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John McCain: Cyber, Cost-Plus Contracts, Sequestration on Agenda for SASC Chairmanship

Sen. John McCain
Sen. John McCain

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has highlighted cybersecurity, cost-plus contracts and the sequestration as top focus areas as he prepares to take the chairmanship of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Defense News reported Wednesday.

John Bennett writes that McCain told a forum in Washington he sees room for additional action in issues concerning cyberspace, while cost is the main concern for his other agenda items.

McCain told the audience that “low-balling” on cost-plus contracts has led to extra costs beyond the initial bid, the report said.

McCain also noted that the Defense Department could also explore reforms to its acquisition system to address the impacts of sequestration on defense budgets.

McCain was first identified as a potential successor to the SASC chairmanship in October.

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