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Defense Budget Alert

April 21, 2017 |

As President Trump approaches his 100th day in office next week, the Pentagon and other federal agencies have been notified by the White House to begin precautionary preparations for a government shutdown in the event Congress cannot pass a budget bill by April 29 or agree to extend a stopgap spending measure.

April 11, 2017 |

The Trump administration will end the federal hiring freeze Wednesday and embark on an ambitious new effort to restructure the executive branch, potentially cutting, consolidating and realigning federal agencies, according to White House Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.

April 05, 2017 |

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said Wednesday a continuing resolution that lasts until October would delay the service's $6.9 billion engineering and manufacturing development contract for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization, due in 2018, for at least five months.

April 05, 2017 |

A yearlong continuing resolution would result in "significant cuts to training across the board" for the Army, according to the service's chief of staff.

April 04, 2017 |

Funding caps set by the Budget Control Act of 2011 and "a lack of consistent and predictable funding" are adversely affecting the Army's organic industrial base, according to a service official.

April 03, 2017 |

The Pentagon's progress on managing acquisition cost growth since 2010 has "flattened out" in the past year, though programs begun after a variety of reforms were instituted have seen cost decreases, according to an annual report from the Government Accountability Office.

March 31, 2017 |

After spending weeks dispatching senior leaders to Capitol Hill to make the case for $30 billion in additional fiscal 2017 defense spending, the Pentagon is now worried partisan gridlock might leave it without any new FY-17 funding.

March 31, 2017 |

The Army is wrestling with funding questions for fiscal year 2017 as it refines an FY-18 budget that will preserve the status quo rather than facilitating a buildup, a trio of service leaders told Inside the Army.

March 29, 2017 |

Lawmakers, fearing a government shutdown or a yearlong continuing resolution that would freeze spending at previous-year levels, have begun discussing a path forward that would leave the bulk of the Trump administration's proposed $30 billion defense spending increase for fiscal year 2017, according to officials and sources.

March 28, 2017 |

More than 54,000 exemptions to President Trump's Jan. 23 hiring freeze on federal civilian employees were approved for the Air Force as of today, a service spokesman told Inside the Air Force.

March 28, 2017 |

The Trump administration has sent Congress details on the $18 billion in non-defense cuts it has included in its fiscal year 2017 budgetary amendment, reductions the administration intends to help offset a proposed $30 billion increase in Defense Department spending, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

March 22, 2017 |

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.

March 22, 2017 |

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

March 22, 2017 |

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.

March 20, 2017 |

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.

March 17, 2017 | Inside the Army

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.

March 17, 2017 | Inside the Army

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.

March 17, 2017 |

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.

March 16, 2017 |

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.

March 16, 2017 |

Pentagon officials made clear Thursday 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.