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James Smart, project manager at TMH Medical, dancing on Halloween night at Kandahar Air Field.

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James Smart, project manager at TMH Medical, dancing on Halloween night at Kandahar Air Field.

Cha Cha Sliding on Halloween at Kandahar Air Field

“Cha Cha Slide” by Chicago’s DJ Casper is pouring out of speakers at the Mamma Mia’s Pizza restaurant as a crowd of about 20 is sashaying to the song’s called-out instructions on Halloween night. All eyes are on James Smart, a...

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Completed M88 Hercules heavy recovery vehicles wait for delivery at the BAE Systems Plc Land & Armaments facility in York, Pennsylvania.

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Completed M88 Hercules heavy recovery vehicles wait for delivery at the BAE Systems Plc Land & Armaments facility in York, Pennsylvania.

‘Planting the Seeds’ in Advance of Defense Industry Lobbying Blitz

In advance of the defense industry’s  two-month lobbying surge on Capitol Hill against budget sequestration, its political action committees have boosted their campaign contributions. The PACs of Bloomberg Government’s 10 biggest prime contractors contributed $8.3 million from January to September, 32 percent...

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A Lockheed Martin Corp. Fury unmanned aircraft system (UAS) hangs above the exhibition floor at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) unmanned systems conference in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 13, 2013.

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A Lockheed Martin Corp. Fury unmanned aircraft system (UAS) hangs above the exhibition floor at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) unmanned systems conference in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 13, 2013.

Companies Decrying Shutdown Backed Republicans Who Pushed It

The political action committees of Lockheed Martin Corp. and Raytheon Co. contributed to the campaigns of Tea Party-aligned House Republicans just before the partial government shutdown that ended this week. Lockheed, the largest U.S. contractor, was among the companies forced...

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A bright, orange sky is seen after sunset behind the Washington Monument on October 7, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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A bright, orange sky is seen after sunset behind the Washington Monument on October 7, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Shutdown Journal: Day 8

Updated at  4:36 pm EDT If there is a take-away for Republicans in the budget stalemate that has partially shuttered the government, President Barack Obama said at a news conference today:  “They’re aware  of the fact that I’m not budging...

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A construction worker makes final adjustments to a large autoclave at Alliant Techsystems Inc.'s ATK Aerospace Structures - ACCW Facility. Alliant is the largest supplier of rifle rounds to the U.S. military.

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A construction worker makes final adjustments to a large autoclave at Alliant Techsystems Inc.'s ATK Aerospace Structures - ACCW Facility. Alliant is the largest supplier of rifle rounds to the U.S. military.

Revenue Decreases for 40% of U.S. Contractors, Survey Says

Government contractors are experiencing more decreases in revenue than increases for the first time in at least 18 years. Thirty-eight percent of federal contractors saw a decrease in revenue in 2012 from the previous year, according to a Grant Thornton...

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Demonstrators protest proposed cuts to social security, medicare and medicaid in Boston.

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Demonstrators protest proposed cuts to social security, medicare and medicaid in Boston.

Sequestration Frustration Peaks Among Contract Managers

In the federal contracting world it’s “frustration all around” as the government careens toward yet another deadline for automatic cuts known as sequestration, according to the head of the National Contract Management Association. “Some things have been resolved, but nothing...

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss the National Defense Authorization Act.

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Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington to discuss the National Defense Authorization Act.

Bonus Buster Becomes Law

Senior federal employees risk losing bonuses if their agencies fail to meet government goals of awarding 23 percent of eligible contract funds to small businesses. The bonus-busting measure is part of the defense bill signed into law today by President...

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