By Matt Vallone, Senior Analysis Manager
Main Story: Senate Looks to Wrap Up Early While House Continues to Debate Spending
(Note: Our promised assessment of potential electoral impact on defense spending will wait until next week)
The Senate is poised to cut its September work session short and head out of town. Senate leadership is in negotiations on a path to resolve the two must-do items on the September agenda (funding the government and the Zika supplemental) by the end of the week before hitting the campaign trails for November. Meanwhile, House leadership is still trying to walk the fine line of accepting a short-term CR without unduly angering the conservative House Freedom Caucus. Look for more clarity on their path forward to emerge after this week’s House GOP caucus meeting on Thursday. Regardless, it increasingly appears likely that Congress plans on avoiding any end of Fiscal Year drama heading into the fall.
- 9/13 Encryption and Cyber Matters, SH-216 Hart, 930am
- 9/15 Long-term Budgetary Challenges Facing the Military Services and Innovative Solutions for Maintaining our Military Superiority, SD-G50 Dirksen, 930a
- 9/14 Next Generation Air Space Control – Ensuring Air Force Compliance by January 1, 2020, 2118 Rayburn, 330pm
- HAC-D – No hearing scheduled
- SAC-D – No hearing scheduled
Government Activity Round-Up
All sorts of interesting GAO reports out in the past week for aerospace and defense. The GAO looked into defense construction projects, DHS’s work in consolidating CBRNE programs, DoD’s renewable energy programs, and, lastly, NOAA’s satellite maintenance and planning schedules. The CBO has put together a fantastic primer on the military’s force structure (with graphics!) that can be viewed here.
Other DC/Defense Activity
On Monday at 530pm, Brookings will hold an event titled ‘Reflections On Progress: Essays on the Global Political Economy’. On Tuesday, the Foreign Policy Research Institute will hold an event on the Black Sea region. On Wednesday, the Atlantic Council hosts an event with the Portugese Minister of the Sea. On Thursday, CSIS will look at defense R&D with the Honorable Stephen Welby. Also, you should check out the recent whitepaper from Avascent Europe by Dr. Dominik Kimla, Dr. Julien Demotes-Mainard, and Joe Walsh looking at Poland’s defense modernization plans. Lastly, Avascent has just started a new podcast, Avascent on the Record. Check out the first episode here.
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