Weapons and budget cuts

Thursday - 9/26/2013, 2:39pm EDT

Capital Impact - Sept. 26, 2013

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This week on BGOV's Capital Impact show hosted by Allen Scott:

  • Dozens of major weapon systems will outlast the sequestration budget caps that end in fiscal 2021, according to Bloomberg Government Senior Defense Analyst Dr. Kevin Brancato.

  • On the other side of the coin is the question of how the Air Force will address its budget shortcomings. Fiscal 2014 sequestration will probably cut at least 10 percent from each program. A 10 percent cut to $6.7 billion -- $670 million -- would be a major hit to three of the Air Force's largest acquisition programs. What programs will be impacted? Is there any way around it? Dr. Kevin Brancato lays out how the cuts will be distributed, along with their impact.

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GUEST BIOGRAPHIES

Allen Scott (moderator) specializes in customer on boarding and training at Bloomberg Government. Allen previously worked at Arbitron, Inc. where he served in a variety of roles from customer service to sales operations manager. Prior to Arbitron, Allen worked in radio for several years in the Washington and Baltimore areas. Most recently he spent six years at 99.1 HFS as co-host and news director.

Dr. Kevin Brancato is a defense analyst at Bloomberg Government. Before joining Bloomberg, he was a management scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he analyzed weapon system costs and defense manpower policies. He received a B.A. in math from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.