Posts from GovCon Daily 09/14/2016

ARPA-E to Fund 16 Projects Under Energy Storage & Conversion Tech Optimization Program

The Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy plans to award $37 million in funds to 16 projects as part of ARPA-E’s program aiming to optimize energy storage and conversion technologies. ARPA-E’s Integration and Optimization of Novel Ion-Conducting Solids program seeks new ways to process and integrate solid ion conductors into devices to help update transportation batteries, grid-level storage and fuel cells, the Energy Department said Tuesday…
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DARPA Partners With 4 Firms to Develop Battery-Powered Atomic Clocks

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has awarded separate contracts to Physical Sciences, OEwaves, HRL Laboratories and Charles Stark Draper Laboratory to support a program that seeks to develop battery-powered atomic clocks, Military & Aerospace Electronics reported Tuesday…
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Reuters: SpaceX Intends to Resume Falcon 9 Rocket Launches in November

SpaceX plans to resume rocket launches in November, two months after a launch pad accident caused a Falcon 9 rocket to explode and destroyed a $200 million communications satellite owned by Space Communication, Reuters reported Tuesday…
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PSC Report Cites Role of Federal CTOs as Innovation Agents; Casey Coleman, Robin Lineberger Comment

The Professional Services Council has released a report that details the roles and responsibilities of federal chief technology officers and offers recommendations on priorities for government CTOs. PSC said Tuesday the report is based on a study led by Robin Lineberger, principal at Deloitte, and Casey Coleman, group vice president for federal civilian agencies at Unisys…
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Crest to Take Over NSA’s Incident Response Assistance Accreditation Program

U.K.-based technical information security accreditation and certification body Crest will assume responsibility for the operation of the National Security Agency‘s Cyber Incident Response Assistance accreditation program under a memorandum of understanding with NSA…
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Marcel Lettre: Pentagon Seeks Robust Encryption Standards, Tech

Marcel Lettre, undersecretary of defense for intelligence, has emphasized the Defense Department‘s support for strong encryption standards and technology as a tool to protect warfighting systems and data, DoD News reported Tuesday…
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Air Force B-1B Bombers Train With Japanese, South Korean Fighter Aircraft

The U.S. Air Force has deployed two bomber aircraft to engage in a fighter interception training with Japan’s air self-defense force as well as a low-level flight with South Korea in the aftermath of North Korea’s latest nuclear test…
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Matt Goodrich: FedRAMP Office Passes First Batch of Cloud Vendors in Accelerated Authorization Process

The Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program office is set to announce the first batch of cloud service providers who have completed the FedRAMP accelerated process to authorization, Nextgov reported Tuesday…
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John Richardson: Future Ships Must Incorporate Potential Arctic Operations

Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, believes future ships must incorporate potential Arctic operations during the design stage despite budget constraints, USNI News reported Monday. Richardson told a Center for American Progress event that the Navy wants to maintain its presence in the Arctic to better familiarize itself with the region’s geography and learn how to conduct operations and research in the area, Megan Eckstein reports…
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CGI to Continue Maine ERP Platform Support; Daniel Keene Comments

CGI has secured a $39 million contract that extends the company’s enterprise resource planning system support services for Maine’s Office of the State Controller through 2026. The company said Tuesday it will continue to provide managed services and platforms designed to secure cloud computing systems, update financial management tools and simplify case workflow for 139 agencies across the state…
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