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Defense Budget Alert

August 15, 2018 | Daily News

The White House "strongly objects" to a measure in the Senate's fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill that would add $475 million to procure a second Littoral Combat Ship, as well as host of provisions, according to a recent statement of administration policy.

August 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon's fiscal years 2020 and 2021 base budget allocations will total $550 billion and $563 billion respectively -- dramatically below Trump administration plans -- if discretionary spending caps required by the 2011 Budget Control Act for those two years are not adjusted, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.

August 15, 2018 | Daily News

President Trump says he has "constitutional concerns" with dozens of provisions in the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, including those addressing U.S.-Russian military cooperation, continued stationing of American troops on the Korean Peninsula and the management of several weapon systems.

August 14, 2018 | Daily News

Army senior leaders in developing its six-year spending plan required program managers to "justify" the purpose of any effort that does not directly support one of the service's six modernization priorities, according to the vice chief of staff.

July 24, 2018 | Daily News

Congressional authorizers now recommend the Air Force receive $300 million to buy light-attack aircraft in fiscal year 2019, a compromise that includes nearly all the money authorized by the Senate earlier this year.

July 23, 2018 | Daily News

Senate and House authorizers now jointly endorse the Air Force's plan to pursue an Advanced Battle Management System instead of recapitalizing the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, according to congressional staffers who briefed reporters on the conference version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill Monday.

July 23, 2018 | Daily News

House and Senate authorizers fell short of endorsing the president's call for a Space Force in their compromise defense policy bill, but lawmakers do propose a number of provisions to streamline space acquisition and establish a strong space warfighting cadre within the Defense Department.

July 23, 2018 | Daily News

House and Senate lawmakers have included an authorization for $250 million to boost the submarine industrial base and allow the Navy to negotiate up to 12 Virginia-class submarines in upcoming Block V contract talks, according to a senior House Armed Services committee aide who briefed reporters on the fiscal year 2019 defense policy conference bill.

July 23, 2018 | Daily News

House and Senate lawmakers have finalized a massive defense policy bill that blocks the delivery of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Turkey pending a report from the Pentagon and allows new sanctions waivers for U.S. allies who purchase Russian weapons, according to congressional staffers who briefed reporters on Capitol Hill.

July 20, 2018 | Daily News

The final version of Congress' fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill is nearly complete and will likely be released next week, possibly Monday, according to congressional sources.

July 19, 2018 | Daily News

The White House objects to provisions in the Senate defense appropriations bill that it says would provide for the procurement of an additional Littoral Combat Ship, along with a measure that limits the Pentagon's requested increase in military end strength, according to a letter from Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

July 19, 2018 | Daily News

Defense Department Chief Management Officer Jay Gibson said the Pentagon is on track to exceed a savings of $4 billion in fiscal year 2018 that can be redirected to other military priorities thanks to an efficiency strategy that began in earnest shortly after he was confirmed by the Senate in February.

July 19, 2018 | Daily News

Defense Department officials are asking Congress to let the Air Force shift more than $536 million of its base-budget funds to higher priorities in fiscal year 2018, largely for research and development efforts, according to an omnibus reprogramming request signed by the Pentagon comptroller July 11.

July 18, 2018 | Daily News

Defense Department Chief Management Officer Jay Gibson said the Pentagon is on track to exceed a savings of $4 billion in fiscal year 2018 that can be redirected to other military priorities thanks to an efficiency strategy that began in earnest shortly after he was confirmed by the Senate in February.

July 18, 2018 | Daily News

House Republican defense hawks, worried that Congress will find itself mired in another stopgap spending measure at the end of the fiscal year, successfully spearheaded three symbolic resolutions staking out their position that a defense appropriations bill should be passed, regardless of partisan gridlock in other areas.

July 18, 2018 | Daily News

The Army will realign $399.3 million to boost its operating forces if Congress approves the Defense Department's fiscal year 2018 omnibus reprogramming request, obtained by Inside Defense.

July 16, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon is seeking congressional permission to shift $4.3 billion between budget accounts as part of an annual reallocation of funds the U.S. military has in hand, revealing new details about Defense Department plans to develop and field hypersonic strike weapons and launching 10 new-start projects -- including a new deep-strike cannon for the Army.

July 16, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon is seeking congressional permission to shift $3.6 billion between budget accounts as part of an annual reallocation of funds the U.S. military has in hand, revealing new details about Defense Department plans to develop and field hypersonic strike weapons and launching 10 new-start projects -- including a new deep-strike cannon for the Army.

July 12, 2018 | Daily News

Senior members of the Senate Budget Committee, concerned it may take the Defense Department 10 years to achieve a clean financial audit, are asking the Government Accountability office to review the matter, with a special focus on whether DOD is acquiring the proper information technology systems to do the job.

July 12, 2018 | Daily News

The "Big Four" House and Senate defense authorizers agree that a conference committee should be able to finalize a compromise version of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill by the end of this month, despite several differences between them.

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