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EM’s Weekly Roundup: Veritas Capital Completes $5B Acquisition of DXC’s HHS Business; Basil Parker to Become Federal CIO, Camilo Sandoval to Be Federal CISO; Lora Shiao Named ODNI COO; Cobham Signs $500M Deal with Raytheon Technologies; NSA Launches Center for Cybersecurity Standards


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fogarty_stephen_20190823Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty: Army Cyber Command Shifts to Information Advantage Approach

Lt. Gen. Stephen Fogarty, who leads the U.S. Army’s Cyber Command (ARCYBER), said his group is shifting from a warfare-focused approach to one that prioritizes information advantage. Fogarty said at the CEMAlite Conference that Army Cyber Command’s new “information advantage” approach may help forces realize decision dominance.

PalantirPalantir Wins $91M Army R&D Support Contract

Palantir, a data analysis software company headquartered in Denver, has won a potential $91.2M contract to support U.S. Army research and development projects. The Department of Defense said Tuesday the company will perform general R&D work for the Army Research Laboratory in Adelphi, Maryland, through Sept. 28, 2022.

Mike Kahn CEO CAESCobham Signs $500M Electronics Supply Deal With Raytheon Technologies; Mike Kahn Quoted

Cobham has agreed to supply electronic warfare systems and provide aerospace support services under three Raytheon Technologies units as part of a $500M agreement. Raytheon Technologies will receive the systems from Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions.

Raytheon TechnologiesRaytheon Technologies to Submit Bid for FAA’s Modernized Aviation Ecosystem

Raytheon Technologies plans to submit its concept for an enterprise system based on cloud computing and artificial intelligence as part of its bid for the Federal Aviation Administration’s updated aviation network. The FAA seeks to modernize its current network infrastructure and execute a “total overhaul” of the system to better support operations.

Ramzi Musallam CEO and Managing Partner Veritas CapitalVeritas Capital Completes $5B Acquisition of DXC’s HHS Business; Mike Salvino, Ramzi Musallam Quoted

DXC Technology has completed the sale of its State and Local Health and Human Services business to Veritas Capital for $5 billion to form Gainwell Technologies, DXC reported on Thursday. “I am very pleased that we have delivered on our plan in completing this transaction, which strengthens our balance sheet and allows us to bring the ‘new DXC’ to the market,”said Mike Salvino, president and CEO, DXC.

Martin Defense GroupNavatek Rebrands as Martin Defense Group

Navatek has changed its name to Martin Defense Group in a move to emphasize the technology research and development service provider’s intention to support U.S. defense programs. The rebranding effort comes after the Honolulu-based firm increased its workforce size by 60 percent over the past five months and expanded its operations across five states.

GSAGSA Names Apparent Awardees on OASIS Unrestricted Pools 1, 3, 4

The General Services Administration has released the lists of apparent awardees on unrestricted pools 1, 3 and 4 of the One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services contract vehicle. GSA issued an open season, on-ramp solicitation in July 2019 for the three pools under OASIS Unrestricted and a notice posted Monday says there are 42 companies selected for Pool 1, 40 vendors for Pool 3 and 41 offerors for Pool 4.

NSANational Security Agency Launches the Center for Cybersecurity Standards; Neal Ziring Quoted

The National Security Agency (NSA) has launched a new office that will support NSA’s mission to implement cybersecurity across critical systems. This office will lead NSA’s Cybersecurity mission to engage with standards bodies to communicate security requirements and influence standards to secure our National Security Systems and provide support to the Defense Industrial Base (DIB).

Basil ParkerReport: President Trump Plans to Name Basil Parker as Federal CIO, Camilo Sandoval as Federal CISO

President Trump intends to appoint Basil Parker, chief of staff at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) as the next federal chief information officer and Camilo Sandoval, former acting CIO at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), as federal chief information security officer, Federal News Network reported Monday.

Lora ShiaoODNI Names Lora Shiao COO; DNI John Ratcliffe Quoted

Lora Shiao, deputy director at the National Counterterrorism Center has been appointed to serve as chief operating officer in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, effective Oct. 12. The two-decade intelligence community veteran led the NCTC as executive director before she assumed her current role in April and previously served as the center’s deputy director of intelligence for three years, ODNI said Friday.

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