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Defense Budget Alert

February 19, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is moving to rein in the Strategic Capabilities Office by slashing the organization's fiscal year 2021 budget to $767 million -- a one-third decrement compared to the SCO's $1.1 billion this year -- in the latest twist in an bureaucratic brawl over the future of the organization.

February 19, 2020 | Daily News

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly yesterday announced the service would conduct a "Stem-to-Stern Review" of the Navy's programs with the goal of finding $40 billion in savings.

February 18, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon is requesting about $2 billion in fiscal year 2021 for F-35 continuous modernization efforts -- an increase from the FY-20 budget projection as a result of the unforeseen complexity of a major technology refresh effort as well as the planned ramp-up of Block 4 upgrades.

February 13, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is transferring $3.8 billion from various procurement programs to fund construction of a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

February 12, 2020 | Daily News

The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee said today his first look at the Pentagon's fiscal year 2021 budget left him with "heartburn" over several issues, but stressed he supports the overall request.

February 12, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force today confirmed that its $168.9 billion fiscal year 2021 budget request reallocated $21 billion in legacy investment across the future years defense program to fund "future force capabilities."

February 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2021 budget request would increase funding the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center as it begins the development and fielding of AI applications for warfighting operations, according to the center's director.

February 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force’s fiscal year 2021 budget proposes a significant scope reduction to a major B-2 upgrade after development problems delayed the program’s initial operational capability target date by two years.

February 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force’s fiscal year 2021 budget request doesn't project the service will meet its optimum fighter aircraft procurement rate of 72 aircraft within the next five years, showing a stagnant F-35 buy-rate of 48 aircraft per year and a gradual increase in F-15EX procurement.

February 11, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is requesting $6.8 billion in military construction for fiscal year 2021, a $9 billion reduction from the previous year.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy plans to purchase fewer battleforce ships in the next five years because that's what it can afford to buy with a flattening defense topline, according to a top service official.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's $168.9 billion fiscal year 2021 budget request proposes a $4.1 billion realignment across the future years defense program to fund increases in future air and space dominance capabilities through cuts to legacy bombers and tankers, Block 20 and 30 Global Hawks, Guard and Reserve Component A-10s and planned missile procurements. (UPDATED)

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy plans to retire four Littoral Combat Ships and one Dock Landing Ship early in fiscal year 2021 as the service seeks to keep up with the new National Defense Strategy.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department's fiscal year 2021 budget request offers the first comprehensive look at the Space Force budget, which calls for $15.4 billion to fund the new service.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force's $168.9 billion fiscal year 2021 budget request proposes a $4.1 billion realignment across the future years defense program to fund increases in future air and space dominance capabilities through cuts to legacy bombers and tankers, Block 20 and 30 Global Hawks, Guard and Reserve Component A-10s and planned missile procurements.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Army is proposing over the fiscal year 2021 future years defense plan to cancel 41 programs and reduce or delay 39 that do not support the National Defense Strategy to free up $13.5 billion to fund its modernization priorities, according to the service's budget request released today.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The Pentagon is proposing a major reconfiguration of plans to protect the nation from North Korean ballistic missiles by starting a new Next Generation Interceptor program while simultaneously adding two "layers" beneath the current defense shield -- a new Terminal High Altitude Area Defense homeland defense capability to work in concert with the Standard Missile-3 Block IIA.

February 10, 2020 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget is projecting essentially flat annual budgets for the Pentagon over the next five years, well below the 3%-5% growth above inflation Defense Secretary Mark Esper said the military will need every year to reorient itself toward China and Russia.

February 08, 2020 | Daily News

The Defense Department is proposing a spending increase in fiscal year 2021 for developmental technologies to prepare for 21st century competitions with China and Russia, but that new boost is coming amid a flat budget and at the expense of existing weapon systems, according to a summary of DOD’s request to Congress reviewed by Inside Defense.
 

February 06, 2020 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said today the Pentagon, on the heels of several spending increases granted by Congress, must "brace" itself for a stagnant budget, though he wants to get on track to 3%-5% annual growth in the coming years.

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