Posts from GovConDaily 02/06/2017

National Security Adviser Michael Flynn Named to 2017 Wash100 for Geopolitical Thought Leadership

Executive Mosaic is glad to introduce Michael Flynn, White House national security adviser, as an inductee into the 2017 edition of the Wash100 — Executive Mosaic’s annual selection of influential leaders in the government contracting arena…
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Raytheon’s SM-3 Block IIA Missile Accomplishes Initial Intercept Flight Test

A Raytheon defensive missile has completed the first U.S. Navy and Missile Defense Agency flight test that sought to evaluate its capacity to intercept ballistic missile threats. Raytheon said Saturday the USS John Paul Jones guided missile destroyer launched the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA during the test to intercept a land-launched target…
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Report: Vincent Viola Drops Out of Consideration for Army Secretary Post

Vincent Viola, President Donald Trump’s pick as U.S. Army secretary, has decided not to push through with the confirmation process due to the Defense Department‘s rules on business ownership, Military Times reported Friday…
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House Approves US-Israel Cyber Collaboration Bill; Rep. John Ratcliffe Comments

The House on Tuesday passed a bill that seeks to increase cooperation between the U.S. and Israel on cybersecurity initiatives. Reps. John Ratcliffe and Jim Langevin (D-Rhode Island) introduced the U…
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Brig. Gen. Kirk Smith Named Deputy Commander of Special Ops Joint Task Force-Afghanistan

Brig. Gen. Kirk Smith, formerly director of force management and deployment at the U.S. Special Operations Command, has been appointed as deputy commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force-Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Friday…
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Microsoft to Relocate Michigan Tech Center to Bedrock Building in Downtown Detroit

Microsoft will move its Michigan-based Microsoft Technology Center to downtown Detroit and utilize more than 40,000 square feet of Bedrock‘s One Campus Martius building in early 2018. Bedrock said Friday the MTC will serve as a platform for clients to explore Microsoft products and partner technologies to support the technology-driven community in Detroit…
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Defense News: Lack of Maintenance Budget Keeps 62% of Navy’s F/A-18 Jets from Flying

Sixty-two percent of the U.S. Navy’s fleet of Boeing-built F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet aircraft are not operational due to lack of funds to support maintenance and repair work on the fighter jets, Defense News reported Monday…
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SAP NS2’s Mark Testoni: AI Could Help Prevent Cyber Attacks Through Threat Classification

Mark Testoni, president and CEO of SAP National Security Services, has said artificial intelligence could help block cyber attacks through classification of network threats, CSO reported Friday. “An AI has supervised learning capabilities using neural networks for entity and pattern recognition for intrusion detection systems and event forensics applications,” Testoni told CSO’s John Brandon in an interview…
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Gen. David Goldfein: Air Force Should Act As ‘Lead Service’ for DoD’s Space Operations

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein has said the military branch should serve as the “lead service” for the Defense Department’s space training and operations, Breaking Defense reported Friday…
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Army’s Portable Ball Seeks to Provide Ground Satcom Support to Sustainment Units

The U.S. Army has developed a portable ground satellite communications system designed to provide various communications services to deployed troops. The ground antenna transmit and receive ball is an inflatable device built by the service branch’s 369th sustainment brigade and works to provide more bandwidth capacity for data transfer functions, the Army reported Thursday…
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VIDEO: MM-ATV upgrade, Tigertails in Japan, and 3-D printing Marines | The Corps Report Ep. 88

Welcome to the Corps premiere web update. Welcome to: The Corps Report. In this week’s episode, the Corps upgrades the M-ATV, MCAS Iwakuni adds to their arsenal and SPMAGTF-CR-CC uses 3-D printing to enhance warfighting capabilities…
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