Weekly News Kick Off: Iraq Defense Budget Challenges; U.S. CTO Resigns; New Contract Wins; and Creative Marketing and Contractors - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  While many of us were enjoying the last “dog days of summer” leading up to the Labor Day holiday weekend, the federal news-cycle kept on moving. This week, we are featuring stories about potential defense budget challenges due to increased activity in Iraq, the U.S. CTO officially resigning, and several new contract wins.  Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Tuesday.

Hagel: Iraq Crisis May Require Defense Budget Changes

The Pentagon might have to retool its $555 billion 2015 budget proposal to account for the threats posed by and actions taken against the Islamic State, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently said.

GSA, Air Force Team Up to Identify Cost-Effective Contracts

The General Services Administration and the Air Force will form a working group to identify enterprise-wide contracts that will save the Air Force money.

U.S. CTO Stepping Down

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park is stepping down from the job he has held since March 2012, and plans to take on a new role working as part of the White House team from Silicon Valley.

U.S. Army HR ERP Moving Into Second Phase

The Army’s Integrated Personnel and Pay System-Army (IPPS-A) will consolidate over 40 legacy pay and personnel systems and will eventually serve 1.1 million soldiers and encompass 157 business processes.

CDC Software Helps Fight Ebola

Health workers now have a new toolset to detect and help prevent the spread of infectious diseases – such as Ebola – as a team at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues efforts to fine-tune a suite of software used by epidemiologists.

NGA’s Map to Put a World of Geospatial Intelligence in One Place

By 2018, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency envisions a seamless, dynamic Map of the World (MoW) that enables users across the Intelligence Community to visualize and access integrated intelligence content fixed to accurate and authoritative geographic features on Earth.

SAIC Launches New Cybersecurity Platform

SAIC has launched a new cybersecurity solution called “Cybersecurity Edge” that protects customers from hackers, viruses and malware.

Northrop Grumman Eyes Europe for Drone Business

Northrop Grumman is anticipating that the introduction of high-altitude surveillance drones within the North Atlantic Treaty Organization will help trigger orders for dozens of such aircraft from European armed forces.

U.S. Navy to Test Lockheed Martin Industrial Exoskeletons

Lockheed Martin has received a contract through the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS) for the U.S. Navy to evaluate and test two FORTIS exoskeletons. This marks the first procurement of Lockheed Martin’s exoskeletons for industrial use.

Leidos to Produce Digital Maps for Intelligence Community

The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) awarded Leidos a contract potentially worth $20 million to provide digital mapping production services to the national security and geospatial intelligence communities.

DHS Picks InfoReliance for EINSTEIN Support

InfoReliance has won a $65 million contract from DHS’s Office of Cybersecurity and Communications to support the EINSTEIN National Cybersecurity Protection System and Enhanced Cybersecurity Services Programs.

In Tough Times, Contractors Turn To Creative Marketing Campaigns

Market Connections was featured prominently in this Washington Post story about how contractors are embracing creative marketing campaigns to achieve differentiation in today’s competitive marketplace.

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