Job searching isn’t always easy, and trying to make it through the interview dance to getting an offer can be awkward. Some candidates might be tempted to not let a recruiter know exactly how interested they are in the company, and others may trend more towards seeming too eager. But many who serve on hiring committees note that when they’re pressed for choosing between candidates, it definitely helps to know ahead of time which candidates have a higher interest. If the candidate meets the qualifications and they’re highly interested, it can streamline the time between offer and onboarding. The key here is that you have to mean what you say. Don’t get their hopes up if you’re still playing the field. Of course, it helps to have open and honest communication from everyone, but you should endeavor to communicate intentions as clearly as possible with recruiters – no matter what their style is.

Contract Opportunities to Watch

Peraton Peraton has been awarded a nearly $1 billion task order (TO) to provide the DoD, U.S. Central Command (USCENTCOM), and its mission partners with operational planning, implementation, and assessment services (OPIAS) to achieve operational advantages in the information space and to counter threats to U.S. national security. The TO is worth up to $979 million over a five-year period.

Under OPIAS, Peraton will increase the ability of USCENTCOM and its mission partners to coordinate, collaborate, and fuse information related capabilities (IRC), and information operations (IO) through effective messaging. Peraton will also drive innovation to boost IO capabilities, helping the U.S. extend its competitive advantage to achieve national security objectives.

“Peraton is committed to successfully enhancing the information operations function of USCENTCOM and its mission partners,” said Tom Afferton, president, Cyber Mission sector. “Since 2016, Peraton has executed campaigns to promote regional security and stability. Our ability to provide the U.S. government with insight, expertise, and influence helps ensure the safety of Americans, our allies, and the more than 550 million people under USCENTCOM area of responsibility, spanning three continents and 20 nations.”

“We are proud to continue our critical work advancing U.S. national security interests,” said Afferton. “OPIAS is another example of how Peraton is supporting our customers in accelerating the integration of cyber operations and information operations.”

Peraton has supported this work since 2016 under USCENTCOM’s Counter Threat Messaging Support Program (CTMSP). OPIAS represents a nearly 100 percent increase over the CTMSP TO in the work scheduled to be executed.

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Growth Opportunities

Broadtree Partners LLC, an operator-centric private equity firm acquired Sayres and Associates, a leading provider of acquisition, engineering, security and training support services to the DoD. Sayres and Associates has an over two-decade track record putting their customer-focused approach to use. They were named among the Washington Post’s Top Workplaces in 2020, and their services have been formally recognized by the Department of Transportation and the U.S. Navy, among other prominent organizations.

Sayres and Associates was founded to support U.S. Navy shipbuilding programs, and they have grown over the years to provide exceptional C4I, industrial security, and fleet training services to national security customers. Joel Willett, a former CIA Officer and National Security Council staff member, was recently named president and CEO of Sayres and Associates.

“Sayres and Associates is beyond excited to begin this next chapter. In partnership with Broadtree, we will have the resources, energy, and experience we need to add even more value to our customers. This acquisition is a tremendous opportunity for growth, and we look forward to expanding our best-in class customer experience to new customers with critical national security missions.” said Willett.

Broadtree Managing Partner, Brad Batten added: “John Sayres built a fantastic business, known for its past performance and quality customer delivery. We are excited to partner with John, Joel, and the rest of the Sayres and Associates management team to build a preeminent middle-market contractor.”

The company will retain its deep bench of senior leadership in its lines of business. Kevin Darnell will serve as president of naval systems, Steve Lorentzen will serve as president of maritime operations, and Hank Miranda will serve as senior vice president of intelligence & security.

Sayres and Associates will serve as a platform to build a high value services provider focused on customer delivery for the Federal Government. The company is actively seeking to acquire additional businesses that have a strategic customer and capability fit. This acquisition is part of an ongoing effort for Broadtree to serve the defense and national security markets. Sayres represents the 12th portfolio company for the larger Broadtree team, and its fourth focused on government contracting.




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Jillian Hamilton has worked in a variety of Program Management roles for multiple Federal Government contractors. She has helped manage projects in training and IT. She received her Bachelors degree in Business with an emphasis in Marketing from Penn State University and her MBA from the University of Phoenix.