Posts from GovConWire for 01/23/2017

James Mattis Confirmed as Defense Secretary

The Senate has confirmed James Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general and former chief of the U.S. Central Command, as defense secretary under President Donald Trump’s administration, The Hill newspaper reported Friday…
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Air Force Sends Lockheed-Built SBIRS GEO 3 Satellite Into Space

A third Lockheed Martin-built missile warning satellite launched atop United Launch Alliance‘s Atlas V evolved expendable launch vehicle Friday evening from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida…
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DoD Solicits Proposals for Missile-Launched Quadcopter Swarm Payload

The Defense Department has begun to solicit proposals for the development of a missile-launched payload comprised of multiple quadcopters. DoD said in a notice posted Nov. 30 on the Small Business Innovation Research program’s website the project aims to produce a swarm of smart quadcopters that will work to deliver explosively formed penetrators to various targets in support of the U…
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Neurala Raises Series A Funds for Deep Learning Neural Networks Platform

Boston-based software firm Neurala has received $14 million in a Series A funding round led by venture capital firm Pelion Venture Partners. Neurala will use the funds to meet customer demand and add built-in autonomous behavior and intelligence functions to its deep learning neural networks software that works to make cars, cameras and other devices autonomous, the company said Wednesday…
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TESSCO Technologies Hires Charles Kriete as Product Mgmt & Solutions SVP

Charles Kriete, formerly chief marketing officer of Kore Wireless Group, has joined TESSCO Technologies (Nasdaq: TESS) as senior vice president for product management and solutions at the Hunt Valley, Maryland-based wireless communications technology supplier…
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Mark Rockefeller, Michael Phipps Join SBA’s Veteran Small Business Devt Task Force

Maria Contreras-Sweet, administrator of the Small Business Administration, has appointed StreetShares CEO Mark Rockefeller and Michael Phipps, managing director at The Millennium Group International, as members of the Interagency Task Force on Veterans Small Business Development…
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Report: Industry Group Wants Trump to Continue Weapons Export Control Reform

The Aerospace Industries Association expects President Donald Trump to continue the Obama administration’s efforts to accelerate the approval process for weapons exports, Defense News reported Friday…
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Gregory Zacharias: Air Force Seeks to Integrate AI Functions With F-35s

Gregory Zacharias, chief scientist of the U.S. Air Force, has said the service branch has begun efforts to incorporate artificial intelligence functions into F-35s and other fighter aircraft in order to facilitate manned-unmanned teaming operations and integrate autonomous capabilities, Defense Systems reported Friday…
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NASA: SpaceX’s 10th ISS Cargo Resupply Mission to Launch No Earlier Than February

NASA expects SpaceX to deliver supplies, equipment and science investigations to the International Space Station no earlier than February as part of the company’s 10th cargo resupply mission. The space agency said Friday it is still reviewing a possible date launch and time for the launch of SpaceX’s Dragon spacecraft with the Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy Space Center in Florida…
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George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group, 6K Sailors Depart Florida, Virginia for Deployment

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group and approximately 6,000 sailors were scheduled Saturday to depart Norfolk, Virginia, and Mayport, Florida, for deployment. The U.S. Navy said Thursday the deployment is part of a regular troop rotation that seeks to support crisis response, maritime security and theater security cooperation efforts as well as advance naval presence in both 5th and 6th fleet areas…
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January 23 Morning Report: GovCon Index Posts Gain on Boost From McKesson, Rockwell Collins

Executive Mosaic’s GovCon Index registered a 0.263-point gain to 88.954 Friday as gainers outnumbered decliners 17 to 13. McKesson Corp. (NYSE: MCK) was the top net performer in the GCI while Rockwell Collins (NYSE: COL) was the top percentage gainer…
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