McLean-based Novetta Solutions, a cyber analytics company owned by Washington private equity firm Arlington Capital, is set to acquire Global News Intelligence, a business that analyzes “sentiment, influence and rhetoric” across the world, the companies announced last week.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. After the deal is closed, Global News will retain its current leadership team of chief executive Matthew Ennis and founder Bryan Rich.
Novetta, which provides identity and social analytics services for the government, said the acquisition fits in with its existing capabilities.
“GNI is an excellent technology partner for Novetta and will allow us to expand our presence in the sentiment analytics and open source intelligence markets,” Peter B. LaMontagne, Novetta’s chief executive, said in a statement.
Global News has a Washington office, but is based in Montpelier, Vt.. The company employs a mix of media analysts and technology professionals to study media influence, social media sentiment and crisis management. Past clients include the Defense Department, State Department and commercial customers.
British defense giant BAE Systems is planning to acquire Signal Innovations Group , a North Carolina-based small business that provides imaging technology and analytics to the government. The acquisition, whose financial terms were not disclosed, is subject to regulatory approval. BAE said the deal is expected to close later this year.
The deal is expected to help BAE’s intelligence and security sector develop affordable commercial applications, the division’s president, DeEtte Gray, said in a statement.
Health and human services contractor Maximus has appointed Bruce Caswell president of the company, effective Oct. 1. Caswell currently leads the Reston-based company’s health services division, its largest segment. He has been with the company for a decade, after previous stints at IBM and PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
Elana Broitman, the Pentagon’s top industrial policy chief, is stepping down after five months on the job. Broitman is leaving to be with her family, which has moved out of the Washington area, a Defense Department spokeswoman said. A replacement has not been named yet. During her short tenure, Broitman was responsible for overseeing all defense industry matters, including consolidation and industrial capabilities. Before joining the Defense Department, she worked on the Hill in several capacities, most recently as senior adviser to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).
Profits nudged up but sales fell at McLean-based consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton in the first quarter, the company reported last week.
Booz Allen, whose fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31, reported sales of $1.32 billion in the first quarter, a drop of 7.4 percent. The decline was because of staff cuts, which resulted in fewer billable hours, the company said.
Profit rose to $71.1 million or 47 cents a share, from $70.3 million a year ago. The increase was a result of effective cost management, the company said. Booz Allen declared a special dividend of $1 per share payable on Aug. 29.
“This summer, Congress is in a much better place than last summer, with a budget deal and spending deal in place,” Ralph Shrader, Booz Allen’s chief executive, told investors in a call. “As a result, our clients have much more certainty and actually know how much money they have to spend.”
Shrader announced in July that he will step down as chief executive at the end of 2014. The company’s chief operating officer, Horacio Rozanski, is set to replace him.