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Defense Budget Alert

August 15, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Senate Appropriations Committee has plussed up the Pentagon's Defense Production Act Purchases request by $100 million, creating a conference issue with the House.

August 15, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

House and Senate appropriators are $19 million apart on their overall plans for the Defense Department's multibillion-dollar science and technology budget request for fiscal year 2013.

August 15, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate appropriators have recommended cutting the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's fiscal year 2013 budget request by $25 million, setting up a conference issue with House appropriators who want to add $10 million to DARPA's $2.8 billion request.

August 15, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

U.S. Transportation Command is grappling with industrial base concerns in light of pending budget cuts and the planned drawdown of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, according to officials and a summary of talks between TRANSCOM and commercial-sector representatives.

August 15, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate appropriators have provided almost three times the amount the Pentagon requested for its Defense Acquisition Workforce Development Fund, creating a conference issue with the House.

August 10, 2012 | Inside the Army

Lawmakers entered their summer recess earlier this month without finishing up work on the Defense Department's $8 billion fiscal year 2012 omnibus reprogramming request, which includes proposed budget shifts affecting a variety of Army programs.

August 09, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Funding for Defense Department testing will be a bone of contention during conference discussions between House and Senate appropriators as the Senate Appropriations Committee has added nearly $40 million more than the House to the department's budget request.

August 09, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Comptroller Robert Hale is disputing Senate appropriators' charges that his
office has failed to properly oversee the Defense Department's massive budget.

August 09, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Major defense
contractors are assessing whether they have to file sequestration-related
layoff notices to employees possibly facing termination in light of guidance
from the Labor Department saying such notices are not necessary.

August 08, 2012 | Daily News

As the Defense Department stares down the twin challenges posed by a continuing resolution and sequestration, DOD is working to reduce $328 billion in unobligated balances by putting money under contract before it expires or becomes subject to cuts.

August 03, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army's
use of "directed requirements" to justify programs in the fiscal year 2013
defense budget is causing headaches for members of the Senate Appropriations
Committee who last week argued that the maneuvers do nothing to fix the
service's acquisition problems, according to a panel report.

August 02, 2012 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee is accusing the Defense Department of failing to correct "years of poor fiscal discipline," arguing DOD's plans to reduce force structure and take risk in meeting military commitments worldwide stem from a lack of oversight by Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale.

August 02, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The White
House needs to develop a national security strategy for its multibillion-dollar
efforts to build the security capacity of foreign countries, update Byzantine
processes for prioritizing and funding such projects, aid more civilian
security personnel as opposed to troops and find better ways to assess whether
individual initiatives are succeeding or failing, warns a State Department
draft report prepared for senior administration officials.

August 01, 2012 | Daily News

Sequestration would negatively impact readiness and training, "indiscriminately" cut funding for nearly 2,500 programs and projects, reduce the number of weapons purchased and create an "unready, hollow military force," the Pentagon's No. 2 official told lawmakers today.

July 31, 2012 | Daily News

On the eve of a scheduled showdown between Obama administration officials and House Republicans on the thorny issue of sequestration, the White House Office of Management and Budget today advised the Pentagon -- and other executive branch agencies -- that guidance on how to implement potential sequestration spending cuts is forthcoming.

July 31, 2012 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee has chosen to fund the controversial Medium Extended Air Defense System in its version of the fiscal year 2013 defense-spending bill -- a decision that puts the subcommittee at odds with the other three defense committees, which zeroed out the $400.9 million request, according to Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

July 30, 2012 | Daily News

Defense contractors do not need to provide 60-day notices to employees possibly facing termination as a result of sequestration, according to guidance released today by the Labor Department.

July 26, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Northrop Grumman could face lower revenues, profits and cash flows if sequestration gets triggered and the company is preparing contingency plans for various scenarios involving defense budget cuts, Wes Bush, the company's chairman, chief executive officer and president, said in an earnings call Wednesday.

July 26, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Unless Congress approves the Defense Department's omnibus reprogramming request, DOD will face a budget shortfall of at least $1.5 billion due to rising fuel prices, according to a DOD spokeswoman.

July 26, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Defense Department contracts awarded during the first quarter of fiscal year 2013 would essentially be exempt from sequestration, but that is providing little comfort to the industrial base given that the budget-cutting mechanism would still confront DOD with roughly $50 billion in cuts in FY-13.