Tag Archives: Defense & National Security

DSCA Cutting Foreign Military Sale Surcharge 8%

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency is reducing the surcharge rate for foreign military sales by 8 percent, going from a 3.8 percent on every sale to 3.5 percent. DSCA said the new rate goes into effect Nov. 1 and is supported by lead officials at the departments of Defense and …

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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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Norm Dicks Optimistic Over Sequestration Deal Odds

The top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee believes Congress will find a way to avoid the sequestration cuts scheduled to start in January because of potential consequences of the cuts, the Seattle Times reports. Norm Dicks, ranked 10th in seniority for the full chamber, said he believes Congress should …

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Obama Expresses Optimism Sequestration Can Be Avoided

President Barack Obama believes Congress will figure out how to avoid the more than $1 trillion cuts under sequestration scheduled to start in January, the Virginian-Pilot reports. In an Oval Office interview with Kate Wiltrout, Obama said both parties should agree to a proposal that includes both spending cuts and …

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Labor Dept Sequestration Memo Sparks GOP Uproar in Congress

Republican members of Congress are in an uproar over a Labor Department memo issued last week, which said defense contractors are not required to send layoff notices to employees whose jobs might be cut under sequestration. According to Politico, some GOP lawmakers claim the decision is a political ploy for …

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Senate Confirms Gen. Mark Welsh as AF Chief of Staff

The Senate voted Thursday to confirm Gen. Mark. Welsh as the Air Force’s 20th chief of staff, the service branch announced Friday. Pending a formal appointment from President Obama, the 36-year veteran and former commander of U.S. Air Forces in Europe will assume office during an Aug. 10 ceremony. In …

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