The budget challenges at the Defense Department are new, but this isn’t the first time militaries have been reshaped because of money problems.
Dr. Andrew Krepinevich, the president of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, co-authored a report on the new budget environment, “Strategy in Austerity.”
The report examines how the U.S. can “sustain its global position while facing the prospect of relative decline and an extended period of fiscal austerity.”
Tom Shoop — Editor-in-Chief, Government Executive
Balancing work and family life is always challenging. But a recent article in The Atlantic by a former high-ranking State Department official has led to further speculation about whether it’s truly possible to achieve.
Tom Shoop, the editor-in-chief of Government Executive, who wrote about the article on his GovExec blog, shares his perspective.
Col. Jordan Thomas, Air Force lead for the Air-Sea Battle Office
Capt. Philip Dupree, U.S. Navy
The “Air-Sea Battle” concept isn’t quite what it sounds like — in fact, the name itself is kind of a misnomer. Col. Jordan Thomas, the commander of the 3d Infantry Regiment of the Old Guard, at Fort Meyer, Va., along with U.S. Navy Capt. James DuPree co-authored an article explaining what the Air-Sea Battle concept is and what it is not.
“It is not a strategy, it is not designed to threaten other nations and it is not just the manifestation of traditional joint operations,” Thomas and DuPree wrote in their article, “Air-Sea Battle: Clearing the Fog.”
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Larry Allen — President, Allen Federal Business Partners
Larry Allen, the president of Allen Federal Business Partners, says the government’s real-estate consolidation efforts could mean more opportunities for schedule contractors.
“Efforts to consolidate agency operations by combining offices and consolidating locations could lead to business. Everything from moving and storage services, to new telecomm arrangements, furniture, office equipment, and more could be needed by impacted federal agencies,” Allen writes in his weekly newsletter.
Guy Timberlake — Chief Visionary Officer, American Small Business Coalition
Guy Timberlake, the chief visionary officer of the American Small Business Coalition, discussed some large companies’ habit of “losing the phone number” of small businesses after a contract has been awarded.
“In some cases, the cause for subcontractors not getting work is due to changes in scope or funding, while other times it stems from primes using small companies to ‘represent’ them as part of their required small business subcontracting plan,” Timberlake wrote on his ASBC blog. “Many times the plan from the start is not to include these small businesses in post-award activities.”
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The House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs reviewed the Veterans Benefits Administration Transformation Plan, the agency’s plan for processing claims more quickly by bolstering technology and adding staff.
Linda Halliday, VA’s assistant inspector general for Audits and Evaluations, and Gen. Allison Hickey, VA’s undersecretary for benefits testified before the committee.