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Defense Budget Alert

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.

March 16, 2017 |

The Air Force is seeking an immediate and dramatic increase in funding for its Next-Generation Air Dominance program, suggesting plans for a new penetrating counterair capability -- also referred to as a sixth-generation fighter -- are poised to accelerate if Congress can provide an additional $147 million in fiscal year 2017 above the $20 million the service originally requested.

March 16, 2017 |

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.

March 16, 2017 |

The White House's $30 billion fiscal year 2017 budget amendment proposal -- dubbed the supplemental -- includes more than $2 billion to fund the Navy's ship operations accounts and $4 billion to purchase more aircraft for the sea service.

March 16, 2017 |

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.

March 16, 2017 |

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.

March 16, 2017 |

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.

March 15, 2017 |

Mick Mulvaney, director of the White House Office of Management and Budget, provided reporters with a preview of Thursday's fiscal year 2018 budget blueprint and FY-17 budgetary amendment, noting that a planned $54 billion boost in national security spending would be 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.

March 15, 2017 |

The Trump administration has been vocal about its plans for a larger Army and a bigger Navy fleet, but has remained relatively quiet about its plans for Air Force modernization, leaving analysts wondering what that will mean for the Air Force in the fiscal year 2018 budget.

March 14, 2017 |

HUNTSVILLE, AL -- While Iran, Russia, China, North Korea and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria pose significant threats to the United States, "the real threat to our nation is the lack of consistent, reliable and sufficient funding," according to the senior career official performing the duties of the under secretary of the Army.

March 08, 2017 |

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) intensified his call for billions in additional defense spending after a trip with Rep. Diane Black (R-TN), who chairs the House Budget Committee, to an Army base in Tennessee beset by readiness shortfalls.

March 06, 2017 |

Lawmakers added nearly $1 billion for cyberspace activities to the Pentagon's fiscal year 2017 budget -- a nearly 17 percent hike compared to the FY-16 budget -- and directed the Defense Department to make plans to overhaul cyber investment budget justification materials beginning in FY-19.

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