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Defense Budget Alert

February 14, 2018 | Daily News

The military service vice chiefs, who last year generated alarm by testifying before the Senate Armed Services Committee that U.S. military readiness had been compromised, today delivered a more optimistic message following a bipartisan budget deal poised to pump an additional $165 billion into the Defense Department over the next two years.

February 14, 2018 | Daily News

In its fiscal year 2019 budget request, the Army seeks funding to help it revamp its communications and mission command infrastructure.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon, which will no longer lobby Congress for another round of base realignments and closures, intends to find $6 billion in efficiencies in fiscal year 2019 by establishing a new management task force composed of senior officials and executing a variety of unnamed initiatives.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency is seeking $9.9 billion in fiscal year 2019 -- an increase of more than 20 percent compared to the Trump administration's earlier plans -- signaling concern by policy makers about the growing threat and increasing complexity of long-range missiles from adversaries such as North Korea and a potential new class of ultra-fast, maneuvering weapons from China and Russia.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

Before Congress finalized a two-year spending deal, the Defense Department planned to finance a multibillion-dollar budget buildup through its controversial Overseas Contingency Operations account. Now, it is reversing course and projects it will begin phasing out OCO in FY-20.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration is backing the new National Defense Strategy with a 10-year, $7.2 trillion spending forecast -- a boost of more than $1 trillion compared to the most recent Obama plan -- including a near-term drive to propel the Pentagon's annual budget above $700 billion beginning in FY-20, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2019 budget request includes $13.7 billion for science and technology, a modest bump above last year's request, to continue investments in areas like artificial intelligence, autonomy and hypersonics.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's $156.3 billion fiscal year 2019 budget proposal calls for 48 new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 15 KC-46 aerial refuelers and 36,000 Joint Direct Attack Munitions.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration's fiscal year 2019 budget request seeks $182.1 billion for the Army -- $148.4 billion in the base budget and $33.7 billion in the Overseas Contingency Operations account.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration today unveiled the outlines of a $686 billion budget for the Defense Department in fiscal year 2019 that includes a $20 billion placeholder for military spending increases set as part of the recent two-year budget deal.

February 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Navy is requesting $179.1 billion in the fiscal year 2019 base budget and $15 billion in wartime funding that would, in total, fund the construction of 14 new ships.

February 08, 2018 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, citing an ongoing Pentagon audit, pledged today to "wisely" spend the $165 billion in additional defense funding Congress is poised to grant the Defense Department in fiscal years 2018 and 2019.

February 08, 2018 | Daily News

During a Feb. 7 hearing of the Senate Armed Services airland subcommittee, a quartet of Army senior leaders issued a familiar call for funding increases and budget stability, while seeking greater flexibility to pursue the service's modernization priorities.

February 07, 2018 | Daily News

Senate leaders today broke a political logjam over federal spending, announcing a two-year budget agreement that would raise statutory caps on defense spending for fiscal years 2018 and 2019 by $165 billion, a deal that -- if agreed to by the House and enacted -- would exceed increases for the Pentagon proposed last year by the Trump administration.

February 06, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2019 budget request, set to be sent to Congress next week, will be missing a key figure -- the Defense Department's actual prior-year allocation, a figure that not only provides context for the new proposal but also provides a foundation for the military's latest fiscal plan and accompanying four-year projection.

February 06, 2018 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis today told lawmakers the Pentagon's upcoming fiscal year 2019 budget request will make new investments in emerging technology areas necessary to address threats from China and Russia.

February 01, 2018 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), one of Capitol Hill's top defense hawks, said today congressional leaders are nearing a budget deal, but stopped short of promising it would prevent another government shutdown.

January 31, 2018 | Daily News

Army senior leaders have made a series of adjustments to the fiscal year 2018 budget, FY-19 request and the program objective memorandum for FY-20 through FY-24 to better resource top modernization priorities.

January 30, 2018 | Daily News

The House, in a largely symbolic move by Republicans, voted 250-166 to pass a $659 billion fiscal year 2018 defense appropriations bill with no hope of passage in the Senate, where Democrats continue to oppose any spending measure that does not include a promise of immigration reform and also provide parity between defense and non-defense priorities.

January 30, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon is eying increased investments in several leap-ahead technologies in fiscal year 2019, but the military's second-highest-ranking officer said the Defense Department would be "gambling" by submitting next year's budget request before Congress reaches an agreement on FY-18 spending levels.

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