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Defense Budget Alert

September 08, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

If Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter is confirmed as the next deputy defense secretary, he must focus on the department's need to audit its books, according to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).

September 07, 2011 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee today recommended a $25.9 billion cut to the president's fiscal year 2012 defense budget request, a reduction that reflects discretionary spending caps agreed to by Congress and the White House last month.

In a move likely to force dramatic, near-term reductions in spending on military modernization efforts, the Senate panel today granted $513 billion to the defense subcommittee for fiscal year 2012.

That total, which does not include military construction spending, is equal to the amount allocated in FY-11 to the defense subcommittee.

September 02, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army
expects to formally resolve problems related to expeditionary contracting in
2014, seven years after the topic first showed up as a "material weakness" in
annual service audits required by law.

September 02, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Program officials across the Navy have begun identifying and working toward "should-cost" goals for their programs under a new directive from service acquisition chief Sean Stackley as the service seeks to squeeze out savings wherever it can, BJ White-Olson, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for management and budget, told Inside the Navy in a recent interview.
September 02, 2011 | Daily News

The Office of the Secretary of Defense, eying what a senior official says is a White House-directed cut of "about $460 billion" over the next decade, has instructed the services to deliver by Sept. 16 their revised spending plans in accordance with the Budget Control Act of 2011.

September 01, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon could send another multibillion-dollar reprogramming request to Congress this month, just weeks after seeking approval for a shift of $6 billion to support urgent priorities and unfunded requirements.

August 26, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: The second-to-last paragraph in this story has been updated to reflect that pressing to reduce expenditures using the should-cost tool is not meant to trade away "long-term value of sound design practices and disciplined engineering management for short-term gain," Carter cautions.)

August 18, 2011 | Daily News

The White House budget office has directed all department and agency heads to draw up plans for steep spending cuts in fiscal year 2013 by preparing budget proposals that assume 5 percent and 10 percent reductions to enacted FY-11 spending levels, reductions that if applied to the Pentagon could slash military spending to $477 billion in FY-13, a $94 billion cut to recent DOD plans.

August 16, 2011 | Daily News

Dramatic cuts to military spending, which would be required if Congress this fall fails to agree to a long-term plan to reduce the deficit by at least $1.2 trillion, would have “devastating ” effects on the nation's security and “terribly weaken” the Pentagon's ability to respond to threats around the world, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said today.

August 12, 2011 | Inside the Army

Army Secretary John McHugh has directed Army Materiel Command and the office of the acquisition executive to identify $3 billion in annual savings by fiscal year 2015, according to a statement from AMC.

August 11, 2011 | Daily News

Three House Republican leaders with a key role in shaping the Pentagon's budget have asked the Obama administration to clarify how the Defense Department is adjusting its future spending plans in light of the enactment of the Budget Control Act of 2011, which could cut military spending by as much as $350 billion or more if lawmakers fail to reach a long-term deficit reduction plan.

August 10, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Attempts to structure Pentagon budgets for fiscal year 2013 and beyond could be stymied by the lack of an FY-12 appropriations bill plus the recent passage of a debt-ceiling law that contains a moving target for defense cuts, according to defense analysts and former senior Pentagon officials.

August 10, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Defense
Secretary Leon Panetta has recently directed the Defense Department comptroller
to develop a plan to meet the department's goal of auditing its statement of
budgetary resources.

August 10, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

To help the
Pentagon better manage operating and support costs of major weapon programs,
defense officials have developed a standard template to inform major
acquisition milestone decisions and have instituted contractor cost reporting
requirements for a number of programs, according to a recent report.

August 04, 2011 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta argued today that a congressional supercommittee charged with proposing major deficit-reduction measures later this year should not recommend any cuts to the Defense Department's long-term budget.

"We're already taking our share of the discretionary cuts as part of this debt-ceiling agreement, and those are going to be tough enough," Panetta told reporters in his first press conference at the Pentagon. "But I think anything beyond that would damage our national defense."

August 04, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Congressional defense committees say it is too early to tell how the new debt agreement will affect fiscal year 2012 funding plans for the Pentagon, with authorizers and appropriators noting that any potential adjustments to plans will come after lawmakers return from the August recess.

August 03, 2011 | Daily News

This week's debt-ceiling deal has rendered obsolete long-term budget plans that the armed services submitted just days ago to Pentagon leaders while raising new questions about the magnitude of cuts facing the department in the next decade.

July 29, 2011 | Inside the Army

Army Vice
Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli last week warned against possible cuts to
the Army's reset budget, saying reductions could affect the Army's long-term
readiness and ability to respond to future conflicts and evolving threats.

July 27, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

A House panel
tasked with addressing the Pentagon's financial management challenges will hold
the first of many early Thursday morning hearings today in its quest to prepare
recommendations to ensure the Defense Department meets its September 2017 audit
readiness deadline.

July 26, 2011 | Daily News

While the services have been able to fulfill the needs of U.S. Central Command, which oversees operations in Afghanistan and Iraq, doing so has prevented the Defense Department from fully meeting the requirements of the other combatant commands, senior service officials told Congress today.

In addition, those senior officials acknowledged that cutting $400 billion from the defense budget would be a challenge, saying cuts above that level would require "fundamental" changes to the American military structure.

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