Weekly News Kick Off: Hagel Warns of 2014 Budget Dangers; Sequestration Hurts Us All; Napolitano is Resigning; and Much More - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog. The anti-sequestration PR machine is still humming along with Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and many think tanks speaking out about the cuts.   But, perhaps sequestration and the Pentagon furloughs are the ‘new normal’?  Be sure to check out this and much more in the Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Hagel Warns Senators of 2014 Budget Dangers
In a letter to the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned of potentially dire threats to national security if Congress fails to reverse steep budget cuts for the 2014 fiscal year.

Pentagon Furloughs May Be the New Normal
According to this Op-Ed, there are simply too many civilians employed by the Defense Department now and too little money to go around – making furloughs the ‘new normal.’

Sequestration Hurts Us All
Here’s what the Center for American Progress really thinks about sequestration.

Air Force: No Indications of Booz Allen Wrongdoing in Snowden Case
The Air Force has determined that Booz Allen Hamilton is not responsible for the disclosure of government secrets by former employee Edward Snowden.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is Resigning
In a surprise move, Janet Napolitano, secretary of Homeland Security, is resigning from her post, and will become the President of the University of California.

Large Agencies on Board with DHS’ Cyber Program
DHS plans to award a potential $6 billion contract as early as this month to provide continuous monitoring cybersecurity services to the 17 largest federal civilian agencies and itself.

Agencies Show Interest In OASIS Contract
Agency demand is growing for the GSA’s One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS) program, which is a next generation contract for complex, integrated services.

More Government Support for Big Data Initiatives Needed
To get an idea of the breadth and complexity of “big data,” consider a few of these projects proposed by the Obama Administration.

Building a Secure, Global DoD Mobile Enterprise to Support Warfighters
With U.S. military forces increasingly mobile, the Joint Information Environment (JIE) is envisioned as a robust and resilient enterprise that delivers faster collaboration and better-informed decisions through secure, seamless access to information anytime.

Air Force Testing iPad Minis to Replace Traditional Paper Navigation
The Air Force will soon test the effectiveness of using iPad minis to replace traditional paper navigation charts and flight manuals found in flight bags.

Lockheed Martin Delivers 100th Targeting System for F-35
Lockheed Martin announced that it has delivered the 100th Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) for the F-35 Lightning II.

Northrop Grumman Sponsors Second Year of Collaborative Engineering Project by California State University Students
Northrop Grumman recently sponsored the second year of a student project that successfully demonstrated the collaboration between unmanned aerial and ground vehicles

Harris Corporation Honored by the National Veteran Small Business Coalition for Contracting with Veterans
The National Veteran Small Business Coalition recently presented Harris Corporation with its Champions of Veteran Enterprise award.

ITT Exelis Teams with SAIC to Counter Future Radar Threats
ITT Exelis has been selected by SAIC to provide engineering support for the Adaptive Radar Countermeasures (ARC) program, which is worth $15.6 million.

CACI Awarded $9.4 Million Contract to Provide Command and Control Services to U.S. Navy
Congratulations to CACI for being awarded a $9.4 million prime contract to provide C4ISR support services for the U.S. Navy.

L-3 to Upgrade Flight Simulators For Navy and Marine Corps Jets
Congratulations to L-3 Communications for winning a $33.2 million contract modification to provide upgraded flight simulators for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps.

Noel Samuel Named CFO at immixGroup
Noel N. Samuel, a 20-year corporate finance and business development veteran, has joined immixGroup as the company’s CFO.



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