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Ross Wilkers

Senior Staff Reporter

Ross Wilkers
Ross Wilkers covers the business of government contracting, 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 WT 360 podcast that features discussions with the market's leading executives and voices. Ross is a native of Northern Virginia and is an alumnus of George Mason University.
Science & Tech

Don't forget about 'old-fashioned' AI

For all of the hype aboutChatGPT and its generative ilk, older machine-learning tools and techniques are still useful and getting better.

Science & Tech

Pentagon preps for $48B tech-research contracts

Officials released more details on bidding for work that will support the preservation and distribution of defense research and analysis.

Business

Why BAE is paying $5.5B to acquire Ball's aerospace unit

BAE's largest-ever acquisition deal takes aim at the rapidly growing space sector.

Policy

NATO creates $1.1B fund for tech startups

The U.S. and Canada have yet to join the effort, which resembles the U.S. intelligence community's In-Q-Tel.

Business

Space-Imagery Firm Maxar to Go Private

With government contracts under its belt and a new constellation on the way, the company is to be acquired by a private-equity firm for $4B.

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

DOD asks for extension on JEDI review

The Defense Department requested an extension to a stay in a lawsuit before announcing any revisions to the award in the $10 billion Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure cloud deal.

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.