Analyst Insights

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Opportunity focus: Upgrading Air Force’s DCGS weapons system

The Air Force is taking another shot at upgrading its surveillance weapons system, the Distributed Common Ground System.

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Top corporate lobbying spending increased 7.7% in Q1

How has the lobbying world reacted to the prospect of a Republican Congress and White House working together? Companies are spending more, while associations are spending less.

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Court appears skeptical of EPA’s biofuel rationale

Two federal judges expressed skepticism of the EPA’s decision to slash quotas for biofuels, signaling the judicial panel may tell the agency to rewrite the RFS standards for 2014-2016.

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5 ways a government shutdown would affect contractors

Congress and President Donald Trump face an April 28 deadline for enacting legislation to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal 2017. Here’s what government contractors need to know.

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Special elections to fill more congressional vacancies

Republicans have more seats to defend in special elections after a close shave in a dependably GOP Kansas district. Here’s what you need to know about the upcoming contests.

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Army names 10 firms to spots on $231 million TRADOC contract

The Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Combined Arms Center announced the award of 10 training and education, doctrine, concepts contracts. The estimated value of the contracts is $231 million and they will run until April 2022.

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Opportunity focus: VA explores cloud-based commercial VistA

The Veterans Affairs Department may be leaning toward a commercial solution for its electronic health records system and abandoning efforts to modernize its Reagan-era Veterans Information Systems and Technology Architecture (VistA).

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Opportunity focus: DARPA Proposers Day on system innovation

DARPA is planning to release a new Broad Agency Announcement seeking innovative systems for military missions.

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Congress, law may save contractors from Trump’s budget cuts

President Donald Trump’s plans to shrink the government may hit major obstacles in both Congress and the courts, thanks to a 1970’s era law.

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Opportunity focus: Healthcare modernization R&D recompete

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is setting up a recompete for its Alliance to Modernize Healthcare, a federally funded research and development center currently run by MITRE Corp.