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Defense Budget Alert

March 25, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Operations in Libya and Japan are unlikely to incur significant extra costs for the Navy, according to top Navy officials.
March 25, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy could consider cutting one major ship construction project from its fiscal year 2011 budget if Congress does not pass a defense spending bill, according to the service's top budget official. However, the chief of naval operations said last week that he has not yet received proposals to deal with the shortfall.
March 25, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon comptroller predicts the Navy's base budget topline will remain nearly flat between fiscal years 2012 to 2016, though it is projected to support increases in the procurement accounts for new ships, aircraft and munitions that average nearly 4 percent over the five-year planning period, according to a new Defense Department document.

March 25, 2011 | Daily News

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has issued guidance banning all earmarks and requiring complete transparency in the process of amending future defense authorization bills.

Released by Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) today, the guidelines state that budgetary legislative proposals “must be offered as an amendment to the bill (not the committee report)” when the full committee meets to mark up the defense authorization legislation. McKeon notes that the proposals must be voted on by the full committee.

March 25, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon forecasts the Army's average budget topline -- excluding war costs -- will not keep pace with inflation between fiscal years 2012 and 2016, effectively tethering the service in the near term to the spending power of its $143.1 billion request for FY-12 submitted to Congress in February, according to new figures published by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

March 24, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon projects the Air Force's inflation-adjusted base budget will slightly increase between fiscal years 2012 and 2016, from $149.8 billion to $155.4 billion, according to figures newly published by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

The Pentagon comptroller's office this week posted on its website the "National Defense Budget Estimate for FY 2012," a 253-page document that summarizes the FY-12 budget request submitted to Congress in February and projects through FY-16 the future funding implications of the FY-12  proposal.

March 24, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is preparing new fiscal guidance to lay the foundation for its fiscal year 2013 budget process amid uncertainty about how much defense spending Congress will approve in FY-11 and FY-12.

March 24, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Missile Defense Agency plans to save $225 million by cutting 1,000 contractor positions by the end of fiscal year 2012 as part of the Defense Secretary Robert Gates' efficiency initiative.

March 23, 2011 | Daily News

Congress has denied more than 40 percent of a $1.1 billion Pentagon reprogramming request to fund capabilities that Defense Secretary Robert Gates has said are urgently needed for the war in Afghanistan, leaving $500 million worth of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance projects without immediate resources.

March 18, 2011 | Inside the Army

Army officials have begun planning for cuts in the service's
program objective memorandum for fiscal years 2013 to 2017, mulling reductions
of up to 15 percent in modernization, personnel and facilities, according to an
internal Army briefing.

March 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is waiting until the smoke clears from the fiscal year 2011 budget debacle in Congress before asking lawmakers to add funds to the FY-12 request, but uncertainties are piling up as the service constructs the FY-13 budget, officials said last week.
March 18, 2011 | Daily News

Continuing to restrict Defense Department funding under stopgap legislation could complicate the war in Afghanistan by blocking the acquisition of urgently needed military equipment, according to Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander there.

If Congress does not pass a fiscal year 2011 defense appropriations bill, the restrictions tied to operating under a continuing resolution could prevent the armed services from buying systems such as MQ-9 Reaper drones needed to support troops in Afghanistan, he said today at the Newseum in Washington.

March 17, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's fiscal year 2012 budget request shifts nearly $72 million to the deputy chief management officer to cover the cost of picking up duties and functions from the Business Transformation Agency, which is slated for elimination in late June.

March 16, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy is working to extend again the terms of a 2008 pact with submarine builder General Dynamics Electric Boat that would preserve until April contractual terms essential to plans for building two Virginia-class boats in fiscal year 2011, one of the Pentagon's top acquisition goals this year.

March 16, 2011 | Daily News

While the Navy is waiting until the smoke clears from the fiscal year 2011 budget debate before asking lawmakers to add funds to the FY-12 request, the service is continuing to construct an FY-13 budget as uncertainties pile up, service officials said today.

After a congressional hearing this afternoon, Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, told Inside the Navy it is practically impossible to talk to lawmakers about how much extra money the service will need while the rest of FY-11 is still up in the air.

March 15, 2011 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has directed the Defense Department to implement by September a batch of efficiency initiatives designed to save $13.6 billion over five years.

In a March 14 memo, Gates details how the Pentagon plans to save the funds by disestablishing U.S. Joint Forces Command, eliminating personnel positions across the bureaucracy -- including nearly 15 percent of the general and flag officer corps -- and reducing the Pentagon's reliance on contractor support.

March 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force will be forced to raid its investment accounts for $4 billion this fiscal year to pay off a budget shortfall if Congress continues to fund the Defense Department under a continuing resolution that sets spending at fiscal year 2010 levels, according to a senior service official.

March 10, 2011 | Daily News

Senate Budget Committee Chairman Kent Conrad (D-ND) today warned the Obama administration that budget cuts are inevitable and that only a comprehensive, long-term deal involving tax reform and entitlement programs can stave off "Draconian" reductions to government spending.

Conrad's warning on looming cuts came at the end of a hearing at which Deputy Defense Secretary William Lynn and Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Thomas Nides testified about their departments’ fiscal year 2012 budget requests.

March 10, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has directed military officials to inject millions of dollars into three acquisition efforts urgently needed to save troops' lives by detecting enemy shooters and providing valuable imagery.

March 10, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's note: The story was updated at 7:20am on March 10 to include comments from Defense Secretary Robert Gates' spokesman.)

A powerful House subcommittee has agreed to allow the Pentagon to use the bulk of funding appropriated for humvee procurement to pay for urgently needed capabilities in Afghanistan, holding out more than a quarter of the resources Defense Secretary Robert Gates wanted to instead improve the Pentagon's current light tactical vehicle fleet.