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Defense Budget Alert

June 11, 2018 | Daily News

Two major House Armed Services Committee initiatives for fast-attack submarines and aircraft carriers are absent in the House Appropriations defense subcommittee's mark-up of the fiscal year 2019 military spending bill.

June 07, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate has begun debate on legislation that could force a broad review and restructuring of the Pentagon's top acquisition programs as the U.S. military wrestles with plans to prioritize global competitions with China and Russia over counterterrorism missions in the Middle East.

May 25, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to authorize military end-strength levels below the Trump administration's fiscal year 2019 request to insulate the Pentagon's modernization accounts from the potential return of spending caps in FY-20, according to staffers who briefed reporters Friday on the committee's defense authorization bill.

May 25, 2018 | Daily News

A Senate panel is pushing the Navy to focus on submarine industrial base second- and third-tier vendors in its mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill.

May 25, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill seeks to better align the Defense Department's budget request with the National Defense Strategy and, for the first time in recent memory, requires a major review of the U.S. military's roles, missions and requirements.

May 23, 2018 | Daily News

The White House has registered objections to several reform proposals in the House Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill, opposing provisions that would eliminate or transfer the Strategic Capabilities Office, expand the authority of the Defense Department's chief management officer and migrate the capabilities of the Defense Information Systems Agency to other Pentagon entities.

May 18, 2018 | Daily News

A war-funding account that has been derided by critics for years as a "slush fund" may have finally reached a political inflection point in Congress, but statutory budget caps set to return next year could derail ongoing efforts to increase fiscal transparency at the Pentagon.

May 16, 2018 | Daily News

During a May 15 hearing of the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee, lawmakers queried Army senior leaders about the service’s plans to modernize and called for disciplined execution of its increased funding.

May 16, 2018 | Daily News

Lawmakers aim to support the Army's effort to build a division-sized prepositioned set of equipment in Europe, but would not categorize the move as a wartime expense.

May 15, 2018 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said today his top priority is to ensure the fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill is signed into law before Oct. 1 and is accompanied by timely appropriations legislation.

May 09, 2018 | Daily News

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) told Defense Secretary Jim Mattis today the Defense Department would make budgetary history under his watch.

May 09, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department has established a new line in its spending forecast to account for shifting $190 billion from war costs back into the base budget between fiscal years 2020 and 2023, according to the office of the Pentagon's comptroller.

May 05, 2018 | Daily News

Defense Department Chief Management Officer Jay Gibson, who is in charge of the Pentagon's latest effort in a long history of initiatives to find business efficiencies that can be redirected to new spending on military readiness and weapon systems, says this time is different.

May 04, 2018 | Daily News

Republicans and Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee set to embark on their annual debate over the national defense authorization bill next week will face several key policy disagreements, one of which is over a proposal to cut the Pentagon's civilian management agencies, the so-called "Fourth Estate," by 25 percent.

April 26, 2018 | Daily News

A two-year, bipartisan spending deal brokered in February has granted the Pentagon a period of fiscal stability, but that window is quickly closing as Congress eyes 2018 midterm elections and the return of mandatory budget caps.

April 24, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon is not planning for another significant funding boost in fiscal year 2020 and is exploring ways to make budgetary "headroom" to support a host of new modernization investments being drawn up by a new innovation team, according to Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.

April 23, 2018 | Daily News

A quartet of Army officials thanked lawmakers for the two-year budget deal that established higher funding levels for defense in fiscal year 2018 and FY-19, but repeated the familiar call for long-term fiscal stability.

April 20, 2018 | Daily News

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said this week the service scrutinized nearly 1,200 low-budget programs for potential cost-savings to shape the fiscal year 2020 budget.

April 12, 2018 | Daily News

Increased funding is helping the Army restore readiness and modernize the force, but the return of the spending caps imposed by the Budget Control Act would severely harm this work, according to the service’s top uniformed and civilian officials.

April 09, 2018 | Daily News

The United States is projected to spend $3.325 trillion on defense over the next five years -- and nearly $7 trillion over the next decade -- amid a period of historic deficit increases, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.