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EM’s Weekly Roundup: White House Unveils National Strategy for Emerging Tech; Dana Deasy Talks Zero-Trust Networks; Boeing Wins $477M DLA Contract; AECOM Closes Sale; Executive Moves for GDIT, Northrop; ASRC Federal Rebrands


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Troy RuddAECOM Closes Sale of Power Construction Business to CriticalPoint Capital; Troy Rudd Quoted

AECOM has sold its Power construction business to affiliates of CriticalPoint Capital, AECOM reported on Friday. The sale will add to AECOM’s business transformation strategy to become a higher-margin, lower-risk Professional Services business. CriticalPoint Capital specializes in corporate divestitures.

Tom Jones Incoming Corporate VP Northrop GrummanTom Jones to Succeed Janis Pamiljans as Northrop Aeronautics Systems President; Kathy Warden Quoted

Tom Jones, sector vice president and general manager of airborne sensors and networks division at Northrop Grumman’s (NYSE: NOC) mission systems sector, has been elected by the board of directors to serve as corporate VP and president of the company’s aeronautics systems business, effective Jan. 1. He will succeed Janis Pamiljans.

John GuastoBoeing Wins $477M DLA Contract to Help Manage Weapon Systems Supply Chain; John Guasto Quoted

Boeing has been awarded a $477 million performance-based contract from the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) to provide supplies, full supply chain management and logistics services. “Boeing’s supply chain management and distribution capabilities will help ensure parts are accessible,” said John Guasto.

David Calhoun President and CEO BoeingBoeing Unveils Nine Appointments to Executive Council; David Calhoun Quoted

Boeing has expanded its executive council to include nine senior leaders in a revamp of the aerospace and defense contractor’s operational structure. “These appointments build on prior actions designed to simplify and align our structure, sharpen our focus and move our leaders one step closer to our work,” said David Calhoun.

John Slota VPLockheed, Leidos Vet John Slota Named Chief Growth Officer of General Dynamics IT

John Slota, former vice president of defense strategy and business development operations at Leidos, has joined General Dynamics‘ information technology business as VP and chief growth officer. Slota oversees GDIT’s growth strategy and business development and technology initiatives.

Aaron FaulknerFRC Partners with AFS to Advance Cybersecurity Solutions for Federal Government; Jeremy Young, Aaron Faulkner Quoted

Federal Resources Corporation (FRC) has partnered with Accenture Federal Services (AFS) to advance cybersecurity solutions to the federal and public sector departments and agencies. “Federal Resources Corporation [will]… allow us to provide… solutions to our mission partners,” said Jeremy Young.

artificial intelligenceFive Companies Each Win $100M BPA to Support Pentagon’s AI Hub

The Department of Defense’s Joint Artificial Intelligence Center has awarded five companies blanket purchase agreements worth potentially $100M each to provide support services to the JAIC missions directorate. Tasks encompass software development, engineering, user experience technology design, machine learning and cognitive systems development, the Department of Defense said Thursday.

Jennifer Felix, president and CEO of ASRC FederalASRC Federal Rebrands With New Logo, Website; Jennifer Felix Quoted

ASRC Federal has updated its logo design, tagline and website as the Beltsville, Maryland-based government services provider aims to create a positive impact on federal government programs. The rebranding initiative also highlights corporate legacy and heritage through capability-driven messaging.

Dana Deasy CIO Defense DepartmentDoD’s Dana Deasy on Zero-Trust Network Mgmt, Vendor Challenges

Dana Deasy, chief information officer of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the Pentagon is assessing ways to implement zero-trust networks from a management and operations standpoint. Deasy said that the DoD has been studying the implementation of zero-trust environments.

NIHNIH Seeks Proposals for Follow-On Business, Professional Services Contract

The National Institutes of Health has issued a solicitation for the third iteration of the potential $49M NIH Business and Professional Support Services contract vehicle. A notice posted Thursday says NIHBPSS III is a multiple-award, IDIQ contract that will support the NIH and other agencies within the HHS across eight task areas.

White HouseWhite House Unveils National Strategy for Critical and Emerging Technologies

President Donald Trump on Thursday released a national strategy that outlines ways how the U.S. can protect its competitive edge in artificial intelligence, communication and networking technologies, quantum information science, space, military, energy, semiconductors and other fields.

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