The Senate confirmed Mark Esper on Thursday to be the next U.S. Defense Secretary to end the Pentagonâs longest period without a Senate approved leader in office. The 2019 Wash100 Award winner was confirmed by a 90 to 8 vote in the Senate to officially succeed Jim Mattis in the role.Â
Another big story of the week was Altamira announcing that the company was acquired by a ClearSky-Led Investor Consortium on Wednesday. âAs we enter the next phase of growth at Altamira, the team is excited to build on our position as the most well established and fully integrated mid-market provider of innovative solutions to defense and intelligence customers,â said Ted Davies, Altamira chairman and CEO. Davies is also a former Wash100 Award recipient.Â
General Dynamics, Serco, Leidos, DynCorp and Perspecta Awarded Major Contracts
The U.S. Navy awarded a handful of companies a potential 10-year, $2.45 billion IDIQ contract to install command, communications, computer, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems at Naval Information Warfare Systems Command facilities worldwide. The contract was awarded to these companies:Â
- General Dynamicsâ Information Technology BusinessÂ
- Huntington Ingalls IndustriesÂ
- M.C. Dean
- Prism MaritimeÂ
- Serco, Inc.Â
- VT Groupâs Milcom subsidiary
Elsewhere, Leidos won a potential five-year, $900 million task order from the U.S. Air Force to support intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations of the USAFâs Air Combat Command. The company will also help ACC collect, analyze and distribute intelligence data as well as provide ISR training services.Â
Dyncorp International secured a $188 million LOGCAP IV contract on Wednesday to help the U.S. Army maintain base operations in Afghanistan. The potential value of the original task order award could reach $7.2 billion over nine years. Services will include facility management, firefighting, material handling equipment maintenance and food service.
The U.S. Navy also plans to award a contract extension to Perspecta to provide information technology services under the serviceâs Next Generation Enterprise Network program. The current contractâs end-user hardware portion will run between Oct. 2019 and Match 2020, and the network services extension will run towards the end of 2020.
Potomac Officer Club Hosting 6th Annual Intel Summit on July 31st
GovCon leaders from the public and private sector will discuss the top priorities and initiatives from intelligence agencies as the emergence of innovative technologies continues to change the landscape. During the summit, our speakers will address the impact technology is making on the intelligence community and how to stay ahead of the curve.Â
John Edwards of the CIA, Josh Skule the FBI and 2019 Wash100 Award recipients Vice Adm. Robert Sharp of NGA and Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley of DIA will serve as keynote speakers during the summit. Ryan Lewis of Q-Tel will also serve as a moderator for an expert panel set to discuss the impact applied artificial intelligence and machine learning is and will have on the landscape.