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Defense Budget Alert

October 20, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

To improve transparency and accountability of the Defense Department's books, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has accelerated a key audit-readiness milestone to 2014 and called for a revised plan to ensure defense officials meet their congressionally mandated audit deadline.

October 20, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The House Armed Services Committee's letter to the debt-reduction supercommittee telling the 12 lawmakers to leave the Pentagon's budget alone in the quest to find $1.5 trillion in savings contained the signatures of 32 of the committee's 35 Republicans.

October 18, 2011 | Daily News

The Army wants Congress to restore nearly $1 billion in canceled funding for a host of major acquisition programs, including the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, which was terminated by Senate appropriators last month, according to government documents.

The Army is appealing to Congress for nearly $80 million in fiscal year 2012 for the JLTV after the Senate Appropriations Committee -- citing cost growth and changing requirements -- zeroed out the program's $172 million request in its version of the fiscal year 2012 defense-spending bill.

October 17, 2011 | Daily News

Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has reached beyond the stable of three-star generals on the Joint Staff and tapped Lt. Gen. Robert Schmidle, a Marine who assisted this summer with Dempsey's transition from Army chief to the Pentagon's No. 1 military billet, to fill a temporary position with enormous influence over how DOD will cut $450 billion over the next decade.

October 14, 2011 | Daily News

If Congress fails to agree on a long-term deficit reduction plan, the massive cuts that would follow would be "devastating" to the defense industrial base and prompt a "fundamental rethinking of our industrial strategy," according to a senior Pentagon official.

October 13, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

House and Senate lawmakers have denied more than $2 billion of a $9 billion reprogramming request the Defense Department made over the past several months, including hundreds of millions of dollars for overruns in the troubled F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program.

October 12, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon has established a new high-level council -- the "Strategic Choices Group" -- to provide a strategic policy framework for deliberations over how to cut more than $450 billion in planned spending over the next decade, according to Defense Department officials.

October 03, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department has forfeited $84 million in funds authorized in fiscal year 2011 to train and equip foreign forces rather than proceed with assisting select Middle Eastern nations affected by the wave of revolutions across the Arab-speaking world, according to a Pentagon spokesman.

September 29, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is launching its FY-14 budget process with an eye on shrinking resources as Congress debates the Pentagon's fiscal year 2012 budget request and DOD's FY-13 budget plans hang in limbo amid deliberations surrounding the federal deficit.

September 29, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate appropriators are backing a plan to scrap funding for a proposed Defense Department office that would assess the impact of security cooperation programs and initiatives.

September 29, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has signed classified guidance advocating increased investment in military capabilities designed for high-end war among major powers, according to sources familiar with the document.

September 29, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The head of U.S. Central Command has recommended cutting $1.6 billion from the president's fiscal year 2012 budget request for security forces in Afghanistan, and congressional sources say lawmakers will likely implement that recommendation during the conference process.

September 26, 2011 | Daily News

Huge Pentagon spending cuts required by law if Congress fails to agree on a deficit-reduction plan would cripple the Defense Department's ability to execute the national military strategy, dramatically reduce force structure levels and devastate modernization accounts, shrinking the current roster of maneuver battalions, ships, fighter aircraft, bombers and airlift assets, according to House Republican staff members.

September 23, 2011 | Daily News

The military services next week are scheduled to begin briefing combatant commanders on their revised five-year spending plans as the Office of the Secretary of Defense begins its fiscal year 2013 budget review, a process expected to be influenced by new mandatory spending caps as well as a revision in strategy dubbed "QDR Minus."

September 22, 2011 | Daily News

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Michael Mullen today questioned the wisdom of continuing to treat the Army, Navy and Air Force as fiscal equals -- even as he warned against letting spending cuts devolve into a parochial squabble for resources among the armed services.

In a speech today to Business Executives for National Security, he said the "one-third, one-third, one-third" approach to funding the three military departments could be obsolete.

"I don't know if that's right," Mullen said. "Actually, if it isn't right, we need to change that."

September 22, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

A Senate panel is blocking the Pentagon from obligating any money for a new account aimed at boosting the capabilities of security forces in foreign countries until the department formally requests new authority for the fund from congressional appropriations' committees.

September 22, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate appropriators want to kill funding for a multimillion new-start program designed to help the Pentagon quickly deliver adaptable systems to the warfighter in response to ever-changing threats.

September 21, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon should take an active role in managing the defense industrial base by identifying a handful of "critical" sectors that produce must-have capabilities, funding them with money shifted from weapons programs that are not essential to combating future threats, a new study recommends.

September 19, 2011 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee has proposed shifting $9.9 billion from the Pentagon's 2012 base budget into the overseas contingency operations bill used to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a budgetary maneuver that will allow the panel to shield nearly $3 billion in weapon system procurement that might otherwise be cut in accordance with mandatory FY-12 spending caps.

September 16, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead said last week he is more concerned about how an austere budget environment might further stress a Navy force that is already stretched thin than he is about what cuts the service may have to endure in specific platforms.