October 31 Weekly Defense Industry Roundup

Posted by Fred Wellman

Supercommittee Turns to U.S. War Spending as Clock Ticks

Kate Brannen, Defense News. With the clock running, the so called Super Committee working to find ways to cut the budget got a tutorial from Congressional Budget Office director Douglas Elmendorf on how war spending works and how to budget for that in the future. It is telling as they try to find places to claim cuts without cutting cherished programs for either party.

New Army Optimism on GCV

Philip Ewing, DoD Buzz. Two of the Army’s top acquisition officials testified to the House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday in a discussion of the ground vehicles plan, expressing the belief that earlier concerns of a $15M per vehicle price tag have been lowered to the hoped for $10.5 M per GCV. Phil casts a bit of skepticism on the prospects of producing a new vehicle from scratch at the hoped for price tag, and the folks at GAO expressed a bit of doubt themselves. The whole program is in a holding pattern after SAIC’s team protested their exclusion from the competition. It will be an interesting program to watch as everyone looks to nibble at the edges.

SAIC Removes 3 Executives in Wake of CityTime Scandal

Jill R. Aitoro, Washington Business Journal. The fallout from a money laundering and kickback scheme involving SAIC employees as part of the company’s CityTime automated payroll management program for the city of New York continues, with the firing last week of three top executives. Included in this group is the head of the company’s Defense Solutions division.  None of the three are accused of criminal wrongdoing, but were let go for management failures as the company tries to contain the damage from this scandal and the recent loss of the potential GCV contract for the Army.

White House Endorses 2012 Defense Spending Freeze

Kate Brannen, Defense News. In a letter from Office of Management and Budget Director Jack Lew last week, the White House endorsed a Senate Appropriations measure that would freeze the 2012 defense budget at the 2011 level. This is actually a lower level than originally floated by the administration in its budget request, where real growth was asked for, but the realities of the budget cutting situation mean that a freeze is as good as they might get.

MREs Get a New Kick With Caffeinated Jerky and Zapplesauce

Christian Davenport, Washington Post. Natick labs in Massachusetts are busy working on the next generation of military Meals Ready to Eat, trying to make sure that names like “Meals Rejected by Everyone” become a thing of the past. It’s an interesting look at what the Army is doing since it became clear that the old system of making rations without regard to what a service member will actually eat became a thing of the past.

The Week Ahead

Congress:  The full Congress is in session this week.

Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee-Hearing (10:00, Thurs, 3 November) Full committee hearing on “Empowering and Protecting Servicemembers, Veterans, and their Families in the Consumer Financial Marketplace.” Witnesses: Hollister Petraeus, assistant director for service member affairs at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau; Bonnie Spain, executive and CEO of the Rushmore Consumer Credit Resource Center; and retired Adm. Charles Abbott, president and CEO of Navy-Marine Corps Relief, testify Location: 538 Dirksen Senate Office Building

House Armed Services Committee- Hearing (3:00, Tues, 1 November) Panel on Business Challenges within the Defense Industry Subcommittee hearing on “The Defense Industrial Base: The Role of the Department of Defense.” Witnesses: TBD Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building

House Oversight and Governmental Reform Committee – Hearing (10:00, Wed, 2 November) Technology, Intergovernmental Relations and Procurement Reform Subcommittee hearing on “Are Government Contractors Exploiting Workers Overseas?” Witnesses: TBA Location: 2247 Rayburn House Office Building

House Armed Services Committee- Hearing (10:00, Wed, 2 November) Full committee hearing on “The Future of the Military Services and Consequences of Defense Sequestration.” Witnesses: TBA Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building

House Armed Services Committee- Hearing (2:00, Wed, 2 November) Tactical Air and Land Forces Subcommittee hearing on “FY2012 Combat Aviation Programs Update.” Witnesses:  TBD Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building

House Homeland Security Committee- Hearing (3:30, Wed, 2 November) Strategic Forces Subcommittee hearing on “The Current Status and Future Direction for U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy and Posture.” Witnesses:  TBD Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building

House Armed Services Committee- Hearing (10:00, Thurs, 3 November) Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee hearing on “Institutionalizing Irregular Warfare Capabilities.” Witnesses:  TBD Location: 2212 Rayburn House Office Building

House Armed Services Committee- Hearing (11:30, Thurs, 3 November) Seapower and Projection Forces and Readiness Subcommittee hearing on “A Day Without Seapower and Projection Forces.” Witnesses:  TBD Location: 2118 Rayburn House Office Building

House Foreign Affairs Committee- Hearing (1:00, Thurs, 3 November) Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee hearing on “2014 and Beyond: U.S. Policy toward Afghanistan and Pakistan, Part I.” Witnesses Zalmay Khalilzad, counselor for the Center for Strategic and International Studies; Lt. Gen. David Barno, senior advisor and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security; and Ashley Tellis, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, testify Location: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building

Think tanks and other news events:

Woman’s National Democratic Club (11:30, Tues, 2 November) “Should the U.S. Declare Victory in Afghanistan and Come Home?” (RSVP needed) Participants: McClatchy Newspapers journalist Jonathan Landay discusses his latest trip to Afghanistan and his view on what role the U.S. should play going forward and what are we really trying to accomplish? Location: Woman’s National Democratic Club, 1526 New Hampshire Avenue, NW Washington DC 20036.

The Center for a New American Security Panel Discussion (4:00 PM, Tues, 1 November) CNAS holds a discussion on a new report “Losing the Battle: The Challenge of Military Suicide” Participants: The event will feature a discussion on suicide in the military with a distinguished panel of experts, including the report’s author  Dr. Margaret Harrell, CNAS Senior Fellow and Director of the Joining Forces Initiative;  General Peter Chiarelli, Vice Chief of Staff of the Army;  Juliette Kayyem, national security columnist for The Boston Globe and a lecturer in public policy at Harvard University; and  Dr. Jan Kemp, National Mental Health Program Director for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Location: The Willard InterContinental Hotel’s Grand Ballroom, 1401 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, DC 20004 Note: RSVP

The Elliott School Discussion (7:00 PM, Tues, 1 November) The Internet, The Media and Terrorism:  Professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor, Chair in Politics, University of Hull, United Kingdom, will incorporate his vast experience in international relations and journalism to share his insight on terrorism, the media, and the internet in the twenty-first century. Participants: Professor Raphael Cohen-Almagor Location: Funger Hall, Room 103, 2201 G Street, NW, Washington, D.C Contact: Send RSVP to: [email protected]

Government Executive Media Group Leadership Briefing (7:30 AM, Thurs, 3 November) The next year will be pivotal in the United States’ long campaign in Afghanistan, as we draw down forces and turn over vital security functions to Afghan authorities. One key to success is building modern Afghan army, air and police forces – a major undertaking that many would say is vital to our own national security and the future of the region. With a budget of more than $10 billion, Maj. Gen. Peter Fuller has been tasked with building, training and equipping 352,000 Afghan National Security Forces by November 2012. Participants: Speaker: MAJ. GEN. PETER FULLER, Deputy Commanding General for Programs, Combined Security Transition Command Afghanistan, Department of Defense Co-moderated by: TIM CLARK, Editor at Large, Government Executive KATHERINE McINTIRE PETERS, Executive Editor, Government Executive and Location: National Press Club, Ballroom, 529 14th Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037 Note: This is for Government Executive subscribers and only career federal employees.

Institute for the Study of War Discussion (9:30 AM, Fri, 4 November) Security in the Middle East: A field report with General James Mattis. General Mattis and Dr. Kimberly Kagan will discuss the future of the Middle East and emerging challenges and opportunities in the CENTCOM area of responsibility. General Mattis previously commanded the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade and then Task Force 58, during Operation Enduring Freedom in southern Afghanistan. Participants: General James Mattis, Commander U.S. Central Command. Dr. Kimberly Kagan, president of the Institute for the Study of War. Location: The Willard InterContinental Hotel,1401 Pennsylvania Avenue NW,Washington, DC 20004 Contact: Please contact Hila Mehr at [email protected] or 202-293-5550 x201 with any questions.

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.


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