Archive: Congressional/Budget

DoD Budget Ignores Sequester, Seeks $8 Billion In Weapons Changes

The Pentagon proposed a $525.6 billion budget on Wednesday that optimistically ignores “sequestration” budget cuts while also seeking $8.2 billion in savings by cutting and restructuring weapons programs over five years. The spending request sent to Congress, for fiscal year 2014, would alter plans for what the Pentagon dubs “lower-priority and poorly performing weapons programs,” […]

Obama Administration Seeks To Trim DHS Budget In FY ’14

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) yesterday sent a $39 billion discretionary budget request to Congress for FY ’14 that is 2.2 percent less than what Congress enacted in FY ’13, although the proposal includes funding for a seventh Coast Guard National Security Cutter (NSC), a program that the department attempted to halt last year […]

McCain Concerned About Missile Defense Budget

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is alarmed the Pentagon may seek a decreased level of funding for missile defense in the budget proposal it will unveil Wednesday. “I think that’s a serious mistake, particularly since the administration’s committed to additional missile-defense installations on the West Coast,” the senior Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) member told reporters […]

House Intel Committee To Propose Changes To CISPA

The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence will propose numerous amendments Wednesday when it marks up the Cyber Intelligence and Sharing Protection Act (CISPA) (H.R. 3523). Committee Chairman Michael Rogers (R-Mich.) yesterday said during a conference call the marked up bill would limit the use of information that companies receive to a cybersecurity purpose only. […]

Carter: Asia Pivot ‘Not In Jeopardy’

A top Pentagon official said the military will continue its shift to the Asia-Pacific, maintaining the effort will not be derailed by budget cuts and a reexamination of plans to focus more on the region. Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said Monday in Washington there is a “theory that our rebalance (to the Asia-Pacific) will […]

Singapore Requests $246 Million In AMRAAM, Sidewinder Missile Sales

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said last week it notified Congress last week of possible Foreign Military Sales (FMS) of AIM-120C7 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) and AIM-9X2 Sidewinder missiles to Singapore potentially worth an estimated $246 million. Singapore specifically requested 100 AIM-120C7 AMRAAMs, AMRAAM Programmable Advanced System Interface Simulator (PASIS), 10 AMRAAM […]

DoD Could See More Indiscriminate Sequester Cuts In FY ’14

The Pentagon and Congress may try to spend more than allowed by law in the forthcoming fiscal year 2014 defense budget–a move that could trigger more of across-the-board, account-by-account budget cuts this fall, a defense analyst said. The Pentagon plans to unveil on Wednesday its spending request for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, […]

DoD Considering Multi-Year Approach To Commercial SATCOM Acquisition

The Defense Department is considering multi-year approaches to acquiring commercial satellite communications (SATCOM) services, according to the Pentagon’s information technology (IT) czar. DoD Chief Information Officer (CIO) Teri Takai told the House Armed Services intelligence, emerging threats and capabilities subcommittee March 13 the Pentagon is putting together a “cost recovery model” that takes into account […]

Declining Federal Investment In Basic Research Will Hurt Future Capabilities, INSA Warns

Federal spending on research and development has more than doubled in the last 20 years but resources for development have come at the expense of basic and applied research, which spells trouble for future capabilities that the national security establishment will need, warns a new report by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA). Moreover, […]

South Korea Requests $13 Billion In Potential F-35 Sale, F-15 Support

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said Wednesday it notified Congress March 29 of potential Foreign Military Sales (FMS) to South Korea potentially worth a combined $13.2 billion for 60 conventional F-35s and support for 60 F-15s. The F-35 sale, worth potentially $10.8 billion, would also include nine Pratt & Whitney F135 engines as spares; […]