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Weekly Debrief #48

Aarzu Maknojia, Friday, October 9, 2020

1. Trump Ends Coronavirus Talks Amid Stalemate with Pelosi

(Politico) President Donald Trump said Tuesday he is ending negotiations with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leaders over a new economic aid package to respond to the coronavirus until after Nov. 3, a momentous decision that will impact the millions of Americans suffering from the pandemic and could sway the outcome of the election. The Trump administration will be turning their attention to the confirmation process for Amy Coney Barrett.

2. Pentagon Examining Lessons Learned from The Pandemic

(National Defense Magazine) When the COVID-19 pandemic struck in March, Pentagon officials scrambled to maintain readiness, protect the troops and keep the industrial base healthy. While still continuing to mitigate the effects of the virus, officials are taking stock of measures that worked and didn’t work in the early days of the pandemic and looking to ensure that it won’t be caught flat footed in a future crisis.

3. Democrats Face Internal 'Fight' On Defense Spending, Says Smith

(Defense News) Democrats have historically preferred lower defense budgets then their Republican counterparts. In this article, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith discusses the different opinions on future years defense spending in the case that they win the November elections. Additionally, Smith defends the Pentagon's use of DPA Title III funding saying, "I think it is important to make sure we keep the industrial base going."

4. Modernizing the Us Ammunition Industrial Base

(ArmyTechnology) While the aerospace and defense industry is one of the most technologically advanced ones, there are on some occasions areas that are technologically neglected employing production methods that are decades old. Such is the case of ammunition production in the US. Lacking modern production capabilities leads to two major risks; that of personnel safety and readiness.

5. Microelectronics Industry At 'Inflection Point'

(National Defense Magazine) The Pentagon’s push to strengthen the U.S. microelectronics industry comes as officials worry that the foreign-made chips and components that make up many of its weapon systems could be compromised or unreliable. The Pentagon is working on a technical path to ensure that all components and circuits are not compromised regardless of manufacturing location.
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