Weekly News Kick Off: Obama’s Vision for National Security; China’s New Tech Edge; Federal Retirements to Increase; and More Contract Wins - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  Last week, President Obama laid out his vision for national security, which will rest upon using more diplomatic tactics, while China is challenging our nation’s technological edge.  In addition, the federal government will be facing a wave of retirement in the next three years. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

China Challenging U.S. Military Technological Edge: Pentagon Official
The U.S. military’s technological superiority is increasingly challenged by China, and efforts to maintain an edge are complicated by shrinking defense budgets, according to the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer.

State of the Union: Obama Emphasizes Diplomacy to Strengthen Security
The country must maintain a strong military but “move off” a permanent war footing and look toward partnerships, diplomatic solutions and precision operations for dealing with world threats, President Obama said in his State of the Union last week.

Clapper Praises Rogers’ Nomination as Next Cyber Chief
Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper has praised President Barack Obama’s nomination of Navy Vice Adm. Michael S. Rogers to be the next commander of U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service.

Lockheed Sees Relief for Defense Spending After 2014 ‘Trough’
Lockheed Martin recently forecasted higher earnings in 2014 after U.S. defense budget cuts and workforce reductions depressed earnings in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Federal Retirement Wave Gathering Force
The percentage of federal workers eligible to retire will roughly double by 2017, underscoring the need for agencies to prepare for the loss of experienced, high-level staff, according to the Government Accountability Office.

6 Ways To Improve Cybersecurity Through Acquisition
Training acquisition staff in cybersecurity and coming up with a common cybersecurity vocabulary are two ways to help protect government systems when buying new IT products, according to a report by the Defense Department and General Services Administration.

Raytheon Back to Work on Next Generation Jammer
Raytheon has announced that it is ready to resume work on the Next Generation Jammer (NGJ) following the Navy’s reconfirmation of the contract.

Engility Completes Acquisition of Dynamics Research Corporation
Engility announced that it has officially completed the acquisition of Dynamics Research Corporation.

Lockheed Awarded $440 Million National Airspace System Contract Extension
Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $440 million contract extension to continue performing integration and implementation services for the Federal Aviation Administration’s National Airspace System.

Northrop to Help Sustain Air Force Embedded GPS System for $200 Million
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a potential four-year, $200 million contract to help the Air Force integrate and sustain a GPS navigation system.

US, Iraq Strike $6 Billion Deal for Boeing Apache Helicopters
Iraq will acquire 24 Boeing-made Apache attack helicopters through an approved $6.2 billion deal under the Pentagon’s foreign military sales program.

CEO Tony Moraco Reflects on the ‘New’ SAIC
Approximately four months ago SAIC was spun into a $4 billion information technology services company.  Here are some reflections about this change from CEO Tony Moraco.

ManTech Awarded $85 Million Contract to Provide Range Sustainability Services for Military Training and Testing Range Complexes
The U.S. Navy’s Naval Facilities Engineering Command Pacific has awarded ManTech International with an $85 million prime contract to provide range sustainability services for military training and testing range complexes and assets at various locations worldwide.

FBI Awards Sotera $60 Million Task Order to Support Sentinel Engineering and Sustainment Support Services
Sotera Defense Solutions was recently awarded a $60 million task order for the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Sentinel Engineering and Sustainment Support.

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