Author Archives: Kathleen Smith

DoD Contracts: Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Awarded $595M for PATRIOT Advanced Capability Production


Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, Grand Prairie, Texas was awarded a $595,484,370 modification (P00008) to foreign military sales contract (Kuwait, Taiwan, Qatar, U.A.E.) W31P4Q-14-C-0034 to procure fiscal 2014 PATRIOT Advanced Capability (PAC-3) production to include 152 PAC-3 cost reduction initiative missiles, 15 PAC-3 launcher modification kits, and the associated ground equipment, tooling, and initial spares. Fiscal 2013 and 2014 other procurement and other procurement (Army) funds in the amount of $543,030,607 were obligated at the time of the award. Estimated completion date is May 31, 2016. Work will be performed in Grand Prairie, Lufkin, and El Paso, Texas; Camden, Arkansas; Chelmsford, Massachusetts; Ocala, Florida; Huntsville, Alabama; Anaheim, California.…

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Best Recruiter Program in Its 6th Year

Best RecruiterThe Candidate Experience is being recognized as an integral part of a talent acquisition strategy and nationwide several organizations are building “Best of” programs. More than six years ago, ClearedJobs.Net launched the Best Recruiter program to inspire recruiters to bring their “A” game to Cleared Job Fairs.

“We were seeing a disturbing trend in the community where recruiting was becoming transactional rather than building a relationship between the candidates and recruiters. We knew this would be damaging to companies and their recruiting teams in our industry,” says Kathleen Smith, CMO, ClearedJobs.Net.

“Building this program, inviting  the job seekers to participate and providing recognition to the recruiters for their…

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Bringing the Board On Board for Cybersecurity, A Day in the Life

Jessica Gulick, CSG Invotas

Bringing the Board on Board for Cybersecurity

Jessica Gulick, Chief Strategist, CSG Invotas

Who hasn’t seen a team with the top players in the sport—a seemingly undefeatable team—lose when it’s all on the line? Ultimately, despite their many advantages, the team’s strategy unravels.

This same thing happens all too frequently in security. You’ve hired the very best people that money can buy and implemented the latest and greatest systems for detection, remediation, etc., but breaches still happen. Worse yet, these breaches can go undetected for months resulting in the loss of data and eroding customer trust.

In my experience, I’ve found that the first step in winning the cyber…

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TASC’s Cybersecurity Programs

TASCA discussion with Jeremy Ross, Division Director of Information Dominance, TASC. Mr. Ross served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years where he was assigned to Naval Security Group Activity-Ft. Meade. As a Signals Acquisition Officer for a 24×7 joint watch that acquired, collected and maintained classified intelligence networks, he was responsible for mission management, process management and reporting to support worldwide intelligence operations activities.

How do you describe cybersecurity

At the highest level, cybersecurity is actively managing, maintaining and defending all aspects of a network. To me, it includes three distinct domains:

  1. Defensive operations, a term that most people associate with cybersecurity, which is activity to

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DoD Contracts: Orbital Sciences Corp. Awarded $27M for GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Sea Skimming Target Base Vehicles


Orbital Sciences Corp., Chandler, Arizona, is being awarded a $27,682,618 firm-fixed-price, fixed-price-incentive, cost-plus-fixed fee contract for the procurement of seven full rate production 8 GQM-163A Coyote Supersonic Sea Skimming Target base vehicles, including the associated hardware, kits and production support for the U.S. Navy (3) and the government of Japan (4). Work will be performed in Chandler, Arizona (71 percent); Camden, Arkansas (24 percent); Vergennes, Vermont (3 percent); and Hollister, California (2 percent); and is expected to be completed in June 2017. This contract combines purchases for the U.S. Navy ($13,702,617; 50 percent) and the government of Japan ($13,980,001; 50 percent) under the Foreign Military Sales program. Fiscal 2014…

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