Weekly News Kick Off: Navy to Cut Senior Officer Positions; States Embrace for Next Round of Sequester Cuts; and SAIC Wins $1.7 Billion Contract - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  With the potential second round of across-the-board cuts around the corner, new stories about potential job losses for both civilian defense employees and senior leadership are dominating the news cycle. Meanwhile, the contract wins keep racking up with SAIC winning the biggest piece of business of the week.  Be sure to check out this and much more in the Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Sequestration Hits Military Senior Ranks
The Navy will cut or consolidate 35 flag officer positions, while the Army plans to reduce Headquarters staff by 25 percent.

States Brace for New Round of Sequester Cuts
States have been forced to gear up for a potential second round of across-the-board federal spending cuts after Congress left for its summer recess without a budget deal.

Pentagon Planning to Lay Off Thousands of Civilians After September
The Defense Department is preparing to lay off more than 6,000 civilian employees starting in October, should sequestration cuts continue, as expected.

Poll Finds Modular Contracting Yields Project Success
Federal IT professionals cite an average IT project success rate of 60 percent over the last three years. However, modular development adopters report higher success rates, and 64 percent of respondents agree that modular development improves IT outcomes. These are some of the findings of the recent Market Connections-FierceGovernmentIT PulsePoll™, which asked federal IT professionals about their perceptions of IT success and use of modular and Agile software development.

Government CIOs Have More Clout, Shorter Terms
Government CIOs have responsibilities outside of information technology and work one year less than their private sector peers, according to a new study.

NOAA Undertakes Post-Sandy Mapping
A year after Hurricane Sandy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA has been given $47.5 million to make sense of the topological aftermath.

DARPA Field Tests Tactical Cloud Software
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has completed initial software testing of its Content-Based Mobile Edge Networking program, which is designed to transmit intelligence and imagery on the battlefield via mobile devices.

SAIC Wins $1.7 Billion Contract to Provide Medical Services to NASA
Congratulations to SAIC for winning a $1.76 billion contract from NASA for biomedical, medical and health services for its human spaceflight programs.

Raytheon Providing Border Security System to Philippines
The U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency has contracted Raytheon to design and build a maritime border security system for the Philippines.

Northrop Grumman Donates Training Software Worth $3M To Naval Academy
Northrop Grumman donated $3 million worth of its Voyage Management System (VMS) software to the Naval Academy Foundation for midshipmen training.

Lockheed Martin F-35B Completes First Night Vertical Landing
Lockheed Martin’s F-35B recently completed its first vertical landing at night aboard the USS Wasp.

ManTech Awarded DHS Cybersecurity Contract to Provide Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation Tools and Services
Congratulations to ManTech for winning a five-year Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) with up to $6 billion to provide cyber security services across a wide range of “.gov” networks.

DynCorp to Support U.S. Airbase in Qatar
Congratulations to DynCorp International for winning a potential $20.4 million contract for equipment and service support to U.S. forces at a military airbase in Qatar.

CACI Wins $75 Million Contract for Air Force Medical Logistics Support
Congratulations to CACI for winning $75 million contract to provide the U.S. Air Force with expeditionary medical material support services.

L-3 Communications Lands $11 Million Army Contract
Congratulations to L-3 Communications for winning a $11 million modification to an existing Army contract for the production of 188 Level Two Manned-Unmanned Product Improvement Plan B-Kits, 16 Transit Cases number one and 16 Transit Cases number two.

BAE Systems’ U.S. CEO to Retire in 2014
Linda Hudson, CEO of the U.S. unit of BAE Systems will retire early next year.

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