership Needed to Ensure Citizen Privacy, Safety
The NSA and Cybercom lead also addresses the possibility of cyber attacks on critical infrastructure systems.
Pentagon to Seek Innovation, Organizational Strategies Through New Advisory Board
Google parent company chairman Eric Schmidt will act as chairman of the 12-person Defense Innovation Advisory Board.
Anne Rung: White House Names 11 Category Managers in 10 Federal Procurement Areas
The initiative seeks to help facilitate procurements of products and services and reduce duplicate contracts in those areas.

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