Industry Insights: NGEN, DISA and IBM

Industry hoped Friday would finally bring an announcement on the Navy’s massive $4.5 billion Next Generation Enterprise Network contract, but now it’s being delayed… again.

The Navy announced Wednesday the contract will be awarded June 30, however, the Navy notes it could still come sooner. The program originally hoped to have a contract awarded December 2012, but has been delayed numerous times.

NGEN will replace the Navy Marine Corps Intranet contract extension the Navy signed with HP Enterprise Services in 2010 and that runs out of options in 2014.

Elsewhere in industry…

  • Charles Sowell, former deputy assistant director for special security and a senior adviser to the director of national intelligence, has joined Salient Federal, the company announced Thursday. Sowell, a former member of the Senior Executive Service, will become the company’s senior vice president responsible for growth and contract execution for the system and software engineering solutions group, which is focused on the intelligence community, national security, homeland security and law enforcement.
  • The Defense Information Systems Agency’s Forecast to Industry is scheduled for Aug. 9, but registration opens up next week. Those interested in attending can begin to register at 10 a.m. on June 3, although the event is open to only two members of each company. More details.
  • IBM has named Dr. Jane Snowdon as chief innovation officer for its U.S. federal business, the first person to ever hold that title. Snowdon most recently led the direction of IBM’s research strategy for its 12 global labs.
  • Intelligent Decisions has named Peter Brady as vice president for Defense Department and State Department programs. Prior to his role at Intelligent Decisions, Brady served as executive director and business development lead for enterprise information technology at ManTech International. He is also a military veteran, rising to the rank of lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army.
  • Tony Jimenez, CEO of MicroTech, was at the White House on Wednesday for the White House Business Council’s first Hispanic Business Leaders Forum where attendees shared insights to economic problems in the Hispanic community and potential solutions. The event was co-sponsored by the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

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