Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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In Event Of Sequester, Entire Modernization Portfolio To Be 'Stretched Out'

DefenseAlert, Oct. 14, 2014 -- The Army plans to ride out $26 billion in statutorily required cuts to its current spending plan between fiscal years 2016 to 2019, protecting its new weapons portfolio by stretching out planned procurement and deferring upgrades of the current inventory, according to a top service official.

Army To Pair Down Network Integration Evaluation

DefenseAlert, Oct. 14, 2014 -- The Army's Network Integration Evaluation is set to move from a twice-a-year occurrence to just one NIE in the spring paired with an Army Warfighting Assessment in the fall, an exercise that identifies new service concepts and capabilities, according to an Army official that helps run the event.

Official: Army Aviation Reforms Won't Wait For Outside Review

DefenseAlert, Oct. 14, 2014 -- A top Army acquisition official said the service will execute aviation reform plans irrespective of an independent commission that some lawmakers want for reviewing the process.

Defense Budget Alert

  • Pentagon Plans For Worst-Case Budgets As Anti-ISIL Operations Total $424M

    The Defense Department continues to plan for the worst should the automatic budget cuts triggered by sequestration remain law in fiscal year 2016, according to Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon's chief spokesman.

  • DOD's Final FY-14 Omnibus Reprogramming Action

    On Oct. 16, 2014, the Pentagon's comptroller published the final version of the fiscal year 2014 omnibus reprogramming request -- dated Aug. 21, 2014 -- that shifts a total of $3.7 billion from lower- to higher-priority projects, a sum that is 14 percent lower than the $4.3 billion the Defense Department asked Congress permission to reprogram on July 10.

  • Congressional Denials Squeeze Nearly $600M From DOD-Proposed Reprogramming Actions

    Lawmakers have rejected dozens of Pentagon-proposed changes to reallocate prior-year funds, forcing the U.S. military to scrap plans to immediately shift nearly $600 million between programs -- including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Ground-based Midcourse Defense efforts -- while protecting funds for key Army radio and helicopter modernization projects.

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