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The U.S. Air Force made a highly-anticipated announcement this week of the firm that will help build the branch’s next space surveillance radar.

Lockheed Martin will produce the ground-based “Space Fence” radar and aim to install the system at a site in the Marshall Islands within 52 months under a $915 million contract.

By using Space Fence, the Air Force aims to track and identify more than 500,000 objects such as satellites and other debris that float in space.

In an August 2012 conversation with ExecutiveBiz, Lockheed Industrial Cooperation VP and Wash100 inductee John Casperdescribed the surrounding the program’s mission.

“With hundreds of thousands of objects in earth orbit, space debris and the associated risk of potential collisions threaten space-based assets and critical systems that merit protection,” said Casper, then a finance and business operations VP.

Jeff Trauberman — VP for space, intelligence and missile defense at Boeing — described the private sector’s role in space programs as helping to develop new tools that are “able to withstand and address the potential threats that might exist for space systems.”

Click here to review these and more of our spotlight interviews with industry leaders on ExecutiveBiz and continue reading below for the other headline-leading executive activity in GovCon this week.

Chuck Prow Promoted to IBM Global Government Sales Lead

Chuck Prow has been promoted to industry general manager for global governments at IBM.

He will oversee the company’s growth with government clients around the world and focus on areas such as public safety, security and homeland security.

“IBM has made a significant investment over the recent years in the areas of big data, cloud, mobile and social. These areas will continue to represent significant growth opportunities in the coming years” Prow said.

Prow will also focus on helping government agencies navigate acquisition processes.

Mark Gray, Greg Resutek Join ASRC Federal Leadership Team

Mark Gray has become president and CEO at ASRC Federal and Greg Resutek will serve as both COO and acting CFO at the Greenbelt, Md.-based contractor.

Gray most recently served as VP and GM of URS’ systems engineering and information solutions group.

Rex Rock, Sr., president and CEO of parent company ASRC said that the company made the appointments as it is “also pursuing opportunities for growth through mergers and acquisitions.”

Resutek is a former VP of business operations for URS’ federal systems division.


Oz Garcia Appointed Globecomm Systems Senior Director

Oz Garcia has joined satellite technology and services contractor Globecomm Systems as senior director of government business development.

The 25-year Air Force and Air Force Reserve veteran most recently served as VP of intelligence programs at Harris CapRock Communications.

“When you’re serving the intelligence community, it’s really important to have people that have an understanding of the individual agencies. Each one is very unique just like each military service is unique,” Garcia told ExecutiveBiz while he was at Harris.

Garcia is also a 14-year veteran of the National Security Agency.


Noblis Purchases National Security Partners for Intell Services Expansion

Noblis has acquired Falls Church, Va.-based National Security Partners, a consulting and technical services provider for the intelligence community.

Noblis will operate NSP as a subsidiary that will report directly to Roger Mason, Noblis SVP of national security and intelligence.

“Tackling today’s complex national security challenges demands that we marshal the best of our skills across diverse domains and this new team is poised to help address those toughest problems,” Mason added.

NSP Chief Executive Leslee Belluchie and Chairman Ronald Lee Burgess will head over to Noblis.


AT&T to Help Navy Install 911 Routing Systems

AT&T Government Solutions has won a $10.4 million contract to supply and install cloud-based 911 call management systems for the U.S. Navy.

The company’s federal business organization supports the Navy’s emergency network through the use of four data centers.

Kay Kapoor, president of AT&T Government Solutions, said the platform works to integrate with Navy infrastructure in-use at bases.

AT&T has built 61 call handling stations at the Navy’s regional and local dispatch centers.