EM’s Weekly Roundup: Anne Neuberger’s Priorities for NSA, Chris Townsend Joins UiPath, $820M DoD BPA, CACI, GE Aviation Secure Big Contracts and Weekly Top 10 Stories

Anne Neuberger

Anne Neuberger, who directs the National Security Agency’s (NSA) new Cybersecurity Directorate, revealed that the NSA will launch a directorate in October to focus on ransomware attacks that could make our upcoming elections vulnerable during Billington CyberSecurity’s 10th Annual Summit last week.

Neuberger also discussed NSA’s efforts to protect the nation from cyber threats led by adversaries such as China, Russia, North Korea and Iran.

This Week’s Executive Moves

Chris Townsend

Chris Townsend, formerly of Symantec, has been appointed the federal vice president of UiPath. His more than two-decade information technology sales experience includes time as federal VP at Blue Coat Systems before its acquisition by Symantec in 2016.

Townsend also held leadership roles within Intel’s (Nasdaq: INTC) security arm and spent nine years at Cisco (Nasdaq: CSCO), where he served in sales management positions. He is a board member at AFCEA’s Washington, D.C. chapter.

This Week’s Contract Awards

Craig Abod

On Monday, GovConWire reported that a potential 10-year, $820.4 million blanket purchase agreement (BPA) has been awarded to six companies to provide commercial-off-the-shelf software offerings for the Department of Defense (DoD), intelligence community and the U.S. Coast Guard.

The BPA is designed to address requirements under DoD’s Enterprise Software Initiative and covers information technology asset management platforms, software maintenance support and professional IT services.

The following six companies were selected to split the BPA:

  • Belarc
  • Carahsoft Technology
  • DLT Solutions
  • EC America
  • Immix Technologies
  • RightStar

    John Mengucci

CACI International secured a potential $385 million task order to support a U.S. Navy program to modernize the service’s human resource systems.

The Transformation Portfolio Coordinator and Production task order was awarded through an accelerated acquisition approach in support of the MyNavy HR Transformation effort and will be executed by the program executive office for the Enterprise Information Systems Sea Warrior Program (PMW 240).

“This task order will provide PMW 240 the technical support resources to transform the Navy’s existing human resources systems into a modern, cloud-based infrastructure that will deliver 21st century services and capabilities to our sailors,” said Kenneth Johnson, acting program manager for the Sea Warrior Program.

In addition, General Electric’s aviation business was awarded a $143.7 million contract from the U.S. Navy to continue manufacturing engines to power CH-53K heavy-lift cargo helicopters. The award covers low-rate initial production of T408-GE-400 engines, related equipment, spares and support services.

GE Aviation will supply three lot 2 engines and 24 lot 3 turboshaft engines under the modification. Work will take place in Lynn, Mass., through December 2022. The Naval Air Systems Command will obligate the modification’s full amount at the time of award from the Navy’s fiscal 2018 and 2019 aircraft procurement funds.

More News of the Week

Al Pisani

Mission Essential has secured a five-year, $107M blanket purchase agreement to provide technical and analytical services to Department of Defense tenants in Stuttgart, Germany.

The regional contracting office of the U.S. Army’s 409th Contracting Support Brigade in Stuttgart awarded the BPA. Mission Essential is looking to expand work with the U.S. military and its allied partners within Germany, Africa and Europe.

Al Pisani, CEO of Mission Essential, said it will support various commands including U.S. European Command, Special Operations Command Europe and U.S. African Command through the Staff Assistance and Support Expertise BPA.

In addition, The Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is looking for potential sources of information technology services to support the integration of disparate cybersecurity platforms into a single network for Department of Defense personnel exchange data.

A potential contractor will develop, integrate and operate the Unified Cyber Situational Awareness environment. DISA also requires support to transition users from existing cyber defense systems into the consolidated  platform. IT services outlined in the sources sought document include system administration, database management, systems engineering, network monitoring, information assurance, big data management and cloud support.

Interested parties can submit responses to DISA through Sept. 20.

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