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Weekly Debrief #53

Unknown, Friday, November 13, 2020

1. Esper Fired as Defense Secretary

(Defense News) Days after the presidential election, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper was fired by President Trump on November 9 via a tweet. There were months of disagreement between Esper and Trump in the time leading up to his termination. Additionally, as Esper was a political nominee, he would have submitted a letter of resignation prior to the inauguration.  

 

2. Congress Deadlocked on Stimulus as Lame Duck Begins

(Politico) Party leaders don’t seem any closer to reaching a deal on a coronavirus relief bill. Democratic leaders still want a nearly $2 trillion supplemental spending will while Republicans are asking for something closer to $500 billion. As Republicans appear favored to keep the Senate majority next year unless Democrats win the two Georgia runoff races, there is little reason for McConnell to negotiate on this right now.

 

3. DoD Works with Industry to Ramp Up 5G Network Innovation

(DoD) Under Secretary Ellen Lord spoke about the future 5G network technology. She spoke about the importance of 5G to maintaining the U.S.’ military and economic advantage. Additionally, she reaffirmed that it is critical to re-shore the microelectronics industrial base used in the manufacturing of communications equipment, most of which is currently being produced in Asia.

 

4. Senate Releases Spending Bills, Setting Up Negotiations for December Deal

(The Hill) The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday released drafts of all 12 annual spending bill for FY21, setting up negotiations and a deal ahead of the expiration of the continuing resolution on December 11.  

 

5. Submarine Industrial Base Ready to Grow – But Only if Pentagon, Congress Send the Right Signals

(USNI News) CEO Mike Petters of Huntington Ingalls Industries, when asked about the impact of the changing administration noted that, “national security tends to be pretty bipartisan, and the Pentagon tends to operate in a world where they’re looking external to the country.” He notes that if the DoD and Congress want more submarines, they are prepared to make them, but they need clear messaging.

 

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