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Defense Budget Alert

April 14, 2011 | Daily News

New details emerged today about President Obama's call for new cuts to the Defense Department's budget, with one administration official telling InsideDefense.com that the $400 billion the president hopes to save will be spread throughout the national security community.

“[Defense] Secretary Bob Gates has courageously taken on wasteful spending, saving $400 billion in current and future spending,” Obama said yesterday. “I believe we can do that again.”

April 14, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

As the Defense Department presses ahead with implementing "should cost" funding targets in major acquisition programs, senior Pentagon and service officials are discussing how much of the gleaned savings will be retained by the programs and how much will be shifted to unrelated key projects aimed at addressing urgent battlefield needs.

April 14, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is preparing to launch major new initiatives concerning pricing and cash flow, according to Shay Assad, the director of procurement and acquisition policy.

April 13, 2011 | Daily News

President Obama's call today for a new review to find more savings in the defense budget will require careful attention to "managing risk" and determining which missions "the country is willing to have the military forgo," Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said.

Morrell, the chief spokesman for Defense Secretary Robert Gates, made the comments following Obama's speech on fiscal policy at George Washington University.

Obama stressed the need to “find additional savings” in the defense budget.

April 12, 2011 | Daily News

Lawmakers would rescind $2 billion from Pentagon weapons procurement accounts as part of the fiscal year 2011 budget compromise under consideration by Congress, yanking money appropriated in fiscal years 2009 and 2010 that the Defense Department has not obligated and redirecting it into the FY-11 $513 billion spending package.

These budgetary maneuvers are spelled out as “reprogramming guidance” in documents drawn up the House Appropriations Committee and released today by the House Rules Committee.

April 07, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is asking Congress to grant the defense secretary the power to authorize the transfer of defense appropriations into accounts established by the treasury secretary in order to improve the ability of defense intelligence elements to audit their expenditures.

April 06, 2011 | Daily News

The Army must squeeze $9 billion from its endangered overseas contingency operations account into its base budget and is eying key modernization programs for possible savings, according to a top Army budget official.

Lt. Gen. Edgar Stanton, the Army's military deputy for budget, said today that every program in the service's modernization accounts would have to be reviewed -- including the Ground Combat Vehicle and the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle.

April 05, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department last week asked Congress to establish a fund to finance the development and fielding of new technologies and weapons requested by commanders to meet urgent wartime needs, according to Pentagon documents.

The fund would be backed by a $100 million account in the Pentagon's base budget that could be supplemented by another $100 million annually in war-cost appropriations bills.

April 04, 2011 | Daily News

Congress is working to pass a defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011 instead of continuing to fund the Pentagon under stopgap measures, the head of a key House defense committee said today.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) told reporters today that House leaders have promised him that a defense appropriations bill would “be done very shortly.” The Pentagon, like the rest of the federal government, has been operating under continuing resolutions for the past six months because Congress has been unable to pass a funding bill for FY-11.

April 01, 2011 | Inside the Army

A new era of austerity is beginning to impact the Army's
recent shift in focus to dismounted soldiers and its information technology
systems modernization strategy, according to service leaders who spoke at an
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Conference last week.

April 01, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy may come up $750 million short for long-lead materials for ballistic missile defense upgrades if Congress decides to extend the continuing resolution on the budget through the end of the year, an official said last week.
April 01, 2011 | Inside the Navy
If a ship is cut from the Navy's fiscal year 2011 budget under a full-year continuing resolution, the Navy would likely add the hull to a later budget request, possibly FY-13's, according to the vice chief of naval operations.
April 01, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Navy Undersecretary Robert Work told Congress last week that a heavy spike in fuel prices would require the Navy to either find other efficiencies to offset those hikes or reduce fleet operations.
March 31, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department will launch pilot programs to implement Pentagon procurement chief Ashton Carter's mandated "should cost" funding targets in major acquisition programs.

March 31, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The military's multimillion-dollar joint test and evaluation program escaped a cut in the Defense Department's fiscal year 2012 budget process because U.S. Pacific Command and the department's cost analysis and program evaluation shop fought plans to slash the program's funding.

March 31, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The top Republican on a key Senate defense subcommittee expressed concern this week that the Pentagon's inability to audit its finances would make it difficult to measure the money saved through efficiencies.

March 31, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The head of a key Senate defense subcommittee is considering stripping the Defense Department of its efficiency savings worth millions of dollars and using the money to help pay off the federal government's rising budget deficit.

March 30, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force calculates its contribution to the two-week effort to impose a no-fly zone over Libya is about $50 million, less than a tenth of the $550 million estimate the Office of the Secretary of Defense today disclosed for Operation Odyssey Dawn, according to a senior Air Force official.

March 30, 2011 | Daily News

If a ship is cut from the Navy's fiscal year 2011 budget under a full-year continuing resolution, the Navy would likely add the hull to a later budget request, possibly FY-13's, the vice chief of naval operations said today.

Adm. Jonathan Greenert told reporters at a Center for Naval Analyses conference that losing a ship is a possibility the Navy is prepared to work with.

March 29, 2011 | Daily News

The price tag for the Pentagon's $1.7 trillion weapon system acquisition portfolio has jumped $135 billion -- 9 percent -- over the last two years, with nearly half of the projected increase attributable to the 10 largest Defense Department programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter, the CVN-21 aircraft carrier and the DDG-51 destroyer program, according to the Government Accountability Office.