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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

Weekly News Kick Off: Proposed Defense Budget Meets New Threats; GSA to Overhaul Multiple Awards Schedules; and Amazon Hires Lobbyists for Drone Program

June 23, 2014

Welcome to the Weekly News Kick Off from the FedPulse blog. Defense Secretary  Hagel stated that the new defense budget was tailored to meet emerging threats.  Meanwhile the fallout of sequestration seems to be minimal at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  In addition, we saw new contract wins from Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Engility and others.  Be sure to check out this and much more in the latest Weekly News Kick Off.  Happy Monday. Hagel: Proposed Defense Budget Tailored to Meet Future Threats After more than a decade of large, land-based operations driven by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the ... Read more

Cyber Attack Defenders Q&A: Scott Montgomery, CTO Public Sector for McAfee, Emerging Threats for Government and More

June 19, 2014

The Cyber Attack Defenders campaign, which shines a light on the challenges that federal agencies face in today’s cyber threat landscape, has offered some very dynamic content regarding cyber security.  Scott Montgomery, CTO Public Sector for McAfee, was recently interviewed by Cyber Attack Defenders where he discussed the latest federal cyber security trends, as well as opportunities and challenges. Here’s are some excerpts from that interview. Q: Tell us about McAfee and its role in helping federal customers with cyber security. Montgomery: McAfee has evolved into being a leading trusted advisor to federal agencies to help government solve the most difficult security ... Read more

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