Newsletter: June 27, 2013 June 27, 2013 | Vol 2 Issue 52
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Defense Cuts are on the Way, Part 1: $100 billion, $300 billion, or $500 billion?
By Ken Gold, Director

The question for defense spending is not whether it’s going to decrease over the next five years; rather it’s how far and how fast. The good news for defense is that it’s unlikely to shrink as much as it did following the end of the Korean War (down 43%), the Vietnam War (33%), or the Cold War (36%). Projections for the current drawdown tend to range between 20% and 30%, but the difference in those projections is significant, amounting to hundreds of billions of dollars. [More>]

The Director’s Desk
By Ken Gold, Director

Earlier this month the House passed two appropriations bills, Milcon/VA, and Homeland Security, both of which the president opposes. No appropriations bills have come to the floor in the Senate. As discussed in the newsletter, with a $91 billion gap between the House and Senate discretionary spending levels (302a allocations), it’s difficult to see how the two chambers will agree on a continuing resolution for FY14, let alone any appropriations bills. As of today, the House is scheduled to be in session for 26 more days before the beginning of the next fiscal year, but that’s counting eight Mondays and Fridays, when they don’t really meet. [More>]

Upcoming Government Affairs Institute Courses

Working and Communicating More Effectively with Congress

July 10 – 11, 2013: This 2-day workshop will provide an in-depth understanding of the relationships between executive branch officials and congressional staff, as well as the specific skills needed to be most effective in this environment. [More>]

Congressional Operations Seminar

July 22 – 26, 2013: This five-day course provides a comprehensive look at congressional processes and organization, and at how Congress affects the daily operations of every department and agency in the executive branch. Like most Government Affairs Institute courses, the Congressional Operations Seminar is conducted on Capitol Hill in order to provide a first-hand understanding of congressional processes and procedure, as well as the “culture” that is the United States Congress. [More>]

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