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Defense Budget Alert

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is submitting a fiscal year 2020 budget requesting a $9 billion increase in research, development, test and evaluation dollars for new weapon systems, while procurement funding would decrease by $4.2 billion primarily because of planned cuts to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, according to budget documents released today.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's $165.5 billion fiscal year 2020 budget request -- a $10 billion increase over FY-19 -- would buy 48 F-35s, procure eight new F-15EX fighters, boost research and development efforts by more than $4 billion and fund the creation of a Space Force headquarters.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is submitting a fiscal year 2020 budget requesting a $9 billion increase in research, development, test and evaluation dollars for new weapon systems, while procurement funding would decrease by $4.2 billion primarily because of planned cuts to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, according to budget documents released today.

March 12, 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 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Army is requesting about $183 billion in fiscal year 2020, and the Defense Department is adding to that request $9 billion in military construction funding that could potentially finance construction of a southern border wall, according to a service official.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan is angling to become permanent Pentagon chief, with his closest supporters highlighting his role in key areas, like navigating internal politics to deliver a final Space Force proposal, helping to engineer billions in budget increases and working to pivot President Trump away from planned troop withdrawals in the Middle East that had initially alarmed military leaders.

March 11, 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 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 11, 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. (UPDATED)

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.

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