Posts from GovConDaily for 05/10/2017

Historic: USAF Allows Defense Company to Choose Next Plane

In a move that Defense One described as “unprecedented,” the U.S. Air Force plans to allow a defense company to choose the USAF’s new electronic-attack jet. According to industry sources and Pentagon officials, this is the first time in the 70-year history of the Air Force that a defense contractor has been allowed to choose the type of aircraft that will make up a small fleet of new jets…
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Chairman of Joint Chiefs: No Decision Yet on Force Size in Aghanistan

The decision on whether to increase U.S. forces in Afghanistan has not yet been made, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Tuesday. DOD News reported that Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford said national security leaders have not presented President Donald J…
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Vectrus Announces Positive First Quarter Results

Vectrus, Inc. (NYSE:VEC) saw its stock rise 3 percent after it announced better than expected first quarter 2017 results of $290.1 million revenue, and operating income of $11.6 million and diluted earnings per share of $0…
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Belcan Government Services Adds Several New Senior Staff

Belcan, LLC announced several new senior hires to its recently launched Belcan Government Services (BGS) group. They include Rodney Hite, Vice President, Growth and Strategy, Clint Green, Vice President, Technology and Innovation, and Bob Kwaja, Vice President, Finance, according to a Belcan press release…
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DoD, ODNI Revise Fiscal 2017 Budget Requests for Military, National Intelligence Programs

The Defense Department and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence have released updated budget requests of $18.5 billion and $54.9 billion for their respective intelligence programs through the end of fiscal year 2017…
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Census Bureau Chief John Thompson Steps Down

The Census Bureau announced Tuesday that Director John Thompson will leave the agency next month. The 27 year agency veteran, who has led the agency since 2013, steps down amid costs about funding concerns…
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Cubic to Recruit More Professionals to Develop Learning Tech Platforms for Navy LCS Program

Cubic‘s global defense segment plans to recruit new employees to support the development of learning products and services for the U.S. Navy at a company facility in Orlando, Florida. The company said Wednesday it secured more than $12 million in contract funds to create game-based courseware for the service branch’s littoral combat ships…
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External Actors Launched Denial-of-Service Attacks on FCC Electronic Comment Filing System

David Bray, chief information officer of the Federal Communications Commission, said that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has determined that its electronic comment filing system has been targeted by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks…
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ISC(2) Study: 87% of Federal Data Security Pros Cite Employee Retention as Key to Cybersecurity

A new study conducted by the Center for Cyber Safety and Education and nonprofit organization (ISC)2 says 87 percent of federal agency personnel believe that recruitment and retention of data security professionals should be prioritized in order to protect an organization’s information infrastructure from cyber threats…
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Thales Links Simulators of 2 UK Air Force Bases Under Self-Funded Project

Thales has connected flight simulators for Tornado aircraft at the British air force’s bases in Lossiemouth and Marham under a self-funded initiative. The company said Friday it provided the building, engineers, instructors, administration staff, classroom facilities and desktop training systems as well as two flight simulators at RAF Lossiemouth and one at RAF Marham under a private financial initiative agreement…
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Report: NASA to Postpone Upcoming WFIRST Project Reviews

NASA plans to delay upcoming project assessments of an astronomy mission to pave the way for an independent study of the program, Space News reported Monday. The agency will conduct the independent review of the Wide Field Infrared Survey Telescope mission in response to a recommendation in a 2016 National Academies report about the 2010 decadal survey for astrophysics, according to Space News…
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VIDEO: Game of Drones – Militant use of UAVs and implications for the West

Christopher Hawkins examines the use of weaponised UAVs in the Middle East, and the implication for security in the West.
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