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The Joint Information Environment (JIE) is a Necessary Prerequisite for Success

August 6, 2014

According to Lt. Gen. Ronnie Hawkins, Jr., the director of the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), the creation of the Joint Information Environment (JIE) is not simply an expansion of IT practices in the warfighting arena, but a necessary prerequisite for success. Lt. Gen. Hawkins, Jr., recently shared these insights during his keynote address at the AFCEA JIE Symposium for Mission Partners, held at the Baltimore Convention Center in May. “We cannot fight the next fight in stovepipe fashion,” he told the standing-room-only audience. “We do not want to build out an environment based on the last war, or on what any ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Bipartisan IT Procurement Bill; House Passes DHS Cyber Bills; and BAE Systems Wins Big NGA Contract

August 4, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. A group of bipartisan lawmakers introduced a new federal IT procurement bill, while a new trio of cybersecurity bills aims to strengthen information sharing at DHS.  In addition, BAE Systems won a big geospatial data management contract from the NGA. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. Bipartisan IT Procurement Overhaul Bill Unveiled A bipartisan group of lawmakers introduced a bill that would restructure federal IT procurement by establishing a pilot program in the Office of Management and Budget to review ... Read more

Supporting The Ongoing Air Force Mission Through Better IT

July 31, 2014

It is no secret that the Department of Defense (DoD) struggles with effectively procuring information technology. However, these challenges are being addressed head on, and the outcome will ultimately be faster and more effective procurements, while supporting mission goals with next-gen IT. For example, the Air Force is leveraging new resources for its IT transformation and has committed to moving its enterprise email to DISA’s shared system. Many believe this could be a positive first step. The Air Force Headquarters also transitioned its email accounts over to the cloud-based DoD Enterprise Email (DEE) system earlier this year. These are some insights from ... Read more

Winning Contractor: Raytheon Scores With New Patriot Missile Upgrade Contract

July 30, 2014

Raytheon Company is a technology and innovation leader specializing in defense, security and civil markets throughout the world. With a history spanning 92 years, Raytheon provides state-of-the-art electronics, mission systems integration and other capabilities as well as cyber security and a broad range of mission support services. The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) awarded Raytheon a $235.5 million contract for Radar Digital Processor (RDP) kits to upgrade the combat-proven Patriot Air and Missile Defense System for the United States, Kuwait, and the Netherlands. Raytheon is the prime contractor for both domestic and international Patriot Air and Missile Defense Systems and system integrator for Patriot Advanced Capability-3 missiles. Patriot is the world’s ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Growing Terror Threat; Federal Hiring at 10–Year Low; and NGA’s Fast Acquisition Efforts

July 28, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper recently stated our country’s ability to fight terrorism has been weakened.  In addition, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates is calling on agencies to break bad IT habits, and we have a number of new contract wins. Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. Clapper: Terror Threat Is Growing A “perfect storm” of factors has weakened the country’s ability to prevent and fight terrorism, according to Director of National Intelligence James Clapper. Gates: Agencies Must Break ... Read more

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Embraces Next-Gen Mobility

July 24, 2014

While the FedPulse blog is known for shining a light on the successes of federal contractors with its “Winning Contractor” series, a new site is doing something very similar, but for government agencies. The GovTransformer site showcases key accomplishments in the area of emerging IT happening on the government side.  The site recently ran a post about how the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is embracing next-generation mobility solutions. Under the strategic leadership of Rick Holgate, CIO of the ATF, the agency is building a robust infrastructure that supports smartphones and tablets to provide e-mail, browser and legacy desktop ... Read more

Q&A: Tim Sedlack, Senior Product Manager, Dell Software, Discusses IT Risk and Compliance for Government

July 23, 2014

Dell Software and Market Connections recently launched a study, which revealed that half of government agencies do not address network vulnerabilities proactively, impacting security compliance and the ability to respond to threats. Both organizations recently hosted a webinar that provided in-depth insight into federal IT governance, risk and compliance (GRC) and how agencies can best achieve continuous compliance. FedPulse recently had the opportunity to speak with Tim Sedlack, Senior Product Manager at Dell Software, about the findings of the study and much more. FedPulse: Tell us about why Dell recently implemented a study about Federal IT Risk & Compliance? Sedlack: We know that federal ... Read more

Weekly News Kick Off: Optimism Regarding Sequestration in 2016; Border Crisis and Military Resources; and RMADA and NETCENTS-2 Contracts Awarded

July 21, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. The chairman of the House Armed Service Committee’s subcommittee on readiness is confident that sequestration will be averted in 2016. In addition, lawmakers feel that the border crisis is draining our already-stretched military resources, and two new major contracts were awarded.  Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. HASC Readiness Chair Hoping for Renewed Focus on Sequestration After Midterms The chairman of the House Armed Service Committee’s subcommittee on readiness said he was optimistic that Congress will be able to ... Read more

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

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