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Dems Lash Out At Trump ‘Fake OCO’ Budget Gambit; Hint At Budget Deal

Posted by Paul McLeary on


The Trump Pentagon budget is “dead on arrival,” a top defense House Democrat says. And a Republican colleague rips budget gimmicks in the 2020 request.

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Army Lumbers Into Future: $33B In 2020-2024 For Big 6, Eventually

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Good news: That’s more money than the Army thought it could get for its top priorities. Bad news: We won’t see most of it this year.

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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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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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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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Budget Deal: It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas (…2013)

Posted by Mackenzie Eaglen on


After heading off a government shutdown with a “clean” temporary spending bill on December 7th, lawmakers are scrambling to reach a consensus under a new Continuing Resolution that funds the government beyond December 22nd. If leaders cannot come to a final agreement on spending levels and other thorny policy issues for a government spending deal… 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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Trump’s 2018 DoD Budget Stresses RDTE, Rebuilding

Posted by Sandra Erwin on


President Trump’s just-released 2018 budget proposal meets the goals set by Secretary Jim Mattis when he came into office, the Pentagon insists, even though the budget does not deliver the impressive defense growth the president promised. Instead, it will, the administration says, be enough to patch up a “depleted” military that needs to be brought back to health after… 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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