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ECS Promotes John Heneghan to COO, Giles Kesteloot to CSO; George Wilson Quoted

ECS

ECS has promoted John Heneghan to chief operating officer (COO) and Giles Kesteloot to chief strategy officer (CSO) in an effort to enhance company performance and speed up growth. In the roles, Heneghan and Kesteloot will enhance customer service and maintain the business operations. “I am proud to promote John and Giles to the roles of COO and CSO,” said ECS President George Wilson, a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient.

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Accenture Federal Arm Wins $50M USPTO Contract for Financial Mgmt System Modernization; Rasha Nahas Quoted

Rasha Nahas, managing director and Department of Commerce lead for Accenture Federal Services

Accenture's federal services business has been awarded a five-year, $50 million blanket purchase agreement by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) to operate, maintain and modernize the agency’s financial management systems (FMS) for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer (OCFO). “We are proud to support USPTO," said Rasha Nahas, managing director and the U.S. Department of Commerce lead for Accenture Federal Services.

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Northrop Gets $325M USAF Contract to Support Joint STARS

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman has secured a $325 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to continue its support of the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS). “The overall modification and sustainment work will ensure continuous safety and system readiness for the E-8C fleet against evolving threat environments,” said Janice Zilch, vice president of manned airborne surveillance programs at Northrop Grumman.

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BAE to Help Vertex Aerospace Support Marine Corps’ AV-8B Harrier Fleet

AV-8B Harrier

BAE Systems has signed a nine-year agreement with Vertex Aerospace to increase the availability of the U.S. Marine Corps’ AV-8B Harrier II fleet. "This new contract with Vertex Aerospace ensures we can continue to apply our expertise to support the U.S. Marine Corps in their crucial operations,” said Tom Fillingham, senior vice president of US Programs at BAE Systems Air.

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Lockheed Taps Northrop, BAE to Equip F-35 With Comms, Navigation, EW Systems

F-35 Aircraft

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract from Lockheed Martin to enable new functionality that supports the 5th Generation F-35 Lightning II multi-role fighter. BAE Systems is also part of the collaborative agreement. Northrop, Lockheed and BAE will equip the fighter jet with Northrop’s AN/ASQ-242 Integrated Communications, Navigation and Identification (ICNI) and BAE’s AN/ASQ-239 Electronic Warfare/Countermeasures (EW/CM) system to deliver optimal operational utility.

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Robotic Research Joins Persistent Systems’ Wave Relay Ecosystem; Jeffrey Washington Quoted

Jeffrey Washington Director Persistent Systems

Persistent Systems has announced that Robotic Research joined the Wave Relay Ecosystem, an industry alliance of sensor and unmanned system companies that leverage the former's Wave Relay mobile ad hoc network. "The aim of the Wave Relay Ecosystem is to deliver the warfighter a truly unified battlefield network," said Jeffrey Washington, director of business development at Persistent Systems.

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Lockheed-Led Team Receives $1.3B Global F-35 Sustainment Contract

F-35

An industry team led by Lockheed Martin has secured a $1.28 billion undefinitized contract action (UCA) from the F-35 Joint Program Office to support operations and sustainment of the global F-35 fleet through June 30. "This contract ensures F-35s remain ready to fly and accomplish the warfighter's mission," said Bill Brotherton, Lockheed Martin F-35 program acting vice president and general manager.

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Roger Miller Joins Paradyme Management as Senior Director of Growth for Justice Markets

Roger Miller of Paradyme Management

Paradyme Management has appointed Roger Miller as senior director of growth for justice markets, responsible for further building relationships with federal agencies that serve the homeland security mission. “Roger has a vast amount of experience in the justice community and has been right in the middle of dealing with the complex technical issues it faces," said Jack Ginsburg, chief operating officer of Paradyme. 

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Cobham to Help Sabena Technics Maintain French KC-135 Tankers

Cobham Mission Systems

Cobham Mission Systems has been awarded a three-year contract by Sabena technics to provide comprehensive through-life support (TLS) and air-to-air (AAR) equipment maintenance in support of refueling tankers. “Our TLS agreements provide customers with long-term cost savings and faster access to parts and technical support, and gives us important insight into the full AAR product lifecycle," said Russell Bailey, vice president air-to-air refueling for Cobham Mission Systems in the UK.

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Exolaunch-SpaceX Partnership Integrates Small Sats for First Dedicated Rideshare Launch

SpaceX Falcon 9

Exolaunch has initiated its launch campaign that will integrate 30 small satellites from the U.S. and Europe aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rideshare mission. The launch is scheduled for no earlier than January 2021. “Through our partnership with SpaceX, Exolaunch has become the bridge for multiple European smallsat developers and others from around the world interested to launch on Falcon 9,” said Jeanne Medvedeva, vice president of Launch Services at Exolaunch.

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Northrop Wins Potential $250M Navy Production Contract for Coyote Target Missiles

Northrop Grumman

Northrop Grumman has been awarded a potential $250 million production contract by the U.S. Navy to deliver up to 103 GQM-163A “Coyote” supersonic sea-skimming target (SSST) vehicles. Northrop Grumman’s contract has a base value of $57 million that provides for 19 Coyote vehicles. “The Coyote is the only supersonic sea skimming target in production in the U.S.,” said Rich Straka, vice president of launch vehicles at Northrop Grumman.

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