Posts from GovConDaily for 01/29/2018

Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, Defense Intelligence Agency Director, Inducted Into 2018 Wash100 for Open-source Intelligence and Operational Leadership

  Executive Mosaic is honored to unveil Army Lt. Gen. Robert Ashley, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, as the newest inductee into Wash100 — Executive Mosaic’s annual selection of influential leaders in the government contracting arena–for his efforts in open-source intelligence and expertise on counter-terrorism operations…
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NASA to Showcase Orion Stage Adapter Before Launch Preparations

NASA plans to showcase an Orion stage adapter technology at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama before the space agency transfers the flight hardware to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida…
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Reuters: US Provides Black Hawk Helicopters to Jordan Armed Forces

The U.S. has supplied Sikorsky-built Black Hawk helicopters to Jordan in support of efforts to reinforce border defenses and conduct cross-border operations against Islamic State militant group forces, Reuters reported Monday…
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Sen. Claire McCaskill Wants OMB to Explain Proposed Federal Pay Freeze

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) has asked Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, to explain the agency’s proposal to suspend salary increases for all federal employees, Government Executive reported Friday…
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Report: White House Budget Request for NASA Could Cut ISS Support

The next White House budget request for NASA will potentially cover plans to cut support for operations onboard the International Space Station in the mid-2020s, Space News reported Friday. A draft budget document for NASA’s 2019 budget proposal will eliminate direct federal government support to the space station by 2025 as part of plans to implement the Space Policy Directive 1 executive order which directs the space agency to launch a lunar exploration mission…
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Jason Matheny Outlines IARPA’s 2018 Biosecurity Initiatives

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity plans to launch new research programs in 2018 to mitigate threats associated with biological weapons, FCW reported Friday. IARPA Director Jason Matheny told FCW in an interview that advances in biotechnology present growth opportunities for medicine, agriculture, energy and materials, but could also lead to the creation of weapons of mass destruction…
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DOE to Hold Contest on Solar Manufacturing

The Department of Energy has announced that it will launch a competition to push U.S. entrepreneurs for new developments on solar manufacturing. The $3 million American Made Solar Prize competition seeks to augment the U…
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Gen. Carlton Everhart: Boeing-Built KC-46 Tanker On Track for Military Equipment Certification

Gen. Carlton Everhart, head of the U.S. Air Force‘s Air Mobility Command, has said that the Boeing-built KC-46 tanker aircraft is slated to obtain approval for its military equipment, Military Times reported Thursday…
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OTA Report: Ransomware Linked to Twofold Increase in Cyber Attacks in 2017

A new report by the Internet Society’s Online Trust Alliance says cyber attacks on businesses rose from 82,000 in 2016 to 159,700 in 2017 driven by the increase in ransomware-related incidents. OTA said Thursday its Cyber Incident & Breach Trends Report found that ransomware attacks on companies reached 134,000 in 2017, a figure that reflects a nearly twofold rise from the previous year…
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US Military Officials Urge Congress to Update Officer Personnel Mgmt Law

Officials at the four U.S. service branches have called on lawmakers to change federal law that governs officer promotions across the military. Lt. Gen. Thomas Seamands, U.S. Army personnel chief, told the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee in a written testimony that the Defense Officer Personnel Management Act of 1980 limits the flexibility that the military needs to fill officer positions, the Army said Friday…
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SAP NS2’s Laura Carmack: Industry Should Help Transition Military Vets to Civilian Life

Laura Carmack, vice president of human resources at SAP National Security Services and VP of recruitment at the NS2 Serves nonprofit organization, has said she believes industry needs to take more measures to help address the gap in veteran unemployment…
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Report: DoD’s Strategic Capabilities Office to Demo Hypervelocity Projectile

The Defense Department’s strategic capabilities office plans to test-fire its hypervelocity projectile in less than a year, Breaking Defense reported Friday. HVP costs approximately $86,000 per round and works to travel up to 5,600 miles per hour to target incoming threats…
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Textron’s AAI Subsidiary to Provide Unmanned ISR Support for USAF’s Afghanistan Operations

Textron‘s AAI Corp. subsidiary has received a potential $15.7 million contract to support the U.S. Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions in Afghanistan through the use of unmanned aircraft systems…
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VIDEO: Exercise Allied Spirit VIII

Allied Spirit is an international exercise with more than 4,100 participants from the U.S. Army and nine partner nation will take part in exercise Allied Spirit VIII at the 7th Army Training Command’s Hohenfels Training Area in southeastern Germany, Jan…
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