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EM’s Weekly Roundup: POC Hosts Unmanned Systems in the Future Fight Forum, Baird’s 2019 Government & Defense Conference, $152M Contract for Booz Allen, Executive Moves for GDIT, Leidos & Weekly Top 10 Stories

Maj. Gen. Peter Gersten (TL), Scott Wierzbanowski (TR), Chris Pehrson (BL), Jim Thomson (BR)

On Tuesday, Potomac Officers Club (POC) hosted its Unmanned Systems in the Future Fight Forum featuring Maj. Gen. Peter Gersten, special assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs (AF/A5/8) for the U.S. Air Force, as the keynote speaker.

In addition, an expert panel featuring Jim Thomson of the Army Futures Command and Scott Wierzbanowski of the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) as panelists.

Chris Pehrson of General Atomics Aeronautical Systems acted as the panel’s moderator.

Juliane Gallina

Please join Potomac Officers Club for an insightful look across the federal government during our 2020 CIO Forum on Jan. 23rd, 2020, featuring  Juliane Gallina of the CIA.

Gallina, formerly an executive of IBM, will serve as the keynote speaker for the forum to discuss her top priorities and the biggest challenges facing the country and her initiatives moving forward as the CIO of the CIA. 

The forum will also feature a full panel to be moderated by Bob Schumm of the Oracle Corporation – National Security Group. Erin Hawley of DataRobot has been announced as a panelist with more names to be revealed in the coming weeks. 

Register here for POC’s 2020 CIO Forum on Jan. 23rd, 2020. 

Potomac Officers Club will also feature these upcoming events and more in 2020: 

To ensure you don’t miss our events, click here to become a member of Potomac Officers Club and enjoy our members only pricing and special event access.

Jean Stack, John Song Host Another Exciting Government & Defense Conference

John Kavanagh

The Baird Government and Defense Conference featured insightful presentations from key industry leaders, including John Kavanaugh and others. 

John Kavanaugh, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Perspecta, was featured as a keynote speaker during Baird’s 2019 Government & Defense Conference on Wednesday at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons Corner, Va.

During his speech, Kavanaugh provided insight into the trends currently influencing the market and emphasize Perspecta’s growing presence as a leader in the government services sector after six consecutive quarters of profitable growth. 

“Perspecta has a balanced portfolio, diversified contract base and very strong backlog,” said Kavanaugh on Wednesday. 

The full-day conference will include panel discussions and corporate presentations from multiple industry leaders.

Jean Stack

Jean Stack, 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, speaker, event organizer, host and managing director of Baird said, “There’s strong velocity in M&A and huge valuations” during her speech at Baird’s 2019 Government & Defense Conference. 

Stack serves as a managing director within the global technology and services team at Baird and as co-head of the firm’s government and defense investment banking practice.

Other event speakers include:

Katie Arrington: DoD’s Cyber Certification Model (CMMC) Could Allow for Reciprocity with FedRAMP

Katie Arrington

Katie Arrington, chief information security officer for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense, said DoD has considered opening the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) initiative up for a reciprocity process with the General Services Administration’s Federal Risk and Authorization Management program to facilitate the transition

“I think that there’s a lot of reciprocity to be had there because it’s an investment that you’ve already made,” Arrington said Thursday during a panel discussion at the CDM Summit. “The challenge is when we get certified you have to ensure for the CMMC, those POAMs, those plans of action are closed so that we can validate.”

Arrington noted that the department will require CMMC level 1 certification for majority of the 300,000 defense contractors. She said the CMMC accreditation body will hold its inaugural meeting on Nov. 19, Tuesday, and start training and certifying auditors in January. 

DoD expects CMMC requirements to be included in requests for information by summer of 2020 and solicitations by fall. 

Booz Allen Hamilton Receives $152M Contract from U.S. Army to Build Recruiting Platform; Michele Hintz Quoted

Michele Hintz

Booz Allen Hamilton announced on Friday that the U.S. Army is partnering with the company to build a new enterprise technology platform until a potential three-year, $152 million contract. 

“Booz Allen is honored to have been selected by the U.S. Army to develop this mobile, commercial off-the-shelf-based solution for the recruiting and accessioning of its workforce and commanders,” said Michele Hintz, senior vice president at Booz Allen.

“Our team of technology and analytics experts brings extensive experience delivering the latest open and smart solutions to overcome the increasingly complex challenges facing the U.S. Army,” Hintz added. 

The Army is taking steps to grow its end-strength over the coming years, in accordance with Army Vision, but faces the challenge of finding and reaching the men and women that will be America’s future soldiers.

Sanjay Parthasarathy Named Business Dev’t, Strategy VP Within Leidos Defense Group

Sanjay Parthasarathy

Sanjay Parthasarathy, a more than 25-year business development professional, has joined Leidos’ defense group as vice president of business development and strategy for logistics and mission support operations, GovConWire announced on Wednesday

He will come up with growth strategies in his role to help the company advance operations, sustainment and logistics knowledge into new mission areas.

“Sanjay is a seasoned leader with more than two decades of experience in defense strategy and business development,” said Tim Freeman, senior VP of business development and strategy at Leidos Defense Group

Parthasarathy joined Leidos from LMI, where he served as SVP of technology and strategy. He has held finance and strategy leadership positions at Raytheon, Cobham and Harris, which now operates as L3Harris Technologies.

“His leadership, technological prowess and deep understanding of our industry will ensure that we remain focused on our customer priorities and are positioned for continued business growth,” Freeman added. 

Former Mitre Exec Jacklyn Wynn Joins General Dynamics IT Business in VP Role

Jacklyn Wynn

Jacklyn Wynn, formerly a vice president at Mitre, has joined General Dynamics‘ information technology (GDIT) unit as VP of strategic programs. She will oversee programs within the federal health sector, military health and veterans affairs areas of the GDIT business.

At Mitre, Wynn also served as director of the Center for Enterprise Modernization managed the Department of Veterans Affairs portfolio at the federally funded research and development facility.

She previously held VP positions at RSA and EMC, which became part of Dell Technologies in 2016, and spent 10 years at Hewlett-Packard, where she was also a founding member of HP’s African American Executive Leadership Forum.

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