Defense Report vol. 3 – October 29thDefense News Inside WisconsinNew Commander To Lead 115th Fighter WingCol. Jeffery Wiegand of Sun Prairie assumed command of the Madison-based115th Fighter Wing, which includes more than 1,000 Airmen and a squadron of F-16 Fighting Falcons. He is replacing Brig. Gen. Joseph Brandemuehl of Madison,who retired after more than 33 years of service, eight of which was spent leadingthe 115th Fighter Wing.http://1.usa.gov/TQ5kQ2Old DOD Base In Baraboo To Be Divided UpThe Badger Army Ammunition Plant, which produced more than 1 billion poundsof rocket propellant, ball powder and smokeless powder used in World War II,Korea and Vietnam, will be divided up between the DNR and U.S. Dairy ForageResearch Center.http://bit.ly/RbYt4UWisconsin Air National Guard’s First Female General RetiresAfter 32 years of service, Brig. Gen. Margaret Blair, the first woman to serve inthe rank of general in the Wisconsin Air National Guard, has retired.http://1.usa.gov/VYIuNhOshkosh Corporation: Are Spending Cuts On The Horizon?With a decline in their 2012 defense segment sales, Oshkosh Corp. is preparingfor additional outcomes from the potential across the board defense budget cuts.http://oshko.sh/QQcHZkGarrison Headquarters Conducts Weapons TrainingFort McCoy U.S. Army Garrison Headquarters and Headquarters CompanySoldiers conducted weapons training at Fort McCoy, one of many tasks theyaccomplish to keep their military and technical skills current.http://bit.ly/S8nkqa
Wisconsin General Retires After Historic National Guard CareerGeneral Craig R. McKinley spent the past 14 years serving in the nations capital,but returned home to St. Augustine, Florida to celebrate his nearly 40-yearmilitary career with the people he served with the longest.http://1.usa.gov/S8JiskWI National Guard Welcomes New State ChaplainThe Wisconsin National Guard will welcome Lt. Col. Douglas Fleischfressor ofOconomowoc as a new state chaplain in November. The state chaplain is atraditional, rather than full-time, National Guard position and guides theWisconsin National Guards vision of providing ministry and service to itsmembers and families.http://1.usa.gov/SV8LWZRon Kind Visits Wisconsin Troops In AfghanistanU.S. Rep. Ron Kind met with members of the Wisconsin Army National Guards1157th Transportation Company during a recent congressional delegation trip toAfghanistan. Originally to be deployed to Kuwait, the 1157th was re-missioned fora more dangerous convoy escort mission in Afghanistan.http://1.usa.gov/SV9gjPMcCoy Receives Dismounted Soldier Training System SimulatorFort McCoy is one of 28 Army installations receiving new Dismounted SoldierTraining System (DSTS) equipment. DSTS includes a fully immersiveenvironment with high-fidelity graphics and technology that enables joint militaryforces to virtually interact with their physical environment and use combatequipment.http://bit.ly/PgNoBoOshkosh Corporation Announces Planned LayoffsIn a press release, Oshkosh Corp. said reduced U.S. Defense Departmentspending will require it to reduce its production work force in Oshkosh from about4,000 to 3,500 mid January.http://gbpg.net/RpfDxx
National News Impacting WisconsinU.S. & China To Discuss Sharing Resources During Joint MissionsThe United States has officially extended the invitation for a team of seniorChinese logisticians to visit Washington in early 2013 to discuss the possibility ofa first-ever logistics cooperation agreement between the two countries.http://bit.ly/YeSrDODOD Develops Energy Strategy For Future ForceAssistant secretary of defense for operational energy plans and programs,Sharon Burke, announced that the Defense Department is developing an energystrategy that will carry it forward for decades.http://1.usa.gov/V7vbEfPotential New U.K. Markets For U.S. Defense ContractorsTwo recent announcements indicate a desire by the United Kingdom’s Ministry ofDefense to rely more heavily on the private sector in the coming years, thuscreating potential new markets for U.S. defense contractors.http://bit.ly/VYJBg0Report Warns DOD Could Run Out Of Money For Weapons By 2020Pressure from declining budgets and growing inflation could so squeeze theDOD so that it might have no money to research and buy new weapons by 2020,according to a new report by defense analyst Dr. Clark Murdock, senior adviserat the Center for Strategic and International Studies. This is a starkacknowledgement that with or without sequestration, the problems of comingyears could drop defense spending off a cliff.Panetta: Nation Faces ‘Dangerous & Unpredictable’ WorldAfter a decade of war, the U.S. is at a strategic turning point and congressionallymandated budget cuts come when the nation still faces a dangerous andunpredictable world. Warfare in cyber, violent extremism, weapons proliferation,international instability and the rise of new powers across Asia are just some ofthe challenges facing the country. Panetta discusses the five elements of thenew defense strategy.
http://1.usa.gov/Wwxki3EADS Looks To Team Up With Defense Contractors To Pump SalesEADS invested tens of millions of dollars to develop an armed helicopter for apossible U.S. Army competition and will look to team up with defense contractorsto pump up its non-Airbus U.S. sales to $10 billion by 2020.http://reut.rs/TyNQYtAir Force Releases Request For Proposal For Search & Rescue HelicopterThe Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisitionannouncedthe posting of the Combat Rescue Helicopter Request for Proposal tothe Federal Business Opportunities website, signaling the official launch of thishigh priority Air Force acquisition program.http://bit.ly/VYJNMrArmy Combat Vehicles Likely To Dodge Huge Sequestration ImpactMany Army combat vehicle programs are in development rather than production,and because of this, the Army doesn’t expect to have to renegotiate many of thecontracts if deep spending cuts begin to take effect in January. “The Armycombat vehicle office does not have many ongoing production programs,” saidScott Davis, who oversees ground combat systems for the Army. Instead, it’s inthe process of developing next-generation vehicles, he told reporters at AUSA.This means far fewer multiyear production contracts, which are particularlyvulnerable to the automatic budget cuts. “We’re certainly in a transitional phaseright now, so we don’t have a large production stream,” Davis said.Defense Contractors & Their Concerns For The Fiscal CliffThe nation’s largest defense contractors reported mixed financial results as thecompanies continue to take steps to safeguard against possible federal budgetcuts associated with the fiscal cliff.http://wapo.st/TgKYmCPanetta’s To-Do List For CongressDefense Secretary Leon Panetta needs Congress to do at least four things whenit returns to work after the Nov. 6 elections. First on that list: come up with anagreement that averts sequestration. There are only 70 days left before theautomatic spending cuts kick in on Jan. 2 and “Congress is on the clock,” statedPanetta. Secondly, he would like to see Congress pass a defense authorization
bill for fiscal year 2013. Until then, the Pentagon is unable to move forward with anumber of policy initiatives. Third on the to-do list is a cybersecurity bill, whichSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid says he will try to pass in November.Lastly, there are two important nominations that require Senate approval.President Obama has nominated Marine Gen. John Allen to serve as NATO’ssupreme allied commander for Europe and commander of U.S. EuropeanCommand. He selected Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford to succeed Allen ascommander of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force andcommander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Their confirmation hearings arescheduled to take place when Congress returns.DOD Contracts With Wisconsin FirmsIn this issue, there were no relevant contracts that came across our desk.Instead, we are providing you with potential DOD opportunities for Wisconsinfirms.Rapid Acquisition Of Materials For PrototypingThe Army Contracting Command is conducting a market survey for sourcescapable of providing materials and services for the development, prototyping,evaluation and fielding of specialized sensors and equipment.http://1.usa.gov/S8pnKMIDC For Floating Plant DrillingThe Huntington District Corps of Engineers intends to procure floating plant andland based exploratory drilling and instrumentation services required for varioustypes of civil works projects assigned to Districts within the U.S. Army Corps ofEngineers, Great Lakes and Ohio River Division.http://1.usa.gov/S8KhsLKnowledge Superiority Broad Agency AnnouncementThis publication constitutes a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) ascontemplated in Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) 6.102(d)(2). BAAs may beused by agencies to fulfill their requirements for scientific study andexperimentation directed toward advancing the state-of-the-art or increasingknowledge or understanding.http://1.usa.gov/PgO35P