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Defense Budget Alert

February 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

A group of advisers chartered by the Army has privately pointed out to senior leaders what many insiders might shrug off as a sad piece of common knowledge: that the service has an abysmal record of pumping billions of dollars into weapon systems that will never be deployed, with the trend of sunk costs pointing upward during the past decade, Inside the Army has learned.

February 09, 2011 | Daily News

NEW YORK -- The Pentagon's modernization accounts would be subjected to a "hidden" tax by a yearlong continuing resolution in fiscal year 2011, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Ashton Carter said today.

February 09, 2011 | Daily News

If Congress fails to pass a fiscal year 2011 defense appropriations bill, the Navy will be faced with significant funding challenges in key areas including new destroyers, aircraft carriers, mobile landing platforms, submarines and nuclear cores required to refuel subs and carriers, according to a senior Navy official.

February 08, 2011 | Daily News

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today unveiled a new National Military Strategy that calls the growing national debt a "significant security risk," braces for an era of tightening defense expenditures, and reframes military objectives to deal with a wide and increasingly complex array of global security challenges.

The new strategy -- a significant revision to the 2004 version -- is considered central to the Pentagon's canon of strategic documents that ultimately influence everything from operational and war plans to future weapons spending.

February 07, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect the correct name of Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos.)

The Marine Corps has solidified plans to shed roughly 15,000 personnel from its ranks after its missions in Iraq and Afghanistan are completed, eliminating three infantry battalions, one artillery battalion and associated headquarters elements while investing more in the service's cyber and special forces capabilities, according to Pentagon officials.

February 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

An unannounced element of Defense Secretary Robert Gates' efficiency initiative shifts $2 billion within U.S. Special Operations Command's budget, a major slice of the funding that supports the Pentagon's most sensitive missions worldwide.

February 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is working to standardize the way it budgets for strategic communication and information operations to clear up considerable confusion about funding for the initiatives, according to a Jan. 25 memo issued by Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

February 02, 2011 | Daily News

Navy and Marine Corps efforts to plow savings from efficiencies into investment accounts will permit the purchase of additional aircraft and eliminate the services' strike fighter shortfall, add $400 million to accelerate by three years the procurement of the Marine Personnel Carrier and a nearly $500 million boost to radio and small arms accounts, according to Navy Under Secretary Robert Work.

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

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.