EM’s Weekly Roundup: FY21 NDAA Major News; Will Roper Talks Live Operations for ABMS; Gen. John Murray Discusses AI, Autonomy for Battlefield; GDIT Secures $241M CMS Cloud Implementation Order, Amy Gilliland Quoted; Salesforce to Buy Acumen Solutions

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CongressReps. Adam Smith, Mac Thornberry Announce Bicameral Agreement Over FY 2021 NDAA

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith, D-Wash., and Ranking Member Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, issued a joint statement Wednesday saying both chambers of Congress have reached agreement on the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021.

Will Roper Assistant Secretary USAFWill Roper: Air Force Eyes 2021 Go-Live for ABMS C2 Platform

Will Roper, the U.S. Air Force’s acquisition head and a three-time Wash100 Award recipient, has said the service plans to begin the live operations for the Advanced Battle Management System (ABMS) by 2021, Federal News Network reported Wednesday. “This will be something new, and something that’s new like ABMS probably needs a new construct for how we manage and execute,” said Roper.

Ball AerospaceBall Corp. Names Daniel Fisher as President, Promotes Two Execs to EVP Roles

Ball Corporation has appointed Daniel Fisher, senior vice president, as the company’s president and member of its board of directors, effective 2021. Lisa Pauley, SVP of HR and administration, and Scott Morrison, SVP and chief financial officer, were also promoted to Ball’s executive vice presidents and will retain their current responsibilities.

Pratt and Whitney F135 EnginePratt & Whitney Awarded $642M Navy Contract for F-35 Engine Logistics Support

Raytheon Technologies‘ (NYSE: RTX) Pratt & Whitney subsidiary has received a one-year, $642M contract from Naval Air Systems Command to perform F-35 propulsion system logistics work for U.S. and foreign military sales customers. The award also includes maintenance support.

Gen. John Murray Commanding Officer Army Futures CommandGen. John Murray: Army to Require Secure Network, Coding Support on Battlefield

Gen. John Murray, commanding general of Army Futures Command (AFC), said the service branch will need a secure network and coding operations that would support artificial intelligence and autonomy on the battlefield, National Defense Magazine reported Monday.

SalesforceSalesforce to Buy Acumen Solutions

Salesforce (NYSE: CRM) has agreed to acquire professional services firm Acumen Solutions for an undisclosed sum as part of efforts to expand its platforms and service offerings to help customers advance their digital transformation efforts. San Francisco-based Salesforce said Tuesday it will integrate Acumen Solutions with its professional services business upon the deal’s closing.

Amy Gilliland President GDITGeneral Dynamics IT Unit Books $241M CMS Cloud Implementation Support Order; Amy Gilliland Quoted

General Dynamics’ (NYSE: GD) information technology business has secured a potential four-year, $241M task order to help the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services implement a multicloud computing environment. The Cloud Products and Tool award has a one-year base period.

ChenegaAllison Robertson of Chenega Corp Receives NCMA Advancing Professionals Award

Allison Robertson, Vice President of Business Services, Chenega Corporation, has received the Advancing Professionals Award by the National Contract Management Association (NCMA), during the association’s annual Government Contract Management Symposium.

PentagonFinal RFP for $11.7B Defense Enclave Services Contract Inches Closer to Release

The Department of Defense plans to release by the second week of December the final solicitation for the potential $11.7B Defense Enclave Services network consolidation contract, C4ISRNET reported Thursday. “We’re anticipating the final release next week,” Don Means.

Dan Batrack Chairman and CEO Tetra TechTetra Tech Wins $185M USACE Contract to Support Innovation

Tetra Tech has been awarded a five-year, $185 million multiple-award contract by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Kansas City District to support innovation across federal environmental programs, the company announced on Thursday. Tetra Tech will employ advanced technology and advanced analytics to deliver innovative solutions to the federal government.

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