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Defense Budget Alert

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

The Senate Appropriations Committee today proposed legislation that would allocate nearly $1.7 billion in emergency supplemental funding to support recovery efforts at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, and Offutt AFB, NE.

May 23, 2019 | Daily News

The GOP-led Senate Armed Services Committee, as expected, has approved $750 billion in total defense spending for fiscal year 2020, according to a summary of the panel’s authorization bill.

May 21, 2019 | Daily News

The absence of a broad budget deal in Congress is being highlighted by the release of a White House letter opposing the defense spending bill crafted by House Democrats.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

The House Appropriations Committee is poised to pass a fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill Tuesday that would rescind more than $3 billion from major weapon system programs.

May 20, 2019 | Daily News

This week, for the first time in 10 years, the Senate Armed Services Committee will be marking up its version of the defense authorization bill ahead of its House counterpart, a timing shakeup that has distinct pros and cons for lawmakers, according to former congressional staffers.

May 17, 2019 | Daily News

House appropriators are seeking to move $653 million from the Navy’s Virginia-class submarine program to its operations and maintenance account to force the service to address its submarine backlog at several shipyards.

May 15, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is laying the groundwork for a fiscal year 2021 budget request that would prop up its base budget by plowing $65 billion previously forecast as war spending into routine appropriation accounts, including nearly $20 billion for weapons investment, repeating a central strategy of the Trump administration's FY-20 budget request.

May 14, 2019 | Daily News

The Democrat-led House Appropriations defense subcommittee, still smarting from the Pentagon's recent unilateral budget transfers to build barriers on the U.S.-Mexico border, has drafted a bill that would reduce and restrict the Pentagon’s future ability to reprogram funds.

May 01, 2019 | Daily News

Congressional committees are preparing to consider defense spending and authorization bills this month, but lawmakers have yet to reach a bipartisan budget deal to avert sequestration.

April 30, 2019 | Daily News

In the absence of supplemental funding from Congress, the Air Force will uphold its planned halt on all new rebuilding efforts at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, which was destroyed in a category 5 hurricane in October.

April 30, 2019 | Daily News

The new National Defense Strategy calls for “urgent change at a significant scale” to reposition the U.S. military for global competitions with China and Russia, but the Defense Department lacks a sound strategic analysis process to drive the tough budget decisions likely required for major transformation, according to the Government Accountability Office and former Pentagon officials who spent years crafting national security policy.

April 24, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Department is requesting a $15 million reprogramming to establish the Space Development Agency and $19 million to stand up U.S. Space Command -- two critical components of the Pentagon's plan to reorganize the military space enterprise.

April 18, 2019 | Daily News

The Air Force's new strategy for science and technology may cause changes in its fiscal year 2020 budget, according to the service's research and development lead.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

Rep. Austin Scott (R-GA) yesterday bemoaned the lack of a disaster relief supplemental bill and said one must be passed within the next eight days before Congress adjourns for its Easter recess.

April 03, 2019 | Daily News

The Overseas Contingency Operations account was introduced in 2009 to fund wars abroad, meant to give the Pentagon greater flexibility to pay for unexpected costs.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon is requesting $164 million for the Defense Innovation Unit in fiscal year 2020, a big budget boost for DIU as its responsibilities expand into managing a new fund for dual-use hardware technologies.

March 28, 2019 | Daily News

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking a $65 million funding boost in fiscal year 2020 for its main portfolio of artificial intelligence development efforts, as well as an array of other increases and new-start projects related to AI and machine learning.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon-funded construction of 57 miles of fencing on the southern border can begin immediately, according to acting Deputy Defense Secretary David Norquist, who confirmed the Army Corps of Engineers has received a controversial $1 billion transfer to begin issuing contracts.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

Acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan said today the Pentagon fully understands the "downsides" to overturning decades of precedent to reprogram $1 billion in Army personnel funding to construct 57 miles of fencing on the southern border without the approval of Congress, especially since lawmakers have warned that could lead them to eliminating the Pentagon's funding flexibility altogether.

March 27, 2019 | Daily News

The Pentagon today shifted $1 billion from Army funds to a counternarcotics account to construct 57 miles of fencing along the United States-Mexico border, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.