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Rapid Fire June 13, 2012: Heidi Shunned

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These Senators are too fast Though the hearing [PDF] happened at the end of March, Heidi Shyu‘s senatorial confirmation as acquisition chief for the US Army is still on hold. Tom Coburn [R-OK] doesn’t like the Army’s handling of the M4 carbine replacement/renewal, while SASC(Senate Armed Services Committee) member John Cornyn [R-TX] objects to helicopter deals with Rosoboronexport. Russia is not making things any easier by selling attack helicopters to Syria. Frank Kendall was confirmed as USD ATL last month, and former JSF PEO Charles R. Davis was promoted to Military Deputy of USAF acquisition, but the top USAF acquisition job is still vacant. It’s a small world: among other assignments Shyu was working on JSF antennas at Raytheon before joining DoD. SASC Chairman Carl Levin [D-MI] is suggesting a $10B/year budget cut over 10 years as a compromise to avoid sequestration, with a focus on nuclear weapons and troops in South Korea. He’s also repeating the Democratic position that revenue (i.e. tax raises in Washingtonspeak) have to be part of the mix. Some Republicans such as Lindsay Graham and Tom Coburn are open to the idea, if entitlement reform is also on the table. The GAO thinks that granting […]

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