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Defense Budget Alert

November 9, 2020

As President-elect Biden begins to roll out transition plans, several defense industry executives say they don't expect immediate big changes under a new administration.

November 9, 2020

The Government Accountability Office says it is unable to “assess the quality of the analysis” that led the Defense Department to claim $37 billion in efficiency-related savings because of “a lack of detailed documentation,” though it agrees DOD has made progress over previous years.

November 5, 2020

The Government Accountability Office says it is unable to “assess the quality of the analysis” that led the Defense Department to claim $37 billion in efficiency-related savings because of “a lack of detailed documentation,” though it agrees DOD has made progress over previous years.

November 3, 2020

The Defense Department has slammed the door on public access to a Google-like research tool that allows users to quickly navigate the U.S. military’s unclassified and unwieldy annual budget -- now more than $700 billion and spread across scores of volumes, some thousands of pages long -- moving the important resource behind a firewall where it sits with classified research accessible to government employees only. 

October 27, 2020

The leaders of the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee are split on Defense Secretary Mark Esper's statements about his new plan to build up the Navy.

October 21, 2020

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith (D-WA) said today he remains "unconvinced" by the liberal wing of his party pushing for major cuts to the Pentagon, but stressed he is open to the debate if Democrats win unified control of the federal government.

October 9, 2020

The Pentagon is requesting approval from Congress to reprogram $1.7 billion in defense funds across a range of programs, identifying some areas where funds are available for transfer because of training reductions and facility closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

October 1, 2020

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord told lawmakers today the Defense Department is justified in distributing COVID-19 bailout funds to defense contractors economically hurt by the pandemic and said Congress needs to provide billions more.

September 28, 2020

Congress has granted the Pentagon approval to reprogram $1.6 billion to shore up the military's working capital funds, which have experienced shortfalls due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 22, 2020

The Navy has spent $300 million in Defense Production Act funding over the past three months to strengthen its supply chains, according to the service's acquisition executive.

September 21, 2020

The House has filed a stopgap continuing resolution that would extend the period by which contractors can be reimbursed for remaining in a "ready state" during the COVID-19 pandemic.

September 21, 2020

House Democrats have crafted a stopgap spending measure that allows the Pentagon an exemption from normal restrictions so it can award contracts for the Navy's first two Columbia-class submarines.

September 16, 2020

The White House has sent the Senate Armed Services Committee a list of provisions in the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill it does not like, but chose to lead with one President Trump has said would make him veto the entire must-pass bill -- the re-naming of U.S. military bases that currently honor Confederate leaders.

September 16, 2020

As the Space Force prepares for the likelihood of a continuing resolution, the service chief Gen. John Raymond said this week he's concerned about programmatic impacts, operations and maintenance shortfalls and the transfer of space accounts from the Air Force to the Space Force.

September 9, 2020

House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said today the House and Senate are unlikely to pass a final fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill before the November election.

September 8, 2020

The White House is prioritizing the need to fund two Columbia-class submarines and restructure the Space Force in the event lawmakers cannot agree to pass regular appropriations bills and are forced to pass a stopgap spending measure, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

August 21, 2020

A Washington defense budget analyst is looking at the Pentagon's future spending plans and warning they could very well collide with political forces now building because of the COVID-19 pandemic and historic federal deficits.

August 18, 2020

U.S. Special Operations Command purchased and fielded $815 million worth of military gear "without verifying that the equipment meets user needs," according to a Defense Department inspector general report on an audit spanning two years.

August 6, 2020

The Pentagon is telling Congress it needs $11 billion in emergency supplemental funding to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic across its acquisition portfolio and the U.S. defense industrial base, according to a new document obtained by Inside Defense outlining expected delays to specific programs.

July 31, 2020

The White House is threatening President Trump will veto a House minibus bill that includes fiscal year 2021 defense funding over a wide range of provisions, including new restrictions on the Pentagon's reprogramming authority.

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