‘Sequestration-palooza’ Week Kicks Off. There Will be Live Tweeting.

One might call this week on Capitol Hill “Sequestration-palooza.” That’s because there are three hearings featuring senior Pentagon officials focused on the pending decade-long reduction in planned national defense spending. And other hearings will focus on the nation’s overall budget and economic situation, including sequestration. First up is a Tuesday Senate Armed Services Committee hearing…

How Big Would DoD Budget be Under Sequestration? Historically Big, It Turns Out.

How big would the U.S. defense budget be if sequestration happens? Turns out, despite the sometimes-apocalyptic rhetoric, big. And how would the post-Afghanistan defense budget draw down compare to slowdowns in Pentagon spending that occurred after the Korean, Vietnam and Cold wars? Turns out, it would be smaller. All of that is according to the work…

Live Blog: Senate Committee Will Grill Chuck Hagel Over Israel, Iran, Defense Cuts

Today is the day so many have been waiting for. No, it’s not Super Bowl Sunday. Yet. Rather, former Nebraska Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel will testify before the Senate Armed Services Committee about his nomination to replace Leon Panetta as defense secretary. Since Hagel’s name was floated for the post in early December, Hagel has…

Panel: Sunny Outlook for Defense Sector Beyond 2013

Trying to find four journalists in Washington who agree is a lot like trying to find four lawmakers in Washington who agree. It’s typically very difficult. But the Northern Virginia Technology Council pulled it off this morning. A panel of journalists from four very different kinds of media companies, including yours truly, agreed on a range…

NDAA Watch: Cloture Vote Could Set Up Passage on Tuesday (Updated)

The Senate on Monday unanimously approved a cloture motion on its version of the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, limiting additional debate and setting up a vote possibly as early as today. Senate leaders had intended to pass the bill in about three days. But due to a larger-than-expected number of amendments, that plan had…

White House’s Opening Offer Excludes New Defense Cuts

One side in the fiscal cliff talks appears to have found a path to the necessary $1.6 trillion deficit-reduction target that avoids additional tax cuts: the White House. The Obama administration on Thursday sent a two-step fiscal cliff-avoidance plan to lawmakers that, according to reports, calls for the “deferral” of twin $500 billion cuts to…

On Hill, Familiar Faces Remain in Key Places

The U.S. defense industry scored two key victories this week when House Republican announced two industry allies will retain the chairmen seats on the Armed Services and Appropriations committees. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Kent., will again serve as Appropriations Committee chairman. Rep. Howard “Buck” McKeon, R-Calif., considered by many in Washington the defense sector’s top congressional…