Congress bolstered more than 100 military acquisition programs by providing more money than the president requested, despite a broad $30 billion cut to the Pentagon’s nonwar budget. Although the numbers are smaller than defense contractors would like, they provide a degree of certainty to Pentagon spending that has been missing since the passage of the Budget Control Act in 2011. Senior Defense Analysts Dr. Kevin Brancato and Rob Levinson discuss how and why Congress made these decisions and show us clear cut winners and losers.
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Dr. Kevin Brancato is a defense analyst at Bloomberg Government. Before joining Bloomberg, he was a management scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he analyzed weapon system costs and defense manpower policies. He received a B.A. in math from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University.
Robert Levinson is a defense analyst at Bloomberg Government. He is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Air Force with more than 20 years of service. Levinson worked for Booz Allen Hamilton as a strategic communications consultant. He has a bachelor’s degree from the United States Air Force Academy and a masters from the University of California, San Diego.