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Defense Roundup: UAVs and JLTVs, Boeing has a bad week, #VAEndedTheBacklog nigh, TIME Magazine misses an opportunity to put Jake Wood on its cover

U.S. Probes Firm That Vetted NSA Leaker

Dion Nissenbaum, (@dionnissenbaum) Wall Street Journal. The hits just keep on coming with the continuing saga of former Booz Allen Hamilton contractor Edward Snowden and his massive theft and subsequent leaking of NSA secret programs. Among the twists this week is the revelation that the federal contractor that conducts 45% of all of the background checks for security clearances, Falls Church, Va. based USIS, has been under investigation for a year for contracting fraud. The company that was formerly part of the US government before spinning off in 1996 and is now owned by private equity firm Providence is accused having a

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Defense Roundup: Pentagon Approves Apple, Budget Scenarios in the Works and SOFIC Success

Pentagon Approves Use of Advanced Devices from Apple and Others – but Don’t Expect Quick Change

Chris Carroll (@ChrisCarroll_), Stars and Stripes. On Friday the Defense Information Systems Agency announced the long rumored approval of the Security Technical Implementation Guide, or STIG, for Apple iOS6 devices to be used on the Defense Department’s networks. This move effectively clears the department’s various entities to purchase products like iPhones and iPads officially for the first time joining previously approved Samsung Android devices. While there is some excitement among Apple diehards, Carroll points out that it won’t be an overnight change by any means. BlackBerry clearly owns the government market

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Defense Roundup: Going to war with Marines’ pants, SOFIC, V-22s not so bad

April 15 Weekly Defense Industry Roundup

2014 DoD Budget a Step Toward ‘Grand Bargain’

John T. Bennett (@BennettJohnT), Defense News. The Obama Administration issued its 2014 budget last week including a $526.6 billion request for the Pentagon that ignores sequestration and mandatory limits set by Congress. There is a lot of slicing and dicing of the various numbers this week but the general consensus is that the request is really a political move to build the foundation for a hoped for “grand bargain” fiscal deal with the House Republicans. Within the budget is a call for another round of base closings and full funding for the F-35 but most see it as an

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April 8 Weekly Defense Industry Roundup

U.S. Would Save $14 Billion Buying German Combat Vehicle

Tony Capaccio (@ACapaccio) and Nick Taborek, Bloomberg Business Week. The Congressional Budget Office issued a report this week examining the Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle and concluded that simply purchasing the German-made Puma or other similar vehicles would be a better option than the current slate of vehicles in the competition for the replacement of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Although the Puma doesn’t meet all of the desires for the GCV, carrying only six passengers instead of the desired nine for example, it would be purchased with significantly less risk and “at only half the cost”. Currently BAE and General…

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