Weekly News Kick Off: A Potentially More Stable 2015 Defense Budget; Bid Protests Down; and Social Government 2014 - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  The topic of the defense budget is still dominating the headlines with insights on the 2015 budget and new ways to cut overall spending. Though as always, contractors keep announcing new wins. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Defense Budget Process for Fiscal 2015 Likely to Be More Stable
For fiscal 2015, Congress has provided a $10 billion boost to the cap for defense spending, and the Pentagon has committed to proposing a budget that stays within that, according to Roll Call.

CBO Suggests Tough Defense Spending Cuts
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office has proposed six ways to reduce defense spending ranging from deep cuts to the military services to controversial reductions in pay and benefits.

Bid Protests Declined In 2013
The number of bid protests fell 2 percent in fiscal 2013, 2,429 compared to 2,475 in FY 2012, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Air Force to Hire Contractors for Cyber Training
The Air Force is seeking contractor support to augment personnel at its premier cyber operations and information training unit.

A Better, More Social Government In 2014
For 2014, the field of social media for public services will continue to see growth and technological advancement as social data allows agencies to make their programs more responsive and user-centric.

GSA’s Chief Technology Officer Departing for the Private Sector
Casey Coleman is leaving her position as the General Services Administration’s chief information officer to take a job at AT&T.

BlackBerry to Open DC Security Tech Innovation Hub
BlackBerry will open an innovation center in Washington in an effort to help government and industry partners build mobile security platforms.

Lockheed Martin Receives $449 Million in Contracts for JASSM Production
Lockheed Martin received two production contracts totaling $449 million from the U.S. Air Force for continued production of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM) and the Extended Range (ER) variant.

Northrop Grumman and Trex Enterprises to Introduce Celestial Navigation to Soldier Precision Targeting Laser Systems
Northrop Grumman announced an agreement to collaborate with Trex Enterprises Corporation to bring celestial navigation technology to the precision targeting capability provided to the U.S. military and allied forces.

BAE Systems Picks Former General Dynamics Exec as New U.S. Chief
BAE Systems named Jerry DeMuro to run its U.S. operations, replacing Linda Hudson, who announced plans to retire in August.

Jacobs Awarded $135 Million for Army Logistics, Procurement Services
Congratulations to Jacobs Engineering Group for winning a potential three-year $135 million task order covering transportation and acquisition services for the Army‘s global contingency efforts.

SRA Wins Prime Position on $900 Million SPAWAR Systems Center Atlantic’s Transport, Computing and Infrastructure IDIQ Pillar
Congratulations to SRA International for winning a $900 million prime IDIQ for supporting the U.S. Navy’s Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic (SSC Atlantic)

Army Selects TerraGo for Portable Geospatial Intelligence
Congratulations to TerraGo for being selected by the Army’s Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS-A) program for software that provides geospatial intelligence to remote warfighters, anywhere – even without network connectivity.

Intergraph Launches Intergraph Geospatial 2014
Intergraph has launched Intergraph Geospatial 2014, a comprehensive product portfolio that provides enhanced analytical tools, mobile support and tremendous cost savings associated with managing big data.

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