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Aerospace: Boeing may have interest in buying Northrop - latimes.com
After nearly a decade of double-digit growth in Pentagon spending, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates has said the overall Pentagon budget would climb only about 1% annually over the next five years. And with U.S. combat operations ending in Iraq, many in the defense industry believe contractors will be scrambling for work in the coming years. If you let market forces function in the coming downturn in defense spending, then one or two of the biggest companies will exit the business through mergers. This is consistent in what we've seen in the past. After the Cold War ended two decades ago, military budgets were slashed. The excess capacity in the defense industry resulted in a barrage of mergers. In 1993, then-Deputy Defense Secretary William Perry held the so-called "last supper" and warned the defense industry's top suppliers that the budget was going to shrink and that consolidation was essential to their survival.
Fall  2010  September  defense  SecretaryofDefense  Pentagon  FederalBudget  Boeing  northropgrumman  merger  maturity  decline  reinvent 
september 2010 by ahasteve
Bloated intelligence apparatus is not too smart -- latimes.com
Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. intelligence spending has more than doubled. The 16 major intelligence agencies are poorly coordinated and often duplicate one another's work. White House and Congress have failed to exercise firm control over the proliferation of intelligence-gathering efforts. The Washington Post cataloged the problem in a series of articles. Dana Priest and William M. Arkin reported that more than 1,200 government agencies or offices and almost 2,000 outside contractors are involved in counter-terrorism activities, spending almost $75 billion producing about 50,000 intelligence reports each year, far more than the government can effectively digest. The government disputes some of those figures, but not the existence of the problem. Clapper won't be the most powerful person in the intelligence community; he'll be No. 4, behind Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta and Obama's chief advisor on terrorism, John O. Brennan.
Summer  2010  July  politics  9/11  Obama  administration  JamesClapper  RobertGates  LeonPanetta  JohnBrennan  SecretaryofDefense  CIA  notes  DoyleMcManus 
july 2010 by ahasteve
Bloated intelligence apparatus is not too smart -- latimes.com
Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, U.S. intelligence spending has more than doubled. The 16 major intelligence agencies are poorly coordinated and often duplicate one another's work. White House and Congress have failed to exercise firm control over the proliferation of intelligence-gathering efforts. The Washington Post cataloged the problem in a series of articles. Dana Priest and William M. Arkin reported that more than 1,200 government agencies or offices and almost 2,000 outside contractors are involved in counter-terrorism activities, spending almost $75 billion producing about 50,000 intelligence reports each year, far more than the government can effectively digest. The government disputes some of those figures, but not the existence of the problem. Clapper won't be the most powerful person in the intelligence community; he'll be No. 4, behind Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates, CIA Director Leon E. Panetta and Obama's chief advisor on terrorism, John O. Brennan.
Summer  2010  July  politics  9/11  Obama  administration  JamesClapper  RobertGates  LeonPanetta  JohnBrennan  SecretaryofDefense  CIA  notes  DoyleMcManus 
july 2010 by ahasteve
The Cabinet
The tradition of the Cabinet dates back to the beginnings of the Presidency itself. Established in Article II, Section 2, of the Constitution, the Cabinet's role is to advise the President on any subject he may require relating to the duties of each member's respective office.

The Cabinet includes the Vice President and the heads of 15 executive departments — the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, and Veterans Affairs, as well as the Attorney General.
Winter  2009  January  Politics  implication  administration  Obama  change  CRO  reinvention  renew  revitalize  restructuring  HillaryClinton  SecretaryofState  foreignpolicy  Cabinet  SecretaryofTreasury  TimothyGeithner  SecretaryofDefense  RobertGates  Attorney-General  EricHolder  SecretaryofInterior  KenSalazar  SecretaryofAgriculture  TomVilsack  SecretaryofHealthHumanServices  TomDaschle  SecretaryofHousingUrbanDevelopment  ShaunDonovan  SecretaryofTransportation  RayLaHood  SecretaryofEnergy  StevenChu  SecretaryofEducation  ArneDuncan  SecretaryofVeteransAffairs  EricShinseki  SecretaryofHomelandSecurity  JanetNapolitano  reinvent  Ripple-Effects  Indicator  Consequences 
january 2009 by ahasteve

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