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March 19 Defense Industry Weekly Roundup

Posted by Fred Wellman

Marines to Cut 4 Battalions, 12 Air Squadrons

David Alexander, Reuters. The Marine Corps issued an unusually detailed and clear list of the planned cuts to the force as they seek to cut 20,000 Marines from the service. The cuts will be conducted over five years with the plan of seeing most of them through attrition and less re-enlistment opportunities. Four infantry battalions will be lost bringing them down to 23 from 24. Aviation units will go from 70 to 58 squadrons and three headquarters units will also be lost.  North Carolina and California will bear the brunt of the cuts.

U.S. Air Force, Air Guard Lock Horns Over Cuts

Kate Brannen and Marcus Weisgerber, Defense News. An unusual intramural fight has broken out between the Air Force and their Reserve and Guard components over the planned cuts to the reserve forces and even more interestingly over the tactics with which they are using to get the cuts passed. In one fascinating case a study is circulating the Pentagon where an Ohio National Guard officer has proven the Air Force used the wrong numbers to push up the lifetime cost of the C-27 cargo aircraft to make it seem more expensive than the C-130J preferred by the leadership. Throw in that now governors and adjutant generals from the states are banding together to fight the plans it will prove an interesting fight which the Army is closely watching to see what it can pull off in the same realm.

Industry to Hill: Deal With Sequestration Already

John Reed, DoD Buzz. An Aerospace Industries Association lunch on the hill turned into an opportunity for industry leaders and their allies in Congress to lay out the need for Congress to act quickly on sequestration rather than waiting for the lame duck session as many have suggested. Simply put the entire industry has to assume the worst and begin layoffs and closings knowing that the lame duck session is very short with an agenda of staggering proportions beyond the defense budget. In addition, laws that require 60-90 days before layoffs and a host of other regulations mean they can’t possibly react to any changes in a short time period. The decisions need to be made now. Of course, there is almost a zero percent chance the political will can be mustered on the Hill for that to occur.

Tri-West Loses Pentagon Health Contract After $10M Fraud Fine

Kelly Kennedy, USA Today. UnitedHealth Military and Veterans won an estimated $20 billion contract to manage the Tricare health insurance program for the U.S. military in the western United States just months after incumbent Tri-West paid $10 million to settle a fraud case with the government over its management of the contract. Tri-West only held this one contract with the government as its sole business.

Study: Hiring Vets Could Give Businesses an Edge

Leo Shane, Stars and Stripes. The folks at Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families issued the results of a study compendium that looked at the academic research on what makes a good employee then applied those skills against the characteristics of a military veteran to show the case for the value of veteran hiring. The ten highlighted characteristics included the entrepreneurial spirit, loyalty to their organizations, advanced team building skills and experience in diverse work settings among others.

The full report (PDF): The Business Case for Hiring Veterans: Beyond the Cliché’s

The week ahead:

Themes: It will be an interesting week on the Hill as hearings for the CENTCOM and ISAF commanders are scheduled for both chambers for budget and a situational update. Other controversial discussions of another potential Base Realignment and Closure round and traumatic brain injury treatments are on the calendar as well. No doubt the media will continue to try and understand and define the circumstances of the murders in Afghanistan as every angle is dissected over and over.

Tradeshows:

Precision Strike Association Precision Strike Annual Review (Tues-Weds, 20-21 March) Emerald Coast Convention Center, Ft. Walton Beach, FL. Hosted by the Air Armament Center and the Air Force Research Laboratory at Eglin AFB, with the theme of ‘Weapons Reform—Adapting Acquisition Processes for Today’ this conference will host a number of key DoD leaders to discuss the major acquisition programs and policies being wrestled with today.  Notable speakers are on the slate and discussions of the F-35 and other programs will be the highlights.

NDIA 2012 Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference and Exhibition (Weds-Fri 21-23 March) Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, San Diego, CA. The purpose of the 2012 Ground Robotics Capabilities Conference & Exhibition is to provide a forum for Industry and Government to have an honest dialogue for identifying the technologies that will be able to meet the future needs of the Warfighter.

The Air Force Association Cyber Futures Conference (Thurs-Fri, 22-23 March) Gaylord National Hotel, National Harbor, MD. The AFA CyberFutures Conference is a truly unique event that brings together Air Force leadership, industry experts, and academia and current cyber security specialists from around the world to discuss the cyber security issues and challenges facing America today. Invited speakers for the 2012 cyber conference include: Secretary of the Air Force Michael B. Donley, General Keith Alexander, commander, US Cyber Command, Mr. Jeff Moss, Director of Black Hat and author Mark Bowden. The CyberFutures Conference will also feature a Technology Exposition hall where exhibitors from across the country will display their latest technology in cyber security.

Congress: The full Congress is in session this week.

Senate:

Senate Armed Services Committee – Hearing (9:30 AM, Mon, 19 March) Full committee hearing on the Department of the Air Force in review of the Defense Authorization Request for FY2013 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses: Air Force Secretary Michael Donley; and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz testify Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Armed Services Committee – Hearing (3:00 PM, Tues, 20 March) Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee hearing on cybersecurity research and development in review of the Defense Authorization request for FY2013 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses: Assistant Defense Secretary for Research and Engineering Zachary Lemnios; Regina Dugan, director of the Defense Department’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Michael Wertheimer, director of research and development for the National Security Agency; and James Peery, director of Sandia National Laboratories Information Systems Analysis Center, testify Location: 232-A Russell Senate Office Building

Joint Senate and House Veterans Affairs Committees – Hearing (10:00 AM, Weds, 21 March) Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee and House Veterans’ Affairs Committee joint hearing on legislative presentation of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, IAVA, Non Commissioned Officers Association, American Ex-Prisoners of War, Vietnam Veterans of America, Wounded Warrior Project, National Association of State Directors of Veterans Affairs, and The Retired Enlisted Association Witnesses: TBD Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Armed Services Committee – Hearing (10:00 AM, Weds, 21 March) Readiness and Management Support Subcommittee hearing on military construction, environmental, and base closure programs in review of the Defense Authorization request for FY2013 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses: Deputy Defense Undersecretary for Installations and Environment Dorothy Robyn; Assistant Secretary of the Army Katherine Hammack, for installations and environment; Assistant Secretary of the Navy Jackalyne Pfannenstiel, for energy, installations and environment; and Assistant Secretary of the Air Force Terry Yonkers, for installations, environment and logistics, testify Location: 232-A Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Appropriations Committee – Hearing (10:30 AM, Weds, 21 March) Defense Subcommittee hearing on the budget for the Department of the Army. Witnesses: Secretary of the Army John McHugh; and U.S. Army Chief of Staff General Raymond Odierno Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Armed Services Committee – Hearing (2:30 PM, Weds, 21 March) Strategic Forces Subcommittee hearing on military space programs in review of the Defense Authorization Request for FY2013 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses: Assistant Defense Secretary for Global Strategic Affairs Madelyn Creedon; John Zangardi, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, information operations, and space; Robert Winokur, director of oceanography, space, and maritime domain awareness in the Department of the Navy; Air Force Gen. William Shelton, commander of the Air Force Space Command; Army Lt. Gen. Richard Formica, commander of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command; and Cristina Chaplain, director of acquisition and sourcing management at the Government Accountability Office, testify Location: 222 Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Armed Services Committee – Hearing (9:30 AM, Thurs, 22 March) Full committee hearing on the situation in Afghanistan. Witnesses: Acting Defense Undersecretary for Policy James Miller Jr.; and Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force and commander of U.S. Forces Afghanistan, testify Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building

House of Representatives:

House Energy and Commerce Committee – Hearing (9:30 AM, Mon, 19 March) Health Subcommittee hearing on “A Review of Efforts to Prevent and Treat Traumatic Brain Injury.” Witnesses: Bonnie Strickland, director of the Division of Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs at the HHS Health Resources and Services Administration; William Ditto, director of the New Jersey TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) Division of the New Jersey Department of Health; Flaura Winston, professor of pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and scientific director of the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; and Mark Ashley, president of the Centre for Neuro Skills, testify Location: 2123 Rayburn House Office Building

House Armed Services Committee – Hearing (10:00 AM, Tues, 20 March) Full committee hearing on “Recent Developments in Afghanistan.” Witnesses: Marine Corps Gen. John Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force; and Acting Defense Undersecretary and Principal Undersecretary for Policy James Miller Jr. testifies Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building

House Armed Services Committee – Hearing (2:00 PM, Tues, 20 March) Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee hearing on “The FY2013 Budget Request for Information Technology and Cyber Operations Programs.” Witnesses: Teresa Takai, chief information officer of the Defense Department; Army Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command; and Assistant Defense Secretary for Global Strategic Affairs Madelyn Creedon testify Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building

House Armed Services Committee – Hearing (3:00 PM, Tues, 20 March) Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee hearing on “Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Tactical Aviation Programs.” Witnesses: Acting Defense Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Frank Kendall; David Van Buren, acting assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition; Navy Vice Adm. David Venlet, program executive officer for the F-35 Lightning II Program, Defense Department; Michael Sullivan, director of acquisition and sourcing at the Government Accountability Office; Navy Vice Adm. W. Mark Skinner, principal military deputy to the assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development, and acquisition; Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Terry Robling, deputy commandant of the Marine Corps for aviation; Navy Rear Adm. Kenneth Floyd, director of the Navy Air Warfare Division; Air Force Lt. Gen. Herbert Carlisle, deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements; and Air Force Maj. Gen. John Posner, director of Global Power Programs in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, testify Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building

House Appropriations Committee – Hearing (10:00 AM, Weds, 21 March) CLOSED HEARING Defense Subcommittee closed hearing on the budget for the U.S. Central Command. Witnesses: Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis, commander of U.S. Central Command; and Gen. John Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, testify Location: H-140 U.S. Capitol

House Foreign Affairs Committee – Hearing (1:30 PM, Weds, 21 March) Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee hearing on “Halting the Descent: U.S. Policy toward the Deteriorating Situation in Iraq.” Witnesses: Retired Army Gen. Jack Keane, former vice chief of staff of the Army; retired Army Lt. Gen. James Dubik, senior fellow at the Institute for the Study of War; and Kimberly Kagan, president of the Institute for the Study of War, testify Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

House Appropriations Committee – Hearing (2:00 PM, Weds, 21 March) Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget for the Veterans Affairs Department (VA). Witnesses: VA Secretary Eric Shinseki testifies Location: H-140 U.S. Capitol

House Armed Services Committee – Hearing (3:00 PM, Weds, 21 March) Military Personnel Subcommittee hearing on “Defense Health Program Budget Overview.” Witnesses: Assistant Defense Secretary for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson; Army Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Patricia Horoho; Navy Surgeon General Vice Adm. Matthew Nathan; Air Force Surgeon General Lt. Gen. Charles Bruce Green; and retired Air Force Col. Steve Strobridge, co-chairman of The Military Coalition, testify Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building

House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees – Joint Hearing (10:00 AM, Thurs, 22 March) House Veterans’ Affairs Committee and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee joint hearing on joint hearing on legislative presentation of the Paralyzed Veterans of America, Air Force Sergeants Association, Blinded Veterans Association, AMVETS, Gold Star Wives, Fleet Reserve Association, Military Officers Association of America and the Jewish War Veterans. Witnesses: TBA Location: 345 Cannon House Office Building

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee – Joint Hearing (10:00 AM, Thurs, 22 March) House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Government Organization, Efficiency and Financial Management Subcommittee and Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Federal Financial Management, Government Information, Federal Services, and International Security Subcommittee joint hearing on “New Audit Finds Problems in Army Military Pay.” Witnesses: TBA Location: 2154 Rayburn House Office Building

House Armed Services Committee – Hearing (10:00 AM, Thurs, 22 March) Readiness Subcommittee hearing on “Navy Readiness Posture.” Witnesses: Navy Vice Adm. William Burke, deputy chief of naval operations fleet readiness and logistics (N4); Navy Vice Adm. Kevin McCoy, commander of the Naval Sea Systems Command; and Navy Vice Adm. David Architzel, commander of the Naval Air Systems Command, testify Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building

House Armed Service Committee – Hearing (1:00 PM, Thurs, 22 March) Military Personnel Subcommittee hearing on “Hazing in the Military.” Witnesses: Army Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler III; Navy Master Chief Petty Officer Rick West; Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Michael Barrett; Air Force Chief Master Sgt. James Roy; and Coast Guard Master Chief Petty Officer Michael Leavitt testify Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building

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, March 19, 2012 9:25 am

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