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Defense Budget Alert

April 05, 2011 | Daily News

The Defense Department last week asked Congress to establish a fund to finance the development and fielding of new technologies and weapons requested by commanders to meet urgent wartime needs, according to Pentagon documents.

The fund would be backed by a $100 million account in the Pentagon's base budget that could be supplemented by another $100 million annually in war-cost appropriations bills.

April 04, 2011 | Daily News

Congress is working to pass a defense appropriations bill for fiscal year 2011 instead of continuing to fund the Pentagon under stopgap measures, the head of a key House defense committee said today.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) told reporters today that House leaders have promised him that a defense appropriations bill would “be done very shortly.” The Pentagon, like the rest of the federal government, has been operating under continuing resolutions for the past six months because Congress has been unable to pass a funding bill for FY-11.

April 01, 2011 | Inside the Army

A new era of austerity is beginning to impact the Army's
recent shift in focus to dismounted soldiers and its information technology
systems modernization strategy, according to service leaders who spoke at an
Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Conference last week.

April 01, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy may come up $750 million short for long-lead materials for ballistic missile defense upgrades if Congress decides to extend the continuing resolution on the budget through the end of the year, an official said last week.
April 01, 2011 | Inside the Navy
If a ship is cut from the Navy's fiscal year 2011 budget under a full-year continuing resolution, the Navy would likely add the hull to a later budget request, possibly FY-13's, according to the vice chief of naval operations.
April 01, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Navy Undersecretary Robert Work told Congress last week that a heavy spike in fuel prices would require the Navy to either find other efficiencies to offset those hikes or reduce fleet operations.
March 31, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department will launch pilot programs to implement Pentagon procurement chief Ashton Carter's mandated "should cost" funding targets in major acquisition programs.

March 31, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The military's multimillion-dollar joint test and evaluation program escaped a cut in the Defense Department's fiscal year 2012 budget process because U.S. Pacific Command and the department's cost analysis and program evaluation shop fought plans to slash the program's funding.

March 31, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The top Republican on a key Senate defense subcommittee expressed concern this week that the Pentagon's inability to audit its finances would make it difficult to measure the money saved through efficiencies.

March 31, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The head of a key Senate defense subcommittee is considering stripping the Defense Department of its efficiency savings worth millions of dollars and using the money to help pay off the federal government's rising budget deficit.

March 30, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force calculates its contribution to the two-week effort to impose a no-fly zone over Libya is about $50 million, less than a tenth of the $550 million estimate the Office of the Secretary of Defense today disclosed for Operation Odyssey Dawn, according to a senior Air Force official.

March 30, 2011 | Daily News

If a ship is cut from the Navy's fiscal year 2011 budget under a full-year continuing resolution, the Navy would likely add the hull to a later budget request, possibly FY-13's, the vice chief of naval operations said today.

Adm. Jonathan Greenert told reporters at a Center for Naval Analyses conference that losing a ship is a possibility the Navy is prepared to work with.

March 29, 2011 | Daily News

The price tag for the Pentagon's $1.7 trillion weapon system acquisition portfolio has jumped $135 billion -- 9 percent -- over the last two years, with nearly half of the projected increase attributable to the 10 largest Defense Department programs, including the Joint Strike Fighter, the CVN-21 aircraft carrier and the DDG-51 destroyer program, according to the Government Accountability Office.

March 25, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Operations in Libya and Japan are unlikely to incur significant extra costs for the Navy, according to top Navy officials.
March 25, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The Navy could consider cutting one major ship construction project from its fiscal year 2011 budget if Congress does not pass a defense spending bill, according to the service's top budget official. However, the chief of naval operations said last week that he has not yet received proposals to deal with the shortfall.
March 25, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon comptroller predicts the Navy's base budget topline will remain nearly flat between fiscal years 2012 to 2016, though it is projected to support increases in the procurement accounts for new ships, aircraft and munitions that average nearly 4 percent over the five-year planning period, according to a new Defense Department document.

March 25, 2011 | Daily News

The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee has issued guidance banning all earmarks and requiring complete transparency in the process of amending future defense authorization bills.

Released by Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA) today, the guidelines state that budgetary legislative proposals “must be offered as an amendment to the bill (not the committee report)” when the full committee meets to mark up the defense authorization legislation. McKeon notes that the proposals must be voted on by the full committee.

March 25, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon forecasts the Army's average budget topline -- excluding war costs -- will not keep pace with inflation between fiscal years 2012 and 2016, effectively tethering the service in the near term to the spending power of its $143.1 billion request for FY-12 submitted to Congress in February, according to new figures published by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

March 24, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon projects the Air Force's inflation-adjusted base budget will slightly increase between fiscal years 2012 and 2016, from $149.8 billion to $155.4 billion, according to figures newly published by the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

The Pentagon comptroller's office this week posted on its website the "National Defense Budget Estimate for FY 2012," a 253-page document that summarizes the FY-12 budget request submitted to Congress in February and projects through FY-16 the future funding implications of the FY-12  proposal.

March 24, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is preparing new fiscal guidance to lay the foundation for its fiscal year 2013 budget process amid uncertainty about how much defense spending Congress will approve in FY-11 and FY-12.

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