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Army Corps Looks to Remake Itself, Chief Engineer Says

  • February 20, 2014
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The Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) will need to refashion itself as the surge in spending on military construction since 2001 comes to end and headquarters’ staffs are required to be streamlined, Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick, the Corps’ commander, said this week.

The Corps “executed an extraordinarily large military program” in the last decade, worth nearly $30 billion at its peak in 2008, Bostick told the Army News Service. The work supported the 2005 round of BRAC, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act work in Iraq and Afghanistan, and other efforts …

Wish List Could Encourage Lawmakers to Tinker with DOD’s Budget Request

  • February 20, 2014
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The Defense Department’s intent to attach a $26 billion list of unfunded requirements to its fiscal 2015 budget request could have unintended consequences, as appropriators swap out programs included in the administration’s proposal for favored programs that failed to make the cut. Including a list of second-tier priorities with the budget request also could embolden service chiefs to push Congress to fund programs that were left out of DOD’s baseline spending plan …

Retreat on Military Pension Cuts Raises Bar for Future Budget Reform

  • February 18, 2014
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Congress’ relatively quick reversal of a reduction in cost-of-living increases for military pensions included in last December’s budget deal almost certainly means the Pentagon will not have the upper hand when it floats future proposals to rein in its burgeoning personnel costs. After the House and Senate approved the bipartisan budget agreement late last year, some analysts expressed optimism that lawmakers’ willingness to trim the growth rate of pensions for military retirees of working age was a signal that DOD would be able to implement other cuts needed to keep compensation and benefit costs from spiraling out of control …

McKeon Attempts to Revive Unfunded Requirements Lists

  • February 18, 2014
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House Armed Services Chair Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) on Monday released the letter he sent to the service chiefs and other top commanders asking for a list of their priorities which were not included in the administration’s fiscal 2015 budget proposal, opening a new rift on the panel. “I believe these lists provide valuable insight into the priorities of our warfighters, particularly with respect to important needs which are not included in the president’s budget request but could be executed should additional resources be available during the annual authorization of appropriations for the Department of Defense …

Hagel to Provide Early Preview of FY’15 Budget Request

  • February 17, 2014
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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to preview the department’s fiscal 2015 budget request on Feb. 24, a week before the White House formally releases its spending proposal for next year, reported Reuters. Spending for defense-related programs in FY 2015 already has been set by last December’s budget deal at $521.3 billion, with DOD spending estimated at about $496 billion. The figure is virtually unchanged from the current year’s base budget. Still, the Pentagon faces many difficult choices as the spending cap is about $40 billion lower than the FY 2015 budget figure the department included in its long-term budget last year.

AUSA Head Denounces Legislation Calling for Army Commission

  • February 14, 2014
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A House bill that would form a commission to make recommendations about how the Army’s force structure should be allocated between the service’s active and reserve components is misguided, according to the head of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). “Such a commission is unnecessary, could damage Army readiness, and would impede the Army’s ability to implement spending reductions required by the 2011 Budget Control Act,” AUSA President Gordon Sullivan wrote in a Feb. 11 letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio). H.R 3930, which already has 72 co-sponsors, would create a commission similar to the one that recently recommended shifting manpower from the Air Force’s active component into the Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve …

Initial FY’15 Budget Release Will Include Details, OMB Says

  • February 12, 2014
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The release of the White House’s fiscal 2015 budget request will come in two parts, but most details will come out on the proposal’s scheduled release date of March 4, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) said Wednesday. The main budget volume, key proposals, summary tables, agency-level information and the detailed appendix will come out in the first release. Historical tables and analytical perspectives will come out the next week. OMB said the staggered release should not affect the work of Congress …

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 …

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