Weekly Roundup Feb 20 – Feb 26 2015

Weekly Roundup
Feb 20 – Feb 26 2015

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A Note From Our President & Founder Jim Garrettson

The Department of Homeland Security faces the prospect of at least a partial shutdown that would go into effect Saturday, barring the passage of legislation in Congress to continue funding DHS.

As of this publication’s release, the Senate cleared a procedural hurdle before a scheduled vote on the bill that would extend DHS’ operations.

A separate report by The Hill newspaper says DHS would furlough 30,000 employees if the department shuts down and the other 90 percent would work without pay until a new funding package is passed by Congress.

Adm. Paul Zukunft, the Coast Guard’s top uniformed official, called on lawmakers to pass a DHS funding bill in a blog post published Monday and outlined what he believes could happen to his agency if it shuts down, even temporarily.

“In the event of a lapse in appropriations, nearly $1 billion in acquisition and maintenance contracts will continue to be deferred or otherwise disrupted – reducing the long-term operational availability and effectiveness of the Coast Guard. These delays erode the security of our maritime borders,” he wrote.

                  

The Potomac Officers Club will turn its attention on March 19 to the cybersecurity arena with “2015 Cyber Security Summit,” a half-day forum for government and business leaders to interact and exchange ideas for how to protect information systems.

Loss of trade secrets and customer information, capabilities of nation-states, public-private partnerships to tackle those issues and U.S. government policies are among several topics slated for discussion at the summit.

Speakers scheduled to appear include:

  • Joe Demarest, assistant director of the FBI’s cyber division
  • Bill Evanina, director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center
  • Phil Lacombe, VP & manager of Parsons’ information systems and security sector
  • Tom McMillan, a director at Siemens Government Technologies
  • Steve Shirley, executive director of the Defense Cyber Crime Center
  • Bobbie Stempfley, acting assistant director of DHS’ office of cybersecurity and communications
  • Mark Weatherford, former deputy undersecretary for cybersecurity at DHS

Click here to register for this event and learn more about POC’s other upcoming events.

THIS WEEK’S TOP NEWS STORIES 
Former AIA Chief Marion Blakey Named Rolls-Royce North America President, CEO
Blakey led the trade association for seven years and is a former FAA chief.
CSC Buys Autonomic Resources for Federal Cloud Market Push
Purchase aims to grow CSC’s footprint as public sector cloud provider.
Engility Closes TASC Purchase
The combine company has more than 10,000 employees and approximately $2.5 billion in revenue based on 2014 figures.
Julie Gravallese Promoted to VP, Chief HR Officer at Mitre
The three-decade Mitre veteran previously led its information technology center and also served as director of the open systems center.
iNovex Acquires Mercury Systems’ Intell Analytics Arm
Mercury Intelligence Systems is a provider of big data, cloud infrastructure and predictive analytics offerings.
PwC Report Details Increased Aerospace, Defense M&A Activity in 2014
Total value of deals reached $22.3 billion, up from $14.3 billion in 2013.
HP’s Stacy Cleveland: DoD Eyes Match Between Security Requirements, Commercial Cloud
Cleveland says DoD has developed new standards to protect data.
Bruce Tanner: Lockheed Eyes Int’l Sales Target of 25%
Lockheed’s CFO also says the company plans to increase research and development spending in 2015.
Frank Kendall: Islamic State Threat Prompts Defense Spending Shift, Unmanned Aircraft Demand
DoD’s acquisition chief discusses the military’s budget and security priorities.
Matthew Goodrich: FedRAMP’s Revamped Website to Offer Training for Cloud Security Authorization Process
The FedRAMP director says new site will launch in March.
Michael Rogers: Some Nation-States Capable of ‘Cyber Pearl Harbor’ Attack on US
The NSA and Cybercom points to the financial sector as a potential target.
Robert Hale: Sequestration Not a Sure Thing in 2016
The former Pentagon CFO believes Congress could raise “mini” caps on spending through a new budget deal.
Michael Daniel: Public-Private Partnerships Key in Cyber Data Sharing
The White House cyber coordinator describes this effort to the Atlantic Council.
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