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Defense Budget Alert

June 13, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's routine practice of shifting billions of dollars in the defense budget without seeking permission from Congress is raising concerns on Capitol Hill.

June 12, 2012 | Daily News

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI) said today his best guess is the Pentagon will face additional cuts worth $10 billion annually over the next decade.

June 07, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Army is preparing to deploy the final wave of a business system designed to manage billions of dollars in its general ledger and is poised to begin related efforts to assess audit preparedness at nine locations, according to Army officials.

June 07, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate authorizers have rejected a Pentagon request to repeal legislation requiring the use of only fixed-price contracts for the rapid acquisition of urgent needs, setting up a conference issue with the House.

June 07, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Citing poor fiscal performance, the Senate Armed Services Committee has proposed cutting $100 million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's $2.8 billion budget request, according to the panel's fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill.

June 05, 2012 | Daily News

The White House Office of Management and Budget is exempting the Pentagon from recent guidance requiring all executive branch agencies and departments to trim fiscal year 2014 budget plans by 5 percent, according to a government spokesman.

June 01, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army
failed to set up its Logistics Modernization Program system to properly perform
some functions related to purchasing and did not fix known material weaknesses,
resulting in $10.6 billion in abnormal balances within its general ledger
accounts, the Defense Department inspector general contends in a May 29 report.

May 31, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants details from the Pentagon on how it intends to transition funding for special operations capabilities from the overseas contingency operations budget to the base budget.

May 24, 2012 | Daily News

The Senate Armed Services Committee today unanimously approved a $631.4 billion fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill, rejecting proposed Air National Guard cuts.

"We're within the president's budget . . . unlike the House of Representatives, which is about $4 billion over the president's budget request," said committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI).

May 23, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The drawdown facing the Defense Department in the next decade will likely total $1.2 trillion to $1.5 trillion, exceeding the Budget Control Act's sequestration scenario, according to a new report that criticizes the Pentagon's failure to plan for the cuts as a high-stakes gamble.

May 23, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Air Force
is slated to begin an operational assessment of its general ledger program next
week, two weeks later than planned to accommodate a scheduled update of the
system's processor and security software, according to a service spokeswoman.

May 22, 2012 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee has cut the $93.4 million targeted for Guam construction in the administration's fiscal year 2013 defense-spending request, demanding a revised strategy for relocating 8,500 Marines and their families, according to military-construction report language approved today.

May 18, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The House Appropriations Committee's mark of the fiscal year 2013 defense-spending bill admonished the Navy's shipbuilding plan, questioning its priorities and decisions given dwindling resources and an increased need for assets in the Pacific Ocean and the Middle East.
May 18, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The House Appropriations Committee added 11 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to the fiscal year 2013 defense appropriations bill in its mark-up last week, arguing in a report accompanying the mark that extending the service lives of legacy Hornets is overall not a cost-effective way to deal with the Navy's strike fighter gap.
May 17, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Heeding a House panel's recommendations on key audit matters, the Pentagon is developing a pilot program for exchanging financial management personnel with industry and assessing whether a senior defense official should oversee data-conversion projects.

May 17, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Arguing the Pentagon has failed to clearly document resources for addressing cyber threats, a House panel wants defense leaders to submit new budget justification documents to help lawmakers track the department's planning in this arena.

May 17, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The House Armed Services Committee wants to make mandatory the annual submission of unfunded-priorities lists, a longstanding optional practice that the Pentagon's top brass largely sidestepped this year, to the chagrin of lawmakers.

May 16, 2012 | Daily News

House appropriators issued a stern rebuke of the Pentagon's fiscal management in a report citing "a disturbing degradation" of the system established more than four decades ago for constructing and executing Defense Department budgets.

May 15, 2012 | Daily News

House appropriators are recommending a $5.3 billion boost in Pentagon procurement spending, including major funding increases for missile defense, tactical fighters and military vehicles.

May 10, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and the military's top brass, including combatant commanders overseeing U.S. operations worldwide, are preparing to meet next week at the Pentagon to discuss major strategic and budgetary issues amid continuing uncertainty about the magnitude of cuts the department will face under the Budget Control Act.