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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.
 
Big Ass Solutions Gets Big Time Recognition

A big pat on the back to Cassidy & Associates client Big Ass Solutions!

 
Bill to Bolster Education as Counterinsurgency Tool
Earlier this year, legislation was introduced in the House that, as much as anything we’ve seen, strikes at the heart of some of the most challenging foreign policy, international affairs and security issues that the U.S. faces today
 
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 Energy Security Expert Featured Speaker at Defense Renewable Energy Summit
Cassidy & Associates Senior Vice President Dave Belote is among the energy security experts and a featured speaker this morning at the 4th Annual Defense Renewable Energy Summit in Washington.
 
Cassidy Energy Security Expert in the Spotlight
Cassidy & Associates Senior Associate Janie Wise sits down to talk about her work at the nexus of national defense and energy security with the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment for its member spotlight column.
 
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 National Security Team Releases Resource Document for America’s Defense Communities
From BRAC, to climate change and energy, our military health system, to creating and fostering effective public and private partnerships, the Cassidy & Associates National Security Team analyzes it all in its proprietary resource document after participating in the annual National Summit of The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) in Washington, D.C.
 
Cassidy Sponsors National Summit on Defense Energy Solutions
Accelerating clean energy and infrastructure solutions for the DOD is the focus this week in Austin, TX as Cassidy & Associates is a lead sponsor of the Defense Energy Summit and Innovation Showcase.
 
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.
 
Cassidy’s National Security Team Mobilizing Clients Ahead of Budget Announcement
The White House is expected to submit President Barack Obama’s FY2014 budget to Congress on April 10, but the Cassidy & Associates National Security Team has been mobilizing its clients across the country far in advance of next week’s action.
 
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 Budget Facts
In past years a decrease in "war funding" has always led to a decrease in defense funding because war funding was part of the defense budget.
 
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.
 
Farmers Qualify for Stimulus Funds due to Heavy Rains
Despite record rains and flooding in Iowa, 2008 was a good year for farmers. Due to spikes in prices for crops such as corn and soybeans, net farm income increased 60% from 2007 to 2008. However, even farms that had a profitable year received an extra influx of cash due to a provision in the Stimulus bill.
Donna Jo Denison 
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.
 
Few Limits to 3D Printing on Earth and in Space

Late last year, Cassidy & Associates assisted in securing approval for the merger of two major 3D printing companies through the Committee on Foreign Investments in the United States (CFIUS), and since that time coverage of this topic, and the industry itself, continues to experience incredible growth.

 
Fewer Americans Leery of Drones
Results of two new polls show most Americans are okay with drones flying over their backyards whether it’s for commercial use, or for safety, or catching crooks and terrorists which makes today the time for industry to press home their benefits with the federal oversight agencies and Congress.
 
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 Changing Technology
We recently attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where we discovered 2 game-changing technologies.
Susann M. Edwards 
Game Time
The Federal Government has 6 months to spend a 12 month budget.
 
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.
 
Lame Duck The Main Course and Its’ Side Dishes
Thanksgiving in Washington comes early this year and the dinner plates will be overflowing.
 
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.
 
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.
 
School Security: Good Enough for the Pentagon, Good Enough for Our Schools
Cassidy & Asscoiates client MACE Security International Inc.'s CEO John McCann writes as a guest contributor to American School & University Magazine's Safety at School blog on an important conversation starting on Capitol Hill encouraging federal investment in proven and effective non-lethal security options for our schools.
 
Senior Capitol Hill Aide Joins Cassidy & Associates
Cassidy & Associates is broadening its footprint in Energy and Environment with the addition of a senior staff member of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, Kaleb Froehlich, who served as the committee’s senior counsel to ranking member Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and will serve as a Vice President at the firm.
 
Solving Dropout Problem Requires Diverse Approach
Children vary in how they think, how they learn and how they cope. That diversity has to be addressed if schools are going to be successful in helping them complete their education. And, not all schools are equally prepared for that challenge.
 
The 2013 Budget
All things considered, I would rather be in the Federal Sales market vs. the Commercial Sales market.
 
The Calendar, The Supreme Court and Child Nutrition
Supreme Court nominations have the potential to echo through history. It is the President’s opportunity to impact the tenor of the court long after his term has ended
Gerald S. J. Cassidy 
The Conversation on BRAC Has Begun - Cassidy Resource Document Analyzes the Debate

The likelihood of a future BRAC round was the leading topic at the opening of the National Summit of The Association of Defense Communities (ADC) as it featured two senior defense officials making the case for new BRAC authority and this excerpt from the Cassidy National Security Team's Resource Document for America’s Defense Communities takes a closer look at their remarks.

 
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.
 
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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