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Defense Roundup: The Sky is Falling and the Sea is Rising–the Navy and Air Force Get Serious About Sequester Fears

With Syria Debate Paused, It’s ‘Back to Business’ for US Congress

John T. Bennett (@BennettJohnT), Defense News. It seems that the debate over attacking Syria has taken an unexpected detour and so Congress will be forced to address annoying issues like funding the government and pressing matters like an energy efficiency bill. There is little time for the dysfunctional legislature to come up with a Continuing Resolution to fund the government through December since there is no chance of passing a larger budget for the new fiscal year. Leaders in both chambers expect a CR to start the process this week. Senate Armed Services Chairman Carl Levin predicts

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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: Furry Friends That Aren’t Pandas, New Hiring Rules Impacting Contractors

War Costs Could Escalate Quickly

Tom Vanden Brook (@tvandenbrook), USA Today. The debates around the situation in Syria are loud and widespread but aspects we are watching include how it will affect the “Asia pivot” and sending a military to war in the middle of massive budget uncertainty. USA Today examines the costs of what a potential strike on the Assad government would cost. The extreme low end with a pure cruise missile assault is somewhere around $100 million with Tomahawk missiles costing about $1 million a piece. In comparison, the Libya campaign cost the U.S. $1.1 billion and began with some 110 Tomahawks hitting key government targets. Things…

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Defense Roundup: MOH, F-35, big Army cuts, Manning, Hasan, and Bales, RLTW, and more

Special Ops Command Announces $560M Award for Critical New Vehicle

Paul McLeary (@paulmcleary), Defense News. It’s so rare to hear a new vehicle contract being awarded these days that you almost expect a SyFy movie about it to come out soon. Last week Special Operations Command awarded General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems a contract for $562 million for the Ground Mobility Vehicle 1.1 program. SOCOM says it plans on buying 1,297 GMVs to replace their current GMVs based on modified Humvees. It was previously announced that they would spend $24 million in 2014 to buy the first 101 vehicles at $245,000 a piece. GD beat out AM General,…

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Defense Roundup: “Drones” a word you can’t say in public, veterans helping veterans in Texas, military epidemics misnamed

AUVSI Convention Shows Trends Toward Civilian, International UAV’s

Aaron Mehta (@AaronMehta), Defense News. Last week’s Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International annual show in Washington D.C. generated a lot of stories on the state of the industry and the future for this unique family of systems. There are few products that stir passions as much as UAVs…or drones as they are commonly known. One theme that came out of this year’s very well attended conference was the desire to stop calling UAVs ‘drones’ as Breaking Defense wryly noted, the WiFi password for media was “DONTSAYDRONES”.  With the war in Afghanistan winding down the U.S. market for combat unmanned…

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