• House Appropriators Set to Fund Defense at $701 Billion

    House Appropriators Set to Fund Defense at $701 Billion0

    Democrats in charge of the House Appropriations defense subcommittee plan to fund DOD in fiscal year 2020 at about $701 billion, Inside Defense reported Monday. DOD’s base budget would be at $622.6 billion, military construction around $10 billion and Overseas Contingency Operations at $69 billion, an increase of less than 3% from fiscal 2019 defense

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  • At Confirmation Hearing, McConville Warns of Budget Stalemate Impact

    At Confirmation Hearing, McConville Warns of Budget Stalemate Impact0

    Army Chief of Staff nominee Gen. James McConville smoothly handled his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing Thursday, but warned lawmakers that a potential fiscal 2020 budget stalemate would derail planned Army modernization initiatives, Defense News reported. McConville, the service’s current vice chief, cautioned the committee that if Congress doesn’t approve spending bills on time,

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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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  • Historic Growth in DOD Spending Fails to Produce Promised Defense Buildup, Panel Says

    Historic Growth in DOD Spending Fails to Produce Promised Defense Buildup, Panel Says0

    Washington, D.C. — Defense spending is experiencing historical growth this year following the two-year budget deal lawmakers reached in February but it would be a mistake to assume the cash infusion is being used to significantly expand the military’s force structure, a panel of Washington-based experts said last week at the 2018 Defense Communities National

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  • Two-Year Deal to Raise Budget Caps Appears Imminent

    Two-Year Deal to Raise Budget Caps Appears Imminent0

    A bipartisan deal to dramatically lift the defense and non-defense statutory spending caps through fiscal 2019 appeared closed at hand in the Senate, offering a dose of optimism that Congress will clear a full-year omnibus spending bill in the near future. The apparent breakthrough comes as Democrats seemingly relented on their insistence for parity between

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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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