Rapid Fire Oct. 3, 2012: DoD Sequestered from Sequestration
Toulouse or München commercial aerospace HQ? At least there seems to be a consensus to base defense operations in London. The French government may fight hard on this one, as they have faced several humiliating plant closures in the automotive and steel sectors after having made assertive claims that they would jumpstart “industrial renewal.”
- The Pentagon continues to pretend it is not planning for sequestration. Showing their newfound social media savvy, the Department even created a Facebook community for that.
- Congressional Republicans are apoplectic to have been outmaneuvered – at last for now – by the Administration on the use of WARN Act notifications – or lack thereof – by defense contractors in anticipation of sequestration. Some senators question the legality of the White House’s position, while others say they will block the payment of legal fees to contractors as envisioned by OMB. Stuck in the crossfire: defense contractor employees.
- BAE/EADS drama of the day: