Sunday, December 21, 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 Pentagon - 12/18/2014

Congress has agreed to provide the Defense Department with $64 billion in overseas contingency operations funding for fiscal year 2015, supporting several accounts inside the OCO budget aimed at equipping allies to fight Islamic extremists in the Middle East and reassuring partners against Russian expansionism in Eastern Europe.

DefenseAlert - 12/16/2014

The Defense Department ended fiscal year 2014 with a total of $105.7 billion in unobligated funds from prior years, according to new Pentagon figures. The final total is 26 percent more than the White House Office of Management and Budget forecast in March.

DefenseAlert - 12/12/2014

Congress has cleared the Defense Department to reprogram $220 million from its operations and maintenance accounts to get the first installment of funds required to train and equip moderate members of the Syrian opposition, according to the DOD comptroller's office.

DefenseAlert - 12/11/2014

The Pentagon has begun a major effort to "reset" its planning, programming, budgeting and execution (PPBE) process by fiscal year 2017 that would enable "better, more defensible budget submissions to Congress," according to a Dec. 11 memo to top defense officials from Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work.

DefenseAlert - 12/10/2014

The fiscal year 2015 omnibus spending bill would rescind $1.2 billion in funds previously appropriated to Pentagon modernization accounts, with aircraft procurement absorbing the biggest cuts.

DefenseAlert - 12/10/2014

The fiscal year 2015 omnibus spending bill released by Congress this week would bridge the Air Force Combat Rescue Helicopter program's $100 million funding gap, add $479 million to buy four additional F-35s, and provide $125 million for an extra competitive space launch, according to a summary of the compromise legislation.

DefenseAlert - 12/10/2014

The $1.1 trillion fiscal year 2015 spending bill Congress has fashioned reflects major discrepancies between the appropriations and authorization committees regarding the way ahead for the Navy.

DefenseAlert - 12/10/2014

Congressional appropriators have proposed an omnibus spending package that would fund the Defense Department in fiscal year 2015 to the tune of $554 billion and have until Thursday night to pass the measure.

DefenseAlert - 12/05/2014

Convincing Congress to remove sequestration will be the greatest challenge facing defense secretary nominee Ashton Carter if he is confirmed, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall said Friday.

Inside the Army - 12/08/2014

Pentagon leaders this month will attempt to finalize many aspects of next year's defense budget request, as the Army finds itself accused of underfunding modernization.

DefenseAlert - 12/04/2014

The Defense Department has awarded contracts to three independent public accounting firms to audit current-year appropriated funds -- also known as the schedule of budgetary activity (SBA) -- for all the military services, according to a DOD statement.

Inside the Pentagon - 12/04/2014

A new Pentagon senior governance committee designed to provide civilian expertise to the defense secretary and chaired by the Defense Department's No. 2 official is slated to meet next week to discuss defense budgetary and strategy issues, Inside the Pentagon has learned.

Inside the Pentagon - 12/04/2014

If confirmed, President Obama's nominee to be assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness aims to emphasize sustainment planning for all major defense program reviews, according to responses to advanced policy questions he submitted to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

DefenseAlert - 12/02/2014

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's acquisition chief, intends to increase the Defense Department's profit share ratios with industry in fixed-price incentive contracts if companies bring major weapon programs in under cost.

DefenseAlert - 12/02/2014

Defense contractor executives say they are preparing for the worst -- but hoping for better -- when it comes to U.S. spending and sequestration.

DefenseAlert - 12/02/2014

Two members of the National Defense Panel warned House lawmakers Dec. 2 that decade-long defense budget cuts set to be triggered by sequestration will jeopardize the readiness of the U.S. armed forces, especially in an unexpected contingency situation.

DefenseAlert - 11/25/2014

The Pentagon's No. 2 official, acting on the recommendation of the service vice chiefs, is asserting a new leadership role over an internal Defense Department analysis process that forms a linchpin for nearly all high-level deliberations on defense strategy, weapon system programming and budget matters, force sizing and capability development.

Inside the Navy - 11/24/2014

NORFOLK, VA -- The Navy must do a better job of explaining the impact of future sequestration cuts on national security to Capitol Hill, the vice chief of naval operations said last week.

DefenseAlert - 11/20/2014

Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work hopes to visit Capitol Hill within the next two weeks to discuss a way forward on some of the Defense Department's most serious budgetary challenges, particularly the fact that Congress is poised to deny the Pentagon's plan to find savings by reforming military compensation, cutting aging weapon systems and closing excess military bases and facilities amid the onset of sequestration.

Inside the Pentagon - 11/20/2014

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey wants Congress to know the Defense Department will require more base budget funding in fiscal year 2016 than the $535 billion it has planned, especially because that amount is already $35 billion above the spending caps mandated by sequestration.

DefenseAlert - 11/19/2014

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey wants Congress to know the Defense Department will require more base budget funding in fiscal year 2016 than the $535 billion it has planned, especially since that amount is already $35 billion above the spending caps mandated by sequestration.

DefenseAlert - 11/19/2014

The Air Force is working closely with the Office of the Secretary of Defense to develop its recommended way-ahead for a new domestic rocket engine, and a top service acquisition official says those details will be unveiled as part of its fiscal year 2016 budget request.

DefenseAlert - 11/17/2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has formally launched an ambitious and long-expected innovation investment strategy intended to shape the future of the Pentagon for years to come.

Inside the Air Force - 11/14/2014

The Air Force has secured almost $1.6 billion of the White House's $5 billion amendment to the fiscal year 2015 request for overseas contingency funding, according to government documents. The request includes about $544 million for classified programs and an additional $70 million for missiles and bombs.

DefenseAlert - 11/13/2014

Despite a recent request for $5.6 billion in supplemental wartime funding, the Defense Department may need to return to Congress for more money in the future to fund its $8 million-a-day campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, according to Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey.

DefenseAlert - 11/13/2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wants Congress to know that 40 percent of the recent supplemental budget request to train and equip the Iraqi army to fight Islamic extremists will remain fenced off until the Iraqi government matches that amount.

Inside the Pentagon - 11/13/2014

The Pentagon's efforts to consolidate its information technology structure should reduce the overall IT budget between $4 billion and $5 billion over the next five to seven years, said acting chief information officer Terry Halvorsen.

DefenseAlert - 11/11/2014

The Congressional Budget Office has found that Defense Department spending for military activities dropped by $30 billion in fiscal year 2014, or 5 percent, mostly due to a decline in Army spending.

DefenseAlert - 11/10/2014

The White House is requesting an additional $5 billion in overseas contingency funding in fiscal year 2015 to support its expanded campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, with $1.6 billion to support the U.S. mission to train and equip Iraqi and Kurdish forces, according to government documents.

DefenseAlert - 11/06/2014

The Pentagon will likely submit a fiscal year 2016 budget that is above the sequestration levels mandated by the Budget Control Act, according to a top acquisition official.

DefenseAlert - 11/05/2014

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's acquisition chief, has an unsurprising request for the new GOP majority in Congress: Overturn sequestration as soon as possible.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/30/2014

Congress has jeopardized Defense Department readiness through sequestration and has failed to give it the authorities it needs to effectively reduce costs, according to two former DOD policy chiefs.

DefenseAlert - 10/28/2014

The Defense Department is discussing the future of its overseas contingency operations account with the Office of Management and Budget, including the possibility of making OCO a long-lasting piece of the DOD budget.

DefenseAlert - 10/28/2014

The Defense Department is not yet prepared to disclose what percentage of the overall research and development budget it will use to finance the upcoming technological "offset" strategy aimed to guide long-term R&D spending, but a top acquisition official did provide a list of likely investment areas.

DefenseAlert - 10/27/2014

The Defense Department recently pegged the total price tag for Operation Inherent Resolve in Iraq and Syria at $580 million -- a $156 million increase from when the Pentagon last provided cost figures.

DefenseAlert - 10/24/2014

After satisfying more than 500 requests in the past decade, the Pentagon's joint rapid acquisition cell is unlikely to slow its pace in the face of new global threats, according to the outgoing chief of the program.

DefenseAlert - 10/21/2014

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.

DefenseAlert - 10/17/2014

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.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/16/2014

Retiring Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) said there is bipartisan support to end sequestration and he thinks a future lame-duck congressional session could finally end the across-the-board cuts.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/16/2014

The Defense Department is missing out on as much as $10 billion in operations and management savings a year, according to defense industry experts.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/16/2014

The Defense Contract Management Agency's forward pricing rates used to negotiate $4.5 billion in costs resulted in unfair and unreasonable prices, possibly at the government's expense, according to an Oct. 9 Defense Department inspector general's report.

DefenseAlert - 10/14/2014

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.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/09/2014

Numbers analyzing the affordability of future Defense Department acquisition programs under predicted budget environments may be released for the first time early next summer, but the impacts of sequestration will not be included, according to a top DOD official.

DefenseAlert - 10/07/2014

In a signal to industry that innovation still has a role in the budget-challenged landscape, a senior Pentagon leader said the Defense Department intends to continue resourcing the test and evaluation of prototypes even if it is not currently possible to purchase a weapons system.

Inside the Navy - 10/06/2014

As the drawdown in Afghanistan continues, the Marine Corps is internally identifying the risk of migrating its wartime account priorities back to its base budget in case the Pentagon abolishes the account, according to a service official.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/02/2014

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's chief acquisition executive, is preparing to receive feedback from the defense industry, Capitol Hill and other stakeholders who might be able to improve upon the latest installment of Better Buying Power.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/02/2014

The Defense Department partially met a key milestone this week on its road to audit readiness, according to a Pentagon announcement.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/02/2014

The Defense Logistics Agency is completely prepared to aid the military services with their new new operations in Iraq and would only feel a trickle-down effect from the services if sequestration were to remain law in fiscal year 2016, according to DLA director Vice Adm. Mark Harnitchek.

DefenseAlert - 10/01/2014

Pentagon modernization accounts are taking a $743 million hit under the 10-week stopgap spending bill now funding the federal government, reductions that effectively extend rescissions of funds previously appropriated to weapon system procurement accounts.

DefenseAlert - 09/30/2014

Congress, by refusing to allow the Defense Department to cut aging weapon systems and enact compensation reform in fiscal year 2015, has put the Pentagon in a $70 billion budget hole as it contemplates the FY-16 budget submission, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, who sees DOD's embattled overseas contingency operations fund as a way to address the situation.