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June 5, 2013

Headlines June 5, 2013

News

White House promises veto of GOP spending plan

The White House stepped in June with a veto threat against a House GOP plan to advance a round of 2014 spending bills that would ease sequester-imposed cuts on the Pentagon while forcing even deeper cuts on non-defense programs.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/06/03/white-house-promises-veto-gop-spending-plan/

House panel votes to stop DOD from even studying BRAC

A House committee opposed to more base closings and realignments debated Wednesday how deeply to drive a stake into the Defense Department plan.

http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20130605/NEWS05/306050027/House-panel-votes-stop-DoD-from-even-studying-BRAC

Business

Top U.S. lawmaker looks to rein in military contractorsí pay

A powerful U.S. lawmaker June 3 included a provision seeking to rein in the amount corporate executives can make from military contracts in the fiscal 2014 defense spending bill that Congress is expected to finalize in the coming weeks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/03/usa-military-congress-pay-idUSL1N0EF1S620130603

Carlyle’s Arinc draws takeover interest from GE, Rockwell-sources

Carlyle Group LP’s aerospace communications firm Arinc Inc has drawn early takeover interest from industry conglomerates and private equity firms in an auction that may fetch between $1.3 billion and $1.4 billion, several people familiar with the matter said.

http://www.foxbusiness.com/news/2013/06/04/carlyle-arinc-draws-takeover-interest-from-ge-rockwell-sources/

Defense

Lawmaker’s attempt to delay Air Force cuts until February fails

A Mississippi lawmakerís effort to delay realignment of Air Force units was derailed June 5 because the Air Force couldnít tell him how much the delay might cost.

http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20130605/NEWS05/306050023/Lawmaker-s-attempt-delay-Air-Force-cuts-until-February-fails

House panel votes in favor of common combat uniform across services

Two war veterans succeeded June 5 in convincing the House Armed Services Committee that the services should agree on common camouflage patterns for uniforms rather than each having its own.

http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20130605/NEWS07/306050033/House-panel-votes-favor-common-combat-uniform-across-services

U.S. lawmaker vows hearings, possible budget action on Navy ships

Congress plans hearings this summer on the U.S. Navyís $34 billion coastal warship program and may push for funding cuts, the head of the House Armed Services Committeeís seapower subcommittee said June 4.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/06/04/navy-ships-congress-idUSL1N0EG1S220130604

Veterans

VA seeks input on burn-pit registry

The Veterans Affairs Department is asking the public for input on its planned registry of service members potentially exposed to pollution from open-air burn pits and other sources in Iraq, Afghanistan and the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War.

http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20130605/BENEFITS04/306050024/VA-seeks-input-burn-pit-registry

International

United Kingdom: There are gaping flaws in government’s plan to cut troop numbers

Soldiers know when theyíve been sent on a foolís errand, and many examples exist in our illustrious military history. But orders can be influenced by both military and political chiefs. The governmentís present reservists strategy is yet another example.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/10101407/There-are-gaping-flaws-in-the-Governments-plan-to-cut-troop-numbers.html

United Kingdom: U.S. fears over cuts in British defense

Gen. Ray Odierno revealed that he has repeatedly raised concerns with British defense chiefs that Britainís shrinking forces will be unable to work alongside the Americans. Odiernoís comments come as ministers fight over a fresh round of spending reductions that could force another round of defense cuts.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/defence/10090309/US-fears-over-cuts-in-British-defence.html

With demand expected to grow, Israel becomes worldís largest exporter of drones

In an expansive hangar in central Israel, workers toil on one of the worldís most contentious aircraft, fitting dozens of drones with advanced sensors, cameras and lasers before they are shipped to militaries worldwide to perform highly sensitive tasks.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/with-demand-expected-to-grow-israel-becomes-worlds-largest-exporter-of-drones/2013/06/05/e487abd6-ce18-11e2-8573-3baeea6a2647_story.html

U.S., Germany, Italy to take key regional roles in Afghanistan as NATO changes mission post-2014

Germany and Italy will join the United States as ìlead nationsî in regions of Afghanistan after NATO transitions into a noncombat mission there after 2014, U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said June 5.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/hagel-us-germany-italy-eye-regional-responsibilities-in-natos-afghanistan-role-post-2014/2013/06/05/b8623320-cddf-11e2-8573-3baeea6a2647_story.html

U.S. to deploy Patriot missiles, F-16 jets to bolster defense against Syrian attack, Jordan says

The U.S. will send anti-missile batteries and fighter jets to Jordan at the kingdomís request to boost defense capabilities in the face of an attack from neighboring Syria, Jordanian officials said June 5.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/jordan-says-us-to-deploy-patriot-missiles-f-16-jets-to-bolster-defense-against-syrian-attack/2013/06/05/cda4f7f4-cdd5-11e2-8573-3baeea6a2647_story.html

Viewpoint

The Pentagon conundrum

Isnít there a lot of waste in the massive Pentagon budget? Surely itís possible to eliminate needless spending while preserving essential weapons and capabilities. Possible, yes, but not likely.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/wp/2013/06/04/the-pentagon-conundrum/




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