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Trio of acquisitions makes Vistronix best dealmaker of the year

Vistronix knows what it wants to be, and its executives put together three acquisitions to charge its analytics, cyber and cloud offerings, with more deals on the way.

FireEye, Mandiant merger named best cyber deal

FireEye's $843.5 million acqiusition of Mandiant was the best cyber-related deal of 2013, but it's also a lesson on the power of strategic partnerships and identifying complementary capabilities.

Haystax picked as 2013's best small business dealmaker

Haystax Technology launched in 2012 with the vision of creating a great mid-sized company. In 2013, it started making acquisitions to make that vision a reality.

Mission alignment drives biggest deal of the year

Cisco Systems knew it needed to take a more holistic approach to security, and its $2.7 billion acquisition of SourceFire is seen as a major step in that direction.

Who made the best deals of the year?

We pick the top M&A transactions of 2013, a year that will be remembered for budget cuts and sequestration, but some notable deals were still completed. Who made the best of a bad year?

Tresys acquisition named best intell deal

When the private equity group Behrman Capital added Tresys Technology to its portfolio of companies, it added a strong player in the cybersecurity and intelligence portion of the government market.

Criterion acquires small business, gains Alliant contract

By acquiring TEM Solutions, Criterion Systems has picked up the Alliant Small Business government-wide acquisition contract, one of the biggest procurement vehicles in the market.

Merger-born Novetta promptly grows by M&A

Novetta Solutions spends its first year in business making deals and looking for more as budget constraints create the opportunity for a tech renaissance. What and who are they buying? What's the focus of their tech-rich strategy?

Stottlemyer explains Acentia's vision for acquisitions

The pursuit of the perfect acquisition of Acentia started with 150 prospects before narrowing down to three targets and finally the closing of one deal, for 2020 Company. But it all started with a clear-eyed vision that CEO Todd Stottlemyer explains step-by-step.

KEYW evolves its strategy on way to dealmaker of the year award

The four deals KEYW closed last year aren't about critical mass. The company's M&A focus now as a more strategic focus as it builds out its cyber and intell portfolios

Inside SRA's acquisition strategy

SRA's acqiusition of MorganFranklin's national security solutions business was about more than just one deal; it points to the company's strategy to expand into new markets, add capabilities and deepen customer relationships.

103 deals chasing the next big thing

Several factors were at play in the 103 mergers and acquisitions that closed in 2012, but two common themes were transformation and anticipation. The prevailing wisdom says that in a market where budget uncertainty rules the day, investing millions in an acquisition might not be a wise use of resources. But government contractors are forever in search of the next hot opportunity. That above all else is what Washington Technology’s annual M&A roundup teaches us.

Who made 2012's biggest deals?

We rank the best deals out of 103 that closed in 2012 and call out the ones that had the biggest impact on the government market. Some created new players, while others took established players into new areas, but all are transformative.