• CBO: Pentagon Costs to Grow in Coming Years

    CBO: Pentagon Costs to Grow in Coming Years0

    Plans outlined in the Pentagon’s Future Years Defense Program would cause the base defense budget to balloon to $735 billion (in today’s dollars) by 2033, according to new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. The base amount requested for 2019 was $617, plus overseas contingency costs. It is expected to be higher when the administration

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  • 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

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  • Spending Plan May Be Close: ‘We Hope We’ve Got a Deal’

    Spending Plan May Be Close: ‘We Hope We’ve Got a Deal’0

    House-Senate negotiators seemed hopeful Thursday that they can avoid another partial government shutdown next week. Senate Appropriations Chair Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) said after a meeting with President Trump that the conference committee is working on substantive negotiations on the main sticking point, immigration spending, and that he thinks the President will sign it. “This is

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  • CSIS: Unclear What We’ll See in White House Budget

    CSIS: Unclear What We’ll See in White House Budget0

    Contrasting statements from the White House have led to “significant discussion and uncertainty” around the administration’s fiscal year 2020 defense budget request, according to new analysis from the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “The FY 2020 defense budget request has already had a wild ride, and it has not even been submitted yet,” wrote

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  • SECARMY Will Cut Programs to Fund Modernization

    SECARMY Will Cut Programs to Fund Modernization0

    The Army will cut existing programs if necessary to fund its modernization efforts, Army Secretary Mark Esper told CQ in an exclusive interview. “I’ll just have to start peeling programs off the bottom until I get to my number,” he said. DOD budget priorities will be clear when the administration’s federal budget request goes to

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  • Budget Request Expected Mid-March

    Budget Request Expected Mid-March0

    The administration will formally submit its fiscal year 2020 budget request to Congress the week of March 11, CQ reported Monday. Budget watchers have said the defense portion of the budget could be as high as $750 billion – above the statutory caps that go back in effective for fiscal year 2020. By law, the

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