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Richard W. Walker

Richard W. Walker is a freelance writer based in Maryland.

Top 100: SAIC plans for expansion, growth in tentative market

Uncertainty in the market place isn't deterring SAIC's growth plans as it focuses on keeping its current customers happy and targeting new opportunities in cybersecurity and driving down IT infrastructure costs.

TOP 100: Booz Allen ramps up technology skills with new talent

Booz Allen Hamilton sees new hires with new skill sets as critical to growth in the federal market.

TOP 100: GD confident market poised for growth

General Dynamics ranks No. 5 on the 2016 Top 100, and executives there see opportunities for growth in defense, cyber and emerging technologies.

TOP 100: L-3 sees more acquisitions as key to growth

L-3 Communications is using mergers and acquisitions as a tool to position the company for growth opportunities around big data, cyber and sensors with civilian, defense and intelligence customers.

Northrop targets international markets for future opportunities

Northrop Grumman is focused on international opportunities as a way to counter contraction in the U.S. market and its taking its core -- cyber, C4ISR, unmanned and logistics -- global.

Industry execs see steady improvement as market moves forward

The government market has shown real signs of improvement and executives at a Deltek conference expressed optimism. Where do they see the signs of a market on the rise?

FireEye, Mandiant merger named best cyber deal

FireEye's $843.5 million acqiusition of Mandiant was the best cyber-related deal of 2013, but it's also a lesson on the power of strategic partnerships and identifying complementary capabilities.

Mission alignment drives biggest deal of the year

Cisco Systems knew it needed to take a more holistic approach to security, and its $2.7 billion acquisition of SourceFire is seen as a major step in that direction.

Afghan IG wants closer ties with contractors

With $20 billion in the pipeline for Afghan reconstruction, the special IG tracking the work wants closer ties with contractors to tap lessons learned and for fighting corruption and barriers to competition.

Thad Allen on cybersecurity's growing complexity

Retired Coast Guard admiral and Booz Allen executive Thad Allen explains the dangers to critical infrastructures as they face natural and man-made threats made all the more complex because of growing cybersecurity dangers.

ManTech optimism weathers downturn

Founder and CEO George Pedersen focuses on intell, cyber and health care as company works through the revenue hit of the Afghan drawdown. ManTech holds steady as a top 20 contractor on the 2013 Washington Technology Top 100 company.

Northrop realigns, cuts costs to improve performance

Northrop Grumman approach to a tighter federal market includes realignment, new leaders and a focus on its four pillars of expertise.

Focus on BD, M&A fuels CACI strategy

New CACI CEO Ken Asbury leads with business development as a primary focus for the company's growth but don't think that merges and acquisitions are going to be forgotten.

GD keeps steady in turbulent seas

With a new slate of leaders running the company General Dynamics puts its focus on meeting its customers' missions with offerings built around mobile, IT, mission support and ISR.

Uncertain budgets hit small businesses hard

Budget cuts, gridlock in Congress, regulatory burdens, rising corporate costs and a climate of fiscal uncertainty are proving more troublesome for smaller government contractors, but some are seeing some signs for optimism.

FAST 50: Inside Octo's repeat appearance

Octo Consulting Group targets hot market niches such as health IT and big data for growth as it expands its offerings.

Fast 50: How Universal Understanding grabbed the top spot

Universal Understanding says it owes its Fast 50 ranking to deep technical expertise and wise use of small-business programs. Here's how they did it.

Top 100: Diversity keeps ITT Exelis bullish

ITT Exelis stays upbeat as it pursue a diverse set of projects across multiple markets.

Top 100: Market turbulence doesn't deter Boeing investments

The company continues to make acquisitions and invest in research in new growth markets. Where are they putting their money?

Top 100: General Dynamics puts focus on staying relevant

The market may go up and down, but General Dynamics banks on staying relevant as a key to its success.