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December 5, 2008
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What’s better than one party? Two parties! We gave our picture-taking finger (and our liver) a workout last night at INPUT’s eighth Annual Holiday Party, which featured a mere 1,200 government contracting-types at the McLean Hilton; then off to Digital Sandbox’s 10th Anniversary shindig down the street. Don’t congratulate us; pity us—there’s only so much eggnog you can drink when you’re on duty.


GTSI COO Scott Friedlander, INPUT’s Tom Hewitt, ITAA’s Olga Grkavac, INPUT CEO Tim Dowd (named in May) and ubiquitous board member (and former FedData CEO) Dan Young. So about those merger talks between ITAA and the American Electronics Association? Olga tells us an announcement approving the merger could be made Tuesday if things go according to plan. (See, you didn’t believe us when we said we work these things.) Olga’s heading to Wisconsin for her brother’s wedding later this month, where we assume the bride will arrive on a snowmobile.


ICG’s Walt Rogers, Deep Water Point’s Bill Jones, Harris Technologies’ Dan Arnold, ca’s Rick Keebaugh and SI International CEO Brad Antle. Brad tells us Serco’s acquisition of SI is expected to be approved by the end of this month. He plans to move on from the company and start doing a little “small business consulting.” Walt tells us he just got back from Tuscaloosa, Ala. where he saw the Crimson Tide trounce Auburn in the Iron Bowl, which is good news for his son, who owns four bars near campus.


Centech Group’s Ed Gaulrapp, INPUT’s Doug White, INDUS Vice Chair Carleton Jones and Deep Water Point’s Scott Hastings. You may remember Scott as the CIO at DHS’ U.S. Visitor and Immigrant Status Indicator Technology (US-VISIT) program. Ed tells us his company is a prime on the Air Force’s NETCENTS 2 contract, along with Homeland Security’s EAGLE program. Michael Phelps may be Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year, but Ed may his equivalent in the pool (at least among the older set). “I swim the same events he does, plus a few more, and win just as much,” Ed says.


Immix Group CEO Jeff Copeland, Freddie Mac’s Sinead Dinkel and Morrison & Foerster’s Tom Knox. Jeff tells us his company is about to announce a number of acquisitions (like sometime in the next few weeks), but sadly could not talk about them last night, so we’ll have to wait like everyone else. And if Sinead’s last name is familiar, it’s because she’s the daughter of FedResults president Bob Dinkel, who is banned from TechBisnow until at least April (although he somehow snuck into yesterday’s Real Estate).


IT Fusion’s Matt Martin, ASBC President Maggie Timberlake with her husband (and ASBC CEO) Guy Timberlake, CNI’s Lavika Bhagat S and ITFX’s Chuck Abare. Chuck tells us his company is helping the Dept. of Labor automate the federal budget system (yeah, they’re nuts). Lavika tells us CNI is a charity started by Criterion Systems that helps combat child trafficking. Speaking of Criterion...


It’s EVPs Kevin Coyne and Bill Cimino. Kevin tells us the company created “the cube”:  a 20x20x20 (that’s inches) super computer that’s rugged enough for the military to use in theater. It’s been so successful, Criterion created a spin-off company called Criterion HPS that specifically creates and sells the computer. Outside the office, Kevin likes to drive BMWs in competitive road races.


Citizant co-founder and president Alba Aleman and Cliff Lowrie. The big news at Citizant these days is the arrival of biz dev guru Fiona Barshow, who closed more than $500 million in deals in her five years at SRA International. We also have to mention Cliff worked with our Tech reporter’s dad Bob Stegon at Westinghouse, saying he was a mentor and “always dressed immaculately and smelled nice.” (Editor’s Note: Our reporter is still working on these things, to say the least.)

Digital Sandbox a Perfect 10!

One party is never enough, so last night we dropped in Digital Sandbox’s 10th Anniversary celebration at its McLean headquarters. (The company name comes from military gaming simulations on “sand tables” that gave them initial ideas for their risk management software.) Pictured are Digital Sandbox co-founders Anthony Beverina (second from left) and Bryan Ware (second from right) with CNA’s Tim Beres, Delilah Geldart, David Kaufman and LA Levy.


Here’s Anthony and Brian again, this time with ESRI’s Gary Waters (not of Pink Floyd), Leslie Connolly and Jeff Sopel. Bryan tells us Digital Sandbox and ESRI were recently awarded a $17 million contract to do strategic risk analysis for FEMA. If you think that’s cool, Digital Sandbox is going to the Super Bowl in Tampa. They’re doing risk analysis for the game itself and the surrounding events, including the Playboy and Maxim parties.

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