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Defense Budget Alert

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.

October 07, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Congress is letting the Pentagon shift hundreds of millions of dollars into military intelligence programs and other initiatives to meet urgent needs identified by Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. and allied commander in Afghanistan, but a handful of projects failed to make the cut.

October 06, 2010 | Daily News

The Air Force is considering cutting 10 percent of its general officer ranks and reducing the number of management positions at its headquarters facilities as part of its effort to wring out $28.3 billion in overhead costs over the next five years, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz said today.

September 30, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee has proposed creating two flexible funds in the Pentagon's fiscal year 2011 budget that would pump hundreds of millions of dollars into "innovative" research and procurement programs.

September 30, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

House appropriators have proposed cutting the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's budget by $150 million for fiscal year 2011.

September 27, 2010 | Daily News

House and Senate appropriators are far apart on the fate of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System, with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake in the fiscal year 2011 defense-spending bill.

While the Senate Appropriations Committee has recommended a $425 million cut to the THAAD program due to a one-year production delay, House defense appropriators have voted for only a $25 million cut.

September 27, 2010 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee wants to terminate the most advanced variant of the Air Force's Global Hawk unmanned aircraft system and has slashed $1.2 billion from previously appropriated modernization programs, some of which have not adhered to full-funding financial regulations, according to previously unreported details of the panel's new military spending proposal.

September 27, 2010 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee, in its July mark-up of the fiscal year 2011 defense spending bill, recommended cutting research and development funding for the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle by $100 million and warned the service about pursuing "exotic solutions," according to congressional documents obtained by InsideDefense.com.

September 27, 2010 | Daily News

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee has added nine F/A-18E/F Super Hornets to mitigate a projected strike fighter shortfall and inserted funding for a Mobile Landing Platform to bump shipbuilding procurement to 10 vessels, according to a draft report on the panel's mark of the fiscal year 2011 defense spending bill.

The committee increased procurement of Super Hornets from 22 to 31 aircraft in the bill, which the panel passed in July. InsideDefense.com obtained a copy of the bill report late last week. The full committee has not considered the bill yet.

September 21, 2010 | Daily News

The Pentagon is seeking permission from Congress to shift hundreds of millions of dollars into military intelligence programs and other initiatives to meet urgent needs identified by Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. and allied commander in Afghanistan.

September 16, 2010 | Daily News

Pillorying the Pentagon for lacking "budget discipline," a Senate defense panel has voted to redirect $8 billion in the Defense Department's fiscal year 2011 budget request because it believes funding requested by DOD for key programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter, has not been "adequately justified."

The Senate Appropriations Committee, in its report on the fiscal year 2011 defense bill, says JSF is “perhaps” the “most disturbing” example of a military program with budget management problems.

September 16, 2010 | Daily News

Senator appropriators remain concerned about the Ground Combat Vehicle program even after Army officials restructured the planned multibillion-dollar acquisition to focus on affordability and timely completion, according to the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee's report on the fiscal year 2011 defense spending bill.

September 16, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Behind the scenes of the Defense Department's public campaign to boost its buying power, DOD acquisition chief Ashton Carter this week launched a series of major studies to implement the initiative's broad goals, according to four internal memos reviewed by Inside the Pentagon.

September 16, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The White House's Office of Management and Budget is reviewing the Pentagon's financial system modernization project to determine whether it needs to be canceled or rescoped, according to an OMB official.

September 14, 2010 | Daily News

Pentagon acquisition chief Ashton Carter today released new guidance for boosting the department's buying power by making affordability a requirement for weapon systems, seeking to eliminate redundant defense programs and taking various other steps.

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