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Defense Budget Alert

January 26, 2012 | Daily News

The Defense Department's $525 billion fiscal year 2013 budget request cuts F-35 Joint Strike Fighter procurement quantities, reduces funding for the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle program because of a delay caused by a contract dispute, and curtails the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Elevated Netted Sensor System due to concerns about its cost and operational mobility, states a DOD white paper released today.

January 20, 2012 | Inside the Navy
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert told attendees of the Surface Navy Association's annual symposium in Arlington, VA, last week that the bulk of remaining Navy budget cuts would have to come from programs, not personnel.
January 19, 2012 | Daily News

The Pentagon next week will reveal the major impacts of $487 billion in planned cuts over the next decade to weapon system investment plans, the Defense Department's No. 2 military official said today -- the first official confirmation that DOD plans to disclose highlights of its fiscal year 2013 budget proposal before the White House unveils the budget plan to Congress.

January 18, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Pentagon's top weapons tester is warning that deeper budget cuts could lead him
to substantially reduce or eliminate key activities.

January 18, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon
needs to expand its prototyping capabilities as a way to help solve problems
while minimizing acquisition costs in a tight fiscal environment, according to
Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Al

January 12, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Army and Air Force restored tens of millions of dollars to their fiscal year 2012 test and evaluation budgets after making significant cuts, acting Pentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall has informed Congress.

January 12, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is poised to argue for the restoration of recently expired acquisition authority that let the department annually buy billions of dollars worth of commercial equipment using simplified procedures, according to a Pentagon memo.

January 05, 2012 | Daily News

The United States' new defense strategy aims to trim conventional military forces while increasing investments in a handful of areas including intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities, unmanned systems, space programs, cyberspace capabilities, and platforms that project U.S. forces rapidly around the world, officials said today.

January 04, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

The Navy and
Marine Corps have not implemented an effective process to reconcile a key
audit-readiness step, threatening the services' ability to achieve a clean
opinion, according to the Government Accountability Office.

January 04, 2012 | Inside the Pentagon

Department officials are awaiting approval from the Pentagon's financial
leaders on a proposed financial management professional certification program
that would focus on audit readiness and provide a framework for the
department's 58,000 people working in the field.

January 04, 2012 | Daily News

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2013 budget request slashes Marine Corps and Army end strength in conjunction with a new military strategy that urges cutting back on stability operations, but even deeper cuts to both ground services are expected in the coming years, according to sources familiar with the plans.

December 23, 2011 | Inside the Army

Army leaders are busy putting the service on a path to a smaller active force, but a lack of information about how severely the ground service will be cut has some officials jittery, according to service sources.

December 21, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon anticipates saving up to $5.2 billion over the next five years by implementing more than two dozen information technology initiatives designed to increase efficiency, effectiveness and security, according to the Defense Department's recently released Information Technology Enterprise Strategy and Roadmap.

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.