As the U.S. continues to draw down active-duty troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, one area of DOD spending that is threatened is training and simulation dollars. These activities are traditionally funded through operational tempo funding, which is set to decrease significantly as we shift away from combat operations in the Middle East. In order to capture future training dollars with the Army customer, industry must invest in solutions that allow the Army to train soldiers in a more flexible and cost-effective way. Technologies such as training simulation, improved virtualization, and simulation networking will be increasingly important moving forward.
Across the aisle, missile defense remains a significant spending priority despite high costs, significant program risk, and geo-political challenges. President Obama and Governor Romney are each BMDS advocates, intending not to appear weak on foreign policy, which can be harmful in the eyes of the American voting public.
In a climate of tightened spending and shifting priorities, acquisition is becoming more attractive as an avenue to drive and sustain growth for diversified top-tier defense primes. Acquisitions are increasingly pulling large defense primes into new areas.
This white paper explores attractive areas of demand supported by the Japanese reconstruction budget, particularly in the industrials and high-tech industries. It introduces the companies most involved in Japan's reconstruction, and presents key questions your business should be asking to unlock growth opportunities and capture value in the Japanese reconstruction market.
With votes cast, Congress will be at greater liberty to reach across the aisle and develop a bipartisan plan to avert sequestration. Consequently, although defense industry participants will not likely face the 9.4% sequestration cuts currently slated to take effect on the 1st of the New Year, a bipartisan plan to avoid the fiscal cliff may still result in a leaner DOD budget.
The human and financial costs of the Tohoku earthquake will not be fully understood for some time. As Beacon prepares this white paper one month after the disaster, search and rescue efforts are still ongoing in the areas struck by the tsunami.