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Report: Ashton Carter Memo Says Not to Assume Sequestration Will Happen

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has told military departments and acquisition personnel to operate under current policy without assuming sequestration cuts will occur, according to an internal memo obtained by Bloomberg. According to Tony Capaccio’s report, Carter wrote the Pentagon leadership team does not want personnel, programs and activities to …

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Rear Adm. Randolph Mahr Named F-35 Program Deputy Director

Navy Rear Adm. Randolph Mahr has been appointed deputy director of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, within the office of the defense under secretary for acquisitions, technology and logistics. A Monday Defense Department release said he currently serves as commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center‘s aircraft division and …

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Ashton Carter Pays Visit to F-16 Intl School

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter visited the 162nd Fighter Wing at Tucson International Airport Wednesday as part of his travel itinerary in the region, American Forces Press Service reports. According to the story by Air Force Lt. Col. Christine Rhodes, Carter met with students and exchange pilots in an international …

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John McCain, 12 Defense Contractors Talk About Effects of Sequestration

Senator John McCain wrote in a blog post that many defense contractors believe that the impending sequestration could lead to serious problems both in national security and employment rates. McCain, together with Senators Joe Lieberman, Jim Inhofe, Saxby Chambliss, Kelly Ayotte, Lindsey Graham, and John Cornyn have asked 13 defense contractors …

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Frank Kendall: Sequestration Means 11% Line Item Cuts, R&D Included

If sequestration cuts take effect in January, the Defense Department would have to uniformly cut 11 percent uniformly from each of its estimated 2,500 budget items, Pentagon acquisition lead Frank Kendall recently said, according to Reuters. Kendall made the remarks Wednesday at the ComDef defense industry conference, Jim Wolf and …

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AIA Members to Meet With Ashton Carter About Impact of Sequestration

Marion Blakey, president of the Aerospace Industries Association, announced that the 18 members of the Aerospace Industries Association executive committee will meet with Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter on September 18, reports Jim Wolf for Reuters. Blakey shared last Tuesday that the meeting will potentially revolve around the impact of …

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Report: Contractors Push For Tax Compromise Can Include Increases

Leaders at two major defense contractors recently cited lawmakers’ unwillingness to compromise as a factor in Congress’ inaction over the potential of sequestration, Talking Points Memo reports. Two weeks ago, Pratt & Whitney President David Hess and Lockheed Martin CEO Robert Stevens testified before the House Armed Services Committee about …

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AF Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan to Head F-35 Program

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has nominated Air Force Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan to serve as director of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the Pentagon announced Thursday. Bogdan has also been nominated for promotion to lieutenant general. The nearly three-decade Air Force veteran currently serves as deputy director of the …

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