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Defense Budget Alert

January 03, 2013 | Inside the Pentagon

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) is confident his plan to set up consequences if the Pentagon fails to achieve an unqualified audit opinion will become law, despite House and Senate conferees removing this provision from the final version of the fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill.

January 02, 2013 | Daily News

The Defense Department faces significant uncertainty in early 2013 given a two-month deferment of sequestration approved in this week's "fiscal cliff" deal, as well as other factors that could delay the Pentagon's budget process, according to defense sources.

December 18, 2012 | Daily News

House and Senate conferees have agreed on a fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill that includes $552.2 billion in the base budget and $88.5 billion for overseas contingencies operations, approves multiyear deals for shipbuilding and aircraft programs, permits the purchase and production of biofuels and tightens controls on cost overruns in major acquisition programs, lawmakers said today.

December 18, 2012 | Daily News

A 2009 law mandating high-level Pentagon focus on weapon system requirements, costs and schedules prompted the Navy to wring $3 billion from the estimated Ohio Class Replacement submarine program and the Army to dial back requirements for the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle to reduce unit cost estimates by 30 percent, according to congressional investigators.

December 14, 2012 | Inside the Army

Army officials are expected to decide by March what research
projects will benefit from a recent infusion of $50 million from Defense
Department coffers, according to a service spokesman.

December 12, 2012 | Daily News

As House and Senate conferees near an agreement on the fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is making a final push to advocate changes the White House proposed earlier this year for both chambers' versions of the legislation.

December 06, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Improving the agility of the Defense Department's acquisition system over the next decade is the Pentagon's single biggest economic challenge, according to a DOD official charged with assessing the performance of major weapons programs.

December 04, 2012 | Daily News

A legislative provision adopted last week by the Senate calls on the Defense Department to provide a comprehensive accounting of the U.S. force posture in the Asia-Pacific region, calculate costs associated with executing the full range of planned missions there and conduct a risk assessment of its overall plans.

December 03, 2012 | Daily News

More than 100 defense industry leaders sent President Obama a letter today urging the administration and lawmakers to find an immediate solution to the budget crisis before sequestration takes effect early next year.

November 28, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The
Pentagon's decision to halt Defense Contract Audit Agency reviews of lower-cost
contracts will cost taxpayers nearly $250 million per year in lost potential
return on investment, the Defense Department inspector general contends in a
new report that has been strongly refuted by senior DOD officials.

November 27, 2012 | Daily News

The Navy is ill-equipped to handle a year-long continuing resolution -- especially if combined with sequestration, according to the service's chief of resources.

November 20, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Navy and the Air Force have missed nearly half of their short-term audit-readiness deadlines over the past six months, but the Pentagon believes it is still on track to reach its upcoming goals, according to a new Defense Department report.

November 20, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Marine Corps is poised to achieve a milestone in its quest to become audit ready, but on Capitol Hill there are concerns the service has lowered the bar after failing earlier to secure a favorable audit opinion.

November 20, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department ended fiscal year 2012 with $105.7 billion in unobligated funds, exposing modernization accounts to a larger portion of a potential $54.7 billion sequestration bill if lawmakers and the president do not agree to a long-term, deficit-reduction plan by Jan. 2.

November 09, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army has saved nearly $500 million through the
implementation of information-technology reforms this year, according to the
service's chief information officer.

November 08, 2012 | Daily News

With lawmakers returning to Capitol Hill next week for the lame-duck session, the biggest advocacy groups for the U.S. military services are urging Congress to keep sequestration from being triggered in January.

November 05, 2012 | Daily News

The Pentagon will begin measuring the productivity of major defense acquisition programs, including the contractors that build big-ticket weapons and military organizations that oversee the purchases, Defense Department acquisition chief Frank Kendall said today.

October 26, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Ground Combat Vehicle, one of the Army's premier modernization efforts, is being targeted by Pentagon cost-cutters in ways that could lead to a broad program restructuring or force a down-select to a single contractor earlier than expected, Inside the Army has learned.

October 26, 2012 | Inside the Army

While great uncertainty continues to surround the issue of sequestration, the Army's program executive officer for ground combat systems said last week that the weapon systems under his purview might weather serious budget cuts better than others.

October 26, 2012 | Inside the Army

To better use modernization funding in an era of declining budgets, the service will push for greater alignment between its science and technology base and its programs of record, the Army's acquisition chief announced last week.

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