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POC Hosts 2019 Artificial Intelligence Forum Featuring BG Matthew Easley, Raytheon/UTC All-Stock Merger, CACI Battle of the Bands Winner & Weekly Top 10 Stories 

Jim Garrettson, Founder and CEO of Executive Mosaic

On Thursday, Executive Mosaic hosted the Potomac Officers Club’s 2019 Artificial Intelligence Forum. The forum featured a keynote address from BG Matthew Easley discussing the challenges of implementing AI for the U.S. Army, and a panel of GovCon leaders who elaborated on the impact AI continues to have on federal agencies. 

VADM Robert Sharp, director of the NGA, Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, director of the DIA, John Edwards, deputy chief operating officer of the CIA and Joshua Skule, the executive assistant director for Intelligence of the FBI will be featured as keynote speakers for Potomac Officers Club’s 6th Annual Intel Summit on July 31st at the Hilton-McLean in McLean, Va. The event will also feature an expert panel with the panelists to be announced in the coming weeks. 

Don’t wait to register for POC’s 6th Annual Intel Summit right here. 

IRS Awards $1 Billion IT Program, Raytheon/UTC Merger, Executive Moves & More

The Internal Revenue Service has awarded nine companies spots on a potential five-year, $1B blanket purchase agreement for support services to IRS’ Information Technology Enterprise Program Management Office and help the agency plan, manage and implement projects via the IT-EPMSS contract vehicle. The participating companies are: 

  • Accenture’s Federal Business
  • Booz Allen Hamilton 
  • Chevo Consulting
  • Deloitte 
  • eTelligent Group
  • HumanTouch
  • Integrated Systems 
  • Paragon Technology Group
  • Technatomy 
Thomas Kennedy, Chairman and CEO of Raytheon

Raytheon and United Technologies Corp. (UTC) have agreed to merge in an all-stock deal to establish a platform-agnostic technology provider within aerospace and defense segments. The combined company will operate as Raytheon Technologies and be headquartered in the greater Boston metro area upon the deal’s completion, which is expected in the first half of 2020. 

“Raytheon Technologies will continue a legacy of innovation with an expanded aerospace and defense portfolio supported by the world’s most dedicated workforce,” said Thomas Kennedy, chairman and CEO of Raytheon and a 2019 Wash100 Award winner.

The planned merger comes as the aerospace and defense sector anticipates slower growth in the Department of Defense’s spending and as DoD sets its sights on hypersonic missiles, space systems and other new priorities. Some analysts noted that the Raytheon-UTC merger is likely within an acceptable degree since both companies don’t produce the same lines of products.

Bill Weber, President and CEO of KeyW

Elsewhere, Jacobs announced its official acquisition of KeyW on Wednesday. ExecutiveBiz had the opportunity to speak with KeyW’s President and CEO Bill Weber about KeyW’s success as well as the current state of the intelligence community. 

Christopher Kubasik, CEO of L3 Technologies and fellow 2019 Wash100 Award winner said the company’s planned merger with Harris still needs to be improved, and Dr. Pragyansmita Nayak joined Hitachi Vantara Federal as the chief data scientist. 

CACI Battle of Bands 3.0 Winner Revealed

On Tuesday night, I served as a judge during CACI’s third annual “CACI Bands Together!” Battle of the Bands at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Va. Some of the Gods emerged as the winner of this year’s competition. The band featured the musical talents of Gino Bona, strategy and communications director, and Joe Milausnic, communications engineer for the company. 

Shirkaday and the Mature Sounds Band were also semifinalists in the competition and made it to the final round. The following bands and members were also given the chance to showcase their musical talents in front of a packed State Theatre that also had Ken Asbury and John Mengucci, who will succeed Asbury as CACI’s president and CEO after Ken retires, in attendance: 

  • Anita King Jazz Band – Anita King, customer account manager
  • Blues Condition – Larry Benade, senior proposal manager 
  • Dust & Bones – Ken Logerwell, contracts administration
  • Jelly Roll Mortals – Steve Woehrle, project management
  • Random Reboot – Craig Hunter and Andy Rabin, software engineers; Kristen Falck and Chris Tombasco, systems engineers

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