• House to Advance Multiple Appropriations Bills to Avoid Fall Shutdown

    House to Advance Multiple Appropriations Bills to Avoid Fall Shutdown0

    The House will vote on a nearly $1 trillion spending package next week as the first of several appropriations measures that Democrats want to pass to avert automatic spending cuts and a possible government shutdown this fall when a new fiscal year begins, CQ reported Wednesday. The bill, including a $733 billion defense topline, combines

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  • Prolonged Budget Stalemate Could Lead to DOD Spending Freeze

    Prolonged Budget Stalemate Could Lead to DOD Spending Freeze0

    The battle between the administration and House Democrats over fiscal year 2020 and 2021 spending is prompting concern it could eventually lead to a DOD budget freeze, according to a Defense News report. If there is no agreement by Oct.1, it could force a continuing resolution (CR) leaving the Pentagon at 2018 spending, or cause

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  • President Trump Dismisses Grand Spending Caps Deal

    President Trump Dismisses Grand Spending Caps Deal0

    President Donald Trump Thursday night dismissed the idea of a bipartisan two-year spending caps deal to avoid billions in mandatory defense and nondefense spending cuts, Politico.com reported. “House Democrats want to negotiate a $2 TRILLION spending increase but can’t even pass their own plan. We can’t afford it anyway, and it’s not happening!” Trump tweeted.

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  • New Climate Policies Needn’t Disrupt DOD’s Reliance on Renewables, Conger Says

    New Climate Policies Needn’t Disrupt DOD’s Reliance on Renewables, Conger Says0

    President Trump’s steps so far to back away from existing policies intended to address climate change have not upended the military services’ push to increasingly rely on renewable energy sources to power their installations. But the department’s former installations and energy chief says even if the new administration revisits DOD’s policies on sustainability, it should be careful not to limit efforts that can be justified for reasons beyond their environmental benefits. There is a clear business case for the military to develop new generation capacity on base using solar, wind or other renewable resources as they are generally financed by developers or utilities and can cut an installation’s electricity bill, John Conger, who led the Pentagon’s installations office from 2012 to 2015, told Defense Communities 360 …

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  • More Marines Would Be Optimal, Review Finds

    More Marines Would Be Optimal, Review Finds0

    A new force structure assessment has concluded that the Marine Corps ideally could grow by 8,000 troops, but the service still plans on operating with an end strength of 182,000 Marines. “The path we’re on is to go to 182,000 Marines,” Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, commander of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, told Military.com. “That’s what we’re going to be funded for; that’s what we’re allowed to do by Congress. But in a perfect world … we came up with about 190,000; that is the optimized force,” Walsh said. The increase would help the service keep up with a high pace of operations, and the need to expand its cyber and technological capabilities …

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