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Weekly Roundup for 3/6/14 – 3/13/14

From Jim Garrettson, Executive Mosaic President & Founder
The Defense Department released details this week on how UAVs fit into its proposed budget for FY 2015.
The military’s $2.45 billion unmanned aircraft spending outline includes plans to purchase more UAVs from several of the country’s largest defense contractors and to continue work on a UAV that can be launched from a carrier.

As the Pentagon and other agencies continue to highlight their technology priorities for the future, GovCon firms are partnering and innovating to stay ahead of the curve.

Red Hat, for example, announced this week that its Enterprise Linux computing platform will be available to agencies and other systems integrators through an Amazon Web Services cloud computing system.
“On AWS GovCloud (US), agencies can use Red Hat Enterprise Linux on demand, paying for only what they use, when they need it,” said Paul Smith, public sector VP and GM at Red Hat.

A Level 3Northrop Grumman team also announced it is working to help the Air Force improve how it trains pilots by bringing together networked simulation and training systems.

“The Level 3 network is incorporated into the distributed training solutions Northrop Grumman provides to the U.S. Air Force,” said Ed Morche, SVP of East region enterprise and government markets for Level 3.

Increased collaboration between the private and public sectors will be at the forefront of discussion between another group of high-level leaders on March 19, when the Potomac Officers Club will holds its “Federal Critical Infrastructure” Summit.

Dr. Harvey Davis (above), NSA director of installations and logistics; and Dr. Timothy Unruh (left), director of the Energy Department‘s Federal Energy Management Program; will lend their insights to the GovCon executive-only audience.

They will be joined by former DHS Cybersecurity Deputy Undersecretary Mark Weatherford (right) and Ed Goetz (below), VP and chief security officer at Constellation Energy, who will offer their leading perspectives on the issues at hand.

Click on the button below to reserve your spot at the event and ensure that your voice forms part of the premier GovCon leadership discussion on how industry and government can better protect our critical national infrastructure in the future.