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Defense Daily's Capital Hill Report
Monday, March 31, 2014

Welcome to Defense Daily’s Capitol Hill Report. This special e-letter is a synopsis of important defense industry articles previously published in Defense Daily and has been provided on a complimentary basis to an exclusive group of lawmakers and their staffers on Capitol Hill. We hope you enjoy this week’s issue.
Senators Indicate They May be Able to Continue Sequester Relief in FY ’16 and Beyond
The Senate Armed Services Committee gave top Navy and Marine Corps leadership a mixed bag of opinions on the chances of lawmakers passing any sort of sequestration relief for fiscal year 2016 and beyond, therefore allowing the Defense Department’s budget plan for the five-year Future Years Defense Program to be implemented–though a senator who also sits on the Senate Budget Committee sounded optimistic.
Army Defends ‘Contentious’ Apache Aviation Restructure At HAC-D
The Army March 27 defended its aviation restructuring plan that includes moving AH-64 Apache attack helicopters from the National Guard to the active component before the House Appropriations Committee panel on defense (HAC-D).
GAO: F-35 Developmental Test Flight Delays Could Delay Marines’ IOC by 13 Months
Delays in Joint Strike Fighter software development and testing may delay the Marine Corps variant of the F-35 from reaching initial operational capability in July 2015 and could even delay the Navy and Air Force variants and increase the cost of the overall program, the Government Accountability Office concluded in a March 24 report.
Federal Agencies Continue Push To Outsource IT And Cloud Services
With federal IT departments spending an estimated 50 percent of their budgets on life-cycle support, agencies have been looking to the private sector for efficiencies.
Welsh Defends $550 Million New Bomber Price Tag, Says He Controls Requirements
The Air Force’s top officer defended the service’s $550 million unit cost estimate for its new next-generation bomber, saying it is based on the price to produce the airplane when it comes off the production line through the program life and not the “fully burdened” cost of the entire program.
House Subcommittee Approves DHS Bills For Emergency Alerting, Social Media, Interoperable Communications
A House panel on March 27 marked-up three homeland security bills designed to modernize the national emergency alerting system, strengthen the use of social media in disaster response, and to bolster interoperable communications capabilities among components of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

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