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Leading National Security Solutions Provider VTG Receives Majority Investment from A&M Capital Partners

Chantilly, Va. (Sept. 19, 2023) – VTG, an industry-leading provider of modernization and digital transformation solutions to Defense and Intelligence Community customers, announced today that it has received a new majority investment from A&M Capital Partners.

“I have never been more enthusiastic or optimistic about VTG’s future,” said John Hassoun, VTG President and CEO. “This partnership with AMCP will accelerate VTG’s growth trajectory, allowing us to make investments in the emerging capabilities and technologies most needed by our customers, and providing our employees with tremendous new career opportunities.”

Tracing its earliest roots to 1866, VTG engineers solutions across all classes of naval warships and submarines, a diverse array of aircraft, and a comprehensive suite of C5ISR, combat and weapon systems. The Company also develops undersea and autonomous technologies for the U.S. Navy, and delivers digital solutions and specialized mission support to the U.S. Intelligence Community. VTG has been a portfolio company of The Jordan Company since 2012. TJC exited its ownership of VTG as part of this transaction.

“We are very excited about our partnership with VTG,” said Jack McCarthy, Managing Partner and Founder of A&M Capital. “The Company’s strong portfolio of long-tenured contracts supported by a highly experienced leadership team positions the business well for continued growth over the coming years.”

“We view VTG as a highly attractive platform with differentiated technical and delivery capabilities,” said Alex Nivelle, a Partner of A&M Capital. “VTG is well positioned for expansion across its Defense and Intelligence Community customer base, and we look forward to working with the management team to pursue a hybrid organic and acquisition-driven growth strategy.”

A&M Capital Partners was advised by Kirkland & Ellis LLP. VTG was advised by Baird, Citizens Capital Markets and Mayer Brown LLP.


About VTG

VTG delivers modernization and digital transformation solutions that expand America’s competitive advantage in the modern battlespace. Headquartered in Chantilly, Virginia, VTG provides full lifecycle engineering for naval, aerospace, network and digital requirements. Whether at sea, in the air, on land, or in cyberspace, VTG delivers Tomorrow’s Transformation Today. For more information, visit us at

About A&M Capital Partners

A&M Capital Partners is Alvarez & Marsal Capital’s flagship investment strategy focused on middle-market control transactions in North America with total assets under management of $3.3 billion. A&M Capital Partners has a strong and referenceable track record of serving as a trusted partner to founders, corporates and management teams, providing the capital and strategic assistance required to take businesses to the next level of success. A&M Capital Partners invests in businesses across a wide range of sectors including Business Services, Industrials, Manufacturing, Food & Beverage, Healthcare, Consumer & Retail, Government Services, Financial Services and Energy Services.

About Alvarez & Marsal Capital

Alvarez & Marsal Capital is a multi-strategy private equity investment firm with over $4.8 billion in assets under management across six funds and four investment strategies. The firm is led by a highly experienced investment team, which is augmented by a strategic association with Alvarez & Marsal (“A&M”), one of the largest operationally-focused advisory firms in the world. Alvarez & Marsal Capital combines a focus on middle-market private equity investing, with deep operational expertise, industry knowledge and global corporate relationships, making Alvarez & Marsal Capital an attractive partner to management teams and business owners. Alvarez & Marsal Capital is headquartered in Greenwich, CT with offices in Los Angeles, CA and London, England. For more information, visit

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VTG Awarded Prime Position on $4B Navy PEO C4I CANES Full Production Contract

Chantilly, Va., April 12, 2023 – VTG, an industry-leading provider of force modernization and digital transformation solutions, announced today that it has won a prime position on a multiple-award Department of the Navy contract for the production of the Consolidated Afloat Networks and Enterprise Services (CANES) information warfare platform. CANES is the Navy’s program of record to consolidate surface ship and submarine C4ISR networks and infrastructure. The indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract was awarded by PEO C4I and the Tactical Networks Program Office (PMW 160). It has a potential value of $4.1 billion over a ten-year period of performance.

“The deployment of CANES across the Fleet is critical to achieving distributed warfighting and decision superiority,” said John Hassoun, VTG president and CEO. “VTG has installed and integrated CANES aboard numerous warships and submarines since the program’s inception. We’re proud that the Navy is now asking VTG to also produce CANES, an important recognition of our robust and growing C4ISR modernization capabilities.”

CANES provides a secure tactical afloat network for Naval and Joint Operations. It leverages a common computing environment and mature cross-domain technologies, reducing network infrastructure footprint and costs, and increasing reliability, security, interoperability, and application hosting. PEO C4I will use the CANES Full Deployment Contract to procure build-to-print CANES production units, kits, modules, components, software, spares, and development items.

VTG provides comprehensive modernization services to the Navy. From design, development, and prototyping of emerging technologies to production, installation, integration, and sustainment of combat, weapon, and C4ISR systems, the Company performs full lifecycle engineering across an expansive portfolio of prime contracts with the Navy system commands.

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VTG Acquires Next Rev Technologies, LLC, Enhancing Multi-Cloud Software Development and Adding Intelligence Community Customers

CHANTILLY, Va., Nov. 15, 2022 — VTG, an industry-leading provider of force modernization and digital transformation solutions, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Next Rev Technologies, LLC., a trailblazer in cloud solutions and multi-cloud strategies for the U.S. Intelligence Community. Next Rev adds differentiated digital, software, and cyber expertise to VTG’s growing suite of technical capabilities, and greater depth in data science and advanced analytics.

“Next Rev adds valuable in-demand and highly complimentary capabilities along with exceptional new client relationships to VTG’s portfolio,” said John Hassoun, VTG President and CEO. “This acquisition is the next investment in our targeted growth strategy, and I’m excited to welcome the Next Rev team to VTG.”

Founded in 2016 by innovator and industry veteran Charles Griffin, the Next Rev team has earned a reputation within the intelligence community and among its industry partners for being nimble and creative “solutioneers” for some of the most mission-critical intelligence programs and on some of the most technically challenging problems. “Next Rev was founded on the principle of Going Beyond – for our customers, our teammates, and the mission,” said Griffin. “I’m proud of what the Next Rev team has accomplished for the intelligence community. With VTG, we’re going to take it to the next level. This is the perfect combination for our customers and the right home for our employees.”

VTG continues to execute on its strategy, building the preeminent mid-tier national security company. Next Rev represents VTG’s fifth acquisition since Hassoun took the helm in 2017. The company deepens VTG’s digital transformation capabilities required for its rapidly growing defense and intelligence community customer portfolio.

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VTG Awarded $20M Navy Combat Systems Modernization Task Order from NSWC Port Hueneme

CHANTILLY, Va., Jan. 10, 2022 — VTG, an industry-leading provider of force modernization and digital transformation solutions, announced today that it has been awarded a $20 million task order to modernize the Aegis Combat System through its Technical Insertion 16 Sustainment, Installation, Procurement, and Engineering Services contract with the Naval Surface Warfare Center Port Hueneme Division, a field activity of the Naval Sea Systems Command. The TI16 program is the Navy’s enterprise approach to modernizing combat systems across the surface fleet, including the Aegis Combat System, and supports all cruisers and destroyers, aircraft carriers and amphibious ships.

“Winning this competitive task order on the TI16 program is an important milestone for our team and another exciting opportunity to contribute our technical expertise to the Navy’s modernization efforts” said John Hassoun, VTG president and CEO. “The Aegis Combat System is vital to defending the Navy’s surface fleet and we look forward to leveraging our robust, full lifecycle engineering capabilities in further support of NSWC-PHD and NAVSEA.”

The company won a seat on the TI16 indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contract in April. The program enables the Navy to introduce the latest commercial-off-the-shelf technologies and open architecture designs into Navy combat systems.

Through this task order, VTG will provide engineering and logistics support services to the Air Dominance Department in-service engineering agent mission. NSWC-PHD is the designated ISEA for the TI16 suite of equipment. The contract will provide engineering, technical services and materials required for the resolution of obsolescence, reliability and maintainability issues, production and rework, testing, evaluation and life cycle support functions. Included under the contract is also the limited manufacture, assembly and testing of developed TI16 solutions as well as associated engineering services, procurement and related products.

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VTG Appoints Navy Retired Admiral Jim Shannon as EVP for Government Relations

CHANTILLY, Va., Jan. 5, 2022 — VTG, an industry-leading provider of force modernization and digital transformation solutions, announced it has appointed retired Navy admiral (RADM) Jim Shannon to a new leadership team role as Executive Vice President for Government Relations. Shannon is the former president of ASSETT, Inc., VTG’s latest acquisition.

“We are honored to have Jim take on this new responsibility,” said VTG President and CEO John Hassoun. “He will be a force multiplier across the VTG enterprise, enhancing the support we deliver to our Defense and Intelligence Community customers and positioning our growing technology portfolio to meet our customers’ emerging mission requirements.”

Shannon was a leader in the Department of the Navy’s acquisition workforce for over 15 years, with his final eight years as a flag officer. He spent his first 20 years in the Navy as a fleet operator, serving on seven different afloat commands including as commanding officer of a guided missile frigate. Shannon was also a leading Navy spokesperson for weapon system architectures; oversaw future modernization plans and budgets for all non-nuclear ships while serving as a deputy commander, Naval Sea Systems Command; and led the Navy’s warfare center enterprise of over 20,000 personnel and a diverse group of programs from cruise missile defense to counter IED threats.

As deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for International Programs, Shannon advised dozens of partner national leaders, among more than 40 countries, and coordinated maritime solutions for local and regional security problems across the globe. After retiring from the Navy, Shannon joined PricewaterhouseCoopers public sector as a leading consultant for all Naval Executive advisory supporting maritime security.

Shannon first joined VTG’s executive team when VTG acquired ASSETT in August 2021. ASSETT develops AI/ML applications for undersea and unmanned systems and is a longstanding industry leader in submarine SONAR acoustics and signal processing. The acquisition enhanced VTG’s core capabilities, including systems and cybersecurity engineering, software development and data science, with deep expertise in model-based systems engineering, DevSecOps, AI/ML, and human-machine teaming.

Shannon holds degrees from the U.S. Naval Academy, the Naval Postgraduate School, and the College of Naval Warfare in Newport, Rhode Island. He was also certified Level III as a program manager in the Defense Acquisition Workforce and attended the Defense Acquisition University.

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VTG Hires Naval Sea and Air Systems Executive Rick Sabol as Senior Vice President

CHANTILLY, Va., Nov. 10, 2021 — VTG, an industry-leading provider of force modernization and digital transformation solutions, announced today that it has hired Rick Sabol as senior vice president. In this new role, Sabol will oversee a growing portfolio of U.S. Navy support programs, including VTG’s recently won Navy Strategic Systems Programs prime contract to provide engineering services for the Navy’s hypersonic strike capability.

“Rick is an incredible asset to VTG. He has extensive experience delivering services, solutions and technologies to the Navy systems commands, our highest priority customers,” said VTG President and CEO John Hassoun. “Our leadership team looks forward to having his insight and expertise as we work together to provide the next generation of warfighting capabilities to our defense and intelligence community customers.”

Sabol brings more than 35 years of experience to VTG, including from his most recent role as senior vice president of operations for SAIC’s Defense Systems Group, where he led the company’s Naval Sea & Air Systems Operation. In this role, he was responsible for the strategic direction, planning and execution of SAIC’s effort to provide mission-oriented systems engineering, platform integration, training, enterprise IT and management services to the Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, affiliated Program Executive Offices and Warfare Centers, the Chief of Naval Operations, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and the Military Sealift Command.

Earlier, Sabol was vice president and operations manager with Alion Science and Technology, leading the In-Service Support Operation within the company’s Acquisition & Program Management Group. His responsibilities included providing engineering and program management support to various U.S. Navy programs at PEO SHIPS, SEA 21, PEO IWS, PEO Carriers, NAVAIR and Naval District Washington, both in the U.S. and internationally.

Sabol has a Bachelor of Science in public policy and management and a Master of Science in public management and policy analysis, both from Carnegie Mellon University. He is a Project Management Institute Certified Project Management Professional and a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

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VTG Wins Navy Hypersonics Engineering Prime Contract

CHANTILLY, Va., September 14, 2021 — VTG, an industry-leading provider of force modernization and digital transformation solutions, announced today that it has won a prime contract from the U.S. Navy Strategic Systems Programs to provide engineering services for the Navy’s hypersonic strike capability, a top Defense Department priority. Under the single-award contract, VTG will support the Conventional Prompt Strike Program Office, a division of SSP, with research and development expertise, systems engineering, test planning and test engineering, logistics, and a wide range of programmatic and technical services.

“VTG is honored to partner with Navy SSP and the CPS Program Office in developing and fielding a hypersonic weapon,” said John Hassoun, VTG president and CEO. “We recognize the importance of hypersonic technologies as a deterrent to near-peer competitors, and we are proud to be a key member of the growing hypersonic industrial base.”

CPS will provide the Navy with a hypersonic conventional weapon capable of precise, timely, long-range strike against deep-inland, time-critical, soft- and medium-hardened targets in contested environments. The missile, which is comprised of a hypersonic glide body and a two-stage booster, will fly at speeds exceeding Mach 5 and be launched from both surface ships and submarines. The Navy is the lead designer for the common hypersonic missile that will be fielded by both the Navy and the Army. The Navy plans to deploy the first CPS weapon system aboard the Zumwalt-class destroyers in FY2025 followed by the Virginia-class attack submarines in FY2028.

Navy SSP’s selection of VTG to support the CPS program follows a string of other recently announced awards that have positioned VTG as a critical partner to the Navy in delivering the diverse array of offensive, defensive, and digital capabilities needed for Distributed Maritime Operations. In July, VTG announced its selection to integrate the ODIN directed energy laser weapon system aboard the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. Earlier this year, VTG announced that it had started work on a prime contract to support the Naval Digital Integration Support Cell in accelerating naval digital transformation.

“VTG is excited to add hypersonics to our growing portfolio of engineering expertise,” said Sunil Ramchand, VTG chief growth officer. “We’re looking forward to supporting the CPS program and doing what we do best: leveraging top engineering and technical talent to rapidly deliver transformative capabilities and technologies to the Fleet.

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VTG Begins Work on Prime DoD IAC Contract to Accelerate Naval Digital Transformation

Chantilly, Va., Mar 10, 2021 VTG, an industry-leading provider of force modernization and digital transformation solutions, announced today that it has begun work on a three-year, $13 million prime contract to support the Naval Digital Integration Support Cell in its effort to integrate data and technology into all areas of naval operations, fundamentally changing how the Navy delivers maritime dominance.


“Our team is honored and immensely proud to be the Navy’s partner-of-choice for this critical mission,” said John Hassoun, VTG president and CEO. “The Naval Operational Architecture is foundational to achieving Distributed Maritime Operations and maintaining our competitive advantage at sea. We welcome the opportunity to leverage our growing digital expertise to support the DISC, especially in model-based systems engineering and DevSecOps.”


VTG will support the DISC by performing research, operational analysis, specialized engineering, and development of the digital platform for Navy and Marine Corps MBSE, readiness, and DevSecOps. This includes developing objective architectures, standards, and processes for integrated naval capability, decision tools, MBSE, digital pilots, and artificial intelligence through coordinated experiments with the fleet.


The contract was awarded to DELTA Constellation Group, VTG’s joint venture with Constellation Software Engineering, under the Department of Defense Information Analysis Center’s multiple-award contract vehicle. DoD IAC MAC task orders are awarded by the US Air Force’s 774th Enterprise Sourcing Squadron to develop and create new knowledge for the enhancement of the Defense Technical Information Center repository and the research & development and science & technology community.


Last year, VTG embarked on a market expansion strategy focused on delivering innovative technologies and digital solutions to a growing portfolio of national security customers. The company bolstered its systems, software, and digital engineering capabilities with the December 2020 acquisition of Intelligent Shift, and more recently rolled-out the VTG Battle Lab, an industry-integrated MBSE environment for next-generation warfare systems. “VTG will continue to make investments in capabilities and technologies that give our customers a competitive edge,” said Sunil Ramchand, VTG chief growth officer. “The Navy is already leveraging the VTG Battle Lab to develop the future state of the Naval Operational Architecture and optimize interoperability across the fleet. We look forward to offering similar digital capabilities to other customers in the defense enterprise and intelligence community.”


About the DoD IAC Program

The Department of Defense Information Analysis Center, sponsored by the Defense Technical Information Center, provides technical data management and research support for DoD and federal government users. Established in 1946, the IAC program serves the DoD science & technology and acquisition communities to drive innovation and technological developments by enhancing collaboration through integrated scientific and technical information development and dissemination.


Disclaimer: This material is based upon work supported by the DoD IAC, sponsored by the DTIC under Contract No. FA807519D0022.



Approved for Public Release, Distribution Unlimited. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the DoD.

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VTG Acquires Intelligent Shift, Enhancing Digital Transformation Capabilities and Adding Intelligence Community to Customer Portfolio

Chantilly, Va., Jan. 13, 2021 – VTG, an industry-leading provider of force modernization and digital transformation solutions, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Intelligent Shift LLC, a rapidly growing firm delivering innovative technologies and digital solutions to the U.S. Intelligence Community. The combination bolsters VTG’s systems, software, and digital engineering capabilities, and expands the company’s presence in the national security market.

“I am excited to welcome the Intelligent Shift team to VTG,” said John Hassoun, VTG president and CEO. “This acquisition represents the next chapter in the strategic transformation of VTG. Intelligent Shift brings unique technical expertise that positions us to deliver a more differentiated suite of engineering and digital solutions to a customer base that now spans the Defense enterprise and the Intelligence Community.”

Founded in 2017 by Mike DeFede, Alissa Redding, and Mike Matthews, Intelligent Shift’s highly skilled engineers provide subject matter expertise across numerous high-priority national security mission areas. On behalf of the founders, Mike DeFede said, “Intelligent Shift has always been focused on an industry-best employee culture and a commitment to customer missions. In VTG, we’ve found a partner that shares these passions. The combined company will expand our ability to drive smart change for our customers and will create new opportunities for our employees while strengthening our culture.” Intelligent Shift, which will continue to be led by DeFede, Redding, and Matthews, will operate as the IC services component of a new business segment led by recently appointed VTG executive Kirk Herdman.

Last year, VTG completed the integration of its enterprise-wide capabilities under a single customer delivery model, including its two previous acquisitions, National Technologies Associates and DELTA Resources. VTG also won a string of prime contracts, earning the ACG National Capital 2020 Corporate Growth Company of the Year award. “We continue to reshape our enterprise and reposition for the future,” said Sunil Ramchand, chief growth officer of VTG. “The acquisition of Intelligent Shift accelerates our strategy, both in terms of game-changing capability growth and customer reach.”

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Kirk Herdman Joins VTG in New President Role to Lead National Security Market Expansion

Chantilly, Va., Jan. 7, 2021 VTG, an industry-leading provider of force modernization and digital transformation solutions, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kirk Herdman in the new role of President for National Security Solutions and as a member of its board of directors. Herdman will lead VTG’s market expansion strategy focused on delivering innovative technologies and digital solutions to a growing portfolio of national security customers within both the Defense enterprise and the Intelligence Community.

“I’m excited to welcome Kirk Herdman to the team,” said John Hassoun, VTG President and CEO. “Kirk and I have known each other for most of our careers and have been trying to reconnect professionally since we worked together at Veridian. He is a thoughtful leader who brings a wealth of strategic insight, technical expertise, and operational savvy to this new role, as well as an impressive track record growing public- and private-sector businesses in the GovCon market. Kirk is the perfect fit to lead this high-growth area of the VTG enterprise and capitalize on the momentum we built in 2020.”

Prior to joining VTG, Herdman served as Executive Vice President for Business Development and Corporate Development at KeyW Corp. (NASDAQ:KEYW), leading to its successful sale to Jacobs Corp. (NYSE:J) in June 2019. Previously, Herdman was Chief Strategy Officer for Sotera Defense Solutions, where he supported the company’s initial public offering as Global Defense Technology & Systems Inc. (NASDAQ:GTEC) in 2009, multiple acquisitions, and ultimately its sale to KeyW in 2017. Herdman’s accomplishments at KeyW and Sotera included multiple, large, prime contract awards and consistent double-digit organic growth. Prior to joining Sotera, Herdman was Senior Vice President and General Manager for Defense and Science Programs at Wyle Information Systems. He has also held executive leadership positions at General Dynamics Corp. (NYSE:GD), ManTech International Corp. (NASDAQ:MANT), and Veridian Corp. (NYSE:VNX). Herdman is a graduate of Virginia Tech, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics.


“The ongoing transformation of VTG is one of the most notable recent GovCon narratives,” said Herdman. “I’m excited to reconnect with John, proud to join VTG and its executive team, and look forward to making a meaningful contribution to the company’s growth.”