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Defense Budget Alert

November 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department for the second year in a row failed to obtain a clean financial opinion from auditors and does not expect to achieve one for at least several years, though Pentagon officials say they are making steady progress.

November 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy has drawn up and is continuously updating a list of programs that may eventually require waivers from Congress under the ongoing continuing resolution, according to two top service officials.

November 13, 2019 | Daily News

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam Smith said partisan disagreement over how to address President Trump’s use of Pentagon money to fund the construction of a southern border wall continues to be the most contentious issue holding up the fiscal year 2020 defense authorization bill.

November 12, 2019 | Daily News

Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper told reporters today he expects the service will have a difficult time defending its fiscal year 2021 budget request, largely because it recommends shifting billions of dollars from legacy platforms to a digital infrastructure Congress may not be ready to embrace.

November 06, 2019 | Daily News

A yearlong stopgap continuing resolution would prevent the Army from using $3.5 billion in procurement and research, development, test and evaluation funding and block it from awarding contracts for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, according to a fact sheet provided to Inside Defense.

November 06, 2019 | Daily News

A six-month stopgap continuing resolution would postpone the Navy's ability to refuel one of its Nimitz-class aircraft carriers and purchase one Virginia-class submarine, according to a fact sheet obtained by Inside Defense.

November 06, 2019 | Daily News

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein is warning about the risks that a potential six-month or yearlong continuing resolution could pose to planned new-start programs, production increases and military construction projects.

October 30, 2019 | Daily News

The Navy is gearing up for the possibility of a one-year continuing resolution, as the Senate remains stalled in the appropriations process.

October 28, 2019 | Daily News

Congress, despite having agreed to a broad budget deal, has begun looking for stopgaps and schedule extensions for the defense spending and policy bills, which are already overdue and remain stalled amid partisan fighting over President Trump's use of military construction funds to build a southern border wall.

October 22, 2019 | Daily News

ANNAPOLIS, MD -- A top Marine Corps official today slammed the stopgap continuing resolution that is keeping the government funded while the Senate remains stalled in the appropriations process.

October 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Army's fiscal year 2021 budget will propose realigning $10 billion in investments across the Pentagon's new five-year spending plan to pump additional resources into 31 so-called "signature systems" that underpin the service's modernization plan.

September 26, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon has released a brief list of weapons programs that will be disrupted if Congress passes a short-term continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown.

September 18, 2019 | Daily News

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said today there is a "collective effort" underway to realign military budgets and operational plans to better posture the United States for long-term competition with China and Russia.

September 18, 2019 | Daily News

Army Deputy Chief of Staff (G-8) Lt. Gen. James Pasquarette said today the service is prepared to provide Congress with any materials it asks for regarding the service's budget review process called "Night Court."

September 17, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's fiscal year 2021 budget proposal is poised to mark one of the largest shifts of resources between accounts in a generation -- cancelling, reducing or consolidating about $25 billion worth of current projects as part of a continuing effort to better realign the service's weapon system modernization portfolio with the 2018 National Defense Strategy.

September 16, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee has proposed rescinding $4.7 billion in Defense Department funding allocated in previous years, with the steepest cuts hitting the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, missile defense programs and an aid fund used to train and equip Afghan and Iraqi forces fighting insurgents.

September 12, 2019 | Daily News

Senate Appropriations Committee Democrats today voted against the fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill after failing to add measures that would block the Pentagon from spending funds on President Trump’s southern border wall.

September 12, 2019 | Daily News

Senate lawmakers are criticizing the Army's inconsistency in communicating changes resulting from its budget review process dubbed "Night Court," as well as the service's "reluctance" to share acquisition materials.

September 10, 2019 | Daily News

A Senate panel today marked up its version of the fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill in accordance with a bipartisan budget deal, appropriating $622 billion in base spending, $70.7 billion in Overseas Contingency Operations and $1.7 billion in emergency funding.

September 09, 2019 | Daily News

A partisan battle over President Trump’s efforts to divert Defense Department money to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border is poised to snarl House and Senate negotiations over upcoming defense policy and spending bills, despite lawmakers having already reached a broad budget agreement.

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