While Army leaders maintain that the service would benefit from additional funding to support and accelerate its readiness and modernization objectives, budget uncertainty is "the worst part" of the process, according to the senior official performing the duties of the under secretary.
The Light Armored Vehicle 25, a Marine Corps armored reconnaissance vehicle, is being used in a pilot program to evaluate how the Army can add mobility and firepower to airborne infantry brigade combat team formations, according to a service spokeswoman.
The Senate on March 15 confirmed Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster to continue at his present rank while serving as the national security adviser to President Trump. While the post does not require Senate confirmation, McMaster's status as an active Army officer requires re-confirmation at his current rank. He was previously confirmed for his three-star rank on March 31, 2014, and assumed the role of director at the Army Capabilities Integration Center on July 15, 2014.
A pair of Army senior leaders last week detailed for lawmakers the adverse impacts on the service of years of unstable funding, as well as the risks to key modernization priorities posed by the potential return of Budget Control Act spending caps.
A fiscal year 2017 budget amendment released March 16 by the White House would provide a $1.65 billion boost to the Army's aircraft procurement account, but the measure faces an uncertain future in Congress.
HUNTSVILLE, AL -- The Army recognizes the need to "streamline" its acquisition process, but also needs sustained funding to close critical capability gaps, according to the service's acting acquisition executive.
HUNTSVILLE, AL -- While Iran, Russia, China, North Korea and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria pose significant threats to the United States, "the real threat to our nation is the lack of consistent, reliable and sufficient funding," according to the senior official performing the duties of the under secretary of the Army.
HUNTSVILLE, AL -- The Army and its partners succeeded this January in deploying the first armored brigade combat team to Europe as part of a heel-to-toe rotation, but the chief of the 21st Theater Sustainment Command is eyeing improvements.
The White House is seeking a fiscal year 2017 budget amendment that would break spending caps agreed to by congressional Republicans and Democrats and could lead to a shutdown that might ultimately endanger additional defense spending this year.
The Trump administration is seeking a $30 billion increase to the Pentagon's fiscal year 2017 budget, a promissory note on larger plans going forward to try to reverse cuts to military spending stemming from the 2011 Budget Control Act, which has cut hundreds of billions of dollars from the Defense Department's since 2012.
The White House's fiscal year 2018 budget would boost national security spending by $54 billion, paid for by a 28 percent cut to the State Department, as well as double-digit cuts to other executive agencies like the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget.
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said he was "pleased" with the supplemental fiscal year 2017 budget the Trump administration released Thursday, and hopes that it passes as soon as possible in an effort to "get a head start on repairing some of the damage that's been done" to the military.
The Pentagon will permanently station Gray Eagle drones in South Korea, Defense Department Capt. Jeff Davis said Monday, a week after a series of North Korean missile launches landed in the Sea of Japan.
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