Tuesday, September 16, 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.
Inside the Army - 09/15/2014

The Pentagon and the Office of Management and Budget are looking to move $1.89 billion in Army wartime funding to buy six new F-35B Joint Strike Fighters for the Marine Corps and two F-35s for the Air Force, among other equipment, according to a reprogramming request obtained by Inside the Army.

Inside the Army - 09/15/2014

The Army must plug an unexpected funding shortage attributed to increased training costs in the National Guard, a Pentagon notification to Congress states.

Inside the Navy - 09/15/2014

The Pentagon and the Office of Management and Budget have asked Congress for permission to use wartime dollars to fund increased naval operations in Iraq, according to a Navy official and a reprogramming request obtained by Inside the Navy.

DefenseAlert - 09/11/2014

While a plan to resource President Obama's new strategy to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria has yet to fully emerge, the Pentagon remains focused on a $500 million request to Congress for the vetting and training of Syrian rebels as the House prepares to pass a stop-gap measure likely to fund the rest of the president's strategy.

DefenseAlert - 09/11/2014

The fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill should give President Obama enough monetary leeway to handle the expanded attacks on the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria the president announced last night, according to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA).

Inside the Pentagon - 09/11/2014

Despite calls for more competition in defense acquisition by industry associations and analysts, the Pentagon's director of procurement and acquisition policy said the Defense Department is already doing all it can to create business opportunities.

DefenseAlert - 09/09/2014

The Pentagon is trying to determine what path it will take to resource President Obama's new strategy to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which he expects to detail in a speech Wednesday.

DefenseAlert - 09/04/2014

The Pentagon needs to present better measurements of how cuts to readiness negatively impact the military's performance, according to budget analyst Todd Harrison.

Inside the Pentagon - 09/04/2014

The Pentagon's acting research and engineering chief said the Defense Department intends to, begrudgingly, continue to request lower amounts of money for basic research in an effort to shift funds to prototyping.

Inside the Pentagon - 09/04/2014

The Defense Department should have enough money to fund operations in Iraq through this fiscal year and into FY-15, even if Congress drags its feet passing the FY-15 defense appropriations act, analysts say.

DefenseAlert - 09/03/2014

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's acquisition chief, saw the military services' proposed six-year spending plans this week and previewed some of the key priorities and themes that he and others at the Defense Department will be combing through in the coming months.

DefenseAlert - 08/29/2014

The Defense Department is spending an average of $7.5 million per day on operations in Iraq since June 16, according to Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/28/2014

Money, or the lack of it, will be on the minds of many military officials this week when they gather in Suffolk, VA, for an annual Worldwide Joint Training Conference to develop schedules and proposals for military exercises amid an uncertain budget environment.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/28/2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said last week that the Pentagon may have to rework its fiscal year 2015 budget plans in response to ongoing military operations in Iraq.

DefenseAlert - 08/27/2014

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee called on the White House this week to develop a comprehensive strategy to combat the Islamic State of Iraq in Syria in ways that go beyond the fiscal year 2015 budget.

DefenseAlert - 08/22/2014

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee has rejected approximately $140 million in Pentagon reprogramming requests, according to congressional documents.

DefenseAlert - 08/21/2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey said today that the Pentagon may have to rework its fiscal year 2015 budget plans in response to ongoing military operations in Iraq.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/21/2014

The Pentagon has notified Congress that it intends to transfer millions to the Global Security Contingency Fund to help Ukraine in light of its conflict with Russia, as well as activities to counter Boko Haram in Africa, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers in two recent letters.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/14/2014

The Defense Department continues to craft "migration guidance" that will direct the process by which the military will begin transitioning priorities currently funded by the overseas contingencies operations account into the base budget.

DefenseAlert - 08/11/2014

The U.S. military's latest operations in Iraq will be funded through the Pentagon's wartime supplemental budget, though there is no cost estimate for them yet, according to a Defense Department spokesman.

Inside the Army - 08/11/2014

Many small defense contractors are just as concerned about the automatic budget cuts set to be triggered by full sequestration as their larger peers, according to an Army official who advocates for small business involvement in the acquisition process.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/07/2014

The next iteration of the Pentagon's key acquisition improvement effort -- Better Buying Power -- will aim to forge stronger partnerships between the acquisition and the science and technology communities, Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall said this week.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/07/2014

The Pentagon's cost assessment and program evaluation (CAPE) shop is working on an update to the internal guidance program managers use to estimate operating and support (O&S) costs, which are vital to determining accurate life-cycle costs for weapon systems, according to Defense Department officials.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/07/2014

The Defense Department is concerned that Congress' unwillingness to appropriate money to ad hoc accounts may compromise the department's rapid acquisition ability, according to a DOD official.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/07/2014

Jacques Gansler, a former Pentagon acquisition chief, added his voice this week to the growing chorus of those calling for Congress to reform the way the Defense Department acquires weapons systems and services if America is to maintain its technological edge.

Inside the Pentagon - 08/07/2014

Prime contractors in the defense industry remain healthy despite budget drawdowns in the Defense Department. However second- and third-tier suppliers are in dire straits, facing bankruptcy or restructuring, according to Bradley Nelson, DOD's sector-by-sector, tier-by-tier (S2T2) program leader.

DefenseAlert - 08/05/2014

Ending the threat of sequestration is the No. 1 action Congress could take to improve the acquisition process, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall said Tuesday.

Inside the Army - 08/04/2014

The Army's outgoing vice chief of staff says the service is analyzing what is necessary to the force as it faces the prospect of potential funding cuts brought on by sequestration in fiscal year 2016.

Inside the Army - 07/28/2014

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno hit several familiar notes at the Aspen Security Forum last week when he discussed the future of the service and the budget pressures bearing down upon it.

DefenseAlert - 07/24/2014

Army leaders are heading to Capitol Hill to discuss what portion of the Pentagon's $58.6 billion overseas contingency operations request will end up in the service's base budget, according to the Army's new acquisition deputy.

DefenseAlert - 07/23/2014

The Pentagon's deputy acquisition executive recently told defense industry representatives that Frank Kendall, her boss, thinks full sequestration will be triggered in fiscal year 2016 and has been advising budget programmers to craft "off-ramps" to address looming program cuts.

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.