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Kaspersky Lab Banned from Federal Contracts

After a review by the General Services Administration, the White House and intelligence agencies, Russian cybersecurity software firm Kaspersky Lab may no longer sell to federal agencies via civilian acquisition contract vehicles. Kaspersky was dropped from the pre-approved vendors list provided by NASA’s Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement contract vehicle and …

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Perry: Hackers are a Current, ‘Real’ Threat to US Nuclear Reactors

Criminal hackers targeting U.S. nuclear power plants and other energy providers present a substantial and “real” threat to the U.S. electric grid Energy Secretary Rick Perry said Tuesday. However, “the good news” is that the Energy Department has substantial resources to counter the threat and has been “working on this for …

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Navy Secretary Nominee Spencer Downplays 355-Ship Fleet, Touts Unmanned Systems

Navy Secretary nominee Richard  Spencer downplayed President Donald Trump’s proposal of a 355-ship fleet, up from the current 276 number, while emphasizing that capability of weapons systems are paramount, Breaking Defense reported. The Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson has assessed that the Navy requires 355 ships, and he issued a …

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2 Years After Massive Data Breach, OPM Still Vulnerable

Over two years after the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) suffered a massive data beach compromising the data of over 20 million current and former federal employees and their families, there are still notable deficiencies in the way the agency handles its information systems, according to a recent audit. Though …

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Marines Plan to Buy 13 Additional F-35s

The Marines plan to add 13 F-35s to their program, bringing the total to 2,456 jets, according to the latest figures included in the 2017 annual Selected Acquisition Report. The program’s acquisition costs rose to $406.5 billion from $379 billion, below SAR estimates, according to the report. Some of the …

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DoD Estimates F-35 Program Costs to Spike to $406 Billion

The Pentagon’s most expensive  F-35 fighter jet program is expected to become even more pricey as costs spike nearly 7 percent to $406.5 billion. There is at least $27 billion in overruns, according to a draft of the Selected Acquisition Report to be submitted this week to Congress obtained by Bloomberg. …

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US Bombers Flyover Contested South China Sea

Two U.S B-1 Lancer bombers from Guam flew over the contested South China Sea Thursday, the U.S. Air Force confirmed Friday. The U.S. flyover asserts its “freedom of navigation” rights and challenges China’s claims to almost the whole waterway, Reuters reported. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the country …

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US Ambassador to UN Requests Emergency Security Council Meeting on North Korea

After North Korea tested an intercontinental ballistic missile Monday, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley requested an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council. That meeting will likely be held Wednesday with the 15-member council, as concerns mount that the regime is developing an inter-continental ballistic missile …

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Federal Employees Set to Receive 1.9 Percent Pay Raise

The House Appropriations Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee passed its 2018 appropriations bill via voice vote Thursday afternoon. The bill does not offer an alternative to President Donald Trump’s 1.9 percent raise offered in his budget proposal, which means federal employees have cleared a hurdle to receiving a pay boost next …

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Senate, House Disagree on Creation of U.S. Space Corps, NDAA Priorities

The House Armed Services Committee voted down an amendment that would have halted the creation of a U.S. Space Corps and instead moved forward with the provision as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) which passed late Wednesday night. The provision creates a separate military branch for space …

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