List/Grid Author Archives: Jim Garrettson

Can the Government Force Contractors to Unionize?

Can the Government Force Contractors to Unionize?

Executive order 13502 from February 2009 garnered relatively little attention when it was issued.   It reads, “in order to promote the efficient administration and completion of Federal construction projects,” executive… Read more »

Transforming the Internal IT Environment: a Conversation with Bernie McVey

Transforming the Internal IT Environment: a Conversation with Bernie McVey

A central tenet in the business world is to ensure that operations are being conducting in the fastest, smartest possible way. Northrop Grumman is currently working to transform the internal… Read more »

Private Sector Space Development: The Final Frontier

Private Sector Space Development: The Final Frontier

Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) has successfully test fired its Falcon 9, clearing a milestone toward the inaugural flight of a privately developed spaceship to fly cargo, and possibly astronauts, into… Read more »

Know Your Legislation: 3 GovCon Laws You Need To Know

Know Your Legislation: 3 GovCon Laws You Need To Know

Because of government contracting firms’ position at the intersection of business and politics, keeping abreast of the mountains of legislation that emerge from congress is both essential and daunting.  So… Read more »

Senator Jim Webb to Address Potomac Officers Club

Senator Jim Webb to Address Potomac Officers Club

Senator Jim Webb (D-VA) will address the Potomac Officers Club at a breakfast event on February 4th, beginning at 8:15 AM.  Senator Webb served with distinction as a combat Marine… Read more »

Robert Stevens says Lockheed Martin will look to more acquisitions in New Year

Robert Stevens says Lockheed Martin will look to more acquisitions in New Year

Early this week, Robert Stevens, CEO of Lockheed Martin, stated at the Reuters Aerospace and Defense Summit in Washington that Lockheed Martin will look to make more acquisitions in 2010…. Read more »

Norm Augustine Spoke at Potomac Officers Club Luncheon

Norm Augustine Spoke at Potomac Officers Club Luncheon

On December 2nd, 2009, Norm Augustine spoke at the Potomac Officers Club Luncheon at the Ritz Carlton in Tyson’s Corner. John Hillen, of Global Defense Technology and Systems Inc. introduced… Read more »

John Hillen and Global Defense Technology & Systems End GovCon’s IPO Drought

John Hillen and Global Defense Technology & Systems End GovCon’s IPO Drought

John Hillen will have some interesting conversation for his Thanksgiving table this year: his company, Global Defense Technology & Systems, Inc. held its IPO Friday.  This is the first IPO… Read more »

TASC: Who’s Next to De-Conflict?

TASC: Who’s Next to De-Conflict?

TASC, Northrop Grumman’s Systems Engineering and Technical Assistance (SETA) business unit, is being sold to KKR and General Atlantic for $1.65 billion.  Northrop Grumman’s CEO Ronald Sugar said in a… Read more »

Space Race “Inevitable”

Space Race “Inevitable”

Though Beijing has vocally opposed the “weaponization” of space in the past, China’s air force chief, General Xu Qiliang, this week called military competition in space “inevitable.” Is dramatically increased… Read more »

The Top Five Issues Facing Government Contractors

The Top Five Issues Facing Government Contractors

When CEOs around the beltway can’t sleep at night, chances are these issues are keeping them up: in-sourcing, organizational conflicts of interest (OCI), the stimulus package, healthcare, and cybersecurity.  Here’s… Read more »

Norm Augustine Assesses the Future of the US Space Program

Norm Augustine Assesses the Future of the US Space Program

Everything from your cell phones, televisions, missileguidance systems and war fighter situational awareness systems depend on satellite-based networks.  So why is America’s presence in space in jeopardy? According to Norm… Read more »

Julius Genachowski, FCC Chairman, Backs Net Neutrality

Julius Genachowski, FCC Chairman, Backs Net Neutrality

During a speech at the Brookings Institute on Monday, Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski discussed his support for net neutrality. He suggested that the existing guidelines set forth by the… Read more »

Top 10 Cyber Universities Named by The New New Internet

Top 10 Cyber Universities Named by The New New Internet

The New New Internet has published a list of the Top 10 Universities Preparing Future Cyber Security Professionals.  As the need for cybersecurity professionals swells, universities across the nation are… Read more »

Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds: Stare and Compare

Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds: Stare and Compare

Bob McDonnell and Creigh Deeds will be speaking to the Potomac Officers’ Club at a “Stare-and-Compare” event next week on September 10th (click here to register), and they recently spoke… Read more »

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