QDR

The Devil is in the DoD-Tails

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in DoD Budget, JSF, QDR, Sequestration | 0 comments

A few weeks ago, Secretary of Defense Hagel published his list of six focus areas for the coming year. Here’s his list: Focus on institutional reform. Re-evaluate our military’s force planning construct. Prepare for a prolonged military readiness challenge. Protecting investments in emerging military capabilities Achieve balance Personnel and compensation policy Really?  That’s what he’s focusing on?  You probably haven’t heard much about this list because it is sooooo uninspiring.  If this isn’t bureaucratic gobbledygook, I don’t know what is. Do...

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What to Drive today? Porsche or Maserati?

Posted by on Apr 1, 2014 in DoD Budget, Leadership, QDR, Working Capital Funds | 0 comments

Let’s see…..What do I drive to work this morning?  My Porsche or my Maserati?  Gosh, it’s such a tough choice.   When I read all the rhetoric coming out of the Pentagon theses days about the tough choices they are making over there, I tend to think that’s their definition of  a “tough choice.” Granted they do make a few hard choices, but none of them are the budget choices they are making for the FY15 budget that’s on the Hill right now.  They have so much money to deal with that the normal ways in which you or I would deal with problems is not possible....

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The DoD Budget Deli: A Slice of Salami, Please.

Posted by on Mar 10, 2014 in DoD Budget, QDR, Sequestration | 0 comments

There were several good articles in the papers regarding the DoD budget over the weekend. The Washington Post had a good one that provided a pretty good summary.  As an old Intruder guy I have to point out that the article notes the cancellation of the A6 Intruder, with a nifty link to some information on the Venerable Intruder. It’s not often one gets to scoop the vast reporting resources of the WaPo so here goes: Dear WaPo Editorial Board, The Intruder was retired on 28 February 1997 and most of them are either in an underwater reef of the coast of St. Augustine (known as Intruder...

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Q•D•arrrrgh!

Posted by on Feb 14, 2014 in DoD Budget, QDR | 0 comments

I saw a nice article in Politico’s Morning Defense this morning about the upcoming DoD Quadrennial Defense Review, commonly referred to as the QDR.  I fondly remember my days in the Pentagon wrestling with the QDR gurus, the best and brightest thinkers of all the Services, getting together to figure out how their Service was going to get more money.  The knives were out as the behind-the-scenes point papers on the vulnerability of aircraft carriers, the shear madness of fleets of supersonic, stealth airplanes, and the end of the need for “Boots on the Ground”  proliferated...

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