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Defense Budget Alert

November 19, 2010 | Inside the Army

It is unclear
to what extent the Defense Department is thinking about how efforts to cut the
massive federal deficit might impact the defense industrial base, according to
Brett Lambert, the Pentagon's industrial policy director.

November 19, 2010 | Inside the Army

The
Republican poised to assume the chairmanship of the House Armed Services
Committee in the 112th Congress said last week that he agrees with Defense
Secretary Robert Gates' efficiency initiatives, but believes cutting the
defense budget portends "an America in decline."

November 18, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

It is unclear to what extent the Defense Department is thinking about how efforts to cut the massive federal deficit might impact the defense industrial base, according to Brett Lambert, the Pentagon's industrial policy director.

November 18, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department plans to fully comply with a congressional mandate to specify the amount of money it requests for procuring contract services in the fiscal year 2013 budget cycle -- three years after Capitol Hill's deadline, according to a Senate staffer.

November 18, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

A survey of operational acquisition professionals and overseers released this week by the Professional Services Council raises concerns about the Pentagon's preference for cost-plus contracts.

November 18, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

Two major Pentagon acquisition projects -- the Navy's Virginia-class submarine program and DOD's Chemical Demilitarization effort -- will require an additional $2.5 billion, according to a new government estimate, nudging upward the total price tag of the Defense Department's $1.6 trillion portfolio of major weapon systems in development.

November 18, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The Republican poised to assume the chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee in the 112th Congress said this week that he agrees with Defense Secretary Robert Gates' efficiency initiatives, but believes cutting the defense budget portends "an America in decline."

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.

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