I just read this article tweeted by @edkennedy9 … and it’s about to get scary for many of those in the metro DC area … and no I’m not talking about a 1″ snow storm. It’s about how the Pentagon’s #2 guy just announced the layoffs of over 46,000 contractors and temporary employees. According to the article on the HuffingtonPost.com, the Pentagon will not only begin laying off these individuals but will also be furloughing full time civilian employees 1 day a week for the next 5 or 6 months.
Up to this point there doesn’t seem to be any indication of the type of jobs in jeopardy so we’re not really sure how infosec pros could be effected. Even with earlier reports of our industry only experiencing a very low 3% unemployment rate, you just never know…
The Pentagon has begun laying off many of its 46,000 temporary and contract employees and cutting maintenance on ships and aircraft in an effort to slow spending due to fears of new defense budget cuts, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said on Friday.
Carter said he had asked the military services to produce detailed plans by February 1 to say what they are doing to reduce short-term spending before roughly $45 billion in new cuts are due to go into effect on March 1.
He asked for detailed long-term planning by February 8 on how the services will handle the $45 billion in across-the-board cuts, which will go into effect on March 1 unless Congress agrees on an alternative package of spending reductions.
How do you think these mass layoffs could effect the infosec industry? Let us know in the comments below. Today’s post pic is from WashingtonPost.com. See ya!