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Dr. Will Roper, Former USAF Executive, Joins Volansi Board of Directors

Dr. Will Roper

Volansi has appointed Dr. Will Roper, the former assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, to its Board of Directors, where he will help drive the company’s strategy, operations and growth in defense markets. “Dr. Will Roper joins Volansi’s board with a reputation as a transformative, forward-looking leader,” said Volansi CEO and co-Founder Hannan Parvizian

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SPA Designated a RPO with CMMC-AB; William Vantine Quoted

Dr. William Vantine

Systems Planning and Analysis (SPA) has been designated a Registered Provider Organization (RPO) with the Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification Accreditation Body (CMMC-AB). “SPA’s Registered Practitioners prepared SPA for a successful CMMC assessment, and we are now certified and ready to assist industry partners in this important security effort,” said Dr. William Vantine, SPA president and CEO. 

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EY Names Sam Hughes as Tallahassee Office Managing Partner; Julie Boland Quoted

Sam Hughes

Ernst & Young (EY US) has appointed Sam Hughes as managing partner of the company’s Tallahassee Office, effective immediately, EY US reported on Tuesday. Hughes will succeed Ken Thomas, who has held the position since the office opened in 2018 and will retire in summer 2021. Hughes joined EY US nearly two decades ago. 

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Former Google CEO Eric Schmidt Discusses U.S. Preparedness for ‘AI Era’

Artificial Intelligence

The National Security Commission on AI (NSCAI), composed of experts that are chaired by former Google chief executive officer, Eric Schmidt, released a report that addressed the national posture for the artificial intelligence (AI) era. The report found that the U.S. is underprepared for the AI race, stating that China could potentially replace the U.S. as the world’s “AI superpower.”

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BAE Systems Wins $58M Boeing Contract to Begin EPAWSS LRIP for USAF

BAE Systems

Boeing has awarded BAE Systems a $58 million contract to start Low Rate Initial Production (LRIP) of the F-15 Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability System (EPAWSS) for the U.S. Air Force. “The start of EPAWSS production marks a critical milestone and is a testament to the dedication and commitment of our industry team,” said Jerry Wohletz, vice president and general manager of Electronic Combat Solutions at BAE Systems. 

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BAE Systems Names Lisa Hand as VP, GM of Integrated Defense Solutions Business; Al Whitmore Quoted

Lisa Hand

BAE Systems has appointed Lisa Hand as vice president and general manager of the company’s Integrated Defense Solutions business to supervise an organization of more than 2,600 employees across the nation and internationally, BAE Systems reported on Monday. Hand’s team will deliver engineering, integration and sustainment services to support mission effectiveness. 

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Accenture to Acquire Pollux to Advance Robotics, Automation Solutions

Accenture

Accenture has agreed to acquire Pollux, a provider of industrial robotics and automation solutions, to expand Accenture’s capabilities across consumer goods, pharmaceutical and automotive industries. “Automation and human + machine collaboration are digitally transforming manufacturing and supply chain operations to be more flexible, resilient, sustainable and safe, and to better meet ever-changing customer demands,” said Nigel Stacey, global lead for Accenture Industry X. 

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Alion Wins $89M USAF Task Order to Support Warfighting Integration Capability; Alan Dietrich Quoted

Alan Dietrich

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Alion Science and Technology a five-year, $89 million task order to provide advanced analysis and engineering, as well as research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) with technology insertion for the Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability (AFWIC). Alion will provide RDT&E of emerging technologies, examine cross-domain and multi-domain techniques and develop innovative technical solutions

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Ntiva Names Jim Wilson as President, COO; Steven Freidkin Quoted

Ntiva

Ntiva has appointed Jim Wilson as president and chief operating officer (COO), effective immediately, the company reported last week. Wilson has more than a decade and a half of experience in IT roles. Wilson will assume responsibility for Central and Regional Operations, Sales, Marketing and Strategy. Wilson will be responsible for the overall performance and service delivery of the organization.

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SOSi Wins Contract to Deliver IT, Logistics Support to DINFOS; Julian Setian Quoted

Julian Setian

SOSi has been awarded a $21 million contract to provide enterprise IT and logistics support to the Defense Information School (DINFOS), a component of the Defense Media Agency (DMA). “This award exemplifies how we can leverage our robust service catalog to create market discriminators and grow our business organically,” said Julian Setian, president and CEO of SOSi and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient. 

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