Posts from ExecutiveBiz for 12/08/2017

NASA to Review Progress of James Webb Space Telescope Ahead of 2019 Launch

NASA will conduct an independent review on the status of the James Webb Space Telescope spacecraft ahead of its intended launch in the first half of 2019, Space News reported Thursday. The space agency will release an updated launch date for the future space telescope following the independent review despite potential challenges that could delay the spacecraft’s lift off…
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DARPA to Initiate Maritime Situational Awareness Development Program

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has announced a proposer’s event in support of the agency’s plan to initiate an effort to develop a maritime situational awareness network. The agency said Wednesday the Ocean of Things program seeks to form a sensor network made from thousands of ocean-deployed floats designed to collect environmental, situational and activity data that would be transmitted to a cloud network to undergo real-time analysis…
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Hensoldt Demos Counter-UAV Platform at Airbus Airfield in Germany

Germany-based sensor provider Hensoldt has tested its counter unmanned aerial vehicle system designed to defend airports and other infrastructure from potential threats. The company said Wednesday its Xpeller counter-UAV system was demonstrated at the Airbus airfield in Hamburg, Germany for spectators that included airport operators and representatives from armed forces, industrial companies and police forces…
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Bell Helicopter Gets Modification for 412EP Helicopter Delivery for Argentine Air Force

Textron‘s Bell Helicopter subsidiary has received a $27.2 million modification for a U.S. Army contract entailing the delivery of four Bell 412EP helicopters and supplementary training services in support of the Argentine air force…
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GSA Unveils 80 Small Biz Awardees on $15B Alliant 2 IT GWAC

The General Services Administration has awarded 80 companies positions on the small business track of a potential 10-year, $15 billion governmentwide acquisition contract for information technology platforms and services…
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UK Navy Commissions HMS Queen Elizabeth Aircraft Carrier

The British navy has commissioned the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier during a ceremony held Thursday at the Portsmouth naval base in England. The ceremony was attended by Queen Elizabeth, Princess Anne, UK Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson and other British military leaders, the U…
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Juniper Networks Unveils Applications Designed to Transition Ideas into Workflows

Juniper Networks has introduced a series of applications built to help simplify network operations and convert ideas into automated workflows. The company said Thursday the Juniper Bots cover an evolving ecosystem of software applications designed to transition from the common use of machine-focused automation tools…
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Kelly Grier to Succeed Steve Howe as EY US Chairman

Kelly Grier, regional managing partner for the U.S. Central Region at accounting and professional services firm EY, has been named U.S. chairman and managing partner-elect, as well as managing partner-elect for the Americas area, effective July 1, 2018…
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DynCorp Gets LOGCAP IV Change Order for Army Kwajalein Atoll Base Support

DynCorp International has secured a $9 million change order for base operations services to the U.S. Army Garrison-Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands. Work runs through February 28 and falls under a Army Pacific Command task order awarded through the service branch’s Logistics Civil Augmentation Program IV contract…
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Black Box to Continue IT Support for Army-Backed Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative

Black Box has received a one-year, $10.4 million award to provide information technology supplies and related management services for the U.S. Army-funded Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative. The company said Thursday it will help the Ukrainian defense ministry expand the deployment of an enterprise IT architecture to additional military facilities across the country…
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Executive Spotlight: Interview with Jim Visich, Director of Operations Intel Group at CSRA Inc

There is a method to the madness of preparing for future foes and threatening scenarios; when climbing a hill that appears insurmountable, the best way up is to keep climbing. In the intelligence community, industry leaders are utilizing all available resources to decrease costs and increase productivity, working in collaboration to find new solutions to old problems…
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Govt, IT Industry Vets Named to QTS Federal Advisory Board; David McOmber Comments

QTS Realty Trust (NYSE: QTS) has appointed five government and information technology industry executives to its federal board of advisers. David McOmber, executive vice president for public sector and federal segment at QTS, said in a statement published Thursday QTS expects the new advisory board members to provide guidance as the company pursues new growth opportunities and works to deliver hybrid IT services to the federal government sector…
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NASA Enlists 3 Companies to Develop Fabrication Lab Prototypes

NASA has awarded three companies $10.2 million in total grants to develop ground-based prototypes of a multimaterial fabrication laboratory. Interlog, Techshot and Tethers Unlimited will aim to deliver the prototypes within an 18-month period as part of the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships  initiative, NASA said Friday…
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VIDEO: Israel Declares F-35I Adir Combat Capable

The Israeli Air Force declared its F-35 fleet operationally capable on December 6, 2017. The IAF IOC declaration marks the completion of an intensive integration and training effort conducted by the IAF with nine assigned F-35I “Adir” (“mighty one” in Hebrew) aircraft at Nevatim AFB, Israel…
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