US, Australia, UK Announce Trilateral Security Partnership; Gen. Lloyd Austin Quoted

Gen. Lloyd Austin

The U.S., Australia and the U.K. have agreed to further strengthen collaboration on defense and security capabilities under a trilateral security partnership. The AUKUS alliance will provide the Royal Australian Navy with at least eight nuclear-powered submarines and the Australian government said it plans to construct the submarines in Adelaide.

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Amentum Selected for GSA’s ASTRO IDIQ; CEO John Vollmer Quoted

John Vollmer

Amentum, a leading federal defense contractor, announced Wednesday that the company has been selected for nine pools on the General Service Administration’s (GSA) multiagency, multiple-award, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity ASTRO contract to provide mission support for the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

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Gen. John Raymond: Space Force to Capitalize on Small, Fast Satellites

Gen. John Raymond

Gen. John Raymond, the U.S. Space Force's chief of space operations, said microelectronics and advanced propulsion can enable small satellites that can be deployed in large numbers while having the computing power to rapidly transmit data. He said at an Arizona State University-sponsored virtual conference that USSF wants to capitalize on these technologies as the military updates satellite networks.

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Lloyd Austin: US Capabilities to Strike, Track Global Threats Have Evolved Since 2001

Gen. Lloyd Austin

Lloyd Austin, secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said he believes the U.S. is now safer than in 2001 given the capabilities it has acquired and developed when it comes to collecting, analyzing and tracking threats worldwide. Austin talked about evacuation efforts in Afghanistan, the counterterror war and his top priority.

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Peraton Names Mara Motherway to SVP, Government & Customer Relations Role; CEO Stu Shea Quoted

Mara Motherway, former vice president for Government Relations and Military Affairs at Booz Allen Hamilton, has been appointed to the new role of senior vice president of Government and Customer Relations at Peraton. In the newly created role, Mara Motherway will be responsible for driving the company’s public policy and government affairs strategies.

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NCI Awarded $112M Contract Extension From CMS to Continue Support of Medicare Payments; CEO Paul Dillahay Quoted

Paul Dillahay

NCI Information Systems announced on Tuesday that the company has received a five-year, $112 million Comprehensive Error Rate Testing (CERT) contract extension from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to advance the agency’s monitoring, measuring, and reporting of Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) improper payments. NCI will expand the deployment of its capabilities in artificial intelligence (AI) solutions. 

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Kathleen Hicks: DOD Looks to Address Admin Barriers Facing Small Businesses

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said DOD is committed to looking at the administration barriers facing small companies seeking to do business with the Pentagon and will initiate measures to address those challenges where it can.

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U.S. Completes Troop Withdrawal From Afghanistan; Antony Blinken Quoted

Antony Blinken

Five U.S. C-17 military transport planes departed Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan late Monday, marking the completion of U.S. troop withdrawal and evacuation operations and the end of a 20-year war in the country. As part of the evacuation, approximately 123,000 individuals have been airlifted out of Afghanistan in the last two months, including about 6,000 U.S. citizens.

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Leidos Invests in Facility Construction of Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering

Roger Krone

Leidos has made a $1 million donation to support the construction of an academic and residential facility in Huntsville, Alabama, in an effort to help the Alabama School of Cyber Technology and Engineering pursue advancements in technology. The investment is also meant to underscore the company's commitment to the state students' science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.

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Derek Tournear on Space Development Agency’s Move to Space Force

Derek Tournear

Derek Tournear, director of the Space Development Agency (SDA) and a 2021 Wash100 Award winner, said SDA has begun its transition to the U.S. Space Force. SDA, which officially launched in March 2019 as part of the office of the undersecretary for research and engineering at the Department of Defense, should be fully integrated with the space-focused military branch by October 2022.

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