WashingtonExec News & Insights for the DC Area Executive 2015-07-02T17:24:07Z http://www.washingtonexec.com/feed/atom/ Brynn Koeppen <![CDATA[WashingtonExec E-Magazine: Mid-Year Review Issue]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=58742 2015-07-02T17:24:07Z 2015-07-02T17:16:56Z This year’s mid-year review is comprised of the government contracting industry’s top acquisitions and key executive placements, along with a few exciting announcements from WashingtonExec. Read our special e-magazine issue to find WashingtonExec’s popular featured stories and interviews of 2015. We would also like to send a special thanks out to our readers, members, speakers, [...]

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Brian Clark, NCI, Inc.

This year’s mid-year review is comprised of the government contracting industry’s top acquisitions and key executive placements, along with a few exciting announcements from WashingtonExec. Read our special e-magazine issue to find WashingtonExec’s popular featured stories and interviews of 2015.

We would also like to send a special thanks out to our readers, members, speakers, and supporters for the impact that you have made not only in the local business community, but within the development of our organization. Our company continues to grow across the board, with over 200 member companies and executive leadership in 10+ outcome-based and result-oriented Councils and MasterMind Groups. In addition, our readership of executives of consequence continues to grow and expand each week.

WashingtonExec Changing of the Guard: Gary Shiffman of Giant Oak is stepping down after three successful years as Chairman of the WashingtonExec Big Data Council. Mark Chadason of MacAulay-Brown, Inc., is also stepping down as Founding Chairman of the WashingtonExec Intelligence Council. Chadason will now focus his passions towards the newly-formed WashingtonExec Internet of Things Council.

Rob Zitz of Leidos is now Chairman of the WashingtonExec Intelligence Council and Tom Woteki of MAXIMUS is now Chairman of the WashingtonExec Big Data Council. Matt Addington of Giant Oak will serve as Vice Chairman of the WashingtonExec Big Data Council and Dr. Robert Laurine of HP will serve as Vice Chairman of the WashingtonExec Intelligence Council.

The WashingtonExec Internet of Things Council, headed by Chris Smith of AT&T and Mark Chadason of MacAulay-Brown, Inc., is in full-force with a targeted mission of assisting contractors on how to best drive the federal government’s IoT mission forward. Andrea Wright of Unissant is leading WashingtonExec’s Millennial Leadership Development Council. This Council will grow the industry’s future leaders, with minimum of 4 years of government contracting experience, by providing them a unique perspective of all aspects of the business at their level from contracts and finance to marketing and business development.

K-12 STEM Symposium: The 2015 K-12 STEM Symposium was a huge success, with twice the number of attendees from its inaugural year, with a total participation of 2,500 kids, parents and teachers. The free, all-day forum equally engaged children and adults with exciting activities such as flight simulator competitions, drone demonstrations, 3D printers and robotics teams. Each attendee walked away with access to the first Parent STEM Action Plan for the National Capital Region, a 50+ page document with vetted lists of summer programs, after-school activities, internship opportunities and science-related apps for local students and parents. Watch a video recap of the jam-packed day on WashingtonExec’s YouTube Page. Special thanks to our Presenting Sponsor Leidos, Platinum Sponsor Vencore, and Venue Sponsor the Nysmith School.

Mark your calendar for next year’s K-12 STEM Symposium-Saturday, March 12th 2016. Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are now available.

WashingtonExec Leadership: WashingtonExec continues to facilitate topic-enriched Councils, including the WashingtonExec Emerging Technologies Council, chaired by Mark Cohn of Unisys Federal Systems, the WashingtonExec Federal Acquisition Council for Business Development Professionals, chaired by James Scampavia of AMERICAN SYSTEMS, the WashingtonExec Strategic Human Capital Council, chaired by Steve Woolwine of AECOM, the WashingtonExec Leadership Council chaired by Greg Baroni of Attain, the WashingtonExec Federal Business Council, chaired by Sumeet Shrivastava of Array IT, and the WashingtonExec STEM Council, chaired by Ed Swallow of The Aerospace Corporation.

WashingtonExec also hosts a slew of popular sub-Committees and MasterMind Groups in order to provide more targeted connections, relevant content and better business acumen opportunities for the WashingtonExec network. Our mastermind Groups include the The GovCon Rising Stars Leaders Group, chaired by Jonathan Moneymaker of Altamira, Execs on the Move Committee, chaired by Carlos Echalar, the MARCOM Committee, chaired by Andrew Bryden of SRA, Eileen Cassidy Rivera of Harris, Sheila Blackwell of Decision Sciences and Alan Hill of Serco Inc., the EA Committee, Founded by Jana DiCarlo, the Founder’s Circle, Chaired by Haresh Bhungalia, as well as the Women CEO’s of Federal IT Group.

As a way to formally address what we already achieve a by-request basis, WashingtonExec has launched the WashingtonExec Executive Search Service. WashingtonExec can help you drive business success by utilizing our contingency recruiting service. We possess an unparalleled area network of candidates, market research and deep industry knowledge. Learn more by visiting the WashingtonExec recruiting landing page.

We are always searching for compelling story ideas and content for the WashingtonExec daily news blog and weekly e-magazine. Reflecting on our four years in business, we cannot wait to cover this dynamic industry for the remainder of 2015 and beyond.

Sincerely,
Brynn Koeppen
Editor-in-Chief of WashingtonExec

Read the special issue in its entirety here.

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Charlie Truxillo <![CDATA[Brian Clark of NCI, Inc. Celebrates Company’s 25 Years in Business: From “Small 8(a) Guy” to Mid-Tier Market Leader]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=58691 2015-07-02T17:18:03Z 2015-07-01T17:30:35Z It is not every day that a company is able to survive past its initial support from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program. Oftentimes companies that thrive while under 8(a) have trouble growing in an open marketplace upon graduation. However, NCI, Inc. continues to be an SBA development program success story in the defense, intelligence and [...]

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Brian J. Clark, NCI Inc.

Brian J. Clark, NCI Inc.

It is not every day that a company is able to survive past its initial support from the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program. Oftentimes companies that thrive while under 8(a) have trouble growing in an open marketplace upon graduation. However, NCI, Inc. continues to be an SBA development program success story in the defense, intelligence and civilian federal industries.

Brian Clark, President of NCI, Inc., spoke with WashingtonExec about the company’s 25th anniversary, how the organization has established itself as a mid-tier provider, as well as his team’s plan of action to grow to $500 million by 2017.

WashingtonExec: NCI, Inc. is celebrating its 25th anniversary. How is the company doing today and what’s the secret to graduating the 8(a) program and continuing to grow as a mid-tier organization?

Brian Clark: I’m pleased to say we’re doing well. Twenty-five years is quite a milestone for us and being a successful graduate of the 8(a) program in the late ‘90s is an important part of our history. NCI’s founder, Charles Narang, steered the company into and through the 8(a) process. He is rightfully proud of that accomplishment. I’ve had people come up to me out on the road and at conferences and ask me how he did it. What was his secret? So many 8(a) companies just don’t make it past six years in business.

I think what Charles did was try to bring in the right people at the right times to meet the evolving needs of the company. He often says, “I know what I know, and there is a lot that I don’t know, but there are a lot of smart people out there who can help me be successful and get to where I want to be.” He found the right people and brought them in at the right time and that has proven to be a key component of his success.

Second, Charles founded the company with the goal in mind of always putting the customer’s needs and interests first. He has always stayed true to that—in fact, achieving “total customer satisfaction” is a quality objective printed on each employee’s badge when they join the company. In the long term, he knew it would be in the best interest of the business. Along those lines, NCI also invested in several initiatives that get bigger, better and stronger for us every year, such as our quality management programs and certifications, including all of the ISO certifications and CMMI Level 3 for software development.

There is a theme of continuous improvement and investing to ensure our company is a step ahead. Instead of being a small 8(a) guy, Charles sought out a management team that knew how to win full and open business. Instead of just languishing along, he invested in being better and having infrastructure and disciplines that have provided a solid foundation for the company to succeed. Those are the kinds of things that I think have paid big dividends for us over time.

WashingtonExec: How would you describe NCI’s core competencies today? With the current contracting climate in the federal marketplace, are you all looking into adjacent markets?

Brian Clark: If I describe in a nutshell who we are today, I’d say we’ve remained true to being a “pure-play” in the federal IT and professional services space. We go anywhere from engineering and logistics work up to much higher-end complex cybersecurity and big data, and agile application development. At the center of what we do is really focusing on meeting our customer’s mission, being who they turn to with their issues and being their contractor of choice.

In 2003, we had one IDIQ vehicle, and today we have 17 major vehicles. That allows us to have a good flow of things to bid on. It also gives our customers options for getting to us in an efficient manner.

We have customers across the DOD, the intelligence community and the civilian agencies. As our tagline implies, we’ve built the company on a foundation of trust, integrity and performance—that’s building partnerships with our employees and our customers, having integrity in all of our dealings and providing consistent performance to our customers.

WashingtonExec: You are an EAGLE II contractor, could you talk about your process in winning that award? How is the work going?

Brian Clark: We were proud to be one of the 15 original awardees under EAGLE II before, and now following protest resolutions, we are pleased to be one of 62 in the large category and 102 contractors total. Prior to being awarded the contract, we started making strides at DHS, such as bringing on key business development hires, and working with consultants who knew the space and how to best align our efforts. As a result of that preparation and conversations between our team and DHS components, we started to build pipeline opportunities, some of which were even outside of EAGLE II and we expect to bid on DHS work through and outside of EAGLE II this year.

If I could plan out the perfect scenario today, it would be $500 million by the end of 2017 with a more diversified customer base. Half of the business would be DOD and Intel, and we’ve just got to continue this base and have some growth along the way to do that.

WashingtonExec: What will NCI look like in the next three years?

Brian Clark: If I could plan out the perfect scenario today, it would be $500 million by the end of 2017 with a more diversified customer base. Half of the business would be DOD and Intel, and we’ve just got to continue this base and have some growth along the way to do that. Our health business is 22 percent today, and that would basically continue to hold its share, and it would still represent about a quarter of the business, as we would continue to grow toward our next goal of $500 million.

One big piece is DHS. We will have to look at being able to serve other customers in the federal civilian market, and that’s one of the key things that we are looking at for acquisitions. To get to $500 million by then, I expect that we would have at least a couple of deals in the mix. As far as acquisitions—we are looking for organizations that would be highly strategic in terms of new customers and technical capabilities.

WashingtonExec: Jumping ahead, where will we see NCI, Inc. in the next 25 years?

Brian Clark: As we move forward, our top-level strategy is focused on being a leading IT and professional services contractor. I would say we are there on one hand, and on the other, we’re asking ourselves, “How big do we want to get?” and “What can we reasonably do to get there?”

We want to be a $1 billion company. Our next waypoint would be to get to $500 million. We are going to get there by maintaining our focus in the federal government space. You are not going to see us branch off into state and local, and you will rarely see us in the international or commercial space. We will continue the investments we have made in fostering organic growth. We will supplement this with strategic acquisitions that will bring new customers, new contract vehicles, new capabilities, and in some cases, key locations.

Scale is meaningful. In a downsizing environment with LPTA, organic and acquisition growth helps us to be able to bid larger programs, while more efficiently absorbing indirect costs and increasing margins and cash flow over time.
Of course, we would like to bring our experience and capabilities to bear. Maintaining our existing accounts and not losing recompetes, but being able to maintain our base set—that’s a key tenet in there. We will continue investing in the contract vehicles that allow access to new customers and allow them to more easily get to us when needed.
For the next 25 years, we plan to build on the formula that got us here in the first place. First and foremost, being a valued partner to our customers is our top priority. We’ll continue to invest in our employees and maintain an infrastructure that provides a platform for future growth.

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Charlie Truxillo <![CDATA[WashingtonExec Celebrates 4 Years with Member, Speakers and Supporters at Annual Congressional Country Club Event]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=58120 2015-07-01T15:57:02Z 2015-07-01T14:46:26Z Time flies when you are making connections and building relationships. Earlier this month WashingtonExec celebrated four years in business with more than 100 executives, including Council members, past speakers, and long-time supporters, for its annual appreciation event at Congressional Country Club. Despite the less-than-desirable weather, many attendees enjoyed smoking cigars on the balcony overlooking the [...]

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Chris Smith (AT&T), Mark Chadason (MacB), WashingtonExec Internet of Things Council Chairmen

Chris Smith (AT&T), Mark Chadason (MacAulay-Brown, Inc.), WashingtonExec Internet of Things Council Chairmen

Time flies when you are making connections and building relationships. Earlier this month WashingtonExec celebrated four years in business with more than 100 executives, including Council members, past speakers, and long-time supporters, for its annual appreciation event at Congressional Country Club. Despite the less-than-desirable weather, many attendees enjoyed smoking cigars on the balcony overlooking the 18th hole at the program’s conclusion.

The formal agenda included a few transition announcements from WashingtonExec’s legacy Councils, along with remarks from Chairpersons of WashingtonExec’s 10 successful Councils. Mark Chadason (MacAulay Brown, Inc.) stepped down as founding Chairman of the WashingtonExec Intelligence Council but will continue to provide leadership as Vice Chairman of the WashingtonExec Internet of Things Council. Rob Zitz (Leidos) is now Chairman of the WashingtonExec Intelligence Council and discussed a couple exciting and new initiatives for the tight-knit group in the coming year.

“I am very proud of what we on the WashingtonExec Intelligence Council were able to accomplish in just two short years. Although I will miss my time as Chairman, I look forward to working towards my passion – fostering greater understanding of internet of things (IoT) in the conduct of offensive and defensive intelligence missions, and contributing to the meaningful integration of IoT devices and data within the IC to best defeat our adversaries,” said Mark Chadason, Senior Vice President and General Manager, National Security Group, MacAulay-Brown, Inc. and Vice Chairman of the WashingtonExec IoT Council. “As we become more connected with our computers, sensors, machines and devices that serve our everyday needs, IoT has become a crucial topic of discussion and most likely will be the most disruptive phenomenon of the 21st century affecting the defense industrial base. I look forward to helping our federal leaders get ahead of this disruptive technology.”

Gary Shiffman (Giant Oak) is stepping down after two years of hard work as Chairman of the WashingtonExec Big Data Council. Tom Woteki (MAXIMUS) will now chair the Council. Matt Addington (Giant Oak) will take on a new role as Vice Chairman of the WashingtonExec Big Data Council and Dr. Robert Laurine (HP) has agreed to fill the slot as Vice Chairman of the WashingtonExec Intelligence Council.

Chris Smith (AT&T), founding Chairman of the WashingtonExec Internet of Things Council, gave an overview of the different changes, the Internet of Everything has brought to the public sector and why it is a mission-critical technology that will affect every contractor, including the intelligence, defense, healthcare and public safety sectors.

Not to forget about the future leaders of the government contracting industry, WashingtonExec Rising Stars of GovCon founding Chairman Jonathan Moneymaker (Altamira Technologies Corporation) provided insight regarding the 50+ person group of young professionals producing great work in the industry. Due to the overwhelming success of the Rising Stars of GovCon Group, WashingtonExec founded the WashingtonExec Millennial Leadership Development Council, chaired by Andrea Wright (Unissant). The Council will provide participants (with minimum of 4 years of government contracting experience) an opportunity to become further engaged and grow in the competitive GovCon business.

“It was an honor to be recognized as a Chairperson for WashingtonExec in such impressive company. From building next generation of GovCon leaders in the Rising Stars Council to advancing the topics most critical to national security in the Intel Council, JD and the WashingtonExec team are helping transform our market as well as those who lead it,” said Jonathan Moneymaker, Chairman of the GovCon Rising Stars Committee and Chief Strategy Officer at Altamira Technologies Corporation.

WashingtonExec continues to facilitate other topic-enriched Councils, including the Emerging Technologies Council, chaired by Mark Cohn (Unisys Federal Systems), the Federal Acquisition Council for Business Development Professionals, chaired by James Scampavia (AMERICAN SYSTEMS), the Strategic Human Capital Council, chaired by Steve Woolwine (AECOM), the Leadership Council chaired by Greg Baroni (Attain), the Federal Business Council, chaired by Sumeet Shrivastava (Array IT), and the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Council, chaired by Ed Swallow (The Aerospace Corporation).

“Each year WashingtonExec continues to grow and evolve with the advancing needs of the govcon industry. Every executive, through his or her unique personal brand, have deeply contributed to the success of the WashingtonExec community,” said JD Kathuria, CEO of WashingtonExec. “It is an honor to work with such motivated and energized executives. I look forward to continuing our current projects celebrating new initiatives at Congressional Country Club for years to come.”

In March 2015 WashingtonExec also executed the successful K-12 STEM Symposium: The Parent Factor: How to Engage your Kids in STEM, doubling its attendance from the 2014 inaugural symposium, to 2,500 students, parents and teachers. The free, all-day forum equally engaged children, parents, and teachers with exciting activities such as flight simulator competitions, drone demonstrations, 3D printers and robotics teams. Watch the video recap on WashingtonExec’s YouTube Page.

Jonathan Moneymaker (Altamira Technologies Corporation) and Matt Addington (Giant Oak)

Jonathan Moneymaker (Altamira Technologies Corporation, Rising Stars of GovCon Chairman) and Matt Addington (Giant Oak, Big Data Council Vice Chairman)

JD Kathuria (WashingtonExec) and Sid Fuchs (MacAulay-Brown, Inc.)

JD Kathuria (WashingtonExec) and Sid Fuchs (MacAulay-Brown, Inc.)

Jill Bruning (AECOM) and Vincent Mihalk (JACOBS)

Jill Bruning (AECOM) and Vincent Mihalik (JACOBS)

Tom Woteki (MAXIMUS) and Paul Leslie (Dovel Technoloiges)

Tom Woteki (MAXIMUS, Big Data Council Chairman) and Paul Leslie (Dovel Technoloiges)

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Charlie Truxillo <![CDATA[Chris Smith of AT&T Government Solutions Talks Achieving Mission Success Through the Application of Internet of Things]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=58572 2015-06-29T16:30:59Z 2015-06-29T14:54:17Z The Internet of Things (IoT) is making everyday citizens leaders in data creation and gathering. Industry and government IT leaders alike are scrambling to find the best strategies and the most open policies to take full advantage of this shift of focus. Chris Smith, Vice President of Technology at AT&T Government Solutions, has fully adopted this citizen-centric line of [...]

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Chris Smith, VP of Technology, AT&T Government Solutions

Chris Smith, VP of Technology, AT&T Government Solutions

The Internet of Things (IoT) is making everyday citizens leaders in data creation and gathering. Industry and government IT leaders alike are scrambling to find the best strategies and the most open policies to take full advantage of this shift of focus.

Chris Smith, Vice President of Technology at AT&T Government Solutions, has fully adopted this citizen-centric line of thinking. In our discussion below, Smith makes the argument that by focusing the data individual citizens create, federal agencies can cut through the red tape and react faster than ever before while also implementing policy that optimizes the needs of its citizens.

WashingtonExec: How is AT&T preparing its customers to adapt to Internet of Things applications and solutions?

Chris Smith: The Internet of Things is full of excitement and promise. It’s one of the fastest growing technology trends where all types of devices and machines are connected and “talking” to each other. AT&T has been at the forefront of this phenomenon, driving an evolution that’s changing the way people live, work, and play.
The pace of connectedness will continue to quicken. At the end of 2014, we reported nearly 20 million connected devices, up 21.2 percent from 2013. A key driver in this is connected cars. Of the 1.296 million connected devices we reported adding in the fourth quarter of 2014, about 800,000 were connected cars. That is just the beginning when you think about retrofitting all existing vehicles. We expect to have more than 10 million vehicles on our network by the end of 2017.

We are focused on how enterprise and government organizations can better achieve their mission by using the huge amounts of information that connected devices and sensors can deliver. Government agencies can find insights in that data to achieve their missions more efficiently or effectively, have better decision making capabilities, and protect the homeland. We provide the total IoT package with our state-of-the-art global network, product development, dedicated innovation centers, global SIM and expertise so customers receive all the benefits of a connected world.

Also, wearables are really beginning to take off. Various market estimates predict an increase from approximately 40 million wearable devices out there today up to 180 million or more over the next four to five years. We’re a leader in wearable devices, with the largest portfolio of wearables among U.S. carriers. We offer 30 wearable devices from 13 companies, more than any of our competitors.

There can be no doubt that billions upon billions of connected devices will help us improve our lives and make our businesses more efficient.

WashingtonExec: The U.S. Federal government is not exactly known for being agile. How do you see government agencies adapting new IT programs to the Internet of Things being brought onto secure networks?

Chris Smith: First, the focus should be on the mission and what it is that the organization is trying to achieve. Then, it is taking a strategic technology like the Internet of Things and figuring out how that can help an agency execute its mission better. From a business and programmatic standpoint, as agencies pinpoint their mission objectives they should be well versed in the capabilities that the Internet of Things and machine-to-machine communications offer. Examples include improved logistics and supply chain management, increased visibility and increased efficiency. These benefits are delivered by location services and critical asset tracking. Improved supply chain visibility allows you to better serve the customer at the end of the chain. You can improve asset management across the entirety of the supply chain. That leads to cost savings and improvements in performance and security. Customer satisfaction improvements happen when the customer at the end of that value chain knows where and when to receive that critical item.

We went from the Mainframe Era to the Client-Server Era and then the Internet. The Internet of Things is the next disruptive wave. It is an evolution of technology built on something that has been a bit more disruptive, and that’s the cloud. I think cloud has really allowed us to do things faster, better, cheaper and more securely. We can now store huge amounts of data very cheaply and securely.

WashingtonExec: What do you recommend to many public sector leaders worried about the Internet of Things and privacy concerns?

Chris Smith: First and foremost, you need to look at the problem on behalf of the citizen and be the best possible steward that you can be regarding privacy and security expectations. That means doing the right thing, i.e., implementing the right cyber security protections from the applications and the storage of information to the transit of information across the network right into the individual’s hands. It also means having the appropriate user roles and security parameters to ensure that only authorized people are accessing the information.

You’ve also got to have a strong knowledge of current cyber security threats. This is paramount for government agencies dealing with Privacy Act information where the highest standards of security are required to protect personal information. At AT&T, security and privacy are at the forefront and center of everything we do. We combine the visibility and control of our network with threat intelligence and response expertise to help organizations quickly detect threats and minimize the impact of attacks.

WashingtonExec: The Internet of Things is a new term and application being implanted onto old infrastructure. How would you describe the relationship between mobile phones and tablets with big data analytics tools?

Chris Smith: I wouldn’t say it’s old; old is a relative term with any technology. I see it as the continual march of technology progress. We went from the Mainframe Era to the Client-Server Era and then the Internet. The Internet of Things is the next disruptive wave. It is an evolution of technology built on something that has been a bit more disruptive, and that’s the cloud. I think cloud has really allowed us to do things faster, better, cheaper and more securely. We can now store huge amounts of data very cheaply and securely.

We are seeing huge investments in private clouds for enterprise and government organizations. We are seeing very good penetration in multi-tenant clouds for organizations and also very solid penetration in public clouds. That is going to allow organizations to quickly build an end-to-end set of capabilities, including Internet of Things capabilities. With our mobility, cloud, cyber security and big data capabilities delivered across our global network, we are positioned smack in the middle of the rapidly growing Internet of Things ecosystem and a prime enabler for organizations seeking to take advantage of all of those capabilities.

WashingtonExec: What is your favorite Internet of Things device or application for personal or professional use?

Chris Smith: I’m a technology enthusiast. I retrofitted my car with a device that actually makes my car a connected car. My mobile device receives maintenance alerts and warnings on my car so I know what’s happening. It tells me how much fuel is in my vehicle all the way down to 1% remaining. It connects to parking systems in some of the major cities and can tell me where there are open meters when I need to park for a meeting or personal outing. I have AT&T Digital Life and that allows me to control, wirelessly and remotely, the environmental systems in my house; heating, cooling and water as well as security for the home.

However, it’s the wearable devices that intrigue me as a businessman and as a former government official. How can I better share information around me with coworkers to be more effective? That area holds great promise and I am interested in continuing to push the envelope and explore the art of the possible.

WashingtonExec: Is there anything you have seen in the market that you would not use for yourself or that you find is too invasive?

Chris Smith: When I hear “invasive” in the context of Internet of Things, I immediately think of security, which is top of mind for everyone today.

I think it is incumbent upon those professionals who are responsible for running the enterprise and for those that run the government mission to be savvy, to understand the capabilities that are out there, and to have a very good understanding of security and the ever-evolving nature of security threats and defenses. The Internet of Things is enabled on a platform of inter-connectedness: network, applications, devices, and sensors as well as security, management and monitoring software. The best security defense to protect the Internet of Things ecosystem is similarly an ecosystem of cyber security defenses, combining all available threat information with cyber security capabilities to identify and defend against attacks.

My view is always to put one big toe in the water. Identify what you want to achieve from a business sense and then take this strategic capability around connected devices, machine-to-machine or the Internet of Things and try it. Get your feet wet. The Intelligence Community and Defense have used connected devices for many, many years with great success. It can be accomplished and it needs to be done at the right cost, securely, and delivered with great performance. Executed correctly, it will drive the mission and organization to greater heights.

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Charlie Truxillo <![CDATA[Leidos Wins $23.7M Malaria Vaccine Development Program Contract under USAID]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=58612 2015-06-26T20:12:56Z 2015-06-26T20:06:32Z Earlier this month Leidos Inc. was awarded a prime contract with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Leidos will provide program support to the Malaria Vaccine Development Program (MVDP). The agreement is a  single-award, cost-plus fixed-fee contract lasting five-years at a price of approximately $23.7 million. “Leidos Life Sciences brings decades of innovation [...]

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Jerry Hogge, Leidos

Jerry Hogge, Leidos

Earlier this month Leidos Inc. was awarded a prime contract with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Leidos will provide program support to the Malaria Vaccine Development Program (MVDP). The agreement is a  single-award, cost-plus fixed-fee contract lasting five-years at a price of approximately $23.7 million.

“Leidos Life Sciences brings decades of innovation and expertise to this important program, and we are honored to have been selected to provide services and support to USAID and the medical community in their efforts to develop a more effective malaria vaccine,” Said Jerry Hogge, president of Leidos’ Health and Deputy group.

Leidos will provide a series of research and development programs through the USAID. Leidos’ primary responsibilities include vaccine development and program implementation.

Related: New QinetiQ North America Business Development SVP Jerry Hogge Talks M&A Markets, Social Media

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Charlie Truxillo <![CDATA[Sevatec Wins $60 Million Multi-Award BPA Contract with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=58605 2015-06-26T19:52:08Z 2015-06-26T19:52:08Z On June 26 Sevatec Inc. announced that it is one of the awardees of the Planning and Technical Support Services (PTSS) contract through the United States Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE). The contract is a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with an approximate value ceiling of $60 million. “Continuing our long standing partnership with DHS, we [...]

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Sonny Kakar, Sevatec Inc.

Sonny Kakar, Sevatec Inc.

On June 26 Sevatec Inc. announced that it is one of the awardees of the Planning and Technical Support Services (PTSS) contract through the United States Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE). The contract is a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with an approximate value ceiling of $60 million.

“Continuing our long standing partnership with DHS, we are honored to serve as an integral part of the ICE Agile development ecosystem, addressing their most complex technical challenges with the most technically sound, cost-effective solutions,” said Sevatec CEO Sonny Kakar. “With immigration related issues as a top priority for our country, we are highly motivated to leverage Sevatec’s expertise in leading Agile implementations across large enterprises to more predictably address evolving needs, issues, and high-priority activities required for ICE mission success.”

The PTSS BPA makes all nine of its awardees responsible for all planning, servicing, and developing ICE’s IT infrastructure.

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Charlie Truxillo <![CDATA[Attain Wins EPA Contract for the Chesapeake Bay Program Office, Under the Office of Water]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=58569 2015-06-26T20:13:23Z 2015-06-26T19:09:29Z On June 24, 2015 Attain, LLC announced that it was awarded an Information Technology Portfolio Support Service contract. The contract is through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water (OW) and the Chesapeake Bay Program Office (CBO). Attain will now be responsible for implementing development services to assist the EPA Office of Water’s ability to [...]

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Greg Baroni, CEO of Attain

Greg Baroni, Attain, LLC

On June 24, 2015 Attain, LLC announced that it was awarded an Information Technology Portfolio Support Service contract. The contract is through the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water (OW) and the Chesapeake Bay Program Office (CBO).

Attain will now be responsible for implementing development services to assist the EPA Office of Water’s ability to study and protect the quality of the United States’ water system. In addition Attain will be working regionally with the CBPO via data collection and analytics.

“We are proud to support the vitally important missions of EPA Office of Water and the Chesapeake Bay Program Office,” said Attain’s president of federal services Manish Agarwal. “The portfolio of applications we will support not only allows EPA to ensure drinking water is safe, but enables both the Office of Water and CBPO to more effectively restore and maintain oceans, watersheds, and their aquatic ecosystems to protect human health, support economic and recreational activities, and provide a healthy habitat for fish, plants, and wildlife.”

Attain has experience in cloud computing and Geospatial Information System (GIS) development in scientific water modeling that it can rely on to fully meet the needs of the OW and the CBPO.

“Our support of EPA Office of Water and CBPO continues Attain’s tradition of bringing leading edge technologies such as cloud computing together with an agile approach to create a framework for increased value and assured mission success,” said Greg Baroni, Attain Chairman and CEO.

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Charlie Truxillo <![CDATA[LGS Innovations Awarded Position on NETCENTS-2 IDIQ Contract]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=58538 2015-06-29T13:46:32Z 2015-06-26T18:59:26Z On June 22, 2015 LGS Innovations announced that it was awarded a position on the NETCENTS-2 Full Air Force contract vehicle, the Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ). The contract offers exclusive networks and connections within the U.S. Air Force and the DoD. The contract has an approximate $7.9 billion ceiling and will be live for [...]

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Kevin Kelly, CEO, LGS Innovations

Kevin Kelly, CEO, LGS Innovations

On June 22, 2015 LGS Innovations announced that it was awarded a position on the NETCENTS-2 Full Air Force contract vehicle, the Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (ID/IQ). The contract offers exclusive networks and connections within the U.S. Air Force and the DoD. The contract has an approximate $7.9 billion ceiling and will be live for three years with four 1-year options.

“This contract award is a testament to LGS’ network expertise and long track record of successful defense networking projects,” said CEO of LGS Innovations Kevin Kelly. “We look forward to working with the Air Force to ensure it retains its information advantage in all operations.”

LGS will be responsible for core enterprise services and infrastructure development. It will also provide deep support and integration of Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (C4ISR) mission capabilities.

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Charlie Truxillo <![CDATA[NCI Wins Position on Air Force NETCENTS-2 Contract]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=58536 2015-06-26T20:13:45Z 2015-06-26T18:46:49Z On June 22, 2015 NCI, Inc. announced that it was awarded a Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) multiple-award contract. The contract is the source for all U.S. Air Force purchasing and has an absolute ceiling of approximately $7.9 billion.  The NETCENTS-2 contract is also open to DoD use and will be live [...]

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Brian J. Clark, NCI Inc.

Brian J. Clark, NCI Inc.

On June 22, 2015 NCI, Inc. announced that it was awarded a Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) multiple-award contract. The contract is the source for all U.S. Air Force purchasing and has an absolute ceiling of approximately $7.9 billion.  The NETCENTS-2 contract is also open to DoD use and will be live for a three-year base period with four one-year option periods.

“To meet its mission, the Air Force expects and deserves efficient and effective global network operations and infrastructure solutions, and NETCENTS-2 makes this possible,” said President of NCI Brian J. Clark. “We are very pleased to be awarded a position on this contract, as task orders under the predecessor vehicle were a key source of revenue for NCI over the past decade.”

Through the IDIQ’s full and open Network Operations and Infrastructure Solutions category, NCI will have the opportunity to provide IT solutions and services to update and advance Air Force infrastructure and technological capabilities. This support will follow C4ISR requirements (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) for the DoD and Air Force worldwide, providing IT solutions, networking solutions, and communications technologies.

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Charlie Truxillo <![CDATA[ManTech International Wins Position on U.S. Air Force NETCENTS-2 Contract]]> http://www.washingtonexec.com/?p=58534 2015-06-26T20:14:04Z 2015-06-26T18:39:15Z ManTech International Corporation (ManTech) was awarded a Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) contract position with the U.S. Air Force on May 28, 2015. Under the contract, ManTech will provide IT products, solutions, and services for a plethora of net centric missions and operations. NETCENTS-2 is a multiple-award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with a top value of [...]

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Daniel J. Keefe, ManTech International

Daniel J. Keefe, ManTech International

ManTech International Corporation (ManTech) was awarded a Network-Centric Solutions-2 (NETCENTS-2) contract position with the U.S. Air Force on May 28, 2015. Under the contract, ManTech will provide IT products, solutions, and services for a plethora of net centric missions and operations. NETCENTS-2 is a multiple-award, indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract with a top value of approximately $ 960 million. It will last 3 years with the U.S. Air Force.

“NETCENTS-2 is a key vehicle for providing innovative IT solutions and services to the Air Force,” said president and chief operating officer of ManTech’s Mission Solutions & Services Group Daniel J. Keefe. “ManTech has a strong record of providing quality IT support to the Air Force and the Department of Defense, and we are pleased to have the opportunity to continue our work through NETCENTS-2.”

Under this contract, ManTech will compete with other awardees for in individual task orders to offer network-centric solutions to satiate the Air Force’s and DoD’s technological and networking needs worldwide.

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