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Defense Budget Alert

January 28, 2013 | Daily News

The Navy will face a $4 billion operations and maintenance cut in fiscal year 2013 if sequestration is triggered in March, forcing the fleet to stop all deployments to the Caribbean and South America and curb other movements around the globe, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert writes in a memo.

January 25, 2013 | Inside the Army

A new assessment considers the loss of 126,000 personnel as a worst-case scenario Army leaders may have to face as they orchestrate a force-reduction slated to save billions of dollars by late 2017.

January 24, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

Pentagon officials must ensure that they do not take steps to harm acquisition workforce improvements or hinder critical hiring efforts in light of potential confusion over sequestration guidance, according to Defense Department guidance.

January 18, 2013 | Inside the Navy
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus recently released a memorandum detailing ways the sea service will cut back on expenses in order to continue operating in the event of sequestration and a year-long continuing resolution, while noting that the efforts would not be enough to prevent severe damage to the fleet.
January 17, 2013 | Daily News

The Navy is in the midst of planning how the service would deal with both a year-long continuing resolution and sequestration, a looming threat that would irrevocably harm the service should it happen, top service officials said today at the Surface Navy Association's annual symposium in Arlington, VA.

January 17, 2013 | Daily News

The Pentagon's acquisition chief has directed the services to provide information on the impact of a 10 percent cut to science and technology programs, according to guidance on handling budgetary uncertainty issued Jan. 15.

January 16, 2013 | Daily News

The Army has issued guidance on how to reduce spending to mitigate "significant budgetary uncertainty in the coming months," according to a memo signed today by the Army secretary and chief of staff.

January 15, 2013 | Daily News

Air Force leaders yesterday instructed the service's major commands to begin implementing small-scale cost-saving actions linked to sequestration, moves laid out by the secretary and chief of staff last week.

January 11, 2013 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is beginning to work on figuring out how to shift efforts that have been funded with wartime spending into the baseline budget, a "couple-billion-dollar hole" the service will need to fill once supplemental funding goes away, a top Navy official said last week.
January 11, 2013 | Inside the Navy
Continuing resolutions that cap spending at prior-year levels create a "fundamental problem" for Navy ship maintenance officials who are forced each year to change plans and lay off skilled technicians, creating gaps that can't be filled when a bill is finally passed, a top Navy official said last week.
January 10, 2013 | Daily News

Pentagon leaders today moved to brace the Defense Department for a potentially severe blow to the military budget as soon as this March, directing military services to protect all funding related to the war in Afghanistan and to shield "to the extent feasible" weapons programs "most closely associated with the new defense strategy."

January 10, 2013 | Daily News

The Air Force's secretary and chief of staff this week described in detail the cuts, reductions and delays the service would have to put in place to mitigate the negative impacts of sequestration, the most eye-popping of which is a possible flying stand-down this summer.

January 10, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's director for defense procurement and acquisition policy wants the department to reassess its policies, goals and objectives for Economy Act and non-Economy Act interagency acquisitions.

January 09, 2013 | Daily News

The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee has no immediate plans to ask the service chiefs for lists of programs they would boost if given more money, a practice used during the boom years of the last decade to pump tens of billions of additional dollars into the Pentagon, but one that has yielded far less in recent years.

January 07, 2013 | Daily News

The Pentagon's share of the revised fiscal year 2013 potential sequestration bill is about $45 billion, a reduction from a potential $62 billion FY-13 liability reformulated as part of the New Year's Day law that postponed until March the deadline for a large deficit reduction package, a senior Defense Department official said today.

January 04, 2013 | Inside the Army

The Army is moving forward with a range of construction
projects aimed at getting service formations from their stateside bases to
worldwide hotspots more quickly in the future, according to the Army's fiscal
year 2012 annual financial report.

January 03, 2013 | Inside the Air Force

With parts of the "fiscal cliff" debate settled but the possibility of sequestration still hanging over the Defense Department, the Air Force is adjusting to the terms of the recently approved American Taxpayer Relief Act while working through unique budgeting circumstances that span several years of funding, according to a senior official.

January 03, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

House and Senate authorizers have rejected a Defense Department request to repeal legislation requiring the use of only fixed-priced contracts for the rapid acquisition of urgent needs.

January 03, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

House and Senate authorizers have approved several force-shaping measures requested by the Defense Department that would enable more voluntary retirements as the department prepares for a military personnel drawdown.

January 03, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon obligated $633.8 million in fiscal year 2011 for the Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund, with a majority of the money going toward recruiting and hiring, acquisition chief Frank Kendall told Congress in a recent report.