Posts from GovCon Wire 4/27/18

SSL’s Rob Zitz Receives Unprecedented 6-Year Leadership Award; Jim Garrettson Comments

Rob Zitz, senior vice president and chief strategy officer of the government systems group at Maxar Technologies‘ (NYSE: MAXR) SSL business, has received an award for his leadership role in Executive Mosaic‘s 4×24 program, designed for the government contracting industry’s most senior and most influential executives…
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Aerospace Industry Vet John Elbon Joins ULA as COO; Tory Bruno Comments

John Elbon, a 35-year veteran of Boeing (NYSE: BA), has succeeded Dan Collins as chief operating officer at United Launch Alliance. ULA said Thursday Elbon most recently served as vice president and general manager of the space exploration division at Boeing’s defense, space and security business…
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Mike Pompeo Sworn in as Secretary of State

The Senate has approved the nomination of Mike Pompeo, former CIA director, to succeed Rex Tillerson as secretary of state through a 57-42 vote, the New York Times reported Thursday. Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito swore in Pompeo shortly after the upper chamber gave its final confirmation…
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Barbara Humpton Appointed Siemens U.S. CEO

The Siemens Corporation announced Thursday that Barbara Humpton, chief executive officer of Siemens Government Technologies, and a four-time Wash100 winner, has been promoted to CEO for the company’s entire U…
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Former Lockheed, Leidos Exec Melanie Heitkamp Named L3 SVP, Chief HR Officer

Melanie Heitkamp, formerly senior vice president of human resources at Leidos‘ (NYSE: LDOS) defense and intelligence group, has been appointed SVP and chief HR officer of L3 Technologies (NYSE: LLL) in a move slated to take effect May 21
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DLA Awards Boeing $427M Hornet Depot Maintenance Support Contract

Boeing (NYSE: BA) will help maintain F/A-18 Hornets of the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps aircraft fleet under a potential 10-year, $427 million contract from the Defense Logistics Agency. The sole-source contract covers the delivery and management of consumable materials for the structural repair, modification and depot level maintenance of Hornets, Boeing said Thursday
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Army to Launch Signal Classification Challenge

The U.S. Army‘s Rapid Capabilities Office has announced a prize competition to develop tools for soldiers to detect signals on the battlefield and visualize the electromagnetic spectrum. RCO aims to draw innovators and data scientists to the Army Signal Classification Challenge slated to go live April 30 on FBO…
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Sixth Batch of Iridium NEXT Satellites Arrives at SpaceX Site in VAFB

Five Iridium NEXT satellites that are scheduled for launch on May 19 have arrived at SpaceX’s launch site in Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to go through pre-launch processing procedures. Iridium Communications said Wednesday each satellite will be mated in the dispenser, fueled, stacked on the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket’s payload adapter and encapsulated within the fairing…
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DSCA Announces FMS Administrative Surcharge Reduction; Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper Comments

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency will reduce the administrative services fee for foreign military sales from 3.5 percent on every transaction to 3.2 percent. DSCA said Wednesday the surcharge reduction will take effect June 1 and supports the Trump administration’s conventional arms transfer policy that seeks to increase sales of U…
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Raytheon to Develop Maritime Surveillance, Targeting Platform Under Navy Contract

Raytheon‘s integrated defense systems business has received a $29.9 million contract from the U.S. Navy to develop an architecture for anti-submarine and surface warfare missions. Work on the contract will run through Oct…
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VIDEO: Apache Fire Control: Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor

The Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor (M-TADS/PNVS) provides targeting & pilotage during day, night and adverse weather conditions. Fielded in 2005, M-TADS/PNVS provides combat over match and battlefield survivability against any adversary…
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