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From Jim Garrettson, Executive Mosaic President & Founder

The Defense Department’s research arm is calling on private firms to help it build a team to give the U.S. an edge in cyberspace.

Over the next year, DARPA will evaluate the capabilities and employees contractors can offer as it looks to build cyber operations systems and protect critical cyber infrastructure.

With just this kind of collaboration in mind, the Potomac Officers Club hosted its “Federal Critical Infrastructure Summit” Wednesday for government and industry leaders to discuss how to best collaborate to protect and bolster the U.S.’ critical infrastructure.

Speakers included Dr. Harvey DavisNSA director of installations and logistics; Dr. Timothy Unruh, director of the Federal Energy Management Program; former DHS Cybersecurity Deputy Undersecretary Mark Weatherford & Ed Goetz, VP & chief security officer at Exelon.

The cyber-related conversation will continue April 9 as POC hosts the “2014 GovCon Cyber Summit,” which will feature a host of leaders from the legislative and executive branches, as well as the private sector.

Mike Rogers and Dutch Ruppersberger, the top two lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee, will share their perspectives on Capitol Hill’s role in cybersecurity, while the executive branch will be represented by the FBI’s Joe Demarest, DHS’ Bobbie Stempfley, and Michael Daniel, special assistant to the president and cybersecurity coordinator for the White House’s national security staff.

Steven Chabinsky, senior vice president of legal affairs and chief risk officer at CrowdStrike, will lend his perspective from time in the private and public sectors and be joined by Stewart Baker, a partner at Steptoe & Johnson LLP.
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Thomas Feldhausen Named Parsons’ SVP for Int’l Security, Defense Strategy

Thomas Feldhausen has been appointed senior vice president and director of international strategy for Parsons’ government services group.

The Air Force veteran will be responsible for developing, analyzing and implementing the company’s strategy for the international defense and security services markets.

Mary Ann Hopkins, Parsons’ government services group president, said Feldhausen will also aim to help grow the company’s foreign military sales.

Feldhausen was most recently a director in Lockheed Martin‘s international business arm and also served as a director of corporate strategy at Lockheed.

Jody Tedesco, Andrew Gallegos Named to Leadership Positions at Chenega’s IT Arm

Chenega Corp. has established a new IT services and solutions business unit to house both NJVC and a newly-formed subsidiary.

Jody Tedesco, president of NJVC since 2006, will lead the business unit.

Charles Totemoff, Chenega president and CEO, said the move is aimed to stay “adaptable to the dynamics of the federal government services contracting marketplace.”

Andrew Gallegos, currently executive vice president and chief operating officer of NJVC’s technical services division, has been appointed COO of the new unit.

Colin Powell Takes Board of Directors Spot at Salesforce.com

Colin Powell has joined the board of directors at Salesforce.com.

The retired four-star U.S. Army general and former secretary of state currently serves as a strategic limited partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.

Marc Benioff, chairman and CEO of Salesforce.com, said Powell previously worked to establish Salesforce.com’s philanthropic model and the company’s foundation.

Powell also serves on the Council on Foreign Relations’ board of directors and chairs the board of visitors of the Colin Powell School for Civic and Global Leadership at the City College of New York.


Sarah Thomas to Lead Deloitte’s Healthcare Research Center

Sarah Thomas has been appointed director of Deloitte’s health solutions center, where she will be responsible for programs that help healthcare organizations respond to market pressures.

Thomas previously served as vice president of public policy and communications at the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Bill Copeland, Deloitte LLP’s U.S. life sciences and healthcare leader, said Thomas has led healthcare sector initiatives to promote transparency.

Thomas spent time in the public sector at the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, Congressional Budget Office and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Mike Lipski Appointed Business Development VP at Ingalls Shipbuilding

Mike Lipski has been named VP of business development for Huntington Ingalls Industries’ shipbuilding division — Ingalls Shipbuilding.

The 20-year Navy veteran most recently served as the division’s director for BD and strategic planning.

“Our future depends on effectively acquiring and executing new business,” said Brian Cuccias, VP for program management at Ingalls Shipbuilding and its incoming president.

Lipski began at Ingalls Shipbuilding in 2007 as director for sector administration and previously served as a legislative fellow for then-Sen. Trent Lott.