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  • Shield Capital to Support National Security Innovation With Venture Capital Fund - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Shield Capital to Support National Security Innovation With Venture Capital Fund

    Shield Capital has launched its first venture capital fund to support startups that are developing technologies for national security and commercial customers. The venture capital firm said Tuesday it exceeded the $120 million fund goal for Shield Capital Fund I. Shield Capital’s investment strategy is focused on early-stage companies working on technologies in artificial intelligence, […] More

  • Mitre Names Robert Work to Visiting Fellows Program; Bill LaPlante Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Mitre Names Robert Work to Visiting Fellows Program; Bill LaPlante Quoted

    Robert Work, former deputy secretary at the Defense Department, has joined Mitre's Visiting Fellows Program to offer advice on critical national issues. Bill LaPlante, senior vice president for Mitre's national security sector, said in a statement published Monday Work brings decades of experience and knowledge to the nonprofit company's national security sector as it works […] More

  • Reports: DIUx Head Raj Shah Steps Down - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Reports: DIUx Head Raj Shah Steps Down

    Raj Shah, head of the Defense Department's Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, resigned from his post Thursday after a nearly two-year stint with the organization, Federal News Radio reported Monday. Navy Capt. Sean Heritage will step into the acting leadership role at DIUx. Shah, a 2018 Wash100 recipient, took the helm in May 2016 after then-Defense Secretary Ashton […] More

  • Mitre Appoints 5 to Visiting Fellows Program - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Mitre Appoints 5 to Visiting Fellows Program

    Mitre has appointed five individuals to the nonprofit company’s Visiting Fellows Program that aims to help address complex national problems. The nonprofit said Thursday its newly appointed visiting fellows possess a background in the organization’s strategic focus areas of national defense, cybersecurity and health. Richard Byrne, senior vice president of programs and technology at Mitre, said the […] More

  • Ashton Carter Named Belfer Center Director at Harvard Kennedy School - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Ashton Carter Named Belfer Center Director at Harvard Kennedy School

    Ashton Carter, former secretary of the Defense Department, has been named director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Gazette reported Tuesday. He will succeed Graham Allison, who will continue to serve as Douglas Dillon professor of government, and serve as professor of technology and global affairs […] More

  • Two F-35 Jets Fly to Israel Ahead of Reception Ceremony - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Two F-35 Jets Fly to Israel Ahead of Reception Ceremony

    A pair of Lockheed Martin-built F-35 fighter jets have flown to Israel ahead of a reception ceremony that will be held at Nevatim Air Base on Monday, Times of Israel reported Thursday. Judah Ari Gross writes Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will attend the ceremony alongside Israel’s political and military officials to welcome Israel’s first two F-35 jets. […] More

  • Report: Talks Continue on Potential Boeing, Lockheed Fighter Aircraft Production Facilities in India - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Report: Talks Continue on Potential Boeing, Lockheed Fighter Aircraft Production Facilities in India

    The U.S. and Indian governments look to close a deal that will potentially bring the production of fighter aircraft from Lockheed Martin and Boeing to India, the Washington Post reported Monday. Annie Gowen writes Lockheed has proposed to move its Texas-based F-16 assembly line to India, which will make the country the sole producer of the single-engine aircraft that […] More

  • HackerOne, Synack to Help Pentagon Create "Bug Bounty" Contract Vehicle - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    HackerOne, Synack to Help Pentagon Create “Bug Bounty” Contract Vehicle

    The Defense Department has chosen HackerOne and Synack to create a contract vehicle that will work to help DoD components and services launch “bug bounty” programs. DoD said Thursday the contract vehicle will facilitate efforts to standardize a crowdsourced approach to digital security through challenges designed to identify and address vulnerabilities on department-run websites. The department seeks to launch additional challenges similar to the Hack the […] More

  • Enlighten IT Consulting Lands DoD Cyber Support Contract; Shawn Justice Comments - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Enlighten IT Consulting Lands DoD Cyber Support Contract; Shawn Justice Comments

    Enlighten IT Consulting has received a potential $3.3 million contract to help the Defense Department protect data and information networks from insider threats and external cyber vulnerabilities. DoD awarded the Cyberstrike contract in support of the implementation of the Pentagon's Cyber Strategy that Defense Secretary Ashton Carter approved in April 2015, EITC said Monday. The Pentagon's […] More

  • Pentagon Leaders, Trade Associations Discuss Defense Industry's Environment - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Pentagon Leaders, Trade Associations Discuss Defense Industry’s Environment

    Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall met with three defense trade associations in an effort to understand and address issues that affect the aerospace and defense industry. CEOs and senior executives from the National Defense Industrial Association, Aerospace Industries Association and the Professional Services Council discussed acquisition and budget challenges within the […] More

  • Report: DoD Supports Boeing, Lockheed Proposals to Establish F-18, F-16 Production Lines in India - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Report: DoD Supports Boeing, Lockheed Proposals to Establish F-18, F-16 Production Lines in India

    The Defense Department has expressed support to proposals by Lockheed Martin and Boeing to produce their respective F-16 and F-18 fighter jets in India as part of the Make in India program, Hindustan Times reported Monday. Shishir Gupta writes Defense Secretary Ashton Carter relayed DoD's support to the proposals to Manohar Parrikar, India's defense minister, during the […] More

  • Report: Lockheed, Boeing Eye F-16, Super Hornet Production in India - top government contractors - best government contracting event
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    Report: Lockheed, Boeing Eye F-16, Super Hornet Production in India

    Lockheed Martin and Boeing held a meeting with officials of India's defense ministry Tuesday in New Delhi to discuss the possible production of F-16 Super Viper and F/A 18 Super Hornet fighter jets in India, the Economic Times reported Wednesday. Manu Pubby writes Keith Webster, director of international cooperation for the defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology […] More

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