Posts from GovConWire for 01/13/2017

Senate OKs Waiver for James Mattis’ Appointment to DoD Leadership Post

The Senate approved a congressional waiver to help ease the path for retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis’ confirmation as defense secretary under President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming administration through an 81-17 vote Thursday, Politico reported Thursday…
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DARPA Taps Vencore Research Arm for Airborne Comms Optimization Project; Petros Mouchtaris Comments

Vencore’s research arm has received a 17-month, $2.5 million contract from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to modernize airborne systems and networks as part of an effort to facilitate uninterrupted communication in adverse environments…
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Saab to Move US Defense Business HQ from Virginia to NY

Saab will relocate the headquarters of its North American defense and security business from Ashburn, Virginia, to East Syracuse, New York, in a push to grow the unit’s U.S. footprint and local presence in the state, Syracuse…
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Bluewater Defense Gets $119M Military Uniform Supply Contract Modification

The Defense Logistics Agency has awarded Bluewater Defense a potential $118.7 million modification to exercise a one-year option on a previously awarded contract for the supply of military uniforms. Bluewater Defense will deliver various uniforms to the U…
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Navy Eyes Delivery of Huntington Ingalls-Built USS Ford Carrier in April

A U.S. Navy official has said the service branch expects Huntington Ingalls Industries to deliver the USS Gerald R. Ford aircraft carrier in April after “first-of-class issues” have been addressed in recent months, The Virginian-Pilot reported Thursday…
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Phantom Raises Series B Funds for Security Automation Platform

Phantom has obtained $13.5 million in a Series B funding round led by venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and backed by In-Q-Tel. Phantom will use the funds to expand engineering, sales and marketing operations in support of its platform that works to automate and orchestrate security operations, the company said Tuesday…
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Liteye, Tribalco Partner to Deliver Counter-Drone Systems to US Military

Liteye and Tribalco have collaborated to deliver the former’s anti-unmanned aerial vehicle defense systems to U.S. military customers. Centennial, Colorado-based Liteye said Thursday its AUDS system is designed with a radar, precision thermal and daylight cameras, video tracking and multiple non-kinetic defeat functions…
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Mik Cox: NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab Explores Internet-of-Things Technology

NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has begun to experiment with internet of things in efforts to manage cybersecurity operations and connect with the public, Fedscoop reported Thursday. Samantha Ehlinger writes that Mik Cox, data scientist at JPL, said Wednesday at Amazon Web Services‘ re:Invent forum that although he believes IoT can the lab to conduct security operations, the lab also has to examine the potential risk of connected commercial devices…
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CIA Nominee Mike Pompeo Cites US Security Threats at Senate Committee Hearing

Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas), President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for the CIA director post, has told the Senate Intelligence Committee that he considers Russia as one of the leading threats to U…
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VIDEO: Surface Force Strategy

Responding to global challenges under the leadership of the CNO and guided by the precepts of our “Design for Maintaining Maritime Superiority” the U.S. Naval Surface Force has developed its “Surface Force Strategy” which describes the return to sea control and implementation of Distributed Lethality…
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January 12 Market Close: GovCon Index Down, Lockheed Extends Drag Over Investors’ Continued F-35 Focus

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index fell for a second straight session Thursday on continued declines by large aerospace and defense primes as U.S. stocks also tumbled with earnings season at the forefront of investor attention…
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