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January 7, 2010
SRA CEO: Total Absurdity

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What’s bothering Stan Sloane? The wind chill? The Skins season? Nope. Try talk of using more fixed price contracts to control government spending. He went to town this morning at the Raymond James Government Services & Technology Summit at the Four Seasons in Georgetown.
SRA CEO Stan Sloane

Stan says fixed price contracts almost destroyed the defense industry, so instead of focusing on price, the government should look to stabilize contract requirements instead of switching to a cost plus model. He also says the government insourcing push will be hard: “DHS says they want to hire a thousand cyber specialists in the next few months. Good luck.”

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Anteon CEO Joe Kampf and ICF International CEO Sudhakar Kesavan

Joe Kampf, who shared a panel with Stan and ICF International CEO Sudhakar Kesavan, says that the government cannot give the same pay-for-performance incentives as industry. Joe also says the cyber security market worries him since “it’s getting too much talk,” and the customer isn’t 100% sure what they want or need. Another benefit of life in industry from Sudhakar: “If you stick around long enough, you’ll become CEO.” Good strategy!

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Argon ST CEO Terry Collins

Argon ST CEO Terry Collins says his company does 49% of its work for the Navy, but that number is shrinking a bit each year. The company won about $80 million (roughly a quarter of annual revenue) last year from government R&D contracts with a focus on projects the company can profitably take into the production stage. Tip from Terry: There's big interest in unmanned underwater vehicles.

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer

Your faithful publisher snapped this last night in Vegas of Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, thanks to close up seats snagged for him by Fed chief Teresa Carlson for the opening of the Consumer Electronics Show. Xbox, Zune, Windows: kind of a preview of their products; Ballmer made the point that tech is pretty strong when you consider how many innovations continued being released and pursued during the last year of recession. The conference gets down to business today with over 2500 exhibitors, including 330 new ones, more than ever; and 200 conference sessions.

CES Crowd

The audience for the keynote is “small,” just 2,500. The overall show, which goes through the weekend, expects attendance of 110,000.

CEA chief Gary Shapiro (with wife Dr. Susan Malinowski

As usual, CEA chief Gary Shapiro (with wife Dr. Susan Malinowski) ran the show. We snapped this at a post-keynote reception he hosted in something called the Tuscany Villa, a ginormous suite (15,000 SF? 18 foot ceilings?) on the 30th floor of the Las Vegas Hilton. We are amazed that we found our way out.  


Following our Federal IT Dictionary earlier this week, we got a great submission from TEDCO federal programs director Ron Kaese, who shares with us a tech support acronym for a particular computer error: A One ‘D’ Ten ‘T’ issue, or ‘ID10T.’

DoD Deputy CIO Dave Wennergren

What are you doing Jan 21? You’re coming to the Rosslyn Spectrum as we host DoD Deputy CIO Dave Wennergren to talk about upcoming opportunities within DoD at our next Bisnow Breakfast & Schmooze. We’ve also lined up VA CIO Roger Baker for February and are building a robust Federal IT event calendar for this year. Keep on the lookout for announcements, and if there is someone you want to come see, email us at techstories@bisnow.com


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