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September 12, 2014

In an Aug. 25, 2014, letter, Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall informs the Senate Armed Services Committee that a Defense Department report on the potential of using U.S.-made helicopters for Afghan Security Forces will be delayed until January 2015.

September 12, 2014

In an Aug. 4, 2014, letter, Army Secretary John McHugh tells Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) how some segments of the Army may have been operating with "de facto" caps on its civilian workforce due to budgetary pressures like sequestration, possibly putting the service in violation of Title 10.

May 23, 2012

The Defense Department plans to spent $27 billion through 2020 on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, according to a congressional audit that says the Pentagon -- which has plowed $44 billion into ISR since 2001 without regard to long-term ramifications -- should impose new scrutiny and discipline on future acquisitions.

November 23, 2011

The Marine Corps' plan to modernize its amphibious warfare ship fleet will cost $50 billion over three decades, the Congressional Budget Office estimates in a new report, a recapitalization plan that would leave the service five ships shy of what Marines say is required to execute its most-demanding future mission: launching two expeditionary brigades ashore from the sea.

September 26, 2011

Huge Pentagon spending cuts required by law if Congress fails to agree on a deficit-reduction plan would cripple the Defense Department's ability to execute the national military strategy, dramatically reduce force structure levels and devastate modernization accounts, shrinking the current roster of maneuver battalions, ships, fighter aircraft, bombers and airlift assets, according to House Republican staff members.

June 10, 2011

The House Appropriations Committee wants to cut $435 million and 379 missiles from the Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile program, according to documents reviewed by InsideDefense.com.

The documents show that the panel intends to cut 161 missiles and about $172.3 million in missile procurement funding from the Navy's  fiscal year 2012 budget request, along with 218 missiles and about $262.2 million from the Air Force's. Those documents also cite an expected schedule slip caused by a delay to an FY-11 contract award that would push some of the production into FY-12.

June 10, 2011

House appropriators have denied the White's House's $160.8 million request for a program designed to provide persistent sensor coverage of enemy ballistic missiles, becoming the second of four congressional defense committees to cut the program's funds in their entirety.

The House Appropriations Committee cut the funding for the Precision Tracking Space System, a new start in fiscal year 2011, claiming it was an unjustified program, according to a document reviewed by InsideDefense.com

October 27, 2010

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) today advocated scaling back the size of the Army and the Marine Corps while increasing the size of the Navy.

Webb, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told defense reporters that current ground force levels are too high now that the United States is drawing down from the wars in the Middle East. “Do we really need this size of our ground forces if we are going to properly reshape our missions in Iraq and Afghanistan?” he asked. “I think you can cut back.”

September 23, 2010

Britain's defense ministry is wading into the domestic political battle over the fate of the F-35 alternate engine, challenging the wisdom of the Obama administration's bid to kill the F136 engine program despite widespread support in Congress.

The United Kingdom has invested $2 billion in the Joint Strike Fighter's development and is the first foreign partner to commit to purchasing the aircraft.

August 17, 2010

The Army has sent Congress a new acquisition strategy for its massive fleet of tactical wheeled vehicles, advocating a "buy less, more often" approach and detailing its plans to "achieve the right mix of variants while modernizing to a 'scalable armor' fleet."

The 34-page report, dated June but only sent to Congress this week, states plainly that funding is a major factor in the Army's plans to buy less more often.

August 16, 2010

While China's economic progress has enhanced the country's international standing and its military's ability to shift focus from border protection to power projection and a blue-water navy, great uncertainties about the country's long-term aspirations remain, according to a Defense Department report released today.

July 27, 2010

Del. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam) doesn't believe the Navy will be able to secure the land it wants to relocate Marines from Okinawa to Guam, she said today during a House Armed Services Committee hearing on Japan.