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PODCAST: Effective Capture and Pricing Strategies for Government Contractors

July 17, 2014

The lingering impact of sequestration and the government shutdown of 2013 continues to create business challenges for government contractors. Developing the right contract pricing and capture strategies is vital to the ongoing success of any government contractor in today’s business climate.  From best managing LPTA procurements to creating the right strategies for maintaining profitability and operational performance, contractors are continually seeking the right formula for success. SC&H Group and Red Team Consulting are launching a three-part, on-demand webinar series that aims to guide government contractors through the changing procurement landscape. Following is a podcast interview with Lynne Gummo, a Director of Tax Advisory ... Read more

Winning Contractor: Boeing’s $2.8 Billion Contract With NASA Has Deep Space Aspirations

July 16, 2014

A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the world’s largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 56,000 employees worldwide. In early July, Boeing’s Defense Space & Security unit finalized a $2.8 billion contract with NASA to develop the core stage of the Space Launch System (SLS), which aims to be the most powerful rocket ever built and destined to propel America’s return ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Chinese Hack Into OPM Networks; Sequestration Challenges and BAE Systems’ Vision for Future of Warfare

July 14, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  According to the U.S. Army Under secretary, if sequestration continues, the Army will have to shrink its forces to 420,000, which is too small to be effective.  In addition, Chinese hackers broke into the OPM computer network and BAE Systems unveils the future of surveillance.  Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. Sequestration Cuts Would Shrink Army, Deplete Forces If sequestration continues, the Army will have to shrink its forces to 420,000 active duty soldiers, which would be too small ... Read more

Federal Data Center Consolidation and New Opportunity for Federal Agencies

July 10, 2014

The Federal Data Center Consolidation Initiative (FDCCI) initiative has made tremendous strides – with 40 percent of government data centers being closed to date – but there is still significant work ahead. As highlighted in this TechSource article, the U.S. Army has turned the FDCCI into a viable opportunity to close many smaller data centers, which increases its security posture and enhances overall efficiencies. The TechSource article also highlights a short video from Brocade, which demonstrates how agencies must take hold of the FDCCI opportunity for greater efficiencies and cost savings. Be sure to watch the full video below. Read more

Winning Contractor: Sikorsky Producing on Multiple Fronts

July 9, 2014

Winning contractors strive to deliver premiere products to their marketplace. Often, this continued pursuit of perfection means constantly reengineering already successful lines to ensure that the customer is experiencing the best results. Such is the case with Sikorsky Aircraft and its famed Blackhawk helicopter. Sikorsky, a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., has been working to further reduce vibration that results from rotor aerodynamics in Blackhawks, something that has been a challenge in the helicopter industry since its inception. Under the Army Aviation Applied Technology Directorate’s (AATD) Active Rotor Component Demonstration program, Lord Corp. and Sikorsky helped engineer hub-mounted vibration suppressors, which are ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Helping Iraq; Army’s New ERP Competition; New VA Director Nominee; and New Leidos CEO

July 7, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog.  Defense officials are saying that parts of Iraq will need help, in the face of uprisings from insurgents.  The Army is launching a new competition for the development of an EPR program, and the DIA is speeding up the acquisition process for ‘disruptive technologies.’ Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. Iraq’s Going to Need Help Taking Back Its Country While initial U.S. assessments suggest that Iraq’s security forces are able to defend Baghdad, other parts of the country that ... Read more

Q&A: Lisa M. Sherwin Wulf, Federal Marketing Leader at SolarWinds, Discusses Cybersecurity Thought Leadership Research

July 2, 2014

Earlier this year, SolarWinds, a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software, in conjunction with Market Connections, launched a study revealing that while a majority of federal IT professionals claim their agencies are cybersecurity-ready, they still face malicious insider and outsider threats. In addition, the study found that many agencies are still confronted by threats from careless and untrained insiders, and are tasked with mastering IT security despite organizational and budget challenges. SolarWinds has used this research for some advanced thought leadership marketing strategies that include publicity, social media promotions, webinars, speaking engagements, demand generation and much more. FedPulse had the ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Defense Bill Could Slip to July; OASIS Small Business Vehicle Proceeding; and New Air Force GPS III Opportunity

June 30, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. Many are speculating that the U.S. Senate defense-spending bill could slip to July, while more senior DHS officials are calling for legislation to strengthen our nation’s cyber capabilities. In addition, Lockheed Martin just won a $1.86 billion satellite contract. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. U.S. Senate Defense Spending Bill Could Slip to July A U.S. Senate subcommittee has yet to lock in a date to determine its 2015 Pentagon spending bill, which may cause this to slip to ... Read more

Federal IT Risk & Compliance: How Many Days Since Your Last Audit?

June 26, 2014

A new poll sponsored by Dell Software revealed that half of government agencies do not address network vulnerabilities proactively, impacting security compliance and the ability to respond to threats. With federal IT departments stretched thin, how many days has it been since you last verified meeting internal policies, backed up your data, or monitored your environment to see who has access to what and whether they’ve done anything with that access? When it’s been days, weeks, or months since an agency’s last systems audit, data backup, or IT policy check, the consequences can be severe. Regardless of your agency’s mission, Governance, Risk and ... Read more

PODCAST: State of the Federal Budget and New Geospatial Technology Trends

June 25, 2014

While the government contracting community has been dealing with tremendous budgetary challenges over the past two years, FY 2015 may provide us with more stability, as there is a more-clear budget in place.  Although for 2016, the political winds may shift and impact spending due to potential bi-partisan battles over budget issues, which will mirror the challenges of 2012 and 2013. In addition, new geospatial data management solutions are simplifying the ability to bring actionable intelligence to the warfighter, in a much more cost-effective manner. Along these lines, we are also seeing new studies that reinforce how new innovations will help ... Read more

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