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Defense Roundup: Veterans Increasingly Orange Blooded, New Navy Scandals That You Can Talk to Your Mom About

Defense Industry Layoffs Picking Up Steam

Sandra Erwin (@nationaldefense), National Defense Magazine. The defense industry is shedding jobs after a slight lull in the pace thanks to years of downsizing in anticipation of coming budget cuts. For the last five years an estimated 160,000 jobs have been cut from the defense industry and this year will push that number substantially higher. A new report by consultants Challenger, Gray & Christmas says that about 30,000 jobs have been eliminated so far in 2013 and represents a pace that will exceed last year’s losses by over 30%. Aircraft manufacturing alone is down approximately 10,000 jobs in the last 12 months and…

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Defense Roundup: You Get a Job, You Get a Job, 200,000 Veterans Get Jobs! Veterans Day Brings Reflection

Pentagon’s Budget-Cut Response Risks Higher Costs Later

Tony Capaccio (@acapaccio), Bloomberg. The Government Accountability Office released a sort of “no kidding, really?” report last week that found after careful analysis that many of the budget cuts the Pentagon is making today to meet sequester guidelines will mean that weapons may cost more later or be delayed. The report looked at how the first year of sequester cuts weren’t as disastrous as originally predicted as defense department leaders drained contracts of padded buckets, delayed development and testing of some systems, and made other short term gain decisions that won’t be as readily available in the second year of cuts. All of…

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Defense Roundup: LockMart Has Identified Its Next F-35: the SR-72; Whether SOF or NG, Returning from War Has Challenges

US Joins Whistle-Blower Lawsuit Over Background Probes

Andrew Zajac, Bloomberg. Falls Church, Virginia based USIS can’t get much of a break from the relentless scrutiny of its business practices after the revelations that its investigators had conducted the background checks on former NSA contractor Edward Snowden and Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis. The company that processes an astounding two-thirds of all contracted background investigations and half of all U.S. background checks is being accused of submitting investigations to the Office of Personnel Management without proper quality control checks. The formerly sealed lawsuit filed by a former investigator as part of the federal whistle-blower legislation act was joined by the…

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Defense Roundup: Army Has Only Two Combat-Ready Brigades, GCV and Helo Programs in Doubt

Amid AUSA Spectacle, Stark Reminders of an Army in Crisis

Paul McLeary (@paulmcleary), Defense News. We covered the AUSA show this year pretty thoroughly for issues of interest to our readers and new angles from the organizers, but the news from the Army itself wasn’t terribly good. In briefing after briefing, Army leaders brought little to smile about. The biggest news item was Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno telling the media on day one that only two combat brigades in the entire Army are fully mission capable and that more cuts would see the service dip below their “floor” of 490,000 troops. Hints were made all…

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Defense Roundup: The shutdown is dead, the government is alive–until February; AUSA begins

Facing Reality at the Pentagon

Gordon Adams, Foreign Policy. The shutdown is over, at least for now, and reality is settling back on the defense establishment. That reality is that the chance of the sequestration defense cuts being lifted is almost zero at this point. We have said for some time that the odd bedfellows that the cuts have made mean it is almost impossible in this political environment. The fight over Obamacare is more important to Tea Party conservatives who are proud of the fact that the federal budget has actually declined for the first time in years. For liberals, protecting benefits programs means they have no…

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