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Defense Budget Alert

December 21, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Defense Department leaders have repeatedly warned that doom awaits the military if Congress remains unable to find the $1.2 trillion in savings needed to avert a new round of massive DOD cuts in 2013, but the prospect that lawmakers might succeed in reaching a debt deal next year also has some Pentagon officials concerned.

December 15, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department must fix a $4.1 billion gap in the long-term budget plans for a handful of major acquisition programs due to "problematic funding issues," according to White House guidance.

December 15, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The White House is raising concerns about the growth in civilian full-time equivalent (FTE) levels at the Defense Department.

December 15, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

House and Senate conferees have approved a fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill that waters down rules for spotlighting certain cost growth, establishes a fund for urgent needs and cuts funding for a new naval drone.

December 09, 2011 | Inside the Army

Facing cuts
to end strength and modernization programs, the Army is following instructions
from Defense Department leaders to carry out any reductions with an eye toward
undoing them quickly if world events demand it, according to officials.

December 07, 2011 | Daily News

The Marine Corps spared its modernization funds while identifying its share of $450 billion in Defense Department cuts over the next decade, Assistant Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford said today at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

While about 60 percent of the Marine Corps' budget goes toward personnel costs, about 11 percent or 12 percent is devoted to investment account -- a lower figure than the Army, which spends about 20 percent of its budget on modernization, he told the audience at CSIS' Military Strategy Forum.

December 02, 2011 | Daily News

The Obama administration has directed the Pentagon to cut $261 billion from its five-year spending plan, including a $47 billion reduction in fiscal year 2013 -- reductions that reflect spending levels set by Congress and the White House in August as part of the Budget Control Act, according to sources familiar with new budget guidance from the White House.

In its annual "pass-back" memo, the mechanism for calibrating final spending levels in the administration's budget request, the White House Office of Management and Budget sets defense funding for FY-13 at $524 billion.

December 02, 2011 | Daily News

NATO member nations should consider the good of the alliance as they mull defense cuts in the face of an ongoing global financial crisis, U.S. Ambassador to NATO Ivo Daalder said today.

During a breakfast with reporters, Daalder said nations should not retool their own defense budgets without considering what their neighbors are doing.

November 30, 2011 | Daily News

NEW YORK -- The Pentagon's fiscal year 2013 budget proposal will be cut by at least $40 billion, followed by cuts of roughly $50 billion annually for a decade, to comply with spending caps Congress and the White House agreed to in August, a senior Defense Department official said today.

November 29, 2011 | Daily News

Cuts to military spending required by sequestration under the Budget Control Act would be drawn in part from unobligated prior-year balances, which could put at risk more than $8 billion appropriated for major weapon system acquisition in fiscal years 2011 and 2012, according to federal budget experts.

November 23, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy may not know yet what specific cuts it will need to make as a result of the congressional supercommittee failing to reach an agreement and allowing automatic across-the-board cuts to the Pentagon to go into effect, but the service argues that it will necessarily result in reduced readiness.
November 23, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon should come up with its own plan for cutting back the defense budget or face across-the-board cuts to all of its accounts when "sequestration" kicks in in January 2013, said Todd Harrison, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

November 23, 2011 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is summoning top brass from around the world for a high-level meeting with Pentagon leaders to contemplate the consequences of huge spending cuts to the military budget over the next decade.

On Nov. 30, Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is scheduled to meet in the Pentagon with the combatant commanders and the service chiefs, a prelude to a Dec. 1 "Large Group Plus" meeting of senior uniformed and civilian officials, which will be led by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta.

November 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy

The House of Representatives will start reexamining its fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill soon after Thanksgiving, House Armed Services readiness subcommittee Chairman Randy Forbes (R-VA) told Inside the Navy last week. House lawmakers hope to counter the recently passed Senate bill that Forbes contends went too far in cutting Pentagon programs.

November 18, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon will shrink the Marine Corps "well below" the service's desired level of 186,800 troops, but the service will remain capable of handling its missions, Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos said today.

November 17, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department could have unintentionally shot itself in the foot by seeking internal efficiency savings before Congress enacted a debt-reduction law designed to cut hundreds of billions of dollars from Pentagon coffers, a defense official said today.

November 15, 2011 | Daily News

Sequestration cuts would hammer the Defense Department's top weapons programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter, the Littoral Combat Ship and the Air Force's new bomber, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told lawmakers today.

November 11, 2011 | Inside the Navy
PANAMA CITY, FL -- The Navy and Marine Corps have looked at the possibility of combining acquisition commands within the services in order to increase efficiency as the Pentagon enters an era of tighter budgets, Capt. Dietrich Kuhlmann, director of the operations division for the assistant secretary of the Navy for financial management and comptroller, said here recently.
November 08, 2011 | Daily News

As the Defense Department moves to cut security spending by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade, it faces "fierce" internal debates about the impact on programs, Pentagon policy chief Michèle Flournoy said today.

The department has made headway developing elements of the strategy that will drive budgetary and programmatic decisions, she said, noting the effort will inform the fiscal year 2013 budget request slated to be released next February.

November 04, 2011 | Inside the Navy
With countless numbers and vague statements about the damage sequestration would do floating around, two House Armed Services subcommittees on Nov. 3 sought to get to the bottom of what the military actually provides and what would be eliminated should the congressional supercommittee charged with finding further federal budget deficit reductions fail to come to a consensus this month.