Weekly News Kick Off: Defense Cuts Endanger U.S. Security; Kendall Wants to Drop Sequestration; and New Contract Wins - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. A bipartisan panel issued some stark warnings about how the defense cuts are compromising our national security. In addition, we take a look at sequestration’s impact on government contractors one year later. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Obama’s Steep Defense Cuts Endanger U.S. Security

A bipartisan panel of experts recently issued a stark warning about how cuts in military spending are putting our national security at risk.

Kendall Again Appeals to Congress to Drop Sequestration

The most important thing anyone can do to improve defense acquisition is to get rid of the threat of another budget sequester, but it has to come from Congress, according to Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

Sequestration: One Year Later

A year ago, federal contractors were all about sequestration and a looming government shutdown. TechBisnow recently checked-in with several contractors to see how life is treating them.

DoD Looking to Modernize Travel for Employees

The Defense Department will be modernizing its travel management system in an effort to make travel more affordable and efficient for its employees.

DISA Applies Big Data Analytics to Better Secure DoD Networks

As the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) gains momentum in the use of its cybersecurity analytics cloud, officials are looking toward better using the analytics to help secure Defense Department networks.

How One Army Base Is Getting To ‘Net Zero’ Energy Use

In an example of its push toward “net zero” energy environments, the Army is using a savings-based contracting program to install solar and wind power systems at a base in Puerto Rico, while cutting usage rates and augmenting its water supply.

Army Research Lab to Print 3D Skulls to Study the Effects of Shockwaves

Army Research Laboratory scientists are using 3D printing technologies to study the dangerous effects of shockwaves on the human brain, as part of an effort to find the best materials to prevent damage.

State Department, RocketHub Provides Online Crowdfunding Resource for Public Service Projects

The State Department is partnering with online crowdfunding platform RocketHub to find alternative funding and accelerate public service projects.

Northrop Grumman to Continue AF Battlefield Airborne Comm Node Support

Northrop Grumman has been awarded an $89.7 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to extend the company’s support for the Battlefield Airborne Communications Node system that the service uses in overseas contingency operations.

Boeing Wins $250 Million to Update NATO Warning, Control Aircraft Systems

Boeing has been awarded a $250 million contract to modernize flight decks and avionics equipment on NATO airborne warning and control system aircrafts.

DynCorp to Refresh State Dept IT Equipment Under $165 Million Order

DynCorp International has received a potential five-year, $165 million task order to provide information technology services to the U.S. State Department‘s more than 300 sites worldwide.

ManTech to Help Army Carry Out C3 Functions

ManTech International has received a potential two-year, $89.4 million task order to provide command, control and communications system support to the U.S. Army‘s software engineering center.

Army to Use Cubic’s ‘Homestation’ Mobile Training System

Cubic Corporation has won a potential five-year, $200 million contract to supply mobile instrumented training systems to the U.S. Army.


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