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DOD Official Questions Contractors’ Optimistic Sales Forecasts

  • February 10, 2014
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The Pentagon’s acting industrial base chief expressed skepticism last week about the number of defense contractors predicting that the worst impacts from sequestration soon will be over, with the automatic cuts starting to ease in fiscal 2016. “We’re not sure at DoD that we quite see the budget environment quite that way,” Elana Broitman, acting deputy assistant secretary for manufacturing and industrial base policy, said during her remarks at the Cowen Aerospace/Defense & Transportation Conference. “If we don’t do anything that changes sequestration after fiscal year ’15, then we’re stuck with flat, no-inflation budgets which don’t take account of the new initiatives, new requirements, that need to be funded …

Defense Spending to Gain Upper Hand over Deficit Reduction in Long-Term Budget

  • February 10, 2014
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The fiscal 2015 budget request for the Pentagon is expected to adhere to the budget caps revised in last December’s budget agreement, but at the same time the White House is encouraging DOD to include a $26 billion “wish list” of unfunded priorities in the proposal scheduled to be released next month. The department’s FY 2015 base budget will be about $496 billion. However, White House officials were surprised by many of the cuts DOD included in its draft budget proposal, especially the elimination of one of the Navy’s aircraft carriers …

Budget Cuts Require Balancing Act, Hagel Says; Work Nominated for Deputy Slot

  • February 9, 2014
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Short on specifics, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel emphasized the need to take “a holistic point of view” as Pentagon officials fine-tune the fiscal 2015 budget request. The key is to balance readiness, modernization and capability as planners look for places to trim about $41 million from the FY 2015 spending level the department envisioned one year ago, he told reporters Friday during a Pentagon press briefing. “Now, will there be cuts across the board? Of course there will. You can’t do it any other way. Are there going to be adjustments across the board? Of course …

DOD Reverses Proposal to Eliminate One Carrier

  • February 9, 2014
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A plan to shrink the Navy’s fleet of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers from 11 to 10 has been nixed due to congressional opposition. DOD officials planned to call for the retirement of the USS George Washington in its fiscal 2015 budget proposal as a belt-tightening move, but reversed course after a bipartisan group of lawmakers criticized the move, reported Stars and Stripes. In a bid to avoid an election year battle, the White House said it would provide extra funds to extend the life of the George Washington …

Exercise Allows Think Tanks to Prepare Alternative Defense Budgets

  • February 5, 2014
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Four Washington think tanks offered their own takes on the Pentagon’s new long-term budget during an event Wednesday hosted by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA). All four groups — CSBA, along with the Center for Strategic and International Studies, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and the American Enterprise Institute — were forced to trim personnel and weapons systems under a budget scenario that followed the sequester caps imposed under the 2011 Budget Control Act. All four focused significant cuts in end strength on the Army …

Personnel Cuts, Aircraft Retirements likely to Highlight Air Force Budget

  • February 5, 2014
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Major cuts in personnel and the wholesale retirement of several airframes are expected to highlight the Air Force’s fiscal 2015 budget request, scheduled to be released next month. “I see a trend, which I think the [Strategic Choices and Management Review] highlighted, toward sustaining a smaller force in the near term in order to resource needed modernization programs,” said Mark Gunzinger, an analyst with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments …

FY’15 Budget Detail to Come One Week after Initial Release, Report Says

  • February 5, 2014
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Much of the detail associated with the White House’s fiscal 2015 budget request will come out one week after the proposal’s scheduled release on March 4, according to congressional sources. Budgetary top lines will come out on March 4, but further detail, including the appendix and budget justifications, will not be released until March 11, reported CQ. The appendix contains details on individual programs and accounts. The Office of Management and Budget has not commented on reports that it would release the budget in separate installments, according to the story. Last month, OMB said it would submit the FY 2015 budget request to Congress on March 4, a one-month delay from the statutory deadline caused by lawmakers’ failure to complete work on the FY 2014 budget before January.

Appropriators Looking for Early Start on FY’15 Spending Measures

  • February 3, 2014
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With last December’s budget agreement locking in a topline for fiscal 2015 spending, top appropriators in the House and Senate are eager to start work on spending bills as soon as possible. Both Senate Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and her House counterpart Harold Rogers (R-Ky.) are aiming to move all 12 spending measures individually by Oct. 1, reported CQ. November’s midterm elections, however, could thwart progress toward completing all of the bills under regular order …

HASC Lawmakers Urge DOD to Retain Carriers

  • January 28, 2014
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A bipartisan group of 11 House Armed Services Committee lawmakers wrote Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel Tuesday urging the Pentagon not to retire any of the Navy’s 11 aircraft carriers as part of its fiscal 2015 budget request. “There is no doubt that there is enduring bipartisan support for a robust Navy supporting a capital fleet of 11 nuclear aircraft carriers,” stated the letter headed up by Seapower Subcommittee Chairman Randy Forbes (R-Va.). Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) also signed the letter. The letter was written after Defense News reported this week that DOD officials are considering whether to eliminate one carrier and one carrier air wing in the 2015 budget, reported the Hill.

Appropriations Panels May Hash Out Spending Allocations at Outset

  • January 28, 2014
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The leaders of the House and Senate Appropriations committees are considering reaching agreement on the spending levels for the 12 annual spending measures prior to drafting and marking up the bills, a step that likely would speed up the appropriations process. A decision to “pre-conference” the spending levels for each appropriations bill would be relatively simple since the topline discretionary spending figure for fiscal 2015 was established in last month’s bipartisan budget deal …

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