Weekly News Kick Off: Senate Preps for Sequestration Fight; Nine More Years of Budget Austerity; HP Wins NGEN Contract; and Much More - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  It seems that the next big battle in the Senate will be sequestration.  Let’s hope the right policies are passed, because Politico reminded us that these austerity measures would last for nine years.  Though all hope is not lost.  Lockheed, Northrop Raytheon, SAIC and General Dynamics all announced new contract wins.  Be sure to check out this news and much more in today’s Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Senate Prepares for a Fight Over Sequestration
Senators are drawing battle lines in what is likely to be the next big fight: spending levels.

The Sequester’s Long, Slow Burn
There are nine more years of budget austerity to go and that means the federal government must dig in much tougher places to find savings.

Marines Could Cut 8,000 Troops if Sequestration Sticks Around
Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos said that continued budget cuts from sequestration could mean the loss of 8,000 troops from the service.

House Appropriations Votes to Reduce DoE Supercomputing Funding
Funding for supercomputing research at the Energy Department would substantially decrease should a House Appropriations Committee spending bill for the coming fiscal year become law.

DoD Announces Long-Awaited NGEN Contract
A team led by Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services will be providing the Navy with the massive bundle of IT services and infrastructure known as the Next Generation Enterprise Network.

DARPA Takes a Smart-Phone Approach to Android Ground Sensors
The military is taking a page from the smart-phone industry in an effort to speed up development of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) ground sensors.

Purchase Agreements to Profit Small Contractors
The GSA is looking to expand opportunities for small business contractors.

There’s a New Commander of Army Cyber Command
Major Gen. Edward Cardon joins Cyber Command as its second command general.

Lockheed Martin Wins $206 Million Army Radar Contract
Congratulations to Lockheed Martin for winning a $206.8 million contract for mobile radar systems that can track incoming rocket, mortar and artillery fire.

Raytheon Receives $126 Million SM-3 Contract
Congratulations to Raytheon Company for winning a $126 million contract to develop the SM-3 missile, which is designed to destroy incoming short-, medium-, and intermediate-range ballistic missile threats.

Northrop Grumman Wins $28M Contract to Support Littoral Combat Ships
Congratulations to Northrop Grumman for winning a $28 million contract with the U.S. Navy to provide engineering and production-planning services for components in support of littoral combat ships.

SAIC Awarded Contract By National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Congratulations to SAIC for winning a prime contract by NASA to provide safety and mission assurance engineering support services.

Sotera Taps SRA’s Deb Alderson as CEO
Sotera Defense Solutions has named Deb Alderson President and CEO, effective July 8.

AT&T Government Fights Downturn with Investments
Despite government cuts to contracting, AT&T is focused on investment, putting $19.7 billion into its networks in 2012 alone and $98 billion since 2008 – an effort that is paying off in the government arena.

General Dynamics Continues Project to Upgrade Submarine Electronics with COTS Computers
U.S. Navy officials are asking General Dynamics Information Systems to continue a project that seeks to upgrade the combat systems aboard U.S. missile and fast-attack submarines with COTS systems. 

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