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Defense Budget Alert

September 15, 2018 | Daily News

Lawmakers have rescinded $115 million in fiscal year 2018 Tomahawk missile funding and directed the Navy secretary to conduct a full program review following the service's request to repurpose some of those funds.

September 14, 2018 | Daily News

Congressional appropriators have deemed the Army's current acquisition strategy for a key air and missile defense system unattainable and are seeking cost estimates for alternative plans.

September 14, 2018 | Daily News

Lawmakers have cut $329 million from the Navy's fiscal year 2019 budget for programs the service has deemed "accelerated acquisitions," and are concerned the designation is causing "imprudent program management decisions."

September 14, 2018 | Daily News

House and Senate appropriators have agreed to a final $675 billion fiscal year 2019 defense spending measure that includes the purchase of 93 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 16 more than the Pentagon's request, and three Littoral Combat Ships, two beyond what was requested for FY-19.

September 14, 2018 | Daily News

The defense spending bill agreed to by conference negotiators limits how the Pentagon can spend its funding for cloud efforts, including the high-profile Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure initiative. 

September 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon since 2011 has been unable to prove that a series of internal efficiency initiatives have saved billions and its latest effort may be headed for a significant disruption.

September 06, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon is considering a plan to potentially spend $450 million to enhance existing fencing and construct additional barriers along 31 miles of an Arizona bombing range that borders Mexico.

September 05, 2018 | Daily News

Ahead of the Navy's next force structure assessment, the service aims to "pull together something" quicker to help inform the fiscal year 2020 budget request, according to the Navy's top requirements officer.

September 05, 2018 | Daily News

The House Armed Services Committee's top Democrat, in line to become the next chairman should his party win a majority in November, said today the defense budget is too big and that the United States should not “cling” to notions of post-World War II dominance given today's fiscal and geopolitical realities.

September 01, 2018 | Daily News

Congress returns to Washington this week with 11 legislative days before the end of the fiscal year, leaving lawmakers little time to compromise on several spending bills, including one to fund the Pentagon, or pass a stopgap continuing resolution to stave off a government shutdown.

August 29, 2018 | Daily News

The Senate is seeking to rescind more than $2 billion previously appropriated to Pentagon investment accounts, with Air Force research and development as well as procurement accounts slated to absorb more than half of the proposed cuts.

August 15, 2018 | Daily News

The White House "strongly objects" to a measure in the Senate's fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill that would add $475 million to procure a second Littoral Combat Ship, as well as host of provisions, according to a recent statement of administration policy.

August 15, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon's fiscal years 2020 and 2021 base budget allocations will total $550 billion and $563 billion respectively -- dramatically below Trump administration plans -- if discretionary spending caps required by the 2011 Budget Control Act for those two years are not adjusted, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.

August 15, 2018 | Daily News

President Trump says he has "constitutional concerns" with dozens of provisions in the Fiscal Year 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, including those addressing U.S.-Russian military cooperation, continued stationing of American troops on the Korean Peninsula and the management of several weapon systems.

August 14, 2018 | Daily News

Army senior leaders in developing its six-year spending plan required program managers to "justify" the purpose of any effort that does not directly support one of the service's six modernization priorities, according to the vice chief of staff.

July 24, 2018 | Daily News

Congressional authorizers now recommend the Air Force receive $300 million to buy light-attack aircraft in fiscal year 2019, a compromise that includes nearly all the money authorized by the Senate earlier this year.

July 23, 2018 | Daily News

Senate and House authorizers now jointly endorse the Air Force's plan to pursue an Advanced Battle Management System instead of recapitalizing the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, according to congressional staffers who briefed reporters on the conference version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill Monday.

July 23, 2018 | Daily News

House and Senate authorizers fell short of endorsing the president's call for a Space Force in their compromise defense policy bill, but lawmakers do propose a number of provisions to streamline space acquisition and establish a strong space warfighting cadre within the Defense Department.

July 23, 2018 | Daily News

House and Senate lawmakers have included an authorization for $250 million to boost the submarine industrial base and allow the Navy to negotiate up to 12 Virginia-class submarines in upcoming Block V contract talks, according to a senior House Armed Services committee aide who briefed reporters on the fiscal year 2019 defense policy conference bill.

July 23, 2018 | Daily News

House and Senate lawmakers have finalized a massive defense policy bill that blocks the delivery of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to Turkey pending a report from the Pentagon and allows new sanctions waivers for U.S. allies who purchase Russian weapons, according to congressional staffers who briefed reporters on Capitol Hill.