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Defense Budget Alert

January 28, 2011 | Daily News

Spending on Pentagon modernization efforts could be temporarily dialed back if Congress does not raise the statutory debt limit this spring, but overall Pentagon operations likely would be insulated from any shocks to the U.S. Treasury that might force a partial federal government shutdown, budget analysts say.

January 28, 2011 | Inside the Army

Defense
leaders last week defended a decision by Defense Secretary Robert Gates to cut
the size of the Army by 27,000 beginning in fiscal year 2015, but they made the
plan sound less certain than when it was unveiled by Gates on Jan. 6. by
stressing that key assumptions imposed by Army and Pentagon leaders must first
be met.

January 28, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Basic research and development funding will see a real increase in the fiscal year 2012 presidential budget request, the deputy secretary of defense told lawmakers last week.
January 27, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's procurement shop is continuing to urge the military to use more fixed-price incentive fee contracts, particularly when programs transition from research and development to production, according to Frank Kendall, the department's No. 2 acquisition official.

January 26, 2011 | Daily News

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today signaled his sharp disagreement with the Obama administration's proposed cuts to the Pentagon's budget and vowed to fight "any measures that stress our forces."

McKeon said that while he supports Defense Secretary Robert Gates' effort to find efficiencies in the Defense Department's operations, he plans in coming weeks to “pursue” the consequences of the White House Office of Management and Budget decision last month to cut planned DOD spending by $78 billion over five years.

January 26, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon is continuing to develop a plan to ensure its financial statements can be audited, the deputy defense secretary told a House panel after the department was scolded for failing to comply with the law.

Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn told the House Armed Services Committee he agrees DOD needs to develop auditable financial statements and said the department is committed to getting the task completed.

January 26, 2011 | Daily News

The top Democrat on the House Appropriations Committee expects that Congress will use continuing resolutions for the duration of fiscal year 2011 instead of passing a spending bill.

Rep. Norm Dicks (D-WA), also the ranking member on the defense appropriations subcommittee, said following President Obama's State of the Union address last night that he thinks Congress will pass a "full-year CR with anomalies."

Dicks also said defense spending cuts in the neighborhood of $11 billion to $13 billion could be in the works.

January 20, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is planning a new round of major studies to influence the military's fiscal year 2013 investment plans while redoubling efforts to boost the impact of the work.

January 14, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The chairman of a powerful defense subcommittee and the vice chief of naval operations both said last week that it is time to reexamine the practice of splitting up funding evenly between the Air Force, Army and Navy and consider giving more money to the Navy.
January 13, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon is finalizing contingency plans for how to endure the balance of fiscal year 2011 if Congress does not pass a defense appropriations bill, a development that would roil modernization accounts in particular by imposing steep cuts in the coming months and unraveling the newly minted five-year investment plan for fiscal years 2012 to 2016, according to DOD sources.

January 13, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon and the White House recently rejected a set of requests from the Navy and the Marine Corps to have overseas contingency operations funds pay for items not covered by updated criteria for war funding requests, according to an official familiar with the criteria.

January 07, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department has insulated its weapon system modernization accounts from a five-year, $78 billion cut imposed on military spending by the White House during the fiscal year 2012 budget endgame, allowing the services to retain $100 billion in efficiencies garnered since June by cutting overhead activities to bolster procurement and force structure accounts.

January 06, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department today announced $29 billion in Army efficiencies over the next five years, canceling several programs and shifting savings to the modernization and fielding of key vehicle, aviation and communications assets.

“As part of the Department of Defense effort to achieve savings of $100 billion over the next five years, the Army has been a full partner in identifying cost savings of approximately $29 billion,” according to a Jan. 6 statement from Army Secretary John McHugh.

January 06, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon faces $78 billion in cuts to its topline over the next five years, Defense Secretary Robert Gates told lawmakers today, according to House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard “Buck” McKeon (R-CA).

January 06, 2011 | Daily News

As the American defense community prepares for budget efficiency announcements to be made today by Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey said the service's primary challenge would be maintaining its combat edge while simultaneously fighting a war and tightening its belt.

December 22, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Following Pentagon objections, House authorizers have dropped a legislative provision designed to keep future Quadrennial Defense Reviews from being informed by budget realities.

December 16, 2010 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee's recently completed omnibus appropriations package includes one more short take-off and landing Joint Strike Fighter variant and one more carrier variant than the defense bill the panel proposed earlier this year, as well as one more Littoral Combat Ship.

December 16, 2010 | Daily News

The Pentagon's strong desire to avoid the House's proposed year-long continuing resolution (CR) trumps the department's previous objections to funding the continued development of an alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

December 14, 2010 | Daily News

The Senate's fiscal year 2011 omnibus spending bill provides $667.7 billion in new discretionary spending authority for the Pentagon, including $157.8 billion for overseas contingency operations -- a recommendation that falls $10.3 billion below the president's base budget request.

The package includes $102.7 billion for Defense Department procurement and $77.6 billion for DOD research and development.

December 08, 2010 | Daily News

A House proposal to fund the Defense Department's fiscal year 2011 operations at FY-10 spending levels would freeze weapon system procurement accounts at $104 billion -- $8 billion below what the Pentagon is seeking -- and effectively negate the nearly two-percent real growth in Pentagon spending that Defense Secretary Robert Gates says is necessary to support investment plans.

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