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Defense Budget Alert

March 09, 2020 | Daily News

U.S. Cyber Command is seeking a $42 million increase to its budget in fiscal year 2021 as it ramps up "defend forward" operations targeting adversaries on networks based abroad.

March 06, 2020 | Daily News

U.S. Special Operations Command has sent Congress a nearly $1 billion "unfunded priorities" list, which includes aircraft, precision munitions and communications systems mostly to support operations in the Middle East and Africa, according to "for official use only" documents obtained by Inside Defense.

February 27, 2020 | Daily News

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said today he has plans to "claw back" billions of defense dollars the Trump administration has slated for modernizing nuclear weapons and building a southern border wall.

February 27, 2020 | Daily News

ORLANDO, FL -- The Air Force is preparing to defend its fiscal year 2021 budget realignments to Congress, holding classified briefings with lawmakers and staffers ahead of hearings likely to expose the service's proposals to heavy scrutiny.

February 26, 2020 | Daily News

Pentagon leaders appeared before skeptical lawmakers today to pitch them a budget plan that would cut legacy weapons in favor of new technologies -- a tall task given Congress' traditional resistance to ambitious change and the Defense Department's checkered modernization record.

February 24, 2020 | Daily News

House lawmakers on Wednesday will hear from Defense Secretary Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, who will attempt to justify their fiscal year 2021 budget request amid political opposition to the Pentagon’s bankrolling of President Trump's border wall.

February 21, 2020 | Daily News

U.S. Transportation Command says its top unfunded priority is aerial refueling and recommends Congress provide additional funds beyond its regular budget request for the KC-135 and KC-10 aircraft, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

February 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency has provided Congress a $1.1 billion wish list to finance nine projects above and beyond the agency's $9.2 billion fiscal year 2021 budget request, additional undertakings that -- if funded -- would increase Standard Missile-3 Block IIA interceptor procurement, hypersonic defense funding and buy an additional Terminal High Altitude Area Defense battery.

February 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Navy's annual wish list for fiscal year 2021 is $5.4 billion and features one Virginia-class submarine.

February 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Army is asking Congress for $7 billion in its fiscal year 2021 unfunded priorities list, including $985.4 million for the service’s modernization priorities.

February 21, 2020 | Daily News

U.S. Central Command is asking Congress for $371 million for "unfunded priorities," most of which would go to purchase MQ-9 unmanned aerial vehicles, which were recently cut to pay for President Trump's wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

February 21, 2020 | Daily News

The Marine Corps' wish list for fiscal year 2021 comes to $769.8 million, which includes a ground-based anti-ship missile the service hopes to purchase.

February 21, 2020 | Daily News

The chief of U.S. Northern Command has submitted a list of unfunded priorities to Congress seeking additional funds for Arctic communications and radar to counter cruise missiles and drones, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

February 20, 2020 | Daily News

The Air Force this week sent Congress a $4.2 billion fiscal year 2021 unfunded priorities list, which includes $1 billion for the Space Force, $1.1 billion to buy 12 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft and about $736 million for facility sustainment efforts.

February 19, 2020 | Daily News

An internal Pentagon review that resulted in $5.7 billion in savings has led to the termination of three classified weapons programs managed by the secretive Strategic Capabilities Office, according to newly released budget documents.

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.

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