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Rockville-based energy engineering company Argan, Inc (NYSE: AGX) is teaming up with Chicago-based Exelon (NYSE: EXC) to pursue a Massachusetts energy plant contract.

Pending approval from Massachusetts regulators, a dual-fuel 200 MW simple cycle peaking power plant could be completed by 2018. Exelon already owns the West Medway Generating Station adjacent to site of the proposed plant.

Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin and Montgomery College are teaming up create healthcare technologies covering wide range of health related areas from national-scale genomics to big data.

The launch of the Healthcare Technology Alliance could help grow the Health Information Technology sector in Montgomery County as well as form synergies between established industries like biotechnology and promising ones like cyber security.

In addition to Lockheed Martin and Montgomery College, the founding members of the alliance include Cisco, Cloudera, Illumina, Intel.

The topic of concussions in sports has taken on a lot of awareness of the last few years especially in football. That’s one of the reasons why National Harbor, Md.-based XLNTbrain Sport was selected by the Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) to further educate and check student athletes over the course of the 2015-2016 school year.

Adding to a growing list of Montgomery County IPOs in the past year, another energy company – a spin off of SunEdison – will go public this week.

TerraForm Global (NASDAQ: GLBL) with headquarters at 7550 Wisconsin Avenue will be next to it's sister yieldco TerraForma Power (NASDAQ: TERP).

Bethesda-based TerraForm Power (Nasdaq: TERP) is going to get a large piece of a $2.2 billion solar deal involving SunEdison (NYSE: SUNE) and Vivint Solar (NYSE: VSLR).

Maryland Heights, Miss-based SunEdison is among the world's largest renewable energy companies and is transforming the way it's produced, owned , and distributed far and wide and is about to get much larger with the closing of this deal.

Defense contractor Leidos wont have to go far to perform a contract it secured from the U.S. Armed force Research Laboratory (ARL).

Montgomery County has placed it's bet on cybersecurity, making some ambitious moves to make sure it's a major player in the young and fast-growing industry, that includes converting a biotechnology incubator in Rockville to become the home of the newly formed National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE).

The NCCoE was created under the National Institute of Standards and Technology (a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce with a large campus in Gaithersburg) to provide solutions to cybersecurity businesses on a national level.

Montgomery County has placed its bet on cybersecurity, making some ambitious moves to make sure it's a major player in the young and fast-growing industry, which includes converting a biotechnology incubator in Rockville to become the home of the newly formed National Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (NCCoE).

The NCCoE was created under the National Institute of Standards and Technology (a branch of the U.S. Department of Commerce with a large campus in Gaithersburg) to provide solutions to cybersecurity businesses on a national level.

The Chief Financial Officer of Hanover, Md-based Ciena Corporation (NYSE: CEIN) filed the following stock transaction dated July 15, 2015 with the SEC.

James E. Moylan Jr., Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ciena Corporation disposed of 1,000 common stock shares at an average price of $24.57 on July 15, 2015. Moylan held 390,227 shares after the transaction.

The sold shares are valued at approximately $24,570. The transaction adheres to a trading plan dated 10/15/14 under Rule 10b5-1.

Bruce L. Claflin is better known as Advanced Micro Devices, Inc (NASDAQ:AMD) chairman of the board, but the technology chipmaker chairman also acts as one the directors for Hanover, Md-based Ciena Corporation.

Claflin filed an SEC transaction form on July 13, 2015, for a transaction involving Ciena corp stock on the same day. 400 shares of the company stock was disposed of at an average price of $23.92 per share. Claflin held 61,362 shares of network technology maker's stock after the transaction.

The total value of the shares was $9,568.

Only a day after splitting from Gannett, newly formed Tegna Inc (NYSE: TGNA), is already making it's own investment in another business.

The McLean, Va-based company has taken a stake in the Video Call Center, LLC (VCC). The company with a facility in Palisades, NY has patented video technology that allows them to create original content from video callers using television workflow processes.

Hanover, MD-based Ciena Corporation (NYSE:CIEN) president & CEO made the following stock transactions filed between June 24 and 25, 2015.

Gary B. Smith acquired and disposed of the following four sets of common stock shares on June 24 and 25, 2015.

  • Acquired of 4,800 common stock shares at an average price of $16.52, with a value of $79,296.

  • Disposed of 4800 common Stock shares at an average price of $25.109, with a value of $120,523.20.

Bethesda, Maryland-based Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is expected to close on the purchase of a Massachusetts-based cyber security company within the next 30 days.

Lockheed Martin is making a strategic move to not only grow in the relatively new cyber security sector but also diversify its services beyond Federal government contracts. The U.S. Federal government is in the midst of cutting defense spending and dumping large amounts of office space in favor of smaller spaces in the Washington, D.C. area.

Fulton, Maryland-based Colfax Corporation (NYSE:CFX) has made another large acquisition; less than three years after purchasing Charter International PLC in September 2011 for $2.4 billion.

Following suit of a successful opening weekend, the rest of DC Week 2012 proved to be an outstanding gathering of the Metro-area’s brightest minds in the tech industry.

Herndon-based Volkswagen Group of America reported its best September since 1972 with 36,663 units sold, making it the company's 25th consecutive monthly increase with a 34.4 percent jump year-over-year.

A swarm of frustrated Americans descended upon the District of Columbia on Saturday afternoon, to participate in the first national mobilization against hydraulic fracturing.  The process involves injecting incredible amounts of water and chemicals into the earth, which cracks, thus creating a pathway for trapped natural gas to escape.

Herndon-based Volkswagen Group of America reported nearly 40,000 units sold last month with the sales increase led by the new Passat flagship sedan.

Volkswagen of America sold total units of 38,170; 34.2 percent or nearly 10k more than June of 2011 when 28,444 units were driven off dealer lots.

The Jetta model line sold continued as the volume leader with 13,604 units sold but down 20.5 percent. 10,252 Passat sedans were sold to take second place. The Golf model line managed to increase 23.6 percent to 4,092.

Bethesda-based defense giant Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), was awarded a large contract for missile production from the U.S. Air Force.

The $241 Million contract was provided for the Lot 10 production of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) Extended Range (ER) variant.

Under the Lot 10 contract Lockheed Martin will produce 191 baseline missiles, 30 ER missiles, Test Instrumentation Kits and provide systems engineering support at its Troy, Alabama facility.

After formally announcing plans for a campus consolidation more than a year ago, the speculation as to whether jobs would leave its northern Virginia campus have proven to be true.

Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE:XOM) will move jobs from itsRefining and Supply Company; Research and Engineering Company and ExxonMobil Fuels, Lubricants & Specialties Marketing Company all based at its Fairfax County location, to the Houston, Texas metro area.

Fulton, Maryland-based Colfax Corporation (NYSE: CFX), has taken interest in another foreign mechanical technology supplier after the acquisition of Charter international which has propelled the companies quarterly revenues to figures approaching $1 billion.

The manufacturing and engineering company said it would pay $235 million for Soldex S.A, a welding products supplier based in the South American country of Peru. Soldex has manufacturing plants in Lima, Peru and Bogota, Colombia.

Fulton, MD-based industrial engineering firm Colfax Corp (NYSE:CFX)President and Chief Executive Officer made the following stock transactions on April 22, 2012.

Steve Simms acquired 350,000 common stock shares under an Employee Stock Option plan, at an exercise price of $31.98 under general transaction code A (Grant, award or other acquisition pursuant to Rule 16b-3(d)).

Columbia-based cyber security firm SourceFire Inc (NASDAQ: FIRE),President and Chief Operating Officermade the following stock transactions on April 17, 2012.

Tom McDonough disposed of 4,000 common stock shares range of $49.02 to $49.69, with an average price of $49.4008, and totaling $197,603.20 under general transaction code S (Open market or private sale of non-derivative or derivative security). 69,867beneficially and directly owned shares remained April 17, 2012.

Washington, D.C.-based Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR) posted a 31 percent increase in sales to $4.3 billion in the first quarter of 2012 ended March 30, 2012. The company's sales were $1 billion higher than a year ago.

Off those revenues Danaher pulled in earnings of $520.1 million or $0.73 cents per diluted share, a 19.7 percent increase. Earnings jumped $0.12 cents from the same period last year when earnings were $0.61 cents per diluted share.

A subsidiary of defense contractor General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), will aid the United States Navy in building the Virginia-class submarine, SSN-792.

General Dynamics Electric Boat was awarded a $78 million contract to supply components including steam and electrical-plant parts, the main propulsion unit, the ship-service turbine generator set, as well as machinery for miscellaneous hull, mechanical and electrical-systems.  

The program is expected to save on ship production costs, including labor, while maintaining overall ship efficiency.

Gaithersburg-based internet technology firm BroadSoft Inc (NASDAQ: BSFT) President and Chief Executive Officer made the following stock transactions on April 16, 2012.

Michael Tessler acquired 10,000 common stock shares at an average price of $2.40, totaling $24,000 under general transaction code M (Exercise or conversion of derivative security exempted pursuant to Rule 16b-3). 225,573 beneficially and directly owned shares remained April 16, 2012.

Linthicum, Md- based computer networking firm, Ciena Corp (NASDAQ:CIEN) President and Chief Executive Officer, Gary B. Smith made an amendment to stock transactions on March 21, 2012.

Gary B. Smith disposed of 2935 Common Stock shares at an average price of $15.662, totaling $45,967.97 under general transaction code S (Open market or private sale of non-derivative or derivative security). 432,300 beneficially and directly owned shares remained March 21, 2012.

McLean-based Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (PTGi) (NYSE: PTGI) has entered an agreement to sell off its Australian subsidiary for approximately $200 million.

Selling off the Melborne-based subsidiary does not require stock holders approval and has been received consent from PTGi Board of Directors and as well as a previously established special committee of the Board of Directors

D.C.-based Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR) wants to buy Grand Rapids, MI-based X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT) and has made a cash offer to acquire all outstanding shares of the technology company.

Danaher would pay $5.55 per share for X-Rite stock for a total offer price of approximately $625 million including debt.

X-Rite specializes in color measurement technology and includes design industry color provider Pantone. If the merger goes through X-Rite would become part of Danaher's Product Identification group.

Herndon-based Volkswagen of America reported its percent best monthly March sales total since 1973. The German automaker was able to increase sales by 34.6 percent but this time led by more than one model line surpassing the 10k mark.

Volkswagen of America sold 36,588 units; it is the sixth month that the automaker surpassed at least a 30 percent increase in sales and the 31st consecutive month of sales increases.

Fairfax-based ManTech International Corporation (NASDAQ:MANT) finished its purchase of cyber security firm HBGary. The Sacramento, ca-based company produces software that targets malware and other computer threats. ManTech will absorb HBGary into a new business unit called Mission, Cyber, & Intelligence Solutions (MCIS) group. Ken Silva, Senior Vice President of Cyber Strategy will lead the unit.

Falls Church- based defense contractor General Dynamics (NYSE:GD)Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jay L. Johnson made the following stock transactions on March 26, 2012.

Jay L. Johnson acquired 507,664 Common Stock shares at an average price of $40.09, totaling $20,352,249.76 under general transaction code M (Exercise or conversion of derivative security exempted pursuant to Rule 16b-3). 792,855 beneficially and directly owned shares remained March 26, 2012.

Falls Church-based defense contractor General Dynamics (NYSE:GD)was awarded part of a $1.9 billion contract through its General Dynamics Information Technology subsidiary.

General Dynamics was part of 26 awardees that won the contract to support the Ogden Air Logistics Center (OO-ALC), Hill Air Force Base, in Utah.

Mclean-based government contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) reported its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 financial results after hours, posting lower revenues and a net loss.

The company also announced the initiation of a quarterly dividend of $0.12 cents per share available April 30, 2012 to share holders on record by April 15, 2012.

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) announced today a firm-fixed-price contract from the U.S. Air Force.

The defense contractor will provide Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure (LAIRCM) systems and support.

Under the $334 million contract Fairfax county-based Northrop Grumman will have until April 2014 to provide the Air Force with LAIRCM technology that will automatically detect a missile launch. Once detected as a threat, the LAIRCM system will activate a high-intensity laser to track and destroy the missile.

A $46 million contract has been awarded to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

TSA, an agency part of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has tasked SAIC with the responsibility of hazardous materials management and disposal services. The services provided will include training programs, treatment storage, and disposal of hazardous waste that will total more than $1.5 million pounds per year.

Gas- and fluid-handling technology company Colfax Corporation (NYSE: CFX) released financial results this morning but posted earnings results that surprised investors and analysts.

Colfax reported a 6.7 percent increase in net sales to $177.79 million for the fourth quarter 2011 compared to $166.65 million in the same period of 2010. The average analyst estimate for sales was $189.73 million. For the full year Colfax had $693.4 million in net sales a 27.9 percent increase.

Before getting bought itself by Chicago-based Exelon Corp (NYSE: EXC), Baltimore-based Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG) announced that it has completed the purchase of ONEOK Energy Marketing Company (NYSE: OKE).

The Tulsa, Oklahoma-based retail natural gas marketing company was acquired for $22.5 million and has 26,000 customers in Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Texas, Nebraska, Wyoming and Illinois.

Volkswagen of America sales increased sales 47.9 percent in the first month of 2012

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) fourth quarter earnings results showed significant improvement over the same time period in 2010 despite lower revenue. The defense contractor's earnings were also far and away from what analysts had predicted.

General Dynamics' (NYSE: GD) Armament and Technical Products business unit was given a contract by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) for work on the F-35 Lightning II Gun System also known as GAU-22/A.

D.C.-based Danaher Corporation (NYSE: DHR) fourth quarter financial results showed double digit increases in revenues as well as for earnings but the company barely made it past analyst estimates on a per share basis.

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On the main campus of the George Washington University, top strategists in Social Media marketing, including those from Facebook, Discovery Communications and MTV gathered for the annual What’s Next D.C. conference.

Staying true to the theme of progress and prosperity, Tod Plotkin, Principal of Green Buzz Agency, hosted the annual What’s Next D.C. conference, providing business types the chance to improve their strategies.

Lockheed Martin's 2012 financial outlook was virtually flat with net sales estimated to fall between $45 billion and $46 billion.

 

The defense contractor blamed the fall on its Switzerland-based aircraft-completions business

The U.S. Patent And Trademark Office (USPTO) has a large presence in the D.C. area with a 2.5 million square foot facility on King Street in Alexandria 

Volkswagen of America sales increased sales 39.6 percent in October

Changes are supposed to take effect January 4, 2011. Official Payments Corporation is wholly owned subsidiary of Official Payments Holdings, Inc.

Energy provider AES Corporation (NYSE: AES) announced today that one of its wholly owned subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy protection.

The Arlington-based company said that the fling by subsidiary AES Eastern Energy will not affect its diluted earnings per share, adjusted earnings per share or cash flow for its annual 2011 financial results.

In another filling AES noted that the Eastern Energy subsidiary and its affiliates are indirectly wholly owned.

Fairfax-based ICF International (NASDAQ:ICFI) announced that it has completed the acquisition of Richmond, Va-based Ironworks Consulting L.L.C.

Times was running out for a major lease set to expire in 2013 at the Silver Spring Metro Center, but the anchor tenant -- the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) -- has decided to stay and renew its lease for another 15 years. The administration has called the urban high-rise office buildings home since 1990.

Kollmorgen Electro-Optical is expected to be sold for $210 million

ICF will pay $100 million for Ironworks if the agreement follows through

The $66 million contract will last for another two years through 2013 with the option for a three-year extension beyond that time frame

Fulton, Maryland-based Colfax Corporation (NYSE: CFX), has announced that it has purchased a national supplier of oil flushing and remediation services for $34 million.

COT-PURITECHwith current headquarters in Canton, Ohio reported $20 million in annual revenues last year by supplying its products to refinery and petrochemical operators, power generation plants and other industrial manufacturing sites according to the release.

Lockheed Martin will supply spare units and parts and says the TSS will include state-of-the-art functionality

Volkswagen of America sales increased sales 39.6 percent in October

Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is an American global aerospace, defense, security, and advanced technology company, headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. With annual revenues of over $45 Billion, Lockheed Martin is the largest publicly traded company in the D.C. area.

Lockheed’s dividend yield is 5.27, its payout ratio is 36.64 and its ex-dividend date is November 29, 2011.

Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI)with headquarters in the Tysons Corner area of McLean, has won another contract by the General Services Administration (GSA). This time SAIC will deliver telecommunication equipment and related services under the competitive indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract.  

The multiple-award, three year performance period, IDIQ contract has a potential peak value of $5 Billion with all options exercised.

The new campus will contain over 14,000 employees when completed

National security federal contractor, ManTech International Corporation (NASDAQ: MANT) reported that it has completed the acquisition of Seabrook, MD-based Worldwide Information Network Systems for $90 Million in cash.

The announcement for Mantech to purchase the Prince George's County global information technology firm was made less than a month ago on October 27, 2011.

Primus reported a net loss of $10.0 million, or $-0.73 cents per basic and diluted common share

Bethesda-based OPNET Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPNT), delivered record financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2012 and also declared its quarterly dividend.

The network performance management solutions provider said revenue totaled $41.9 million compared to $36.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal year 2011. Revenue fell short of the average analyst estimate of $43.23 million and low estimate of $42.15 million.

The loss was due to two considerable non-cash charges

Gaithersburg-based BroadSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ: BSFT) reported record financial results with increases in both revenue and net income.

The global Internet protocol-based provider said total revenue increased 60 percent to $35.7 million in the third quarter ended September 30, 2011. In the same period of 2010, revenue was just $22.3 million.

Net income totaled $7.3 million or $0.26 cents per diluted share, a year-over-year GAAP increase of 83 percent compared to only $1.2 million or $0.05 cents per basic and diluted share.

The company would be absorbed into General Dynamics Land Systems unit

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With so many positive reactions from band members and patrons alike, the rest of DCWeek is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

Fairfax-based Geeknet, Inc. (Nasdaq:GKNT) reported third quarter 2011 financial results today which included another net loss for the quarter.

The online gadget retailer posted a net loss of $2.7 million or $-0.42 cents per diluted share in the third quarter ended September 30, 2011. That was better than the net loss of $3.9 million or $-0.64 million per share in the same time last year.

Recorded revenue for the third quarter of 2011 was $19.7 million versus $14.7 million in the 2010 third quarter.

Reston-based comScore, Inc. (NASDAQ: SCOR), kept with tradition as in previous quarters to report a net loss for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011.

comScore is a provider of digital statistics based on data accumulated on the web. The company continued a net loss of $3.9 million or $-0.12 per basic and diluted share which increased from the net loss of $2.1 million in the same time last year. The average analyst estimate for the net loss was $-0.25 cents per share, the company missed the high estimate of $-0.07 cents per share.

Audi of America sales increased sales 25.8 percent in October

Volkswagen of America sales increased sales 39.6 percent in October

Government technology contractor ICF International, Inc. (NASDAQ:ICFI), released financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2011 that exceeded analyst estimates.

Net Income amounted to $9.3 million or $0.47 cents per diluted share in the third quarter 2011, an increase of 26.3 percent compared to $7.4 million or $0.38 cents per diluted share in the same period of 2010.

The average analyst estimate was $0.45 cents and the company also beat the high estimate of $0.46 cents.

The purchase of Cequint, Inc a year ago made a positive impact on revenue

Metro Machine Corp employees will now become part of the General Dynamics NASSCO unit

Non-GAAP net income beat the average analyst estimate of $0.30 cents

Overall earnings reversed from a net loss of $1.4 billion

The purchase is expected to be completed in November 2011

Falls Church-based Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE: NOC) posted an improved quarter net income with earnings up 16 percent to $520 million, or $1.86 per diluted share compared to $448 million, or $1.51 per diluted share, in the same time last year.

Sales from operations amounted to $6.6 billion which was down from $7.0 billion in the third quarter of 2010.

Northrop Grumman raised 2011 guidance for EPS from continuing operations from $6.75 to $6.90 to $6.95 to $7.05.

Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin's (NYSE: LMT), Lockheed Martin UK subsidiary was selected by the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence to lead the upgrade of the British Army's Warrior Armoured Fighting Vehicle.

The defense giant will get 642 million pounds (approximately $1 billion) as part of a larger 1 billion pounds (approximately $1.6 billion) contract.

The Howard County company beat average analyst estimates for earnings by a penny.

SAIC will upgrade the 210 Reveal Imaging CT-80 systems to its successor, the CT-80DR.

Under the contract SAIC will support the United States Fleet Forces Command (USFF).

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Reston-based Access National Corporation (NASDAQ: ANCX) which is the parent to Access National Bank reported year-over-year increase of 27.8 percent in the third quarter ended September 30, 2011 net income, which amounted to $3.1 million in third quarter 2011 or $0.30 cents per diluted shareversus $2.4 million or $0.23 cents per diluted share. The nationally chartered bank posted a decline in total assets, amounting to $765.5 million compared to $831.8 million at the end of December 31, 2010.

The company's power division will retain and continue operations at its Frederick location.

The $429 Million modified contract was initially awarded in October 2010 and has a potential worth of $1.2 billion

Overall, there will be a total of 512,000 square feet of space utilized for solar panel installation

The fast growing IP software maker is expected to complete the acquisition of Helsinki, Finland-based Movial Applications by 2012.

The defense contractor has set a goal to reduce its operational green house emissions by 25 percent.

General Dynamics C4 will provide services for the Wideband Networking Waveform (WNW) Software

The solar panel system is the final phase of a nearly 12,000 solar panel installation on six acres.

The information produced will focus on several areas including child abuse, child welfare, and adoption.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has chosen Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) (NYSE: CSC) to lead a task order for emergency priority telecommunications services.

Like its mainstream counterpart, sales gains were supported by the launch of all-new vehicles for the 2012 model year.

The 35.6% increase was fueled by all-new vehicles launches for the 2012 model year.

The contract also allows local minority owned business to deliver 30% of the City’s IT services.

The new regional office will be designated as the "South Central Region"

The $60 Million development will produce power for the University System of Maryland and the state of Maryland's Department of General Services.

The company CEO said the listing on the NYSE is an evolutionary step for the company which has made strategic investments and boosted its balance sheet.

Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) has completed its acquisition of QTC Holdings Inc moving deeper into the healthcare industry.

Lockheed Martin originally broadcasted the intent to purchase QTC Holdings on August 22, 2011. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

The defense giant said the layoffs are part of the company's goal to increase operational efficiency.

McLean-based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) won a contract from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide services to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Data Warehouse (HDW).

The Health Data Warehouse is a depository official to the HRSA including health related information, statistical data, and HRSA activities.

SAIC will provide services including maintenance, enhancements and overall operations support.

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) held its fourth conference this week at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C.

The case, PharmAthene Inc (PIP) vs. SIGA Technologies Inc., CA2627, was decided today in Delaware Chancery Court in Wilmington.

Continuing a contract initialized in March 2008, defense giant Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) received another order to produce the Target Sight System (TSS) also know as the fire control system in the AH-1Z Cobra attack helicopter used by the U.S. Marine Corps.

McLean-based Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (NYSE: PTGI), wholly owned subsidiary Primus Telecommunications Canada Inc won a multi-year contract from Canadian firm, Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo), one of the largest financial investment managers in the country.

The federal government contractor was nominated for the award because it was noted to deliver NASA contracts on budget.

CSC said that it has purchased what is claimed to be the largest pure-play software testing and quality management service provider in the world.

General Dynamics' (NYSE: GD) General Dynamics C4 Systems division received a large five-year contract from the U.S. Army Contracting Command - Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland.

Falls Church-based General Dynamics will be involved in the Common Hardware Systems-4 (CHS-4) program.

McLean-Based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) said former Rockville-based BAE Systems Inc Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications, Lucy Reilly Fitch will become their own Senior VP of Corporate Communications.

One of the largest purchases of any company in the last few weeks was announced today by Maryland-Based Colfax Corporation.

Colfax Corporation (NYSE: CFX) has made a global purchase by acquiring Ireland-based Charter International plc (LON: CHTR, LSE: CHTR).

Geeknet, Inc. (Nasdaq:GKNT), which moved its headquarters from California to Fairfax County, Va last year has replaced its current CEO for ThinkGeek.

Colon Washburn will become President and Chief Executive Officer replacing Caroline Offutt who will remain a consultant of the Geeknet subsidiary.

Baltimore-based Constellation Energy (NYSE: CEG) will now be able to offer homeowners in Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Massachusetts, Ohio and Pennsylvania solar panels, service and installation via leasing options.

In Maryland, the products and services will be offered under the Constellation Energy's Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) Home subsidiary. The remaining states will be serviced under the Powered by Constellation Energy brand.

Internet protocol-based software provider BroadSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ: BSFT) has implemented the strategy of making acquisitions to keep up its fast growing sales and profits.

BroadSoft announced after market hours Wednesday, that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Phoenix, AZ-based iLinc Communications (PINK:ILNC). iLinc specializes in web conferencing services for global organizations and has Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) that offers real-time web meetings.

Defense giant, Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) won a contract from the U.S. Air force to supply paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) GBU-12 guidance kits.

The agreement is part of an overall five-year, $475 million multiple-award contract initiated August 1, 2011. Lockheed Martin took majority share of an initial $134 million paveway II Plus LGB procurement, the defense contractor's portion totaled $100.5 Million.

Colfax Corporation (NYSE: CFX) which recently moved its corporate headquarters from the Richmond, Va area to Fulton, Md in Howard County, said it has confirmed rumors that it has been in talks with Charter International plc (LSE: CHTR) for a possible acquisition.

The supplier of industrial products like pumps and valves, announced that it was in preliminary discussions to make an all-cash offer to buy Charter International.

New month, same trend. Herndon-based Volkswagen of America Inc. (PINK:VLKAY), Audi of America unit continues to gain momentum in 2011, the luxury brand recorded its best August in history and its eighth consecutive monthly increase.

Audi August 2011 totaled 10,201 units, surpassing the previous record of 9,182 units in August of 2010.

Herndon-based Volkswagen of America Inc. (PINK:VLKAY), reported sales in August of 25,232 units, an increase of 20.7 % compared to last year. Much of the increase was due to the Jetta model line, which sold 14,500 units compared to 10,667 in August of 2010.

Linthicum, MD-based Ciena Corporation (NASDAQ: CIEN), stock spiked from around $12 a share to nearly $15 a share at close yesterday on over 29 Million in volume. The stock was down over 6% in afternoon trading today to $13.80 as traders sold for profit under pressure of negative economic news.

Ciena was a popular search for traders and investors which led to a spot on Google Finance's most popular list of stocks. The company reduced losses in its recently announced fiscal third quarter 2011 results.

Orbital Sciences will provide services for the production of the Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite-2 (ICESat-2).

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), a defense contractor based in the D.C. area announced that its General Dynamics C4 Systems business unit was awarded a contract from the U.S. Air Force's Global Broadcast Service (GBS) Joint Program Office at Hanscom Air Force Base in Massachusetts.

Mclean-based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) announced financial results that fell across-the-board in its 2012 second quarter fiscal report.

The defense contractor's second quarter of fiscal year 2012 ended July 31, 2011.

Revenues amounted to $2.60 Billion, a 6% drop from the $2.75 Billion made in the same period last year during its 2011 second fiscal quarter.

Operating income moved down from 8.1% of revenue compared to 9.9% in fiscal 2011, totaling $209 Million.

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC), which recently moved its corporate headquarters from California to Fairfax County, Va announced a defense contract agreement valued at a potential $997 Million.

The U.S. Army awarded the defense contractor and 18 other companies a contract to provide force protection systems and components.

Falls Church-based Computer Sciences Corporation (NYSE: CSC) was able to obtain two contracts from The U.S. Postal Service (USPS).

The computer technology government and private contractor will provide support to the USPS Mail Transport Equipment Service Centers (MTESCs) in the form of management, operational and logistical services.

MTESCs are integrated facilities that manage mail transport, equipment inventory, repair, storage and distribution to clients of the USPS.

Computer Sciences Corp (NYSE: CSC), the technology service provider to governments and private industries announced that it has reached a settlement of claims with United States Government.

The Falls Church, Va company said the agreement made in principle was because of a dispute over contract claims and affirmed under the Contract Dispute Act of 1978.

The case has been forthcoming since November 19, 2010 and heard by the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

No one knows more about wasteful spending than the government, and healthcare is on top of most people’s list when it comes to wasteful spending. Since 2009 the focus has shifted towards bringing down the cost of healthcare spending.

McLean-based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) said it won a contract from Turner PCL Flatiron -- a joint venture of general contractors involved in the expansion of  the San Diego International Airport -- valued at an estimated $500 Million.

Mclean-based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) will provide engineering and physical life sciences research and development services in Washington, D.C.

The defense contractor announced that it was awarded a prime contract by the United States Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) with a value of up to $19 Million.

Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE: LMT) has signed an agreement with the intent to acquire QTC Holdings Inc -- a health care federal contractor.

The Diamond Bar, California company is the largest service provider of medical evaluations. QTC's clients include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The company processed more than 450,000 evaluations for the department in 2010.

Herndon-based GTSI Corp. (NASDAQ: GTSI) has decided to sell interest in Eyak Technology LLC.

GTSI -- a government contractor -- said that it had entered into a Settlement and Redemption agreement with The Eyak Corporation, Global Technology Group, LLC and EyakTek, August 19, 2011 to sell remaining interest in Eyak Technology LLC which will end litigation and arbitration proceedings between parties as well as other owners invloved.

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN) and Tognum America, Inc, were awarded as a group -- a $439.7 Million contract from the U.S. Army.

The team of federal defense contracts will work on the Technology Development (TD) phase of the U.S. Army's Ground Combat Vehicle(GCV) Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) program. It is expected that the results will produce affordable and effective Infantry Fighting Vehicle within a time-frame of seven years.

Arlington-based CACI International Inc (NYSE: CACI), a federal government contractor focused on providing information technology services reported fourth quarter and full-year fiscal financial results.

Revenue at CACI increased 13.5% in the fourth quarter to $963.2 Million compared to $848.7 Million in the fourth quarter of 2010.

Ciena Corporation was selected by GlobalNet for an upgrade of its optical network in Russia.

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD), with headquarters in Falls Church, has moved deeper into the healthcare technology business with a signed agreement to acquire Vangent Holding Corp.

Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) was  given $47 million by the U.S. Army to develop, demonstrate and deliver -- unmanned autonomous technologies (UATs).

Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI), the Mclean based government technology contractor — was awarded a prime contract of up to $30 million job by the United States Marine Corps Systems Command’s (MCSC) Information Systems and Infrastructure Product Group (PG-10).

SAIC services will be used to support the Total Force Structure Management Systems(TFSMS), by  providing systems integration support, which includes post deployment software support, and provide training and system performance enhancements.

Herndon-based GTSI Corp. (NASDAQ: GTSI) has acquired privately held Information Systems Consulting Group, Inc. (InSysCo).

GTSI — a government contractor — bought InSysCo to help the company expand its operations in software and database development as well maintenance.

Mclean-based Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (PTGi) (NYSE: PTGI), reported net revenues of $282.5 Million which was an increase of 45.2% year-over-year.

Falls Church-based General Dynamics' (NYSE: GD)  Land Systems Unit said it won two combined contracts to conduct work on behalf of the Royal Saudi Land Forces.

The contracts -- awarded by the U.S. Army TACOM Lifecycle Management Command -- is a continuation of a plan to upgrade the entire fleet of Abrams tanks for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Herndon-based GTSI Corporation(NASDAQ:GTSI), has filed its condensed financial statements for the six months ended June 30, 2011.

The detailed report includes financial data for the second quarter of 2011 as well as a documented history of the company.

The link to the sec file—10-Q quarterly report—can be found by clicking here.

Summary

ManTech services to the Navy will include continuing logistics, analytical and program support

Computer Sciences Corporation (CSC) (NYSE: CSC), announced that it increased revenue and new business awards in its first quarter fiscal 2012 ended July 1, 2011.

The technology company providing solutions to government and private industries said revenue totaled $4.03 Billion, a year-over-year increase from $3.91 Billion in the first quarter fiscal 2011.

Tier Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: TIER) announced its third quarter fiscal 2011 results after market close Tuesday.

The Reston-based company that provides electronic payment solutions said revenues dropped 2.6%  to $38.44 Million in the third quarter ended June 30, 2011 versus $39.45 Million in 2010.

A net loss of $1.43 Million ($-0.08 per diluted share) was much higher than the $400,000 ($-0.01 per diluted share) loss in the prior quarter 2010.

Under the contract agreement SAIC will provide worldwide services to help the United States Navy and Joint C4ISR systems.

Mclean-based Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) will provide services for the U.S. Air Force Air Mobility Command (AMC), Consolidated Air Mobility Planning System (CAMPS).

Support will come in the form of software maintenance, development, training and functional support. SAIC will enhance the U.S. Air Force CAMPS for greater planning of mobility resources to aid tanker aircraft and airlift.

The 25% increase was due to customers who wanted machine-to-machine ("M2M") data, handheld voice, Netted Iridium and Iridium OpenPort® services.

Gaithersburg-based BroadSoft, Inc. (NASDAQ: BSFT), is one of the few companies today--trading higher by a great deal, after announcing its second quarter of 2011 results which blew past analyst estimates.

On July 1, 2011, Washington, D.C.-based Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), publicized a definitive merger agreement with Providence Equity Partners to be acquired by the investment firm in an all-cash transaction sometime in the second half of 2011.

While Blackboard shareholders must still agree to the terms of the buyout, Blackboard continued to post growth in revenue in its second quarter financial results. The educational technology firm reported $124.16 Million in revenue for the quarter, a 15% increase compared to $107.7 Million in 2010.

Language-learning software maker expects a steep decline in U.S. sales for the third quarter 2011.

Audi reported 9,146 units sold for July 2011, a 17% rise from July 2010 when only 7,817 vehicles were sold.

The Luxury brand of Volkswagen AG with U.S. headquarters in Herndon grew year-to-date sales by 15.6% to 65,055. July was the seventh consecutive month record-breaking sales.

The top three sellers were the A4 with 2,274 units followed by the Q5 with 1,900 units and the A5 with 1,313 units.

OPNET with headquarters in downtown Bethesda is recovering quicker than many stocks during this bear market. In just one day the company is moving closer to that next level

Volkswagen of America, Inc with headquarters in Herndon, Va., announced a 22% increase in its auto sales, up significantly from July 2010.

By the end of July 2011, Volkswagen sold 29,066 vehicles, a 21.7% increase over July 2010. For the Year-to-date, Volkswagen sold 183,191 units

Geeknet, Inc. (Nasdaq:GKNT), the online conglomerate with sites such as SourceForge and ThinkGeek, increased revenue by $4.8 Million to $20 Million for the three months quarter ended June 30, 2011 versus $15.3 Million at the end of June 2010.

The growth was driven primarily by the company's online technology store ThinkGeek which increased revenue 36% to $14.3 Million from $10.55 Million in 2010. Other online operations brought in about a third of that amount, increasing 22% to $5.8 Million from $4.7 Million in 2010.

The proposed merger deal between Baltimore based Constellation Energy and Chicago based Exelon Corporation is still being relentlessly pursued. The merger is planned to close in the first quarter of 2012.

Exelon Corporation released slides reinforcing the merger at presentation during a supplier meeting.

The combined company would have an estimated market value of $35 Billion, a total customer base of 6.6 Million in 44 states and Washington, D.C. The customer base would be supplied over 35,671 megawatts.

Falls Church, Va., based General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) reported that its Electric Boat

subsidiary in Groton, Connecticut., will develop the Common Missile Compartment for the next-generation strategic deterrent submarine.

General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) subsidiary General Dynamics Land Systems based in Ontario, Canada won a $42 Million contract to supply 33 Light Armored Vehicles (LAV-A2) to the United States Marine Corps.

Falls Church, Va., based General Dynamics' division will supply the LAV-A2 in several configurations. The vehicles will be designed to withstand various environments in air-ground defensive and offensive operations.

Mclean, Va., defense contractor Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) won a follow-on contract for work on ammunition operations and to provide maintenance services to the Department of Defense.

The contract was awarded by the U.S. Army Materiel Command (AMC) and the work will be conducted in Chambersburg, Pa., Alexandria, Va., and Huntsville, Ala.

Under the agreement,SAIC services will help the National Level Ammunition Capability operations by integrating new technology to improve activities for joint military operations.

ICF International had a total backlog of contracts valued at $1.3 Billion by the end of the second quarter with $579 Million funded.

Bethesda based United States Enrichment Corporation (NYSE: USU)has named Marian K. Davis vice president and chief audit executive.

Davis will report to John C. Barpoulis, senior vice president and chief financial officer.

"Marian has an excellent track record of helping major corporations identify and address business risks," remarked Barpoulis. "We look forward to her valuable guidance as USEC continues to operate in a highly regulated business environment."

Press Release

TNS, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2011 Financial Results

RESTON, Va., Aug 01, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

TNS, Inc. (NYSE: TNS), a leading provider of business-critical, cost-effective data communications services for transaction-oriented applications, today reported its second quarter 2011 results.

Competitive Power Ventures, Inc. (CPV) with corporate headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland is developing an 800-megawatt power plant in Riverside County, California.

The CPV Sentinel Energy Center broke ground July 28, 2011 in the City of Desert Hot Springs. The natural gas-fired plant will be able to power an estimated 640,000 homes and will help mitigate power outages at high usage periods of the day.

Colfax Corporation announced a sharp increase in revenues for the second quarter ended July 1, 2011. An even greater percentage increase was reported for net income.

Falls Church, Va based General Dynamics (NYSE: GD) reported declined revenues for the 2011 second quarter with $7.88 Billion reported for the three months period compared to $8.1 Billion in 2010. But net income increased to $653 Million in the quarter 2011, it was $648 Million in 2010.

Information Systems and Technology was the leading division in the second quarter measured by revenue, bringing in $2.8 billion.

Lockheed Martin Corporation (NYSE:LMT), the largest public company in the Baltimore-Washington area measured by revenues and profits said its net revenues totaled $11.6 Billion in the three months ended June 26, 2011, up from $11.3 Billion in 2010.

The Bethesda, Md., defense giant showed a net income that was down to $742 Million from $824 Million in 2010, due to the sale of Pacific Architects and Engineers, Inc. and Enterprise Integration Group (EIG) back in 2010, where the company gained a net sum.

Defense contractor General Dynamics (NYSE:GD)completed its purchase of Westford, Mass based Fortress Technologies. The small firm wireless technology firm has 70 employees.

General Dynamics based in the unincorporated area of Falls Church in Fairfax County, did not disclose monetary terms of the deal besides it being a cash transaction.

Moving deeper into the healthcare industry, Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAI) said it will purchase privately held Vitalize Consulting Solutions.

Government contractor and space technology company Orbital Sciences Corporation (NYSE: ORB) reported increased financial results. Revenues for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011 increased 5%percent to $354.3 million. Net income jumped to  $ 21.15 Million from $6,34 Million in 2010. Cash on hand totaled

Orbital has a market capitalization of approximately $1 Billion the stock was up 2.62% to $17.62 per share at the market close on Thurday.

A portion of the press release is below. for the full press release please click on the following link.

Washington, D.C. based science and technology firm Danaher Corporation (NYSE:DHR)  said net income rose 23% to $449.6 Million for the second quarter ended July 1, 2011. Including earnings from discontinued operations the total was $648.7 Million in profit.

Revenue totaled $3.7 Billion a 15.5% increase over 2010 which delivered $3.2 Billion.

The government contractor will be sold and delisted from the New York Stock Exchange.

General Dynamic's Electric Boat division based in Groton, Connecticut received a modified contract for continued work on the  U.S. Ohio replacement submarine

and successor to the United Kingdom's ballistic-missile submarine.

The original contract, initiated in December 2008 was valued at $76 million.

The overall contract for U.S. Navy and U.K. Royal Navy next generation submarines could be as high as $651 Million.

General Dynamic's corporate headquarters is based in Fairfax county.

SAIC will provide technical and programmatic services to the federal government