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Defense Budget Alert

September 12, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Appropriations Committee Democrats today voted against the fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill after failing to add measures that would block the Pentagon from spending funds on President Trump’s southern border wall.

September 12, 2019 | Daily News

Senate lawmakers are criticizing the Army's inconsistency in communicating changes resulting from its budget review process dubbed "Night Court," as well as the service's "reluctance" to share acquisition materials.

September 10, 2019 | Daily News

A Senate panel today marked up its version of the fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill in accordance with a bipartisan budget deal, appropriating $622 billion in base spending, $70.7 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations and $1.7 billion in emergency funding.

September 09, 2019 | Daily News

A partisan battle over President Trump’s efforts to divert Defense Department money to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is poised to snarl House and Senate negotiations over upcoming defense policy and spending bills, despite lawmakers having already reached a broad budget agreement.

September 05, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's fiscal year 2021 budget submission has been shaped by a vigorous planning and programming process -- similar to the Army's infamous "Night Court" -- aimed at assuring the service's proposed investments align with the National Defense Strategy.

September 04, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has sent Congress a list of military construction programs it intends to defer so $3.6 billion can be diverted to pay for barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border.

September 04, 2019 | Daily News

The White House has sent a 21-page list of "anomalies" to Congress seeking exemptions for a variety of federal spending priorities -- including the establishment of a Space Development Agency, continued development of hypersonic weapons and new background investigations -- in the likely event lawmakers pass a stopgap continuing resolution.

September 03, 2019 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper will order the Pentagon to defer military construction projects so $3.6 billion can be diverted to build barriers along the U.S.-Mexico border, according to a letter he sent Tuesday to the House Armed Services Committee.

September 03, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department says its ongoing reform efforts have saved or are expected to save $18.4 billion between fiscal years 2017 and 2020, but the Government Accountability Office says DOD can't prove it.

September 03, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional staffers say they expect the Defense Department to begin fiscal year 2020 on a stopgap continuing resolution, despite lawmakers having already agreed to a broader bipartisan budget deal.

August 28, 2019 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper today heralded a new internal budget review as a chance for the Pentagon to "make tough decisions" that better align resources with the National Defense Strategy, which calls for greater focus on China and Russia.

August 28, 2019 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper today heralded a new internal budget review as a chance for the Pentagon to "make tough decisions" that better align resources with the National Defense Strategy, which calls for greater focus on China and Russia.

August 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department in mid-July requested authority from Congress to shift nearly $1 billion to address "unforeseen military requirements," but lawmakers approved a transfer of only $670 million, according to a new Pentagon budgetary reprogramming document.

August 21, 2019 | Daily News

Whether Pentagon funds should be used to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border remains a key point of contention between the House and Senate as lawmakers prepare to hash out a final defense authorization bill, according to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe (R-OK).

August 19, 2019 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a review of a $116 billion Defense Department account outside the purview of the military services, stoking concern that officials will search for savings in civilian-led corners of the Pentagon already picked clean by previous efficiency initiatives.

August 12, 2019 | Daily News

Mike Griffin, the Pentagon's chief technology officer, is canceling plans to produce detailed spending justifications for high-priority projects sought by combatant commanders -- jeopardizing more than a dozen new projects proposed this spring for the U.S. military's fiscal year 2021 budget request.

August 05, 2019 | Daily News

The estimated price tag for the Defense Department's roster of big-ticket weapons projects has grown to more than $2 trillion, an increase of $101 million compared to last year as the U.S. military prepares for great power competition with China and Russia, laying plans for more missiles, ships and aircraft.

July 24, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-TX), the ranking member on the House Armed Services Committee who helped guide past budget deals to significantly boost defense spending, said today he supports the latest two-year budget compromise reached by the White House and Congress, despite the fact it is $12 billion less for the Pentagon that he thinks is necessary.

July 23, 2019 | Daily News

The new two-year budget agreement means the Defense Department will absorb about $580 billion in reductions between fiscal years 2012 and 2021, far less than the $1 trillion worst-case scenario that originally loomed as part of the 2011 Budget Control Act, but still substantial reductions compared to plans set by U.S. military leaders in 2011.

July 22, 2019 | Daily News

A new, two-year bipartisan budget deal reached by the White House and congressional Republicans and Democrats would set total defense spending for fiscal year 2020 at $738 billion, $12 billion short of the $750 billion sought by the White House and GOP, according to government sources.

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