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Rapid Fire Dec. 17, 2013: Projected Defense Purchases by US State (Sans Sequestration)

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* The US DOD’s Office of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation (CAPE) released the 2012 update to the DEPPS dataset [PDF] projecting defense purchases by state and industry for 2011-2017 (calendar years). These expenditure estimates reflect the FYDP(Future Years Defense Program) as of the February 2012 President budget so they do not include sequestration and thus may soon prove to be too optimistic. * The GAO reviews progress made by the Pentagon in implementing the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009 that led to the creation of a bunch of new offices: CAPE, Systems Engineering (SE), Developmental Test and Evaluation (DT&E), and Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses (PARCA). DOD has implemented that legislation for the most part, but input does not necessarily translate into output and for the GAO “it is too early to tell if the Reform Act is going to result in systemic change to DOD’s weapon acquisition process.” * The American Chamber of Commerce in Taipei has a report on the state of Taiwan’s defense that underlines the asymmetric nature of their capabilities, as they cannot expect to keep up with the mainland’s level of spending. * The Council of the European Union’s latest incantations […]

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