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House Dems Block Wall Funds, Slash Sub, But Add F-35s

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The House Dems launch the first salvo in what promises to be a long defense budget saga, and they are drawing lines that will be hard to cross.

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2020 BUDGET: Airpower Wins Big; ‘Multi-Domain’ Emerges

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


For all the talk of major changes, the Pentagon is pouring money into some pretty traditional priorities.

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No, The Pentagon Did NOT Waste $28 Billion

Posted by Mackenzie Eaglen on


One of our primary goals here at Breaking Defense is to try and avoid the madness of the daily news cycle and tell our readers what is really happening, as best as any human can tell at any time. The following explanation by two experienced defense budget experts of what really happened to $28 billion discussed in a… Keep reading →

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2019 Forecast: Budget Battles & Confirmation Wars

Posted by Mark Cancian on


Trump’s pick to replace Sec. Jim Mattis will be a key indicator about where the president wants to drive the department — and the confirmation process will show what the Senate will accept — while the defense budget may be collateral damage from a bitterly divided Congress.

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$750 Billion Or Bust? Trump’s (Latest) Big Defense Budget Bound For Big Fights

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Few of the experts we spoke to expect the administration to actually see the full $750 billion President Trump will reportedly propose this week. Between Trump himself calling the figure a “negotiating tactic” and the potential for it driving a $1.2 trillion deficit, the odds are awfully long.

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What Really Matters In The Defense Authorization Act & What Didn’t Get Done

Posted by Mark Cancian on


Most coverage of the annual defense policy bill has focused on program changes: more ships (including six icebreakers!), no change to F-35’s, more RDT&E, no JSTARS recap, a growl (but no more) on ZTE, and many more (the bill and report run 2,500 pages). Less discussed, but of more import in the long run, are the… Keep reading →

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‘Extraordinary’ National Security Space Changes, 7-Year V-22 Multiyear In NDAA

Posted by Colin Clark on


  UPDATED: Adds Changes To Air Force Space Command CAPITOL HILL: Principal DoD Space Advisor. Gone. Air Force’s new A-11 space staff. Kaput. Defense Space Council. Dead. And that’s really just the beginning of what the Senate and House Armed Services Committees hath wrought to national security space in the National Defense Authorization Act. The… Keep reading →

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House, Senate Only 0.6% Apart On Defense Budget: $704B vs. $708B

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


WASHINGTON: Despite reported differences, the House and Senate Armed Services Committees propose almost identical toplines for national security spending. In an apples to apples comparison, after correcting for discrepancies in what the two committees count, HASC’s total is $704 billion, SASC’s is $708. That’s a difference of just 0.6 percent, presenting a strong united front… Keep reading →

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Thornberry Compromises: $631B For Defense

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


UPDATED: Harrison says Senate Dems are key CAPITOL HILL: The House Armed Services Committee will propose $631.5 billion in funding for defense, HASC staff told reporters this afternoon. That is about 1.4 percent less than the $640 billion HASC chairman Mac Thornberry and his Senate counterpart John McCain campaigned for, but it’s also 4.7 percent above… Keep reading →

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Continuing Resolution Fears? OCO’s Ugly But It Might Work

Posted by Mark Cancian on


Two weeks from today America will either be a laughingstock or Congress will have done the responsible thing, the necessary thing, and passed some kind of useful spending bills. Or, as Mark Cancian, a former senior official at the Office of Management and Budget, suggests, there may be a sort of defense spending bandage to strap… Keep reading →

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