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Defense Budget Alert

February 09, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Although the Pentagon's fiscal year 2013 budget has yet to be fully unveiled, the Defense Department has already started drafting the classified planning guidance that will inform its next budget cycle, according to a senior military official.

February 06, 2012 | Daily News

Cementing key acquisition lessons and reviewing the Defense Department's campaign to bolster its buying power are among acting DOD procurement chief Frank Kendall's top priorities for the year.

In remarks today at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, Kendall noted that DOD made "extremely painful" decisions in the fiscal year 2013 budget process, but devoted much of his speech to specific goals he discussed with defense acquisition officials recently at a private offsite.

February 02, 2012 | Daily News

A handful of Republican senators will file a bill today that would replace cuts during the first year of sequestration with savings found through federal employee attrition and pay freezes.

Senate Armed Services Committee Ranking Member John McCain (R-AZ) and Sens. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Cornyn (R-TX) and Marco Rubio (R-FL) have proposed a bill that would find nearly $127 billion in savings -- a little more than one-tenth of the mandated $1.2 trillion that sequestration would strip out of federal spending over the next decade.

February 02, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's next Quadrennial Defense Review will be shaped largely by how Congress grapples with the federal debt and who wins the White House in 2012, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy said this week.

February 02, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

An Air Force general ledger program that recently received approval to begin engineering and manufacturing development achieved substantial improvements following an incomplete operational assessment detailed in a recent Pentagon report, according to the department's deputy chief management officer.

February 02, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

U.S. Southern Command cannot assess how sequestration would impact its budget unless the Pentagon provides further guidance on the level at which new defense cuts would be implemented, according to an internal document that warns that missions might be cut.

February 02, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Days after the Pentagon announced plans to request new authority from Congress to conduct two more rounds of base closures, mounting opposition from lawmakers is threatening to put the idea on ice for a few years.

February 01, 2012 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to eliminate more than 280 aircraft in its inventory, defer or cancel a number of procurement programs and reduce its manpower by nearly 10,000 airmen over the next five years, the service said today in a document released ahead of the fiscal year 2013 budget request.

January 26, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department's $525 billion fiscal year 2013 budget request cuts F-35 Joint Strike Fighter procurement quantities, reduces funding for the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle program because of a delay caused by a contract dispute, and curtails the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Elevated Netted Sensor System due to concerns about its cost and operational mobility, states a DOD white paper released today.

January 20, 2012 | Inside the Navy
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert told attendees of the Surface Navy Association's annual symposium in Arlington, VA, last week that the bulk of remaining Navy budget cuts would have to come from programs, not personnel.
January 19, 2012 | Daily News

The Pentagon next week will reveal the major impacts of $487 billion in planned cuts over the next decade to weapon system investment plans, the Defense Department's No. 2 military official said today -- the first official confirmation that DOD plans to disclose highlights of its fiscal year 2013 budget proposal before the White House unveils the budget plan to Congress.

January 18, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The
Pentagon's top weapons tester is warning that deeper budget cuts could lead him
to substantially reduce or eliminate key activities.

January 18, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon
needs to expand its prototyping capabilities as a way to help solve problems
while minimizing acquisition costs in a tight fiscal environment, according to
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Al
Shaffer.

January 12, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Army and Air Force restored tens of millions of dollars to their fiscal year 2012 test and evaluation budgets after making significant cuts, acting Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has informed Congress.

January 12, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is poised to argue for the restoration of recently expired acquisition authority that let the department annually buy billions of dollars worth of commercial equipment using simplified procedures, according to a Pentagon memo.

January 05, 2012 | Daily News

The United States' new defense strategy aims to trim conventional military forces while increasing investments in a handful of areas including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, unmanned systems, space programs, cyberspace capabilities, and platforms that project U.S. forces rapidly around the world, officials said today.

January 04, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Navy and
Marine Corps have not implemented an effective process to reconcile a key
audit-readiness step, threatening the services' ability to achieve a clean
opinion, according to the Government Accountability Office.

January 04, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Defense
Department officials are awaiting approval from the Pentagon's financial
leaders on a proposed financial management professional certification program
that would focus on audit readiness and provide a framework for the
department's 58,000 people working in the field.

January 04, 2012 | Daily News

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2013 budget request slashes Marine Corps and Army end strength in conjunction with a new military strategy that urges cutting back on stability operations, but even deeper cuts to both ground services are expected in the coming years, according to sources familiar with the plans.

December 23, 2011 | Inside the Army

Army leaders are busy putting the service on a path to a smaller active force, but a lack of information about how severely the ground service will be cut has some officials jittery, according to service sources.

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