Requested briefing for all Members on impact of sequestration. After hearing testimony from the Joint Chiefs of Staff that they could not meet the requirements necessary to comply with the our defense strategy under full sequestration, Congressman Forbes sent a bipartisan A briefing of this nature will allow all Members to gain a full appreciation for the devastation sequestration will have on our defense policy.
Questioned witnesses on sequestration and the Strategic Choices and Management Review (SCMR). Congressman Forbes participated in a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Planning for Sequestration in Fiscal Year 2014 and Perspectives of the Military Services on the Strategic Choices and Management Review. The uniformed leadership of the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps testified on how sequestration will affect their individual services and the current state of readiness. When asked whether their services could executive the national defense strategy under another year of sequestration, each one of them responded, “No.”
Addressed experts on the defense industrial base (DIB). Congressman Forbes addressed defense experts and media at an event sponsored by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments on strategies for identifying the critical areas of DIB competition and capabilities. The DIB is not a spigot that can simply be turned on and off, and there are long-term costs to short-term decision making. It is necessary to replace current short-term planning with long-term strategy, and although this is a difficult task that faces both bureaucratic and budgetary hurdles, it is a necessary one to preserve America’s competitive advantages.
Worked to increase Modeling and Simulation (M&S) awareness. Congressman Forbes met with Admiral Robb from the National Training and Simulation Association (NTSA) to discuss increased integration of M&S across industries from defense to energy to health care. There are few industries that would not benefit from the increased use of M&S. These technologies increase efficiency and reduce costs, playing a vital role in maintaining our nation’s competitive edge in the future.
Met with the Air Force Chief of Staff to discuss his trip to China. General Welsh recently spent a week meeting with his counterparts in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army Air Force as one of several visits by U.S. senior military leadership and reciprocal Chinese military leadership visits to the United States. Upon Gen. Welsh’s return, he met with Congressman Forbes to discuss the U.S. – China military-to-military relationship and the opportunities and limits of expanded cooperation.
Met with the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance. Congressman Forbes met with Vice Admiral Ted Branch, whose portfolio includes intelligence, cyber, information technology, maritime domain awareness, and space for the U.S. Navy.
Chaired hearing on undersea warfare capabilities and challenges. Congressman Forbes chaired a hearing of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee to examine the current state of undersea warfare capabilities as well as challenges facing the program. Rear Admiral Breckenridge and Rear Admiral Johnson testified on trends in the undersea force structure, shortfalls in undersea forward presence, and the Ohio-class replacement program. The Navy’s continued dominance in undersea warfare must be a major priority in the years ahead.
Supported services at airports for our servicemembers. Congressman Forbes cosponsored , which directs the Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security to transfer unclaimed money recovered at airport security checkpoints to nonprofit organizations to provide places of rest and recuperation at airports for members of the Armed Forces and their families. Currently, unclaimed money is retained by the Transportation Security Administration for civil aviation security.
Protected dual military technicians from sequestration. Congressman Forbes cosponsored , which amends the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 to provide that military technicians shall be included in military personnel accounts for purposes of any sequestration order issued by the President after January 1, 2013. In this way, military technicians’ pay will be protected from the effects of sequestration in the same way military personnel accounts are exempted.