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Weekly Defense Notes

With the AUSA show over, TDM gets back to work. Here’s our (belated) rundown of interesting defense news from last week.

The JLTV program is dealing with significant uncertainty due to sequestration, the continuing resolution in Congress, and the government shutdown. Breaking Defense quotes one colonel as saying this is the “most depressing” situation he’s seen in 34 years of service. Evidently, testing on the 22 prototypes by AM General, Lockheed Martin, and Oshkosh stopped on four hours notice early this month. Now they are several weeks behind. Oh well, there’s always the Aztek!

The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments recently came out with a study cheerfully entitled “Chaos and Uncertainty: The FY 14 Defense Budget and Beyond.” Among many interesting points, the study notes that the cost of one soldier in Afghanistan will be $2.1 million annually. Like other things in life, deployments must work on economies of scale.

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