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Six3 Buys Geolocation, ISR Firm Ticom Geomatics; Robert Coleman Comments

Six3 Systems Inc. has acquired Austin, Texas-based geolocation firm Ticom Geomatics Inc. for an undisclosed amount, the company announced Tuesday. TGI provides systems and services for geolocation; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions; and signals intelligence to defense and intelligence customers. The acquisition complements Six3’s offerings in the ISR, signals intelligence …

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IBM Adding Navigation Software Firm Vivisimo to Big Data Portfolio

IBM (NYSE: IBM) has agreed to acquire Pittsburgh-based discovery navigation software provider Vivisimo for an undisclosed amount, the company announced Wednesday. Vivisimo has more than 140 customers in both the public and private sectors, including the U.S. Air Force, Navy Social Security Administration and the Defense Intelligence Agency. IBM will …

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Veritas to Buy Thomson Reuters Healthcare Business for $1.25B

Veritas Capital has agreed to acquire Thomas Reuters’ (NYSE: TRI) healthcare business for $1.25 billion cash, the companies announced Monday. The companies expect the transaction to close within the next few months. The acquisition aligns with Veritas’ goal of expanding its healthcare analytics offerings, said Chairman Robert McKeon. Mike Boswood, …

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GovConExec Spring Issue Expands on Big Data Opportunities, Mergers

GovConExec, published by GovCon Wire’s parent company Executive Mosaic, released the Spring 2012 issue, providing the latest news and government contracting executive views on healthcare, mobility, the current budget environment as well as on the new market buzz big data. GovConExec explores how big data is impacting the contracting community …

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Exelis, BAE, L-3 JV to Bid on Air Force Space Command Contract

ITT Exelis, (NYSE: ITT) BAE Systems, and L-3 Communications (NYSE: LLL) have joined forces to form a new joint venture. The companies said Tuesday IBL JV, LLC will bid on the U.S. Air Force Space Command’s planned launch and test range system integrated support contract LISC. The team members currently serve …

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Maximus to Buy Denver-Based Policy Studies for $67M Cash

Maximus has agreed to acquire Denver-based government health and human services provider Policy Studies for $67 million cash, the company announced Thursday. The Reston, Va.-based firm said it expects the transaction to close on April 30 and to slightly increase its earnings per share for the rest of fiscal year 2012. …

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L-3 to Buy Thales Civil Aircraft Simulation Unit for $132M; Michael Strianese Comments

L-3 Communications has agreed to acquire Thales Training & Simulation Ltd’s civil aircraft simulation and training business for an estimated $132 million cash. L-3 expects the transaction to close in the summer of 2012 and expects it to immediately increase its earnings per share. The company also expects civil aircraft training …

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Exclusive: Brad Antle Says ATSC Bid Keyed on Future Bids, Civilian Connections

Salient Federal Solutions’ acquisition of ATS Corp. provides Salient valuable access to the civilian side of the federal market, CEO Brad Antle told GovCon Wire Friday, a longtime goal of the Fairfax, Va.-based information technology contractor. The acquisition puts Salient’s revenues at roughly $250 million and while sequestration and budget limitations pose …

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Cobham Now Owns 25% of Danish SATCOM Firm

Cobham plc. has acquired an additional 22.74 percent share in Denmark-based satellite communications firm Thrane & Thrane and now owns approximately 25.6 percent of that firm’s issued share capital. The British aerospace, defense and security firm announced Thursday it purchased the new shares from Jupiter Asset Management Limited at an estimated …

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SAP Merges Sybase, Govt Support Units; Mark Testoni Continues as President

SAP (NYSE: SAP) has completed a realignment of its Sybase federal and government support and services units into a new national security services organization. The company said the unit is now known as SAP National Security Services, or SAP NS2. Mark Testoni will continue serving as president of the unit, …

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