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Defense Budget Alert

March 09, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department must make "tough" cuts to major investments to accommodate the huge cost of replacing Ohio-class submarines that provide nuclear deterrence worldwide, according to Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale.

There are no easy solutions to the looming fiscal challenge presented by the Ohio-class replacement program, also known as SSBN(X), Hale told reporters Thursday at the Credit Suisse/McAleese defense program conference in Arlington, VA.

March 08, 2012 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has established a new analytical approach for scrutinizing weapon system investment decisions in fiscal year 2014 and beyond, directing defense officials to look across service portfolios to identify redundancies and capability gaps in a process like one the Army has used in recent years to balance its modernization plan and terminate some projects.

March 08, 2012 | Daily News

Despite a stern warning from the Senate Budget Committee chairman about the likelihood of more defense cuts that would not be as extreme as sequestration, the Defense Department is not planning for that scenario, Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale said today.

Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), during a Feb. 28 hearing, counseled Hale, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey to come to grips with the likelihood of more cuts.

March 08, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department expects proposed multiyear procurement deals for two major shipbuilding programs to produce savings much higher than initial estimates from the department's cost assessment and program evaluation office, acting Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has informed Congress.

March 08, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department's highly publicized $3.4 billion budget figure for cyber-related investments does not account for unspecified classified funding the Pentagon is seeking from Congress for offensive operations in cyberspace, according to a DOD official.

March 08, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department's inspector general has begun looking into the Air Force's multimillion-dollar general ledger program to ensure its contracts are being administered in an effective and efficient manner -- a move drawing praise from Capitol Hill.

March 08, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Additional defense spending reductions would force the Pentagon to institute fundamental changes in how the military services operate, according to the Defense Department's former policy chief.

March 02, 2012 | Inside the Navy
Budget cuts to the military shouldn't hinder operations in the U.S. Pacific Command as long as the Defense Department holds true to its new strategy of focusing resources in the Asia-Pacific area, PACOM commander Adm. Robert Willard told the House Armed Services Committee on March 1.
March 01, 2012 | Daily News

Comptrollers across the military departments would have few difficulties implementing Congress' sequestration provision because the rigidity of those $500 billion in cuts puts the onus of applying them on program offices and personnel managers, not budget experts, an Air Force official said this morning.

March 01, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is garnering praise on Capitol Hill for plans to boost investments in audit readiness by hundreds of millions of dollars over the next five years to meet an accelerated audit goal.

March 01, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Fiscal belt-tightening is prompting the Joint Requirements Oversight Council -- the Pentagon panel of four-star officers that validates the need for weapon systems -- to look for alternative ways to utilize existing capabilities rather than immediately endorsing new programs, DOD officials recently told government auditors.

February 22, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Congress should not take any legislative action in response to the Pentagon's fiscal year 2013 budget request until lawmakers receive a risk assessment from the Defense Department, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said last week.

February 17, 2012 | Daily News

The Air Force will be pouring about $81 million more into its RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft program in fiscal year 2013 than the service initially projected it would need last year, despite a Feb. 6 Pentagon announcement that the Block 30 variant of the Global Hawk program would be terminated.

February 17, 2012 | Daily News

The Air Force has determined that a trio of delays in nuclear enterprise modernization programs  represents a manageable risk and will still allow those programs to meet combatant commander requirements, according to a service official.

February 16, 2012 | Daily News

Congress should not take any legislative action in response to the Pentagon's fiscal year 2013 budget request until lawmakers receive a risk assessment from the Defense Department, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) said today.

Ayotte, the Senate Armed Services readiness and management support subcommittee ranking member, said lawmakers, the American people and U.S. allies don't know about the type of risks associated with DOD's budget in light of plans to cut hundreds of billions of dollars in planned spending over the next decade.

February 16, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department's latest budget blueprint slashes funding for a program designed to strike worldwide targets in under an hour.

February 16, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

U.S. Special Operations Command plans to launch a handful of new programs in fiscal year 2013 to enable elite forces to exchange clandestine information and to access near real-time intelligence.

February 16, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Defense officials are mulling different funding models to support the development, deployment and sustainment of enterprise-wide capabilities used by the entire department, according to the Pentagon's chief information officer.

February 16, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2013 budget request seeks $11.9 billion for science and technology, cutting overall investment by $300 million compared to FY-12 while boosting funding for select S&T areas tied to pressing needs.

February 16, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's new budget request calls for launching multimillion-dollar efforts to track energy production and usage across the department's real-property portfolio.

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