Posts from GovConWire for 01/17/2017

First Iridium ‘NEXT’ Satellite Batch Deployed to Space After SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch

An initial batch of 10 Iridium Communications satellites launched into space and transmitted signals to ground controllers Saturday in the start of the McLean, Va.-based company’s program to form its 81-strong, second-generation NEXT constellation for government and commercial customers around the world…
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KBR Subsidiary to Support NASA Exploration Missions Under Potential $442M IDIQ Award

A subsidiary of KBR (NYSE: KBR) has been awarded a potential five-year, $442 million contract to provide engineering support services for more than 20 Earth and space science missions at NASA. KBRwyle Technology Solutions will support concept studies, formulation development, design, implementation, systems and sustaining engineering, decommissioning, integration, ground system and operations product testing and mission operations under the Ground Systems and Missions Operations-2 contract, NASA said Saturday…
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Air Force Taps Doss Aviation for $290M Ground, Flight Training Contract

The U.S. Air Force has awarded Doss Aviation a potential 10-year, $290 million contract to provide ground and flight training for pilots, combat systems officers, remotely piloted aircraft pilots and international military students…
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House Clears Waiver for James Mattis’ Appointment as Defense Secretary

The House voted 268-151 Friday to pass a congressional waiver that would permit retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to lead the Defense Department under the Trump administration once he is confirmed, The Hill newspaper reported Friday…
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Microsoft’s Azure Govt Cloud Gets DoD Impact Level 5 Provisional Authorization

The Defense Information Systems Agency has granted Microsoft‘s government cloud platform an information level impact 5 provisional authorization that offers Defense Department personnel an option to use the cloud service to manage controlled unclassified data…
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Senate Intell Committee to Investigate Scope of Russian Interference

Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) and Vice Chairman Mark Warner (D-Virginia) plan to launch an inquiry into the scope of Russian intelligence efforts that have affected the U…
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Reports: Sen. John McCain Proposes $640B in DoD Base Budget for Fiscal 2018

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Arizona) has released a white paper that seeks to propose a base budget of $640 billion for the Defense Department and $60 billion in overseas contingency operations funds for fiscal year 2018, the Washington Examiner reported Monday…
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Commerce, State Depts Remove Some Space-Related Items from Export Control List

The departments of State and Commerce have moved space-related equipment from the U.S. Munitions List to the Commerce Control List as part of revisions to the May 2014 export control rules, Space News reported Thursday…
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January 17 Morning Report: GovCon Index Posts Gain on Defense Prime Stock Boost

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index closed Friday with a 0.464-percent climb to 88.863 as gainers outnumbered laggards at a 2-to-1 ratio with strong performances by defense prime stocks. L3 Technologies (NYSE: LLL) was GCI’s top net performer while Vectrus (NYSE: VEC) led the listed stocks in percentage gained…
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VIDEO: SAP Transformation with Accenture and VMware

Accenture and VMware teamed up to accelerate innovation and business transformation for a multi-national manufacturing company, resulting in 23% TCO reduction, decrease in provisioning time from 6 weeks to 90 minutes, and $210 million in overall savings…
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VIDEO: SpaceX Return to Flight with Falcon 9 Rocket Launch – Iridium Flight 1

SpaceX have successfully launched their Falcon 9 Full Thrust rocket today in a rocket launch that occurred at January 14th 2016 at 17:54 UTC from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Just 3 months after a failure in the second stage caused a Falcon 9 to explode on the launch pad in Florida, destroying the payload and badly damaging the launch pad…
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