Posts from GovConWire for 12/27/2017

SpaceX’s Pre-Flown Rocket Sends 4th Iridium NEXT Satellite Batch Into Orbit; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications’ fourth batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites took off Friday at 5:27 p.m. Pacific time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California aboard SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket. The launch marks the first use of the rocket’s previously-flown first stage that SpaceX fielded in June to bring the second set of Iridium NEXT satellites into orbit and serves as the “midway point” of the satellite deployment effort between the two companies, Iridium said Friday…
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4-Week Stopgap Funding Bill Allocates $4B for Missile Defense Programs

President Donald Trump on Friday signed another continuing resolution to keep federal agencies operational through Jan. 19 at current spending levels, Military.com reported Friday. Trump approved the four-week government funding extension a day after Congress passed the measure to avert another government shutdown…
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Booz Allen to Move Rockville, Maryland Offices to New Bethesda Facility; Deane Edelman Comments

Booz Allen Hamilton has announced plans to move the technology consulting and engineering company’s Rockville, Maryland-based offices to a single facility in Bethesda by the end of 2019. The company said Friday approximately 750 of its employees across Montgomery County will transfer to a 65,000 square-foot facility designed with collaborative and innovation work environments…
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ASRC Federal Subsidiary Wins Potential $395M Cape Canaveral AF Station Support IDIQ

An ASRC Federal subsidiary has won a potential $395 million contract to support operations and infrastructure assets at a U.S. Air Force installation located in Florida. ASRC Federal Communications will help the military branch operate, maintain and engineer systems and facilities at Cape Canaveral AF Station under the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract, the Defense Department said Friday…
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Boeing Secures $6.5B in Qatari F-15, Japanese KC-46A FMS Deals

Boeing (NYSE: BA) has received two foreign military sales contracts worth approximately $6.5 billion combined from the U.S. Air Force to deliver fighter jets and an aerial refueling aircraft to Qatar and Japan…
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CSRA’s NES Associates Business to Help Update Army Enterprise Networks Under $93M Contract

A CSRA (NYSE: CSRA) subsidiary has landed a nearly $93 million contract to support the U.S. Army‘s enterprise modernization efforts worldwide. Alexandria, Virginia-based NES Associates will help the service branch installation campus area networks under the firm-fixed-price contract, the Defense Department said Friday…
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Cisco’s Diane Gongaware: Agencies Should Implement ‘Proactive’ Cybersecurity Approach

Diane Gongaware, vice president of U.S. public sector services at Cisco, has said agencies should adopt a “proactive” approach to cybersecurity in order to facilitate threat detection and response as well as mitigate the impacts of cyber attacks…
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Air Force Outlines B-52 Aircraft Engine Replacement Plans

The U.S. Air Force has outlined its options for the replacement of the B-52 Stratofortress bomber aircraft’s engine during an industry day held Dec. 12, Defense News reported Friday. The Air Force seeks new engines instead of refurbished systems and plans to maintain an eight-engine configuration on the fleet of 76 B-52s, the report said…
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Satellite Operator ABS Hires 35-Year Boeing Vet Jim Simpson as CEO

Jim Simpson, a 35-year veteran of Boeing (NYSE: BA), has been named CEO of communications satellite operator ABS. ABS said Thursday Simpson will lead the company’s management team in efforts to create value for shareholders and strengthen business relationships with customers and vendors…
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HPE CEO Meg Whitman to Leave DXC Board; Mike Lawrie Comments

Meg Whitman, CEO of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, will step down from her role as a member of the board of directors at DXC Technology effective immediately. Whitman became a board member earlier this year of DXC that was formed through the merger between HPE’s enterprise services segment and Computer Sciences Corp…
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VIDEO: DARPA Subterranean Challenge

Underground settings are becoming increasingly relevant to global security and safety. Rising populations and urbanization are requiring military and civilian first responders to perform their duties below ground in human-made tunnels, underground urban spaces, and natural cave networks…
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