From Executive Mosaic President and Publisher Jim Garrettson
January 19, 2012
To align leaders and stockholders by “re-imagining” infrastructure and forming new business and financing models, GovCon execs see extensions of experience with long delivery schedules and upgradable platforms as necessary to success.
The way to enable sustainable, upgradable and forward-looking technology is to “get out of the ‘first cost’ mentality and into a lifecycle costs mentality,” said Darcy Immerman, senior vice president of energy at AECOM.
“Operations and maintenance costs, lifecycle costs, can be factored into upfront design,” added Gregory Frank, general manager for defense and security at Bechtel.
But, all this is for naught without a vision that defines the whole system’s function and performance over its entire lifecycle, said Mark Gerencser, executive vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton. “Only with such a vision can we devise an integrated policy that spans government bureaucracy silos and enables key stakeholders to operate in alignment.”
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This week, retired Marine Corps Gen. James Jones joined Deloitte as a senior adviser, where he will work with the firm’s defense practice and federal customers.
Jones most recently served as the White House’s national security adviser and CEO of the U.S. Chamber Institute for 21st Century Energy, which aims to unify policymakers, business leaders and the American public behind a common energy strategy.
Gerenscer identified energy, water and transportation as particularly important “lifeline” areas in need of infrastructure solutions.
Former federal chief information officer Vivek Kundra has joined Salesforce.com as executive vice president of emerging markets.
While in office, Kundra formulated a 25-point plan to transform federal IT, with emphasized tapping the best practices and technologies of the private sector to maximize efficiencies.
The General Services Administration has selected Computer Sciences Corp. to host the infrastructure that houses the applications GSA uses for acquisitions, such as GSA Advantage and eBuy. Over up to 5 years, CSC will also consult the agency’s migration of these applications to cloud computing.
General Dynamics Information Technology was awarded a prime position on the $497 million Omnibus III contract, which supports procedures for vaccine development and other medical research for the U.S. Navy. Marcus Collier, GDIT’s senior vice president for health and civilian solutions, said the work will support military personnel and their families.
CGI Federal took home a U.S. Army contract to provide C4ISR support across the branch’s artillery support systems. The work will include software development and fielding, and will take place over the course of one to two years.
Soon after the Department of Homeland Security selected John Streufert to succeed the Raytheon-bound Nicole Dean as director of the department’s cybersecurity division, DHS will now assume control of a Defense Department pilot program that has increased sharing of cyber information between the government and private sector.
DoD has been exchanging information with 17 contractors, including AT&T, Northrop Grumman, Verizon, Raytheon, CenturyLink and Lockheed Martin.