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DOD to Consider Program Cancellations under Sequester, Kendall Says

  • September 4, 2013
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Sequestration should have a more significant impact on defense contractors next year as many of the short-term accommodations taken by officials won’t be available in fiscal 2014, according to the Pentagon’s top acquisition official. “We’re not going to be able to do what we did this year,” Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, told the Washington Post last week. “We’re going to have to make the assumption that sequestration’s here to stay, at least through ’14, and act accordingly …

Defense Hawks’ Attempt to Tie Syria Vote to Sequester Unlikely to Succeed

  • September 4, 2013
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An attempt by some Republican lawmakers, particularly members of the House Armed Services Committee, to link approval of a resolution authorizing military action in Syria to an exemption for the Pentagon from sequestration is not expected to gain significant traction, due to opposition from Democrats as well as the relatively small magnitude of a planned strike. Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) on Wednesday said he believed he had sufficient leverage to obtain relief from defense cuts in exchange for a vote authorizing the use of force in Syria …

Strike on Syria Unlikely to Break Deadlock over Sequestration

  • September 3, 2013
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While a decision by the United States to take military action in Syria could draw renewed support from defense hawks to reverse the deep spending cuts triggered under sequestration, it is not clear such support would significantly shift the dynamic of the existing standoff over dealing with the deficit. The primary reason, according to analysts, is that the scope of military action the White House is contemplating wouldn’t cost very much, relative to the $500 billion in sequester cuts slated to be imposed on the Pentagon through fiscal 2021…

Donley Named to Lead Effort to Streamline DOD’s Organizational Structure

  • September 2, 2013
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Former Air Force Secretary Michael Donley will head up a review of the Pentagon’s organizational structure intended to trim headquarters costs of the office of the secretary of defense (OSD) by 20 percent over the next five years, Reuters reported last week. The review, described in an Aug. 26 memo from Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter, is aimed at producing “a more effective and efficient organization for OSD while reducing the number of civilian, military and contractor personnel supporting it.” It is slated to recommend ways to reduce the number of people who report to the secretary by consolidating functions and eliminating jobs …

Air Force to Unveil Long-Term Sequestration Contingency Plan

  • September 2, 2013
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Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh III plans to release shortly a plan for how his service intends to cope with its share of $500 billion in defense spending cuts slated to be imposed through fiscal 2021. “Air Force 2023″ will help establish the service’s long-term priorities for readiness and weapons programs over the next 10 years as it deals with an extended period of budget uncertainty stemming from looming sequester cuts. Welsh told Stars and Stripes during a visit last week to Yokota Air Base, Japan, that officials need to plan for the likelihood that sequestration remains in place for a decade …

Pentagon Planning for Layoffs Next Year under Sequester

  • September 2, 2013
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DOD is considering laying off about 6,000 civilian workers in fiscal 2014 in lieu of furloughing employees, according to a draft planning document developed in response to the likelihood that the department’s budget is reduced by $50 billion due to sequestration. The Aug. 1 document, a presentation by budget officials for senior officers responsible for force structure and resources, offers more specific recommendations for dealing with the automatic spending cuts than have been disclosed previously …

Hopes for Larger Budget Deal Likely Dashed

  • September 2, 2013
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Talks between the White House and a group of eight Republican senators over a “grand bargain” that would reverse automatic spending cuts lasting through fiscal 2021 broke down last week, likely ending the best shot to address sequestration and the need to raise the nation’s debt ceiling in one long-term agreement. In recent weeks the informal talks, which began earlier this summer, concentrated on a smaller deal to replace about $500 billion in government-wide sequester cuts in exchange for narrow reforms to Medicare, Social Security and other mandatory spending programs. But even that more-focused deal eluded the two sides, doomed by the partisan dispute over the need to raise taxes on the wealthy …

Concerns Persist over Marine Corps’ Pacific Realignment Plan, McCain Says

  • August 22, 2013
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U.S. lawmakers still are concerned over the lack of detailed plans and cost estimates for moving up to 8,000 Marines from Okinawa to Guam and other locations in the Pacific, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) told reporters in Japan this week. The Senate has suspended funding the past several years for DOD’s plan to move 5,000 Marines to Guam as part of an effort to reduce the burden on Okinawa of hosting Marine Corps bases …

Republicans Not Backing away from Sequestration, Boehner Says

  • August 22, 2013
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The House has no intention of making any new concessions in the battle over sequestration, Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) reiterated in a conference call with rank-and-file Republicans on Thursday. While Boehner’s comments don’t change the dynamic of the dispute over whether the government will be forced to deal with automatic budget cuts for a second straight year, they represent the latest evidence that a government shutdown after Sept. 30 is the likely outcome if the White House insists that the sequester be cancelled as part of any spending agreement to keep the government running in fiscal 2014 …

FY’14 Defense Spending Would Be Trimmed by $50B under Proposed Budgets

  • August 21, 2013
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The Pentagon’s budget would be subject to an automatic cut triggered by sequestration of about $50 billion next year if the spending plan in either the House or Senate were to become law, according to an Office of Management and Budget (OMB) report issued Tuesday. While the two chambers’ fiscal 2014 budget resolutions are $91 billion apart in discretionary spending for the entire federal government, proposed spending for DOD is very close under either plan. Neither complies with the $498.1 billion sequestration cap established for defense spending, though, creating massive uncertainty for Pentagon budget officials …

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