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Furlough days for Defense Department civilians are being cut from 11 to 6, the Pentagon announced Tuesday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the department found sufficient savings in the final months of the current fiscal year to lessen the burden on those who have had to take a day off a week without pay since early July.
A dozen Republican and Democratic senators are calling on the Pentagon to cancel all contracts to buy helicopters for Afghan security forces from a state-run Russian arms exporter that is a top weapons supplier to the Syrian government. Led by Republican Sen. John Cornyn (KOHR'-nihn) of Texas, they sent a letter on Monday to Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff about the Mi-17 Helicopters.
Japan asks US military not to fly helicopters after Okinawa crash; 3 survive and 1 body found
Boston police commissioner Edward F. Davis has been mentioned as a candidate to be the next secretary of Homeland Security. The Boston Globe reports he may be in the mix for the job being vacated by Janet Napolitano. According to the Globe, some Senators, think President Obama will announce his nomination within the next few weeks. They also report the White House is vetting "a handful of people" for the position.
The Navy entered 2010 with what officials say was a fleet that was well below acceptable standards for material readiness. It's made gains in its maintenance procedures since then, which the service says sequestration will quickly undo.
The Pentagon says no decisions have been made, but eliminating 2013 furloughs is at the top of the funding priority list if it can find any excess funds.
The Defense Department, General Services Administration and NASA issued a final rule today amending the Federal Acquisition Regulation. FAR must now include performance rating categories and different factors for past performance evaluations.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has revealed the results a four-month Strategic Choices and Management Review, He said the Pentagon would cut overhead by almost $40 billion more over the next decade, and was looking at $50 billion in savings from compensation. He said the review also pointed to possible reductions of up to 70,000 troops from the U.S. Army's active force, and up to 65,000 from the Army reserves.
The Department of the Navy will begin to virtualize its services and hopes to achieve total server virtualization by 2017, in an effort to cut costs. The service has been active in cutting IT costs in the wake of Defense budget cuts.
Hagel: Budget cuts could cause 3 aircraft carriers to be mothballed, shrink Army, Marine Corps
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says service members will have to share in the pain of sequestration if the automatic budget cuts continue into next year. In a Pentagon press briefing Wednesday, Hagel laid out a "menu of options" for dealing with sequestration in 2014 and beyond, including changes to military pay and benefits, consolidating headquarters staff and a potential modest reduction in military force structure.
While at this relatively early stage of the budget cutting process it's difficult to quantify exactly what the effects have been or will be, on this week's show we'll hear some preliminary takes from two people the defense industry very closely: Elana Broitman, principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense for manufacturing and industrial base policy, and Marion Blakey, the CEO of the Aerospace Industries Association.
As the first elements of sequestration's impact on the Defense industrial base begin to take shape, observers inside and outside the Pentagon worry about small businesses.
AP sources: Pentagon likely to cut number of civilian unpaid furlough days by as much as 5
Showdown looms as NY senator, Pentagon brass battle over legal handling of sexual assaults
Deltek's Kevin Plexico and Scott Lewis of PS Partnerships, will talk about the challenges facing contractors in this tough budget environment.
July 29, 2013
Frances Smith, a civilian Defense Department employee, is having problems making ends meet after furloughs trimmed her paycheck. "I'm wondering now, next week, how I'm going to even pay for my groceries," she told Federal News Radio.
While sequestration is impacting the aerospace industry, the biggest cuts resulted from the Budget Control Act of 2011 and reduced demand in the wake of military withdrawals, said Richard Aboulafia, aerospace analyst at the Teal Group.
FDIC IG Jon Rymer said if confirmed, sexual assault and suicide prevention will be top priorities.
FDIC IG Jon Rymer said if confirmed sexual assault and suicide prevention will be top priorities.