IBM to acquire National Interest Security

IBM has signed a definitive agreement to acquire intelligence technology firm National Interest Secu

IBM said that the combined offerings will enable it to expand its capabilities with federal, state and local government entities in the areas of defence, healthcare, energy, logistics and security. NISC's expertise will complement IBM's existing public sector offerings and the recently launched Business Analytics and Optimization (BAO) Services for public sector.

Chuck Prow, managing partner of public sector at IBM Global Business Services, said: "IBM's analytic and innovation prowess, combined with NISC's industry knowledge and depth of experience in defense, healthcare, energy, and infrastructure management services, will allow us to deliver an unprecedented level of service and support to our growing list of government clients."

NISC's expertise includes systems engineering, biometrics, systems integration, software development, security, analysis support and critical infrastructure protection.

The agreement includes acquisition of NISC affiliate Technology and Management Services. On closing of the transaction, which is expected in the first quarter of 2010, NISC will be integrated into the company's global business services consulting unit.

Andrew Maner, chief executive officer of NISC, said: "NISC's high-end, differentiated approach combined with IBM's Analytics Centre will help federal agencies improve current mission effectiveness and create new capabilities. We look forward to contributing to its BAO services unit and believe IBM's world-class technology resources will significantly enhance our ability to dramatically impact the performance of our customers."

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We're hiring! Join the New Statesman as an editorial assistant

The NS is looking for a new recruit.

The New Statesman is hiring an editorial assistant, who will work across the website and magazine to help the office run smoothly. The ideal candidate will have excellent language skills, a passion for journalism, and the ability to work quickly and confidently under pressure.

The job is a broad one – you will need to understand the requirements of both halves of the magazine (politics and culture) as well as having an interest in the technical requirements of magazine and website production. Experience with podcasts and social media would be helpful.

The right person will have omnivorous reading habits and the ability to assimilate new topics at speed. You will be expected to help out with administration tasks around the office, so you must be willing to take direction and get involved with unglamorous tasks. There will be opportunities to write, but this will not form the main part of the job. (Our current editorial assistant is now moving on to a writing post.)

This is a full-time paid job, which would suit a recent graduate or someone who is looking for an entry into journalism. On the job training and help with career development will be offered.

Please apply with an email to Stephen Bush (Stephen. Bush @ with the subject line ‘Editorial Assistant application’.  

In your covering letter, please include a 300-word analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the New Statesman. Please also include 500 words on what you consider to be the most interesting trend in British politics, and your CV as a Word document. 

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 12th October.