Posts from GovCon Wire 5/14/18

Executive Spotlight: Interview With Brian Baldrate, VP & General Counsel of International and Washington Operations at Raytheon

ExecutiveBiz talked with Brian Baldrate, vice president and general counsel of Raytheon’s international and Washington, D.C., operations, about his military background, views on international defense sales and where he sees room for greater public-private sector collaboration…
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NASA’s Autonomous Rotorcraft to Launch as Part of Mars 2020 Rover Mission

A small unmanned rotorcraft is set to take off with NASA’s Mars 2020 rover aboard United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V rocket in July 2020 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. The agency’s Mars Helicopter is an autonomous aircraft that aims to demonstrate controlled flight on the red planet’s thin atmosphere in support of future Mars exploration missions, NASA said Saturday…
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SAIC to Establish Platform Integration & Engineering Hub in S.C.; Tony Moraco Comments

Science Applications International Corp. has begun construction of a Berkeley County, S.C.-based facility for the engineering and integration of technology platforms. SAIC said Friday it is scheduled to open the Platform Innovation Center later this year and expects to create up to 200 jobs there during the next five years…
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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 ‘Block 5’ Rocket Model Sends Comms Satellite Into Orbit

An updated configuration of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off Friday from a launch pad at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida to bring into orbit Bangladesh’s Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite, Spaceflight Now reported Friday…
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Raytheon’s Thomas Kennedy: Data Integrity Key Tenet of IT Cybersecurity

Raytheon Chairman and CEO Thomas Kennedy has said he believes maintaining data integrity should be part of an organization’s strategy to secure information technology assets from cyber threats…
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Aerojet Rocketdyne to Build Upper Stage Engine for ULA’s Vulcan Centaur Rocket

United Launch Alliance has selected Aerojet Rocketdyne to provide an upper stage engine technology to help power ULA’s Vulcan Centaur rocket. The space launch company said Friday Aerojet Rocketdyne will build RL10 propulsion systems and develop an RL10C-X variant as part of a 10-year partnership agreement between the companies…
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CTC to Help USAF Build, Test Power Converter for Aircraft Loader

Concurrent Technologies Corp, has received a contract to design, build and test a repower system to convert the U.S. Air Force‘s diesel-based aircraft loader into a diesel/electric vehicle. CTC predicts a 20 to 40 percent increase in energy efficiency once the Halvorsen Loader is converted into a hybrid vehicle that will operate through batteries leveraging grid power, the Air Force Research Laboratory said Friday…
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Secret Service Vet A.T. Smith Named Torres Senior Security Adviser

A.T. Smith, a 29-year U.S. Secret Service veteran, has joined Falls Church, Va.-based Torres Advanced Enterprise Solutions as senior security adviser. Smith will advise the company on cyber, physical and executive protective security matters as part of the global security advisory team in support of clients across the departments of Defense, State, European Union embassies, allied governments and humanitarian aid organizations, Torres said Friday…
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Construction Begins on Raytheon’s Aircraft Testbed Hangar in Ontario, Calif.

Raytheon broke ground Friday on its new facility at California’s Ontario International Airport that will house a company-built testbed aircraft. The hangar is scheduled to be completed later this year and will serve as the station of the RMT airborne test and evaluation platform, Raytheon said Friday…
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CBP Taps Unisys for Cargo, Traveler Risk Assessment Support Task Order; Amy Rall Comments

Unisys has received a task order from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to build and operate systems designed to help CBP’s targeting and analysis systems program directorate assess risks associated with passengers and cargo that enter the country…
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Justin Poole: NGA Pursues AI, Automation, Augmentation to Address Big Data Challenges

Justin Poole, deputy director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, has said NGA has begun efforts to adopt artificial intelligence, augmentation and automation, also known as the ‘triple A,’ to generate insights from vast amounts of data and address other big data revolution-related challenges faced by the intelligence community, C4ISRNET reported Thursday…
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GAO: Indefinite-Delivery Orders Comprised 40% of DoD Contract Obligations in FY 2015-2017

The Government Accountability Office has found that orders placed under indefinitely-delivery contracts accounted for approximately 40 percent of the Defense Department’s contract obligations between fiscal years 2015 and 2017…
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VIDEO: SpotMini Autonomous Navigation

SpotMini autonomously navigates a specified route through an office and lab facility. Before the test, the robot is manually driven through the space so it can build a map of the space using visual data from cameras mounted on the front, back and sides of the robot…
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