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Defense Budget Alert

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.
May 05, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon plans to include industry's input in the administration's quest to cut $400 billion in security spending by 2023, according to the Pentagon's industrial policy director, Brett Lambert.

May 04, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force, Navy and U.S. Special Operations Command have collectively tallied up nearly $1 billion in projects they would fund in fiscal year 2012 if lawmakers provided additional funding.

In response to what has become a traditional request from the House Armed Services Committee's ranking member to identify funding needs beyond the spending request before lawmakers, service officials for a third consecutive year have served up modest replies compared to hefty wish lists of earlier years like FY-09, when the unfunded priorities lists totaled more than $30 billion.

May 02, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect that Army Gen. George Casey was Gen. Martin Dempsey's predecessor as the service's chief of staff.)

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey told lawmakers in a memo last month that the service has no unfunded requirements for fiscal year 2012.

April 29, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: Late Friday night (April 29), a Pentagon spokeswoman clarified that Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy’s remarks on non-discretionary spending referred to federal benefits overall. The story has been corrected.)

Cuts to non-discretionary elements of the federal budget would be highly controversial, but they should be on the table as the Obama administration and Congress seek to strengthen the U.S. economy by reducing the federal deficit, according to Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michèle Flournoy.

April 28, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

New guidance from Defense Department procurement chief Ashton Carter reveals that not all major weapons programs will use the same process to create new, mandatory "should-cost" estimates.

April 27, 2011 | Daily News

The Marine Corps' reset budget picture is in flux because of the service's changing force structure, the secretary of the Navy told reporters this morning.

At a Defense Writers Group breakfast, Secretary Ray Mabus said the $10.4 billion figure that has been discussed as the amount needed to reset the Marines' ground equipment may not stand given the Marines' recent Force Structure Review, which recommended cutting back on the number of troops in the service while beefing up a few specific capabilities.

April 25, 2011 | Daily News

Multibillion-dollar efforts to build nuclear ballistic missile submarines, Army vehicles and F-35 Joint Strike Fighters will spearhead a new Defense Department initiative challenging program managers to deliver weapons under budget.

April 22, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Service officials say they believe the Marine Corps will emerge from President Obama's latest call for defense budget cuts in good shape, but noted that the military will likely take a closer look at capabilities that are duplicated by different forces.
April 21, 2011 | Daily News

The upcoming Pentagon assessment aimed at cutting hundreds of billions of dollars in defense spending will likely start with the same threat scenarios that informed the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, but will use a different process to reconsider the need for longstanding missions, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today.

April 15, 2011 | Daily News

The cost of the Pentagon's weapon systems acquisition portfolio increased $64 billion over the last year, a 4-percent hike due to cost, schedule and management challenges associated with 13 programs -- including seven that have run afoul of legal provisions designed to flag procurement efforts in trouble.

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