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From Jim Garrettson, Executive Mosaic President & Founder
House lawmakers took another try this week at moving forward legislation that would codify initiatives for the government and private industry to share cybersecurity-related information with each other.

By a unanimous vote, the House Homeland Security Committee approved a bill that Ranking Member Bennie Thompson said is intended to support a presidential executive order on how agencies should handle cyber matters related to critical infrastructure.

The bill also seeks to bolster the role of the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, a DHS body that works to coordinate with public and private sector entities to coordinate cyber responses.

Collaborations between government and business in the cyber and infrastructure realms have become an increased point of emphasis for many agency and GovCon business leaders such as Mike Brown, head of RSA’s global public sector.

The former Navy two-star admiral and three-decade military veteran described the key to making such public-private partnerships work as part of a wide-ranging November 2013 conversation with ExecutiveBiz.

“Both the private sector and the government really need to be working together in a real operational information sharing partnership to be able to be successful against those adversaries,” Brown said.

Rodney Joffe, SVP and chief technologist at Neustarhighlighted the role of working groups that bring businesses and the government to the table.

The Potomac Officers Club will bring together industry and government leaders for a discussion on how they can best work together to defend and bolster domestic critical infrastructure at the “Federal Critical Infrastructure” Summit on March 19.

Dr. Harvey DavisNSA director of installations and logistics, and Dr.Timothy Unruh, director of the Energy Department‘s Federal Energy Management Program, will offer their expertise and insight to the GovCon executive audience with many more speakers being lined up.

POC is also excited to host CACI Executive Chairman and long-time leader Jack London for a March 27 special event, where he will sign copies of his new book “Character: The Ultimate Success Factor.”
All proceeds from that event will go to CAUSE, a nonprofit organization providing rehabilitation support to wounded warriors.

Tom Arseneault Appointed BAE US COO as Dave Herr Plans to Retire

Tom Arseneault has been promoted to COO at BAE Systems Inc. and will continue to serve on the subsidiary’s group executive committee.

Arseneault joined the British contractor’s U.S. arm in 2000 and previously served as EVP of the product sectors.

“As COO, Tom will be key to accomplishing our global development strategy and expanding our business internationally,” said Jerry DeMuro, who became BAE’s U.S. chief executive earlier this month.

Dave Herr, service sectors EVP, will retire from BAE.


Susan Lawrence Named a Defense Market Group SVP at Booz Allen

Susan Lawrence has joined consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton as a senior vice president in the defense market group, where she will help shape, develop and implement technology offerings.

Lawrence, a retired lieutenant general, previously served as chief information officer at the U.S. Army.

“She led the way in bringing new communications and wireless systems, electronics platforms, and advanced technology to the warfighter, navigating budget pressures, and delivering on the Army’s C4ISR and information technology strategy,” said Joseph Sifer, a Booz Allen SVP.

The former commanding general for the Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command and will lead Booz Allen’s initiatives in C4ISR, cybersecurity, integrated mission systems and emerging defense technologies.


Chuck Olsick, Cass Panciocco, Michele Bond Take New Exec Roles at Data Networks Corp

Chuck Olsick has been appointed president at Data Networks Corp. after previously serving as COO at the Reston, Va.-based firm.

Olsick is a 30-year GovCon veteran who joined DNC in 2006 and served as an SVP at CACI earlier in his career.

Cass Panciocco was named COO and will help manage DNC’s operations, business development work and strategic alliances.

Michele Bond, who has been with the company since 2008, has been appointed SVP of federal health IT and civilian health programs.


Roger Mason Named SVP of National Security, Intelligence at Noblis

Roger Mason has returned to Noblis as SVP of the national security and intelligence unit and will also oversee the nonprofit organization’s ESI subsidiary.

Mason served as assistant national intelligence director for systems and resource analyses at ODNI prior to rejoining Noblis, where he led the NSI mission area as VP.

“The challenges facing national security and intelligence are unprecedented in scale, complexity, and speed,” said Mason.

Earlier in his career, Mason held leadership roles at the Institute for Defense Analyses and General Dynamics‘ advanced systems group.


Julie Bowen Joins MITRE as VP and General Counsel

Julie Bowen has been appointed VP, general counsel and corporate secretary at MITRE Corp. and will lead the R&D organization’s legal team.

She has been with MITRE since 2006 and served as associate general counsel with responsibility for the technology transfer office.

Alfred Grasso, MITRE CEO, said Bowen will provide the organization with guidance on government outreach and emerging issues.

Bowen will also lead the government relations department at MITRE.