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Weekly Roundup for 3/27/14 – 4/3/14

From Jim Garrettson, Executive Mosaic President & Founder

Two federal civilian leaders highlighted this week how the government wants to make cybersecurity a higher priority throughout the acquisition process.

Emile Monette, senior adviser for cybersecurity at GSA’s mission assurance office, said NIST holds the authority to approve that plan, which would mandate cybersecurity requirements for certain federal contracts.

Joe Jarzombek, DHS’ software and supply chain assurance director, said the government is focusing on the supply chain aspects of cybersecurity.

GovCon firms have also made cybersecurity a focal point of their businesses and have made moves to bolster their portfolios and place themselves to grow.

Tim Reardon, VP and GM of defense and intelligence solutions at Lockheed Martin, told ExecutiveBiz that Lockheed in continuing its investment in cybersecurity centers around the world to promote collaboration with government agencies.

“In all cases, the idea is to work with our customers to advance state‑of‑the‑art cyber research,” Reardon said.

Tony Cole, FireEye global government CTO and VP, pointed to information sharing between agencies and businesses as one way to further bolster the public sector’s cyber defensive posture.

“We need to share indicators of compromise with governments, and they need to share them with industry as well to ensure that a threat they see is automatically rolled into commercial products,” he said.

Exelis Services Spinoff ‘Vectrus’ will Offer Tech and Supply Chain Mgmt Services

Exelis has named its services spinoff ‘Vectrus’, which will be a new independent firm with nearly $1.5 billion in revenue.

David Melcher, president and CEO of Exelis, said Vectrus will aim to “build on a legacy of delivering infrastructure asset management, logistics and supply chain management services.”

Kenneth Hunzeker, who has been president and general manager of Exelis Mission Systems since April 2011, will lead the new 7,000-employee business.

Melcher added that the spinoff is intended to help Exelis focus on networks, intelligence, surveillance, analytics, electronic warfare and aerostructures.

General Dynamics to Help CMS Collect, Analyze Medicare Data

General Dynamics Information Technology will work with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to operate the agency’s Virtual Research Data Center.

“CMS is the nation’s largest health insurer, maintaining data for more than one billion Medicare claims per year,” said Marcus Collier, senior vice president of General Dynamics Information Technology’s health and civilian solutions unit.

The Fairfax, Va.-based unit will perform data analytics work, infrastructure development and maintenance functions, as well as provide training and technical assistance to the agency.

Collier added that General Dynamics will help CMS create tools to collect, manage, warehouse, analyze and report healthcare data.


Neal Tomblyn Named Capstone Corporation SVP of Business Development

Neal Tomblyn has been appointed SVP of business development at Capstone Corporation, where he will be responsible for the company’s growth and marketing.

The 35-year industry veteran most recently served as BD director for Lockheed Martin’s transportation solutions business.

“His experience working with cutting edge technologies as well as high end services and solutions aligns well with Capstone’s strategic intent to be a technology, services and solutions leader in the education and training markets.” said Rich White, Capstone CEO.

Tomblyn has also held leadership roles at Harris Corp., Xerox, TCI and Reuters.


Mark Owen Appointed Civergy CEO

Mark Owen has been promoted to CEO at Landover, Md.-based Civergy, where he worked to integrate the acquired New West Technologies business into Civergy.

Owen previously served as a U.S. Air Force brigadier general and an executive vice president at Civergy.

“Mark has outstanding credentials, with a background that includes USAF planning and strategy, and developmental engineering activities with complex space and missile systems,” said Mark Gray, Civergy chairman.

Owen has also worked for Northrop Grumman, Booz Allen Hamilton and National Securities Technologies.


Eric Hess Named KeyPoint Chief Executive

Eric Hess has been appointed CEO at KeyPoint Government Solutions.

He previously served as COO at First Advantage Corp. and worked to deliver data assets to clients around the world in that role.

Hess is a 25-year industry veteran who has also served as SVP of global operations at LexisNexis and was picked for a Transportation Department advisory committee.