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Defense Budget Alert

March 26, 2019 | Daily News

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said today the Pentagon fully understands the "downsides" to overturning decades of precedent to reprogram $1 billion in Army personnel funding to construct 57 miles of fencing on the southern border without the approval of Congress, especially since lawmakers have warned that could lead them to eliminating the Pentagon's funding flexibility altogether.

March 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon today shifted $1 billion from Army funds to a counternarcotics account to construct 57 miles of fencing along the United States-Mexico border, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

March 25, 2019 | Daily News

Despite a $600 million cut to the European Deterrence Initiative, the head of U.S. European Command is not seeking specific funding increases to the fiscal year 2020 budget.

March 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has sent Congress a $600 million reprogramming request for near-term hurricane recovery, but will need supplemental funding to cover $9 billion in damage across multiple fiscal years, according to an internal memo from acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan.

March 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force has sent Congress a $2.7 billion unfunded priorities list for fiscal year 2020, the bulk of which would be used to procure additional KC-46 tankers and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

March 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has sent Congress a $4 billion list of unfunded military lab construction priorities that were not approved for the fiscal year 2020 budget submission, but that Pentagon technology chief Mike Griffin would like to see completed anyway, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

March 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Army has sent Congress a $2.3 billion list of unfunded priorities, including more than $1 billion for readiness requirements, $403 million in weapon system "lethality" upgrades, $247 million for modernization and $564.5 million for infrastructure requirements, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

March 22, 2019 | Daily News

As the Army pursues a massive reorganization of funding in its fiscal year 2020 budget request -- to the tune of $33 billion across the five-year defense plan -- service leaders are already deciding how to squeeze out more money in FY-21 and beyond for their top modernization priorities.

March 20, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has submitted to Congress a list of military construction projects from around the globe that could be delayed to finance the construction of a wall on the southern border.

March 18, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has submitted to Congress a list of military construction projects from around the globe that could be delayed to finance the construction of a wall on the southern border.

March 18, 2019 | Daily News

The Army has lifted the veil on its plans for a Strategic Long Range Cannon, outlining a $228 million, three-year funding project that aims to mature technologies for both weapons and munitions in order to one day dramatically increase the reach of its artillery forces and advance a key leadership priority to bolster the punch of the service's long-range precision fires inventory.

March 18, 2019 | Daily News

The Army is planning to start a new, three-year effort to integrate an advanced seeker into the Guided Multiple Launch Rocket System long-range precision fire weapon as part of a nearly $140 million program in fiscal year 2020.

March 18, 2019 | Daily News

The Army is seeking to slow-roll procurement of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, its personnel carrier replacement, to save money for other modernization projects, cutting the number of vehicles it was projected to buy in fiscal year 2021.

March 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy plans to request a $205.6 billion topline, including what is projected to be the largest requested shipbuilding budget in 20 years, according to fiscal year 2020 budget briefing slides obtained by Inside Defense.

March 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy's new force-structure assessment, slated for release later this year, will "validate" the service's decision to retire a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier early, according to the Navy's deputy assistant secretary for budget.

March 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Army's $182.3 billion fiscal year 2020 budget request would advance key service priorities through new research and development projects, including funding for contract awards supporting the Next Generation Combat Vehicle program and completion of the initial design phase for a major helicopter replacement program.

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan sought to defend the Pentagon's fiscal year 2020 budget on Capitol Hill today as senators cited the Defense Department for misusing its Overseas Contingency Operations account to circumvent statutory spending caps.

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force is seeking to expand its missile inventory and hypersonics research, according to its fiscal year 2020 defense budget request.

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy's fiscal year 2020 budget confirms the lead ship procurement cost for the service's next-generation frigate will be $1.3 billion, a figure that is slightly higher than previous projections stated by Navy officials.

March 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's fiscal year 2020 budget proposes a flat F-35 procurement rate that would buy 48 jets per year across the future years defense program -- a reduction the service plans to offset by purchasing 80 Boeing-made F-15EX aircraft over that same period.

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