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Rapid Fire Jan. 3, 2013: Uncertainty Reasserted

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* Yesterday we rolled out a brand new version of our website. We are working on fixing a number of already-identified issues, but we hope that you will already enjoy a better user experience, from better printing to enhanced embedded media galleries and more. Feedback and bug reports are welcome at [email protected]. * The US Congress reached an agreement that delays sequestration by 2 months within a broader deal on taxes that nevertheless is more a stopgap than a fundamental solution. Secretary Panetta | HASC Chairman McKeon | OMB | HR-8 bill [PDF]| CBO scoring [PDF] | Stimson Institute | McAleese. * The Pentagon and the White House will have to factor in this deal into their FY14 calculations. They are still pretending that submitting the next federal budget next month – while the overall tax and spend equation is still not resolved – is making sense. It is more likely that the FY14 PB rollout will be delayed. * If this was not enough budgetary sausage factory for you today, this updated primer (MS Word) on the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process as executed by the US Army should do it. * Northrop Grumman will skip this […]

* Yesterday we rolled out a brand new version of our website. We are working on fixing a number of already-identified issues, but we hope that you will already enjoy a better user experience, from better printing to enhanced embedded media galleries and more. Feedback and bug reports are welcome at [email protected].

* The US Congress reached an agreement that delays sequestration by 2 months within a broader deal on taxes that nevertheless is more a stopgap than a fundamental solution. Secretary Panetta | HASC Chairman McKeon | OMB | HR-8 bill [PDF]| CBO scoring [PDF] | Stimson Institute | McAleese.

* The Pentagon and the White House will have to factor in this deal into their FY14 calculations. They are still pretending that submitting the next federal budget next month – while the overall tax and spend equation is still not resolved – is making sense. It is more likely that the FY14 PB rollout will be delayed.

* If this was not enough budgetary sausage factory for you today, this updated primer (MS Word) on the Planning, Programming, Budgeting, and Execution (PPBE) process as executed by the US Army should do it.

* Northrop Grumman will skip this year’s Le Bourget air show to prioritize smaller shows in the Middle East or Asia/Pacific, reports Reuters.

* The US Marine Corps’ Product Manager Infantry Combat Equipment (PdM-ICE) plans to release an RFP in early FY14 for about 35,000 tropical uniform sets. A fast drying time will be one of the primary requirements. They have an Industry Day coming up on January 17 in Stafford, VA.

* In a context of overall record exports, Turkey exported more than $1.25B worth of military goods – an increase of 43% – according to the Turkish Exporters’ Assembly (via Hürriyet).

* For the Institute for the Study of War leaving 10,000 troops in Afghanistan after 2014 would not be nearly enough [PDF] to properly support the Afghan National Army.

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