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DOD Topline Unrealistic, But Reflects Priority Shifts

The FY14 President’s Budget Request for the Department of Defense was finally released on April 10 after a months-long delay. Released in a period of great fiscal uncertainty and political rancor, the base budget’s final figure of $526.6 billion for FY2014 is unrealistic, as it ignores the likely effects of sequestration. The FY13 budget was …

As the Dust settles, a Battered Budget Emerges

There has been a whirlwind of activity surrounding the DoD budget in the past month. As the dust settles, the department finds itself facing low levels of funding for the current year and continued uncertainty for the next. The twists and turns over the DoD’s topline budget began with the passage of the Budget Control …

Brazil – A Burgeoning Market, Accelerated by Sport

As the largest country in South America with the fastest-growing GDP, Brazil is garnering a lot of interest from defense contractors worldwide.  Raw growth aside, two major events are driving the immediate expansion of Brazil’s defense capabilities – The 2014 World Cup, and the 2016 Summer Olympics.  Both events are forcing Brazil to modernize its …

India’s Growing Frustration May Signal Larger Opportunity for Competition

India’s recent announcement that it may seek to impose financial penalties on the Russian government for continued delays in the delivery of the Admiral Gorschkov (rechristened INS Vikramaditya) marks yet another downturn in Indo-Russian commercial relations. The Gorschkov, originally slated to be delivered in August 2008, has experienced a series of delays and has has now seen its delivery schedule …

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