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Sequestration: Going Nowhere Fast

Otto Kreischer at AOL Defense wrote an interesting rundown of a sparsely attended Aerospace Industrial Association (AIA) briefing at the Press Club. Rather than just overtly defense-related company CEOs speaking on the negatives of sequestration, this press conference sported research university and health sector officials in an effort to show the broad-based evils of slashing the budget. The author’s verdict: With few Congressional aides and almost no major reporters in attendance and a changed political climate, it seems that “the fat lady is about to sing in the anti-sequester opera.”

Even a few months ago, we wouldn’t have believed that this would actually happen. Cuts of projected increases, sure. But given the military’s extremely vocal and virulent dislike of the Budget Control Act’s methods, the legislation as written being acted upon is pretty stunning. Now that the prospect appears more likely, bromides like “partisan dysfunction” and “broken Washington” give way to more targeted accusations.


President Signs Defense Bill, Calm Does Not Reign

After well over a year of genuine concern, misplaced worry, fear mongering, and, of course, partisan bickering, the defense sequestration portion of the Budget Control Act of 2011 appears to be behind the U.S. Now Americans can get together and really solve the nation’s problems. Just kidding! It’s only been delayed for two months while Congress and the executive retool their talking points for the predicted debt-ceiling fight.

President Obama signed a $633 billion National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) last week, though he rued certain portions of the bill. But with no line-item veto available, the NDAA is now law. Not exactly what the kids learn on Schoolhouse Rock.

Today’s Links

  • At Fort Sill, the Army holds a meeting to discuss Anti-UAS measures:

U.S. ground forces detect an enemy unmanned aircraft performing reconnaissance  over their forward operating base. Now the soldiers must determine how to  neutralize the Unmanned Aerial System threat: whether to jam the electronic  signal from its ground controller, kill the ground controller or shoot down the  Unmanned Aerial System, or UAS.

  • The Afghan Army is not retaining its soldiers too well these days, but at least they’re not joining the Taliban: