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GovConWire's Government Contracting News 7/23/2021

NCCoE Picks 18 Vendors to Demo Zero Trust Architectures; Zscaler’s Stephen Kovac Quoted Cybersecurity

NCCoE Picks 18 Vendors to Demo Zero Trust Architectures; Zscaler’s Stephen Kovac Quoted

The National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence has selected 18 technology companies to help design and demonstrate various approaches to implementing zero trust architectures.  The National Institute of Standards and Technology’s NCCoE said Thursday it will work with the companies to design and field architectures based on the concepts stipulated in NIST Special Publication 800-207 and expects
Senate Confirms Heidi Shyu as DOD’s Undersecretary for Research & Engineering News

Senate Confirms Heidi Shyu as DOD’s Undersecretary for Research & Engineering

The Senate has confirmed Heidi Shyu‘s nomination to become the undersecretary of the Department of Defense for research and engineering, a role first held by Michael Griffin since the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act elevated it at undersecretary level. As USD(R&E), Shyu will be responsible for setting the strategy for DOD’s investments in
PSI Adds to Health IT, Cybersecurity Offerings With ProSphere Acquisition; Terry Lin Quoted M&A Activity

PSI Adds to Health IT, Cybersecurity Offerings With ProSphere Acquisition; Terry Lin Quoted

Planned Systems International has purchased Alexandria, Virginia-based technology integrator ProSphere Tech in a deal of an undisclosed sum that expands PSI’s health care information technology and cybersecurity offerings for the government sector. Founded in 2006, ProSphere works with federal customers to help them design systems, manage data centers and transition enterprise services to public cloud
Matterport Becomes Publicly Traded Spatial Data Company After SPAC Merger; RJ Pittman Quoted M&A Activity

Matterport Becomes Publicly Traded Spatial Data Company After SPAC Merger; RJ Pittman Quoted

Spatial data company Matterport will start trading Friday on Nasdaq under the symbol “MTTR” after it completed its merger with special purpose acquisition company Gores Holdings VI (Nasdaq: GHVI). Sunnyvale, California-based Matterport said Thursday it has secured approximately $605 million in total cash as a result of the combination, including $310 milion from Gores Holdings
Shield AI Buys Heron Systems in AI Engineering Capability Expansion Push; Brandon Tseng Quoted Artificial Intelligence

Shield AI Buys Heron Systems in AI Engineering Capability Expansion Push; Brandon Tseng Quoted

Shield AI has acquired Heron Systems for an undisclosed sum to further expand its artificial intelligence engineering and reinforcement learning capabilities. Heron Systems is a software company founded in 1993 and is known for developing an AI pilot that emerged undefeated against a human Air Force F-16 fighter pilot in five rounds of simulated air
Former Constellis CEO Craig Nixon Joins Donovan Capital’s Advisory Team Executive Moves

Former Constellis CEO Craig Nixon Joins Donovan Capital’s Advisory Team

Craig Nixon, a 29-year U.S. Army veteran and former chief executive officer at Constellis, has joined investment firm Donovan Capital Group as a senior adviser. DCG said Nixon joins other former military and government leaders who assist the company’s advisory practice in functions such as proprietary investment sourcing and operational due diligence. The retired brigadier
Raytheon Secures $90M MDA Contract Modification to Test Missile Guidance Electronic Tech Contract Awards

Raytheon Secures $90M MDA Contract Modification to Test Missile Guidance Electronic Tech

Raytheon Technologies‘ (NYSE: RTX) missiles and defense business has received a $90.2 million contract modification from the Missile Defense Agency to perform tests and related activities to support the transition of a guidance electronic unit to production as part of the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA program. Under the award, Raytheon Missiles and Defense will create
Intelligent Waves Receives Task Orders Under 3 Government Contracts; Erin Horrell Quoted Contract Awards

Intelligent Waves Receives Task Orders Under 3 Government Contracts; Erin Horrell Quoted

Intelligent Waves has received task orders under three government contracts to provide enterprise technology and acquisition support to defense customers. The service-disabled veteran-owned company said Wednesday it will develop an integrated audio system and live streaming software using government-furnished equipment as part of a task order under the U.S. Army’s Information Technology Enterprise Solutions-3 Services
Army Taps 5 Companies to Develop AI, Robotic Tech Prototypes Contract Awards

Army Taps 5 Companies to Develop AI, Robotic Tech Prototypes

The U.S. Army has selected five companies to receive funds that will support artificial intelligence and robotic technology prototyping projects under the service branch’s other transaction agreement with the National Advanced Mobility Consortium, Inside Defense reported Thursday. Contractors will prototype AI and robotic systems intended to boost the performance of dismounted infantry platoons when they
Michael Witt Appointed VP, Chief Sustainability Officer at Northrop Executive Moves

Michael Witt Appointed VP, Chief Sustainability Officer at Northrop

Michael Witt, formerly a corporate director at chemical company Dow, will officially join Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) on Aug. 9 to serve as vice president and chief sustainability officer. He will oversee Northrop’s carbon reduction activities, resource efficiency efforts and other initiatives aimed to promote environmental sustainability, the company said Thursday. Witt previously oversaw Dow’s
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