General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems, Cybersecurity and Veterans

Nadia Short, General Dynamics-AISWe sat down with Nadia Short, Vice President and General Manager, Cyber and Intelligence Solutions, General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems to discuss cybersecurity and the role of military personnel in getting the job done for their customers.

How would you describe cybersecurity

NS  Cybersecurity is the protection of information. It’s that simple. We want to protect the data we have flowing on our networks and for us, cybersecurity is how we help our customers defend, protect and support their networks and enterprises. That’s it in a nutshell.

Many people see cybersecurity in the news and think, “This is not in my life.”

NS  Cyber is…

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DoD Contracts: The Boeing Company Awarded $234M for AH-6I Aircraft


The Boeing Company, Mesa, Arizona, was awarded a $234,700,000 undefinitized contract action to procure long lead items for the production and delivery of 24 AH-6I aircraft, initial spares package and ground support equipment. Fiscal 2014 other funds in the amount of $115,003,000 were obligated at the time of the award. Work will be performed in Mesa, Arizona, with an estimated completion date of Dec. 31, 2016. Bids were solicited with one received. This contract involves foreign military sales to Saudi Arabia. Army Contracting Command, Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, is the contracting activity (W58RGZ-14-C-0082).

Exelis Systems Corporation, Colorado Springs, Colorado, was awarded an $83,133,390 modification (BA02BQ) to contract W911SE-07-D-0006 for services…

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How Missing SF86 Information Affects Your Security Clearance Eligibility

SF86 Missing InformationToo often applicants do not take the completion of the SF86 Questionnaire seriously enough, resulting in detrimental effects later on. Specifically agencies look to the SF86 to determine if you are completely honest about issues and incidents in your background. If you omit required information on the SF86 or mis-characterize a piece of information, agencies are likely to believe that you cannot be trusted.

Some security applicants carelessly complete the SF86, assuming that any errors or unintentional omissions can be corrected during an interview with an investigator. This is only partly true.

Yes you can correct mistakes and provide additional information during an interview with an investigator. If you failed…

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DoD Contracts: Raytheon Co. Awarded $36M for SM-1 Standard Missile


Raytheon Co., Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Arizona, is being awarded a $36,553,657 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for the repair and maintenance of the SM-1 standard missile for the governments of Taiwan, Spain, Turkey, Japan, France, Chile, Bahrain, Italy, and Poland, including core support and discrete tasking. Work will be performed in Tucson, Arizona (60 percent); Camden, Arkansas (28 percent); McAlester, Oklahoma (2 percent); and various locations outside the continental United States (10 percent), and is expected to be completed in August 2019. Foreign military sales funds in the amount of $1,470,932 are being obligated at time of award, none of which will expire at the end of the current fiscal year.…

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One Woman’s Journey from Clerical Worker to Cyber Warrior

Jen Havermann, RaytheonThere are many interesting paths and stories leading to a career in cybersecurity. In this article Jen Havermann, Raytheon Portfolio Manager Cyber Intelligence & Analysis Programs, shares her tale.

Her hands smeared with typewriter ribbon ink and smudged with carbon copy paper, her fingernails caked with white correction fluid, Jen Havermann remembers thinking, “Well, at least I’m learning to type.”

It was her first day on the job at a government office in Fort Meade, Md. – the unlikely start to a high-tech career that would eventually turn Havermann into an elite cyber warrior, part of the United States’ defensive line against hackers and other threats.

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