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From Jim Garrettson, Executive Mosaic President & Founder

The Defense Department took another step in forming a closer and more collaborative relationship with the private sector this week through an agreement with a consortium that represents satellite operators.

DoD and the Space Data Association will exchange intelligence on space debris and electromagnetic interference through the Space Situational Awareness Data Sharing Program.

Space Command manages the program, which aims to protect the country’s space assets.

“This agreement represents a major milestone in space situational awareness, creating a framework to exchange data; the benefit is that critical analyses will be far more robust, improving our knowledge of the space operational environment,” SDA Chairman Ron Busch said.

Executives at GovCon firms and federal agencies have emphasized collaborative relationships between government and industry as a means to share intelligence in areas such as space, cybersecurity and information technology.
Wayne Lewandowski, federal operations VP at Vormetric, offered his view on how public-private collaboration can help the government rethink its approach to IT security in a March conversation with ExecutiveBiz.

“Government and industry have to examine and challenge the thought process of where we’ve looked at security and IT up to this point,” Lewandowski said.
“This collaboration needs to be proactive in nature – or risk falling behind the pace and innovation that adversaries are leveraging to attack our critical information assets.”

John Thomas, Leidos’ chief strategy officer and a 33-year Army intelligence veteran, says both the public and private sectors have complementary experience that can support a deeper partnership.

“The exchange of cyber information needs to improve and it needs to be a two way street.”

Tory Bruno Named ULA President and CEO
Tony Bruno has succeeded Michael Gass as president and CEO of the United Launch Alliance.
Bruno most recently served as VP and GM of strategic and missile defense systems at Lockheed and has worked on space and missile programs for the U.S. Navy.
“[He] will apply his proven track record of driving customer focus, innovation and affordability to shape ULA’s future,” added Rick Ambrose, executive VP of Lockheed’s space systems arm and a ULA board member.
Gass led the Boeing-Lockheed joint venture for eight years before his retirement.

Boeing’s Insitu Subsidiary Promotes Ryan Hartman to President, CEO
Ryan Hartman has been promoted to president and CEO at Insitu, a Boeing subsidiary, where he will lead employees based in Washington state and Oregon.
The Navy and Air Force veteran most recently served as an SVP at Insitu.
Steve Nordlund, vice president for unmanned airborne systems programs at Insitu, said Hartman will aim to help Insitu push for global growth after almost 30 years in business.
Hartman previously led the company’s business development and the Integrator and ScanEagle program offices, where he handled R&D and product engineering.

Lockheed Names Brian Colan Chief Accounting Officer
Brian Colan has been named VP, controller and chief accounting officer at Lockheed Martin and will be responsible for the financial planning and analysis, accounting and taxation areas.
Colan is a former VP and controller for the electronic systems and missiles and fire control segments and worked at British Aerospace Systems earlier in his career.
Bruce Tanner, Lockheed EVP and CFO, said Colan brings skill in finance and industry knowledge to his new rol.
Colan will succeed Christopher Gregoire, who was appointed VP for finance and business operations at Lockheed’s missions systems and training segment.
Angus Cockburn Appointed Serco Group CFO
Angus Cockburn has been named CFO of Serco Group and will succeed Andrew Jenner in the role on Sept. 30.
He currently serves as CEO of Aggreko and has held the CFO role there for 14 years.
“Angus is a passionate believer in public services and is a highly experienced FTSE100 CFO,” said Alastair Lyons, Serco Group CEO.
Cockburn has previously held leadership roles at Pringle, PepsiCo and GKN.

Michael Meaney Promoted to Northrop Land, Self-Protection Systems VP
Michael Meaney has been promoted VP of advanced land and self-protection systems within Northrop Grumman’s electronic systems sector.
He most recently led the ground-based tactical radar group and has served as director of Northrop Grumman Amherst Systems.
In his new role, Meaney will lead work to develop newelectronic warfare, tactical information processing, electro-optical/infrared sensor and self-protection technologies.