* MedImmune of Gaithersburg said its nasal flu vaccine, FluMist, will be included in the federal government's Vaccine for Children program during next year's flu season. The federal government purchases vaccines and provides them free to children who are enrolled in Medicaid, are uninsured or underinsured, or are American Indian or native Alaskan. Children ages 5 to 18 in the program may receive FluMist as an alternative to the flu shot, MedImmune said. The company did not say how many FluMist doses the government would buy. Shares of MedImmune closed yesterday at $28.38, up $1.43.
* Manugistics Group, a Rockville provider of supply-chain management software, said its board of directors has adopted a plan that it said would block "unfair takeover strategies." The company said in a statement that the action "is neither in response to any take-over bid for Manugistics nor will the Plan's approval prevent a takeover." Under the plan, if someone bought more than 20 percent of the company's stock or attempted a takeover without the board's approval, other shareholders in effect could buy new preferred shares at half-price.
* SafeNet, a Baltimore information security company, earned $9.6 million (39 cents a share) in its third quarter, up from $2.7 million (20 cents) in the year-ago quarter. Revenue rose 242 percent, to $59.5 million from $17.4 million.
* Micros Systems, a Columbia company that makes hardware and software for the hospitality industry, earned $9.7 million (50 cents a share) on $130 million in revenue in its first fiscal quarter, ended Sept. 30, up from $4.7 million (25 cents) on $106.4 million in revenue in the same quarter last year.
* VSE, an Alexandria engineering company, earned $885,000 (38 cents a share) on $62.2 million in revenue in its third quarter. That compares with a profit of $523,000 (23 cents) on $36.3 million in revenue in the same quarter last year.
* Opnet Technologies, a Bethesda management software company, earned $494,000 (2 cents a share) in its third quarter, down from $1.3 million (7 cents) in the year-ago quarter. Revenue rose to $14.2 million from $13.4 million.
* Government information technology contract awards reached $20 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2004, according to a report released by Input, a Reston government market intelligence company. The report found that defense agencies awarded the majority of the contract dollars, $15.6 billion, compared with $4.4 billion awarded by civilian agencies.
* AAI, a subsidiary of Hunt Valley, Md.-based United Industrial, won a $23.5 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to upgrade an array of systems used to train maintenance technicians assigned to C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft.
Compiled from reports by Washington Post staff writers.