Weekly News Kick Off: Obama Signs Budget Deal; More Cyber Pros Needed; Lockheed, Harris and Raytheon Announce New Contracts - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  Stretching into week two of the extended holiday, we are seeing that the federal news cycle has slowed down a bit – but not too much.  President Obama signed the budget deal, and Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and others announced new contract wins. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Obama Signs Bipartisan Budget Deal, Annual Defense Bill
Last week, President Barack Obama signed a compromise budget that averts another government shutdown and a defense bill that provides base a budget of $526.8 billion in 2014.

Government Contractors Feel Pain from Shutdown, Sequestration
Federal contractors rethink business strategies to weather uncertainty, declining revenue in government business, according to InformationWeek Government’s recent coverage of Market Connections’ sequestration PulsePoll™.

Tracking 2013’s Top Tech News
From drones to Google Glass and Business Intelligence, Federal Times has pulled together the top government technology trends of 2013.

Cyber Pro Numbers Set To Grow
Despite the otherwise lean budgets expected for the next few years, military and civilian agencies plan to increase the numbers of cybersecurity experts in their ranks.

DARPA Contest Lets Robots Compete to Save Humanity from Itself
15 teams competed in a robotics challenge sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) — to effectively use robots in emergency situations.

Lockheed Martin, Raytheon Get Space Fence Bridge Contracts
The U.S. Air Force has awarded two contracts worth about $10 million combined for Lockheed Martin and Raytheon to further demonstrate how their competing prototypes of an advanced space surveillance system would handle a range of operational scenarios.

Harris Wins $149 Million to Deploy Tactical Radios for Militaries in Australia, Middle East
Congratulations to Harris Corporation for winning two contracts worth up to a combined $149 million to supply multiband radios to the Australian department of defense and an unspecified Middle East nation.

Battlespace Awareness and C2: Defining the Future
Booz Allen is hosting and sponsoring the AFEI Industry Day on January 10th, which will bring together senior DoD leaders from the DI2E and JC2 communities to discuss the future of the DoD IT and mission environment.  Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with key players and gather insights into agency objectives!

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