EM’s Weekly Roundup: SOCOM Awards $780M ISR Tech Supply; State Dept. Clears $300M Sale of Raytheon Naval Missiles; AECOM Moves Headquarters; Cristal Rice Joins PAE; US Army Building Software Factory to Advance AI; Boeing Tests AI-Powered Unmanned Aircraft

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Boeing Loyal Wingman unmanned aircraftBoeing Conducts Taxi Test on AI-Powered Unmanned Aircraft Prototype

An unmanned aircraft prototype Boeing developed with the Australia’s air force has undergone a low-speed taxi process as part of tests and preparations for a maiden flight slated for later this year. The company said Wednesday the Loyal Wingman vehicle moved on the ground at a speed of 16 miles per hour and was able to maneuver or stop upon command.

C4ISRSOCOM Picks Three Awardees for $780M ISR Tech Supply, Systems Integration Recompete

U.S. Special Operations Command has awarded three companies five-year contracts worth potentially $780M combined to provide equipment and technical assistance for designated intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance activities. BarbaricumiGov and NexTech Solutions will provide ISR technologies.

Troy RuddAECOM Moves Global Headquarters to Los Angeles; Troy Rudd Quoted

AECOM will relocate its global headquarters from the Century City business district in Los Angeles to downtown Los Angeles, effective January 1, 2021. The company will close its offices at 1999 Avenue of the Stars and consolidate its headquarters and Corporate employees into existing AECOM offices at 300 South Grand Avenue. “We are focused on ensuring our teams have the best opportunity to collaborate and deliver for our clients,” said Troy Rudd.

Julie SweetAccenture Partners With ServiceNow to Launch New Business Group; Julie Sweet Quoted

Accenture and ServiceNow have partnered under a five-year, multi-million dollar agreement to create a new business group to advance digital transformation that mitigates operational challenges. “By further strengthening our strategic alliance with ServiceNow, we will enable our clients to more quickly embrace change,” said Julie Sweet, CEO of Accenture.

Missile defenseLockheed Teams Up With Aerojet Rocketdyne on Next-Gen Interceptor Contract Bid

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) has partnered with Aerojet Rocketdyne (NYSE: AJRD) to compete for the Missile Defense Agency’s Next-Generation Interceptor program. Lockheed said Friday its team has proposed an all-up-round interceptor designed to address all environmental survivability elements and will be powered by Aerojet Rocketdyne’s propulsion system.

Cristal RicePAE Names Cristal Rice as VP of Readiness, Sustainment; John Heller Quoted

PAE has appointed Cristal Rice as the vice president of its Readiness & Sustainment group, the company reported on Tuesday. Rice is an aerospace industry executive with that has deep experience in team leadership and business development. “Cristal has a demonstrated track record for leading high-performing teams and standing up new business development organizations,” said John Heller.

Shyam SalonaREI Wins GSA Task Order to Support SAM Operations; Shyam Salona, Pradeep Krishnanath Quoted

REI Systems has been awarded a task by the General Services Administration (GSA) to provide Development, Operations and Maintenance (O&M) for the Integrated Award Environment (IAE) and System for Award Management (SAM). Under the task order, REI will provide Agile, cloud-native development, testing, transition and O&M services for the FAS.

James McConvilleGen. James McConville: Army Building Software Factory to Advance AI, Machine Learning Capabilities

Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville told National Defense in an interview published Monday that the service has two initiatives going on to advance the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning and one of those is the establishment of its own software factory.

Naval Strike MissileState Dept Clears $300M Sale of Raytheon Technologies-Made Naval Missiles to Romania

The State Department approved Romania’s request to buy anti-ship missile systems manufactured by Raytheon Technologies (NYSE: RTX) through a potential $300M foreign military sale transaction with the U.S. government. The company’s missile and defense business would produce two Naval Strike Missile coastal defense systems.

General Services AdmnistrationGSA Releases RFI for Polaris Small Business IT GWAC

The General Services Administration has issued a request for information to assess the capabilities of small businesses to meet the information technology requirements of agency clients that will use the upcoming Polaris governmentwide acquisition contract. Responses to the notice are due Oct. 30. The RFI came a week after GSA sought feedback on emerging technologies that could be covered by the Polaris small business IT GWAC.

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