Posts from GovConWire for 06/15/2016

HII Names Michael Lempke VP of Newport News Shipbuilding’s Energy Programs

Huntington Ingalls Industries (NYSE: HII) has named Michael Lempke, previous Systems, Planning and Analysis vice president of integrated strategic decision support, as vice president of the Newport News Shipbuilding division’s energy programs…
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Iridium to Launch First NEXT Satellites Batch in September; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications will launch the first line of its NEXT satellites from Vandenberg Air Force Base on September 12. The company said Tuesday Thales Alenia Space and Orbital ATK have completed assembly, integration and testing of the 81 satellites on the assembly line, which includes 66 operational satellites to replace the current Iridium network…
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DigitalGlobe Secures Potential $55M DIA Contract For Geospatial Services Maintenance & Mgmt

DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI) has landed a potential $55.3 million contract from the Defense Intelligence Agency for management and maintenance support on all-source geospatial predictive analysis services…
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Senate OKs FY 2017 Defense Policy Bill in 85-13 Vote

The Senate voted 85-13 to pass a bill that would authorize $602 billion in defense budget for fiscal year 2017, Defense News reported Tuesday. Joe Gould writes the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act contains acquisition reform provisions, including a measure that would limit cost-plus contracts and a proposal to remove the Defense Department’s chief weapons procurement role in order to split that position’s duties into two defense undersecretaries for acquisitions management and innovation…
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Shape Technologies to Help US Air Force Simulate Military Training, Exercises

Shape Technologies has received an $8.1 million contract to engineer and produce  simulation systems for the training programs and exercises conducted by the U.S. Air Force. The Colorado Springs, Colorado-based company will also support the modeling and simulation branches of the U…
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Orbital ATK-Built Cygnus Leaves ISS to Begin In-Orbit Research Mission

Orbital ATK‘s cargo ship Cygnus is set to proceed with three in-orbit scientific missions after the spacecraft completed its mission to deliver around 7,900 pounds of supplies and experiments to the International Space Station…
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Reports: Mary Davie Succeeds Kim Luke as OMB IT Category Manager

Mary Davie, assistant commissioner for integrated technology service at the General Services Administration, has replaced Kim Luke as information technology category manager of the Office of Management and Budget, FCW reported Tuesday…
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Ashton Carter: US Apache Helicopters Engage in Fight Against Islamic State Organization in Iraq

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has said commanders in Iraq have begun to use Apache helicopters from the U.S. in support of the campaign against the Islamic State militant organization, DoD News reported Tuesday…
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Jens Stoltenberg: NATO Estimates 1.5% Increase in Defense Spending by Canada, European Allies

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has said current estimates show that military spending in Canada and the alliance’s other member states in Europe has increased by 1.5 percent, or more than $3 billion, DoD News reported Tuesday…
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Canadian Defense Agency Moves to Refine Surface Combatant Procurement Strategy

Canada’s Defense Ministry has adopted a new strategy to procure surface combatant ships for the Royal Canadian Navy in a move to accelerate proposed delivery schedule two years ahead of the original timeframe…
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June 14 Market Close: GCI Barely Nudges Up as Britain EU Vote, Central Banks Mute Markets

The GovCon Index rallied late Tuesday afternoon and ended at a narrow gain of 0.033 points to 78.945 as global investors held back over the U.K.’s potential European Union exit and also started to watch world central bank meetings…
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