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Defense Budget Alert

June 25, 2017 |

The House Appropriations Committee released a draft version of its fiscal year 2018 defense spending bill Sunday night that would boost weapons procurement by $18.6 billion above what is sought by the Trump administration and $24 billion more than what was enacted in FY-17.

June 23, 2017 |

Staffers from the House Armed Services Committee canceled a press briefing and were scrambling Friday to revise the base defense budget topline on the fiscal year 2018 defense authorization bill from $640 billion to $621 billion, and are also working on a $65 billion Overseas Contingency Operations account that would allow $10 billion be used for base budget spending, according to congressional sources.

June 22, 2017 |

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry said Thursday that, barring a multiyear spending deal, he will approve legislation Wednesday that would propose authorizing $640 billion in base defense spending and $65 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations funding.

June 22, 2017 |

The rough draft of the defense topline for fiscal year 2018 is significantly higher than the figure sought by the Trump administration, though negotiations continue and a partisan budget battle remains likely, according to multiple sources inside three separate House committees.

June 22, 2017 |

The House Armed Services readiness subcommittee's portion of the defense policy bill does not provide for a new Base Realignment and Closure round for the Defense Department, but the full committee's bill may address the issue, according to congressional aides.

June 21, 2017 |

The House Armed Services Committee is set to authorize a defense spending increase beyond what the Trump administration has proposed for fiscal year 2018 when the committee drafts its version of the defense authorization bill next week, and will likely do so as the GOP remains mired in negotiations over a broader budgetary blueprint.

June 21, 2017 |

The Navy will submit a 30-year shipbuilding plan in fiscal year 2018 that does not reflect its plans for a 355-ship fleet because the budget does not support growing the force, according to a service official.

June 21, 2017 |

House authorizers intend to support the Army in its push for an end-strength increase, according to legislation released June 20.

June 19, 2017 |

Even if the Army were to be fully funded at the level of its fiscal year 2018 budget request and receive additional resources to support unfunded requirements, gaps would remain for key service priorities, according to the deputy chief of staff (G-8).

June 15, 2017 |

The Air Force expects a ramp-up in experimentation and prototyping activities over the next year, a change of pace reflected in a $500 million funding increase in its fiscal year 2018 budget request.

June 15, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told House defense appropriators Thursday they should use the military's $32 billion unfunded priorities lists as a guide if they are able to increase the Pentagon's fiscal year 2018 topline above the level sought by the Trump administration.

June 13, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told Congress this week he wants to boost defense spending by as much as 5 percent between fiscal years 2019 and 2023, though partisan politics may block his path.

June 12, 2017 |

The Army's share of the European Reassurance Initiative, a fund created within the Overseas Contingency Operations account to calm NATO allies and deter Russia, totals nearly $3.2 billion in fiscal year 2018.

June 12, 2017 |

The Pentagon has submitted a package of legislative proposals to Congress, one of which seeks authority to enter into one or more economic order quantity contracts in fiscal year 2018 for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

June 07, 2017 |

The Missile Defense Agency's five-year spending forecast includes a new first: a budget line for Israeli procurement that sets aside funding beginning in fiscal year 2019 in accordance with a new 10-year security assistance agreement between Washington and Tel Aviv that threatens to squeeze U.S. missile defense programs if MDA's planned budget topline is not increased.

June 07, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis supports congressional efforts to expand U.S. military investments in the Asia-Pacific region, specifically highlighting initiatives put forth by Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-AZ) and his House counterpart Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX) to add billions in new spending.

June 02, 2017 |

The military services last week separately sent Congress lists identifying $32 billion worth of unfunded priorities in fiscal year 2018, nearly $10 billion more than they sought the previous year.

June 02, 2017 |

The Air Force's $10.7 billion unfunded priorities list for fiscal year 2018 would pay for 14 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft -- enough to bring the Air Force to its desired 60-jet-per-year procurement rate sooner than expected.

June 01, 2017 |

The Army has prepared a list of $12.7 billion in unfunded requirements in fiscal year 2018, dedicating $4.9 billion to the top priorities highlighted by service leadership and $3.1 billion to growing the force.

June 01, 2017 |

The Navy is requesting an additional $5.46 billion in a fiscal year 2018 unfunded priorities list, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

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