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Boeing Could See Windfall in Military Buildup

GovExec reports that Boeing may be the biggest beneficiary of President Donald Trump’s focus on the military. The president has said he would nominate Patrick Shanahan, a Boeing senior vice president, to become deputy defense secretary. The publication also notes that $15.5 billion of the president’s military spending would go to things like planes, ships, tanks and other goods produced by Boeing. And, “according to documents released by the Pentagon, programs run by the Chicago-based firm would see funding rise as much as $4.3 billion, more than one-quarter of the total proposed boost to acquisition.”

FirstNet Moving Forward After Protest Denied

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has denied a protest filed by Rivada Network, allowing FirstNet, the nationwide public safety broadband network to be used by all levels of government, to move forward. Oral arguments concluded earlier this month, but the court records are sealed for competitive reasons. The ruling likely leaves AT&T as the only bidder on the multi-billion-dollar contract. “We are pleased with the Court’s decision. This is a positive development for FirstNet and the public safety community,” said FirstNet CEO Mike Poth in a statement. “FirstNet intends to move expeditiously to finalize the contract for the nationwide public safety broadband network.”

New Study Finds Colleges Struggle with Cost Savings

Cloud service provider Rosslyn Data Technologies claims in a new study that only 36% of procurement staff at American universities and colleges are “very confident” they will achieve their savings targets this year. The company surveyed staff at 72 schools, looking at how they are budgeting “in an era of self-reliance, with less revenue from public sources than before.”

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