Posts from GovConWire for 06/26/2017

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Launches 2nd Iridium ‘NEXT’ Satellite Batch Into Space; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications’ second batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites lifted off Sunday aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to join the initial batch of satellites that took off in January…
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Austal USA Lands $584M Navy Contract for Littoral Combat Ship Construction

Austal’s U.S. arm has received a potential five-year, $584.2 million contract to build a Littoral Combat Ship for the U.S. Navy. The fixed-price-incentive contract covers LCS class services and integrated data environment assistance and includes options for post-delivery availability support and construction of additional LCS vessels, the Defense Department said Friday…
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Boecore Wins $93M IDIQ to Help Air Force Operate Shared Early Warning System

Boecore has won a potential five-year, $93 million contract from the U.S. Air Force to sustain, operate and maintain a shared early warning system designed to alert the U.S., NATO and foreign partner nations of ballistic missile launches…
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Reports: House Committee Drafts $658B Fiscal 2018 Defense Appropriations Bill

The House Appropriations Committee has unveiled a $658.1 billion draft spending bill that would allocate $584.2 billion in discretionary funds to the Defense Department for the government’s 2018 fiscal year and another $73…
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VMware’s Bill Rowan: Software-Defined Networking Key to Agencies’ Workload Mgmt, Security Efforts

Bill Rowan, vice president of federal sales at VMware’s (NYSE: VMW), has said software-defined networking platforms are designed to help agencies build and compartmentalize networks without shutting down the entire infrastructure in the event of a cybersecurity breach…
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General Dynamics Gets $85M Navy Funds for Virginia-Class Submarine Material Procurement

General Dynamics‘ Electric Boat subsidiary has received $85 million in contract funds from the U.S. Navy to obtain additional long-lead time materials for the construction of two Virginia-class submarines for fiscal year 2019…
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Air Force Research Lab, IBM Partner to Develop Neurosynaptic Supercomputer

The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory has teamed up with IBM to build a supercomputing platform designed to facilitate information discovery and neural network learning. The brain-inspired supercomputer will run on the IBM TrueNorth Neurosynaptic System’s 64-chip array and will have sensory processing and pattern recognition functionalities equivalent to 16 billion synapses and 64 million neurons, IBM said Friday…
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Senate Bill Seeks to Advance Traffic Management, Federal Spectrum Policy for Drones

Four senators have introduced a bipartisan bill that would direct the secretary of the Transportation Department to collaborate with NASA to establish within a year an implementation plan to help drone traffic management attain full operational capability…
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GAO: Pentagon Works on Organizational Strategy

The Defense Department has moved to form a strategy that would define objectives to support collaboration and integration across DoD, as part of the requirements under section 911 of the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act…
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June 26 Morning Report: Friday Close – GovCon Index Weekly Performance Down, Major Indices Close Mixed

The Executive Mosaic GovCon Index moved down for the week 0.64 percent after Friday’s close which reversed a three day downward trend. The major indices closed mixed on the week with the S&P500 and DJIA closing down by 0…
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VIDEO: AIR 5428 Pilot Training System

The AIR 5428 Pilot Training System will deliver performance-based options to train the next generation of Australian pilots over the next 25 years. Lockheed Martin leads the delivery of an integrated solution tailored for all future pilots for the Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Army…
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