Weekly News Kick Off: DoD Budget Cap Plan; Ukraine Threat Boosts Defense Budgets; and Decline in Fed Innovation - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. The Department of Defense (DoD) launched its plan if the budget cap remains, while a new Pentagon reports that sequestration would minimize our nation’s security efforts. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

DoD Details Planned Cuts If Budget Caps Remain
The Pentagon has laid out plans for how it would cut $66 billion in procurement and research-and-development projects between 2016 and 2019 should U.S. defense spending caps remain in place.

Pentagon Report Finds Sequestration Cuts Would Reduce National Security
More than $1 trillion in sequestration-related defense cuts, slated for now through 2021, “would significantly increase risks both in the short- and long-term security,” according to a recent report by the Pentagon.

Raytheon Executive Sees Ukraine Threat Boosting Defense Budgets
Last week, Dave Wajsgras, Raytheon’s CFO, said that a number of countries are revisiting their defense budgets in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine, which is part of a broader uptick in international military sales for the company.

Feds See Innovation Decline Within Government
Support for innovation is declining across the government, according to a report by the Partnership for Public Service released April 23rd.

GSA Gears Up For Next Phase of DHS Consolidation
The General Services Administration is gearing up for the next phase of its consolidation of the Department of Homeland Security into one location.

Increased Trust Boosts Pentagon-Industry Info Sharing
The DoD’s information-sharing effort called the Defense Industrial Base Cybersecurity Information Assurance program has made significant strides since its launch in 2007.

Air Force Wants ‘Mini Crypto’ Devices For Battlefield Operations
The Air Force is addressing the need for secure communication on the battlefield with its Mini Crypto program.

The SI Organization to Acquire QinetiQ North America Services and Solution Group
The SI Organization has signed a definitive agreement to acquire QinetiQ North America Services and Solutions Group.

Australia to Buy 58 Lockheed F-35 Jets for $12B
Australia will purchase 58 Lockheed Martin F-35 fighter jets for nearly $11.64 billion in addition to the 14 planes the country ordered in 2009.

Navy Increases Harris’ SATCOM Terminal Contract Ceiling to $250 Million
Harris Corporation will deliver 120 shipboard satellite communications terminals to the U.S. Navy under an eight-year, $133 million contract.

Leidos to Help Air Force Leaders Use Targeting
Leidos will help the Air Combat Command work to synchronize technologies for air, space and cyberspace operations under a potential three-year task order worth up to $17 million.

Navy Orders Northrop Mission Computers for Marine Corps’ Viper, Venom Choppers
Northrop Grumman will provide mission computers to the U.S. Marine Corps for two types of attack helicopters under a $10.6 million low-rate initial production contract.

Engility Lands Contract to Help Air Force Manage Sentinel UAVs
Engility will administer networks and manage security for the U.S. Air Force‘s RQ-170 Sentinel unmanned aerial vehicles under a three-year, $11 million contract.

Northrop Grumman Ranked 28th for Diversity on Inc’s 2014 Top 50 Companies Diversity List
Northrop Grumman Corporation has been ranked 28th for diversity on Inc’s annual Top 50 Companies Diversity list.

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