Weekly News Kick Off: 2014 to be a Much Tougher for Contractors; Syria and Sequestration; U.S. R&D Leadership Declining and Much More - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  With fiscal year 2013 winding down, the federal news cycle is full of stories about how 2014 will be tough for defense contractors.  In addition, potential U.S. action with regards to Syria is causing many to question the sequester.  Be sure to check out this and much more in our Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Pentagon Buying Official Forecasts Much Tougher 2014 for Defense Contractors
The Pentagon’s top buying official forecasts a much tougher 2014 for defense contractors.

Pentagon Weighs Firing Thousands Under 2014 Spending Cuts
The Defense Department may have to fire at least 6,272 civilian employees if automatic cuts from sequestration slice $52 billion from its fiscal 2014 budget, according to a Pentagon planning document.

How Syria Will Affect the Sequester Fight
Republicans say we’re starving the military of necessary funds, while other experts are less convinced.

The Budget Sequester Is a Success, WSJ
The biggest under-reported story out of Washington this year is that the federal budget is shrinking and much more than anyone in either party expected, according to this Wall Street Journal opinion piece.

Agencies Struggle to Launch Insider Threat Programs
Nearly half the agencies handling classified data on their networks lack capabilities to thwart damaging information leaks by disgruntled insiders, according to a new report.

Declines in Basic Research Threaten U.S. Leadership
The nation’s R&D leadership is being challenged by China, signaling a potential decline in our ability to remain competitive on the innovation front.

Lockheed Martin Receives $221 Million Contract Option To Provide Flight Planning,  and Safety Services For General Aviation Community
The FAA has extended Lockheed Martin’s work providing flight planning and safety support to pilots under the Automated Flight Service Stations (AFSS) contract – valued at $221 million over two years.

SAIC Awarded Contract By Defense Threat Reduction Agency
SAIC was awarded a $100 million prime contract by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) to provide integrated logistics services and program support for worldwide Cooperative Threat Reduction (CTR) operations.

General Dynamics to Research Directed, Kinetic Energy Systems for Air Force
General Dynamics has won a $49,000,000 contract to research directed and kinetic energy systems for an Air Force program intended to develop bio-effects applications.

HP Awarded U.S. Defense Manpower Data Center Contract to Modernize and Manage Mission-Critical Systems
HP Enterprise Services has been awarded a task order by the U.S. Department of Defense’s (DoD) Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) to support the Defense Information System for Security (DISS) program.

Raytheon Launches Back-to-School “Pin It to Win It” Contest
Raytheon is helping teachers kick off the school year with a new “Pin It to Win It” sweepstakes on Pinterest that encourages knowledge sharing and promotes science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.

Nancy Laben Named Booz Allen EVP, General Counsel
Nancy Laben, formerly general counsel at engineering and design company AECOM Technologies, has joined Booz Allen Hamilton as its executive vice president and general counsel.

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