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Brain scans could help measure effectiveness of behavioral therapy

September 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Massachusetts Institute of Technology neuroscientists have found that brain scans of patients with social anxiety disorder can help predict if they will benefit from cognitive behavioral therapy, a new study reveals. The findings, published this week in the Archives of General Psychiatry, may help doctors choose the most effective treatments...

American Systems to buy SAIC test and evaluation unit

September 7, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In a bid to expand its customer base and technical support team, American Systems is buying the Test and Evaluation unit from Science Applications International Corp. for an undisclosed sum, the government contractor announced. The Chantilly, Va., based company provides systems engineering and other supports services in areas such as...

Defense contractor settles for $1.15M in bid allegation

September 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Defense contractor Paragon Dynamics will pay $1.15 million to settle allegations that it improperly obtained information about a competitor's bid for two contracts with the National Reconnaissance Office , the Associated Press reports. Prosecutors claimed an employee of Aurora, Colo.-based Paragon with access to a Raytheon facility in the area...

NASA helps hatch robots for drilling oil

September 6, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Robotic Drilling Systems AS, a Norwegian company developing a drilling rig that can think for itself as it explores for crude oil and natural gas, signed an information-sharing agreement with NASA to apply technology concepts used to build the Mars rover Curiosity, Bloomberg reports. Robotic Drilling Systems hopes to learn...

Security start-ups draw attention amid hacker attacks

September 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow A recent spate of highly publicized hacking attacks is prompting venture capital firms to fork out more money into security software start-ups, New York Times’ DealBook reports. Venture capital firm Accel Partners, an early backer of Facebook, announced Wednesday that it had invested $50 million in Tenable Network Security, which...

Pentagon eyes search and rescue chopper for downed drones

September 5, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon is sussing out the market for helicopter search and recovery ops to retrieve drones that go down in training, contract documents indicate. The U.S. Transportation Command has been soliciting price quotes and information on services to help it track down and decontaminate drones and torpedoes, according to a...

Yemen probes civilian deaths in apparent U.S. drone strike

September 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Yemeni authorities have dispatched tribal representatives to investigate civilian deaths in an apparent US drone strike targeting an al Qaeda commander, AFP reported. Three women and a child were among 14 people killed in Sunday's strike against an al Qaeda member who ultimately escaped unharmed, local officials said. The suspected...

Navy seeks software to assess and exploit network vulnerabilities

September 4, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In another indication of the growing market for offensive security software, the Navy is in the market for a suite of tools that will scan and assess security holes in networks and exploit unknown glitches in computer programs, contract documents indicate. The Pentagon’s goal is to use the technology to...

Harris wins $298 million follow-on radio contract with Navy

August 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Harris Corp. was awarded a $297.7 million follow-on contract to manufacture, produce and deliver portable radios and related components to the Navy, contract documents indicate. The award adds to the growing presence of Harris equipment deployed in theater. The expanded batch of radio systems will be interchangeable and interoperable with...

FinFisher software found to spy on Bahraini activists

August 31, 2012 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Finspy, a computer espionage product manufactured by the Gamma Group, a British company that sells surveillance technology, has come under scrutiny since researchers have found governments are using it to monitor dissidents. The spyware has been advertised as a tool to help agencies track down pedophiles and criminals. The program...