So while the Congress kicked the can down the road for another month with the latest CR that was passed, there is a looming issue that our defense & intelligence sector faces if the “supercommittee”* doesn’t act soon. Various space initiatives would lose up to $27 Billion if the committee fails with their upcoming November 23rd deadline thereby triggering a $600 billion reduction to be applied evenly across Pentagon programs. Communication systems and ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) programs could face delays or termination. At a time when we’re reducing our kinetic actions, the intelligence aspects only will grow and become more reliant on these capabilities.
I might differ from some of the other castle residents. There are areas in defense spending where cuts can be made. It is no different than other areas of the government where waste takes place. Likewise, the waste isn’t only government-based but also due to contractors. However, the real question will be whether the government managers and budget officials can make the determination as to where the waste is, what programs are truly needed, and what government and/or contractor efforts should be cut. There are many in the community hearing about the looming cuts and being realistic about the future budget picture and worried that it’s going to be a slash and burn with little cognizance given to the effects.
* there’s no such thing of supercommittee. For you old DC fans, I hear the word “supercommittee” and I think of the old Metro commercial with the kid saying “there’s no such thing of supercar”.
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