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Persistent Systems has promoted Sandeep Kalra, an experienced leader in the software services industry, as CEO to lead the company’s strategic growth and services, the company announced Monday. “We are looking forward to the next phase of our growth journey, as Sandeep Kalra takes over the CEO role,” said Dr. Anand Deshpande, founder, chairman and managing director of Persistent Systems.
MathWorks has landed a potential five-year, $38.3M contract from NASA to deliver software licenses, product training and maintenance services for a mathematical computing software. The contract has a base period of one year and comes with four one-year options, which if exercised, will extend the duration of work to Oct. 31, 2025.
Katie Arrington, chief information security officer at the office of assistant secretary of defense for acquisition and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the requirements and other elements of the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program could still change as the Department of Defense (DoD) assesses the public comments submitted through the end of November.
Peraton has appointed Kevin Meiners, former deputy director of national Intelligence for enterprise capacity at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), to its advisory board, the company announced Thursday. He will join other government and commercial technology veterans who advise and counsel Peraton’s management team on strategic matters.
The White House has decided to drop its plan to merge the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) with the General Services Administration (GSA), Federal Times reported Monday. Lawmakers questioned whether officials had performed enough work to prove that eliminating OPM and transitioning its responsibilities to GSA could help improve efficiency.
Leidos Holdings has published financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2020, reporting revenues of $3.24 billion, compared to $2.84 billion in the prior year quarter, the company announced on Monday. The company’s revenues for the quarter included $302 million and $74 million related to the acquisitions of Dynetics, Inc.
Gen. James Dickinson, commander of the U.S. Space Command, has said the command seeks to expand its personnel beyond 1,000 ahead of the potential relocation of its headquarters in 2021. Dickinson said he expects the Air Force to conclude a basing review and issue a decision on the relocation of Spacecom’s headquarters from Colorado Springs early next year.
Christopher Krebs, director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the lack of foreign cyber interference in U.S. election systems this year could be attributed to more than three years of collaboration. “I think what you’re seeing more than anything is 3½ years of collaboration,” Krebs said.
Maj. Gen. Robert Skinner has received Senate confirmation to lead the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) as director, succeeding Vice Adm. Nancy Norton. He will rank up to lieutenant general for the role. He will lead efforts to protect the Department of Defense’s (DoD) enterprise infrastructure.
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has issued a broad agency announcement to identify potential sources of technologies and techniques to help the government combat disinformation campaigns. Influence Campaign Awareness and Sensemaking (INCAS) effort seeks to help analysts identify and track geopolitical influence campaigns that spread misinformation and false narratives through online channels