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Defense Budget Alert

June 30, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate authorizers have stripped $129.1 million from operations and maintenance accounts for the military intelligence program, claiming that the Defense Department did not consider all possibilities in its quest to find efficiencies in this arena.

June 30, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate authorizers want to cut the Pentagon's fiscal year 2012 budget request for contract services by $1.1 billion.

June 28, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's note: This story was updated on June 30 to include the comments of a Pentagon spokeswoman who confirmed that Kendall's guidance introduces a new step in the Defense Department's milestone-review process.)

The Pentagon's No. 2 acquisition executive has issued a new policy designed to give defense officials charged with overseeing procurement efforts more opportunities to review and adjust programs during milestone reviews.

June 23, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Senate authorizers approved the Pentagon's request to eliminate certification requirements when weapons programs' costs exceed their baseline estimates due to changes in quantity, but the lawmakers tightened up language to prevent wiggle room, according to a congressional source.

June 23, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Congressional defense committees are at odds over a Pentagon proposal to create a new $200 million fund for urgent needs on the battlefield.

June 17, 2011 | Daily News

The chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee today backed allegations that the House Armed Services Committee has inserted earmarks into its version of the fiscal year 2012 defense authorization bill.

June 16, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Top Pentagon officials and military leaders are scheduled to hold a major meeting next week to lay the groundwork for reviewing military roles and missions and cutting security spending by hundreds of billions of dollars over the next decade.

June 13, 2011 | Daily News

A key congressional panel wants to provide $45 million to the Air Force's overseas contingency operations accounts to replenish missiles and ammunition used in military operations in Libya, according to documents released on June 13.

June 10, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force's classified programs could be funded by about $1 billion less in fiscal year 2012 than the level requested by the service, documents reviewed by InsideDefense.com suggest.

According to the documents, the Air Force requested more than $12 billion in FY-12 for research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) of classified programs, but the service now stands to receive $11.5 billion in RDT&E funding. That represents a cut of $476 million.

June 10, 2011 | Inside the Navy
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 has 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 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.

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