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Defense Budget Alert

September 21, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon should take an active role in managing the defense industrial base by identifying a handful of "critical" sectors that produce must-have capabilities, funding them with money shifted from weapons programs that are not essential to combating future threats, a new study recommends.

September 19, 2011 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee has proposed shifting $9.9 billion from the Pentagon's 2012 base budget into the overseas contingency operations bill used to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, a budgetary maneuver that will allow the panel to shield nearly $3 billion in weapon system procurement that might otherwise be cut in accordance with mandatory FY-12 spending caps.

September 16, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead said last week he is more concerned about how an austere budget environment might further stress a Navy force that is already stretched thin than he is about what cuts the service may have to endure in specific platforms.
September 16, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Only a couple of months after the end of the last continuing resolution, which roiled Pentagon accounts and set programs behind, the Navy is preparing to endure another CR that Congress recently announced, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead said last week.
September 16, 2011 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee has recommended cutting $2.7 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.

September 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee today approved a fiscal year 2012 defense-spending bill that guts funding for the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle, kills development of a weather satellite and cuts a major missile defense program.

The bill also cuts development funding for the VXX presidential helicopter, citing delays in the naval effort to build the Marine One of tomorrow. And the legislation warns the future of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the Pentagon's biggest acquisition program, could be in doubt unless soaring costs are reined in.

September 15, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is asking Congress to reprogram $113 million to buy vehicles, aircraft and equipment urgently needed by elite U.S. forces.

September 14, 2011 | Daily News

Representatives from the aerospace industry spoke out today against the prospect of additional defense cuts imposed by the congressional committee on deficit reduction, citing the need to preserve jobs in a fragile economy as well as the importance of maintaining the ability to innovate in the future.

Those same members of industry, who represent prime contractors like Boeing as well as much smaller firms like RTI International Metals, also confirmed that they had met and will continue to meet with members of Congress as the supercommittee advances its budget deliberations.

September 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon is asking a handful of key lawmakers to quickly approve the start of new multimillion-dollar programs, much to the chagrin of the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

September 14, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story originally attributed a quote from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI). This has been corrected.)

With the end of the fiscal year weeks away, the Defense Department is asking lawmakers to approve a shift of $3 billion for urgently needed vehicles, aircraft and surveillance initiatives.

September 13, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: Subsequent to the posting of this story, the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee issued a correction to its statement in which the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program was reduced by $695 million, not $1.2 billion as originally stated. This story has been updated to reflect the corrected dollar figure.)

September 12, 2011 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) said today he would rather raise taxes than allow further defense cuts.

"I have never voted for a tax increase; I don't ever plan on voting for a tax increase," McKeon said today while speaking at the American Enterprise Institute. "If it came that I had only two choices -- one was a tax increase, one was cut defense over and above what we already are -- I would go to strengthen defense."

September 12, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: The original version of this story was based on an embargoed copy of Rep. Buck McKeon's speech. It has been updated to reflect his actual remarks.)

Further cutting the defense budget will diminish the U.S. military's ability to deter aggression at a time when China's military is on the rise, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-CA) said today.

September 09, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is pushing to beat by about four years the 2017 deadline for the service to become audit-ready, Gladys Commons, assistant Navy secretary for financial management and comptroller, told the House Armed Services defense financial management and auditability reform panel Sept. 8.
September 09, 2011 | Inside the Army

Adam Smith
(D-WA), the ranking Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee, said last
week that he believes the government should review its "entire national
security strategy" -- and many of the premises upon which Defense Department
budgets are based -- as it searches for ways to cut spending and deficits.

September 09, 2011 | Inside the Army

The Army's military deputy for acquisition last week laid out the service's new approach to modernization, highlighting several ongoing efforts to achieve better buying power in the upcoming era of fiscal constraint.

September 09, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department can absorb budget cuts of 5 percent to 15 percent without sacrificing readiness and global commitments if officials look to downsizing strategies employed in the private sector, according to an upcoming report by the Pentagon's Defense Business Board.

September 08, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: The second paragraph of this story has been updated to reflect Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) saying that how much the U.S. government should spend "should not be the issue.")

Republicans in Congress have taken the wrong approach in communicating to the public the risks of steep defense cuts, Rep. Randy Forbes (R-VA) told Inside the Pentagon today.

September 08, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

It is too early to tell whether weapons programs working to implement the Pentagon's should-cost policy -- a key element of the Defense Department's better-buying-power initiative -- are successfully meeting challenging targets for affordability, according to a DOD official.

September 08, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

If Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter is confirmed as the next deputy defense secretary, he must focus on the department's need to audit its books, according to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK).