Defense

Sequestration is Better than Sliced Bread

It is time for official Washington to admit that sequestration is the best thing that has happened for taxpayers since Gramm-Rudman in the mid-1980s.  Domestic discretionary spending is being reduced and will continue to be cut as long as Congress sticks to the sequestration limits.  

An Early Christmas in Washington

Fiscal year (FY) 2013 just ended and federal agencies enjoyed a shopping spree.

This spending binge occurred because at the end of every fiscal year agencies are incentivized to spend the remaining money in their budgets in order to justify a similar or increased budget for the following year.  This phenomenon, known as “spend it or lose it,” leads not only to wasteful spending, but to poor investments and awful management at the federal level.

DCGS May Need to be Deep-Sixed

The Army’s Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS-A), a network-based tool intended to provide real-time access to intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, invokes a strong reaction from both its proponents and detractors.  According to Army brass, DCGS-A represents a breakthrough in intelligence support capability, while users have called it a “huge, bloated, excessively expensive money pit.”

Further Scrutiny for the "Little Crappy Ship"

A senior naval commander believes the troubled Littoral Combat Ship (LCS), or “Little Crappy Ship” as it has been referred to inside the Navy, does not have enough firepower.  Other analysts believe the ship is not survivable.

End of the Line for MEADS

The Obama Administration may have just hammered the last nail into the coffin of the Medium Extended Air Defense System (MEADS).

Further Scrutiny for the “Little Crappy Ship”

A senior naval commander believes the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) lacks appropriate firepower.

Another Deficit Driver: Contractor Pensions

Since the 1980s, private companies, the federal government, and several state governments have eliminated the uncertainties and risks associated with managing defined benefit pension plans (low interest rates, stock market declines, and an aging work force) and have migrated to defined contribution retirement options.  However, many companies that contract with the federal government have continued to offer defined benefit plans, in part because the investment risks are absorbed by the taxpayers through reimbursements for pension shortfalls. 

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