department of defense http://michiganradio.org en Production of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle might be stopped and that is bad news for Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/production-bradley-fighting-vehicle-might-be-stopped-and-bad-news-michigan <p>Whenever there's conversation and debate about Washington's bloated budgets and out of control federal spending, the Defense Department is frequently in the spotlight.</p><p>Now as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down and in the face of demands to cut back spending, the Defense Department is proposing to do just that, by cutting back on something that could hit Michigan companies very hard.</p><p>Todd Spangler covers Washington for the Detroit Free Press and he joined us today from D.C.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 17:45:11 +0000 Stateside Staff 14155 at http://michiganradio.org Production of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle might be stopped and that is bad news for Michigan Michigan congressman raises concerns about defense spending http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-congressman-raises-concerns-about-defense-spending <p><a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/02/12/146755934/obamas-budget-first-salvo-in-expected-political-fight">The budget President Obama delivers to Congress this week</a> will spend about 8 billion dollars less on&nbsp;the&nbsp;Defense Department.&nbsp; That&#39;s&nbsp;going to directly affect two Michigan Air National Guard Bases.</p> Sun, 12 Feb 2012 21:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6188 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan congressman raises concerns about defense spending Defense Dept cuts contract, costing potential jobs in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/defense-dept-cuts-contract-costing-potential-jobs-michigan <p><a href="http://www.defense.gov/news/newsarticle.aspx?id=62351">The Secretary of Defense</a> says he wants to cancel a defense contract that would eliminate hundreds&nbsp;of&nbsp;potential new jobs in Michigan.&nbsp;</p><p>The contract would be for an amphibious vehicle for the U.S. Marine Corps. The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle was intended to replace a Vietnam era model. <a href="http://generaldynamics.com/">A Sterling Heights based division of General Dynamics</a> is the contractor that has been developing the 40 ton vehicle.</p><p>Peter Keating is a company spokesman. He says canceling the program now will cost as much as moving forward with production.&nbsp;</p><blockquote><p>"<em>We would expect our congressional delegation in Washington DC to take a look at that and in their wisdom decide if it’s something they’d like to support."&nbsp;</em></p></blockquote><p>The marine vehicle has been plagued with cost overruns and other problems since the Reagan administration.&nbsp;&nbsp; Escalating costs prompted the U.S. Marine Corps to cut in half the number of Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles it planned to purchase. Keating insists past problems have been resolved.&nbsp; Thu, 06 Jan 2011 21:16:37 +0000 Steve Carmody 783 at http://michiganradio.org Defense Dept cuts contract, costing potential jobs in Michigan