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Defense Budget Alert

Courtney, Wittman call on Biden's first budget to prioritize Navy

Congressional seapower leaders are calling on the Biden administration's first budget to prioritize the Navy and shipbuilding to counter the growing threat posed by China.

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McConville: Troubled programs to be most at risk if modernization budget is cut

The Army will attempt to maintain its modernization programs, but it is prepared to make necessary compromises if the new Congress cuts the military budget, Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said Feb. 17.

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Navy launching effort to use data to better utilize unobligated funds

Navy officials are discussing how the service can use data to cut down on the amount of unobligated funds it sends back to the treasury each year, Tom Sasala, the Navy's chief data officer, said Wednesday.

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Reed aims for DOD 'transformation' in new role as committee chairman

Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), who recently became chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told Inside Defense in an exclusive and wide-ranging interview he wants to continue to see the Defense Department "transform" to counter China and prepare for the challenges of the 21st century, though he made it clear that transformation will likely need to occur amid downward budget pressure.

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Tanden weighs in -- lightly -- on defense spending during OMB confirmation process

Two Senate committees this week weighing the nomination of Neera Tanden, who has been tapped to run the White House Office of Management and Budget, spent little to no time discussing national security issues, but she did provide one panel with a written statement with her views on defense spending.

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Harker: FY-22 budget draft features 'very aggressive' shipbuilding funding

Acting Navy Secretary Tom Harker said Tuesday that the outgoing Trump administration's fiscal year 2022 budget draft features a "very aggressive" focus on shipbuilding, but said the Navy is waiting for input from Biden administration officials before submitting its budget request to Congress.

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Hicks says defense budget could be delayed because of Trump team's obstruction

Kathleen Hicks, nominated for deputy defense secretary, told lawmakers today she believes that, if confirmed, helping to craft a defense budget will be among her biggest challenges as former President Trump's outgoing Pentagon team did not cooperate during the presidential transition.

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Hicks has history of arguing for Pentagon budget and strategy reform

If confirmed as deputy defense secretary, Kathleen Hicks will wield significant influence over the Pentagon budget and strategy, an area where she has established a long public record as a think tank analyst.

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Pentagon working toward new budget under Austin

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is reviewing the fiscal year 2022 budget, evaluating work the Trump administration left behind, so a request can be ready to submit to Congress in the next three months.

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