• Esper: 2021 Budget Will Focus on Innovation ‘Ecosystem’

    Esper: 2021 Budget Will Focus on Innovation ‘Ecosystem’0

    DOD’s budget request expected on Capitol Hill next month will prioritize technology, innovation, research and development and make “tough choices” to cut other items, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Friday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, according to a transcript. “To ensure our finite resources advance our highest [National Defense Strategy] priorities and

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  • Eaglen: Esper Memos Reveal Defense Secretary as ‘Ambitious Reformer’

    Eaglen: Esper Memos Reveal Defense Secretary as ‘Ambitious Reformer’0

    In two messages released to the Armed Forces since Jan. 1, Sec. Esper has highlighted “aggressive reforms” in the Pentagon, including shifting up to $5 billion from non-service defense agencies. Defense policy analyst Mackenzie Eaglen wrote in a Defense One column that these changes show Esper’s “intention to change how the Pentagon uses its money, people,

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  • Sec. McCarthy Says ‘Harder Choices’ Are Coming in Future Budgets

    Sec. McCarthy Says ‘Harder Choices’ Are Coming in Future Budgets0

    The Pentagon has completed its planning for the fiscal year 2021 budget request that will be sent to Capitol Hill next month, and while it includes some difficult choices, “harder choices are coming again” in future years, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said Wednesday. The Army will rely on its “night court” process to find cuts

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  • Navy Leaders: ‘We Need More Money’

    Navy Leaders: ‘We Need More Money’0

    The Navy needs a bigger piece of the Pentagon budget to implement the defense strategy, its top leaders said this week, according to Defense News. “In the 1980s, the Navy’s percentage of the DOD budget was 38 percent,” Adm. Michael Gilday, the chief of naval operations, told the Surface Navy Association symposium Tuesday. “Right now,

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  • Army Saves $1B Through Procurement Changes

    Army Saves $1B Through Procurement Changes0

    The Army is able to spend an additional $1 billion on modernization and readiness, thanks to a focused effort on changing the way it buys goods and services, Federal News Network reported. “We really have seen about a 9% savings from the actions we’ve taken,” said Roberta Weirick, who heads the services acquisition office for

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  • Collins, King Push Back on DOD’s Potential Shipbuilding Cut

    Collins, King Push Back on DOD’s Potential Shipbuilding Cut0

    Senators Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Angus King (I-Maine) are protesting reports that the Navy is considering scaling back its shipbuilding plans. “We write to express our strong support for a 355-ship Navy and to urge continued support from the department for a robust shipbuilding budget,” Collins and King wrote in a letter dated Jan. 6.

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