Posts from GovConDaily 12/29/2016

Army Security Assistance Command Registers $14.8B in New Business for FY 2016

The U.S. Army‘s Security Assistance Command has secured $14.8 billion in new foreign military sales deals with countries such as Saudi Arabia, the U.K., Canada and India for fiscal year 2016. The Army said Dec…
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Trump Eyes Public-Private Option for Veteran Care

President-elect Donald Trump wants to tap private-sector physicians to provide medical care to veterans through a public-private partnership, Military Times reported Wednesday. Leo Shane III writes the public-private option is part of Trump’s plan to revamp veteran healthcare before he selects the next secretary of veterans affairs…
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Karen Guice: Military Health System on New Trajectory

Karen Guice, outgoing acting assistant secretary of defense for health affairs, believes the past five years have set a new trajectory for the Military Health System, DoD News reported Friday. Amaani Lyle writes Guice weighed in on the state of MHS during her five-and-a-half-year tenure at the Defense Department as she prepares to depart her role on Jan…
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NDAA Provision Requires Operational Test & Evaluation of DoD’s Joint Regional Security Stacks

A provision in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act requires the Defense Department to perform an operational test and evaluation procedure to ensure the Joint Regional Security Stacks system will work to protect DoD networks from cyber attacks, Federal News Radio reported Thursday…
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Spaceflight Now: Orbital ATK Seeks New Opportunities for Pegasus Rocket

Orbital ATK is pursuing new opportunities for its Pegasus air-launch rocket with no plans to phase out the vehicle, Spaceflight Now reported Tuesday. Stephen Clark writes company officials believe Pegasus will continue to perform missions beyond its June 2017 launch of NASA‘s Ionospheric Connection Explorer satellite…
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NIST Seeks to Advance Public Safety Broadband Tech R&D Through Grant Program; Dereck Orr Comments

The National Institute of Standards and Technology has introduced a $30 million grant program in an effort to advance research and development work on broadband technology platforms for first responders…
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Marine Corps Eyes Increased Deployment of Robotic Systems

The U.S. Marine Corps looks to expand the use of autonomous technologies in the military branch’s air, ground and sea operations, Marine Corps Times reported Wednesday. Matthew Schehl writes the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines currently works on wargaming robotic technologies that will serve as the ground combat element for the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit beginning 2017…
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Gen. Daniel Allyn Signs Order to Boost Soldiers’ Personal Readiness & Resilience

Gen. Daniel Allyn, vice chief of staff at the U.S. Army, has signed an 85-page operation order that seeks to optimize soldiers’ personal readiness and resilience through engagement with leaders, peers and family members…
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Army Corps of Engineers to Lead Formerly Used Defense Sites Program Cleanup Effort

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will lead the execution of a program to clean up former military properties to be transferred to cities, states and private owners. Suzanne Beauchamp, account manager of the Formerly Used Defense Sites program for the USACE Regional Planning and Environmental Center, said the program was established in response to concerns over contamination and debris on former military properties…
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Army Soldiers Learn New Energy Mgmt Strategies for Rifle Marksmanship Test Preparation

Master resilience trainer-performance experts worked with basic combat training soldiers in C Battery, 1st Battalion, 79th Field Artillery to discuss new energy management strategies in support of efforts to prepare for M-16 rifle marksmanship qualifications…
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