Posts from GovCon Wire 7/09/18

Mike Rogers: US Should Leverage Commercial Innovation to Build Resilient Space Architecture

Mike Rogers, former congressman and chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has said the White House’s proposal to establish a new “space force” as the sixth military branch comes at a time when “conflict in space is already occurring…
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Army Issues Draft RFP for Tactical UAS, Logistics Support

The Army Contracting Command has drafted a solicitation notice for a potential $78 million contract for the procurement of two non-developmental tactical unmanned aerial systems and related logistics support services…
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Philip McAlister: Industry Collaboration Helps NASA to Focus More on Missions

Philip McAlister, director of commercial spaceflight development at NASA’s headquarters, has said the space agency’s collaboration with the private sector has resulted in a cultural change, broadened the scope of ideas and allowed NASA to view how commercial techniques operate, Federal News Radio reported Friday
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Maj. Emily Grabowski: USAF Continues Source Selection for JSTARS Recap Program as Congress Deliberates

The U.S. Air Force has initiated steps to pursue the source selection process for a contract to support the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization program amid plans to cancel the initiative, Defense News reported Friday
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Boeing, Lockheed Invest in Emerging Tech Startups Through Venture Capital Units

Lockheed Martin, Boeing and other defense contractors have invested in startups with emerging technology platforms through their venture capital arms, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday. Lockheed announced plans in June to double its venture capital fund to $200 million by infusing an additional $100 million saved through the tax reform law to target up to eight investments a year that could provide the company a competitive edge in artificial intelligence, cyber, autonomy, analytics, 3D printing and other areas…
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Report: Margaret Peterlin Joins AT&T as Global External, Public Affairs VP

Margaret Peterlin, formerly chief of staff at the State Department, has been named vice president of global external and public affairs at AT&T, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday. Peterlin directly reports to David McAtee, general counsel at AT&T, and her appointment comes following a reorganization at the telecommunications firm’s Washington, D…
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6 Firms to Share in Army Software Engineering Support Contract

Six companies have secured positions on a potential five-year, $45 million contract to provide support services to a U.S. Army center established to develop and engineer software for weapons, training and combat support systems…
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Nonprofit Group POGO Recommends Updates to Online Federal Spending Database

The Project on Government Oversight has called on the Treasury Department and the Office of Management and Budget to update the functionality of a web-based resource for federal spending information…
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Airbus-OneWeb JV Eyes DARPA’s Low-Earth Orbit Military Satellite Program

France-based Airbus seeks to participate in U.S. military space technology development projects through the establishment of a Florida-based satellite assembly line scheduled to be operational this fall, SpaceNews reported Friday
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Boeing to Develop, Update Super Hornet Systems for Navy Acquisition Requirements

Boeing will produce new avionics and update existing systems for the F/A-18 Super Hornet platform to address the procurement needs of the U.S. Navy, National Defense Magazine reported Friday. The Navy intends to deliver Kuwait’s request of 28 Super Hornets and has placed an order for the service branch’s 110 block III F/A-18 aircraft scheduled for production by 2020, the report said…
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