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Defense Budget Alert

April 12, 2018 | Daily News

Increased funding is helping the Army restore readiness and modernize the force, but the return of the spending caps imposed by the Budget Control Act would severely harm this work, according to the service’s top uniformed and civilian officials.

April 09, 2018 | Daily News

The United States is projected to spend $3.325 trillion on defense over the next five years -- and nearly $7 trillion over the next decade -- amid a period of historic deficit increases, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.

April 04, 2018 | Daily News

Five Air Force procurement programs saw cost swings of more than $1 billion over the last year, and 24 of the service's systems shrank by $2.5 billion in aggregate, the Defense Department said this week.

April 03, 2018 | Daily News

The estimated cost for the Pentagon's major weapon system acquisition portfolio grew by $177 billion, or more than 10 percent, over the last year, swelling from $1.7 trillion to $1.9 trillion.

April 03, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Department could be forced to strip more than $260 billion in planned spending from its fiscal year 2020 and 2021 budgets if discretionary spending caps required by the Budget Control Act for those two years are not adjusted, according to a new report from the Congressional Budget Office.

March 26, 2018 | Daily News

When President Trump was elected in late 2016, defense advocates readied for increased spending, confident his arrival would mean far larger budgets. But for nearly the past 18 months, that prediction has faced doubts and political gridlock, as Congress continued to rely on stopgap spending measures.

March 22, 2018 | Daily News

The most important piece of the massive, $1.3 trillion omnibus spending bill is the $700 billion defense budget contained within it, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said today ahead of a final vote.

March 21, 2018 | Daily News

The House’s fiscal year 2018 omnibus appropriations bill will propose new flexibility for the Defense Department in how it spends operations and maintenance funds, according to a congressional staffer close to the matter.

March 14, 2018 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency has provided Congress a $1.2 billion wish list to finance 16 projects that were not included in the agency's $9.9 billion fiscal year 2019 budget request, including bolstering missile defense in South Korea as well as additional investments in new technologies such as speed-of-light weapons, space-based sensors and new warhead development.

March 12, 2018 | Daily News

The Army's fiscal year 2019 budget submission includes some funding to support the work of the cross-functional teams pursuing modernization priorities, but more meaningful gains are slated for FY-20, according to the service's deputy chief of staff (G-8).

March 08, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon's new chief management officer told the Senate Budget Committee this week he is confident the Defense Department will be able to find $46 billion in wasteful spending over the next five fiscal years that can be redirected to higher priorities.

John Gibson, the Pentagon's new CMO, said DOD expects to find approximately $6 billion in efficiencies in FY-19.

“We're very comfortable that we will meet or exceed those numbers,” he said during a March 7 hearing.

March 02, 2018 | Daily News

House and Senate lawmakers are weighing three legislative options to give the Pentagon flexibility to spend billions in additional fiscal year 2018 operations and maintenance dollars, the House's top defense appropriator told Inside Defense.

March 02, 2018 | Daily News

The Air Force's $1.8 billion, fiscal year 2019 unfunded requirements list includes boosts for the service's space, nuclear and military construction portfolios, but its largest request is an additional $800 million for a classified program.

February 28, 2018 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-TX) said today he is confident Congress will honor a bipartisan budget commitment to spend $716 billion on defense in fiscal year 2019, but added that lawmakers will likely grapple over a variety of "adjustments" in funding to specific programs, like shipbuilding.

February 22, 2018 | Daily News

The Pentagon has "realigned" $20 billion initially pegged for its fiscal year 2019 Overseas Contingency Operations request and directed it toward the military's base budgets to adhere to a bipartisan congressional spending deal, according to a detailed breakdown provided to Inside Defense.

February 21, 2018 | Daily News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is nearly quadrupling its planned investments in fiscal year 2019 for programs seeking to find new materials, architectures and designs for microelectronics.

February 21, 2018 | Daily News

The Trump administration aims to drastically increase the funding in fiscal year 2019 for the European Deterrence Initiative, designed to counter Russian adventurism on the continent, with Army equipment and activities comprising $4.6 billion of a total $6.5 billion request.

February 21, 2018 | Daily News

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Mike Enzi (R-WY) wants Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to provide him with detailed cost and time line information on the Defense Department's ongoing $2 trillion audit, according to a recent letter the lawmaker sent to the Pentagon.

February 21, 2018 | Daily News

The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 provides for topline increases for the Defense Department in fiscal year 2018 and FY-19, but the Army's share of that funding growth has not yet been finalized, according to a senior service official.

February 20, 2018 | Daily News

The Strategic Capabilities Office is seeking nearly $1.5 billion in fiscal year 2019 -- an increase of more than 20 percent over FY-18 -- to develop new and surprising ways of using existing technology to bolster conventional deterrence against China and Russia.