Posts from GovCon Daily 06/08/18

USAF Shifts Cyber Function to Air Combat Command; Heather Wilson Comments

The U.S. Air Force has transferred cyber responsibilities from the Air Force Space Command to the Air Combat Command as part of a mission realignment initiative. ACC will now serve as the military branch’s lead command responsible for helping Air Forces manage cyber missions and operations, USAF said Thursday
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Atos, Merlin Partner for Government, Healthcare Cybersecurity Services; Jones Tallent Interviewed

Atos and Merlin International have partnered to offer managed services intended to help government and healthcare organizations defend against sophisticated threats. The agreement covers artificial intelligence and digital transformation platforms and service offerings, the companies said Wednesday
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Report: Commerce Department, ZTE Agree to $1.4B Settlement to Pause Ban

The Commerce Department plans to allow ZTE to resume business with the U.S., through the payment of an additional $1 billion fine and $400 million in escrow for future infractions under revisions to a 2017 settlement agreement, Reuters reported Wednesday
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USMC, USAF to Conduct MQ-9 Qualification Training for Marine Operators

The Marine Corps and the Air Force will partner to train the Marine Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Squadron to be qualified operators of the General Atomics-built MQ-9 Reaper, USNI News reported Thursday. The effort intends to establish a UAV operations base in preparation for the 2020s when Marines will begin deploying UAV units from ships…
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Suzette Kent: Automation, Data Analysts Could Help Federal Govt Meet Data Cross-Agency Priority Goal

Suzette Kent, federal chief information officer, has said federal agencies need automation tools to quickly process large amounts of data and meet the data cross-agency priority goal of the President’s Management Agenda, Federal News Radio reported Thursday
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Army Taps Robotic Research for Resupply Convoy Autonomy Kits Under $50M Contract

Robotic Research has received a potential three-year, $49.7 million contract to supply systems for the development of prototype unmanned vehicles for a leader-follower directed requirement and program of record of the Army…
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AECOM JV to Extend Savannah River Site Waste Mgmt Support; John Vollmer Comments

An AECOM-led (NYSE: ACM) joint venture has received a $450 million contract extension to support the Energy Department‘s liquid waste management operations at the Savannah River Site. Savannah River Remediation will continue to operate the defense waste and saltstone processing facilities, as well as build a tank closure cesium removal system and an additional saltstone disposal unit, AECOM said Friday…
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NATO Plans to Establish Joint Force Commands in Virginia, Germany; Jens Stoltenberg Comments

NATO will move to create two joint force commands after defense ministers from the international alliance’s member states gave their approval, DoD News reported Thursday. The alliance intends to establish a new command in Norfolk, Va…
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TeraThink Lands Spot on $6B DLA IT Services Contract Vehicle Via Asset Purchase Agreement

TeraThink has secured a spot on the Defense Logistics Agency’s potential eight-year, $6 billion contract vehicle for information technology services through an asset purchase agreement. The company said Thursday it will compete for task orders to support DLA, service branches and other civilian agencies under the J6 Enterprise Technology Services contract that has a base term of five years and one three-year option…
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Energy Department Launches Three-Part Competition to Boost Local Solar Industry

The Energy Department has initiated a three-part competition that seeks to boost the production of solar systems in the U.S. DOE said Thursday participants of the American-Made Solar Prize contest will be required to provide systems that can address critical challenges related to American solar innovation, develop a proof of concept and assess a prototype with a chosen partner…
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VIDEO: Ancient Organics Discovered on Mars

The Curiosity rover has discovered ancient organic molecules on Mars, embedded within sedimentary rocks that are billions of years old. News Release: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/na… Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/Dan Gallagher
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