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March 26 Weekly Defense Industry Roundup

Posted by Fred Wellman

House Panel to Defense: Simplify Acquisition Process

Zachary Fryer-Biggs, Federal Times. At a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday the House Armed Services Committee’s Panel on Business Challenges in the Defense Industry unveiled its 44 recommendations on how the government can improve the business environment. The 121-page report comes after roughly six months of hearings, field forums and research by the committee into how the DoD can work with and help preserve the defense industrial base in the face of budget cuts and other obstacles to doing business with the DoD. They outline a series of recommendations from increasing the acquisition workforce to new ways to ensure better communications with contractors. The regulatory challenges and bureaucratic hurdles of doing business with the federal government are making it more difficult than ever for small businesses and others to go after federal programs leaving a less diverse contractor pool.

Press Release and link to full report here: Challenges to Doing Business with the Department of Defense

Pentagon Seeks Less for Construction, More for Conservation

Lisa Daniel, American Forces Press Service. Interestingly the DoD testified to Congress that they are reducing the budget for construction within the department while upping the investment in energy conservations methods. The department owns over 300,000 buildings and has a nearly $4 billion energy bill every year which they believe can be reduced through a concerted effort to work with industry on cost saving technologies and innovations. There are funds budgeted to build and improve DoD owned schools and medical facilities while most other categories were reduced.

SIPRI Arms Report Highlights High Asian Activity

Gerard O’Dwyer, Defense News. The Stockholm International Peace Institute issued its annual report on global arms exports and imports and found that the five biggest arms importing countries are now all in Asia making the biggest regional importer of defense equipment and systems. India is the world’s biggest importer followed by South Korea, Pakistan, China and Singapore. China has greatly increased its national arms industry and has seen its exports go up 95% since 2002, mostly to Pakistan. This trend is likely to continue as the Gulf States deal with an increasing threat from Iran and instability in the region.

The full SIPRI report is available here: Trends in international arms transfers, 2011

Lockheed F-35 Overruns Top $1 Billion, Government Auditor Finds

Tony Capaccio, Bloomberg. The Government Accounting Office testified to Congress that it has found that the first 63 F-35 fighter jets are exceeding the planned costs of the program by about $1 billion and questioning the design and manufacturing processes of the costliest weapons program in history. The overrun costs will be shared by the Pentagon, to the tune of $672 million, and Lockheed Martin for the remaining $328 million. The slow drip of these revelations will continue to endanger this ‘do-or-die’ program for the Air Force and Navy if the aircraft can’t meet the expectations of Congress.

McCaskill Pulls the Plug on BRAC

John Grady, ScoutComms. Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill made it very clear that the Pentagon can pretty much forget the idea of getting a new Base Realignment and Closure round approved in this Congress or any time soon, during a hearing last week on Capitol Hill.  Stating that the Department had not made its case and needed to close down unneeded overseas bases before coming to Congress, she made it clear there is little appetite for another painful round of economically devastating base closings across the country.

The week ahead:

Themes: The questions are just starting on SSG Robert Bales rampage and its implications.  Expect more analysis and discussion as his wife appears on the Today show Monday morning and Congressional hearings on military healthcare are scheduled.

Tradeshows:

Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference DIMDEX 2012 (Mon-Weds, 26-28 March) Qatar National Convention Centre, Doha, Qatar. Hosted by the Qatari government this show in its third year boasts of world-leaders in maritime defense technology, and will exhibit an impressive range of cutting-edge products including electronics, security systems and military craft at the new Qatar National Convention Centre. The theme is ‘Weapons Reform—Adapting Acquisition Processes for Today’. The Middle East is a booming part of the depressed aerospace and defense market and major sales have come out of this show each year.

AIAA 10th U.S. Missile Defense Conference and Exhibit (Mon-Weds, 26-28 March) Ronald Reagan Building, Washington, D.C. Hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in conjunction with Boeing and supported by the Missile Defense Agency, the conference is aimed at providing a secure environment for those involved in the missile defense sector to share ideas and promote coordination and information access.

IDGA Long Range Strike Summit (Mon-Thurs, 26-29 March) Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, Alexandria, VA. This conference focuses on Air Force and Navy deep attack programs with a special emphasis this year on the development of the Air Force’s next generation bomber.  Several key leaders from DoD, Air Force and Navy air power will be speaking.

NDIA 28th Annual National Logistics Conference and Exhibition (Mon-Thurs, 26-29 March) Hyatt Regency, Miami, FL. From their site: National Defense Industrial Association’s Annual National Logistics Conference & Exhibition has become the premier national-level forum for exchanging ideas and sharing insights into improving the support to our nation’s warfighters across the spectrum of military operations. The conference brings together the senior logistics policy officials and senior practitioners attracting high-caliber government and industry participants. In addition, the expanded exhibit forum will highlight the best cutting-edge technologies being developed to support our warfighters in an efficient, interoperable manner.

AFCEA TechNet Land Forces-Southwest (Tues-Thurs, 27-29 March) Tuscon Convention Center, Tuscon, AZ. From their site: The TechNet Land Forces conference series recently evolved from and replaces the annual LandWarNet Conference. The purpose is to provide a forum for the Army and Marine Corps, as well as DoD Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard security forces, to discuss issues and share ideas for solutions. The overall theme of TechNet Land Forces – Southwest is Network Security and Operations with a focus on the ground component of the Army and Marine Corps, including components of Homeland Security, Industry, Academia, and Border Control. The operational theme of the first conference is “Operating and Defending the Cyberspace: Tomorrow’s Playbook” and focuses on an industry parallel with the Department of Defense in the defense of the cyber space, impact of mobile communications on the battlefield, and training tomorrow’s cyber warriors.

Congress: The full Congress is in session this week.

Senate:

Senate Armed Services Committee – Hearing (9:30 AM, Tues, 27 March) Full committee hearing on the U.S. Strategic Command and U.S. Cyber Command in review of the Defense Authorization request for FY2013 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses: Air Force Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command; Army Gen. Keith Alexander, commander of the U.S. Cyber Command, director of the National Security Agency and chief of the Central Security Service, testify Location: 106 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Appropriations Committee – Hearing (10:00 AM, Tues, 27March) Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget for the Defense Department and the Department of the Army. Witnesses: TBD Location: 124 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Armed Services Committee – Hearing (2:30 PM, Tues, 27 March) Airland Subcommittee hearing on Army modernization in review of the Defense Authorization Request for FY2013 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses: Lt. Gen. Robert Lennox, deputy chief of staff of the Army (G-8); Lt. Gen. William Phillips, principal military deputy to the assistant Secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology, and director of Acquisition Career Management; Lt. Gen. Keith Walker, deputy commanding general, futures, and director of the Army Capabilities Integration Center, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command; and Lt. Gen. John Campbell, deputy chief of staff of the Army (G-3/5/7), testify Location: 222 Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Armed Services Committee – Hearing (2:30, Tues, 27 March) Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee hearing on the Defense Department’s role in the implementation of the National Strategy for Counterterrorism and the National Strategy to Combat Transnational Organized Crime in review of the Defense Authorization Request for FY2013 and the Future Years Defense Program. Witnesses: Assistant Defense Secretary for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict Michael Sheehan; Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for Special Operations and Combating Terrorism Garry Reid; and Deputy Assistant Defense Secretary for Counternarcotics and Global Threats William Wechsler testify Location: 232-A Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee – Hearing (10:00 AM, Weds, 28 March) Full committee hearing on the nominations of Margaret Bartley to be judge of U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals for Veterans Claims; and Coral Wong Pietsch to be judge of U.S. Court of Veterans Appeals for Veterans Claims. Witnesses: The nominees testify Location: 418 Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Appropriations Committee – Hearing (10:00 AM, Weds, 28 March) Defense Subcommittee hearing on the budget for Defense Department health programs. Witnesses: TBD Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Appropriations Committee – Hearing (2:00 PM, Weds, 28 March) Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the budget for the Department of the Navy and the Department of the Air Force. Witnesses: TBD Location: 138 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Armed Services Committee – Hearing (2:00 PM, Weds, 28 March) Personnel Subcommittee hearing on Active, Guard, Reserve, and civilian personnel programs in review of the Defense Authorization Request for FY2013 and the Future Years Defense Program. (Part One) Witnesses: Acting Defense Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness Jo Ann Rooney; Defense Undersecretary/Comptroller Robert Hale; Acting Assistant Defense Secretary for Reserve Affairs David McGinnis and Assistant Defense Secretary for Health Affairs Jonathan Woodson, director of TRICARE Management Activity, testify Location: 232-A Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Appropriations Committee – Hearing (2:30 PM, Weds, 28 March) Energy and Water Development Subcommittee hearing on the budget for the Army Corps of Engineers and Bureau of Reclamation. Witnesses: TBD Location: 192 Dirksen Senate Office Building

Senate Armed Services Committee – Hearing (2:30 PM, Weds, 28 March) Strategic Forces Subcommittee hearing on Defense Department nuclear forces and policies 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; Assistant Defense Secretary for Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Defense Programs Andrew Weber; Lt. Gen. James Kowalski, commander of the Air Force Global Strike Command; Rear Adm. Terry Benedict, director of Navy Strategic Systems Programs; and Air Force Maj. Gen. William Chambers, assistant chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration, testify Location: 222 Russell Senate Office Building

Senate Armed Services Committee – Hearing (9:30 AM, Thurs, 29 March) Full committee hearing on nominations of Frank Kendall III to be Defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics; James Miller Jr., to be Defense undersecretary for policy; Erin Conaton to be Defense undersecretary for personnel and readiness; Jessica Lynn Wright and Katharina McFarland both to be an assistant Defense secretary; and Heidi Shyu to be an assistant secretary of the Army. Witnesses: The nominees testify Location: G-50 Dirksen Senate Office Building

House of Representatives:

House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee – Hearing (10:00 AM, Tues, 27 March) Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee hearing on “A Review of the President’s FY2013 Budget Request for the Army Corps of Engineers.” Witnesses: TBD Location: 2167 Rayburn House Office Building

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee – Hearing (10:30 AM, Tues, 27 March) Full committee hearing on “From the Ground Up: Assessing Ongoing Delays in VA Major Construction.” Witnesses: TBD Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building

House Armed Services Committee – Hearing (2:00 PM, Tues, 27 March) Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee hearing on “Understanding Future Irregular Warfare Challenges.” Witnesses: Seth Jones, senior political scientist at RAND Corporation; retired Army Col. Robert Killebrew, non-resident senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security; and retired Army Col. David Maxwell, associate director of the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, testify Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building

House Armed Services Committee – Hearing (3:00 PM, Tues, 27 March) Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee hearing on “FY2013 Defense Department Rotorcraft Modernization Programs.” Witnesses: Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Terry Robling, deputy commandant for aviation; Navy Rear Adm. William Moran, director of the Navy’s Air Warfare Division; Richard Gilpin, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy in the Air Programs Office; Army Maj. Gen. William Crosby, program executive officer, Aviation Headquarters; Maj. Gen. Noel Jones, director of Operational Capability Requirements for the Air Force; and Maj. Gen. Robert Kane, director of global reach programs for the Air Force, testify Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building

House Veterans’ Affairs Committee – Hearing (10:00 AM, Weds, 28 March) Disability and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee hearing on “Reevaluating the transition from service member to Veteran: Honoring a shared commitment to care for those who defend our freedom.” Witnesses: TBD Location: 334 Cannon House Office Building

House Armed Services Committee – Hearing (2:00 PM, Weds, 28 March) Readiness Subcommittee hearing on “Army and Marine Corps Materiel Reset.” Witnesses: Army Lt. Gen. Raymond Mason, deputy chief of staff, logistics (G4); and Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Frank Panter Jr., deputy commandant for installations and logistics, testify Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building

House Armed Services Committee – Hearing (10:00 AM, Thurs, 29 March) Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee hearing on “Oversight of U.S. Naval Vessel Acquisition Programs and Force Structure of the Department of the Navy in the FY2013 National Defense Authorization Budget Request.” Witnesses: Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development, and acquisition; Vice Adm. Terry Blake, deputy chief naval operations for integration of capabilities and resources (N-8); Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, deputy commander for combat development and integration, Marine Corps Combat Development Command; Phebe Novakovic, executive vice president of the Marine Group, General Dynamics Corporation; and Matthew Mulherin, president of Newport News Shipbuilding and corporate vice president for Huntington Ingalls Industries, testify Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building

House Appropriations Committee – Hearing (10:30 AM, Thurs, 29 March) Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the FY2013 budget for the U.S. Pacific Command and U.S. Forces Korea. Witnesses: Adm. Samuel Lockear, commander of the U.S. Pacific Command; and Gen. James Thurman, commander of U.S. Forces Korea, testify Location: H-140, U.S. Capitol

Think tanks and other news events:

The Brookings Institution: The U.S. Mission in Afghanistan Washington D.C. (1:30 PM, Mon, 26 March) Description: Foreign Policy at Brookings will host General John Allen, commander of the International Security Assistance Force, for a discussion of the U.S. and NATO mission in Afghanistan. Participants: General John Allen, USMC, Commanding General ISAF Location:  Falk Auditorium, The Brookings Institution, 1775 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC

Kongsberg Protech Systems: Demonstration of the 10,000th PROTECTOR CROWS on Capitol Hill Washington, D.C. (9:30 AM, Weds, 28 March) Description:  Senator Patrick Toomey will host a celebration of the production of the 10,000th CROWS II remote weapon station for the U.S. Army outside the Russell Senate Office Building to mark the important milestone in this hugely successful program that saves soldiers lives.  The actual system will be on the Hill to demonstrate it’s capabilities mounted on a Humvee. Participants: Senator Toomey and leaders from Norway’s Kongsberg Protech Systems Location: Between the Russell Senate Office Building and Dirksen Senate Office Building at the corner of C St. NE and 1st St. NE, Washington, D.C.

The RAND Corporation: Defense Spending Efficiencies Arlington, VA (8:30 AM, Thurs, 29 March) Description: Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee presents his views on ways DoD could save money and be more efficient with its funds. Participants: Representative Adam Smith Location: 1200 South Hayes Street, Fourth Floor, Arlington VA 22202

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 26, 2012 11:32 am

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