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White & Partners, a marketing and advertising firm in Herndon, recently hired Rachael Crawford as the new business specialist. Crawford brings four years of marketing experience to the organization.Ê

She spent the past three years focusing on business development in the architecture and engineering industry at Dewberry Design Group in Fairfax and Bowman Consulting in Chantilly. Prior to that, she worked in the Carfax marketing department in Fairfax and at Myer-Emco in Gaithersburg, Md. Ê

Ascend Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company engaged in the research and development of therapeutic products for transdermal delivery headquartered in Herndon, announces the naming of two new executives, Alan Cutler, Ph.D., as director of pharmaceutical development, and Thomas W. MacAllister, J.D., Ph.D., as senior vice president and general counsel.

Cutler will be responsible for directing chemistry, manufacturing and control activities related to FDA requirements for new drug applications. Cutler will also be a member of the joint research and development team of Ascend and its European partner to develop new transdermal products.

Most recently, Cutler was a senior project manager at DSM Pharmaceuticals Inc., and has also spent 18 years with 3M.

MacAllister has industry experience in both law and pharmaceutical product development. Most recently, he was chief operating officer and general counsel at Sucampo Pharmaceuticals Inc. Prior to joining Sucampo, he was associated with the national law firm Foley & Lardner.

MacAllister's scientific career includes positions as a senior scientist at Medical Enzymes Ltd. and as an analytical chemist at Biospherics Inc., now Spherix Inc.

On Dec. 15, White & Partners employees presented 200 stockings filled with an array of compact discs, hats, T-shirts, toys, books, gift certificates and holiday treats to hospitalized soldiers at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In addition to the stockings, W&P will also be putting together over-sized gift baskets filled with some of the same items for the soldiers at Bethesda Naval Medical Center. These gift baskets will be presented at a party hosted by AmericaÕs Heroes of Freedom at Bethesda Naval Medical Center on Dec. 23. White & Partners is an advertising agency based in Herndon.

During its annual meeting, the MidAtlantic Association of Cleaners elected Charles R. Smith of Reston to serve as president. Smith is owner/operator of Village Square Cleaners and Cleaners 2 U in Reston and Herndon. The association is a regional trade association representing professional garment-care specialists in Virginia, Maryland, District of Columbia and West Virginia.

Northrop Grumman Corporation has been selected by the U.S. General Services Administration to provide system engineering and program support for the U.S. Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command and Naval

Oceanographic Office. This technical support will assist in the

collection, interpretation and application of global information. The task order is valued at $38.9 million over five years to

Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector, headquartered in Herndon. Under the terms of the contract, Northrop Grumman will provide technical, analytical and administrative support for geospatial and imagery analysis, and system engineering and analysis to the meteorological and oceanographic community's programs and projects.

Upcoming community and business events organized by Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce include:

* Networking Breakfast in Chantilly, Thursday, Jan. 27, 8 a.m., Holiday Inn Select-Dulles Expo Center. Speaker Thomas V. Luhn, CPA, who is a principal at Bond Beebe, will discuss, "Why Every Small Business Needs to Plan." The program also features an organized "Power Networking" segment. RSVP to 703-437-5556, Ext. 100 or register online at, Events page. Rates: $15 members/$20 nonmembers who prepay 48 hours in advance; otherwise $20 at the door for all. All welcome.

* Herndon Dulles Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Gala, Saturday, Feb. 5, 6:30Ñmidnight, at Westfields Marriott, Conference Center Drive, Chantilly. Black tie optional. 703-437-5556, Ext. 103.

* Better Business Luncheon, Tuesday, Feb. 8, noon, at Sheraton Reston, 11810 Sunrise Valley Drive. Guest speaker Maureen Woods, owner of Pinnacle MC, who will talk about marketing tools. Register in advance by Friday to realize a $5 prepayment discount. Contact 703-437-5556, Ext. 100.

The County of Roanoke, Va., has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a contract to design and build a new public-safety facility and install several upgraded public-safety systems designed to improve the county's existing systems as well as increase their efficiency. As part of the contract, Northrop Grumman's Information Technology sector, headquartered in Herndon, will plan and construct an approximately 77,000-square-foot public-safety building for the police, fire and emergency services administration. The building will also house an E-9-1-1 communications center and an emergency operations center, where the county will manage its emergency dispatch calls, as well as other public safety services. The contract value is $26 million more than 27 months.

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation an indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract to provide information technology services that will help the department improve its operations. As part of the contract, Northrop Grumman will provide a full range of information technology (IT) support services, which span the entire systems-development life cycle, which include joint applications development, cost-benefit analysis, business process re-engineering, systems and information engineering, systems and database design, systems development and testing, systems enhancement, support and maintenance, user training, web development, information security, telecommunications systems, networking, data warehousing and data mining, information systems, and other IT services. The Information Technology sector, located in Herndon, and 11 other companies will compete for task orders valued up to $980 million. This contract has one base year and six one-year options with an option to extend to an additional five months after the sixth option year.

Northrop Grumman Corporation has completed the installation of a 9-1-1 computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system designed to provide swift and coordinated access

to police, fire and emergency medical services for the military community of Oahu, Hawaii. The Northrop Grumman 9-1-1 CAD system manages emergency events for the U.S. Navy Regional Operations Command and Control Center - Pearl Harbor, which responds to calls from U.S. Navy, Marines and Army personnel stationed in Oahu. Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector, located in Herndon, developed the system, which is integrated with the Navy Region's radio, telephony and alarm systems, supporting emergency services for the island's military police and fire agencies.