On Wednesday, it was reported that Vice Adm. Michael Gilday, director of the Joint Staff, was the frontrunner to assume the role due to his experience in cyber warfare.
That report was confirmed on Thursday with President Trump approving Gilday’s nomination during a meeting with Navy officials at the White House on Wednesday. The Senate will confirm his nomination in the coming weeks.
POC Hosting 2019 Secure Supply Chain Forum on July 18th
During the forum, GovCon and industry leaders from the public and private sectors will discuss how federal agencies protect, defend and secure supply chains from susceptible threats and the challenges that arise as technology becomes more fundamental to supply chains.
Kristen Baldwin of DoD will serve as the keynote speaker for the event. Daniel Kroese of DHS, Cheri Caddy of NSA, Keith Nakasone of GSA, Tina Kuhn of Cybercore Technologies and Don Davidson of Synopsys will be panelists during the forum’s expert panel with 2019 Wash100 Award recipient Jill Singer of AT&T serving as the moderator.
Contract Awards and M&A
In addition, DynCorp International secured a potential five-year, $309 million contract to help the Air Force manage aviation command and control programs within the Air Force Central Command’s area of responsibility. The work will involve airfield management, air traffic control and related maintenance support services. The Pentagon expects DynCorp to complete work by July 2024.
Vectrus also bought Advantor Systems, an integrated electronic security systems provider, for $44 million from McCarthy Capital and Infrasafe on Monday. The acquisition builds up the company’s presence as an innovator in the emerging converged infrastructure market, expanded its geographic footprint and client base.
“Bringing decades of knowledge, experience and technology that protects some of our nation’s most critical facilities and bases, this acquisition extends our maintenance of facilities to the electronic protection and security of facilities,” said Chuck Prow, president and CEO of Vectrus and 2019 Wash100 Award winner.
DISA awarded 23 small businesses spots on a potential 10-year, $7.5 billion contract vehicle to provide systems engineering, technology and innovation support services to the Defense Information Systems Agency on Tuesday. The 23 companies selected are as follows:
- Affinity Innovations
- Applied Systems Engineering joint venture
- A Square Group
- Bluestone Logic
- Business Computers Management Consulting Group
- Credence Management Solutions
- DHPC Technologies
- InCadence Strategic Solutions
- Innovation Evolution Technologies JV
- Innovative Government Solutions JV
- Integrated Systems
- Interactive Process Technology
- Mission Support LP
- NetCentric Technologies
- Riverside Engineering
- Semper AASKI Alliance
- Superlative Technologies
- Synergy Business Innovation & Solutions
- Tiber Creek Consulting
- VOLANT Associates
This Week’s Executive Moves
The Air Force also appointed Colt Whittall, an advisor at Eletype, as the chief experience officer for the service branch. Whittall will assist the service branch in augmenting its communications capabilities through transformative efforts in information technology service delivery.
Whittall served as vice president and client partner at Isobar and founded Endless Wave Capital in 2018. He’s also held various roles at Deloitte and Roundarch.
In addition, Joseph Mara is returning to Symantec as the vice president of state and local governments as well as education markets. Mara will oversee its grow to expand the firm’s presence in the SLED sector and brings six years of experience in that market and another 10 years in the cybersecurity sector.
He previously served the company in public sector sales positions. His background includes work with government agencies and educational institutions across the U.S. He also held account management positions at Ulysses Systems and Siebel Systems.
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