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Defense Budget Alert

March 09, 2011 | Daily News

The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee has asked the military's service chiefs to identify "any pressing needs" for additional funding beyond their fiscal year 2012 budget requests, continuing a practice begun in the mid-1990s in which the panel's ranking member has solicited unofficial wish lists from Defense Department brass.

March 03, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's Note: This story was updated at 11pm to include information from a Feb. 24 letter from House Armed Services Committee leaders to the Pentagon comptroller.)

Defense Secretary Robert Gates today turned up the political heat on the House Appropriations defense subcommittee over a month-old, $1.1 billion reprogramming request that would fund "urgently" needed equipment for troops in Afghanistan, suggesting the panel's reluctance to approve it puts troop safety at risk to protect funding for a procurement program the Pentagon considers unnecessary.

March 02, 2011 | Daily News

If Congress passes another continuing resolution following a two-week extension that was approved today, the chairman of the House seapower and projection forces subcommittee wants to ensure the Defense Department is given the authority to reprogram its accounts and begin programs that were scheduled to start in 2011.

March 02, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy likely will have to revise its fiscal year 2012 budget request if Congress continues to fund the Defense Department through the use of continuing resolutions, but the service's top officer said today he has no idea how to do that.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Gary Roughead told reporters at a Credit Suisse conference this morning that because the FY-12 budget request was based on an FY-11 budget that has not been implemented, a full-year continuing resolution -- still a strong possibility -- will change the entire budget picture.

March 01, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon would be forced to furlough half of its staff and would be unable to pay the remaining civilian employees and military personnel if the government were to shut down due to lack of a spending plan for the rest of the current fiscal year, Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn told lawmakers today.

During a Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee hearing, Lynn said a government shutdown would mean that when payday rolled around in the middle of March, paycheck obligations to exempt Defense Department employees would not be fulfilled.

February 25, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy will lose about $1.3 billion in Joint Strike Fighter funding over the future years defense plan due to the Defense Department's decision to defer buying 124 aircraft, according to a Navy spokeswoman, despite the Pentagon's assertion earlier this year that the money would go back to the services.
February 25, 2011 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is pressing lawmakers to act on a $1.1 billion request to finance an appeal from Gen. David Petraeus for new weapons and capabilities "urgently" needed for the war in Afghanistan -- a proposal to siphon funds from what congressional sources say are potentially unacceptable programs, particularly the Army's humvee procurement account.

February 24, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

Congress' failure to approve a fiscal year 2011 defense budget is complicating efforts to meet troops' pressing needs in Afghanistan and injecting inefficiency into all the Defense Department's procurement programs, according to Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter.

February 23, 2011 | Daily News

Editor's note: This story has been corrected to state that the defense secretary called for an FY-11 appropriation of at least $540 billion.

The Defense Department needs Congress to approve pending reprogramming requests for equipment urgently needed in Afghanistan and to pass a fiscal year 2011 defense budget that restores stability to major acquisition programs hurting under the continuing resolution set to expire March 4, Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter said tonight.

February 18, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Given the downward pressure on the Defense Department budget, Marine Corps officials are worried that they may not make up the funding lost under the current continuing budget resolution in the future, though a top Navy budget official said last week the service has to come out of the fiscal year 2013 budget process "whole."
February 18, 2011 | Daily News

The Obama administration is requesting $75 million in fiscal year 2012 for Yemen's military and interior ministry, according to a senior Pentagon official.

February 17, 2011 | Daily News

Congress will have to "get creative" to support new-start acquisition programs if a yearlong fiscal year 2011 continuing resolution is passed, according to the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.

“If we do end up with a CR, what can we do to show legislative intent?” Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) told reporters at a breakfast in Washington today. “We're going to have to look into that. I don't know and I don't think there is a hard and fast rule on that.”

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The White House today threatened to veto the fiscal year 2011 defense appropriations bill drawn up by House Republicans last week as part of a larger spending measure to fund the federal government through September that would cut $100 billion from planned spending, including $8 billion from the Defense Department.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency plans to hold three flight tests during the remaining months of fiscal year 2011, according to officials and documents.

MDA's FY-12 budget overview document lists the upcoming tests. Agency spokesman Rick Lehner provided Inside Missile Defense with the approximate dates for each test. The exact dates are classified until a Notice to Airmen is issued, he said.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to invest $197 million in maturing technologies for the new long-range penetrating bomber, according to the fiscal year 2012 budget request released today.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon needs at least $540 billion for the current fiscal year, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today -- $9 billion less than DOD originally requested for FY-11, but still $8 billion more than the House Appropriations Committee proposed last week in a bill that could be the military's last, best chance to avoid a continuing resolution for the entire fiscal year.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy heavily boosted Fire Scout buys, added seven P-8As to the future years defense plan and made the expected additions and subtractions to its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet procurement and Joint Strike Fighter buys, according to the president's fiscal year 2012 budget proposal rolled out today.

February 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Army today asked Congress for a fiscal year 2012 base budget of $145 billion, plus $71 billion for war costs, seeking a significant plus-up for aviation programs and requesting $884 million to develop the Ground Combat Vehicle.

February 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Obama administration today outlined a fiscal year 2012 Pentagon budget that includes $113 billion for weapon system procurement -- $7 billion less than previously planned -- but lays a five-year plan to annually lift modernization investments to $137 billion by FY-16.

February 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force has moved $3.4 billion gathered through operating efficiencies in the fiscal year 2012 budget over to enhance funding for several initiatives including F-15 radar modernization, the block purchase of space launch vehicles and the purchase of MQ-9 Reapers, according to a top service official.