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Defense Budget Alert

May 09, 2012 | Daily News

The House Armed Services Committee today voted to ban the Defense Department from buying or producing alternative fuels if they cost more than fossil fuels.

The amendment, which was approved during the full committee's consideration of the fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill, would ban "any alternative fuel if the cost . . . exceeds the cost producing or purchasing a traditional fossil fuel that would be used for the same purpose."

May 09, 2012 | Daily News

Independent cost analysts in the Office of the Secretary of Defense last summer estimated the average unit production cost for the Ground Combat Vehicle would be $17 million -- 30 percent higher than the $13 million price tag the Pentagon's acquisition executive formally adopted in an August decision to modernization the Army's infantry fighting vehicle, according to a new DOD report.

May 08, 2012 | Daily News

Lawmakers have approved a Pentagon request to shift more than $300 million between missile defense accounts to support immediate needs, including funding required to avoid a stop-work order on the Next Generation Aegis Missile -- a weapon that figures prominently in the Obama administration's plan to defend Europe from Iranian missiles.

May 07, 2012 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to include legislative language from the House Appropriations defense subcommittee mark-up of the fiscal year 2013 defense appropriations bill released this afternoon.)

The House Armed Services Committee, which last month recommended providing the Air Force with more than $250 million in unrequested funds to keep the Global Hawk Block 30 program operating, released legislative language today that would keep the C-27J Spartan airlift fleet alive as well.

May 04, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is finishing up its 2014 program objective memorandum, and a continuing resolution for the fiscal year 2013 budget poses a significant challenge as the service goes through the process, a top Navy official said during a recent information-technology conference.
May 04, 2012 | Inside the Army

With a newly
announced strategic pact heralding an endgame for the sizable U.S. military
footprint in Afghanistan, the task of moving thousands of pieces of equipment
out of the country is putting logistics and reset costs on the front burner,
according to officials and documents.

May 04, 2012 | Inside the Army

The Army is
making plans to reprogram funds to pay for higher-than-expected fuel bills,
with increases driven by rising oil costs and the ongoing closure of Pakistani
logistics channels used to funnel resources to soldiers in Afghanistan.

May 03, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

U.S. Special Operations Command is asking Congress to fund a $143 million shortfall in the command's latest budget request to acquire significantly improved video capabilities for drones and aircraft, an urgent need endorsed by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta -- and the only unfunded requirement the department has sent to Congress this year.

May 03, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Citing a need to support the development of critical warfighting capabilities, the Pentagon is asking lawmakers to change spending limits for construction projects that do not require prior authorization from Capitol Hill, but a congressional source said the request has raised some concern.

May 03, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon wants to extend by two years the authority to use the operation and maintenance defense-wide appropriations for coalition support funds.

April 27, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee granted the Navy's request for a V-22 Osprey multiyear deal and an extension in the F/A-18E/F and EA-18G multiyear contract in its mark of the fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill, according to materials released last week.
April 27, 2012 | Inside the Navy
A House subcommittee has rejected the Marine Corps' plan to pay for some personnel with supplemental funding as the service draws down to an end strength of 182,100. The House Armed Services military personnel subcommittee made the recommendation in its mark of the fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill, which was passed unanimously on April 26.
April 27, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps is depending on $3 billion in overseas contingency operations funding to reset ground vehicles coming out of Afghanistan, and will be counting on OCO funding for at least three to four years after the last Marine is out of the country, according to a top official.
April 26, 2012 | Daily News

U.S. Special Operations Command is asking Congress to fund a $143 million shortfall in the command's fiscal year 2013 budget request to acquire significantly improved video capabilities for drones and aircraft, an urgent need endorsed by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

SOCOM chief Adm. William McRaven described the need in an April 9 reply to the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA), who requested unfunded-requirements lists from the command and all of the armed services.

April 26, 2012 | Daily News

A House subcommittee is pushing to prevent the Navy from retiring three cruisers early in fiscal year 2013 by banning Defense Department funding for the effort, according to the panel's mark of the FY-13 defense authorization bill released today.

The House Armed Services readiness subcommittee's mark would prevent funds from being "obligated or expended to retire, prepare to retire, inactivate or place in storage a cruiser or dock landing ship." The full committee will take up the bill May 9.

April 26, 2012 | Daily News

The House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee has authorized nearly $400 million in unrequested funding increases to programs in the Army's heavy combat vehicle portfolio against the wishes of the service, according to officials and documents.

April 26, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

A House panel is endorsing the Pentagon's multimillion-dollar request to develop a weapon that can strike anywhere in the world in under an hour, encouraging defense officials to capitalize on a successful flight test of a hypersonic glide vehicle.

April 26, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

House lawmakers have released key details of their proposed fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill, including provisions on shipbuilding, the next-generation bomber, missile defense and Marine Corps manpower issues.

April 25, 2012 | Daily News

House authorizers want the Defense and State departments to jointly submit a report to Congress on how the administration plans to share with NATO the costs of the administration's land-based missile defense plans in Europe.

The report should cover Aegis ashore sites as well as the AN/TPY-2 radar to be deployed in Europe, according to the report language accompanying the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee's mark of the fiscal year 2013 defense authorization bill.

April 25, 2012 | Daily News

A House subcommittee is recommending authorizing the Navy to enter into multiyear contracts to buy 10 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and 10 Virginia-class attack submarines over five years, rather than nine apiece as the Navy had requested, according to materials released today.

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