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9 Mar, 2013

Sequestration: U.S. Security Personnel Fret About Their Job Security


WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)– March 07, 2013 – The FBI Intelligence Analysts Association (FBI IAA) calls on the nation’s leaders to work together to end sequestration. If it continues and furloughs go into effect, the FBI and other national security and law enforcement agencies will be hindered from protecting the American people.

FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III advised Congress the cuts will require the FBI to do less in all programs, including counterterrorism, cyber attacks, foreign intelligence, and national and transnational criminal activities. Approximately 7000 fewer FBI employees will defend the nation daily, in addition to the 2275 positions—including 275 Intelligence Analysts—that will remain vacant at the end of the year.

Mueller also warned, “the FBI is already operating on funding levels below the amount needed to maintain current services in 2013… [which undercuts] the investments made by Congress in previous years to transform and build the FBI’s national security, intelligence, and criminal investigative capabilities … commensurate with the threats facing the Nation.”

Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper publicly stated the size and impact of these cuts on key collection and analysis programs will create “an immediate national security crisis situation,” and risk the “potential to miss the early signs of a threat.” The FBI IAA supports DNI Clapper’s statement that “the most important resource we have in the intelligence community is our people… and we simply can’t separate the people from the mission.”

FBI Intelligence Analysts are driven by their duty to serve and protect the American people. They serve alongside FBI Agents and other intelligence and law enforcement professionals, playing a key role in predicting, preventing, detecting, and disrupting an array of national security and criminal threats, to include: terrorism, cyber intrusion, espionage, WMD proliferation, public corruption, and organized and violent crimes. Many FBI analysts and their colleagues bring such unique and specialized expertise to their programs and regions that obstructing their daily contributions will adversely impact the FBI’s ability to mitigate these threats.

About the FBI Intelligence Analysts Association

The FBI IAA serves as a strong, independent advocate for the professional interests of over 3000 FBI Intelligence Analysts and champions the FBI’s transformation into an intelligence-led organization.

Global Defense Survey 2013 – Business Outlook, Key Markets and Opportunities

DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Research and Markets has announced the availability of the “Global Defense Survey 2013 – Business Outlook, Key Markets and Opportunities” report that provides an analysis of business outlook in the global defense industry, and explores how key industry dynamics are set to change during 2013-2017. Key Highlights:

– Regardless of company type classification, a significant percentage of buyer and supplier respondents highlighted the ‘air force’ and the ‘army’ as the military forces that will record the highest spending in the next five years.

– Overall, executives from the global defense industry anticipate increased levels of consolidation over the next two years, with 50% of respondents anticipating either a significant increase or a slight increase in MandA activity.

– According to 28% of respondents from global defense contractor companies, the availability of skilled staff is still a major problem within their organizations, followed by 22% of respondents who confirm that though there are shortages of skilled staff within their organizations, the magnitude is slightly less than before.

– Overall, respondents from the global defense industry identified Japan to offer the highest growth potential among developed countries during 2013-2017.

– According to survey results, 66% of buyer respondents project that the number of collaborative projects in the global defense industry will increase over the next two years.