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Defense Budget Alert

June 10, 2011 | Daily News

House appropriators are threatening to withhold hundreds of millions of dollars in information security funds until the Pentagon provides Congress more details on the plans and budget for the department's activities in cyberspace, according to a document reviewed by InsideDefense.com.

June 10, 2011 | Daily News

Delays in operational testing of the latest version of the MQ-9 Reaper and other concerns have led House appropriators to trim the Air Force's FY-12 request for MQ-9 funding by $145 million, according to documents reviewed by InsideDefense.com.

The Air Force asked for $813 million for MQ-9 procurement in the FY-12 budget request it submitted to Congress in February. The funding would cover the purchase of 48 Block 5 Reapers, the maximum quantity contractor General Atomics can produce in a year.

June 10, 2011 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee has raised concerns about Navy shipbuilding in its version of the fiscal year 2012 defense appropriations bill, pointing out numerous problems stretched across many ship classes potentially caused by a lack of proper oversight, according to a document reviewed by InsideDefense.com.

June 10, 2011 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee has axed all 12 Fire Scouts the Navy had asked for in its version of the fiscal year 2012 defense appropriations bill, rebuffing the Navy's stated intention to nearly double its planned buy from 31 to 57 aircraft to meet additional demands, according to a document reviewed by InsideDefense.com.

The Navy had asked for nearly $200 million to fund 12 more MQ-8B Fire Scouts and develop a long-range maritime unmanned aerial vehicle.

June 10, 2011 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee wants to boost the amount of research and development funding for the Air Force's next-generation bomber by $100 million above the Defense Department's request, according to documents reviewed by InsideDefense.com.

In its fiscal year 2012 budget request submitted to Congress in February, DOD asked for $197 million in research, development, test and evaluation funds for the new bomber aircraft, but the committee has chosen to bump that amount to $297 million in FY-12, the documents state.

June 08, 2011 | Daily News

Three strategic warfare trends will guide future Defense Department investment and divestiture decisions, the deputy defense secretary said today -- increased lethality across the threat spectrum, longer duration of warfare and the growing prevalence of asymmetric threats.

William Lynn, in an address at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, called for adjustments that will reflect "our entry into a new era of war," propelled largely by the proliferation of information-age technological advancements.

June 06, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department is waiting on two developments before it begins to identify its part of the $400 billion in new security savings President Obama called for over the next decade: the topline defense budget numbers for the next two fiscal years and the comprehensive strategy review, which is set to be completed by the end of this summer, according to Robert Work, the under secretary of the Navy.

June 02, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Defense Department advisers have launched a new study on corporate downsizing to glean lessons on maintaining performance while cutting costs as the Pentagon's budget faces increasing downward pressure.

June 02, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The House wants the Pentagon to supply a list of "unnecessary or unwanted" programs funded by the overseas contingency operations account that Defense Secretary Robert Gates said could be reshuffled to pay for operations in Libya and Japan.

June 02, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

In an ongoing effort to address the Defense Department's inability to audit its books, the House is pressing the Pentagon to submit a report detailing fixes for any problems in the implementation of DOD's biannual audit readiness plan.

May 31, 2011 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee wants to rescind $1.7 billion of funds previously allocated to Pentagon weapons-modernization accounts, cuts that would be imposed as part of a fiscal year 2012 defense spending bill that trims $9 billion from the Obama administration's request for new weapons spending.

May 26, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. James Cartwright has commissioned a broad independent review to help the Pentagon more rapidly develop and buy urgently needed military equipment.

May 24, 2011 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Robert Gates today sought to frame a debate about military spending that is expected to be joined in earnest in the months after he leaves office in June, saying the task to trim nearly $400 billion over 12 years will require "real cuts" amounting to a 5 percent reduction in constant dollars.

May 20, 2011 | Inside the Army

Army leaders have trained their eyes on the service's various
commands in an effort to eliminate functions deemed expendable, according to
service officials.

May 19, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2012 budget topline will not reach the $553 billion recently proposed by the House Armed Services Committee, according to defense budget observers who say the $544 billion proposed by House appropriators is much closer to reality.

May 18, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon's entire investment portfolio will be subjected to scrutiny and potential cuts as part of a sweeping review designed to frame options for slicing nearly $400 billion in military spending over 12 years, as well as delineating the risks of such cuts, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today.

May 17, 2011 | Daily News

As the White House and Congress consider major cuts to security spending, the Pentagon's No. 2 acquisition official remains optimistic about the impact of those cuts on the department's budget and the defense industrial base.

May 12, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

House authorizers want the Government Accountability Office to investigate how the Pentagon is tracking and obtaining the $100 billion in savings it seeks over the next five fiscal years as part of its efficiency initiative.

May 11, 2011 | Daily News

Air Force officials will urge House lawmakers to reconsider their recommendation to deny advanced appropriations for a new space acquisition plan, but service officials believe the program can move forward using incremental funding, according to a top service official.

May 06, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is working to restore the maintenance availabilities it had planned to cancel when it was operating under a series of continuing resolutions passed by Congress to fund the federal government during fiscal year 2011 in the absence of an annual appropriations bill.