On this Washington Roundtable episode of the Defense & Aerospace Report Podcast, sponsored by Bell, our guests are Dov Zakheim, PhD, former DoD comptroller, now with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Arnold Punaro, the chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association and CEO of the Punaro Group consultancy, Bob Hale, former Pentagon comptroller and senior fellow at the Center for a New American Security, Michael Herson, President and CEO, American Defense International and Chris Servello, a founder of Provision Advisors (and Defense and Aerospace producer).
— Analysis of the Biden administration’s 2022 defense budget request
— Whether the document supports the administration’s strategy to better compete against China and Russia
— Implications of the White House’s decision not to include defense in its 2022 budget fact sheet and administration’s broader budget rollout strategy
— Status of bipartisan talks on President Biden’s infrastructure measure, Jan. 6 commission’s defeat in the Senate and rising anti-China sentiment on Capitol Hill
— The Navy’s decision to retire four Littoral Combat Ships as part of cost cutting moves
— Remembering Sen. John Warner, the former chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee and 61st Navy secretary