Posts from GovConWire for 04/09/2015

Bechtel Allowed to Use Drones in Construction Projects; Mike Lewis Comments

Bechtel has obtained Federal Aviation Administration approval to use unmanned aircraft systems on the company’s construction works in the United States. Mike Lewis, Bechtel’s manager of construction, said Monday the company partnered with Skycatch to integrate drones into Bechtel’s execution systems for various projects worldwide…
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NASA Joins Multiagency Effort to Build Satellite-Based Toxic Algae Forecasting System

NASA will collaborate with the U.S. Geological Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and Environmental Protection Agency on a $3.6 million project to monitor and forecast toxic freshwater algal blooms with satellite technology…
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State Dept OKs Potential $57M Hellfire Missile Sale to Egypt

The U.S. State Department has cleared a potential $57 million foreign military sale of Lockheed Martin-built Hellfire II air-to-surface missiles to Egypt, Defense News reported Wednesday. Aaron Mehta writes Egypt is ordering up to 356 AGM-114K/R3 Hellfires from the U…
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April 8 Market Close: GovCon Index Up, Markets Flunctuate as Fed Minutes Show Split Over Rate Hike

The GovCon Index closed up Wednesday with a gain of 0.293 points to 69.277 on a day that saw U.S. stocks fluctuate after the release of the Federal Reserve‘s March meeting minutes. Those minutes indicate a split in the Federal Open Market Committee’s membership over when the central bank would raise interest rates, CNBC reported…
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RSA Survey: Majority of Firms Unprepared for Advanced Cyber Threats

A global study from RSA, the security division of EMC, has shown that most organizations struggle to adopt tools and methods for preventing or mitigating sophisticated cyber threats. The Global Breach Readiness Survey covered 170 companies across 30 countries and used the RSA-backed Security for Business Innovation Council as a benchmark for cybersecurity best practices, EMC said Tuesday
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