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The changing budget environment for the Pentagon appears to be here to stay. Tom Captain is vice chairman and U.S. Aerospace & Defense Leader for Deloitte. As part of Federal News Radio’s special report, The Private Side of Sequestration, he explains what companies see now are likely what they’ll see for a while.
The Congressional relationship with the General Services Administration is getting a makeover. Congressman Lou Barletta is the new chairman of the House Transportation Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management subcommittee, which oversees the GSA. Rep. Barletta is also a co-sponsor of a package of bills that impact the federal workforce. He joins In Depth to explain what those bills will do that agencies can’t do now.
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A set of six goals launches the Test Science Roadmap at the Department of Defense. The Pentagon wants better data from its Test and Evaluation community. Dr. J. Michael Gilmore, director of Operational Test and Evaluation at the Defense Department, says the goals are already in reach.
Fiscal 2014 may look different in the Defense contracting community than in fiscal 2013. Whether it’s better or worse is the big question, and it’s a question contracting companies are trying to answer. Tom DeWitt, president and CEO of SNVC, explains how sequestration affects businesses, as part of Federal News Radio’s special report, The Private Side of Sequestration.
The military draw down after Iraq and Afghanistan is the fifth major draw down since World War II, and two characteristics make it unique. Bob Work, chief executive officer at the Center for a New American Security and former Navy undersecretary, recently testified before the Senate Budget Committee on sequestration’s impact on defense spending.
Defense secretary Chuck Hagel rolled out Wednesday what he calls a “menu of options” for implementing the ten-year budget cuts called for under sequestration. Hagel says none of the options are good, and they can’t be implemented quickly enough to achieve the budget savings the law calls for. Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu joins In Depth to discuss what he heard at the Pentagon briefings on the new budget review.