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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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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: SCMR Doesn’t Spell Army, One Helo Bid to Rule Them All

Hagel: Cuts Will Shrink Pay, Benefits and Force

Andrew Tilghman (@andrewtilghman), Defense News. Secretary of Defense Hagel released general results of the Pentagon’s much awaited Strategic Choices and Management Review (SCMR) last week. The review looked at how budget cuts at three levels– $100, $300, and $500 billion over a decade will affect the military’s ability to conduct their mission. The results were as disheartening as expected. Ranging from greater cuts to the ground forces, reductions in the Navy’s carrier strike groups, cuts to Air Force fighter and cargo squadrons, and hints that the leadership will choose cuts in benefits and personnel over modernization efforts. A leak of…

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