Weekly News Kick Off: New Global Threats Challenge Defense Budget; OASIS Contract Open for Business and New Contract Wins - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  With the current threat landscape changing in the Iraq, many experts are pointing out the dangers of a decreased defense budget. In addition, the long-awaited OASIS contract is now moving forward there were several significant new contract wins over the past week. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Could Global Threat Picture Restore U.S. Defense Increases?

Some analysts forecast that the current threat picture will prompt U.S. lawmakers to address defense-spending issues when they return from August recess.

Ex-U.S. Defense Officials See Danger in Slashing Pentagon Budgets

Former top U.S. defense officials sounded an alarm over falling Pentagon spending, warning that budget cuts had undermined military preparedness for future conflicts and were jeopardizing the U.S. leadership position in the world.

GSA Greenlights Spending on OASIS Contract

The General Services Administration issued a notice to proceed on Sept. 3, which means agencies can begin purchasing professional services from 74 companies on the multibillion OASIS contract.

Google’s Megan Smith is Top Candidate for U.S. CTO

Less than a week after Todd Park announced he would be leaving his role as U.S. Chief Technology Officer, Google’s Megan Smith is emerging as a top candidate for the CTO role. 

Mobility Becomes Central to DISA’s Strategy

As the Defense Information Systems Agency rolls out shared-service offerings under its unified capabilities (UC) effort, officials say they want to integrate mobility into applications rather than focus separately on smart phones and devices.

NIST Seeks Feedback on Standards to Protect Critical Infrastructure

The National Institute of Standards and Technology is seeking insights from critical infrastructure providers about their experiences with the six-month-old voluntary cybersecurity framework.

Navy’s Tactical Cloud Would See All in Expeditionary Warfare

The Navy wants to take advantage of cloud computing and big data to develop tactical tools that could, for example, allow a commander aboard a ship to view a dashboard that tracks everything happening during a mission in real-time, in order to anticipate changes in conditions and predict likely outcomes.

NASA to Award Space Transportation Contract by Early September

NASA will award a contract or contracts to develop space vehicles for transporting U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station by early September.

Army’s Air Defense Simulator Gets a Big Upgrade

Looking to more effectively train soldiers in anti-aircraft operations—and do it without having to use real aircraft or missiles—the Army has upgraded the high-tech simulator it uses to project virtual aircraft and weather conditions.

General Dynamics to Help Navy Refurbish U.S.S. Pearl Harbor

A General Dynamics subsidiary has been awarded a $139.9 million contract modification to update and maintain the U.S.S. Pearl Harbor for the Navy.

Navy Picks 5 Firms for $240 Million F-35 Hangar Construction IDIQ

The U.S. Navy‘s Naval Facilities Engineering Command has awarded positions on a potential three-year $240 million contract to five companies for F-35 maintenance hub design and construction services

India Plans $2.5 Billion Purchase of Boeing Chinook, Apache Helicopters

India has approved a deal to purchase Boeing-built Chinook and Apache helicopters for approximately $2.5 billion.

SAIC to Provide Navy With Supply Chain Mgmt Support for Up to $144 Million

SAIC has won a potential 10-year, $144 million supply chain management contract for the U.S. Navy‘s industrial hardware used in the repair, maintenance and overhaul of aviation equipment.

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