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Defense Roundup: Spotlight on caregivers and female veterans, and GAO flays another program

Four Issues to Watch as US Congress Returns for Busy Fall

John T. Bennett (@BennettJohnT), Defense News. Congress returns this week to a vastly different agenda than the one they left for vacation facing three weeks ago. No one expected the burning issue in September would be authorizing strikes on Syria for chemical weapons attacks on their own citizens. The vote is going to be contentious while it will likely pass the Senate, the House simply doesn’t sound interested in jumping into another Middle East fight. Meanwhile, the budget isn’t even close to being voted on so another Continuing Resolution is almost inevitable and to make it fun the…

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Defense Roundup: Sequester Takes a Break in August…Except for the Navy, Combat Doesn’t Increase Suicide Risk

Analysts: Cutting Aircraft Carriers a Real Possibility

Mike Hixenbaugh (@mike_hixenbaugh), The Virginian-Pilot. The many angles that come out of sequester cuts and the Pentagon’s recently completed Strategic Choices Management Review are still being examined around the defense industry. All of the defense analysts are weighing in with many saying they are too much and others saying it’s just right. At the home of half of the U.S. Navy’s aircraft carrier fleet, the talk of mothballing two or more of the mighty ships has deep and severe implications. It’s estimated that even losing a single aircraft carrier would cost the Hampton Roads area thousands of jobs and $425 million in…

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Defense Roundup: Sequester Squeeze on Combat Readiness, BRAC Fights Ahead, Army Takes on Honey Boo Boo

K Street Looking Forward to BRAC Fights

Byron Tau (@ByronTau), Politico. The Department of Defense is asking for another opportunity to close bases they see as unnecessary and underutilized. The process known as Base Realignment and Closure, or BRAC, is one of the most politically charged efforts undertaken by the federal government as local governments and business groups pull out the stops to keep the massive amount of jobs and revenue that accompany military bases. Congress has already begun to make a stand that they won’t allow BRAC to happen again but just in case, state and local governments are already putting together their teams to fight off the

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Defense Roundup: Going to war with Marines’ pants, SOFIC, V-22s not so bad

May 6 Weekly Defense Industry Roundup

Details Leak on DoD’s Budget Reprogramming

Paul McLeary (@paulmcleary), Zachary Fryer-Biggs and Aaron Mehta (@AaronMehta), Defense News. The Department of Defense is ready to submit a budget-reprogramming request to cover the costs of the estimated $28 billion in equipment that will need to be moved out of Afghanistan in the next year and a half. It faces a dwindling overseas contingency operations budget as well as cutbacks in operations and maintenance funds already. Defense News is reporting that in a draft document leaked Friday, the Army wants $1.34 billion more in O&M funding to make up for “increased fuel costs and increased use of multi-modal transportation methods

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