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Defense Budget Alert

November 16, 2010 | Daily News

Government-to-government sales of U.S. military equipment and security assistance totaled $31.6 billion in fiscal year 2010, according to the Defense Department, a 16 percent decline compared to 2009 but a mark likely to be surpassed in fiscal year 2011.

November 12, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy is presenting to Defense Secretary Robert Gates its plan to find efficiencies within its budget, according to Undersecretary of the Navy Robert Work, who said that these presentations will continue through December.
November 10, 2010 | Daily News

A draft report by the co-chairs of a presidential commission on deficit reduction is calling for slashing Pentagon modernization accounts by $55 billion in 2015, a reduction that includes terminating marquee weapon system programs and diverting "efficiency" savings from spending on new ships and aircraft to decrease the deficit.

November 08, 2010 | Daily News

The Marine Corps has developed what it calls “courses of action” for its sweeping force structure review, options the Navy expects to see by mid-December at the earliest, according to Robert Work, under secretary of the Navy.

November 05, 2010 | Daily News

Continuing efforts to boost the Defense Department's buying power, Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter has issued the armed services new guidance designed to improve the acquisition of multibillion-dollar weapon systems.

November 04, 2010 | Daily News

The ranking Republican on the House Appropriations Committee today told the outgoing chairman of his "unequivocal opposition" to a massive omnibus spending bill for fiscal year 2011.

Democrats on the panel are reported to be considering an omnibus bill with a potential $1.1 trillion price tag, which they may take up during a lame-duck session before a new, Republican-controlled House takes over in January.

November 04, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

To help the Defense Department fulfill its goal of cutting funding for service support contractors by 10 percent each year for the next three years, the Pentagon has instructed its components to complete a key survey.

November 04, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon recently revised cost, schedule and performance goals for eight major acquisition programs due to rising costs, schedule delays and other factors.

November 03, 2010 | Daily News

Huge Republican gains in Tuesday's election have put defense hawks and deficit hawks in the GOP on a collision course over whether to slash defense spending to reduce mounting U.S. debt.

And in light of the election, it could be next year before Congress approves a fiscal year 2011 defense authorization bill, though a defense appropriations bill might be finalized during this year's lame-duck session in an omnibus spending package, according to congressional sources.

October 27, 2010 | Daily News

Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) today advocated scaling back the size of the Army and the Marine Corps while increasing the size of the Navy.

Webb, who sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee, told defense reporters that current ground force levels are too high now that the United States is drawing down from the wars in the Middle East. “Do we really need this size of our ground forces if we are going to properly reshape our missions in Iraq and Afghanistan?” he asked. “I think you can cut back.”

October 22, 2010 | Inside the Army

Army program managers squeezing efficiencies out of their operations would have first dibs on monetary savings the service realizes as a result of their efforts, Army acquisition chief Malcolm O'Neill told Inside the Army.

October 22, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Pentagon's first attempt to audit a military department's statement of budgetary resources will not be completed as planned, forcing defense officials to determine whether they want to issue a late audit opinion or turn their attention to next year's edition.
October 21, 2010 | Daily News

The Pentagon's first attempt to audit a military department's statement of budgetary resources will not be completed as planned, forcing defense officials to determine whether they want to issue a late audit opinion or turn their attention to next year's edition.

The audit of the Marine Corps' fiscal year 2010 statement of budgetary resources was supposed to be completed Nov. 15, but the auditors will have to issue a disclaimer, Defense Department Deputy Chief Financial Officer Mark Easton told Inside the Pentagon in a Oct. 19 interview.

October 21, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon is poised to issue new guidance that would streamline the acquisition process for defense business systems in a bid to more rapidly provide defense officials with key information capabilities.

October 21, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

As the Defense Department works to implement guidance from Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter urging the use of more fixed-price contracts, the devil will be in the details, according to Northrop Grumman CEO and President Wes Bush.

October 14, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Fifty-seven lawmakers are strongly urging the White House's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform to recommend major cuts in defense spending over the coming years.

October 08, 2010 | Inside the Navy
During an industry presentation delivered last month, a senior Navy official painted a gloomy budget picture for the service over the next few years based on historical defense spending trends and suggested that sustained investment in the Navy may have to come at the expense of the other services.
October 08, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army has little appetite for new layers of decision-making bodies to implement the service's new focus on efficiency by portfolio management, trusting instead that the novel approach can be put into action by tweaking existing processes, according to a key official involved in the deliberations.

October 07, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Under its efficiencies task force, the Pentagon has established eight study groups to examine different areas of Defense Secretary Robert Gates' plan to create efficiencies in the department, according to an internal document reviewed by Inside the Pentagon.

October 07, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Key studies required to help implement Defense Secretary Robert Gates' efficiencies initiative are due this week, according to internal memos reviewed by Inside the Pentagon.

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