Posts from GovConDaily for 10/26/2017

Leonardo Gets Search & Rescue Helicopter Order From Australia’s Queensland Gov’t

Leonardo has received an order from the government of Queensland, Australia, for two intermediate twin-engine helicopters to support the state’s rescue operations. The order covers two AgustaWestland AW139 helicopters for land and sea emergency medical services and search-and-rescue missions, the company said Tuesday…
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In the News: Rear Adm. Colin G. Chinn, Joint Staff Surgeon of Joint Chiefs of Staff

“For the last 15 years, we have had a significant amount of our [R&D] dollars go toward solving issues that have arisen…We are making great strides in opening up some issues and preparing for future conflicts…
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Thales Debuts At-Sea Mobile Multimedia Service

Thales has launched a shipboard on-the-move multimedia system designed to support secure information distribution for deployed naval personnel with continuous mobility and connectivity services. The COMTICS communication device works to connect with all types of military radios, utilizes Thales’ cybersecurity technology and employs a redundant all-IP architecture to maintain service availability, the company said Wednesday…
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Army Activates ‘Kestrel Eye’ Imagery Satellite

The U.S. Army ‘s Space and Missile Defense Command has activated a satellite built to collect and transmit imagery in real time to tactical-level soldiers on ground. Kestrel Eye served as a payload aboard a Falcon 9 rocket that lifted off Aug…
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Executive Spotlight: Interview with Bill Lovell, VP of Federal Healthcare for DXC Technology

“If we can start adopting standards for data and system interoperability, we will be able to make tremendous advances in understanding how we can best support the total population across America…
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Melanie Hagerty Promoted to Cubic Innovation VP

Melanie Hagerty, formerly a chief engineer of Cubic‘s defense business segment, has been promoted to vice president of innovation in a move that takes effect Oct. 28. Cubic said Thursday the 13-year company veteran will be responsible for overseeing the company’s innovation programs and leading product concept development, customer partnership and social system modernization efforts…
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SSL’s Rob Zitz: Maxar Technologies to Grow US Govt Business via ISR Offerings

Rob Zitz, senior vice president and chief strategy officer at Space Systems Loral‘s government systems business, has said Maxar Technologies will work to grow its business with the U.S. government through “persistent” intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance offerings, Via Satellite reported Wednesday…
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Transportation Dept to Launch Pilot Program for UAS Integration in the Natl Airspace

President Donald Trump has directed Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao to launch a program that will assess and validate operations for unmanned aircraft systems alongside state and local governments in select areas…
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NASA Teams With Other Agencies to Develop In-Space Assembly Tech

NASA is working with other government agencies on the development of technologies that can help build and inspect large structures in space. The space agency said Thursday it has participated in a series of technical interchange meetings on in-space assembly as a member of the Science and Technology Partnership Forum…
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DLA, Army Partner to Equip 1st of Six Security Force Assistance Brigades

The Defense Logistics Agency has teamed up with the U.S. Army to equip the first of six security force assistance brigades tasked to perform advise-and-assist operations around the world. The equipment list for the 1st SFAB unit covers approximately 6,300 items including the latest version of the Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle, updated communications systems and other materials currently deployed with other units, DLA said Wednesday…
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Pratt and Whitney Demonstrates F135 Engine Cold Section Full Life

United Technologies‘ Pratt and Whitney subsidiary has completed a demonstration for the full-life capability of its F135 engine’s cold section which is used for the fifth generation F-35 Lightning II aircraft…
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IBM to Help Build Scotland’s Social Security IT Platform

IBM‘s U.K. subsidiary has received a two-year, $11 million contract to build the first phase of a social security information technology system for Scotland. The Scottish government said Wednesday IBM will also help a new social security agency implement the Best Start Grant and Funeral Expense Assistance benefits by the summer of 2019…
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Thomas Dee: Navy Needs More Time, Funds to Reach 355-Ship Goal

Thomas Dee, acting U.S. Navy undersecretary, has said the service will take until 2050s to execute its plan to increase its combat fleet to 355 ships, Breaking Defense reported Thursday. “We may want it very, very soon, and perhaps we’ll be able to get there, but we’re going to have to work with our partners over on the Hill,” Dee said of the 355-ship goal…
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CDW to Supply Laptops for Marine Corps’ Windows 10 Transition Effort

CDW‘s government division has won a $12.7 million delivery order for general purpose laptops to support the U.S. Marine Corps‘ migration to Windows 10 operating system. The Defense Department said Wednesday the company will supply 16,033 laptops to the service branch and is scheduled to complete deliveries by March 30, 2018…
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VIDEO: Pentagon Hall of Heroes: Capt. Gary Rose’s speech

Retired Army Capt. Gary M. Rose, Medal of Honor recipient, is inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Pentagon, Oct. 24, 2017. Rose was awarded the medal by President Donald J. Trump during a White House ceremony, Oct…
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