Tuesday Morning News Kick Off: Obama Lays Wreath at Arlington Cemetery, One-Year Anniversary of the Digital Government Strategy and Booz Allen Posts Profitable Quarter

Welcome to the weekly news kick off post from the FedPulse blog.  We hope everyone had a restful Memorial Day Holiday weekend, though many of us were reminded of the true meaning of the holiday when President Obama laid a wreath at Arlington National Cemetery yesterday.  In other federal news, contractors keep winning new contracts and Booz Allen posted a profitable quarter – mainly due to employee downsizing.  Happy Tuesday.

President Obama Lays Wreath, Speaks at Arlington National Cemetery
In honor of Memorial Day, President Obama laid a wreath Monday at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery near Washington.

Sequestration Poll Shows That Nearly 4 In 10 Americans Impacted By Cuts
Nearly 4 in 10 Americans have felt the pain of automatic spending cuts, according to a poll released Friday by ABC News and The Washington Post.

White House Unveils More Deliverables On Anniversary of the Digital Government Strategy
On the one-year anniversary of the White House’s unveiling of the Digital Government Strategy, the Obama administration released several deliverables ranging from acquisition-related announcements to technical mobile security guidance.

Feds Make Good on Mobile Deliverables
A key component of the Obama administration’s one-year-old Digital Government Strategy charged several federal agencies with developing baseline standards of security requirements for mobile computing.

NASA’s Plan to Lasso an Asteroid is Making Progress
NASA is making progress on the ion propulsion engine for lassoing an asteroid – pretty amazing stuff.

The Lifesaving Imperative of Adopting New Technologies
AJ Clark, President of Thermopylae Sciences & Technology, wrote an insightful Washington Technology Op-Ed, which highlighted how new mobile and geospatial solutions can help save lives.  Check out the exclusive FedPulse interview with Clark here.

Lockheed Martin Completes Milestone for Training Element of United States Ballistic Missile Defense System
Lockheed Martin has completed a program milestone for the integrating system that links the numerous sensors, weapons and systems currently operational in the U.S. Ballistic Missile Defense System.

BAE Systems’ Experts Continue Missile Defense Research for U.S. Army
The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command has awarded BAE Systems an $85 million, two-year contract extension to continue its support of the agency’s Future Warfare Center.

SAIC Awarded Contract By Joint Program Executive Office For Chemical And Biological Defense
Congratulations to SAIC for being awarded a prime contract by the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense to provide program, engineering, medical, and technical support services.

Northrop Grumman Signs Mentor-Protégé Agreement With Davidson Technologies
Northrop Grumman has signed a U.S. Department of Defense mentor-protégé agreement with Davidson Technologies, a teammate on its Joint National Integration Center Research and Development Contract.

ITT Exelis Selected For NASA Deep Space Network Subcontract by Jet Propulsion Laboratory
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has selected ITT Exelis to provide maintenance, operations, and engineering services for NASA’s international Deep Space Network (DSN).

SRA International, Inc. Announces Leadership Changes in Civil Government and Health Groups
SRA International announced the appointments of Paul Nedzbala to Senior Vice President of the Civil Government Group, and Tom Nixon to Senior Vice President of the Health Group, reporting to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Deb Alderson.

Booz Allen Hamilton Tightens Staff, Produces Profit
Booz Allen Hamilton preserved its profit in its most recent quarter through a much tighter handle on its employee costs.

TASC Names New VP of Mission Solutions Business
TASC has named Joseph Pacileo Vice President of the company’s Mission Solutions business, where he will oversee TASC operations supporting its intelligence and cyber customers at Fort Meade.


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