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Defense Budget Alert

March 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department will request funding for 110 new fighter aircraft in the fiscal year 2020 budget request, according to the White House, quantities that appear to align with reports that the Pentagon will seek to reduce F-35 procurement and buy eight new F-15X aircraft.

March 09, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon may be submitting a fiscal year 2020 budget requesting $545 billion in base spending and a controversial $164 billion Overseas Contingency Operations account, but government sources said lawmakers will be able to easily move back $98 billion in OCO funds that actually belong in the base budget.

March 06, 2019 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office recently found that the Pentagon has returned more than $80 billion in canceled funds to the U.S. Treasury since fiscal year 2013, drawing criticism from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who says the unspent cash raises questions about defense budgets that continue to climb year after year.

March 05, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) tried today to be more supportive of acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan than he has been in the past, but said he wishes former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis would return to the Pentagon.

March 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is signaling it may break with decades of precedent and reprogram $2.5 billion to build President Trump's wall on the southern border without the approval of Congress, a move lawmakers say could imperil billions in annual budgetary flexibility granted to the Pentagon.

February 28, 2019 | Daily News

Pentagon officials told lawmakers today they will soon provide Congress with a state-by-state list of military construction projects slated to be deferred so $3.6 billion can be tapped to build a wall on the southern border.

February 26, 2019 | Daily News

Pentagon leaders are meeting this week to address how the military services would finance construction of a southern border wall, which is set to require $3.6 billion in diverted military construction funds following the president's national emergency declaration.

February 25, 2019 | Daily News

For the first time publicly, the Trump administration is confirming its plans to request from Congress a massive increase in Overseas Contingency Operations funds, a strategy to beat mandatory budget caps that has shocked lawmakers and analysts.

February 22, 2019 | Daily News

Part of President Trump's plan to use Defense Department funds to construct a wall on the southwestern border is likely to require congressional approval, meaning Democrats would have the power to block it at the committee level.

February 15, 2019 | Daily News

Democrats in Congress say they are eager to learn which military construction projects will go unfunded so President Trump can divert $3.6 billion to build a wall on the southwestern border following his declaration of a national emergency.

February 15, 2019 | Daily News

President Trump will declare a national emergency today to use $3.6 billion in Defense Department military construction funds to build a wall on the southwestern border. Additionally, he will seek to reprogram $2.5 billion to DOD's drug interdiction account from other unidentified Pentagon sources.

February 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department's base budget would have to reach $735 billion by 2033 -- an 11 percent increase from the topline projected for 2023 -- if it is to cover the spending plan the Pentagon envisions, according to the Congressional Budget Office.

February 13, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK) said this week he would back the Pentagon if it submitted a budget requesting a massively inflated warfighting account intended to skirt statutory spending caps, but his Democratic counterpart Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) opposes the move on the grounds that it is a "dramatic retreat . . . from common sense and good government."

February 07, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is preparing to ask Congress for an increase of more than $100 billion in its controversial warfighting account to skirt a mandatory budget cap, but some government officials are worried it will only further the account's appearance as a slush fund.

February 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon expects to submit its fiscal year 2020 budget to Congress in March, more than a month later than previously planned because of delays driven by the longest federal shutdown in U.S. history, according to two government officials.

February 02, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is in discussions with the White House Office of Management and Budget on whether the upcoming defense budget will request money for a southern border wall in fiscal year 2020 and information is beginning to leak to Washington think tankers and other insiders.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department stands ready to transfer billions in spoken-for military construction funds should President Trump declare a national emergency and order the building of a wall on the southern border, though doing so would mean canceling or deferring existing projects prized in both red and blue congressional districts.

February 01, 2019 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office has outlined a number of paths the Defense Department could take to reform its controversial warfighting budget -- the Overseas Contingency Operations account -- but says the Pentagon has yet to decide a course of action as it finalizes its fiscal year 2020 budget amid the renewed onset of statutory budget caps and expected Capitol Hill gridlock.

January 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Marine Corps plans to ask Congress for $14 billion for modernization efforts in its fiscal year 2020 budget request, according to one of the service’s top officials.

January 25, 2019 | Daily News

The Army's fiscal year 2020 budget request and accompanying five-year budget plan will include a total of 194 canceled or reduced programs, according to the service's chief of staff.

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