The Scene: Week of July 14


Timothy Rugg won the men’s pro 1/2/3 senior category in the Tour de Tysons. He was sponsored by the Battley Ducati-Spokes bike racing team. (Dustin Whitlow/Dustin Whitlow)
Defense: Contracting chief calls for investment

The defense industry is just like the auto industry was in the ’80s, according to William Lynn, chief executive of Finmeccanica North America. At that time, it was considered unpatriotic to buy a foreign car. Now, more Japanese cars are manufactured within the United States than in Japan, Lynn said.

To adapt to declining budgets and shifting political priorities, the defense industry needs to embrace globalization, Lynn said, speaking at the Atlantic Council’s “Captains of Industry” discussion series. Pointing out that investment in homegrown technology is flat, Lynn said the Pentagon should embrace commercial and international companies to maintain the country’s military edge.

“We’re not investing in defense technology the way we were,” Lynn said. “[And] the technologies that we need are increasingly coming from outside the defense industry.”

— Amrita Jayakumar

Tour de Tysons: Event draws more than 400 bicyclists

Heavy traffic is nothing new for Tysons Corner — but this time, we’re talking bicycles.

A record 427 cyclists hit the streets for this summer’s second annual Tour de Tysons, which attracted 1,200 spectators. The event included nine races, with courses ranging from 1 to 35 miles.

“This event celebrates the key role of bicycles in the present and future of Tysons,” Michael Caplin, director of the Tysons Partnership, said in a statement. “Lifestyle in Tysons is evolving in favor of pedestrians, bicycles, busses and our new Silver Line Metro.”

Tysons Partnership, National Capital Velo Club and Lerner Enterprises were among the event’s hosts. Mary Breed took top honors among women, while Timothy Rugg was the overall men’s winner.

— Abha Bhattarai

Good works: Builders, subcontractors raise money for homeless

About 200 builders and subcontractors gathered at Dranesville Tavern in Herndon recently to network, enjoy barbecued treats and raise money for programs to help homeless people in Northern Virginia.

The fifth annual event, sponsored by Chantilly-based Home Aid Northern Virginia, raised about $25,000, which will be used to renovate single-family dwellings and apartments to house homeless families, said Christy Eaton, executive director of the organization.

“In a typical year, we do about 10 to 15 projects, and on average, we’re helping more than 500 people,” Eaton said.

Heritage Contracting of Chantilly was named partner of the year for donating $50,000 worth of supplies and services on 13 projects benefitting homeless families since 2001, Eaton said.

— V. Dion Haynes

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