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Inside the Pentagon - March 23, 2017
  • Mattis makes case for $30 billion increase to repair readiness gaps

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Senate appropriators Wednesday that failing to add $30 billion to the Pentagon's coffers in fiscal year 2017 would further risk military readiness.

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  • Trump nominates Boeing executive to serve as deputy defense secretary

    The White House said March 16 President Trump will nominate Patrick Shanahan, a Boeing executive, to serve as deputy defense secretary.

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  • McCain and Thornberry grappling with Trump's defense budget proposals

    Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and his House counterpart Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) expect President Trump's fiscal year 2018 budget proposal, which would make steep cuts in domestic spending to boost defense funding, to fail in Congress.

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  • HASC ranking member anticipates challenges in passing Trump's budget

    House Armed Services Committee ranking member Adam Smith (D-WA) has joined the growing chorus saying the Trump administration will run into trouble with securing its proposed budget.

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  • 'We owe you'

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee Wednesday it was only fitting for lawmakers to expect the Pentagon to more wisely spend taxpayer dollars as they consider whether to increase defense spending. Mattis pledged to make "business reform" a priority. "We also owe you an audit of the Defense Department," he said. "We also owe you some very strong internal processes to make certain we're not wasting money. . . . so I can come in front of you and confidently say we're spending the money that you're giving, that the American people are giving us, in a responsible way."

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  • Schmidt: Defense Innovation Board to tackle big data next month

    The Defense Innovation Board intends to tackle the issue of big data during a meeting early next month, the board's chairman said during a question-and-answer session Tuesday.

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  • Mattis to meet with industry executives

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is scheduled to confer with defense industry executives on April 13 during a meeting convened by three industry organizations, according to a source with knowledge of the event.

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  • Oversight panel eyes waste as Trump proposes domestic cuts to boost defense

    A panel of House lawmakers on Tuesday debated how much could be saved by streamlining Pentagon business practices and, though they differed along partisan lines on what to do with the savings, a bipartisan consensus emerged that billions in waste could be slashed at a time when President Trump has proposed steep cuts to domestic spending to increase the Defense Department's budget.

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  • White House unveils FY-18 budget blueprint, FY-17 supplemental

    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.

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  • OMB directs executive branch to keep mum on FY-18 budget details, for now

    The White House Office of Management and Budget has directed executive branch officials slated to testify before Congress in the coming weeks to keep mum for now about details of the Trump administration's fiscal year 2018 budget and limit discussion of the forthcoming spending proposal to the broad strokes outlined in the "skinny budget" published last week.

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  • White House releases FY-17 plan that could derail budget talks

    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.

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  • DOD makes case for FY-17 plus-up; worries about Capitol Hill dysfunction

    Pentagon officials made clear last week they would "like to have" the additional $30 billion in fiscal year 2017 as requested by a White House budgetary amendment, but not at the expense of a yearlong continuing resolution, or government shutdown, which some experts think the FY-17 package might trigger.

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  • Path ahead unclear for Trump's FY-17 budget proposal

    Congressional leaders will be challenged in the coming weeks to address President Trump's budget plans for fiscal year 2017, specifically a budgetary amendment that would increase defense spending by an additional $30 billion, but would break spending caps lawmakers have already agreed upon.

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  • Trump's proposed boost aims to begin to reverse years of tight budgets

    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.

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  • Trump's proposed boost aims to begin to reverse years of tight budgets

    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.

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  • Thornberry 'pleased' with FY-17 supplemental budget, hopes it passes soon

    House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said he was "pleased" with the supplemental fiscal year 2017 budget the Trump administration released last week, 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.

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  • DARPA releases BAA for program that would deliver payloads from XLUUV

    The Pentagon's advanced research arm is seeking industry's input for a program designed to deliver undersea payloads from a large unmanned underwater vehicle.

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  • Hewson says international work, tax and regs changes will bolster growth

    Lockheed Martin is seeing new opportunity in international sales and in regulatory and tax changes under the Trump administration, the company's chief executive said Tuesday.

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  • DSB poised to release study this summer on countering WMDs

    The Defense Science Board is poised to release a report this summer looking at countering weapons of mass destruction, according to Defense Department spokesman Lt. Col. Roger Cabiness.

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  • Army leaders huddle with industry execs on maneuver plans

    Senior leaders met privately with industry representatives last month to provide insights into the Army's vision for maneuver forces in Multi-Domain Battle.

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  • Rockwell Collins inks DIUx agreement

    Rockwell Collins said last week it has received an agreement from the Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, through which the company will provide "an open source aggregation framework to enable cross-platform data link communications on mobile devices for Windows and Android."

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  • DOD eyes FY-17 funding increase to counter road-mobile ballistic missiles

    The Pentagon wants to surge funds into a new ballistic missile defense project that aims to deal with one of the most challenging threats to U.S. military forces: road-mobile ballistic missile threats.

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