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China Expected to Assert its Dominance

An unnamed senior U.S. defense official reportedly said China appears to be backing away from its descriptions of territorial disputes in the South China Sea. However, China is expected to build 30 vessels during the next five years for marine law enforcement. A softening of language or other gestures are tactical adjustments for a near-term benefit, but signify no substantive change. China is on a path to assert and demonstrate its dominance in Asia, evidenced by ambitious naval construction, expanding naval operational areas and expansion of the law enforcement fleet. This is a strategic warning that maritime confrontations will increase in both volume and frequency.

Tags: Contracting , KGS , NightWatch , John McCreary

Monday - 10/18/2010, 11:30am EDT

Allen steps down from Coalition for Government Procurement

After 20 years with the organization, Larry Allen is stepping down as president of CGP.

Tags: Larry Allen , Coalition for Government Procurement , Contracting , procurement , Off the Shelf , Dorobek Insider

Friday - 10/15/2010, 06:44pm EDT

Japan to Import Uranium via Trans-Siberian Railroad

According to Japanese Economy and Trade Ministry officials, Japan plans to import Russian-processed uranium fuel from Kazakhstan via Siberian railways. The language of the announcement indicates the new transportation route is an effort to avoid piracy risks to Japanese maritime vessels. The ministry plans to begin using the land route by April 2011. While the Trans-Siberian Railroad does mitigate threats from piracy, it also allows Japan to avoid shipping via the South China Sea which China now claims as territorial waters. In the next few years, Japan may be expected take other actions to reduce its vulnerability to Chinese interdiction.

Tags: Contracting , KGS , NightWatch , John McCreary

Friday - 10/15/2010, 05:44pm EDT

DoD aims to move to cleaner energy

As part of Energy Awareness Month, DoD releases a statement on its commitment to move toward cleaner energy sources.

Tags: DoD , green government , clean energy , Energy Awareness Month , DoD Report , Acquisition , Contracting , Dorobek Insider

Friday - 10/15/2010, 03:46pm EDT

GSA delays award for cloud e-mail services

Vendors bidding on the contract are asked to extend their prices to Nov. 30. GSA CIO Coleman said her goal was to make the award by Veterans Day.

Tags: Technology , Contracting , Casey Coleman , GSA , Cloud computing , IT modernization , Jason Miller

Friday - 10/15/2010, 12:20pm EDT

North Korea Presents Kim Chong Un as Next Leader

Kim Jong-il and his youngest son, Kim Jong-un, presided at North Korea's large military parade on October 10th to commemorate the 65th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers' Party. The leadership permitted live television coverage of the event. Yang Hyong-sop, Vice President of North Korea's Supreme People's Assembly said that Kim Jong-un will be North Korea's leader and that the North Korean people can proudly say that they are more blessed with their leader than people of any other country around the world. The large military parade on a Party anniversary indicates the Army is the dominant force in North Korean decision making.

Tags: Contracting , KGS , NightWatch , John McCreary

Thursday - 10/14/2010, 05:43pm EDT

BAE wins $300M contract to modernize DIA computer workstations

BAE Systems said it received a $300 million contract to modernize the trusted computer workstations for the agency's Defense Intelligence Information System, according to Business Wire.

Tags: BAE Systems , Business Wire , Technology , Contracting , DoD Report , Dorobek Insider

Thursday - 10/14/2010, 03:45pm EDT

Defense changes mean contracting opportunity

A new report finds contractors should balance portfolios across the spectrum of warfare, accommodating the shift in how the U.S. military plans, organizes and equips for battle.

Tags: Federal Drive , DoD Report , Pentagon , Deloitte , Contracting , DoD

Thursday - 10/14/2010, 09:40am EDT

HUBZone confusion may/shall end

Who should get first preference for contracts? A new law should help figure that out. Venable's Rob Burton explains it for us.

Tags: Federal Drive , Contracting , management , set aside contracts , Venable , Rob Burton

Thursday - 10/14/2010, 09:31am EDT

Navy begins dismantling NMCI for NGEN

The service will issue the first of five RFPs in a matter of weeks for cybersecurity services. The other solicitations are coming over the next year for everything from enterprise software to transport services. More than three-quarters of the users said they are pleased with the NMCI, according to the most recent customer satisfaction survey.

Tags: Contracting , Technology , Tim Holland , Scott Weller , Navy , Marine Corps , NMCI , NGEN , HP , enterprise services , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/14/2010, 06:43am EDT
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