Posts from GovCon Daily 10/17/2016

Debra Scheider Joins Engility as Contracts SVP

Debra Scheider, former president at GovCon sector consulting firm Guidestar Acquisition, has joined Engility (NYSE: EGL) to lead the government services provider’s contracts organization as a senior vice president…
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SpaceX Seeks Dragon Spacecraft Reuse for 2017 ISS Resupply Mission

SpaceX plans to launch used Dragon spacecraft for cargo delivery missions to the International Space Station by 2017 as part of the Elon Musk-owned company’s Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA, SpaceNews reported Friday…
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DoD’s Innovation Org Taps Kratos to Integrate Sensors With UAS; Jerry Beaman Comments

A Defense Department organization has awarded Kratos Defense and Security Solutions a potential $12.6 million contract to integrate sensors with an unmanned combat aircraft system. The contract with Defense Innovation Unit Experimental would also require Kratos to demonstrate how the company’s UTAP-22 drone can perform autonomous and semi-autonomous tasks in support of fourth- and fifth-generation fighter jets, the company said Monday…
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Breaking Defense: Air Force’s F-35 Flight Operations to Resume by Year’s End

The U.S. Air Force plans to resume operations of its F-35 joint strike fighter jets by the end of this year after the completion of repairs to the aircraft’s fuel pipes, Breaking Defense reported Friday…
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Brian Fisher Receives Executive Mosaic’s Top General Counsel Executives Award

BRIAN FISHER SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL COUNSEL ALION SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CORP. Mr. Brian Fisher joined Alion Science and Technology Corp in April 2014, after leading Teradata Corporation’s Government Systems legal and contracts team for 10 years…
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Army, Saab Business Unit Test Updated Shoulder-Fired Rifle

The U.S. Army and Saab‘s Bofors Dynamics business unit have collaborated to test and qualify an updated shoulder-fired weapon system. The service branch said Thursday Army engineers tested the M3E1 multi-role anti-armor anti-personnel weapon system, which a version of the M3 recoilless rifle that is shorter and six pounds lighter…
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White House Releases Open Source Code for Government’s Facebook Messenger Bot

The White House has unveiled the open-source code for a government chatbot that allows  President Barack Obama to receive messages from the public on Facebook Messenger. Jason Goldman, chief digital officer of the White House, wrote in a blog post published Friday that the code is a Drupal module developed with boiler plate code and meant to help Drupal 8 developers launch a Facebook Messenger bot…
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American Systems Gets Aerospace Quality Mgmt System Certification; Peter Smith Comments

American Systems has received the AS9100C aerospace quality management system certification for the company’s engineering and analytical solutions directorate in Lexington Park, Maryland. EASD went through a two-day external audit of the unit’s contracts management, program management, engineering and production, risk management, configuration management, purchasing and quality processes prior to the certification, American Systems said Monday…
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ONC Introduces Rule to Address Health IT Transparency, Accountability

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has introduced a new rule that seeks to address the reliability, transparency, accountability and safety of health information technology…
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NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Researchers Launch ISS Communications Support Software

NASA researchers have tested and provided new software to the International Space Station in an effort to facilitate communications for scientists around the world that perform investigations inside the ISS…
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Commerce Department, USC Marshall Center Form Supply Chain Digitization Partnership

The Commerce Department and the USC Marshall Center for Global Supply Chain Management have formed a partnership to help ports across the U.S. move their supply chains onto digital platform. The partnership will focus on the digitalization of the supply chains in the U…
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