Allen West “Unfriendly Fire On The Fiscal Battlefield”

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by Allen B. West via Next Generation TV

The terrain at the bottom of the “fiscal cliff” may be the next battlefield for the U.S. military if across-the-board budget cuts kick in March 1.
The pending sequestration mandated by federal law would force hundreds of thousands of civilian Defense Department workers into furloughs, threaten states where defense contractors fuel the economy, and drive innovators to other countries or other industries in search of work.

“When this begins to hit, I think it’s going to be jaw-dropping,” Aerospace Industries Association president and CEO Marion Blakey said in an interview with Allen West of Next Generation TV.

“We are, as an industry, the arsenal of democracy,” she said. “We do research, develop and manufacture the technology that ensures that we don’t have a level playing field when we go into battle or when we’re threatened.”

Blakey, a former administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, said sequestration would affect all AIA members but, more importantly, “it affects our defense and national security.”

Furloughs implemented on a rolling basis would have “a massive impact to our readiness and how effective we can be,” she said. And the indiscriminate approach to cutting federal spending would impact “both the most important [military programs] and those that perhaps could be put on the backburner.”

Delaying any programs also means they ultimately will cost more, Blakey warned, and both the United States and allies who stand to benefit from programs like the Joint Strike Fighter would lose a step.

The long-term consequences of sequestration could include a lack of interest in the next generation to pursue jobs in the defense and aerospace industries.

“Aerospace engineering is exciting,” Blakey said. “But right now, for the first time in the history of flight, there is no military aircraft in design. None. So what are you going to work on? Where are the challenges going to be?”

Watch the full interview for more of Blakey’s thoughts on the “brain drain” to come from sequestration and the overall impact on innovation in America.

Allen West and Next Generation TV Discuss the President’s fifth State of the Union address and more

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In his State of the Union address, President Obama proposed an all out spending orgy that included several new spending programs. Next Generation hosts Col. Allen B. West, Michelle Fields and John Phillips analyze the President’s fifth State of the Union address and bring you the answers. They also look at controversy surrounding Senator Marco Rubio’s rebuttal to Obama’s speech.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN TO THE DISCUSSION ON NEXT GENERATION TV:

State of the Union: Obama Proposes a Spending Orgy, Not Budget Cuts

Rep. Allen West OP-ED for Politico “Still time to save small businesses”

By REP. ALLEN WEST | 9/20/12 6:08 AM EDT

Our nation has a defining choice to make, and time is short. The Pentagon is bracing for devastating cuts through sequestration. For the sake of national security, jobs and the next generation, we must stop this in its tracks. There is still time to fix it — if we show leadership and make tough choices.

The House has presented alternative plans to replace sequestration with thoughtful spending cuts. President Barack Obama has already missed his deadline, and failed to offer Congress even the most meager outline to prevent these cuts. This deep bite could have far-reaching consequences to military planning and the struggling economy.

The House Small Business Committee is set to hold a hearing Thursday to examine how these cuts will affect many small firms. The threatened haphazard slashing of programs already has contractors scrambling, with more jobs at risk. Economic progress is still far too weak and our nation’s security too important to sustain new job losses in military manufacturing, supply, research, development, testing and more.

Small businesses need a measure of certainty to survive and create the jobs our economy needs. “Small companies like mine,” Perry Casto of Allied Associates International, already told the committee, “however, do not have the fiscal resources to stay in business while the government sorts out the issues surrounding sequestration.”

The damage will likely be exacerbated because of the sequester’s arbitrary design. Cuts are not based on logic or military tactics. What calls for a scalpel will instead be subject to a cleaver, smiting even the most essential programs.

Americans unapologetically value a strong defense. Our nation exists because some had the courage to take up arms and defend their homes and their neighbors. History, along with events around the globe, justifies the need for a powerful force to ensure peace and prosperity. Americans will be rightly incensed as they learn more about this so-called “plan” to gut the military.

CONTINUE READING THE ENTIRE OP-ED BY CLICKING HERE: POLITICO