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U.S. Army Releases Humvee Recap RFP

Michael Hoffman, Defense News. After much anticipation, a portion of the Request for Proposals on the Humvee recap program was finally released on Monday. The program will update and rebuild up to 100,000 Army and 3,000 Marine Corps vehicles to modernize them and extend the lifespan of the venerable trucks. The program is becoming increasingly important as budget cuts, if not an outright cancellation, loom for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, as well as continuing issues with the Ground Combat Vehicle program.  More details are still to come as the statement of work was noticeably thin and an industry day is expected in October.

Military Aggressively Investing in Clean Technology

Dana Hull, San Jose Mercury News. One area of the defense budget that is still seeing modest growth is the pursuit of clean and renewable energy for battlefield usage. The current wars have made it clear that carbon fuel and battery dependence has been a risk factor for soldiers on the battlefield. It has become a growth area for niche companies as the budget has gone from just $400 million to $1.2 billion in the last four years.

Mullen: Cuts Could Hurt Industrial Base

Marcus Weisberger, Defense News. In his last testimony on Capitol Hill yesterday outgoing Chairman of the Joint Chiefs warned lawmakers that ill planned defense budget cuts could seriously jeopardize the defense industrial base in the U.S. This theme has been visited for several months and is gaining traction as doubts increase that the supposed “super committee” will ever be able to agree on budget cuts to avert the guillotine effect of the drastic cuts outlined in the budget control act.

Lew Joints Panetta in Warning of ‘Significant Risk’ to Defense

Tony Capaccio, Bloomberg. Director of the Office of Management and Budget, Jacob Lew, joined Secretary of Defense Panetta in the call to Congress to avoid the drastic cuts potentially looming in the Deficit Reduction Act. This clarion call is dominating the defense news cycle like nothing else. But between Tea Party Republicans and progressives who see an opportunity to cut the defense department down to size, the battle is more than just uphill…it’s monumental.

Pentagon Notebook: Panetta to Issue Guide on How Military Should Talk Cuts

John Bennett, The Hill. As the budget battle is heating up Defense Secretary Panetta is making sure the department is on the same sheet of music with a guide on how to discuss the issue.  It’s pretty typical for what is known as public affairs guidance (PAG) to be published in the military for big issues, but the Office of the Secretary of Defense rarely issues its own guidance for the whole department, typically leaving it to the services to manage. The importance of heading off the doomsday cuts has driven OSD to get the whole department pointed in the same direction.

Collateral Damage: War Veterans Struggle to Fit Back Into Society

John Ramsey, Fayetteville Observer. The Observer has some terrific journalists on the military and veterans beat and this piece is a perfect example. Ramsey does an excellent job of laying out the underlying issues and disturbing numbers of young veterans facing the possibility of homelessness and addiction after being forced from the Army under less than honorable conditions. Without an honorable discharge they are left with no veteran’s benefits and no safety net.  A long read but a great place to gain an understanding of the coming wave of challenges that those who serve veterans including the VA will face as more young veterans wear out the support networks they have keeping them off the streets.

Court Awards Reservist $926K in USERRA Case

Karen Jowers, Army Times. An Air Force reservist who was a financial adviser with then Prudential Services before being called to active duty in 2001 has won a key ruling against the new owners of his former firm, Wells Fargo. Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act he was required to get his old job back or a comparable position. The firm essentially did that, but made him start all over with no clients, essentially cutting him down in salary to a brand new employee. This ruling is very important because more and more professionals are being called up and firms need to understand what they are required to provide them upon their return. This could cost Wells Fargo close to a million dollars before it’s all said and done.

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 Tuesday, September 27, 2011 1:13 pm

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