Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently stated our country’s ability to fight terrorism has been weakened. In addition, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is calling on agencies to break bad IT habits, and we have a number of new contract wins. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off. Happy Monday.
Clapper: Terror Threat Is Growing
A “perfect storm” of factors has weakened the country’s ability to prevent and fight terrorism, according to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper.
Gates: Agencies Must Break Bad Habits to Modernize IT Systems
Agency leaders need to break down cultural barriers and engage employees in order to succeed in modernizing IT systems, according to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates.
Budget Cuts Push Federal Hiring to 10-Year Low
Years of budget cuts have pushed federal hiring to its lowest levels in almost 10 years, with nearly every agency seeing drastic drops in new employees.
Former Navy Secretary Calls for Minimalist Approach to IT Security
Former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig has unusual advice for the U.S. government: Enhance cybersecurity by cutting back on overly complex IT systems.
NGA’s Online Exchange Facilitates Fast Acquisition
The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency is undertaking an initiative to expand industry partnerships and to make critical capabilities speedier to acquire.
Interior Department Consolidating Content Management Systems
The Interior Department is consolidating its nine content management platforms into a single one, hosted in the cloud and based on the open source Drupal CMS.
An ISR Drone In Your Pocket
Researchers at the Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center are developing a Matchbox-sized drone specifically for soldiers in small, squad-sized units under a program called Cargo Pocket Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance,(CP-ISR).
USGS Draws FEMA a 3D Map
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating its flood-mapping capabilities and online services, backed by a newly funded program at the U.S. Geological Survey.
Air Force Extends Northrop’s Weather Forecasting Contract
Northrop Grumman has won a contract worth $300 million to help the U.S. Air Force disseminate weather prediction data for military users worldwide.
General Dynamics Receives Peruvian Marines Armored Carriers Order
A General Dynamics subsidiary will build 32 armored personnel carriers for the Peruvian Marines under a $67 million contract awarded by Peru’s defense ministry.
Bell Boeing Awarded $70 Million Osprey Improved Inlet Solution Contract
The Naval Air Systems Command has contracted the Bell-Boeing Joint Project Office to perform upgrades on the V-22 Osprey aircraft under a $69.7 million cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order.
BAE Wins $40 Million Contract For Common Missile Warning System Hardware
BAE Systems has won several contracts totaling $40 million to supply the U.S. Army with the Common Missile Warning System‘s third-generation configuration as part of a larger $496 million order for 1,300 Gen3 systems.
Engility Wins $10 Million Award to Support USAID Efforts to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Guatemala
Engility has been awarded a $10.1 million contract to provide technical advisory services to the Guatemala office of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Guatemalan government to support the development and implementation of a low emissions development strategy.
ManTech Awarded $39.6 Million Contract for U.S. Navy Ship Maintenance and Logistics Information Systems Services
The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) has awarded ManTech International Corporation a $39.6 million contract to provide systems operation, sustainment, and support services for the Navy Ship Maintenance and Logistics Information Systems (SMLIS) program.