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DOE to Use Federal Energy Saving Performance Contracts to Reach Sustainability Goals

The Energy Department is using federal energy savings performance contracts to reach sustainability goals. Jake Wooley, deputy director of the department’s information technology management office, told Nextgov.com these contracts “in the past have been something the facilities managers and energy managers have been aware of, but this is the first time in …

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NASA Names Aerospace Veteran Mason Peck Chief Technologist

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Cornell University Professor Mason Peck to be the agency’s chief technologist, effective in January. Peck will be both the agency’s principal adviser and main advocate on matters of technology policy and programs. Peck will also help coordinate the agency’s technology investments. As an engineer …

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DARPA: Flying Humvee Tests Coming in 2015

Those futuristic flying cars movie-goers frequently see in science-fiction thrillers will be coming to real life in 2012, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. According to Aviation Week, program manager Stephen Waller said both AAI Corp. and Lockheed Martin have produced “feasible designs” for DARPA’s Transformer program and …

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Pentagon, DHS Probe Expanding Sharing of Cyber Threat Intel with Contractors

The Defense Department plans to expand the sharing of classified cyber threat intelligence between the Pentagon and certain contracting firms to better secure commercial networks used for military purposes, Pentagon officials said. A test program, which ran from May 9 through Sept. 15, prevented hundreds of attempted breaches at 20 participating industrial defense firms, officials …

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Contractors Uncertain On Debt Deal

The debt ceiling increase President Barack Obama signed into law Tuesday is certain to cut $350 billion from the defense budget. However, according to Government Executive, federal contractors are left with uncertainty over how to plan for the long term. The cuts come at a time when the defense contracting …

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Norm Augustine to Lead Review of Antarctic Science

Norm Augustine The National Science Foundation announced last week Norm Augustine has been appointed to lead the upcoming strategic review of U.S. science-support operations on the continent of Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. Augustine is the former chair of the National Academy of Engineering and previously served as chairman and …

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