Posts from GovCon Daily 12/19/2016

Trump Picks Virtu Financial Founder Vincent Viola as Army Secretary

Vincent Viola, founder and executive chairman of electronic trading firm Virtu Financial, will be nominated by President-elect Donald Trump to the no. 1 civilian post at the U.S. Army, the transition team said Monday…
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Symantec Launches Research Campaign to Help FBI Track Down ‘Bayrob’ Cyber Crime Group

A security response team at Symantec collected intelligence data to help the FBI track and facilitate arrest of three cyber criminals in Romania that are part of a cyber crime group called “Bayrob…
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MDA’s Richard Matlock: US Should Consider Space-Based Missile Defense System

Richard Matlock, program executive for advanced technology at the Missile Defense Agency, has said the U.S. needs to shift from a ground-based missile defense system to a space-based architecture to help address evolving threats, Space News reported Thursday…
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FBI, NIST to Add DNA Markers for Criminal Investigation Profiles

The National Institute of Standards and Technology and the FBI have collaborated to add seven DNA markers in profiles related to criminal investigations in a move scheduled to take effect January 2017…
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Coast Guard Receives Huntington Ingalls-Built ‘Munro’ National Security Cutter

Huntington Ingalls Industries‘ Ingalls Shipbuilding division has handed over a sixth company-built national security cutter to the U.S. Coast Guard. Munro belongs to the military branch’s Legend class and is scheduled for commissioning in Seattle by April 1, 2017, Huntington Ingalls said Friday…
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Air Force Medical Support Agency Taps Nika for Engineering Operations & Info System Services

The Air Force Medical Support Agency has awarded Nika a contract for engineering operations, systems and project management support services at 73 AFMSA facilities worldwide. Nika said Thursday it will work with the agency to plan, develop and execute operations and maintenance-funded construction projects in conjunction with medical repair and sustainment efforts…
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DISA Plans New IT Group to House and Process Security Clearance Data

The Defense Information Systems Agency will lead the development of a new information technology group that will house and process data on security clearance investigations, Federal News Radio reported Monday…
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Navy Plans Anti-Ship Missile Tests Via B-1B Bomber, F-18 Fighter Jets

The U.S. Navy looks to test-launch a new long-range anti-ship missile via a U.S. Air Force bomber by 2017 in response to threats such as the North Korean nuclear crisis and military provocations from China, National Defense Magazine reported Thursday…
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Obama Signs Program Management Improvement & Accountability Act

President Barack Obama has signed legislation that seeks to boost accountability and best practices in project and program management functions across the federal government. The Project Management Institute said Friday both chambers of the Congress approved the Program Management Improvement and Accountability Act of 2015 with bipartisan support…
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Navy Unveils Microgrid Facility in Arizona

The Department of the Navy has completed construction work on a 25-megawatt microgrid at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona. The department partnered with the Marine Corps and Arizona Public Service to establish the microgrid that will work to provide backup power to MCAS Yuma in the event of a power outage, the Navy said Thursday…
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Army researchers demonstrate 3-D printed drones

The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command invited engineers from the U.S. Army Research Laboratory to Fort Benning, Georgia, to showcase two hot technologies in one: 3-D printing and unmanned aircraft systems…
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