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Our results are judged using performance testing. Testing is usually a process of TechEval followed by OpEval, then transition to the fleet (usually integration into new ship classes).
Big Navy and the R&D establishment are in constant consultation regarding current and future navy needs. We inform them of what we know and don't know, and how to advance the state of the art. ONI and other groups tell the fleet what "the other guy" has and what the threat is or might be. We and other R&D groups generate research or systems development proposals. Some of it is incremental research (NAVSEA-ONR), some of it is advanced research with a fairly high probability of failure (ONR-DARPA). The Fleet picks and chooses among proposals, prioritizing based on their budget, tactical needs, the threat and other constraints. If they choose to proceed on a given project, we collaborate with them to refine scope, cost and development timeline, with testing and reports and all that due at the end. If the project is successful and cost-effective it is transitioned to the fleet.
Think of us as the "lab" in the basement of the "business". We have a lot of sharp, committed people here. If there is waste in our neck of the woods, the vast majority of it is in all the assorted red tape. It is really infuriating. Try buying a new laptop around here - it can consume days of my time to fill out the paperwork, and I have seen it take close to a year to get a "new" computer.
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New tax: Any fee of $1 million or more, which is substantially completed over the course of three months or less, is hit with a 40% surtax above and beyond normal tax rates.
Reason? If you're making $10 million on a Hollywood shoot that lasts six weeks, that's not fair. Even among millionaires, that's not fair. The usual millionaire must work a full year for that kind of money. But a high paid actor, or athlete, can make that much in a season, and then take the rest of the year off.
That's leisure time the average person doesn't have-- even the average millionaire doesn't have it.
It's time to tax that, indirectly.
Let's take Glenn Reynolds' proposals seriously-- let's start making Hollywood and the Leisure Class pay its fair share.
At the Democratic National Convention, Eva Longoria said that she should be paying higher taxes. I agree. Actually, what she said was: The Eva Longoria who worked at Wendy's flipping burgers -- she needed a tax break. But the Eva Longoria who works on movie sets does not.
I'm on the Army side of this. Just wanted to add that government R&D is intertwined with other R&D universes, like universities and private industry, and they all support each other in various ways. It's not the same animal as other government bureaucracies by any means. They compete for funding and recognition and pursue R&D in the same manner as the private folks do.
Go Navy Beat Army!
One problem with our "business model" is that we are funded by the same organizations each year. NAVSEA, ONR, and a few others. We know those guys. In many cases the guys we deal with originated from within our organization and "went downtown". They have a budget each year that they must spend. In many cases they have to spend the portion of their budget allocated to our specific technical discipline on us, because the work is classified and they have no alternative. If we suck, they get poor results, but they still have to spend their money and we are still the only group they can send the work to. So in other words, I'm unclear as to how the effectiveness of their choices in allocating funding is judged by their superiors, and I'm unclear as to how problems are identified and addressed at the sponsor level.
So, while we do compete for funding, the environment is relatively benign which can lead to complacency. But our Division Head is an animal, so we are delivering fair value.
Thanks for the follow-up. I am still a bit skeptical but that is probably due to my background and some experiences I have had with government R&D folks.
We get customers from all of the services in our R&D contracts shop, they just "go through" our people so technically we are still just contracting locally.
Posted this in the Election Day thread but didn't realize this thread was also here, so I'll post again.
How many of you would accept this as a compromise on the fiscal cliff? This would be just a short-term measure to get us into next year, where a longer-term, more comprehensive "grand bargain" could be struck. (This is my idea, not something that's been floated anywhere, to my knowledge) I don't see any way a grand bargain gets cut in a lame duck session.
Extension of all Bush tax rates for 1 year
Carried interest gets taxed as ordinary income
Obamacare payroll/capital gains surcharge for upper income folks goes into effect as scheduled
Expiration of the Social Security payroll tax cut
Unemployment benefits extensions expire
Suspend defense sequester for 2013
Reduce non-defense sequester by 50% for 2013
That's a pretty solid plan. I like the idea of keeping the Bush cuts temporary, because they make for a pretty good political football to toss around every year.
i disagree with this...this is known in gov-speak as 'statue of liberty' (meaning it would be ludicrous to take away the Statue of Liberty because we can't afford to maintain it--we would find the money somewhere). we've had to absorb many cuts recently, and every time we were given clear guidance...'no statue of liberty's or we will just kick it back'.
Completely understandable. I wouldn't claim that all R&D groups are pulling their weight. Entrenched bad apples are to be expected when the system doesn't allow the normal forms of performance incentivization free reign. Perhaps your problems were more among the program managers and less among the rank and file? I've encountered my fair share of "chest-beating donut eaters" at NAVSEA HQ.
Anyway, as you know technical people tend to be nerdy, driven, restless and honest. Less susceptibile to slacking just 'cause we can, I would hope. And not too many people out there who are the kind that "just want a government job" have the qualifications to get one with us. Obtaining an engineering degree would wipe them out first.
We work for less than our private-industry technical brethren, have better benefits (these days), and have stable employment. It is probably a wash. I enjoy the stability but get frustrated by the bureaucracy. Hey, I made my choice and have to deal with both good and bad.
The stability is desirable in one way - there is deep corporate knowlege and a continuity of effort. Pretty useful when applied to a long (endless?) effort such as the perpetual renewal of the armed forces. Lessons learned are retained (at the design level, anyway).
Allright, I'm ending the self-congratulatory portion of this program.
The ones where corporations like GE pay no taxes at all.
This wouldn't be difficult for Obama to figure out, the CEO of GE is the chariman of Obama's outside panel of economic advisers.
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Haha. I have him on ignore. He can't enlighten us because like most libs in this thread, they just want to demagogue, call names, or generalize as opposed to bringing real arguments with supporting information. There are a few here who can actually carry an intellectual discussion or argument. That guy isn't one of them!
We're number 2!!!!!1!!1
So, looks like year over year, October fed deficit up 22% (5% more than predicted) even though tax receipts are up 12% year over year.
Obama is building a constituency and that costs a lot of money to maintain.
That's what is so amazing about the issue. Dems say pubs are obstructing their plan to combat the deficit, but their proposed taxes on the wealthy won't do anything. Add in their planned cuts and we are still screwed. How are they going to blame Bush and the pubs when Moody's downgrades us further? Massive spending cuts...or a huge sudden increase with the tax base (highly unlikely under this admin) are the only ways to get out of trouble.
Do we not need to get the people off the gov't teet now before they become fully addicted? What the poor don't realize is the rich can't sustain them.
How about taking a look at non-profits? We have one of the most generous tax structures in the world when it comes to non-profit organizations. I don't want to get rid of non-profit status across the board, but there are lobbying groups, huge hospital systems, THE NFL, and others that all make hundreds of millions IN PROFITS. And rather than use those profits to benefit the community or lower their costs, in many cases these groups invest the money to get even more profits. Nothing wrong with that from a business stand point, but maybe we should look at if these groups should be getting the benefit of our tax code to make that money.
Shhh....we're twying to snweak up on hwim...
Obama has used the word "Bush" a staggering amount of times in the early going of this press conference on the fiscal cliff
How long before someone floats a wealth tax
I want the Bush tax cuts to expire and I want to go over the cliff.
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