The Navy and Marine Corps are still in the early planning stages for an overhaul of their Next Generation Enterprise Network contract. But both services say they hope to use the recompetition of NGEN to give industry a bigger hand in the IT services they provide to sailors and Marines. More now from Federal News Radio’s DoD reporter Jared Serbu.
In Friday's Federal Headlines, the Defense Department is building a cyber database of its workers who were affected by the Office of Personnel Management hack; a Navy civil engineer has been sentenced to 11 years for attempted espionage.
The Army is redesigning how soldiers can continue their education in the civilian sector.
Technology advances, but it also matures and becomes less lucrative. That's one reason Lockheed Martin is spinning off its cybersecurity services business. Yet Dell is betting $50 billion on EMC, a manufacturer of several mature technologies. What does it all mean for the federal market? Federal Drive host Tom Temin asks Jonathan Aberman, the managing director of Amplifier Ventures and founder of Tandem NSI.
The FBI was attempting to purchase Motorola tactical radios under an indefinite quantity, indefinite delivery contract operated by Homeland Security. The FBI set up its task order as a one-year term with four one-year options. That landed the deal in a protest by Harris. The Government Accountability Office shot down the FBI approach. How come? For an answer, the Federal Drive with Tom Temin turns to attorney Joe Petrillo, a partner at the law firm Petrillo & Powell.
Cybersecurity contractors seem to pop up as often as zero-day attacks. But the established ones are finding , with good market positioning and solid services, they can attract fresh investment. Case in point: With cash from Squadron Capital, a company called Facilities Technology Services has transformed into Squadron Defense Group. Keith Marino is its CEO. Federal Drive host Tom Temin spoke with him during this week's Association of the U.S. Army conference.
Most federal employees believe big-data initiatives are having a positive impact on helping their agencies predict trends and evaluate risk. That's according to a recent survey sponsored by Unisys. However, many respondents worry that their agencies aren't equipped to handle the large amount of data these projects come with, either mechanically or personnel-wise. Rod Fontecilla, the vice president of advanced data analytics at Unisys Federal, joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on the survey.
IBM's Watson supercomputer might be most famous for its appearance on Jeopardy, but that was back in 2011. The platform has come a long way since its game show days, and has been updated as part of IBM's new cognitive business initiative. If it's up to IBM, Watson and cognitive computing could have a big impact on the federal government. Anne Altman, the general manager of U.S. federal and government industries at IBM, joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin with more on what's new with Watson and how government is using it.
Federal employees may be happier with work these days, but they're still "meh" on their bosses, judging from the most recent governmentwide Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. The Office of Personnel Management says its latest governmentwide tools can help. OPM deputy associate director Steve Shih tells Federal News Radio's Emily Kopp about its new training frameworks.
In Thursday's Federal Headlines, Defense Secretary Ash Carter criticized Congress at the annual Association of the U.S. Army conference for the latest NDAA bill's form of budgeting; Boeing agrees to pay $18 million to settle allegations it overcharged the Air Force.
The Army is using simulations and virtual trainers to prepare its soldiers for everything from driving vehicles to shooting high-powered weapons, but at least one provider warns that it's time the Army rebooted its tools.
The Greater Washington Government Contractor Awards honor many of the individuals and businesses among the region's government contractors. The awards, sponsored by the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce and the Professional Services Council, celebrate high achievers. Between now and Nov. 5, Federal News Radio is interviewing the finalists for this year's awards. Ben Edson is the founder and CEO of VariQ and a finalist for this year's Executive of the Year award in the $75 million-or-less in sales category. He joins the Federal Drive with Tom Temin to talk about his nomination.
The Rapid Equipping Force and the Asymmetric Warfare Group, two organizations the Army created in response to specific challenges in Iraq and Afghanistan, are now a permanent part of the Army. And its leaders say they’re still highly-relevant, even after the withdrawal of large-scale combat troops. Col. Steve Sliwa is the director of the Rapid Equipping Force and Lt. Col. Stephen Lee is the squadron commander for the Asymmetric Warfare Group. They tell DoD reporter Jared Serbu about their enduring missions in a postwar environment.
Whether learning to fly an attack helicopter or maneuver a ground combat vehicle, pretty much everything the Army does requires intensive training. Because of the expense and danger involved, it's using simulation technology for a growing number of training categories. Raytheon is a major supplier of simulation-based training. At the Association of the U.S. Army conference, Federal Drive host Tom Temin spoke to Bob Williams, Raytheon's vice president of training solutions.