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Defense Budget Alert

February 17, 2011 | Daily News

Congress will have to "get creative" to support new-start acquisition programs if a yearlong fiscal year 2011 continuing resolution is passed, according to the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.

“If we do end up with a CR, what can we do to show legislative intent?” Rep. Adam Smith (D-WA) told reporters at a breakfast in Washington today. “We're going to have to look into that. I don't know and I don't think there is a hard and fast rule on that.”

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The White House today threatened to veto the fiscal year 2011 defense appropriations bill drawn up by House Republicans last week as part of a larger spending measure to fund the federal government through September that would cut $100 billion from planned spending, including $8 billion from the Defense Department.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Missile Defense Agency plans to hold three flight tests during the remaining months of fiscal year 2011, according to officials and documents.

MDA's FY-12 budget overview document lists the upcoming tests. Agency spokesman Rick Lehner provided Inside Missile Defense with the approximate dates for each test. The exact dates are classified until a Notice to Airmen is issued, he said.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force plans to invest $197 million in maturing technologies for the new long-range penetrating bomber, according to the fiscal year 2012 budget request released today.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Pentagon needs at least $540 billion for the current fiscal year, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today -- $9 billion less than DOD originally requested for FY-11, but still $8 billion more than the House Appropriations Committee proposed last week in a bill that could be the military's last, best chance to avoid a continuing resolution for the entire fiscal year.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The Navy heavily boosted Fire Scout buys, added seven P-8As to the future years defense plan and made the expected additions and subtractions to its F/A-18E/F Super Hornet procurement and Joint Strike Fighter buys, according to the president's fiscal year 2012 budget proposal rolled out today.

February 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Army today asked Congress for a fiscal year 2012 base budget of $145 billion, plus $71 billion for war costs, seeking a significant plus-up for aviation programs and requesting $884 million to develop the Ground Combat Vehicle.

February 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Obama administration today outlined a fiscal year 2012 Pentagon budget that includes $113 billion for weapon system procurement -- $7 billion less than previously planned -- but lays a five-year plan to annually lift modernization investments to $137 billion by FY-16.

February 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Air Force has moved $3.4 billion gathered through operating efficiencies in the fiscal year 2012 budget over to enhance funding for several initiatives including F-15 radar modernization, the block purchase of space launch vehicles and the purchase of MQ-9 Reapers, according to a top service official.

February 14, 2011 | Daily News

The White House today proposed a fiscal year 2012 Pentagon budget that includes $189.7 billion for modernization, seeking $113 billion in procurement and $75.3 billion for research and development.

The request is nearly identical to the Defense Department's FY-11 proposal for modernization.

In total, the Obama administration is seeking $670 billion in FY-12 military spending, $553 for the Pentagon's base budget and $117.5 billion for war-related costs, according to a summary of the Pentagon's budget published today by the White House Office of Management and Budget.

February 11, 2011 | Inside the Navy
Maintenance that has been deferred due to the continuing budget resolution will have an impact on fiscal year 2012 and far into the future, according to the vice commander for Naval Sea Systems Command.
February 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

A group of advisers chartered by the Army has privately pointed out to senior leaders what many insiders might shrug off as a sad piece of common knowledge: that the service has an abysmal record of pumping billions of dollars into weapon systems that will never be deployed, with the trend of sunk costs pointing upward during the past decade, Inside the Army has learned.

February 09, 2011 | Daily News

NEW YORK -- The Pentagon's modernization accounts would be subjected to a "hidden" tax by a yearlong continuing resolution in fiscal year 2011, Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Ashton Carter said today.

February 09, 2011 | Daily News

If Congress fails to pass a fiscal year 2011 defense appropriations bill, the Navy will be faced with significant funding challenges in key areas including new destroyers, aircraft carriers, mobile landing platforms, submarines and nuclear cores required to refuel subs and carriers, according to a senior Navy official.

February 08, 2011 | Daily News

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff today unveiled a new National Military Strategy that calls the growing national debt a "significant security risk," braces for an era of tightening defense expenditures, and reframes military objectives to deal with a wide and increasingly complex array of global security challenges.

The new strategy -- a significant revision to the 2004 version -- is considered central to the Pentagon's canon of strategic documents that ultimately influence everything from operational and war plans to future weapons spending.

February 07, 2011 | Daily News

(Editor's note: This article has been updated to reflect the correct name of Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos.)

The Marine Corps has solidified plans to shed roughly 15,000 personnel from its ranks after its missions in Iraq and Afghanistan are completed, eliminating three infantry battalions, one artillery battalion and associated headquarters elements while investing more in the service's cyber and special forces capabilities, according to Pentagon officials.

February 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

An unannounced element of Defense Secretary Robert Gates' efficiency initiative shifts $2 billion within U.S. Special Operations Command's budget, a major slice of the funding that supports the Pentagon's most sensitive missions worldwide.

February 03, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Defense Department is working to standardize the way it budgets for strategic communication and information operations to clear up considerable confusion about funding for the initiatives, according to a Jan. 25 memo issued by Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

February 02, 2011 | Daily News

Navy and Marine Corps efforts to plow savings from efficiencies into investment accounts will permit the purchase of additional aircraft and eliminate the services' strike fighter shortfall, add $400 million to accelerate by three years the procurement of the Marine Personnel Carrier and a nearly $500 million boost to radio and small arms accounts, according to Navy Under Secretary Robert Work.

January 28, 2011 | Daily News

Spending on Pentagon modernization efforts could be temporarily dialed back if Congress does not raise the statutory debt limit this spring, but overall Pentagon operations likely would be insulated from any shocks to the U.S. Treasury that might force a partial federal government shutdown, budget analysts say.