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Impeachment Slows All Hill Defense Biz; DoD Approps On Life Support

Posted by Colin Clark on


There’s not a lot of confidence out there about the prospects for a 2020 budget agreement. “A stripped down mini-NDAA may be all that could pass this year for defense,” says one long-time budget watcher.

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Congress’ Budget Gridlock Threatens Army Hypersonics

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


“As long as we get an appropriation by the beginning of the calendar year, I think we’ll be okay,” the Army’s chief of budget planning said.

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To CR Or Not To CR — How Bad Would A Full Year CR Be?

Posted by Mark Cancian on


The clock is ticking, and the Senate, where floor time is always at a premium, has only 35 days in session after July 4th before fiscal 2020 begins (August is mostly recess, unless the Senate decides to enjoy the swelter of a Washington summer).

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Defense Spending Will Bust BCA Caps: Mark Cancian

Posted by Mark Cancian on


One of Washington’s leading budget experts explains how bipartisan supporters of Pentagon funding will steamroll the Budget Control Act.

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Continuing Resolution Would Disrupt 118 Army Programs: Gen. McConville

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Addressing topics from modernization to millennials, Trump’s pick for Army Chief of Staff sailed through his confirmation hearing — except for six bitter minutes.

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Aircraft Win Big In FY19 Appropriations: Munitions, Space, Marines Hammered

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


The big news about the $674.4 billion defense appropriation that conferees agreed to yesterday is that, for the first time in nine years, it’s on time. But in a budget this big, even the “small” items are billions of dollars, and there are plenty of devils in them thar details.

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Defense Bill Closer, But Risks Remain

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Thursday’s overwhelming Senate vote to pass the bill clears a major hurdle in getting the budget passed on time. But Not only do the House and Senate have little time to knock out final appropriations language and vote on it, but President Trump has signaled he wouldn’t be opposed to a government shutdown this fall, which would bring everything to a grinding halt.

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House Approps Chair Promises Pentagon ‘Flexibility’ On O&M Funds

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Legislators will probably loosen some rules on federal spending to help the Pentagon cope with Congress’s failure to pass funding bills until six months into the fiscal year. Budget dysfunction has gotten so bad it’s forcing even the famously strict appropriations committees to loosen the reins after years of resistance.

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Wicker-McCain Bill To Ease Navy O&M Rules On Collision Course With Appropriators

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED with Harrison & Hunter analysis WASHINGTON: To prevent a repeat of last year’s lethal accidents, Senate authorizers Roger Wicker and John McCain want to give the Navy unprecedented flexibility to retain experienced officers and spend readiness funds. But the provision to let the Navy spend Operations & Maintenance money as late as in the fiscal… Keep reading →

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Army Hopes For $6.8B From FY18 Budget Deal: 70% For Modernization

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED: Adds SecArmy Esper Roundtable PENTAGON: The figures aren’t final, but the Army hopes to get about $6.8 billion in additional funding for fiscal year 2018 thanks to the recently concluded budget deal, Army Secretary Mark Esper said this morning. The service’s new plan would start delivering a Next Generation Squad Weapon to the infantry… Keep reading →

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