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Executive Mosaic’s Weekly GovCon Round-Up: $400M+ July Contracts and Top 10 Stories

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July 9 – July 13, 2018


Executive Mosaic’s Weekly GovCon Round-Up:  $400M+ July Contracts & Top 10 Stories

Jim Garrettson, Executive Mosaic CEO

Who Says Summer is Slow? $400M+ July Contracts 

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Even though some people are saying everyone is on vacation, July appears to be a strong month for high-value government contracts. As such, we’d like to highlight major, $400 million+ contract awards over the past two weeks and offer congratulations to the summertime warriors.
On Tuesday, GovConWire detailed that Perspecta will provide geography data integration, validation and creation support services for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency under a potential 10-year, $920 million contract. Awarded in May, the ID/IQ Janus Geography contract will see the company merge its open-source data acquisition strategy with artificial intelligence and machine learning. Mac Curtis, Perspecta’s president and CEO, is a four-time consecutive Wash100 winner. 
Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon all landed spots on a potential five-year, $4.1 billion ID/IQ contract to develop and deliver radar platforms for the Missile Defense Agency, GovConWire reported Wednesday. The companies will vie for task orders to provide autonomous acquisition and persistent precision tracking and discrimination technologies, designed to bolster the Ballistic Missile Defense system.
ManTech International won a potential 10-year, $959 million contract to help a Defense Department agency manage information technology systems, GovConWire reported Thursday. The single-award, ID/IQ contract covers managed services for the customer agency’s enterprise IT users worldwide. Kevin Phillips, ManTech’s CEO and president and a two-time Wash100 recipient, said the award reflects the company’s efforts to craft an IT delivery approach for a wide range of applications. . Rick Wagner, president of ManTech’s mission, cyber and intelligence solutions group, and a 2018 Wash100 recipient, said the contract will help the agency modernize and secure its networks, infrastructure and endpoints. 
On Tuesday, GovConWire reported that GE Aviationreceived a $437 million Air Force contract modification to implement risk reduction methods for a new propulsion technology. Dan McCormick, general manager of GE’s Advanced Combat Engine Program, said the company will use data from the 10-year design and test phase to help usher the project toward production and deployment.
Today, GovConWire reported that Fluor’s marine propulsion business won a potential a $13.07 billion contract to perform work for the Naval Nuclear Laboratory. Two offers were submitted to the Naval Sea Systems Command for the cost-plus-fixed fee contract, which has a $1.22 billion initial value. The DoD noted it does not provide completion dates or other additional information on contracts pertaining to the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program.
On July 2nd, GovConWire reported the California Institute of Technology won a potential 10-year, $30 billion contract to provide operations support for NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. Caltech will help develop and sustain key programs in the fields of astrophysics, aeronautics, heliophysics, Earth and planetary sciences and space technology. Work also includes management of NASA’s Deep Space Network, agency-sponsored competitive research efforts and academic, private and federal partnerships.
The same day, GovConWire detailed that a joint venture between Boeing and Textron’s Bell Helicopter secured a potential $4.19 billion contract modification with the U.S. military and Japan. Under the deal, the JV will produce variants of the V-22 tiltrotor aircraft for the U.S. Navy, Air Force and Marines. The modification converts a previous advance acquisition award into a multiyear, fixed-price-incentive-fee contract, and provides for the foreign military sale. Leanne Caret, president and CEO of Boeing Defense, Space and Security, is a two-time consecutive Wash100 winner.


Weekly Contract Awards
This week’s top GovCon contract awards: Lockheed Martin, Pond-Woolpert JV, Serco, General Dynamics and Deloitte, among others.
Kathy Warden to Succeed Wes Bush as Northrop CEO in 2019
Kathy Warden, president and chief operating officer of Northrop Grumman and a three-time Wash100 recipient, has been elected to serve as president and CEO of the company in a move slated to take effect Jan. 1.
AeroVironment, NASA JPL Team Up on Mars Helicopter Development Project
AeroVironment has collaborated with NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory to develop an unmanned helicopter platform as part of the Mars Exploration Program.

S. Sita Sonty, a more than 15-year foreign service veteran and previously a senior adviser for legislative affairs and administration at the State Department, has been named vice president of international business at Sierra Nevada Corp.

Vishal Gupta Named Unisys CTO, Technology SVP; Peter Altabef Comments
Vishal Gupta, senior vice president for engineering at Symantec, will serve as chief technology officer and SVP for technology at Unisys starting Aug. 31. He will directly report to Unisys CEO Peter Altabef and succeed Tarek El-Sadany, who will leave by the end of August to assume a CEO role in the technology sector, the company said Tuesday.

Engility  is reportedly in talks with defense contractors such as Science Applications International Corp. and CACI International  as it considers putting itself up for sale, Reuters reported Thursday.

6 Firms to Share in Army Software Engineering Support Contract
Six companies have secured positions on a potential five-year, $45 million contract to provide support services to a U.S. Army center established to develop and engineer software for weapons, training and combat support systems.

The Army Contracting Command has drafted a solicitation notice for a potential $78 million contract for the procurement of two non-developmental tactical unmanned aerial systems and related logistics support services.

President Donald Trump intends to nominate Alan Shaffer, formerly director of science and technology at the NATO Collaboration Support Office, to be deputy undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Defense Department.

Boeing, Lockheed Invest in Emerging Tech Startups Through Venture Capital Units
Lockheed Martin, Boeing and other defense contractors have invested in startups with emerging technology platforms through their venture capital arms, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.
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