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Budget Busters: What to Look For in 2019 and Beyond

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The release of the 2020 defense budget is still over a month away, and it’s already been a wild ride. A look at what has happened, and what might happen next.

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SASC Pushes For More Hypersonics As Putin Flaunts New Weapons

Posted by Paul McLeary on


Russian President Vladimir Putin is promoting what he says are unbeatable hypersonic weapons, and Capitol Hill is listening closely. The result is hundreds of millions in new funding lines.

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SASC Seeks Sweeping ‘Roles & Missions’ Report: Wither The Marines?

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: The Senate Armed Services Committee has proposed the most sweeping reevaluation of the military in 30 years, with tough questions for all four armed services but especially the Marine Corps. While its provisions cover topics ranging from swarming robots to “construction and maintenance of public works in Cis-Lunar Space,” its overwhelming focus is reorienting… Keep reading →

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Why Chairman Thornberry Failed To Tame DoD’s Fourth Estate

Posted by Mark Cancian on


When House Armed Services Chairman Thornberry proposed eliminating seven agencies and reducing personnel by 25 percent, he faced strong opposition. In the HASC’s draft bill, he scaled the proposal back to eliminating just three agencies. But that didn’t work either. During the committee’s markup of the House defense policy bill, members still pushed back.

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The Skinny On Trump’s Skinny Budget: Much Still Unclear

Posted by Mark Cancian on


The Trump administration’s long awaited “skinny budget”, officially named “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again”, has arrived. It confirms the $54 billion increase in defense, and proposes to add $30 billion to this year’s (fiscal 2017) budget. It provides a description of what the Trump administration hopes to achieve in defense… Keep reading →

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Budget Hell: Kendall Prays For 3-Month CR, Fears 6

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


NATIONAL PRESS CLUB: The Pentagon’s top buyer is praying that Congress will only be three months late enacting a 2017 budget, instead of six. Frank Kendall’s frank comments made clear that on-time is off the table. Kendall’s got cause for concern. Just yesterday, the Senate failed for the third time to pass a defense funding… Keep reading →

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Navy To Try New Fast Acquisition Approach

Posted by Colin Clark on


CAPITOL HILL: The Navy’s 2017 budget will include a new authority similar to the Air Force’s Rapid Capability Office to improve the speed with which it can deploy new capabilities, especially classified ones, the head of Navy acquisition told the House Armed Services Committee today. “There will be something that closely mirrors the Air Force… Keep reading →

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