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Ross Wilkers

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Ross Wilkers
Ross Wilkers is Washington Technology's senior staff reporter covering the business of government contracting, plus the companies and trends that shape the market. He joined WT in 2017 and works with Editor-in-Chief Nick Wakeman to host and produce our "Project 38" podcast featuring interviews with the market's leading executives and voices. Ross is a native of Northern Virginia and is an alumnus of George Mason University.
IT Infrastructure

General Dynamics' $11B DOD 'Fourth Estate' IT protest denied

Barring more action, this lets Leidos proceed on its work for the 10-year Defense Enclave Services award and consolidate IT systems for 22 DOD agencies.

Emerging Tech

AT&T, Navy eye 5G to fast-track 'smart warehouse'

Their latest collaborative exercise involved high-definition video surveillance and augmented reality functions underpinned by 5G.

AI & Analytics

NRO finalizes imagery contract worth 'billions of dollars'

The National Reconnaissance Office is looking to support around 500,000 federal government users with this expanded program.

AI & Analytics

C3 AI hires new defense & intelligence leader

This retired Army major general was most recently chief operating officer for the military's lead artificial intelligence organization.

Personnel

Mitre's board adds intelligence community veteran Sue Gordon

The former principal deputy director of national intelligence joins nonprofit research-and-development firm's board.

Personnel

Former Army development command leader joins Leidos

Leidos' most recent leadership hire is a three-decade Army veteran who most recently oversaw its command responsible for several initiatives for science, technology and research-and-development initiatives.

IT Infrastructure

Leidos takes $11B DOD 'Fourth Estate' IT contract

Leidos wins yet another one of the largest defense IT services and systems integration contract opportunities out there with the award of this $11.5 billion program at the Defense Information Systems Agency.

IT Infrastructure

AT&T takes second piece of DISA telephony services program

AT&T can claim victories in both major pieces of a Defense Information Systems Agency program for broad telephony services across the U.S. military’s various combatant command regions.

IT Infrastructure

Analysis: The side effects of the 'valley of death'

The "valley of death" problem is real when it comes to government acquisition and technology deployment, so the dialogue on that problem is endless. But when nine out of 10 startups with potentially promising technology fail to cross their own valley, more attention is needed there too.

IT Infrastructure

Coast Guard picks AT&T as primary telecom provider

The Coast Guard chooses AT&T to consolidate several data communications networks into a single environment under a $161 million task order.

IT Infrastructure

State Department offers glimpse of $8B IT services contract

The multiple-award contract dubbed "Evolve" is the successor to the Vanguard contract held by Science Applications International Corp. since 2010.

IT Infrastructure

Roper named CEO of drone company Volansi

Will Roper, the former Air Force acquisition chief, has been named CEO of Volansi, a commercial drone manufacturing company.

IT Infrastructure

Inside Raytheon's four-year blueprint for growth

Portfolio transformation efforts are largely in the rear-view mirror for Raytheon Technologies, which is now turning toward what the defense giant is calling "operational transformation" of its internal muscle and external pursuits of defense and government business.

IT Infrastructure

MilCloud adds Amazon Web Services

The Defense Department’s MilCloud 2.0 contract now gives Defense Information Services Agency and other non-combat DOD agencies access to cloud services from Amazon Web Services.

IT Infrastructure

DISA unveils $11B IT 'Enclave' services solicitation

The Defense Information Systems Agency puts its much-anticipated $11.2 billion 'Enclave Services' contract for broad IT services out for industry to bid.

IT Infrastructure

CIA awards massive cloud contract

The CIA confirmed the award of its Commercial Cloud Enterprise (C2E) contract to roll out new cloud hosting capabilities for the 17 intelligence agencies.

IT Infrastructure

NDIA appoints Punaro board chair

The National Defense Industrial Association, one of three main trade groups representing government contractors, has appointed a familiar face to chair its board of directors.

NDIA appoints Punaro board chair

The National Defense Industrial Association, one of three main trade groups representing government contractors, has appointed a familiar face to chair its board of directors.

IT Infrastructure

Air Force, AT&T push ahead with 5G testing

The Air Force announced that it will test out AT&T’s 5G networking-as-a-service capabilities at three bases.

IT Infrastructure

JEDI fight will stretch into 2021

The $10 billion cloud project is already two years behind schedule and has yet to be implemented -- three years after the Defense Department first unveiled the project and almost a full year after Microsoft was first awarded the contract.