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From Jim Garrettson, Executive Mosaic President & FounderThis morning, the Potomac Officers Club had the honor of hosting Teri Takai for an interactive breakfast event, where the Defense Department CIO and more than 100 GovCon leaders engaged in a wide-ranging conversation on the next generation of theDefense Department‘s technology and missions.Unlocking these innovations and getting them into the hands of warfighters is a long-standing initiative that GovCon leaders have been at the forefront of.

Government and industry leaders like Takai face the challenge of integrating new technologies into the public sector under unprecedented pressure to make every dollar count in an environment of sequestration and continuing resolutions, among other fiscal uncertainties.
As a follow-up to May’s Post-Sequestration Summit, the Potomac Officers Club will this fall return to hone its focus on the finances of government with the “FY 2014 Finance Strategy Summit” Oct. 29.
Respected industry analysts Jim McAleese and Pierre Ciao will return and other confirmed speakers include Christine Fox, the Pentagon’s former cost assessment chief and now a senior adviser at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory; and Harry Hallock, the Army’s deputy assistant secretary for procurement.

One era will close and another willbegin on Friday when SAIC changes its name to Leidos and spins off its enterprise information technology and technical services business, which will adopt the SAIC name after the separation.
Executive Mosaic‘s media team has chronicledthe important decisions at the iconic GovCon firm such as the structure of each independent company, the markets they will pursue and the executive leaders charged with leading the businesses to new growth.
Both Leidos and the new SAIC will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange Monday.

John Hillen Appointed Chair of SOS International’s Board of Advisers

John Hillen has been named chairman of SOS International’s board of advisers, in addition to his roles as vice chairman of Sotera Defense Solutions’ board of advisers and chairman of the Professional Services Council’s board of directors.

Hillen most recently served for four years as president and CEO of Sotera, also served as president of CGI Federal and led the defense and intelligence business at American Management Systems.

Julian Setian, SOSi CEO, said Hillen brings experience from government, private industry and academia to the company.

In addition to his industry roles, Hillen served as assistant secretary of state for political-military affairs from 2005 to 2007.


Alan Weakley Named President of Sterling Global Operations

Alan Weakley has been appointed president of Sterling Global Operations, where he will help lead a 3,500-employee mission support provider.

He most recently served as president of CSC’s North American public sector defense organization and has also led the company’s 8,000-employee applied technology group.

Matt Kaye, SGO CEO, said Weakley brings experience in leading organizations to his new position as the company works to grow its operations and international footprint.

The Navy veteran has also held leadership roles at URS Corp. and EG&G Federal Services.


Siemens to Help Coast Guard Base Use Energy Conservation Methods

Siemens Government Technologies has won a $5.3 million task order to update heating and air condition systems for an energy conservation project at a Coast Guard base.

The subsidiary will work to reduce Base Elizabeth City’s oil consumption by 78,000 gallons, liquid propane use by 32,000 gallons and electricity consumption by 1.1 million kilowatt hours.

“Siemens is committed to delivering mission success affordably and efficiently for our government customers,” said Judy Marks, Siemens Government Technologies president and CEO.

The Coast Guard intends for the energy conservation efforts to generate $540,000 in savings per year at the base.


Noblis Wins FBI Task Order to Maintain Case Mgmt System

Noblis has won a $13 million task order to conduct business analysis and organizational change management work for the FBI’s Sentinel case management system.

The Falls Church, Va.-based nonprofit helped the FBI implement a new development methodology in 2010 and move to Sentinel in 2012.

Drew Cohen, Noblis VP for national security and intelligence, said the organization brings prior experience with agile projects as Noblis works to help the FBI further develop Sentinel.

The organization will also provide technology and methodology services to the FBI under the task order.

SRA to Continue Navy Sealift Command IT Services

SRA International has won a $56 million contract extension to continue providing IT services to the Navy’s sealift command.

The company will conduct logistics and warehouse services and also help train C4 personnel under the three-year award.

George Batsakis, SVP of SRA’s defense group, said the company works with the command to carry out operational communications.

SRA will also help the command run its afloat network operations center.