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February 6, 2016

Security Technology, Defense Spending Bill and Air Force Contracting in the Week Ahead

It will be another busy week on Capitol Hill for the defense world: The House Appropriations Committee takes up the fiscal 2015 defense spending bill, and veterans will again be at the forefront as the Senate is likely to give floor consideration to a bill written in response to the Department of Veterans Affairs scandal, while two committees will examine the Bowe Berdahl prisoner trade. But around Washington, D.C., there are plenty of other events on the calendar.

This afternoon, the Center for Strategic and International Studies holds a discussion entitled “Sino-Russian Relations after the Xi-Putin Summit,” featuring, among others, former national security adviser Zbigniew Brzezinski. For a nightcap on Russia, the Council on Foreign Relations will answer “What to Do About Russia and Ukraine.” Also Monday evening, the House Veterans Affairs panel will hold a hearing on the VA’s health care problems.

Tuesday brings a doubleheader of defense tech, with The Atlantic Council and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Center of Global Security Research talking about a new report called “Emerging Technologies and the Future of Global Security” in the morning, followed by an afternoon at the Brookings Institution for “Moore’s Law Goes to War: How Can the Department of Defense Keep Pace With Changes In IT?” Also Tuesday, the House Appropriations Committee will take up its fiscal 2015 defense spending bill.

Wednesday morning, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Matters Vahid Majidi talks about the future of the nuclear enterprise at CSIS. At the same hour, at 9 a.m., the Center for a New American Security‘s annual national security conference starts, where both National Security Adviser Susan Rice and potential presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., are scheduled to speak. If that’s not enough for your Wednesday morning, the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense will hear from Missile Defense Agency Director Vice Adm. James D. Syring, and the Senate Foreign Relations panel will holding hearings for ambassadorial nominees to Iraq and elsewhere.

The American Enterprise Institute will contemplate what’s next for cybersecurity on Thursday with guests like House Intelligence Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Mich., and retired Gen. Keith Alexander, former head of the National Security Agency.  Also Thursday, the House Veterans Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on bureaucratic barriers to care for veterans.

And on Friday, the Atlantic Council will host Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition William LaPlante and others to hash out “Industry and Government Roles in Air Force Acquisition.”

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