Posts from GovConDaily for 12/20/2017

GAO: DoD’s Contract Awards to Minority-, Women-Owned Businesses Hit $230B in FY 2010-2016

The Government Accountability Office has found that the Defense Department awarded approximately 444,500 contracts valued at more than $230 billion to women- and minority-owned businesses between fiscal years 2010 and 2016…
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CyrusOne Eyes Data Center Expansion in Atlanta, Georgia

CyrusOne is looking to establish a 44-acre data center campus in Georgia’s Atlanta metro area in efforts to serve enterprise customers including hyperscale cloud providers in the region. The company said Tuesday it plans to begin construction of the facility in the Atlanta suburb of Douglasville by the first quarter of 2018…
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DOE to Fund Eight New Predictive Modeling Projects for Solar Generation

The Department of Energy has announced it will obligate $12 million to fund eight new projects that seek to generate new findings on predictive modeling for solar generation. The Solar Forecasting 2 effort brings together government labs, industry and academe in aims to increase solar generation forecast accuracy and improve the management and reliability of the solar energy grid, the DOE said Tuesday…
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DoD to Launch New Military Retirement System on Jan. 1

The Defense Department will implement a new military retirement system on Jan. 1 in an effort to boost its capacity to recruit and retain service members. DoD said Tuesday the new retirement program called Uniformed Services Blended Retirement System will combine aspects of the traditional pension system with a new process that will automatically allocate matching contributions through the Thrift Savings Plan…
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Army Continues Push to Consolidate Mission Command Software into Unitary Baseline

The U.S. Army has initiated mission command network development efforts in a push to comply with a service branch-wide directive to consolidate mission command software of more than 400 tactical units into a unitary baseline…
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AWS Opens New Cloud Region in France

Amazon Web Services has launched a new cloud region in France to help commercial and government customers run applications and store data within the country. AWS said Monday the AWS EU (Paris) Region represents the company’s fourth cloud region in Europe and 18th technology infrastructure region in the world…
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DISA’s Alfred Rivera to Leave Federal Govt After 35-Year Career

Alfred Rivera, director of the Defense Information Systems Agency‘s Development and Business Center, will retire in January after 35 years of federal government service. DISA said Tuesday Rivera will leave his post following a ceremony scheduled to take place Jan…
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Report: US Aims to Facilitate Military Drone Exports Via Proposed Arms Control Treaty Amendment

The U.S. government plans to propose a change to an arms control agreement in an effort to facilitate exports of unmanned aerial vehicles designed for military use, Defense News reported Tuesday. Sources said U…
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Trump Administration Includes Space Commerce Among National Security Priorities

The Trump administration seeks to reform space industry regulations as part of the federal government’s 2017 National Security Strategy in a push to attract investments and encourage innovations in the private sector, Space News reported Monday…
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Inmarsat’s Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch: Warfighters Need Access to Integrated Satcom Architecture

Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, senior vice president for government strategy and policy at Inmarsat, has said that it is crucial for U.S. service personnel to have access to an integrated satellite communications architecture to support military missions worldwide “across the full spectrum of engagement…
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University of Michigan Gets DARPA Grant to Develop “Unhackable” Computer Tech

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded a $3.6 million grant to a team led by the University of Michigan to develop a computer technology that would avoid cyber hacks. U-M said Tuesday the Morpheus project will utilize a new hardware design that works to rapidly transmit and destroy information as well as prevent unauthorized access to user data…
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Textron Subsidiary Gets Navy Contract Modification for H-1 Helicopter Upgrade Support

Textron‘s Bell Helicopter subsidiary has received a $12.1 million contract modification from the U.S. Navy to provide acquisition logistics support for the H-1 modernization effort. The Defense Department said Tuesday the modification covers logistics management, maintenance planning material, supply, design interface, technical data and equipment support, inventory and distribution management, storage, transportation, supportability analysis and technical manual updates services…
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VIDEO: CNO Tours U.S. 7th Fleet

Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Adm. John Richardson begins his tour of U.S. 7th Fleet, visiting with allies and forward deployed sailors around the Pacific.
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