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Former DARPA tactical technology office director Fred Kennedy, who also had a short tenure as the Space Development Agency's first leader, has touched down at rocket-launching startup Astra as vice president of future missions.

Huntington Ingalls named Matt Needy vice president of Navy programs for the company's Newport News Shipbuilding division. He will succeed Ken Mahler, who is retiring after more than 35 years of service.

The company also announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire Hydroid Inc., a leading provider of advanced marine robotics to the defense and maritime markets and a U.S.-based indirect subsidiary, wholly owned by Kongsberg Maritime. Hydroid, based in Pocasset, Massachusetts, will become part of Huntington's technical solutions division.

Curtiss-Wright has promoted company veterans Lynn Bamford and Kevin Rayment to president of defense and power segments and head of commercial/industrial segment, respectively.

Bamford was most recently senior vice president and general manager of the defense solutions division and Rayment, formerly senior vice president and general manager of the industrial division.

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