Monday Morning News Kick Off: Contractors “Not Thrilled” About Sequestration Deal; Obama Expected to Nominate Hagel as SecDef; and Contract Wins from Northrop Grumman and SAIC - (Archived)

Welcome to the Monday morning news kick off post from the FedPulse blog.  Last week was certainly was a nail biter when it came to the last minute ‘Fiscal Cliff’ deal.  As we all know, the deal merely “kicked the can down the road” with regards to sequestration, which is pretty much the sentiment from industry and the Pentagon.  Be sure to check out all the post-‘Fiscal Cliff’ deal news and much more in this week’s news roundup.  Happy Monday!

Fiscal Cliff Deal Reactions From Government Contractor Associations and Contractors

Government contractors and associations are not thrilled that the ‘Fiscal Cliff’ merely delays sequestration by two months.

Pentagon Faces Complex Battle over New Sequestration Deadline

Pentagon officials are fully aware that the war is not over when it comes to sequestration.

Law Firm Tells Contractors to Consider Sending Layoff Warnings

With sequestration delayed until early March, contractors should consider issuing sequestration-related layoff notices despite an absence of guidance from the Obama administration, according to a law firm.

Defense Firms Seek Alternatives as U.S. Cuts Military Spending

Defense companies are shifting towards new alternatives to make up for lost business as the U.S. cuts military spending.

Obama Expected to Nominate Chuck Hagel as Secretary of Defense

President Obama is expected to nominate Chuck Hagel, a former Republican senator and Vietnam veteran, to be Secretary of Defense.

The Bigger the Data the Larger the Deception

An interesting take from GovExec on how while data doesn’t lie, it does allow people to deceive themselves and others.

Army, Air Force and DISA Move to Windows 8

The Army, Air Force and Defense Information Systems Agency will soon run the Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, thanks to a $617.3 million enterprise licensing deal.

FedRAMP Issues First Certification

The General Services Administration met its self-imposed deadline to begin certifying companies under the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program, or FedRAMP.

Three Out Of Four Heads Of State Now Use Twitter – Here Are The Top 10

The heads of state in three-fourths of the nations surveyed around the globe now use Twitter to communicate with followers, nearly twice the number from a year ago.

Northrop Grumman Cybersecurity Engineers Win Global DOD Cyber Crime Center Forensics Challenge

Congratulations to the four-person team of cyber engineers from Northrop Grumman Corporation who won the “grand champion” title in the DoD’s Cyber Crime Center’s (DC3’s) Digital Forensics Challenge.

New Lockheed Martin CEO on Sequestration Delay

Newly inaugurated Lockheed Martin Corp. CEO Marillyn Hewson recently emphasized the need to eliminate sequestration entirely.

SAIC Wins Pentagon Contract That Could Reach $667.4 Million

Congratulations to SAIC for winning a systems engineering contract from the DoD that could reach $667.4 million.

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