Weekly News Kick Off: Defense Cuts Puts Military on Dangerous Course; Cyber Brain Drain and Government; and GEOINT 2013* Kicks Off - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  Defense cuts are putting the U.S. military on a “dangerous course,” according to The National Journal.  In addition, the federal government is losing talent in the cyber field, and GEOINT 2013* kicks off this week. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Security Insiders: Defense-Budget Cuts Put the Military on a Dangerous Course
The planned cuts to the Pentagon’s budget put the U.S. military on a dangerous course with too few resources to fight, according to an informal poll of National Journal‘s pool of security experts.

Justice Cuts IT Procurements Over Cyber Risks
The Justice Department evaluated more than 1,000 contractors tied to acquisitions for its national security and enterprise IT systems, and found that seven IT procurements had vendors tied to “questionable foreign ownership, control or influence, criminal activities, financial, counterintelligence or counterrorism.”

Agencies React to ‘Heartbleed’ Security Hole
The “Heartbleed” flaw, a dangerous crack in one of the cornerstones of Internet security has major companies scrambling to install security patches, but federal agency IT operations also have work to do as well, according to FCW.

Federal Government Still Facing Cyber Brain Drain
The federal government is losing talent in cyber fields, and the problem is only going to get worse, according to the Security Innovation Network (SINET).

GSA to Offer One-Stop Shop
The General Services Administration is developing a new way for agencies to purchase goods and services by combining data and expertise into a common platform.

Navy Committed, But Cautious, on Joint Information Environment
The Navy is on board with the Defense Department’s Joint Information Environment, but does want to address concerns over security, cost and standards, according to CIO Terry Halversen.

Lockheed Martin Opens New Office in Israel
Lockheed Martin has opened a new office in Be’er Sheva, Israel, which the Israeli military is promoting as a center for its technology development.

Army Hands Potential $1 Billion Radio Deal to Exelis, General Dynamics, Harris and Thales
Four companies have won positions on a potential 10-year, $988 million contract with the U.S. Army to manufacture radio applications for usage by brigade combat teams.

Raytheon, Air Force Research Laboratory to Build Space Imaging Sensor
Under a five-year, $33.7 million contract, Raytheon and researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory will develop a sensor space instrument.

SRA Secures $148 Million Contract from GAO Information Systems and Technology Services
SRA International announced that the company has successfully secured a contract to provide IT infrastructure and operational support to the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) Information Systems and Technology Services (ISTS) office. The five-year contract is worth $148 million if all options are exercised.

SAIC Awarded Contract by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific
The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific’s (SSC PACIFIC) Training Development and Support Center awarded SAIC a prime contract, a value of more than $35 million, to provide a range of training services.

General Dynamics Awarded $23 Million to Develop Modeling Software for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command
General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded the Joint Effects Model (JEM) Increment 2 contract by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR).

CACI’s Six3 Systems Deal Named Best of the Year
Washington Technology named CACI International’s acquisition of Six3 Systems as the best deal of the year.

USGIF Announces Final Keynote Lineup for GEOINT 2013* Symposium
The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) announced the final lineup of keynote speakers for the GEOINT 2013* Symposium, taking place this week in Tampa, Fla. Stay tuned for FedPulse coverage from the event.

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