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$37.8 Million Awarded To Universities For Research Equipment
The Department of Defense announced plans to award $37.8 million to academic institutions to support the purchase of research instrumentation. There were 165 awards to 83 academic institutions.
 
Black Friday
As the biggest shopping day of the year approaches, it's important to note the Federal Government is also "shopping."
 
Boeing-Airbus Dispute Highlights Potential Government Acquisition Pitfalls
In a ruling that many US Senators are already hailing as a “landmark decision”, the WTO has effectively shaken up the commercial aircraft market landscape.
 
Bouncy Gym Ball or Sophisticated Robot?
What looks like a bouncy ball you might find at your gym is actually a sophisticated, state-of-the-art robot on display at the 2013 Annual Meeting of the Association of the United States Army, AUSA, in Washington, D.C. this week.
 
Cassidy Launches New Online Trailer, CASSIDY 2014
“A reminder of our history and nod to our future,” is how newly promoted Cassidy & Associates Co-Chairmen Kai Anderson and Barry Rhoads describe the firm’s new online video trailer launched this morning on the Cassidy & Associates social media platforms and its website. The trailer will be featured on the Cassidy & Associates YouTube Channel.
 
Cassidy Welcomes Leading Defense Energy Expert to Team
Cassidy & Associates welcomes one of the nation’s foremost defense energy experts to its team as Col. Dave Belote, ret. USAF joins the firm as a Senior Vice President.
 
Coalitions
With shrinking budgets and increased workloads, the federal government needs the private sector to help cut operating costs.
 
Continuing Resolution
Congress will take up a Continuing Resolution (CR) to fund the government the week of Sept. 19th, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) stated September 13th, which could prevent a government shutdown caused by Congress not passing appropriations bills by the new fiscal year
 
DoD Strategy
The Sec of Defense said the Pentagon is making “targeted changes” to weapons programs, upgrades and operations costs.
 
Energy Security in the White House Budget
What did Cassidy & Associates Energy Security Expert Dave Belote find in President Barack Obama's 2015 budget released earlier this week? Find out in a new episode of The Insiders.
 
Federal Purchases Will Exceed $1.2 Trillion In The Fourth Quarter Of 2011
The race to exhaust funds and execute programs will be intense in 2012. Agencies will be motivated to spend their money before it gets taken away.
 
Free Trade Agreement Will Aid Korean Security
One way to benefit both the US and Korea is to finally approve the US and Korean Free Trade Agreement, which was signed on June 30, 2007.
 
Game Time
The Federal Government has 6 months to spend a 12 month budget.
 
House Armed Services Commitee Releases Report.
March 26, the House Armed Services Committee’s (HASC) Panel on Business Challenges Within the Defense Industry released their report: Challenges to Doing Business with the Department of Defense.
 
If you think nothing is getting done…
Since Jan 3, 2011, the Senate has introduced 1914 bills and the House has introduced 3508 bills. 57 bills have been signed into law.
 
Increasing Challenges in Haiti Require the Latest in Disaster Relief Innovations
As hurricane season begins in the Caribbean, aid organizations worry that tropical storms will exacerbate the challenges already facing relief workers in Haiti.
 
It’s Time to Start Planning for FY13
The military services will begin briefing combatant commanders next week on their revised five-year spending plans as the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) begins its Fiscal Year 2013 budget review.
 
Key US Enroute Air Bases, Like Gander International Airport, Need to be Maintained
Recent events in Kyrgyzstan emphasize the importance of the U.S. Air Force world-wide infrastructure.
 
Legislators Need to Consider Latest in Telemedicine when Discussing Health IT
With the federal government currently trying to implement health care reform legislation, Cassidy & Associates continues to stay abreast of the political landscape.
 
Look to the Sky for Washington’s Fight This Summer
Yesterday’s remarks by President Obama addressing questions raised by Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent admission that counterterrorism drone strikes have killed four Americans overseas since 2009 provided a preview of what’s expected to be one of summer’s most heated legislative battles in Washington.
 
MacArthur’s Prescient West Point Address
Could Gen MacArthur have envisioned this level of cooperation, and the use of today’s information technology.
 
Market, Market, Market
The 3 most important words to remember to be successful in building your Federal Business.
 
Opportunities Are Everywhere
You just have to know where to look. Here are 2 basic rules.
 
Opportunity
New regulations and budget cuts always lead to new business.
 
Opportunity
Gen Fraser, SOUTHCOM Commander; "I'm a combatant commander--I can always use more ISR."
 
Protecting Existing Business
With the government focused on reducing expenses it is more important than ever to focus on retaining business.
 
Rapid Acquisition of Cyber Tools
Pentagon plans for priority weapons to be financed through the use of operational funds over a period of days or months.
 
Reversibility and Expansibility
The act of generating needed capabilities and capacities quickly in response to operational demands in defence of our nation and its vital national interests.
 
Saving Fuel
In an effort to save the US military money, Gander Airport, in New Foundland, Canada, is “speeding up” its aircraft servicing and creating a rapid refueling program for US military aircraft that land there.
 
Thanksgiving

Even with the Failure of the Budget Super Committee we should be thankful...

Cuts do not take effect until 2013--giving us 13 months to prepare.

 
The Gov Doesn’t Buy What It Doesn’t Trust And It Doesn’t Trust What It’s Not Familiar With
The best way to improve sales is to sell where they know you.
 
The Insiders - Cassidy & Associates Launches New Online Magazine
This morning on LinkedIn, Cassidy & Associates CEO Gerry Cassidy helped launch a new online news magazine, the insiders, giving readers an authentic look at Washington.
 
The Pentagon's Four Letter Word
Yesterday's launch of the Cassidy & Associates online news magazine, the insiders, included a featured story with Cassidy President Barry Rhoads talking about the 'acronym that makes the Pentagon shudder', but did you catch the full Insiders interview on the Cassidy YouTube Channel as Barry gets candid about the benefits of an agressive community as well as the politically squeaky wheel and the sequester ripple effect.
 
This is the season for government business
You should be busy bidding on government contracts…and if you're not, you should be--even if you're not going to bid on them directly yourself.
 
Upcoming BRAC
On January 5, 2012, President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Joint Chiefs Chairman General Martin Dempsey discussed changes in the military’s long-term plans and how the proposed changes will establish future budgeting priorities.
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Vacations & Guides
I am just getting back from a trip to Morocco. It was great and I saw "everything" because I hired a guide.
 
Washington’s Fight Over Helium Was No Laughing Matter
Cassidy & Associates Senior Vice President Kevin Binger explains how Washington averted an historic shortage of helium that jeopardized its use to cool medical equipment like MRIs and in the manufacture of LCD TVs, semiconductor chips, fiber optic cables as well as powering NASA’s rockets.
 
White Space

There are 3 ways to create White Space in business.

1. Fulfilling unmet customer needs in a current market. 2. Creating new customers and new markets. 3. Responding to shifts in market demand created by government policy and new technology.
 
Will Obama’s Summer Trip to Africa ‘Power’ His Legacy to the Continent?
In the first of a two part interview, Cassidy & Associates Senior Vice President Mark Clack discusses a renewed emphasis on Africa by the White House as it prepares for President Obama's trip to sub-Saharan Africa this summer and a potential initiative addressing "energy poverty" on the continent.
 
Year-End Funding
There are less than 2 months left in FY12. That means Agencies are balancing their checkbooks and trying to fund last-minute projects.
 
“I’m losing $30M a year, but I can’t afford to stop paying.”
That’s a quote I recently heard from a high-level Government Executive. Yes…there are many inefficiencies out there, but who can afford to fix them in the current budget environment?
 
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