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Defense Budget Alert

April 09, 2012 | Daily News

The Marine Corps commandant has formally declared his service has no unfunded requirements for fiscal year 2013 beyond the annual budget request submitted in February, waiving an opportunity to advance a wish list for additional military hardware that lawmakers in years past have used -- as the Pentagon's budget grew steadily over the last decade -- to add billions of dollars in defense spending.

April 05, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's inspector general has launched a broad review of the award and administration of performance-based payments in Defense Department contracts.

April 05, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

U.S. Special Operations Command is hoping to boost its research and development funding in upcoming budget cycles following a proposed dip in fiscal year 2013 that has caused consternation, a senior leader with the command said this week.

April 04, 2012 | Daily News

Top Defense Department officials have hammered out a new ranking of the military's most acute capability shortfalls, a classified list of potential Achilles' heels intended to help drive investment decisions between fiscal years 2014 and 2018.

On March 20, the Joint Requirements Oversight Council convened in the Pentagon to wrap up work on one of its most important annual tasks -- producing a consolidated list of combatant commander priorities, according to military officials.

March 30, 2012 | Daily News

The size of the Pentagon's weapon system acquisition portfolio shrank by $102.5 billion over the last year to $1.6 trillion, a 5.6 percent reduction that is due in large part to the migration of 14 major programs from the roster of big-ticket military projects because they are near the end of the procurement cycle or because they have been terminated.

March 30, 2012 | Inside the Army

Resetting the Army's equipment once operations in Afghanistan come to an end may cost anywhere between $10 and $16 billion, a bill expected to come due in 2015 or 2016, according to Lt. Gen. Raymond Mason, the service's deputy chief of staff for logistics.

March 29, 2012 | Daily News

The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee today called on Congress to pass a budget immediately, saying that kicking the can down the road will hurt both the economy and prospects for future defense spending.

Speaking at the RAND Corporation, Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) said it is “highly irresponsible” and unacceptable for lawmakers to wait until after the November election to pass a budget or legislation to change sequestration cuts.

March 29, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's plan to eliminate excess infrastructure will require substantial implementation costs, but these costs will be offset by even larger savings down the road, the Defense Department writes in a base closure and realignment legislative proposal submitted to Congress this week.

March 29, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is continuing to achieve the budget-efficiency targets put in place by former Defense Secretary Bob Gates, but senior officials are keeping a close eye on the civilian workforce and elsewhere to ensure the money saved doesn't "creep back in," Deputy Chief Management Officer Beth McGrath said Wednesday.

March 29, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

White House guidance issued last fall is prompting the military, including a major Navy command that oversees multibillion-dollar shipbuilding programs, to crack down on expenses for travel, information technology, printing and other items.

March 23, 2012 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is facing a $939 million shortfall in its fiscal year 2012 budget due to fuel prices rising higher than expected, officials acknowledged at a House subcommittee hearing last week.
March 22, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The armed services are having second thoughts about the annual ritual of listing for lawmakers key projects not included in the president's budget request, a practice that last year produced a tally exceeding $1 billion.

March 22, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is asking Congress for the authority to enter into multiyear service contracts with federally funded research and development centers in an attempt to be more efficient and cost-effective.

March 22, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

To mitigate challenges facing the defense industrial base, Congress should require the defense secretary to develop a strategy that provides insight into future investment areas, to emphasize small business programs in acquisition workforce training and to find ways to reward small businesses for good work, a congressional panel urges in a new report.

March 19, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department plans to boost weapon system procurement spending between fiscal years 2013 and 2017, targeting military hardware purchases for annual average increases of 3.75 percent above inflation -- moves that would raise spending on new equipment from $98.8 billion in FY-13 to $122.8 billion by FY-17, according to a newly released Defense Department investment forecast.

March 15, 2012 | Daily News

The Pentagon is asking Congress to ease rules requiring the department to report cost data for big-ticket acquisition programs that are nearly complete.

Current law requires the Defense Department to submit selected acquisition reports until a major program is 90 percent complete, but among a set of DOD legislative proposals sent to Capitol Hill in recent days is a call to terminate the requirement when programs are 75 percent complete.

March 15, 2012 | Daily News

Cost growth in the lead ship of the Gerald Ford-class of carriers, CVN-78, has ballooned beyond $1 billion over the original estimate, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told the Senate Armed Services Committee today. He added that the Navy plans to ask for legislative relief on the congressionally mandated cost cap next year.

March 15, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Marine Corps has clearly achieved audit readiness and should continue to audit its books going forward, according to the office of Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale.

March 15, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon wants $37 billion for information technology in the upcoming fiscal year, which will see further data-center consolidation and increased cybersecurity as the department works toward the goal of IT "anywhere, anytime, any device," according to recently released budget plans.

March 15, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Six Republican lawmakers have sent a letter to the head of the House Appropriations Committee urging that Congress only use overseas contingency operations accounts to fund emergency military operations.