* AT&T Government Solutions of Vienna said it plans to finish wiring 14 buildings on Capitol Hill onto its fiber-optics network by the end of the year. The company said it will compete to sell broadband, video and telephone services to offices in the Capitol; the Russell, Hart and Dirksen Senate office buildings; the Cannon, Longworth and Rayburn House office buildings; the Ford House Annex; the Jefferson, Adams and Madison buildings of the Library of Congress; the Postal Square Building; the Government Printing Office; and the General Accounting Office. The company has already begun work on the project. AT&T Government Solutions bought a 100-mile fiber-optics network in the area last fall from Xspedius Management, which bought E.spire Communications of Herndon in June.
* Convera, a Vienna software company, said In-Q-Tel, the venture capital arm of the CIA, agreed to invest about $1.5 million in the firm through a deal that also allows In-Q-Tel to buy about 138,000 shares of Convera stock. The company said the new funding will be used to further develop its content-searching and organizational software for use by intelligence agencies and other government clients. Convera currently has about 200 government clients. Through the deal, In-Q-Tel will get two-year warrants that will allow it to buy about 138,000 shares of the company's common stock. Convera shares rose 8 cents yesterday to close at $3.98.
* American Management Systems, a Fairfax government contractor, said it upped its stock-repurchase program to 4.2 million shares. The company's board of directors approved a proposal to expand the existing buyback plan by 3 million shares. Shares of AMS fell 6 cents yesterday, to $10.65.
* Lockheed Martin, a Bethesda defense contractor, won a $100 million U.S. Army order to accelerate production of the latest version of the Patriot missile for a system that may be used in the Persian Gulf. The government will buy 12 additional missiles this year, Lockheed said. The original December contract ordered 88 missiles for $341 million. The Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles update the system used during the 1991 Gulf War. The earlier missiles, made by Raytheon, exploded in the path of incoming enemy missiles. The new missiles strike incoming missiles directly. The contract will move up delivery of the missiles by nine months, said Lockheed spokesman Craig Vanbebber.
* General Dynamics shares fell to an almost three-year low after two analysts cut their profit forecasts because the company's deliveries of Gulfstream business jets will decline this year. Deliveries will drop to 77 from 85 last year, chief executive Nicholas D. Chabraja said. General Dynamics, a defense contractor that makes the Army's main battle tank, said in January that deliveries would be unchanged. General Dynamics' aerospace unit, consisting mostly of Gulfstream, accounts for about a quarter of sales and was the parent company's most profitable business in the past two years. Its contribution dropped to 28 percent of profit in 2002 from 42 percent in 2001. Shares of General Dynamics fell 93 cents yesterday, to $52.37.
Compiled from reports by Washington Post staff writers, washingtonpost.com and Bloomberg News