• DOD Study Disputes Air Force on More Mobility Aircraft

    DOD Study Disputes Air Force on More Mobility Aircraft0

    The Air Force does not need to increase the number of mobility aircraft as it has said, according to a new study from the Pentagon and U.S. Transportation Command. Congress asked for the study in the defense authorization bill. The Mobility Capabilities and Requirements Study was submitted to Capitol Hill last month, according to an

  • Negotiators Reach Deal ‘In Principle’ to Avoid Shutdown

    Negotiators Reach Deal ‘In Principle’ to Avoid Shutdown0

    Lawmakers seemed to reach a deal “in principle” Monday night that will avert another government shutdown, if the package – still being written – passes both chambers and gets the president’s signature before Friday night, when current government spending runs out. Senate Appropriations Chair Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said “the White House has been consulted all

  • Earmarks May Be Back

    Earmarks May Be Back0

    Soon after Congress finishes up the current fiscal year’s spending bills, work will begin on the 2020 appropriations process, which may once again include earmarks. Democrats are considering reinstating the “directed spending” that has been forbidden since 2011, according to CQ. “I am working to restore the Congress’ constitutional duty to exercise the ‘power of

  • GAO: Challenges Ahead for Army Modernization

    GAO: Challenges Ahead for Army Modernization0

    The Army is still on track to boost readiness by 2022, but there are still challenges related to modernization, according to a new Government Accountability Office report, Army Technology reported. The Feb. 6 report was a progress update on 44 recommendations GAO has made since 2016. “While the Army continues to make progress, it faces

  • Shutdown 2.0 Looms

    Shutdown 2.0 Looms0

    Chances to find a spending bill agreement that can avert another government shutdown are looking grim, after House-Senate negotiations mostly stalled over the weekend. The conference committee appeared no closer to compromise on immigration, the main sticking point. Senate Appropriations Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said on Fox News Sunday that there is a 50-50 chance

  • Service Secretaries Talk Budget

    Service Secretaries Talk Budget0

    One month before the release of the administration’s budget request, the three military service secretaries talked about readiness, modernization and reform needs at an event Friday hosted by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Here are some of their comments on budget priorities, according to a transcript. Army Secretary Mark Esper: If we do