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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.
Business

CHIPS' Passage Won't Fill General Dynamics' Short-term Chip Needs

The company's Mission Systems arm feels the semiconductor supply crunch more than its others.

Defense Systems

Analysis: The side effects of the 'valley of death'

The "valley of death" problem is real when it comes to government acquisition and technology deployment, so the dialogue on that problem is endless. But when nine out of 10 startups with potentially promising technology fail to cross their own valley, more attention is needed there too.

Defense Systems

Coast Guard picks AT&T as primary telecom provider

The Coast Guard chooses AT&T to consolidate several data communications networks into a single environment under a $161 million task order.

Defense Systems

State Department offers glimpse of $8B IT services contract

The multiple-award contract dubbed "Evolve" is the successor to the Vanguard contract held by Science Applications International Corp. since 2010.

Defense Systems

Roper named CEO of drone company Volansi

Will Roper, the former Air Force acquisition chief, has been named CEO of Volansi, a commercial drone manufacturing company.

Defense Systems

Inside Raytheon's four-year blueprint for growth

Portfolio transformation efforts are largely in the rear-view mirror for Raytheon Technologies, which is now turning toward what the defense giant is calling "operational transformation" of its internal muscle and external pursuits of defense and government business.

Defense Systems

MilCloud adds Amazon Web Services

The Defense Department’s MilCloud 2.0 contract now gives Defense Information Services Agency and other non-combat DOD agencies access to cloud services from Amazon Web Services.

Defense Systems

DISA unveils $11B IT 'Enclave' services solicitation

The Defense Information Systems Agency puts its much-anticipated $11.2 billion 'Enclave Services' contract for broad IT services out for industry to bid.

Defense Systems

CIA awards massive cloud contract

The CIA confirmed the award of its Commercial Cloud Enterprise (C2E) contract to roll out new cloud hosting capabilities for the 17 intelligence agencies.

Defense Systems

NDIA appoints Punaro board chair

The National Defense Industrial Association, one of three main trade groups representing government contractors, has appointed a familiar face to chair its board of directors.

Defense Systems

NDIA appoints Punaro board chair

The National Defense Industrial Association, one of three main trade groups representing government contractors, has appointed a familiar face to chair its board of directors.

Defense Systems

Air Force, AT&T push ahead with 5G testing

The Air Force announced that it will test out AT&T’s 5G networking-as-a-service capabilities at three bases.

Defense Systems

JEDI fight will stretch into 2021

The $10 billion cloud project is already two years behind schedule and has yet to be implemented -- three years after the Defense Department first unveiled the project and almost a full year after Microsoft was first awarded the contract.

Defense Systems

Perspecta takes NGEN protest to court

Perspecta is going to the judicial arena in the company's fight for at least another opportunity to try and keep its large NGEN network services contract with the Navy.

Defense Systems

DOD names contractors as part of nation's critical infrastructure

DOD acquisition chief Ellen Lord has declared that contractors in the defense industrial base are part of the nation's critical infrastructure sector and can continue to report to work during the pandemic.

Defense Systems

AWS seeks Trump deposition in JEDI fight

Amazon Web Services is going right to the top in its protest of the JEDI cloud infrastructure contract awarded to Microsoft by asking for deposition of President Trump and several high level DOD officials.

Defense Systems

JEDI legal fights plays out in two courts

Not one, but two ongoing legal battles over the Defense Department's JEDI cloud infrastructure contract have advanced with many global tech giants in the thick of it.

Defense Systems

Lockheed's board adds former joint chiefs chair

Lockheed Martin's board of directors elects a new member in Joseph Dunford, the most recent Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman.

Defense Systems

Amazon Web Services aims to stop JEDI roll-out

Amazon Web Services has asked for a temporary pause in Defense Department's work with Microsoft on the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure Enterprise cloud contract.

Defense Systems

DOD tries to shut down Oracle's JEDI appeal

Government attorneys argued that Oracle's allegations are moot, now that Microsoft won the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure procurement.