Weekly News Kick Off: Elections Change the Face of Congress; Cloud Spending Set to Soar - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off. The elections last week changed the make up Congress, and it will be interesting to see what other changes happen as a result. Tomorrow, we look forward to honoring our nation’s veterans. Enjoy these highlights.

White House Eyes Constructive Talks with GOP-led Congress
Defense analysts believe the recent elections could open a window of opportunity for President Barack Obama and Republican lawmakers to cooperate on fiscal initiatives, Breaking Defense reports.

No Major Changes in Defense Spending Expected with New Congress
Pentagon acquisitions chief Frank Kendall said work inside the Defense Department will go on regardless of the coming political climate in a Republican-led Congress, Defense One reports. Kendall also believes there will be new opportunities to break congressional gridlock with new leadership in the Senate and House.

Honor Vets at the National Veterans Day Ceremony
The Veterans Day National Ceremony is an annual event at Arlington National Cemetery. The ceremony commences precisely at 11:00 a.m. on November 11 with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and continues inside the Memorial Amphitheater with a parade of colors by veterans’ organizations and remarks from dignitaries. The ceremony is intended to honor and thank all who served in the United States Armed Forces. Find more details here.

Public IT Cloud Spending to Hit $127B in 2018
A new forecast from International Data Corp. predicts public information technology cloud services spending will grow to more than $127 billion in 2018 from the $56.6 billion projected for 2014. That IT cloud spending growth represents more than 50 percent of software, server and storage spending worldwide in 2018, IDC said.

NASA’s Ames Research Facility Plans Transition to Cloud Computing
A NASA research facility wants to adopt a commercial cloud platform to manage scientific virtual collaboration, mobility and enterprise functions, Federal News Radio reported.The station reports NASA’s Ames Research Center in California has partnered with the space agency’s Washington headquarters to form an organization that will facilitate cloud migration at the facility.

White House Procurement Office Wants “Single Managers” for Common Acquisitions
Anne Rung, administrator of the Office of Federal Procurement Policy said her office wants to place common acquisitions in the federal government “under single managers,” GovExec reported. At a National Contract Management Association symposium, she said OFPP seeks to highlight performance in order to deliver customer service and reduce costs as part of President Obama’s management agenda.

Cyberspace Expands Threat Matrix
National security experts warn there is no privacy or security any more. “It has become apparent to all of us, as it did in the early 2000s, there are no secrets. We ought to just give up the notion of secrets, [and also] no such notion of security,” said Stephen Cambone, former Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, Thursday at SAP NS2’s National Security Summit. Cambone calls for increased public understanding of cybersecurity, Information Week reported.

Army Research Lab Maps 20-Year Plan for Military Science, Innovation
The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has published a document of the organization’s scientific and technical approaches to strengthen military strategy on land over the next 20 years. ARL said its “Science and Technology Campaign Plans for 2015-2035″ document highlights lab work on extramural research, computing, lethality and protection, advanced materials, mobility, analytical processes, human sciences and information technology.

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