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Defense Budget Alert

February 16, 2017 |

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said this week he is worried that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis might be unknowingly steered in the wrong budgetary direction by former Obama administration officials at the Pentagon, who, Thornberry asserts, have spent the past several years denying the existence of readiness problems and fighting congressional efforts to increase defense spending.

February 10, 2017 |

Key Democrats on the House and Senate Armed Services committees acknowledge the military is facing serious readiness challenges after some unsettling testimony this week from top Pentagon officials, but the lawmakers are not prepared to cast aside their continued insistence that any increase in defense spending be matched with a boost in non-defense priorities.

February 09, 2017 |

The Army has 21 percent excess infrastructure, making a new round of base realignments and closures a possible avenue for savings, the service's vice chief of staff told lawmakers this week.

February 07, 2017 |

The Army's vice chief of staff called on lawmakers to "immediately" repeal the 2011 Budget Control Act, citing fiscal uncertainty as an obstacle to the service’s attempt to improve readiness levels.

February 07, 2017 |

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said this week he and the joint chiefs are cautiously approaching their task of building a supplemental defense budget for fiscal year 2017 as well as an FY-18 budget as uncertainty looms over long-term program funding.

February 07, 2017 |

The military service vice chiefs did their part Tuesday in the quest to boost defense spending, telling the House Armed Services Committee that readiness is near all-time lows and, as one admiral put it: "Time is running out."

February 06, 2017 |

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) is hopeful the Trump administration will soon send a supplemental spending package that will, among other things, support approximately $15 billion in proposed weapon buys cut from the final version of the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act.

February 02, 2017 |

UPDATED: The Defense Department is working on a new set of possible changes to its fiscal year 2017 budget request, according to a DOD spokesman.

February 01, 2017 |

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis released a department-wide memo Wednesday to guide the upcoming budget process with the aim of building a larger and more capable military force. 

January 27, 2017 |

Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), who has been tapped by President Trump to lead the White House Office of Management and Budget, will seek to eliminate the Pentagon's $60 billion Overseas Contingency Operations account, according to written answers to advance policy questions he provided to Senate lawmakers.

January 27, 2017 |

Executives at the largest defense contractors say they're expecting a boost in defense spending under the Trump administration, but warn that it might take longer than anticipated.

January 27, 2017 |

President Trump says he wants to seek a balanced budget "eventually," but would prefer to increase military spending first.

January 26, 2017 |

The Air Force has circulated a slightly updated version of its $7.2 billion fiscal year 2017 unfunded priorities list, but has no plans to release an FY-18 list prior to a budget submission.

January 26, 2017 |

The Navy will not update a "revised" fiscal year 2017 unfunded priorities list until the White House releases its defense strategy, but the service has outlined increases in shipbuilding to reflect the 2016 Force Structure Assessment, including acquiring an additional amphibious dock landing ship, according to an information paper.

January 24, 2017 |

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) pursued a robust line of questioning during Tuesday's confirmation hearing for Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), nominated to be the next head of the White House budget office, chastising him for his "lack of support" for the military and his insistence that defense spending should not increase unless it is offset by cuts in non-defense funding.

January 24, 2017 |

The Army has told Congress it has several key service priorities not funded in fiscal years 2017 and 2018.

January 24, 2017 |

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) pursued a robust line of questioning during Tuesday's confirmation hearing for Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), nominated to be the next head of the White House budget office, chastising him for his "lack of support" for the military and his insistence that defense spending should not increase unless it is offset by cuts in non-defense funding.

January 23, 2017 |

A panel of budget analysts agreed Monday that many factors are conspiring to halt a significant increase in defense spending, chiefly the 2011 Budget Control Act, which requires rare bipartisan action that will continue to prove elusive in the Trump administration.

January 20, 2017 |

Sen. John McCain's (R-AZ) proposed blueprint to hike U.S. military spending boosts the Navy's budget by $94 billion between fiscal years 2018 and 2022 compared to the Defense Department's current forecast, including $58 billion to increase the size of the Navy and Marine Corps and buy new ships and weapons.

January 20, 2017 |

Deficit hawk and Tea Party supporter Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-SC), President Trump's choice to lead the powerful White House Office of Management and Budget, is slated to testify on Capitol Hill Tuesday and one of the lawmakers scheduled to question him is Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who recently authored a plan for a massive defense spending increase that some supporters fear could be derailed by a new fiscal agenda.

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