The Sequester

1:45pm

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

Shipyard To Get $54 Million To Scrap Arson-Damaged Nuclear Sub

Originally published on Fri August 9, 2013 4:15 am

Casey Fury was sentenced to 17 years in prison for setting a fire aboard the USS Miami in May 2012.
AP

12:27pm

Thu August 8, 2013
The Two-Way

U.S. 'Space Fence' Will Cease To Operate, Site Says

Originally published on Thu August 8, 2013 2:54 pm

A rendering of objects currently in Low Earth Orbit (not illustrated to scale). According to NASA, "approximately 95 percent of the objects in this illustration are orbital debris, i.e., not functional satellites."
NASA

A U.S. radar system that tracks thousands of objects orbiting Earth — from satellites to harmful debris — has been slated for shutdown, according to the Space News site. The ground-based network known as the "Space Fence" may cease to operate in October.

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11:08am

Tue August 6, 2013
The Two-Way

Pentagon Cuts Workers' Mandated Furloughs From 11 To 6 Days

Originally published on Tue August 6, 2013 12:30 pm

Civilian workers for the Department of Defense will have to take six mandatory unpaid furlough days instead of 11 days, according to an Associated Press report that the Pentagon confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

Update at 2:20 p.m. ET: Pentagon Confirms Reduced Furloughs

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and the Pentagon have issued a statement announcing the reduction in civilian furlough days, from 11 to six.

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2:17pm

Thu July 18, 2013
The Two-Way

Sequestration Could Curtail 'Hurricane Hunter' Missions

Originally published on Thu July 18, 2013 4:38 pm

A WC-130J "Hurricane Hunter"
U.S. Air Force

Federal furloughs caused by sequestration could ground "Hurricane Hunter" aircraft, depriving forecasters of real-time measurements of storms during what's expected to be an especially active Atlantic hurricane season.

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7:54am

Sat July 6, 2013
National Security

Defense Contractors See Their Futures In Developing World

Originally published on Sat July 6, 2013 3:12 pm

A mannequin in night-vision goggles is part of a display at a border-security expo in Pheonix last year. Defense companies are seeking growth in markets in the developing world, or in homeland and cybersecurity.
Amanda Meyers AP

Defense manufacturers worldwide are facing tough times ahead, as tight budgets force Western governments to cut spending. But while the West is cutting back, developing countries around the world are spending more on defense — a lot more.

Last fall, defense contractors warned of massive layoffs if the U.S. government enacted the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. Now, sequestration is in effect, but job losses are limited, in part because many Pentagon contracts were already in place and will keep assembly lines rolling for much of this year.

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