Posts from GovConWire for 10/20/2017

Iridium Readies 4th ‘NEXT’ Satellite Batch for Dec. 22 Launch; Matt Desch Comments

Iridium Communications plans to launch on Dec. 22 the fourth batch of 10 Iridium NEXT satellites aboard a SpaceX-built Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The planned launch would bring the total number of Iridium NEXT satellites in space to 40 as part of a potential $3 billion program to replace an existing constellation of communications satellites, Iridium said Thursday…
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Boeing Invests in Near Earth Autonomy to Support Unmanned Tech Devt

Boeing has invested in Near Earth Autonomy to help the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based company further develop autonomous platforms for aerial and ground vehicles. Boeing said Thursday it made the investment through its ventures arm HorizonX and partnered with Near Earth Autonomy to explore new unmanned platforms for use in urban mobility and other emerging market applications…
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Fluor to Help Army Engineers Restore Puerto Rico’s Power Grid Under $240M Task Order

Fluor (NYSE: FLR) has received a six-month, $240 million task order to support U.S. Army engineers in efforts to repair the power grid system in Puerto Rico. The company said Thursday it will apply its power management and government contingency support experience to help the Army Corps of Engineers restore transmission and distribution lines in the U…
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Navy, Coast Guard Issue Polar Icebreaker Design, Construction Draft RFP

The U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard have released a draft request for proposals for an upcoming project to design and build up to three heavy polar icebreakers. The Naval Sea Systems Command said Thursday USCG needs modern HPIBs to sustain the service branch’s operations in both Polar regions and address national security, commercial, economic and maritime requirements…
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SpaceX Gets USAF Contract Modification to Continue Rocket Engine Tech Devt

Space Exploration Technologies has received a $40.8 million contract modification to further develop a rocket propulsion system prototype for the U.S. Air Force‘s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program…
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Torch Technologies Wins $86M MDA Contract to Produce Digital Missile Target Models

Torch Technologies has won a potential five-year, $86.2 million contract to create  digital representations of adversary missiles and flight test targets for the Missile Defense Agency. The Defense Department said Thursday the company will model various targets that are common across Ballistic Missile Defense System programs to aid development, testing and assessment activities…
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DoD, Industry in Talks Over Cloud Security Requirements

The Defense Department is in talks with heads of cloud service providers on how to streamline cloud security requirements in a rulebook the Defense Information Systems Agency issued in 2015, Federal News Radio reported Thursday…
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The Bridge on October 22th – Dealing with Rising Seas – Politics and Policy of Climate Change

On October 22nd at 11 am on WJLA; and 6PM on News Channel 8 Host of The Bridge Jim McCarthy – is joined by Ann Phillips, Rear Admiral (Vice Commander), U.S. Navy (Ret.) and Dale Morris, Senior Economist, Embassy of the Netherlands – for a discussion about planning for and managing rising sea levels…
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Avaya, collab9 Partner to Offer FedRAMP-Compliant Unified Comms Products; Jerry Dotson Comments

Avaya‘s government solutions business has achieved Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program certification for its unified communications product line through a partnership with collab9…
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Capt. Emily Grabowski: Raytheon Works to Meet USAF Small Diameter Bomb Delivery Schedule

Capt. Emily Grabowski, a U.S. Air Force spokeswoman, has said the service branch believes Raytheon could supply enough Small Diameter Bomb II units for initial deployment on the F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft by 2019, Bloomberg reported Thursday…
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Army Gets Approval to Form Installation Readiness Board

Ryan McCarthy, acting U.S. Army secretary, has approved the formation of an installation readiness board of directors that will assess preparedness and funding management efforts at the military branch’s facilities…
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James Mattis Voices Concerns Over Cyber Language in Fiscal 2018 Defense Policy Bill

Defense Secretary James Mattis has asked Congress to remove a language in the proposed fiscal 2018 National Defense Authorization Act that would pressure the U.S. to notify foreign governments of cyber attacks in the event that the Defense Department has decided to counter such breaches, Reuters reported Thursday…
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VIDEO: U.S. Navy Month In Review Sept. 2017

Welcome to the U.S. Navy’s multimedia production featuring selected images from around the fleet. The images represent the work of the Navy, deployed worldwide. The images are submitted to the Navy Office of Information…
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VIDEO: Presenting the Financial Integrity Network

Presenting the Financial Integrity Network​: FIN delivers an array of strategic, advisory, and technical services to a diverse and select group of governments, financial institutions, and sectoral clients…
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October 19th Market Close: GovConIndex Closes Up and Major Indices Close Mixed

The Executive Mosaic GovCon Index (GCI) reversed its three consecutive days of decline to close up 0.150 percent to settle at 108.840. Advancing shares outpaced declining 18 to 12. The three major indices closed mixed for the day with the S&P500 and DJIA climbing to new highs…
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