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Sequestration: Don’t Believe All The Hype

Posted by Robert Hale on


Bob Hale regularly demonstrated his better qualities during testimony before Congress, delivering highly complex facts and judgments about the Defense Department’s spending and budgets to the public with a knowing humor delivered with the sort of gravelly voice you’d expect from one of those old country lawyers.  Hale served as DoD comptroller from 2009 to 2014, and, before… Keep reading →

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Army Budget Boss: Threats, Uncertainty Reign

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


ARLINGTON: No one knows what the 2016 budget is really going to be. In fact, no one can even plan properly for what it might be, the highest-ranking budgeteer in Army uniform made clear this morning. The uncertainty is coming at the Pentagon from two sides at the same time. On the demand side, there’s… Keep reading →

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Why America Got The Sequester It Deserves

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Generals, admirals, members of Congress, captains of industry, and two Defense Secretaries in a row have been pounding the drums for nearly two years on the dangers of sequestration. So far, it appears hardly anyone is listening outside the Beltway — or even on Capitol Hill. What is appalling is “the lack of engagement by… Keep reading →

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Sequestration Cuts Leave Army With Only 2 Brigades Ready To Fight: CSA Odierno

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATE: Odierno Clarifies. It May Be Three Brigades WASHINGTON: The Army has had to cancel so much training that only two of its 42 combat brigades are ready for combat, Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told reporters at the Association of the US Army conference here today. It’ll take until June to get a… Keep reading →

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AUSA, Biggest Defense Conference, Thrives Despite Shutdown, Sequester & CR

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


[UPDATED 2:15 pm]WASHINGTON: Between sequestration, shutdown, and the Continuing Resolution, it’s been a brutal year for the federal government, especially the Army. Alongside training, maintenance, and morale, most of the service’s conferences have been hammered: “I’m surprised any of us is here,” Army Secretary John McHugh said this morning in his opening remarks to the… Keep reading →

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Pentagon Memos Detail Government Shutdown Plans

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


How will the Defense Department handle the all-but-inevitable government shutdown on October 1st? In a few minutes, Pentagon comptroller Robert Hale will lay out the answers for the media — and for hundreds of thousands of anxious civil service employees, many of whom will be watching via webcast. What he’ll be briefing people on is… Keep reading →

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Navy To HASC: We’re About To Sign Sub Deals We Can’t Pay For

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: The United States Navy is negotiating to buy 10 nuclear submarines that it probably can’t pay for. But the service is going ahead regardless, counting on the Pentagon and Congress to make up the money as long as the budget cuts known as sequestration continue. The sequester doesn’t mean the Navy can’t afford… Keep reading →

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Hagel’s Strategic Review Falls Short; Make Hard Choices Now

Posted by Mackenzie Eaglen on


When you add up the defense budget shortfalls for the next few years, it quickly becomes clear Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s recent Strategic Choices and Management Review (SCMR) looks to become just what he did not want: actions he will have to implement instead of a menu of options. Pentagon leaders must now consider most if… Keep reading →

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Will Sequester Scuttle Navy’s Surface Ship Comeback?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


CAPITOL HILL: Just when the Navy’s surface fleet had started pulling itself out of a 10-year, $2 billion hole, budget dysfunction may kick it right back in. We’ve written a great deal about the damage done to all four armed services by the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. But what is happening to the… Keep reading →

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Fewer Ships At Sea, Fewer Missions, Less Training: CNO’s Sequestration Damage List

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


PENTAGON: The Navy has 10 fewer ships worldwide compared to just a few months ago. It has no warships at all off South America to help combat the drug trade. And training cutbacks will force many units to specialize in a sub-set of their assigned missions instead of getting ready for the full range of… Keep reading →

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