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Ross Wilkers

Senior Staff Reporter

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.
Companies

Enlightenment Capital closes new $540M fund

Fund IV's final amount is double that of the last one the government market investment firm raised.

Podcasts

PROJECT 38: Lumen's '4th Industrial Revolution' push in the public sector

The "Fourth Industrial Revolution" is about both technological advancement and rapid societal change. It is also in Lumen Technologies' corporate mission and drives its federal strategy as explained to our Ross Wilkers by Zain Ahmed, senior vice president of public sector at company no. 31 on our 2022 Top 100.

Contracts

BAE wins $12B ballistic missile support recompete

The company has been the lead systems integrator for the nuclear triad's land portion since 2013.

Companies

Mercury Systems reaches pacts with activist shareholders

Two well-known government market executives will join the board as a result.

Contracts

Acquisition shops inside government need workers too

Government contractors talk up the talent fight all the time as their watch-item, but what of the teams that award the work?

Podcasts

PROJECT 38: How the convergence of digital and physical drive Parsons' growth

Parsons Corp. was born an engineering company in 1944 and still is. But software is also a core component in both federal and infrastructure markets as our Ross Wilkers heard from Peter Torrellas, president of the company's connected communities business.

Top 100

TOP 100: Inside L3Harris' plan to disrupt the defense market

Company No. 10 on our 2022 Top 100 rankings is implementing a strategy it says askews a 'business as usual' approach in favor of doing things differently.

Top 100

TOP 100: Lumen’s strategy goes beyond its network modernization base

The No. 31 company on our 2022 Top 100 is also focused on execution for the task orders it has booked under the EIS contract vehicle to transform agency networks.

Companies

Leonardo DRS finds transaction partner to take it public

Interest in listing the DRS business on the stock market never wavered even after a planned IPO was nixed.

Contracts

GSA issues final batch of STARS III awards

The potential $50 billion IT services and solutions vehicle feeds into the White House's larger procurement equity push.

Companies

DMI appoints new growth chief

She joins the company within a year of its private equity owner joining the fold.

Companies

SilverEdge hires new human resources leader

Private equity firm Godspeed Capital formed the company out of three acquisitions.

Contracts

BAE wins $699M DOD supercomputing services contract

Work will support the Defense Department's network of centers that house high-performance computing capabilities.

Companies

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.

Companies

Vectrus stockholders green-light merger with Vertex

The companies expect to close their transaction in the third quarter of this year.

Companies

C2 Technologies adds new senior VP

Her new areas of responsibility at C2TI will cover customers, business operations and strategic growth

Companies

BlackSky elevates new finance chief

The nearly three-decade industry veteran also held the CFO role at what was then DigitalGlobe and GeoEye.

Companies

Ad Hoc makes acquisition for user experience footing

The digital services company wants to align with agencies' efforts to embrace techniques and tools found in the consumer technology landscape.

Companies

Akima brings in new growth chief

The 16-year veteran of Jacobs helped that company carry out its acquisition of KeyW Corp. in 2019.

Companies

CNSI stands up board of directors

The eight-member panel includes several executives from CNSI's private equity owner.