Just six years after NASA established the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services Initiative, this Friday, Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, became the first commercial space provider to successfully reach and dock its unmanned re-supply craft, Dragon, with the International Space Station. The linkup marks a significant step in NASA’s move towards transferring orbital cargo and crew transport responsibilities from the space shuttle to the private sector.
This week, the House on Friday passed a $642 billion defense bill that abandons the deficit-cutting agreement that President Obama and congressional Republicans backed last summer. After a 299-120 vote, lawmakers backed the spending blueprint that adds $8 billion for the military for next year.
Having recently been steered to the DNSChanger Working Group website, www.dcwg.org, we thought this was a pretty interesting approach to deal with the identification and clean-up of the massive malware attack, DNSChanger. This malware was used to manipulate Internet-based advertising to purport a sophisticated international fraud ring as a traditional business in order to illegally generate fees.
On May 7th, the U.S. House of Representatives’ Budget Committee passed a plan to circumvent across-the-board cuts in January and reverse billions in reductions that were made last fall. The Republican-led effort aims to restore cuts in the defense budget that were approved as part of the Budget Control Act of 2011.
Over the past month, there has been significant activity in the Cyber / Intel space – particularly in the world of Big Data – with several policy developments and a handful of noteworthy transactions taking place.
As the Army continues to bring its tactical wheeled vehicles home from Afghanistan, it is now faced with the decision of what vehicles to keep, what vehicles to reset, and what vehicles to buy. With an inventory of 270,000 vehicles across the range of vehicle platforms, including tens of thousands of new MRAPs, M-ATVS, Strykers, and up armored Humvees, the Army needs to either position vehicles into its revamped force structure or divest them.
Last week we participated in the GE Healthcare Investors Conference. The focus of the event was overall healthcare services and technologies from patient through payer and all providers in between. Similar to a number of other areas of the federal market (e.g., cybersecurity), the lines are blurring between then private vs. public sector participation and applicable technologies.