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By Tony Bertuca
January 15, 2021 at 2:42 PM

Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller said today he is eager to leave his job next week when President-elect Biden is inaugurated, but added that part of him wishes he could have worked on the Defense Department's notoriously challenging acquisition process.

"I cannot wait to leave this job, believe me,” he told a press gaggle today. “But part of me is like, I would have loved to have gotten involved in the acquisition process. . . . Talk about [a] wicked problem. "

Miller said he wanted to “take on” the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, noting he found it “hilarious” the United States made such a huge investment in an aircraft it is “never supposed to use” and is already planning for a replacement, sixth-generation fighter.

Miller said he recently discussed the matter with an F-35 pilot whom he said told him the fighter is needed to “deter, blah, blah, blah, blah.”

“I think it’s hilarious,” Miller told reporters. “I’m like, we have created a monster, but you know that.”

Miller became acting defense secretary in November after President Trump lost his bid for re-election and fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

Miller said the Pentagon needs to abandon its Cold War mindset, noting he believes it has led to a policy “hangover” in which the United States still seeks to spend trillions of dollars on big-budget weapon systems, rather than focus more on “the information environment, domain awareness, using commercial stuff, you know, public-private partnership.”

“And we need to go smaller, swarmy,” he continued. “Quantity over quality, in some cases. That was my thinking.”

Miller is slated to leave DOD after Biden’s inauguration Jan. 20. Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist will then serve as acting defense secretary until the Senate confirms a Biden nominee.

By Aidan Quigley
January 15, 2021 at 2:30 PM

Hondo Geurts, the Navy's acquisition executive, is leaving his job Jan. 20, coinciding with President-elect Biden's inauguration.

Capt. Danny Hernandez, a spokesman for Geurts, confirmed Geurts' departure, first reported by Breaking Defense.

Hernandez said the service is still working through its process before announcing who will be serving in the role in an acting capacity.

Geurts, speaking Friday at the Surface Navy Association Annual Symposium, said he is proud of his work over the past three years.

"I'm not by any means here to say we solved all of our problems, that we don't have issues, that we don’t have challenges," he said. "No, we have a boatload of them . . . but, I am here to say we have seen what happens when we work together."

He said he believed the Navy has fulfilled his goals of improving outcomes, pivot speed and affordability over the past three years.

Geurts is a retired Air Force colonel and was the acquisition executive for U.S. Special Operations Command when President Trump nominated him as assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition in 2017.

By John Liang
January 15, 2021 at 1:19 PM

This Friday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Pentagon's transition to the incoming Biden administration and more.

We start off with a look at the leadership changes within the Pentagon as it transitions to the Biden administration:

Pentagon preps for leadership shift

The Pentagon, which saw four years of chaotic senior leadership churn under President Trump, is preparing for yet another change in personnel, this time for the team nominated by President-elect Biden.

(Transition 2021: Read all of our transition coverage here.)

Inside Defense recently chatted with Gregory Sanders, a fellow and deputy director at the Center for Strategic and International Studies:

Open architectures could increase subsystem competition, CSIS expert says

The adoption of open and modular architectures on the Army's ground vehicles could increase the number of subsystems that make up a vehicle, a defense industry expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies told Inside Defense last week.

The Army is holding a communications exercise at Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD, the first of a "multitude" of exercises, ahead of some joint demonstrations planned with other services later this year:

Army holds comms exercise with 'key stakeholders' ahead of Project Convergence 21, plans formal radio program of record test for modernization effort

The Army's team in charge of the integrated tactical network is conducting a communications exercise with key stakeholders ahead of Project Convergence 2021, while simultaneously planning to complete a formal program of record test with radios this month for its first capability set.

L3Harris Technologies has nabbed a Missile Defense Agency contract to work on the Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor program:

MDA taps L3Harris to develop, build HBTSS prototype for on-orbit testing

The Missile Defense Agency has selected L3Harris Technologies as a finalist from a pool of four contenders in the contest to develop a Hypersonic and Ballistic Tracking Space Sensor.

The Government Accountability Office released a report this week on the Navy's Columbia-class submarine program:

GAO: Design software challenges threaten Columbia timeline

The Navy's schedule for delivering the first Columbia-class submarine is threatened by ongoing design software challenges that will likely increase the program's cost, a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday concludes.

Document: GAO report on Columbia-class submarine

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord has signed an acquisition decision memorandum approving an Army proposal to move the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System program into low-rate initial production:

Army's 'game-changing' IBCS program pivots toward $4 billion, decade-long production run

The Pentagon's acquisition executive has cleared Northrop Grumman's Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System -- a program that has suffered delays and technical setbacks since 2009 -- to transition from development to initial production, marking the start of a 10-year, $4.4 billion plan to deliver 454 units.

By Justin Doubleday
January 14, 2021 at 3:05 PM

The Pentagon today added nine firms to a list of companies the Defense Department has linked to the Chinese military operating directly or indirectly in the United States.

The companies added today include Advanced Micro-Fabrication Equipment Inc., GOWIN Semiconductor Corp. and Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, according to the list released by the Pentagon.

The additions bringing the total number of companies listed to 44.

In November, President Trump signed an executive order prohibiting U.S. investors from purchasing or investing in securities of the companies identified on the list. The prohibition went into effect on Jan. 11.

The blacklist is required by Section 1237 of the Fiscal Year 1999 National Defense Authorization Act. DOD began publishing the list last June after prodding from Congress.

Today, Trump also signed an additional executive order tweaking the ban to "prohibit certain sales as well as purchases of publicly traded securities, or any securities that are derivative of, or are designed to provide investment exposure to such securities, of any Communist Chinese military company," according to a letter the White House sent congressional leadership.

By John Liang
January 14, 2021 at 1:54 PM

This Thursday INSIDER Daily Digest has news from the Pentagon's latest operational test and evaluation report, plus coverage of the Surface Navy Association's virtual conference and more.

We start off with coverage of the Pentagon's latest operational test and evaluation report:

Top weapons tester calls for 'substantial investment,' with more focus on space, cyber

The Pentagon's chief weapons tester says the government needs to spend the next 10 years updating weapons testing processes and infrastructure, paying special attention to space and cyber capabilities.

DOT&E report lays out deficiencies with UH-60V program

The Pentagon's chief weapons tester is recommending the Army improve and verify software reliability for the second initial operational test and evaluation of the service's UH-60V Black Hawk helicopters, after the first test was deemed inadequate.

DOT&E notes testing shortfalls of Army ground vehicles

An annual report from the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation, released Jan. 13, detailed novel and continuing problems with the Army's newest ground vehicles.

DOT&E designates F-35 ODIN schedule 'high risk'

A new report from the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation labels the F-35 joint program office's test schedule for the Operational Data Integration Network "high risk" and questions the program's ability to deliver a fully functional system by this September.

Grey Wolf testing strategy deemed risky as flight certification delay persists

Pentagon chief weapons tester Robert Behler warns the MH-139A Grey Wolf program's continued delays obtaining a military flight release is not only driving the Air Force to rely on suboptimal, contractor-led testing but potentially jeopardizing the milestone C decision to begin production.

(For complete coverage of this year's DOT&E report, click here.)

We also have coverage of this week's Surface Navy Association virtual conference:

Navy wrapping up AOA for new nuclear-tipped cruise missile; potential development launch in FY-22

The Navy is wrapping up a project to define options for a new nuclear-tipped, submarine-launched cruise missile with plans to conclude by the end of the summer an analysis of alternatives that will offer Defense Department leaders -- and the incoming Biden administration -- a turn-key solution to launch development of a program in fiscal year 2022, according to a senior service official.

Congress hampering Navy unmanned vessel efforts, Slavonic says

The Navy's unmanned procurement efforts are under harsh scrutiny due to the past failures of other programs, Gregory Slavonic, the outgoing Navy under secretary, said Wednesday.

Navy 'bullish' about unmanned industrial base, program manager says

The Navy is "bullish" about the capability of the industrial base to produce unmanned maritime systems, Capt. Pete Small, the program manager for unmanned maritime systems, said Wednesday.

Marine Corps 'very excited' about Light Amphibious Warship concept designs

The Marine Corps is "very excited" about the Light Amphibious Warship concept designs it has received from industry and is heading toward a fiscal year 2022 start of lead ship construction, Maj. Gen. Tracy King, the service's director of expeditionary warfare, told reporters last week.

The Air Force's Advanced Battle Management System program is now a formal acquisition effort:

Roper caves to demands, establishing ABMS as a traditional acquisition program

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper is responding to intense congressional pushback against his bypassing of the traditional requirements process for his prized Advanced Battle Management System by signing a formal acquisition strategy ahead of President-elect Biden's inauguration.

The Defense Department is working on a Trusted Capital Marketplace:

Pentagon unveils 'Trusted Capital Digital Marketplace' to link vetted investors with defense companies

Pentagon officials have released more details on a revamped, digital version of the Trusted Capital Marketplace, highlighting how the program will stave off "adversarial capital" by linking vetted sources of finance with defense companies requiring investment.

By Tony Bertuca
January 14, 2021 at 12:15 PM

The Republican Study Committee, a House group that advocates conservative policies, opposes granting a congressional waiver to retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin to serve as defense secretary.

The waiver is required by law as Austin has been retired from the military for fewer than seven years.

The RSC, which counts most Republicans as members, explained its objection in a memo sent to members and their staffs.

"General Austin is not the right person for the job of Secretary of Defense," the memo states. "He lacks civilian experience, has no experience in countering China, and has a track record of failures as the [U.S. Central Command] head in Syria and Iraq and in the war on ISIS. For all of these reasons, conservatives should not vote to grant a 'waiver' for General Austin."

The memo notes that retired Marine Corps Gen. Jim Mattis received a waiver from Congress in 2017 so he could serve as President Trump's first defense secretary.

"However, in granting yet another 'waiver'; only 4 years after the Mattis experience, a new precedent will effectively be put in place which will make it very likely that Congress may regularly waive the prohibition, undermining the spirit of the law altogether," the memo states.

Mattis' waiver won by a landslide, with the House voting 268-151, and the Senate 81-17.

But the RSC says many conservatives have "expressed their regret" for backing the waiver and they note that 150 House Democrats opposed it.

"The Mattis experience illustrated a number of problems that even retired military officers have serving in such a position," the memo states. "Mattis avoided the cabinet-level politics necessary in a cabinet position including refusing to debate fiscal hawks in the Trump cabinet regarding the funding of his own Department. Mattis held less press briefings than prior secretaries, and often kept both the White House and Congress in the dark on the rationales behind his decisions."

Mattis, meanwhile, has defended his tenure as secretary and recently denounced Trump as a threat to the Constitution.

Some Democrats, like Sens. Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Tammy Duckworth (IL) have also said they oppose granting Austin a waiver to serve.

Many Democrats and Republicans have already voiced support for Austin's waiver, including House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK).

Austin is slated to appear before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Jan. 19 and before the House Armed Services Committee on Jan. 21.

By Marjorie Censer
January 13, 2021 at 7:25 PM

AeroVironment said Wednesday it has agreed to acquire privately held drone maker Arcturus UAV for $405 million.

Founded in 2004 and based in Petaluma, CA, Arcturus UAV has about 270 employees and designs and builds Group 2 and Group 3 unmanned aerial systems and offers related services. The company counts U.S. Special Operations Command and the Army among its customers.

AeroVironment said the $405 million price includes $355 million in cash and $50 million in stock.

Under the terms of the deal, key members of Arcturus UAV's management team will remain in leadership positions, AeroVironment said. Arcturus UAV will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary.

The deal is slated to close by the end of April.

By Tony Bertuca
January 13, 2021 at 4:51 PM

The House voted 232-197 today to impeach President Trump on the grounds he incited the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol last week that left five people dead.

The historic vote makes Trump the only president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

"President Trump gravely endangered the security of the United States and its institutions of government," according to the impeachment bill. "He will remain a threat to national security, democracy, and the Constitution if allowed to remain in office."

Ten House Republicans joined Democrats in voting to impeach Trump.

It is unclear how the matter will proceed in the Senate, but reports indicate that Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) will not allow a speedy impeachment trial, meaning Trump would likely be tried after he is no longer president. He will officially be out of office Jan. 20 when President-elect Biden is inaugurated.

McConnell says in a letter to his fellow Republicans he has "not made a final decision" on how he will vote on impeachment.

Meanwhile, an additional 5,000 members of the National Guard are scheduled to arrive in Washington to provide security at Biden's inauguration, increasing the total to at least 20,000.

Last week's rampage at the Capitol unfolded during and after a Trump rally dedicated to his months-long effort to overturn his loss in the presidential election.

“We know we experienced the insurrection that violated the sanctity of the people's Capitol and attempted to overturn the duly recorded will of the American people," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). "And we know that the president of the United States incited this insurrection, this armed rebellion against our common country. He must go. He is a clear and present danger to the nation that we all love."

Trump was defended on the House floor by some Republicans, like Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who bemoaned "cancel culture" and Democrats' continued efforts to impeach the president.

"They want to cancel the president," Jordan said.

Trump has been impeached once already for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress amid allegations he improperly pressured the Ukrainian government to investigate Biden. He was not convicted in the Senate.

While opposing impeachment, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said today Trump "bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters. He should have immediately denounced the mob when he saw what was unfolding."

But No. 3 House Republican Liz Cheney (R-WY) voted to impeach Trump, releasing a statement yesterday saying, "there has never been a greater betrayal by a president of the United States of his office and his oath to the Constitution."

Before the vote, Trump released a statement urging his supporters to refrain from acts of violence.

"In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind," he said. "I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers."

The message was disseminated via a White House press release as Facebook and Twitter have banned the president from their platforms, citing further risk of violence.

During the violent attack on the Capitol last week, Trump tweeted a video asking the rioters to return home, telling them he loved them and that they were "very special."

By Ethan Sterenfeld
January 13, 2021 at 3:46 PM

The Army had to end an October test of the newest Bradley upgrade early when toxic fumes entered the turrets and crew cabins of all six test vehicles, according to a new report from the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation.

"This is a safety hazard to soldiers," states the annual report, which was released Jan. 13. "The program manager was present during test and observed the turret battery issue. He supported the recommendation to suspend the remaining maneuver missions."

Turret batteries on all six vehicles overheated during the fifth round of testing at Ft. Hood, TX, which created the toxic fumes, according to the report. A gunnery event has been delayed until the turret battery issue has been fixed.

The test did not identify other problems with the upgrade program, the Bradley Engineering Change Proposal.

The program will upgrade the suspension, electrical system and powertrain of the Bradley vehicles to compensate for the increased weight of previous upgrades. Bradley M2A3 and Operation Desert Storm vehicles will be upgraded to the M2A4 version, and M7A3 Bradley Fire Support Team vehicles will be converted to the M7A4.

Before the turret battery problem was identified, the Bradley upgrade completed a cooperative vulnerability and penetration assessment and an adversarial assessment, according to the report.

DOT&E will publish an operational and live fire test report in the second quarter of FY-21, before a scheduled materiel release decision in the third quarter of the fiscal year.

By Courtney Albon
January 13, 2021 at 3:17 PM

The Air Force has selected the Army's Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL, as the preferred location to host U.S. Space Command headquarters.

The announcement comes more than a year after the command was formally reestablished in August 2021 and follows a prolonged selection process restarted in May due to a lack of transparency.

Politico first reported the news of Alabama's selection.

The service in November announced Alabama as one of six candidate locations, including: Kirtland Air Force Base, NM; Offutt AFB, NE; Patrick AFB, FL; Peterson AFB, CO; and Port San Antonio, TX.

In a press release today, the Air Force said it conducted virtual and on-site visits as part of its selection process, considering factors like infrastructure capacity, community support, mission and cost.

"Huntsville compared favorably across more of these factors than any other community, providing a large, qualified workforce, quality schools, superior infrastructure capacity, and low initial and recurring costs," the service said, noting that Redstone Arsenal has offered a facility to host the headquarters at no cost while a permanent structure is being built.

The remaining five locations will remain as preferred alternatives until the decision is finalized, which the press release says is expected to occur in 2023, following the completion of an environmental impact statement. In the meantime, Colorado Springs will continue to serve as SPACECOM's provisional headquarters.

Alabama is home to some of Congress' most influential voices on issues related to space. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-AL) was one of the biggest proponents of creating the Space Force and reestablishing SPACECOM and is the incoming minority leader of the House Armed Services Committee. Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) has been vocal in space launch and budget decisions from his role as chairman of the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) gave a shoutout to Shelby and Rogers as well as Sen. Doug Jones (D-AL) for playing key roles in advocating for the state in the selection process.

"Our state has long provided exceptional support for our military and their families as well as a rich and storied history when it comes to space exploration," Ivey said in a statement. "The bottom line is simple, the Redstone region is the most natural choice to become home to such an important mission for our country."

Shelby said in a statement today he is “thrilled” with the Air Force’s selection and the “vast economic impact this will have on Alabama.”

Today's announcement comes as part of a revised process for selecting the new SPACECOM headquarters, which the Air Force announced last May. Following the announcement, the final decision was stalled for several months until last March, when former Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced the Air Force would redo its process to make it more "transparent."

In May, the Air Force released new selection criteria it claimed would expand the number of locations eligible for consideration and to ensure the analysis is "comprehensive and transparent."

However, the decision to reopen the process drew criticism following reports that the Florida delegation was lobbying President Trump and DOD to reconsider the state as a preferred site. In a hearing last March, Jones speculated the move to delay a decision until after the presidential election was driven by "some political, electoral politics."

Meanwhile, Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO) in a statement today called the decision to relocate SPACECOM headquarters from Colorado Springs “horrendous,” claiming it would “materially damage our national security” and promising to fight the Air Force’s decision.

“Moving a critical institution like Space Command for political reasons unrelated to national security would be foolish at the best of times,” Lamborn said. “In the midst of the ongoing great power competition between the U.S. and our allies against the forces of tyranny and absolutism represented by the Chinese Communist Party and Vladimir Putin, arbitrarily shuffling SPACECOM around like a political trophy would prove disastrous.”

By Marjorie Censer
January 13, 2021 at 3:00 PM

VTG is set to announce this week it has acquired Intelligent Shift in an effort to expand its pool of customers and its systems, software, and digital engineering capabilities.

Intelligent Shift, which was founded in 2017, will continue to be led by its three founders and operate as the intelligence community services component of a new VTG business segment. The segment will be led by longtime contracting executive Kirk Herdman, newly appointed to the role last week.

In an interview with Inside Defense, John Hassoun, VTG's chief executive, said the latest deal will build on the company's earlier acquisitions. Nearly two years ago, VTG acquired National Technologies Associates, or NTA, to expand its work on naval air programs, including the presidential helicopter and V-22 Osprey efforts.

Later in 2019, it picked up DELTA Resources, growing its work with Naval Sea Systems Command and building up its digital transformation credentials.

Hassoun said the company was hoping to expand its work with intelligence agencies and saw Intelligent Shift as a good fit.

The new group will be led by Herdman and include Intelligent Shift, digital modernization work acquired through DELTA and an IT modernization group.

Sunil Ramchand, chief growth officer at VTG, said during the same interview the acquisition marks "the next step in continuing to build out the digital transformation portfolio and also add more national security customers."

By John Liang
January 13, 2021 at 1:29 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Navy's future frigate program, Air Force simulators, the Pentagon's latest industrial capabilities report and more.

The head of the Navy's future frigate program spoke this week at the Surface Navy Association’s National Symposium:

Navy: Lead Constellation-class frigate ship construction set to start this fall

Lead ship construction of the Constellation-class frigate is set to start in fall 2021, following the completion of detail design later this year, Capt. Kevin Smith, the frigate program manager, said Tuesday.

The Air Force Test Center broke ground in November on the service's first Joint Simulation Environment facility at Nellis Air Force Base, NV, and is on track to begin work on a second JSE at Edwards AFB, FL, in February:

AFTC making progress on JSE simulator connectivity with IOC planned for 2023

The Air Force is beginning to see its vision for a government-owned, synthetic modeling and simulation environment take shape and, while challenges remain, the head of the service's test center said he's encouraged by the development progress he's seen on the technical backbone that will connect fourth- and fifth-generation simulators for high-fidelity testing and training.

A new Government Accountability Office report discusses protecting critical Defense Department technologies:

GAO finds Pentagon neglects to share information on critical technologies

The Pentagon has fallen short in sharing a list of critical military capabilities with key Defense Department stakeholders and outside government agencies, potentially putting at risk federal efforts to protect those technologies, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

Document: GAO report on DOD critical technologies

The Pentagon this week released its latest industrial capabilities report:

Pentagon report highlights risks in ground vehicle industrial base

Budget fluctuations, program uncertainty and manufacturer capacity constraints have created a "fragile market" for military ground vehicles, according to the Defense Department's latest industrial capabilities report.

Document: DOD's FY-20 industrial capabilities report

Lindsay Cohn from the Naval War College and Kathleen McInnis from the Congressional Research Service testified this week before the Senate Armed Services Committee on civilian control of the Armed Forces:

Senators wrestling with implications of Austin's nomination

The Senate Armed Services Committee, in advance of a scheduled Jan. 19 nomination hearing for retired Army Gen. Lloyd Austin to serve as defense secretary, today questioned experts about the perceived erosion of civil-military relations at the Pentagon.

By Courtney Albon
January 13, 2021 at 12:52 PM

President Trump this week issued a new executive order that would require the Defense Department to work with the Commerce and Energy departments as well as NASA to consider the benefits and utility of advanced nuclear reactors for space power.

The order, issued Jan. 12, directs DOD to: pilot a transportable micro-reactor prototype; initiate an analysis of alternatives for the technical, regulatory and personnel requirements needed to inform decisions around nuclear power usage; and consider how the United States and foreign adversaries could use space nuclear power and propulsion technologies in a military context.

“Fuel demands for a modern United States military have dramatically grown since World War II and are anticipated to continue to increase in order to support high-energy-usage military systems,” the order states. “In this context, nuclear power could significantly enhance national defense power capabilities.”

The order also directs DOD and NASA as well as the State, Commerce and Energy departments to craft a common technology roadmap that explores terrestrial-based advanced nuclear reactor and space-based nuclear power and propulsion efforts. With a look toward 2030, the roadmap should include assessments of foreign nations' space nuclear power and propulsion capabilities and pathways for transitioning "federally supported programs to private-sector activities."

According to the executive order, the roadmap is due prior to the NASA, State, Commerce and Energy department budget submissions.

The executive order follows a new space policy directive, SPD-6, which was released Dec. 16 and laid out a path for space nuclear reactors and propulsion systems.

Elsewhere in the order, the president directs the defense secretary to demonstrate the energy flexibility and cost effectiveness associated with using commercial micro-reactors at a domestic defense installation, calling for a demonstration plan within six months.

"If the demonstration is successful, the secretary of defense shall identify opportunities at domestic military installations where this capability could enhance or supplement the fulfillment of installation energy requirements," the order states, noting that DOD should consider defense-unique needs as it analyzes possible applications.

By Marjorie Censer
January 13, 2021 at 9:36 AM

Huntington Ingalls Industries said today its technical solutions division has hired retired Navy Vice Adm. Thomas Moore to serve as vice president for nuclear operations for its nuclear and environmental services business group.

"As vice president of nuclear operations, Moore will be responsible for the oversight of all nuclear operations activities for Technical Solutions' Department of Energy portfolio," the company said.

Moore previously spent nearly four decades in the Navy, retiring in August as head of Naval Sea Systems Command. He also spent five years as the program executive officer for aircraft carriers.

By Marjorie Censer
January 13, 2021 at 9:04 AM

LinQuest said this week it has named Kent Wilcher chief growth officer.

He most recently was vice president for growth and sales at Jacobs.

"In his new role, Wilcher will be responsible for driving LinQuest's organic expansion by integrating growth efforts across the company, aligning the sales pipeline to company strategy, and leading a high-performing Business Development organization," the company said. "As CGO, he will lead the charge on recompetes and enable new program wins that produce revenue and profit growth for LinQuest."