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Defense Budget Alert

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.

December 02, 2010 | Daily News

NEW YORK -- Air Force officials have found enough money to buy more cargo aircraft and stealthy cruise missiles through the use of more efficient acquisition practices implemented as part of a wider effort to wring billions of dollars from the Pentagon's procurement accounts.

David Van Buren, acting assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, previewed some of the efficiencies service program managers have identified in recent months during a Dec. 1 presentation at an event organized by the investment bank Credit Suisse and Aviation Week.

December 02, 2010 | Daily News

NEW YORK -- The Defense Department is bracing for a directive to cut its fiscal year 2012 budget proposal and to forfeit to the federal treasury some portion of the $100 billion in efficiencies that Pentagon leaders originally hoped to reinvest in weapon system modernization accounts over the next five years, the U.S. military's No. 2 uniformed officer predicted today.

December 02, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Marine Corps is struggling with "material weaknesses" that could hinder the service's financial reporting ability, according to a previously unreleased report by the Defense Department inspector general's office.

December 02, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon comptroller's shop intends to start testing the Army's General Fund Enterprise Business System at three forts early next year as part of its long-term plan to achieve audit readiness.

December 02, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is pushing its employees to embrace and institutionalize financial improvement goals and processes, an effort that one congressman considers critical for DOD's long-term goal of achieving audit readiness.

December 02, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's acquisition directorate has issued further guidance to improve competition in Defense Department procurement programs.

December 02, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department has proposed amending its acquisition rules to strongly encourage discussions with industry prior to making source-selection awards for procurements worth $100 million or more.

November 24, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Amid Pentagon concerns that the cost of using required accounting methods outweighs the benefits, two studies are examining more affordable ways to provide accounting information.

November 24, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Members of the Pentagon's audit advisory panel are urging the department not to issue an out-of-cycle opinion for an incomplete audit of the Marine Corps' statement of budgetary resources if the project is too time-consuming or costly.

November 23, 2010 | Daily News

The Pentagon is poised to hold another top-level meeting on the Joint Strike Fighter program to allow officials to weigh recommendations that will influence the funding for the multibillion-dollar effort in the Defense Department's fiscal year 2012 budget proposal, according to a senior Air Force official.

JSF program officials are expected to present revised F-35 delivery schedules, which could in turn influence decisions on whether the military needs to extend the lives of its legacy fighter force.

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