Weekly News Kick Off: Pentagon Learns to Live with Budget Uncertainty; DoD Aims to Enhance Procurement Communications; and DATA Act Passes Senate - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  The Pentagon is “learning to live” with budget uncertainty, while the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) sees the budget cycle continuing to decrease.  Meanwhile the Navy and the Army just announced two significant IDIQs. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Kendall: Pentagon Learning to Live With Budget Uncertainty
Since the Defense Department’s budget proposal was unveiled March 4, Pentagon officials are hopeful that Congress will meet them halfway, but hope is fading fast.

Clapper: Decreasing Budget Cycle Will Continue
The Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James Clapper, addressed the GEOINT 2013* Symposium attendees last week, and warned that the current budget cycle of the U.S. federal government will see no reprieve from current spending imperatives.

DoD Aims to Improve Procurement Communications
The Defense Department is considering sharing potential procurement requirements with industry even if those draft requirements never take effect, according to Assistant Secretary for Acquisition Katrina McFarland.

Senate Unanimously Passes DATA Act
The U.S. Senate recently passed an amended version of the bipartisan Digital Accountability and Transparency Act (S. 994), which would mandate federal agencies to report their financial data using standardized open data formats.

Long: NGA is Moving Toward ‘Immersive Intelligence’
Of the 17 U.S. intelligence agencies, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) is best suited to turn big data into actionable intelligence, NGA Director Letitia Long said.

From the Cloud to Your Pentagon-Issued Phone
Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) is in the process of figuring out how to adapt Web-based collaboration tools into apps that can be accessed from any computer, including tablets and smartphones.

NIST Releases Mobile App Vetting Tool
The National Institute of Standards and Technology is making it easier for agencies to vet mobile apps by releasing the first iteration of its free, open source tool that agencies can use to manage their app vetting workflow.

DARPA Explores Drone-Powered Wi-Fi
The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) is putting high-speed mobile hotspots on drones to carry long-range, high-capacity wireless hotspots over places where network access is scarce or absent.

Air Force Taps 12 Companies for $900 Million Homeland Defense R&D IDIQ
The U.S. Air Force has awarded positions on a potential seven-year, $900 million contract to 12 companies for research and development work in the homeland defense and security technical areas.

Navy Awards 7 Spots on $83 Million Program, Financial Management Services IDIQ
Seven companies have won positions on a potential three-year, $83 million contract to provide program and financial management services to the U.S. Navy.

U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command Awards Lockheed Martin $10 Million Contract To Maintain MK-48 Torpedoes
The Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) awarded Lockheed Martin a contract option worth approximately $10 million to support the Navy’s intermediate-level maintenance activities for all MK-48 torpedoes.

Rolls-Royce to Maintain Navy Training Aircraft Engines for $100 Million
Rolls-Royce has won a potential one-year, $100 million contract to maintain and provide logistics support for the U.S. Navy T-45 Goshawk training aircraft’s F405/Adour engines.  Be sure to check out our 2013 Q&A with Paul Craig, Rolls-Royce President Customer Services – Defense at Rolls-Royce, here.

Engility to Modernize Electronic Warfare Weapons Systems Under $40 Million Contract
Under a five-year, $40 million contract, Engility will help U.S. and Australian military forces modernize electronic warfare weapons systems.

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