Saturday, January 31, 2009

Chairman Senate Armed Services Committee -- No More New Programs For The Pentagon

Reset Wins Over Modernization: Sen. Levin --

In a policy declaration that will reverberate through the Pentagon and defense industry, the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee made clear today that when he has to pick whether to approve funding for a new program or for one that needs rebuilding he’ll pick the existing program.

“I think there is a tension there and the reset will have to prevail,” Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said in response to my question about the choices he will have to make as authorizers look for sustainable cuts to the defense budget.

Levin was speaking Friday afternoon with reporters to outline the committee’s main goals over the next few months. Here they are, in order:

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Update: SASC Chair: Cuts, Acquisition Reform Coming -- Defense News

My Comment: A clear cut warning if there ever was one. No new programs. No procurements for new ideas or new projects. The goal is to keep and fix what we have.

This is going to take some in the Defense establishment a while to digest.

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