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February 27 Defense Industry Weekly Roundup

Posted by Fred Wellman

Army Leaders Confident About Vehicle Programs (AUSA Winter)

Paul McCleary, Aviation Week. The head of the Army’s Ground Combat Systems directorate told reporters at AUSA’s Winter Symposium this week that they are confident that even with the reduced budgets the Army is on track with his heavy vehicle programs. They caveat the confidence with a dose of reality, but believe that the Strykers, GCV’s and replacements for the old M113 Armored Personnel Carriers will proceed relatively on schedule due to the overwhelming need for the programs.

U.S. Eyes V-22 Aircraft Sales to Isreal, Canada, UAE

Andrea Shelal-Esa, Reuters. The Marine Corps deputy commandant for aviation gave a detailed overview of the Osprey program and mentioned the service’s desire to encourage foreign sales of the tilt-rotor aircraft to keep costs down as they procure over 100 more. While it started off with some difficulty, the Osprey has deployed successfully to combat several times now and per hour costs have been steadily declining. The Marines are still troubled by an operation readiness rate hovering around 53%, but believe the reliability will continue to increase. The aircraft will fly at the Farnborough Air Show in July after appearances in Singapore and Dubai this year.

Drone Makers Cashing in as War Tactics Evolve

Bhavan Jaipragas, Agence France-Presse. Another article extolling the growing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle market, with a nice summary of the international programs that are growing rapidly. Israel has long held a robust presence as leaders in UAV technology, but new offerings from Asian manufacturers are growing as well alongside U.S. made systems from General Atomics and Northrop Grumman. The market is growing at a rapid pace with Teal Group estimating the global drone market will nearly double from the current $5.9 billion to around $11.3 billion over the next decade. It’s a unique new niche that offers huge advantages over current methods and capabilities to countries who could never get into space for satellite programs.

New Bomber Program ‘Underway’ But Cloaked in Secrecy (AFA Winter)

Colin Clark, AOL Defense. The Air Force is going to great pains to keep information about its new Long Range Strike Bomber limited while it assures that the program is underway and will deliver new aircraft in the 2020’s. Speaking at the Air Force Association’s winter gathering, Air Force Secretary Mike Donley was rather elusive. Pratt and Whitney is known to be working on engines but little else is public beyond the $4 billion spread over five years in the new 2013 budget submission. All in all there are more questions than answers on the system, but expect more contractors to get pieces of the new program from long range sensors to rumors of specialized UAV’s that would fly along with the aircraft.

How Military Veterans Are Finding Success in Small Business

Gwen Moran, Entrepreneur. Anecdotally it seems more and more veterans are making the plunge into entrepreneurship and finding success as their own bosses. A study we previously mentioned last year found that veterans are more than 45% more likely than their civilian counterparts to make the dive into self-employment, and officers are even more likely. Most experts attribute to how organizational skills and risk tolerance are key parts of successful military leadership as well as entrepreneurial success. Some good resources listed in this story.

Bill Would Give Veteran-Owned Businesses a Boost

Rick Maze, Navy Times. Ohio Congressman Bill Johnson has introduced legislation to raise the priority of veteran-owned businesses in the buying system for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Under current rules a host of other priorities come before veterans businesses, and VA has taken a beating for several months on the issue as they do not include veterans set-asides when buying from the GSA. Sadly even if the legislation passes it merely moves a veteran business from 8th priority to 6th.

The week ahead:

Themes: The fallout is far from over from the Quran burning episode in Afghanistan and the killings of U.S. forces by our erstwhile Afghan allies. Expect this to generate a loud conversation about the future of U.S. involvement in the country. Congress is ready to hit it hard with a full slate of hearings and there will be a lot of chatter about emails released by WikiLeaks stolen by Anonymous from Austin, Texas firm Stratfor.

Tradeshows:

IDGA Military Armor Protection (Mon-Wed, 27-29 February) Alexandria, Virginia

This event is a forum for the military armor community to exchange ideas on new armor technologies, challenges and developments in protective equipment for vehicles and personnel. The conference aims to deliver a national, large-scale military armor event where armor protection professionals (both military and non-military) can come to learn the current requirements, latest advancements and future development of military armor

Congress: The full Congress is in session this week…in a big way

Senate Armed Services Committee – Hearing (9:30 AM, Tues, 28 February) Full committee hearing on “The U.S. Pacific Command and the U.S. Transportation Command in review of the Defense Authorization Request for FY2013 and the Future Years Defense Program.” Witnesses: Navy Adm. Robert Willard, commander of the U.S Pacific Command; and Air Force Gen. William Fraser III, commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, testify Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Budget Committee – Hearing (9:30 AM, Tues, 28 February) Full committee hearing on the FY2013 budget request for the Defense Department. Witnesses: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta; and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testify Location: 608 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee – Hearing (10:00 AM, Weds, 29 February) Full committee hearing on the “The FY2013 Budget for Veterans’ Programs.” Witnesses: TBD Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Appropriations Committee – Hearing (10:30 AM, Weds, 29 February) Defense Subcommittee hearing on “The FY2013 Budget Request for the Department of the Army.” Witnesses: Secretary of the Army John McHugh; and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno testify Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Armed Services Committee – Hearing (9:30 AM, Thurs, 1 March) Full committee hearing on “The U.S. European Command, U.S. Africa Command, and U.S. Transportation Command in review of the Defense Authorization request for FY2013 and the Future Years Defense Program” Witnesses: Navy Adm. James Stavridis, commander of the U.S. European Command/supreme Allied commander, Europe; Army Gen. Carter Ham, commander of the U.S. Africa Command; Air Force Gen. William Fraser III, commander of the U.S. Transportation Command, testify Location: 216 Hart Senate Office Building

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee – Hearing (4:00 PM, Mon, 27 February) Health Subcommittee hearing on “Building Bridges between VA and Community Organizations to Support Veterans and Families.” Witnesses: Andy Davis, veteran and director of the Saratoga County Veterans Service Agency, Saratoga County, N.Y.; John Morris, Joint Force Headquarters chaplain, Minnesota National Guard; Shelley MacDermid Wadsworth, director of Purdue University’s Military Family Research Institute; M. David Rudd, dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences and scientific director of the National Center for Veteran Studies at the University of Utah; George Ake III, assistant professor of medical psychology at Duke University, American Psychological Association; Rev. E. Terri LaVelle, director of the Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Veterans Affairs Department; Michael McCoy Sr., associate director of the Veterans Health Administration National Chaplain Center, testify Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building

House Armed Services Committee – Hearing (10:00 AM, Tues, 28 February) Full committee hearing on “FY2013 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from the Department of the Air Force.” Witnesses: Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley; and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz testify Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building

House Armed Services Committee – Hearing (1:30 AM, Tues, 28 February) Military Personnel Subcommittee hearing on “Military Personnel Budget Overview.” Witnesses: Acting Defense Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness Jo Ann Rooney; Assistant Defense Secretary for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson, director of TRICARE Management Activity; Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for Military Personnel Policy Virginia Penrod; and Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for Civilian Personnel Policy Pasquale “Pat” Tamburrino, Jr., testify Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee – Joint Hearing (2:30 AM, Tues, 28 February) House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee joint hearing on “The Legislative Presentation of the Disabled American Veterans.” Witnesses: TBD Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building

House Armed Services Committee – Hearing (10:00 AM, Weds, 29 February)

Full committee hearing on “FY2013 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from U.S. European Command and U.S. Africa Command.” Witnesses: Navy Adm. James Stavridis, commander of the U.S. European Command, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe; and Army Gen. Carter Ham, commander of the U.S. Africa Command testify Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee – Hearing (10:00 AM, Weds, 29 February) National Security, Homeland Defense, and Foreign Operations Subcommittee hearing on “Preventing Stolen Valor: Challenges and Solutions,” focusing on issues arising from the fabrication of military service records and awards by those who fraudulently seek to obtain personal and professional benefit. Witnesses: TBA Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

House Budget Committee – Hearing (2:00 PM, Weds, 29 February) Full committee hearing on the FY2013 budget for the Defense Department. Witnesses: Defense Secretary Leon Panetta; and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey testify Location: 210 Cannon House Office Building

House Armed Services Committee – Hearing (3:00 PM, Weds, 29 February) Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee hearing on “Department of Defense FY2013 Science and Technology Programs.” Witnesses: Assistant Defense Secretary for Research and Engineering Zachary Lemnios of the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics; Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Research and Technology Marilyn Freeman of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology; Navy Rear Adm. Mathew Klunder, chief of naval research in the Office of Naval Research; Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Science, Technology, and Engineering Steven Walker of the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition; and Kaigham Gabriel, deputy director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, testify Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building

House Appropriations Committee – Hearing (10:00 AM, Thurs, 1 March) Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget for military construction. Witnesses: Defense Undersecretary/Comptroller Robert Hale; Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Raymond Odierno; Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert; Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos; and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. Norton Schwartz testify Location: 2359 Rayburn House Office Building

House Armed Services Committee – Hearing (10:00 AM, Thurs, 1 March)

Full committee hearing on “FY2013 National Defense Authorization Budget Request from U.S. Pacific Command.” Witnesses: Navy Adm. Robert Willard, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command testifies Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building

House Appropriations Committee – Hearing (1:00 PM, Thurs, 1 March) Defense Subcommittee hearing on the budget for the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps. Witnesses: Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus; Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert; and Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. James Amos, testify Location: H-140, U.S. Capitol

Think tanks and other news events:

U.S. Institute of Peace/Institute for the Study of War: Policing Iraq Washington D.C. (9:30 AM, Weds, 29 February) Description: The United States Institute of Peace and the Institute for the Study of War will co-host a panel of distinguished experts who will discuss the history of the Iraqi police and the U.S. police assistance program in Iraq. This public event will introduce a new USIP Special Report by Robert Perito on “The Iraq Federal Police: U.S. Police Building under Fire.” Participants: General Jim Dubik (U.S. Army, ret.), Panelist, Senior Fellow, Institute for the Study of War, Dr. Austin Long, Panelist, Assistant Professor, Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs, Ginger Cruz, Panelist, Former Deputy Inspector General, Office of the Special Inspector General for Iraq Reconstruction (SIGIR) Robert Perito, Moderator, Director, Security Sector Governance Center, U.S. Institute of Peace, Tara Sonenshine, Introduction, Executive Vice President, U.S. Institute of Peace, Marisa Cochrane Sullivan, Introduction, Deputy Director, Institute for the Study of War Location: U.S. Institute of Peace, 2301 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20037

Georgetown University: The Future of America’s Army: Adapting to a New Strategy and A Smaller Budget Washington D.C. (12:00 PM, Wed, 29 February) (RSVP Required) Description: Major General Anthony A. Cucolo III, Director of Force Development for the Deputy Chief of Staff, G8, Department of the Army will discuss the future of the U.S. Army during this key transitional period in history. Participants: MG Tony Cucolo Location: Georgetown University Lauinger Library Murray Room, 5th Floor

Tech America Foundation Defense Strategic Planning Forum Washington D.C. (Thurs, 1 March) Description: The 7th Annual Defense Strategic Planning Forum will be hosted by TechAmerica Foundation. The highly popular panel of defense industry strategists will offer their views on the latest DoD budget request and the major challenges facing the industry in the future. Topics will include: How will the state of the economy and the national debt situation impact future defense spending? What market segments hold the best opportunities for the defense industry? How will the international market position of U.S. defense companies change? What is the role of strategic planning going forward? Participants:  Pierre Chao, Managing Partner, Renaissance Strategic Advisors, Doug Belair, Sr. Vice President, Strategy and Planning, BAE Systems, Inc., Tom Davis, Vice President, Strategic Planning, General Dynamics, Vice Admiral Stanley Szemborski, (USN, Ret.), VP Corporate Strategy, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Glenn Weissinger, Vice President, Strategic Planning, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Dr. Frank Bourne, Vice President, Strategy and M&A, AP&T, GCSD, Harris Corporation, M. Stuart Davis, Executive Vice President, Investor Relations, ManTech International, Rob Mullins, Sr. Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Communications, ATK, John E. Shephard, Jr., Sr. Vice President, Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer, Exelis, Inc., Dave Speiser, Sr. Vice President, Corporate Development, SAIC Location: The University Club, 1135 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20006

Fred Wellman with General Petraeus in Iraq

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.

This entry was posted on Monday, February 27, 2012 3:06 pm

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