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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

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General Dynamics Awarded Navy IT Contract

General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics, was awarded a contract by the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command to provide enterprise IT and cybersecurity services to the Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Crane Division. The single-award, task order contract has a potential value of approximately $81.3 million for five years. General Dynamics along with Purdue University and 10 Indiana-based companies will provide the NSWC Crane Division with enterprise IT service management, cybersecurity, systems engineering, data protection, cross domain security and information exchange and technical advisory services management. Work on this contract will be performed in Crane, Ind.

Henry Appointed Director of IT at Bollinger

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Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. announced the appointment of Chris Henry as Director of Information Technology. Henry will have overall responsibility for Information Technology, including the direction of business process reengineering, database system strategy and strategic and tactical information technology planning. A native of the South Louisiana region, Henry has been involved with information technology in the oil and gas industry and energy sectors for the past twenty-two years. Henry is a 1987 graduate of Nicholls State University with a B.S. in Computer Science.

GAO Issue Report on Homeland Security and Information Technology

The U.S. General Accounting Office (GAO) issued its report entitled Homeland Security: Information Technology Funding and Associated Management Issues

BrightStar Gets $850M Navy Contract

Application service provider BrightStar Information Technology Group Inc on Monday said it was selected by Science & Engineering Associates Inc (SEA) as a subcontractor in a recently awarded contract valued up to $850 million. The contract is with the U.S. Navy Information Technology Center, in New Orleans Louisiana and will be administered by GSA's Federal Technology Service. BrightStar is one of several team members that will provide consulting resources to the project over the next five years. The award was made to SEA's wholly owned unit SEA Information Services Inc. using SEA's General Services Administration Schedule 70 Information Technology contract.

AAPA Announces New Seminar Series

AAPA is finalizing programs and securing industry experts for both the Port Administration Seminar and the Information Technology Seminar. These two important disciplines will be covered thoroughly as independent seminars, coming together for two sessions, one on eCommerce and another on Electronic Policy. These two groups will also come together for continental breakfasts, breaks and lunches. AAPA seminar host, the Mississippi State Port Authority at Gulfport, is planning an Evening Cruise & Reception Aboard "The Gulf Islander" for both groups on Thursday evening, April 5. The program for the Port Administration Seminar has been carefully assembled to cover the latest trends and challenges in port administration.

General Dynamics Appoints Kirchmaier AIS President

General Dynamics announced that Thomas W. Kirchmaier has been elected a vice president of the corporation and appointed as president of General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, reporting to David K. Heebner, executive vice president of the company's Information Systems and Technology group. Kirchmaier succeeds Lewis F. Von Thaer, who resigned in April. The appointment is effective immediately. Kirchmaier, has been the senior vice president and general manager of the Intelligence Solutions division of General Dynamics Information Technology since 2007, leading a worldwide organization with more than 4,600 professionals which provides high-technology solutions for the U.S. intelligence community, selected DoD commands and agencies, their coalition partners and NATO.

Anteon Receives Information Security Contract

Anteon has been awarded a four-year (base plus three option years), $4.7 million contract to support the Military Sealift Command's (MSC) Department of Defense Information Technology Security Certification and Accreditation Process (DITSCAP). The DITSCAP was developed to standardize the process of certifying and accrediting all DoD Automated Information Systems. Under this contract, Anteon and Corbett Technologies, a small business specializing in information assurance and the DITSCAP, will assist the MSC in certifying and accrediting its critical information technology assets. The Anteon Team will review all MSC systems and conduct the supporting activities required to complete the DITSCAP for MSC.

Dan Johnson is Info Systems-Tech Gr. EVP at General Dynamics

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The board of directors of General Dynamics has elected S. Daniel Johnson to be executive vice president, Information Systems and Technology, effective January 1, 2015, to succeed David K. Heebner, who has informed the company of his intention to retire on December 31, 2014. Johnson will also continue in his role as president of General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics. In announcing the board's action, Phebe N. Novakovic, chairman and chief executive officer…

AMSEC Gets 'Big Win' Navy IT Contract

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Huntington Ingalls Industries subsidiary AMSEC LLC wins IT support services contract to support Department of the Navy. "This is truly a big win for AMSEC," said Michael Bernardi, program manager within the AMSEC's logistics, engineering, technology and training solutions group. The indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price contract contains a one-year base period with two one-year option periods which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of the contract to approximately $19.6 million.

NAVSEA Awards General Dynamics $27m IT Services Contracts

General Dynamics Information Technology, has been awarded three Seaport-e task orders by the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) , Carderock Division (NSWCCD), in. The contracts have a total potential value of $26.7m if all options are exercised. Under the contracts, General Dynamics will provide information technology (IT) engineering and professional services for the Smart Carrier program and additional NSWCCD initiatives. NAVSEA established the Smart Carrier program to harness new technologies and processes to reduce sailor workload and operational costs, and improve quality of life on Navy aircraft carriers. General Dynamics is working…

CSSC Will Implement Autodesk Software

Autodesk, Inc., announced that China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC) will purchase 10,000 licenses of the Autodesk Inventor Series over the next three years, primarily for the use of Autodesk Inventor 3D mechanical design software included in the Autodesk Inventor Series. CSSC worked with China Daheng Information Technology Corporation, Autodesk’s Manufacturing channel partner in China, to select the Autodesk software as its standard for digital design. The collaborative capabilities of Autodesk’s software will help CSSC promote digital information exchange among ship design enterprises and ship owners. CSSC also anticipates that improved collaboration will increase competitiveness throughout its shipbuilding supply chain, improving quality and enhancing results.

General Dynamics Bags $ 47 mi US Navy Contract

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General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), was awarded a contract to provide information technology services and security assistance support to the Naval Supply Systems Command Weapon Systems Support (NAVSUP WSS) and Navy International Programs Office. The 48-month contract value is $46.7 million. Under this contract, General Dynamics will provide the U.S. Navy with support for project, financial and logistical analysis and management; IT services; cooperative programs; and international training and educational programs.

ACV Development: DoD Award Contract Modifications

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The US Department of Defense informs it has awarded contract modifications to previously awarded contracts with BAE Systems Land & Armaments, as well as with General Dynamics Information Technology to understand the risks and assist the government in determining the best approach for developing a High Waterspeed Amphibious Combat Vehicle (ACV). The DoD explains that detailed trade studies, requirements studies, operational effectiveness analyses and initial concept design results have been reported to Marine Corps leadership and the assistant secretary of the Navy research…

General Dynamics Awarded $10M Navy Order

General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a task order to modernize the telephone switch systems for Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.; Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga.; and Naval Station Mayport, Fla. The award, from the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR), is valued at $10m. Work is expected to be completed in early 2009. Under the task order, General Dynamics will upgrade the existing switch systems with the latest Approved Products List (APL)-certified software and replace non-supportable elements within the voice network. General Dynamics will also install Voice-over-Internet-Protocol (VoIP) for 5,000 users in the Jacksonville area.

General Dynamics Contracted for Naval Eduction, IT Training

General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), has been awarded a contract by the U.S. Navy to deliver education and training support services to the Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) and the Naval Education and Training Professional Development and Technology Center (NETPDTC). This three-year, multiple-award contract has a potential value of $97.4 million to all nine awardees, if all options are exercised. Since 1992, General Dynamics has worked with the NETC and NETPDTC to develop and deliver training programs for the Navy and U.S. Department of Defense agencies. The company will continue to offer a variety of training services including courseware development…

NOL Appoints New Chief Information Officer

The NOL Group has elected veteran technology executive, Donald G. Liedtke, as its chief information officer (CIO) - heading its organization of about 300 computer systems specialists. Liedtke, who was previously with Packard Bell NEC, will be based at the APL office in Oakland, Calif., which houses NOL's information technology group, as well as the global headquarters of APL Logistics - the container transportation and logistics arm of the NOL Group.

General Dynamics Launches Morgan County NextGen-911

General Dynamics Information Technology, a business unit of General Dynamics, has implemented a NextGen-911 emergency service solution for Morgan County, Ohio. The NextGen-911 solution enables Morgan County to easily accept emergency information from a variety of sources and provides first responders with faster, more accurate details to aid in response. Morgan County's NextGen-911 system is one of the first to be compliant with the National Emergency Number Association's (NENA) i3 architecture standards, which facilitate local and nationwide interoperability. General Dynamics replaced the county's traditional Enhanced 911 (E911) call…

Internet Can Help Shipping Companies Cut Costs, Say IT Firms

Shipping companies, criticized for being slow to modernize, are being targeted by information technology (IT) companies who see the Internet as a way for shipping companies to cut the annual cost of handling containers, by eliminating the inefficiency of return trips with empty containers. SynchronNet Marine Inc. has set up a database to allow shipping companies to share information, making it easier to fill containers.

China May Support Nation's Struggling Shipbuilders

The Chinese government is expected to introduce support for the shipbuilding industry soon according to Asiais.com Citing an An Economic Information of China report, Asiais.com says that a 'Three-Year Plan to Strengthen China’s Shipbuilding Industry' is in the final stage of mediation, jointly provided by the three Chinese government agencies, the National Development and Reform Commission, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. In essence the government's measures would encourage replacing vessels aged over 15 years and offe ar 20% of subsidy out of the national treasury for  vessels built in China's shipyards. Source: Asiais.com  

Crowley Promotes Teng To Expanded Role

Crowley Maritime Corp. promoted Sandy Teng to director, product development within the company's Information Technology (IT) group. Teng, who works out of the Seattle office, will be responsible for working with all of Crowley's business units to evaluate and coordinate technology solutions. Teng joined the company's finance group in 1982, and since then she has held various positions in management reporting, business analysis and planning before joining the IT team in 1997.

Gryphon Technologies Wins $45m Contract

Gryphon Technologies, LChas been awarded a $45m contract by the U.S. Navy to provide engineering and technical services for the Supervisor of Shipbuilding, (SUPSHIP) Gulf Coast (SSGC). Gryphon will provide SSGC with the design, engineering, systems integration, test and evaluation, technical, data management, logistics, and information technology services, in connection with the Navy's existing as well as the newest and most advanced ships to include the DDG 1000, LCS,and LPD-17 classes.

GD To Acquire Division of Motorola For $825 Million

Defense contractor General Dynamics Corp. on Monday said it agreed to acquire a division of wireless technology giant Motorola Inc. for $825 million, in a move to strengthen its communications and information technology operations. The deal, which is expected to close in 60 days, would enhance General Dynamics' earnings immediately, the Falls Church, Va.-based company said. It is buying Motorola's Integrated Information Systems Group (IISG) based in Scottsdale, Ariz., which provides defense and other government customers with technologies, products and systems for secure communications and integrated communication systems. The business would become part of General Dynamics' Information Systems and Technology group.

Alion Contract to Support Navy’s Public Relations

Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions provider, has been awarded a $97m contract to support the Chief of Navy Information Office (CHINFO) with media relations, community outreach, visual information systems, information technology support, Web site portal management and business case analysis development and assessment. CHINFO is responsible for coordinating, planning and implementing public affairs policies and programs, visual information services and community relations efforts for all naval fleet and forces. Under the contract, Alion will support evolving public affairs requirements globally. The Alion team will develop strategies and tactical plans, produce communications materials and support community outreach programs and events.

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