Login

Forgot your password?

REGISTER

Your first download is FREE.

Defense Budget Alert

September 27, 2010 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee, in its July mark-up of the fiscal year 2011 defense spending bill, recommended cutting research and development funding for the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle by $100 million and warned the service about pursuing "exotic solutions," according to congressional documents obtained by InsideDefense.com.

September 27, 2010 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee has added nine F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to mitigate a projected strike fighter shortfall and inserted funding for a Mobile Landing Platform to bump shipbuilding procurement to 10 vessels, according to a draft report on the panel's mark of the fiscal year 2011 defense spending bill.

The committee increased procurement of Super Hornets from 22 to 31 aircraft in the bill, which the panel passed in July. InsideDefense.com obtained a copy of the bill report late last week. The full committee has not considered the bill yet.

September 21, 2010 | Daily News

The Pentagon is seeking permission from Congress to shift hundreds of millions of dollars into military intelligence programs and other initiatives to meet urgent needs identified by Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. and allied commander in Afghanistan.

September 16, 2010 | Daily News

Pillorying the Pentagon for lacking "budget discipline," a Senate defense panel has voted to redirect $8 billion in the Defense Department's fiscal year 2011 budget request because it believes funding requested by DOD for key programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter, has not been "adequately justified."

The Senate Appropriations Committee, in its report on the fiscal year 2011 defense bill, says JSF is “perhaps” the “most disturbing” example of a military program with budget management problems.

September 16, 2010 | Daily News

Senator appropriators remain concerned about the Ground Combat Vehicle program even after Army officials restructured the planned multibillion-dollar acquisition to focus on affordability and timely completion, according to the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee's report on the fiscal year 2011 defense spending bill.

September 16, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Behind the scenes of the Defense Department's public campaign to boost its buying power, DOD acquisition chief Ashton Carter this week launched a series of major studies to implement the initiative's broad goals, according to four internal memos reviewed by Inside the Pentagon.

September 16, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The White House's Office of Management and Budget is reviewing the Pentagon's financial system modernization project to determine whether it needs to be canceled or rescoped, according to an OMB official.

September 14, 2010 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter today released new guidance for boosting the department's buying power by making affordability a requirement for weapon systems, seeking to eliminate redundant defense programs and taking various other steps.

September 14, 2010 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct the total amount of fiscal year 2011 defense spending approved by the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee. The subcommittee originally issued an incorrect number. )

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee announced today that it would not allocate any funds for the Joint Strike Fighter alternate engine, laying the groundwork for tensions between the House and Senate over the fiscal year 2011 defense bill. The House Appropriations subcommittee allotted $450 million for the alternate engine in July.

September 13, 2010 | Daily News

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force is bracing for a slate of fiscal year 2011 budget cuts that correspond with top-down Pentagon guidance, Air Force Secretary Michael Donley said today.

The service has implemented fiscal guidance from Defense Secretary Robert Gates into its internal six-year investment plan, the FY-11 program objective memorandum.

September 08, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter is slated to hold a closed-door meeting next week to announce a series of measures designed to improve efficiencies and reduce contracting costs, according to an internal bulletin reviewed by Inside the Pentagon.

September 08, 2010 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter will soon identify a slate of initiatives designed to save billions within the Pentagon's procurement shop, according to a senior defense official.

The initiatives, set to be announced next month, will focus on key efficiency goals outlined by Carter earlier this summer, according to Frank Kendall, principal deputy under secretary of defense for acquisition and procurement. He spoke today during an international defense cooperation symposium in Washington.

September 02, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's procurement directorate is beginning its next annual review of its acquisition of services policy and oversight.

August 26, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The charter for the new Marine Corps force structure review, an internal document marked "for official use only," warns that budget cuts will drive reductions in the service's end strength, equipment and modernization.

August 26, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department's procurement shop is fed up with program managers routinely failing to include enough details in strategy documents for technology development and acquisition programs, according to an internal memo obtained by Inside the Pentagon.

August 25, 2010 | Daily News

The Defense Logistics Agency's plans to support Defense Secretary Robert Gates' cost-reduction initiatives include cutting "prices" by as much as 10 percent and taking additional steps to weed out suppliers of counterfeit parts that do not meet military regulations, according to senior defense officials.

DLA head Navy Vice Adm. Alan Thompson and Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale discussed the plans in an Aug. 25 conference call with reporters but did not provide specific dollar figures for projected savings.

August 19, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Shay Assad, the Pentagon's director of defense procurement and acquisition policy, is urging the armed services to follow acquisition rules when handling contracts tied to congressional earmarks.

August 19, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon claims it would be "infeasible and not advisable" to establish baselines to track and measure operating and support costs that could account for up to 70 percent of most weapon systems' life-cycle costs, according to a "for official use only" report to Congress reviewed by Inside the Pentagon.

August 19, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's acquisition directorate has canceled plans to hold a discussion this week with the defense industry about the department's ongoing efficiencies initiative.

August 18, 2010 | Daily News

The Defense Department has adjusted its $1.6 trillion portfolio of major weapon systems being developed and acquired, formally ushering in 11 new programs and completing paperwork on four major efforts whose procurement runs are complete or nearly finished.

Pages