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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.
 
China's 'Lianghui' has Implications for Foreign Investors
As Asia-watchers, security hawks, investors and others around the globe know well, the annual meetings of China’s legislature, the National People’s Congress (NPC), and its twenty-two hundred member political advisory body, the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), opened last week, where major decisions about the future of the country are likely to be made and where the stage for the incoming administration will be set.
 
Cooperation Key to Cyber Security
This past week, it was reported that DHS has been dispatching teams of cyber security experts to assess defensive capabilities at key power plants across the country.
 
Cyber Protection — Who’s Checking The Back Door?
While Bill S. 3480 – Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act of 2010 (sponsored by Senators Lieberman and Collins) is a good start, it does not adequately address the protection of our nation’s critical cyber supply chain.
 
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.
 
FLASHBACK FRIDAY - Fab 50
In January 1997 Roll Call welcomes members of the 105th Congress and “looks behind the curtain” to find the most influential staff members and among its “Fabulous Fifty” is Cassidy's Kevin Binger.
 
Game Changing Technology
We recently attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where we discovered 2 game-changing technologies.
Susann M. Edwards 
Improving Trade with Africa
Quietly and effectively, the Obama Administration is in the process of instituting a U.S.-Africa policy that promotes enhanced trade between the United States and Sub Saharan Africa (SSA).
Mark Clack 
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.
 
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.
 
Market, Market, Market
The 3 most important words to remember to be successful in building your Federal Business.
 
Medical Device Regulation
An important element of the ongoing healthcare debate is the regulation of medical devices. To date, there has been much ambiguity in regards to the Administration’s intentions.
 
Opportunities Are Everywhere
You just have to know where to look. Here are 2 basic rules.
 
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.
 
Rabbits and Fences (Part 1)
In conversations concerning cyber security, the topic of building firewalls always comes up. People believe if they build a big enough fence it will keep the threat out. The problem is the threat is already inside the fence.
 
Rabbits and Fences (Part 2)
What do you do if the rabbit (you are trying to keep out of your garden) is living inside your garden? The answer seems quite simple, but this is the problem we are living with in cyber security.
 
Rabbits and Fences (Part 3)
There is current technology that allows us to inspect internal source code and third-party code and it does not require companies to expose their valuable source code.
 
Stationary Fuel Cells Important Part of Natural Gas Sector
MIT released an interim report today examining the future of natural gas as a fuel in an increasingly emissions averse world
Terry Paul, BG, USMC (Ret) 
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 MINI E
My wife and I decide to write the MINI E down as something to consider in the future when replacing a commuter vehicle.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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