Posts from GovConDaily for 05/19/2016

Frank Culbertson: Orbital ATK Aims to Place Manned Habitat in Cislunar Space by 2020

An Orbital ATK executive has said the company plans to use its Cygnus spacecraft as a basis for a manned habitat that would operate in cislunar space by 2020. Orbital ATK said Wednesday Frank Culbertson, president of space systems group at Orbital ATK, told the House Science subcommittee on space that the initial habitat concept seeks to expand Moon exploration missions by the 2020s as well as support NASA’s plan to perform human flight missions to Mars by 2030s…
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Raytheon, American University Org Form Cyber Research & Education Partnership; Dave Wajsgras Comments

Raytheon will partner with American University’s Kogod Cybersecurity Governance Center in an effort to help address prevention, detection and response challenges through cybersecurity research and education…
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House OKs $622M Package for Zika Response Effort

House lawmakers have cleared a $622.1 million funding package for response efforts that aim to help mitigate the threat from the Zika virus and prevent its spread. The Zika Response Appropriations Act received a vote of 241-184 to approve fiscal year 2016 funds for agencies within the Department of Health and Human Services, State Department and the U…
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NOAA to Update JPSS Info Security Controls, Program Plan Based on GAO Report

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration plans to update its information security program and move program planning forward for the follow-on Joint Polar Satellite System as recommended in a study by the Government Accountability Office…
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Tetra Tech Gets $84M in Additional USAID Contract Funds for Power Africa Program; Dan Batrack Comments

Tetra Tech has received $84 million in additional contract funds from the U.S. Agency for International Development to expand work on the Power Africa program. President Barack Obama launched the Power Africa initiative in 2013 in an effort to provide electricity access to approximately 60 million households and companies in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030 through generation of at least 30,000 megawatts of additional electricity capacity, Tetra Tech said Thursday…
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Army, USAID Develop Video Game for Foreign Natural Disaster Response Training

The U.S. Army has collaborated with the U.S. Agency for International Development to create a new video game designed to train soldiers on response measures for foreign natural disasters, the Army reported Monday…
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DARPA Defense Sciences Office to Hold Proposers Day on June 22-23

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is set to sponsor a Proposers Day from June 22 to 23 to inform industry on the objectives of an upcoming Defense Sciences Office broad agency announcement…
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Engility Names Optensity as Winner of GEOINT App Development Challenge

Engility has awarded a $25,000 prize to Optensity as the winner of the Innovative GEOINT Application Provider Program Grand Challenge 2016 for work on an application built to alert users on location-based threats and identifications of safe locations…
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Orbital ATK Receives Int’l Commercial Proximity Sensor Order

Orbital ATK has secured a $16 million contract to supply DSU-33D/B proximity sensors to an undisclosed international customer through a direct commercial sale. The company said Thursday it is scheduled to begin delivery of the fuzing systems to the customer in mid-2016…
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Greg Boone: GSA 18F Division to Move Website on Federalist Platform

The General Services Administration‘s 18F division plans to move its website to the Federalist platform in an effort to meet stability, consistency and trustworthiness requirements for its readers, 18F said Wednesday…
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MDA Tests Lockheed Aegis Combat System Baseline 9.C1 on Navy Destroyer Ship

The Missile Defense Agency has collaborated with the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Pacific Command to demonstrate the target detection features of a Lockheed Martin-built Aegis weapon system installed on the USS John Paul Jones guided-missile destroyer…
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Warren King Joins Northrop Advisory Board; David Perry Comments

Warren King, former chief executive officer of the Australian Defense Materiel Organization, has joined the international advisory board of Northrop Grumman. King was recently responsible for the organization’s projects and commercial programs that include maintenance and supply initiatives for Australia’s military, Northrop said Wednesday…
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