Posts from GovCon Daily for 3/12/2015

March 12 Market Close: GovCon Index Climbs Back, Dollar Weakens

The GovCon Index re-entered positive territory Thursday with a gain of 1.129 percent to close at 68.484. A report that showed a decrease in retail sales in February and a decline in the dollar versus Euro drove investor speculation that the Federal Reserve could adjust its stance on when it could next raise interest rates, according to Bloomberg…
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Ray Odierno, John McHugh Preview Army Service Contract Cuts

U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno and Secretary John McHugh have announced that the Army is in the process of cutting its spending on services contracts to drive efficiency, Federal News Radio reported Thursday…
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Jonathan Greenert: Navy Wants to Increase Carrier Strike, Amphibious Ready Groups by 2020

Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations, has said the U.S. Navy hopes to expand its carrier strike and amphibious ready forces by 2020 in order to address what it sees as major contingencies, USNI News reported Tuesday…
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Michael Donlan: California DOJ OKs Microsoft Azure Gov’t for FBI Criminal Records Access

Microsoft‘s government cloud offering is now available to law enforcement agencies in California after the state’s justice department established Microsoft Azure Government‘s compliance with federal data security and privacy regulations…
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Lockheed Buys 3-D Printers from Vader Systems; Scott Vader Comments

Lockheed Martin will purchase commercial three-dimensional printers from Vader Systems worth up to $400,000 each, Buffalo Business First reported Tuesday. Dan Miner writes Lockheed will also give feedback on the 3-D printer’s performance as a development customer of Vader Systems…
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Orbital ATK Completes Ground Test for NASA’s Rocket Booster; William Gerstenmaier Comments

Orbital ATK has completed the ground test for NASA’s rocket booster as part of efforts to qualify the system for missions to thrust the agency’s Space Launch System and the Orion spacecraft into space…
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