Weekly News Kick Off: The $52.6 Billion Intel ‘Black Budget;’ U.S. Military to Remain Strong Despite Sequestration; and Northrop Buys Qantas Defense Unit - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  The Washington Post ran the biggest federal news piece last week when it exposed the Intelligence Community’s ‘black budget.’  In addition, federal contractors keep winning more business and Northrop Grumman is buying the defense unit of Qantas Airways – to enhance its international offerings.  Be sure to check out this and much more in this post Labor Day Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Tuesday.

The $52.6 Billion ‘Black Budget’ for the Intelligence Community
The Washington Post offered a glimpse into an often-unseen ‘black budget’ for the Intelligence Community.

U.S. Military Will Remain Strong Despite Budget Cuts, Hagel Tells Hawaii Marines
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently assured Marines and sailors in Hawaii that despite deep budget and force cuts, the U.S. military will remain the world’s best, and the nation will honor the commitments it has made to them.

White House, Republican Senators Give Up On Budget Talks
The Obama administration and a group of Republican senators abandoned efforts last week to hammer out a budget deal and avoid a showdown over the national debt.

No, Sequestration Did Not Destroy D.C. Tourism
When Congress failed to stop the sequester in the spring, Washington braced itself for a terrible summer, turned out not to be the case.

Obama: 1 Percent Pay Raise for Federal Workers
President Obama moved Friday to end a three-year freeze in federal pay scales, issuing an executive order that provides a modest 1 percent hike.

GAO Calls for Army to Tweak NIE
According to the GAO, the Army should subject new technologies to developmental testing before moving them into operational testing at its Network Integration Evaluations (NIEs).

NIST Seeks Feedback on Draft Cybersecurity Framework
NIST is one step closer to finalizing what will become a framework of best practices and voluntary standards for securing critical infrastructure systems.

Report: Modular Projects Are More Successful
FCW spotlighted the recent Market Connections and FierceGovernment IT PulsePoll about the success of modular and Agile IT projects.

Insights Into the VA’s Mobile Strategy
Charles De Sanno of the Department of Veterans Affairs provided some candid insights into the VA’s mobile strategy here.

Booz Allen Keeps Winning Government Security Contracts After Snowden Leak
In the months since Edward Snowden leaked damaging national security information, Booz Allen has won several new federal deals.

U.S. Navy Awards Lockheed Martin $37 Million Contract for Heavyweight Torpedo Program
Congratulations to Lockheed Martin for winning a $37 million contract from the U.S. Navy to upgrade kits and services for the MK 48 heavyweight torpedo.

Northrop Grumman to Buy Qantas Defense Unit
Northrop Grumman agreed to buy the defense unit of Australian flag carrier Qantas Airways, as it seeks to increase its international exposure.

SAIC Awarded Contract by Department of Homeland Security
Congratulations to SAIC for winning a prime contract by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to provide tools and services to implement continuous monitoring through the Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM) program.

Robert Hosozawa Named Northrop Integrated Logistics, Modernization Business Management VP
Robert Hosozawa, formerly a business management director at Northrop Grumman, has been appointed vice president of business management for a division within the company’s technical services sector.

Robert Scoble and Shel Israel to Give Joint Keynote at GEOINT 2013
Technology enthusiasts Robert Scoble and Shel Israel will introduce their new book, “Age of Context: Mobile, Sensors Data & the Future of Privacy” at GEOINT 2013.

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