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Defense Budget Alert

March 13, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy's new force-structure assessment, slated for release later this year, will "validate" the service's decision to retire a Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carrier early, according to the Navy's deputy assistant secretary for budget.

March 13, 2019 | Daily News

The Army's cross-functional teams in charge of managing the service's modernization priorities under Futures Command would get a total of $5.4 billion in research, development, test and evaluation funding the service has requested for fiscal year 2020, with some programs gaining significant boosts over what the service projected last year.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's fiscal year 2020 budget proposes a flat F-35 procurement rate that would buy 48 jets per year across the future years defense program -- a reduction the service plans to offset by purchasing 80 Boeing-made F-15EX aircraft over that same period.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy's new fiscal year 2020 budget request incorporates $454 million for improvements to the service's public shipyards, and $2.7 billion programmed throughout the future years defense program for those purposes, according to a top Navy budget official.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2020 budget request includes a $9.2 billion "emergency fund" for military construction -- most of which is for a new wall on the southern border -- as well as funds to "backfill" projects being deferred to build the wall and funds for hurricane recovery.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon’s fiscal year 2020 budget request assumes the Defense Department will shift $7.7 billion saved through various reform efforts, including divesting legacy weapon systems, with the money going toward high-priority “lethality” investments.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

In a major setback to Pentagon plans to accelerate development of a new ballistic missile defense interceptor to protect against North Korean and potential Iranian threats, the Missile Defense Agency is delaying development and fielding of the Redesigned Kill Vehicle by up to two years because the warhead blueprint is not ready for prototype manufacturing.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Army's $182.3 billion fiscal year 2020 budget request would advance key service priorities through new research and development projects, including funding for contract awards supporting the Next Generation Combat Vehicle program and completion of the initial design phase for a major helicopter replacement program.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's $165.5 billion fiscal year 2020 budget request -- a $10 billion increase over FY-19 -- would buy 48 F-35s, procure eight new F-15EX fighters, boost research and development efforts by more than $4 billion and fund the creation of a Space Force headquarters.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy plans to retire one of its Nimitz-class nuclear-powered aircraft carriers, according to the service's new $205.6 billion fiscal year 2020 budget request.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's $165.5 billion fiscal year 2020 budget request -- a $10 billion increase over FY-19 -- would buy 48 F-35s, procure eight new F-15EX fighters, boost research and development efforts by more than $4 billion and fund the creation of a Space Force headquarters.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is submitting a fiscal year 2020 budget requesting a $9 billion increase in research, development, test and evaluation dollars for new weapon systems, while procurement funding would decrease by $4.2 billion primarily because of planned cuts to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, according to budget documents released today.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's $165.5 billion fiscal year 2020 budget request -- a $10 billion increase over FY-19 -- would buy 48 F-35s, procure eight new F-15EX fighters, boost research and development efforts by more than $4 billion and fund the creation of a Space Force headquarters.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is submitting a fiscal year 2020 budget requesting a $9 billion increase in research, development, test and evaluation dollars for new weapon systems, while procurement funding would decrease by $4.2 billion primarily because of planned cuts to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, according to budget documents released today.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy plans to request a $205.6 billion topline, including what is projected to be the largest requested shipbuilding budget in 20 years, according to fiscal year 2020 budget briefing slides obtained by Inside Defense.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

The Army is requesting about $183 billion in fiscal year 2020, and the Defense Department is adding to that request $9 billion in military construction funding that could potentially finance construction of a southern border wall, according to a service official.

March 12, 2019 | Daily News

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan is angling to become permanent Pentagon chief, with his closest supporters highlighting his role in key areas, like navigating internal politics to deliver a final Space Force proposal, helping to engineer billions in budget increases and working to pivot President Trump away from planned troop withdrawals in the Middle East that had initially alarmed military leaders.

March 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Government Accountability Office recently found that the Pentagon has returned more than $80 billion in canceled funds to the U.S. Treasury since fiscal year 2013, drawing criticism from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who says the unspent cash raises questions about defense budgets that continue to climb year after year.

March 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department will request funding for 110 new fighter aircraft in the fiscal year 2020 budget request, according to the White House, quantities that appear to align with reports that the Pentagon will seek to reduce F-35 procurement and buy eight new F-15X aircraft.

March 11, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon may be submitting a fiscal year 2020 budget requesting $545 billion in base spending and a controversial $164 billion Overseas Contingency Operations account, but government sources said lawmakers will be able to easily move back $98 billion in OCO funds that actually belong in the base budget. (UPDATED)

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