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Air Force Threatens Future Cuts To GPS III Program If Sequestration Not Lifted

The Air Force threatened to slash future funding for the next-generation Global Positioning System (GPS) III program if Congress didn’t lift sequestrated-related spending caps for fiscal year 2016 and beyond. Air Force Under Secretary Eric Fanning said Tuesday the service would also reduce the number of GPS III satellites it plans to procure in FY […]

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Air Force Reducing, Delaying Number Of Competed EELV Missions

The Air Force is reducing the number of competed Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) missions available during fiscal years 2015-2017 from 14 to seven, a top service acquisition official said Wednesday. Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Director of Space Programs, Maj. Gen. Robert McMurry told reporters at the Pentagon […]

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel testifies on the Defense Department's fiscal year 2015 budget request before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., March 5, 2014. Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, joined Hagel to testify on the budget request. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett

Multi-Scenario DoD Budget Perplexes, Concerns SASC

One day after the Pentagon released its budget request for fiscal year 2015, a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing highlighted the difficulties of long-term planning in an uncertain fiscal environment: the committee had trouble understanding the Defense Department’s three-scenario budget, and senators expressed concerns about major policy changes included in the budget request that, if […]

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Air Force Requests $137.9 Billion Budget, Down Slightly From FY ’14 Funding

The Air Force requested $137.9 billion for fiscal year 2015, a slight decrease from the $138.3 billion appropriated for FY ’14. The Air Force wants $18.5 billion for procurement, up 10.6 percent from what was appropriated in FY ’14. Of this, $4.3 billion is for the procurement of 26 F-35As, up from 19 for FY […]

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MDA’s $7.459 Billion Budget Request Protects Defense Priorities

The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) requests $7.459 billion in Fiscal Year 2015 to develop and deploy the systems that constitute the Ballistic Missile Defense System (BMDS). The BMDS is being developed by the agency to provide U.S. homeland defense and regional missile defense for deployed forces, allies, and friends. MDA requests a total of $37.575 […]

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Air Force’s Acquisition Funding Request For B61 Tail Kit Spikes Nearly 500 Percent

The Air Force said it is requesting $198.4 million in acquisition funding in fiscal year 2015 for the B61 tail kit assembly, roughly 500 percent more than the $33 million it requested for FY ’14. The B61 is a gravity-driven nuclear bomb developed by the Energy Department and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) for […]

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Billions Taken From Acquisition To Support Restoring Readiness

The Pentagon wants to pour more money into training and maintenance for combat readiness and to continue three major Air Force acquisition programs, paying for these multibillion-dollar spending boosts by cutting an Army vehicle program and significantly scaling down several space and communications programs, according to the Defense Department’s $495.6 billion fiscal year 2015 budget […]

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QDR Will Be Released With Budget Or Soon After, Will Be Fiscally Constrained

The Defense Department will submit its Quadrennial Defense Review to Congress either with the budget request on March 4 or shortly thereafter, though the report will not quite meet its requirement of being budget-blind. Acting Deputy Defense Secretary Christine Fox said Wednesday at the American Enterprise Institute that the QDR is “supposed to be fiscally […]

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Modernization Efforts Critical, No Room For Sequestration Delays, Haney Says

Sequestration would have a “dangerous” effect on the U.S. Strategic Command and its ability to defend the country, STRATCOM Commander Adm. Cecil Haney and members of the Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) agreed in the fiscal year 2015 posture hearing for STRATCOM and U.S. Cyber Command on Thursday. SASC Ranking Member Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) rattled […]