On Monday, GovConWire reported that President Trump would nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) to succeed Dan Coats as the director of National Intelligence.
“I think that John Ratcliffe is going to do an incredible job, if he gets approved,” Trump told reporters at the White House via CNN. “I think we need somebody like that that’s strong and can really rein it in. As you’ve all learned, the intelligence agencies have run amok,” he continued.
Rep. Ratcliffe was elected to the House of Representatives after unseating former Congressman Ralph Hall, the oldest person to ever serve in the House, in 2014 after Hall served the office for 17 terms. Ratcliffe’s victory marked the first time in 20 years that a sitting Republican congressman in Texas had been ousted in a primary. He was also reelected in 2016 and 2018 by a wide margin.
Ratcliffe is currently assigned to the House Intelligence Committee, the House Committee on Homeland Security, the House Judiciary Committee and the House Ethics Committee. He’s also a member of the Republican Study Committee and the Congressional NextGen 9-1-1 Caucus. In late 2018, the Trump Administration considered him for the role of the U.S. Attorney General.
Ratcliffe is board-certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He has served as adjunct professor of law at various law schools, including Dedman School of Law and Texas Wesleyan University. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government and International Studies in 1987, and earned a Juris Doctor from Southern Methodist University School of Law in 1989.
Perspecta Completes $250M Acquisition of Knight Point Systems
Perspecta announced on Thursday that the company has completed its $250 million acquisition of Knight Point Systems. The acquisition enhances Perspecta’s robust and proven offerings in cloud, cyber, digital transformation and enterprise IT that modernize and transform government mission delivery. Baird served as a exclusive financial advisor to Knight Point Systems.
Perspecta had the strategic foresight in its acquisition of Knight Point – recognizing the emergence of new business models for the government by way of managed services as well as the importance of leverageable IP to help enable the delivery of the Company’s services.
“I am pleased to welcome all Knight Point employees and customers to the Perspecta team,” said Mac Curtis, president and CEO of Perspecta and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient. “We are impressed by Knight Point’s deep customer intimacy, rich legacy of innovation, patented IP and delivery of IT and cyber managed services programs to customers such as the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security,” he added.
Guidehouse Acquiring Navigant Consulting for $1.1B
Guidehouse, a portfolio company of Veritas Capital, announced on Friday that the company has entered into a definitive agreement worth approximately $1.1B to acquire Navigant Consulting. The transaction is projected to conclude in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Once the acquisition is completed, the companies will bring together their respective expertise with a focus on supporting client needs in the industries of Healthcare, Financial Services, Energy, National Security, and Aerospace & Defense. Scott McIntyre, CEO of Guidehouse and 2019 Wash100 Award winner will lead the combined company once the acquisition is finalized.
“The acquisition of Navigant is the next step in our journey to create the next generation global consultancy,” said McIntyre. “Navigant is an exceptionally strong management consulting and managed services firm with some of the best minds in Healthcare, Energy and Financial Services addressing the most complex commercial challenges their clients face.”
Potomac Officers Club Hosts 6th Annual Intel Summit Featuring 2019 Wash100 Award Winners VADM Robert Sharp and Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley
Potomac Officers Club hosted the 2019 Intel Summit on Wednesday at the Hilton-McLean in McLean, Va. The summit brought GovCon leaders from the public and private sector together to discuss the top priorities and initiatives from intelligence agencies as the emergence of innovative technologies continues to change the sector.
John Edwards of the CIA, Josh Skule the FBI and 2019 Wash100 Award recipients VADM. Robert Sharp of NGA and Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley of DIA served as keynote speakers for the summit and addressed the impact technology is making on the intelligence community and how to stay ahead of the curve.
In addition, the summit featured an expert panel comprised of Linda Foster of Lockheed Martin, Alexander Miller of the U.S. Army and Dr. Andrew Jenkins of Maxar Technologies with Ryan Lewis of Q-Tel serving as the moderator to discuss the impact applied artificial intelligence and machine learning is and will have on the landscape.
On August 14th, Potomac Officers Club will host the Security Vetting Process Modernization Update at the 2941 Restaurant in Falls Church, Va. Monte Hawkins of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) will be the keynote speaker for the event. Gator Harvey of Northrop Grumman Technology Services will serve as the moderator for an expert panel featuring Casie Antalis and Eric Peters of CBP, Sam Robinson of the FBI and Lori Vislocky of DHS.