• Budget Caps Have a Role in Taming Defense Spending, Experts Say

    Budget Caps Have a Role in Taming Defense Spending, Experts Say0

    Despite almost-universal opposition to the statutory spending caps from defense advocates since the 2011 Budget Control Act was enacted, defense budget experts on Monday said the limits should remain in place to keep DOD spending in check.
    “I would keep the Budget Control Act, or at least budget caps, because I think the process needs discipline, but I would raise them for defense and probably non-defense also,” former Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale said during a discussion at the Brookings Institution. Ideally, Congress would reach a multi-year budget deal that addresses entitlements, revenue and the deficit, said Hale, currently a senior fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton …

  • Air Force to Establish up to Two F-16 Training Units

    Air Force to Establish up to Two F-16 Training Units0

    In a bid to alleviate a growing shortage of fighter pilots, the Air Force is establishing up to two interim F-16 training units at existing F-16 training locations, the service announced Thursday. Officials expect to select candidate locations by the end of the calendar year, reported Air Force Times. To expedite the process of standing up the training units, the service will temporarily move F-16 aircraft from Hill AFB, Utah, to two existing F-16 training locations, the Air Force said in a release. This approach will allow the Air Force to avoid conducting an exhaustive environmental review and other analyses that would be required if the service intended to permanently base formal training units …

  • Air Force Fighter Pilot Shortage Worsens, Leaders Say

    Air Force Fighter Pilot Shortage Worsens, Leaders Say0

    The Air Force will face a shortage of 1,000 pilots in the coming years as extended deployments and restricted training for non-deployed pilots due to budget constraints hurt morale, the service’s top leaders said during a State of the Air Force media briefing Wednesday. Earlier announcements indicated the service would be 700 fighter pilots short by the end of the year, reported Stars and Stripes. “It is a crisis,” said new Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein, who addressed reporters at the Pentagon along with Secretary Deborah Lee James …

  • Uncertain What a Trump Presidency Would Mean for Defense Spending0

    Donald Trump’s lack of clear positions on national security policy, including whether he favors undoing the statutory budget caps to increase defense spending, make it difficult to handicap what direction he would take the military if he captures the White House in November. “I’m going to make our military so big, so powerful, so strong, that nobody — absolutely nobody — is going to mess with us,” the Republican presidential nominee says in a short video on his campaign website, reports Politico. At a much-anticipated speech on foreign policy in April, Trump said the military would be “funded beautifully” if he becomes president — but he never explained what that meant …

  • Party Platforms Reinforce Existing Divisions on Spending0

    The platforms adopted by the Democratic and Republican parties this month on budget matters closely mirror the existing split between the two parties. The GOP platform highlights the danger of the nation’s growing debt and calls for a strict test for all federal spending, reports CQ Roll Call. “Is a particular expenditure within the constitutional scope of the federal government? If not, stop it. Has it been effective in the past and is it still absolutely necessary? If not, end it. Is it so important as to justify borrowing, especially foreign borrowing, to fund it? If not, kill it,” reads the GOP document …