Posts from GovConWire for 10/08/2014

October 8 Morning Report: GovConIndex Follows Dow Down

The GovConIndex closed at 63.447, down 1.088 or 1.745 percent. Concern about the European economy and upcoming U.S. corporate earnings reports sent the Dow Jones industrials to its biggest loss in more than three months…
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Frank Kendall: DoD Pushes Next-Gen Warfare Systems Efforts

The Defense Department has begun to explore new warfare technologies in an effort to retain U.S. dominance in combat, DoD News reported Tuesday. Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics, told a symposium in Crystal City, Virginia, DoD has kicked off a research and development effort patterned after a 1970s program that resulted in existing warfare systems today, Claudette Roulo reports…
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NASA Langley, FWS to Use Small UAS Fire Detectors at Great Dismal Swamp

NASA has partnered with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to test the capability of small unmanned aerial systems to detect brush or forest fires at the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge…
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Cray to Modernize DoD Computing, Storage Systems

Cray Inc. has been awarded a $26 million contract to provide a supercomputer and data storage platform for the Defense Department‘s high-performance computing modernization program. The company is scheduled to install its XC computing and Sonexion storage systems later this year at the Army Research Laboratory’s DoD Supercomputing Resource Center, Cray said Sept…
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Labor Dept. Issues Federal Contractor Pay Increase Policy

Labor Secretary Tom Perez on Tuesday released a final rule to raise the minimum wage of federal contractor employees to $10.10 per hour. The increase is slated to take effect on Jan. 1 and comes after President Barack Obama signed an executive order requiring the contractor pay hike in February, the Labor Department said…
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Vince Vlasho: Accenture Supports Navy Shipyard Maintenance With Electronic Mobile-Based System

Accenture‘s (NYSE: ACN) federal services business will develop a mobile-based system to upgrade maintenance processes at U.S. Navy shipyards as part of a potential three-year, $16.3 million contract…
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Textron Awarded $44M to Upgrade Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Tester; Steve Mensh Comments

Textron (NYSE: TXT) subsidiary Textron Systems will recondition the U.S. military’s electronic combat systems tester under a four-year, $43.6 million contract. The company will update a majority of the 500 Joint Service Electronic Combat Systems Testers currently in use by military forces in the U…
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Lawrence Kingsley: AF Global Strike Command Centralizes ICBM Sustainment Funding

The Air Force Global Strike Command has started a funding program to support the sustainment of intercontinental ballistic missiles and bring the budgetary responsibility for missile system parts from the wing level to the major command level…
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