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Weekly Roundup Jan. 11 – Jan. 15 2016: Air Force, NASA Give Space Partnerships w/ Industry a Lift & more

Jan. 11 – Jan. 15 2016

A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

America’s space program appears to be the place where government and industry are taking concrete steps toward increased public-private partnerships as a means to spur innovation on both sides and create opportunity for both sides to drive value for stakeholders.

We saw two examples of that collaboration this week as both the Air Force and NASA announced their next steps in two initiatives that are garnering much attention from industry observers as potentially transformative for our country’s much-celebrated space program.

Orbital ATK and Elon Musk’s SpaceX were awarded separate funding sets from the Air Force to work on new propulsion systems for the service branch’s heavy-lift launches that currently rely on the Russian RD-180 engine the U.S. government is aiming to replace.

Both of these “other transaction agreements” share development costs between the contractors and the Air Force, which aims to spur new competition in a launch services market through the deals.

The second major space event announced this week came in the civilian realm when NASA selected Orbital ATK, SpaceX and Sierra Nevada for a new round of cargo transportation flights to and from the International Space Station.

Each company will receive six flights a piece under the eight-year Commercial Resupply Services “Round 2” contracts and the Space Station’s program manager said NASA expects to award the first mission this year.

Like the Air Force, NASA also wants to end its dependence on Russia for space access by 2017 and believes partnerships with the commercial sector are the best way to achieve that goal.

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IBM’s Anne Altman to Retire; Leidos’ Sam Gordy Named as Successor
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Parsons is undergoing a realignment of its business structure into five operating groups with this one for the federal government market.
Army Awards 17 Spots on $900M Chem-Bio Defense Logistics Support IDIQ
Selected companies will compete for task orders to support an Army program office responsible for R&D work on chemical and biological detection systems.
FirstNet Seeks Proposals for Public Safety Broadband Network Deployment
Up to $6.5 billion in contracts could be available to industry over the program’s maximum 25-year lifespan.
Erik Smith Appointed CEO for Saab’s US Defense, Security Business
Smith joined Saab upon its acquisition of air traffic management services provider Sensis in 2014 and held a GM role there in the seven years prior.
Raytheon-Vista Cyber JV Adopts ‘Forcepoint’ Name, Seeks Focus on Internal Net Monitoring
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David Young of Level 3 on GSA’s Telecom Contract Transition and Internet Connectivity Trends at Agencies
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Seagate Gov’t Subsidiary to Hone on Multi-Level Security Challenges at Agencies
The subsidiary’s lead executive describes to ExecutiveBiz Seagate’s strategy for the federal big data and network security arenas.
DHS’ Phyllis Schneck: New Multilateral Export Control Policy Conflicts with US Cybersecurity Efforts
Schneck told House lawmakers companies may need weeks to complete the licensing process for technical data transmissions.
Stacey Dixon Joins IARPA as Deputy Director
Dixon will oversee multi-disciplinary research programs at the intelligence community’s research-and-development organization.
Mac Thornberry: DoD Should Tolerate Risks in Acquisition Programs
The House Armed Services chairman says prototypes and experiments should be encouraged in military acquisition processes.
FAS: DoD Implements Continuous Personnel Evaluation to Detect Insider Threats
Approximately 100, 000 contractor, civilian and government staff were reportedly evaluated via an internal monitoring pilot.

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