Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Defense Budget Alert
An extensive archive on the DOD budget process, plus hard-to-find internal government documents relating to the DOD budget decisionmaking process -- from program budget decisions to congressional debate.
DefenseAlert - 07/17/2014

Although the Pentagon is winding down its operations in Afghanistan, senior defense leaders told the House Budget Committee on Thursday that they anticipate overseas contingency operations funding to be an "enduring" need -- much to the chagrin of panel members.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/17/2014

The Defense Department's top acquisition officer warned lawmakers July 10 that continued sequestration in fiscal year 2016 would have a disproportionate impact on small business defense contractors.

DefenseAlert - 07/16/2014

Top-ranking Pentagon officials are defending the $58.6 billion overseas contingency operations request against claims from lawmakers that it has become a "slush fund."

DefenseAlert - 07/15/2014

A key House Armed Services Committee member is calling for more details about the Obama administration's $59 billion overseas contingency operations request with an eye toward one day folding all OCO funding into the base budget.

DefenseAlert - 07/15/2014

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee has supported an array of Pentagon weapons programs in its $549.3 billion military spending bill for fiscal year 2015, including the Air Force's fleet of A-10 aircraft; the Army's combat vehicle industrial base; and the Navy's modernization of USS George Washington (CVN 73) and fleet of EA-18G Growlers.

DefenseAlert - 07/14/2014

The Pentagon is seeking congressional permission to shift $4.4 billion between budget accounts as part of a broad reallocation that would pump an additional $885 million into modernization efforts, benefiting the Ballistic Missile Defense System and launching five efforts -- including mounting an electromagnetic railgun on the Navy's new Joint High Speed Vessel.

Inside the Army - 07/14/2014

The Army's vice chief of staff, who has been nominated to lead international security forces in Afghanistan, told senators last week that the automatic budget cuts triggered by sequestration remain a serious threat.

DefenseAlert - 07/02/2014

It would be wrong to look at the recent defense budget analysis from the Center for Strategic and International Studies and conclude that America's best way forward in a time of fiscal austerity is to plan for a war with Russia and China, though that is what the report recommends, according to Clark Murdock, the analyst at CSIS who led the team that authored the study.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/03/2014

Lawmakers on key defense committees are concerned about how the Pentagon has budgeted its $58.6 billion overseas contingency operations (OCO) request for fiscal year 2015, worrying that the fund has become a way of skirting base budget restrictions.

DefenseAlert - 06/27/2014

The Pentagon is seeking an additional $6.1 billion for new weapons as part of a $58.6 billion fiscal year 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations spending package, hoping to replenish ammunition expended during operations in Afghanistan, replace aircraft and vehicles lost in combat and lift the administration's total FY-15 weapons modernization request from $154 billion to $160 billion.

DefenseAlert - 06/26/2014

The White House has submitted to Congress a $58.6 billion request for Defense Department overseas contingency operations funds in fiscal year 2015 to pay for ongoing operations in Afghanistan, but also to begin arming "vetted elements of the Syrian armed opposition" and support an array of counterterrorism partnerships in Africa and the Middle East.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/26/2014

The Defense Department is poised to submit the overseas contingency operations budget request to Congress as early as this week, according to multiple Pentagon and Capitol Hill sources tracking the issue.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/26/2014

The Pentagon wants to make permanent an authority to use simplified acquisition procedures for certain commercial items, claiming in a recent legislative proposal that this authority has been "extremely beneficial" especially in light of the tight fiscal environment.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/19/2014

The Defense Department is requesting $36.4 billion for its fiscal year 2015 information technology budget, shaving $100 million from its base budget IT request in FY-14.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/19/2014

The Army is still managing a full plate of threats and responsibilities despite the added challenge of declining budgets, according to the service's top acquisition official.

DefenseAlert - 06/18/2014

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told Senate appropriators that the United States has no choice but to fund President Obama's new $5 billion overseas contingency operations request to develop counterterrorism partnerships in Africa because the nation badly needs regional allies to address militant extremism.

DefenseAlert - 06/18/2014

Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall would like Congress to consider creating a new pool of cash that Defense Department officials would be allowed to dip into when acquisition programs hit "inevitable" rough patches, according to a letter he recently sent to Capitol Hill.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/12/2014

As part of an ongoing effort to enhance oversight of U.S. Special Operations Command, House appropriators are increasing funds for the Defense Department's special operations and low-intensity conflict shop to bring in additional staff to help keep an eye on the command's operations.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/12/2014

A House committee is recommending $1 billion to the Defense Department's operations and maintenance account in fiscal year 2015 defense budget as a means of bolstering military readiness.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/12/2014

The House Appropriations Committee recommended injecting an unrequested $250 million into the Defense Department's Rapid Innovation Fund for fiscal year 2015.

DefenseAlert - 06/09/2014

The Defense Department is expected this summer to release guidance on how to transition supplemental war funding into the base defense budget, according to a May 30 DOD letter to the Government Accountability Office.

Inside the Navy - 06/09/2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants the Government Accountability Office to assess Army and Marine Corps reset requirements and costs to better inform the overseas contingency operations budgeting process.

Inside the Army - 06/09/2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants the Government Accountability Office to assess Army and Marine Corps reset requirements and costs to better inform the overseas contingency operations budgeting process.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/05/2014

Defense budget experts are expressing skepticism in light of two new initiatives President Obama recently announced would be part of the Defense Department's upcoming wartime supplemental budget request: $5 billion for counterterrorism operations in Africa and another $1 billion to bolster U.S. military presence in Europe.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/05/2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to establish new rapid acquisition deployment procedures for U.S. Special Operations Command, according to the committee's version of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill.

Inside the Pentagon - 05/29/2014

To help ensure the Pentagon's key acquisition reform effort gets implemented smoothly, defense acquisition leaders are reaching out to all of the department's major buying commands to help align the workforce with the effort's goals, according to Shay Assad, the director of defense pricing.

Inside the Pentagon - 05/29/2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee passed a $514 billion version of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill May 22 that did not take head-on possible cuts due to sequestration next year.

Inside the Pentagon - 05/29/2014

As the Defense Department eyes the next iteration of its key acquisition reform effort Better Buying Power, defense officials must continue to focus on improving the acquisition workforce to support that reform, according to Shay Assad, the director of defense pricing.

DefenseAlert - 05/28/2014

The White House, following a major foreign policy address at the U.S. Military Academy by President Obama, released a statement outlining the administration's plan to fund a new $5 billion counterterrorism partnership program using wartime supplemental funds.

DefenseAlert - 05/23/2014

The Senate Armed Service Committee's version of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill includes provisions that would prohibit the Air Force from retiring any legacy E-3 battle management aircraft or transferring MC-12 spy planes.

DefenseAlert - 05/23/2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee sought to protect most of the Army's acquisition programs in the $514 billion defense authorization legislation it passed this week, though it defied the service's wishes and moved to recommend the establishment of an independent commission to study the Army's controversial aviation restructure and force reduction strategy.

DefenseAlert - 05/23/2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee has authorized the Navy secretary to reprogram up to $650 million from other areas of the Navy's budget to pay for the refueling and complex overhaul of the aircraft carrier George Washington, despite the service's wishes to do otherwise.

DefenseAlert - 05/22/2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee has passed a fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill authorizing $514 billion in base funding and protecting a variety of acquisition programs that were slated for budgets cuts, according to lawmakers who spoke at a May 22 press conference.

Inside the Army - 05/19/2014

The Army will look to protect science and technology dollars for developments in materials science, battery life extension and lethal technology should the automatic budget cuts triggered by sequestration remain in place in fiscal year 2016, according to the service's S&T chief.

Inside the Army - 05/19/2014

Resources available in fiscal year 2014 and in the FY-15 defense authorization bill are enough for the Army to conduct an audit when the Pentagon's readiness deadline arrives in 2017, according to a top service official.

Inside the Navy - 05/19/2014

The Navy will face "formidable challenges" as it pursues its goal of achieving full financial auditability by the end of fiscal year 2017, the assistant secretary of the Navy for financial management and comptroller said last week in light of the Pentagon comptroller's latest report to Congress.

Inside the Pentagon - 05/15/2014

The Pentagon is seeking congressional support for its plan to expand prototyping efforts in lieu of formal acquisition programs in the face of a tight budget environment, a senior defense official told lawmakers.

Inside the Navy - 05/12/2014

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos anticipates the service's fiscal year 2015 wartime funding request will be submitted to Congress over the summer.

Inside the Pentagon - 05/08/2014

The White House is telling all federal departments to cut 2 percent from their submitted fiscal year 2016 budgets, a move that would see the Defense Department lose $10.7 billion off of the $535 billion the department estimated it would have in 2016.

DefenseAlert - 05/07/2014

A proposed House Armed Services Committee bill would shift $6.8 billion among weapon system investment accounts in the Pentagon's fiscal year 2015 budget request and boost modernization spending by a total of $1.5 billion.

DefenseAlert - 05/06/2014

The Air Force will not achieve the level of long-term savings it hopes for if the House Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill -- including a provision to save the U-2 spy plane from retirement -- is enacted.

DefenseAlert - 05/05/2014

The House Armed Services Committee outlined its budgetary handiwork this week in the panel's full mark of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill, laying out acquisition program reductions and increases.

DefenseAlert - 05/05/2014

The House Armed Services Committee this week demanded that the Pentagon complete a task it has been unable or unwilling to perform for years: spell out which wartime-related expenses will become base-budget requirements, and which will fade away as the conflict in Afghanistan winds down.

Inside the Pentagon - 05/01/2014

The Defense Department is putting together legislative proposals designed to make the "extraordinarily complex body of rules" governing the defense acquisition process "more comprehensive and coherent," Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall told lawmakers Wednesday.

DefenseAlert - 04/30/2014

Rep. Steve Palazzo (R-MS) intends to offer an amendment next week to the House Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill that would authorize funding for a 12th San Antonio-class amphibious warship, his spokesman has confirmed.

DefenseAlert - 04/29/2014

A House Armed Services subcommittee wants to restrict U.S. Special Operations Command modernization funding until the panel receives more information on the command's intelligence activities.

DefenseAlert - 04/29/2014

House authorizers want the Defense and State departments to improve the way they "promote the benefits of interoperable air and missile defense capabilities" with foreign countries.

DefenseAlert - 04/29/2014

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee's portion of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill would call on the Navy to fund an 11th aircraft carrier and require a review of the service's solicitation for its Unmanned Carrier-Launched Surveillance and Strike program, according to the subcommittee chairman.

Inside the Pentagon - 04/24/2014

For the first time in nearly five decades, the Pentagon had to cancel its annual cost analysis symposium last year because of the fiscal environment, depriving many in the cost analysis community a chance to discuss new techniques, according to the cost assessment and program evaluation shop's most recent annual report.

DefenseAlert - 04/17/2014

The size of the Pentagon's major weapon system acquisition portfolio held steady over the last year at $1.6 trillion, with seven programs added and six programs removed because they are near the end of the procurement cycle.