Weekly News Kick Off: Second Round of Sequestration Around the Corner; U.S. ‘Not Ready’ for Cyber War; and DoD ‘Black Budget’ - (Archived)

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off post from the FedPulse blog.  The Department of Defense is gearing up to fight the next round of sequestration, Gen. Stanley McChrystal says the U.S. is not ready for a cyber war and DoD provides a glimpse into the U.S. military intelligence budget.  In addition, there was another round of big new contract wins for the private sector.  Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday.

Department of Defense Gears Up for Round Two of Sequestration
Now that the government shutdown is behind us, the resulting budget conference committee is the new best hope for turning off the cuts that have hit the Pentagon and defense industry hard and threaten to get even worse, according to Politico.

U.S. Not Ready for a Cyber War
Gen. Stanley McChrystal, former commander of U.S. and international forces-Afghanistan, said that our nation is not prepared for a cyber war.

Department of Defense Offers Glimpse at its ‘Black’ Budget
The U.S. military intelligence budget totaled $19.2 billion in fiscal 2013, according to figures released by the Defense Department.

DISA Closes Data Centers, Shifts Operations to Enterprise Facilities
The Defense Information Systems Agency shuttered data center operations at facilities in Ohio and Pennsylvania and transferred that work to other enterprise computing centers.

GAO Tosses Harris Protest Against $3.5 Billion Navy Network Contract
The Government Accountability Office denied Harris Corp.’s protest of the award of a $3.5 billion contract to HP Enterprise Services for the Navy’s Next Generation Enterprise Network.

General Dynamics Wins $475 Million Army Communications Network R&D Contract
Congratulations to General Dynamics for winning a $475 million contract to complete research and development work on a future communications network for the U.S. Army.

Engility Awarded $18.9 million in Contracts to Support the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier RD&E Center
Congratulations to Engility for winning two contracts totaling $18.9 million by the U.S. Army’s Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center (NSRDEC).

Leidos Moves Acting CTO to Corporate Role
Leidos announced that Dr. S. Gulu Gambhir will serve as CTO.  He was previously the National Security Sector (NSS) CTO and acting Leidos CTO.

QinetiQ North America’s TALON Robot Deployed in 30 Countries Around the Globe
QinetiQ North America (QNA) recently announced that its TALON® robot is now actively deployed in 30 countries globally.

ManTech to Help Navy Prep Readiness Documents
Congratulations to ManTech for winning a potential seven-year, $85 million contract to work with the U.S. Navy to prepare documents on military readiness activities.

BAE Systems Secures U.S. Army Contract Worth $195 million
Congratulations to BAE Systems for winning new U.S. Army contract worth $195 million to develop a variant of its M109 self-propelled howitzer.

Rolls-Royce Announces US Aircraft Engine Contracts

Rolls-Royce, the British maker of aircraft engines, recently won two maintenance contracts from the U.S. government worth together up to $496 million. Be sure to check out our exclusive Q&A with Rolls-Royce here.

Calling All Government Contractors:  New Poll Regarding Effects of Sequestration and Government Shutdown

Market Connections Inc, in partnership with Lohfeld Consulting Group, is conducting a short poll of federal government contractors regarding the effects of sequestration and the government shutdown on the government contracting community.

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