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April 22 Weekly Defense Industry Roundup

Posted by Fred Wellman

Pentagon Reaches Deal on $10 billion Arms Sale to Middle East Allies

Craig Whitlock (@CraigMWhitlock), Washington Post. Friday brought news of a complex multi-billion dollar weapons deal with Israel, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates just as Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel headed to the region. The Pentagon has been very clear that this deal is designed to equip our friends in the face of Iranian threats and the U.S. effort to “pivot to Asia”. The sale includes aerial refueling aircraft, V-22 Ospreys and anti-radar missiles for Israel, aircraft missiles for Saudi Arabia and two dozen F-16s for the UAE. Hagel made it clear in interviews on Sunday that this entire sale and his trip are meant as a signal to Iran that the U.S. is not taking its eye off the threat the country poses to the region. The deal doesn’t hurt the U.S. defense industry either.

Boeing to Sell 36 Apaches to South Korea

Jung Sung-Ki, Defense News. Along the same lines as the news of the massive sale to the Middle East, South Korea announced on Thursday that U.S. defense manufacturer Boeing had won the $1.6 billion competition to provide advanced attack helicopters to the country. They will order 36 advanced AH-64E Guardian helicopters beating out Bell’s AH-1Z and the T-129 from Turkey. These are the most sophisticated Apaches ever offered and will include Stinger air-to-air missiles, 70mm laser-guided rockets, and Hellfire air-to-surface missiles. The aircraft will be Longbow advanced fire control radar equipped which was tailor made for the kind of mass armored invasion long envisioned if North Korea decides to move on its southern neighbor. The aircraft will be delivered between 2016 and 2018.

Sequester is Hitting Small Businesses the Hardest

Darren Samuelsohn (@dsamuelsohn), Politico. One of the main predictions we made about the effect of sequester is that the biggest impact wouldn’t be on the big defense companies, but the little ones. That is becoming reality as it seems more small contractors are in trouble. None of the government agencies that track it will know until the end of the year what the numbers will be, but horror stories are rolling in from companies like Oak Grove Technologies where the loss of $2 million in government business has led to layoffs and to the reduction of their half million dollar marketing budget to zero. That points to the second and third order effects, where now his marketing firm just lost $500,000 in business and will probably lay off employees too. At a briefing for the Association of the U.S. Army this week, Lt. Gen. Joseph Martz told the industry audience that most Army combat brigades will be at their lowest level of readiness by October. Additionally, all Joint Readiness Training Center rotations for non-deploying units are canceled. So, while many think the sequester may be a tempest in a teapot, the effects on military readiness and small businesses is proving to be real and lasting.

Drawdown to Impact Local Base Communities

John Grady, ScoutComms special correspondent. Even without sequestration and BRAC proposals, local communities around some of the Army’s largest bases were facing economic impacts from the Army’s shrinking size. ScoutComms’ John Grady talked to Ft. Drum’s local advocates trying to keep as many personnel in upstate New York as possible who see their future tied to the base. The surrounding communities say they have put a lot of money into schools and hospitals that support the base and its Soldiers and that the Army has to factor those sacrifices in when deciding where to make personnel cuts.

The week ahead:

Tradeshows and Conferences: No major tradeshows this week of which we are aware. Want to let us know about an upcoming one? Email [email protected].

Congress: Both chambers are in session this week.

House:

Post Iraq and Afghanistan: Current and Future Roles for UAS and the Fiscal Year 2014 budget request House Armed Services Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces Witnesses: Mr. Steven Pennington, Director, Bases, Ranges, and Airspace and Acting Executive Director, Department of Defense Policy Board on Federal Aviation, U.S. Air Force, Colonel Patrick Tierney, USA, Director, Army Aviation, Department of the Army Aviation Directorate, Mr. Dyke Weatherington, Director, Unmanned Warfare & Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance, Department of Defense When: 11:30 AM, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Where: Field Hearing, Dayton, OH, Frederick Smith Auditorium, Sinclair Community College

Export Control Reform: the Agenda Ahead House Foreign Affairs Committee What: This hearing will examine the agenda for advancing export control reform, including Obama Administration proposals and prospects for additional reforms. Witnesses: Mr. Thomas Kelly, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, U.S. Department of State, The Honorable Kevin J. Wolf, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Export Administration, Bureau of Industry and Security, U.S. Department of Commerce, The Honorable Kathleen Hicks, Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, U.S. Department of Defense When: 10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Where: 2172 Rayburn

Oversight of U.S. Naval and U.S. Air Force Acquisition Programs in the Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Budget Request House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces Witnesses: Lieutenant General Robert R. Allardice, USAF, Vice Commander, Air Mobility Command, U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant General Charles R. Davis, USAF, Military Deputy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant General Richard P. Mills, USMC, Deputy Commander for Combat Development and Integration, MCCDC, U.S. Marine Corps, Vice Admiral Allen G. Myers, USN, Deputy Chief Naval Operations for Integration of Capabilities and Resources (N-8), U.S. Navy, The Honorable Sean J. Stackley, Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition), Department of Defense When: 10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Where: 2118 Rayburn

Defense Health Program House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense Witnesses: Dr. Jonathan Woodson, Assistant Secretary, Department of Defense, Health Affairs, Director, TRICARE Management Activity, Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho, Surgeon General, United States Army, Vice Admiral Matthew L. Nathan, Surgeon General, United States Navy, Dr. Thomas W. Travis, Surgeon General, United States Air Force When: 10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Where: 2358-C Rayburn

Examining the Implications of the Affordable Care Act on VA Healthcare House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Witnesses: TBD When: 10:15 AM, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Where: 334 Cannon

The Readiness Posture of the U.S. Air Force House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness Witnesses: Lieutenant General Judith A. Fedder, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support A4/7, U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant General Burton M. Field, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Requirements A3/5, U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant General Michael R. Moeller, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategic Plans and Programs A8, U.S. Air Force When: 11:30 AM, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Where: 2212 Rayburn

Status of implementation of the requirements of the VOW Act and the recommendations of the Presidential Veteran Employment Initiative Task Force for the DOD Transition Assistance Program: Goals, Plans, and Success (GPS) House Armed ServicesSubcommittee on Military Personnel Witnesses: Dr. Susan S. Kelly, Deputy Director, Transition to Veterans’ Program Office, Department of Defense, Mr. John K. Moran, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Veteran’s Employment Training Service, Department of Labor, Mr. Danny Pummill, Director, Veterans Benefits Administration-Department of Defense Program Office, Department of Veterans Affairs When: 2:00 PM, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Where: 2212 Rayburn

The Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of the Army House Armed Services Committee Witnesses: The Honorable John McHugh, Secretary of the Army, General Raymond T. Odierno, USA, Chief of Staff, U.S. Army When: 10:00 AM, Thursday, April 25, 2013 Where: 2118 Rayburn

Transitioning to Afghan Security Lead: Protecting Afghan Women? House Armed ServicesSubcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Witnesses: TBD When: 2:00 PM, Thursday, April 25, 2013 Where: 2118 Rayburn

Striking the Right Balance: Protecting Our Nation’s Critical Intrastructure from Cyber Attack and Ensuring Privacy and Civil Liberties House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies Witnesses: TBD When: 2:00 PM, Thursday, April 25, 2013 Where: 311 Cannon

Fiscal Year 2014 National Defense Authorization Budget Request for National Security Space Activities House Armed ServicesSubcommittee on Strategic Forces Witnesses: Mr. Gil Klinger, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space and Intelligence Office (AT&L), Department of Defense, Mr. Doug Loverro, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space Policy, Department of Defense, Ms. Betty Sapp, Director, National Reconnaissance Office, General William Shelton, USAF, Commander, Air Force Space Command When: 3:30 PM, Thursday, April 25, 2013 Where: 2212 Rayburn

The Readiness Posture of the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness Witnesses: Vice Admiral William R. Burke, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations Warfare Systems (N9), U.S. Navy, Vice Admiral Philip Hart Cullom, USN, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4), U.S. Navy, Lieutenant General William M. Faulkner, USMC, Deputy Commandant Installations and Logistics, U.S. Marine Corps, Lieutenant General Richard T. Tryon, USMC, Deputy Commandant Plans Policies and Operations, U.S. Marine Corps When: 8:00 AM, Friday, April 26, 2013 Where: 2118 Rayburn

Fiscal Year 2014 Army Modernization Programs House Armed ServicesSubcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces Witnesses: Lieutenant General James O. Barclay III, USA, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-8, U.S. Army, Lieutenant General William N. Phillips, USA, Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology), U.S. Army When: 10:30 AM, Friday, April 26, 2013 Where: 2118 Rayburn

Senate:

Call to Action: VA Outreach and Community Partnerships Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Witnesses: TBD When: 10:00 AM, Monday, April 22, 2013 Where: 418 Russell

Department of the Army Senate Armed Services Committee What: To receive testimony on the Department of the Army in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses: Honorable John M. McHugh, Secretary of the Army, General Raymond T. Odierno, USA, Chief of Staff of the Army When: 9:30 AM, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Where: 106 Dirksen

Proliferation Prevention Programs Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities What: To receive testimony on proliferation prevention programs at the Department of Energy and at the Department of Defense in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses: Honorable Madelyn R. Creedon, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs, Department of Defense, Mr. Kenneth A. Myers III, Director, Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Department of Defense, Director, U.S. Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction, Ms. Anne Harrington, Deputy Administrator for Defense Nuclear Nonproliferation National Nuclear Security Administration Department of Energy When: 2:30 PM, Tuesday, April 23, 2013 Where: 216 Hart

Active, Guard, Reserve, and Civilian Personnel Programs Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel What: To receive testimony on military space programs and views on Department of Defense usage of the Electromagnetic Spectrum in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses: Honorable Thomas R. Lamont, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Honorable Juan M. Garcia III, Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Honorable Daniel B. Ginsberg, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Lieutenant General Howard B. Bromberg, USA, Deputy Chief of Staff G-1 United States Army, Vice Admiral Scott R. Van Buskirk, USN, Chief of Naval Personnel United States Navy, Lieutenant General Robert E. Milstead Jr., USMC, Deputy Commandant for Manpower and Reserve Affairs United States Marine Corps, Lieutenant General Darrell D. Jones, USAF, Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel and Services United States Air Force When: 10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Where: 222 Russell

Military Construction, Environmental, and Base Closure Programs Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness and Management Support What: To receive testimony on military construction, environmental, and base closure programs in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses: Mr. John C. Conger, Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Installations and Environment, Honorable Katherine G. Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army Installations, Energy and Environment, Mr. Roger M. Natsuhara, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy Energy, Installations and Environment, Ms. Kathleen I. Ferguson, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Installations, Environment and Logistics When: 2:30 PM, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Where: 232 Russell

Military Space Programs and Views on DoD Usage of the Electromagnetic Spectrum Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces What: To receive testimony on military space programs and views on Department of Defense usage of the Electromagnetic Spectrum in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses: Mr. Douglas L. Loverro, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Space Policy, Dr. John A. Zangardi, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Information Operations, and Space, General William L. Shelton, USAF, Commander, Air Force Space Command, Lieutenant General Richard P. Formica, USA, Commander, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command, Ms. Christina T. Chaplain, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management Government Accountability Office, Major General Robert E. Wheeler, USAF, Deputy Chief Information Officer for Command, Control, Communications and Computers and Information Infrastructure Capabilities, Mr. Mark L. Goldstein, Director, Physical Infrastructure Government Accountability Office, Mr. Christopher Guttman-McCabe, Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, CTIA, The Wireless Association When: 2:30 PM, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Where: 222 Russell

Tactical Aircraft Programs Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Airland What: To receive testimony on tactical aircraft programs in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses: Lieutenant General Christopher C. Bogdan, USAF, Program Executive Officer F-35 Lightning II Joint Program Office, Vice Admiral W. Mark Skinner, USN, Principal Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition, Lieutenant General Charles R. Davis, USAF, Military Deputy to the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition When: 3:00 PM, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Where: G50 Dirksen

Department of the Navy Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense What: To receive testimony on the Department of the Navy in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses: Honorable Raymond E. Mabus, Jr., Secretary of the Navy, Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, USN, Chief of Naval Operations, General James F. Amos, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps When: 10:00 AM, Wednesday, April 25, 2013 Where: 106 Dirksen

Department of the Navy Senate Armed Services Committee What: To receive testimony on the Department of the Navy in review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses: Honorable Raymond E. Mabus, Jr., Secretary of the Navy, Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert, USN, Chief of Naval Operations, General James F. Amos, USMC, Commandant of the Marine Corps When: 9:30 AM, Thursday, April 25, 2013 Where: 106 Dirksen

Think tanks and other news events: 

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace: Inside Lashkar-e-Taiba What: “Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a Pakistani terrorist organization best known for the high-profile November 2008 attack in Mumbai, has established itself as one of the most feared groups in the region. The speakers at this event will provide an inside account of the group’s development and workings drawing on a recently published study, The Fighters of Lashkar-e-Taiba: Recruitment, Training, Deployment, and Death.” Who: C. Christine Fair, Assistant Professor, Georgetown University, Don Rassler, Instructor at USMA CTC, Nadia Shoeb, and Anirban Ghosh When: 9:30 AM, Monday, April 22, 2013 Where: 1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

Cato Institute: Drones and the New Way of War What: “The U.S. government has yet to disclose the number of drone strikes launched, the number of people killed, and the full scope of collateral damage. How does the U.S. government determine who is a legitimate target and who poses an immediate threat? What are the constitutional issues surrounding targeted killings, given their secrecy and the lack of reliable data? What standards do decisionmakers apply for deciding if the costs outweigh the benefits in a given country? What are the practical issues of such highly classified programs in an age of worldwide, and seemingly perpetual, war?” Who: Steve I. Vladeck, Professor of Law and the Associate Dean for Scholarship, American University Washington College of Law, Benjamin Wittes, Senior Fellow and Research Director in Public Law, The Brookings Institution, Rosa Brooks, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, Benjamin H. Friedman, Research Fellow, Defense and Homeland Security Studies, Cato Institute When: 10:00 AM, Monday, April 22, 2013 Where: 1000 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001

Brookings Institution: Organizing and Managing Intelligence Analysis to Fight Terrorism  What: “On April 22, the Intelligence Project at Brookings, will host a discussion with Philip Mudd on his new book, Takedown: the Hunt for al Qaeda (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013), which examines how the intelligence community collects, analyzes and employs data to combat terrorism, and details the challenges still ahead in the war against al Qaeda. Mudd served as the deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency’s Counterterrorist Center, the deputy director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s National Security Branch and as the FBI’s senior intelligence adviser.” Who: Philip Mudd, President, Mudd Management When: 10:00 AM, Monday, April 22, 2013 Where: Saul/Zilkha Rooms, 1775 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Elliot School of International Affairs: The Conflicts in Mali: Roots and Roadmap What: “In an event co-sponsored by the Elliott School International Programs and the Sciences Po Alumni Association, we invite you to join experts in the regions of Africa and the Middle East as they respond to questions.” Who: Anouar Boukhars, Nonresident Scholar, Carnegie Endowments Middle East program; Assistant Professor of International Relations, McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland, David Ottaway, Senior Scholar, Wilson Centers Middle East Program, Rudolph Atallah, Senior Fellow, Atlantic Councils Michael S. Ansari Africa Center; CEO, White Mountain Research, LLC, Christopher Fomunyoh, Senior Associate for Africa, National Democratic Institute for International Affairs When: 6:30 PM, Wednesday, April 24, 2013 Where: Lindner Family Commons, Room 602, 1957 E Street, NW

Fred Wellman, President ScoutComms, brings us his weekly review of defense industry news via The Scout Report. Fred served over twenty years as an Army officer in both aviation and public affairs. You can follow Fred on Twitter @ScoutComms.

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