Archive: Budget

SASC Backs F-35, Pushes Back On East Coast Missile Site

The Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) approved a defense policy bill Thursday that supports the Pentagon’s request for buying F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and Littoral Combat Ships (LCSs), while scaling back Republican attempts to construct a site with missile interceptors on the East Coast. The SASC approved the $625 billion fiscal year 2014 defense authorization […]

DoD May Have Cyber Unified Combatant Command Someday, Just Not Yet, Carter Says

The Defense Department may someday have its own cyber unified combatant command like U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM), but it is not ready for that at this time, according to the Pentagon’s number two civilian. “It may come to that someday, (but) we’re not at that point yet,” Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told an […]

Hagel Reviewing Initial Results of Strategic Choices And Management Review

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told members of both the Senate and House Budget Committees yesterday that he’s looking at early results of a review he mandated to help the Defense Department consider its plans in light of continued fiscal uncertainty and cuts. “I have received the initial internal results of the SCMR (Strategic Choices and […]

HAC OKs Bill With Weapons Cuts That Faces Opposition

The House Appropriations Committee (HAC) approved a $512.5 billion defense appropriations bill Wednesday that trims $3.4 billion from the Pentagon’s proposed budget, faces opposition from the White House, and cuts programs including the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. The HAC’s bill for fiscal year 2014, which the House will consider next, is expected to be opposed […]

Durbin Seeks DoD Reforms

A senior senator is researching ways to reform Pentagon weapons buying and plans to offer legislation intended to build up the Weapon Systems Acquisition Reform Act of 2009. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Defense subcommittee (SAC-D) and Senate Majority Whip, said Tuesday he wants the Pentagon’s acquisition processes to be […]

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Libya, Kuwait Request Combined $788 Million In Aircraft, Support Sales

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said Monday it notified Congress of possible foreign military sales (FMS) of aircraft and support to Libya and Kuwait worth a combined total of approximately $788 million. DSCA said Libya requested two C-130J-30 aircraft, 10 Rolls-Royce AE 2100D3 engines (eight installed, two spares), aircraft modifications, government furnished equipment and […]

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Pentagon Sees Decline In F-35 Redevelopment Costs

The Pentagon now believes the redevelopment costs for the first five production lots of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will cost $500 million less than a previous projection, according to a recent report submitted to Congress. The latest revision applies to 90 aircraft and says the total redevelopment, or "concurrency," costs are expected to come […]

Reps Rally For FY 2014 Lakota Funding

U.S. Representatives from Texas, Joe Barton (R) and Marc Veasey (D) joined leaders of American Eurocopter, EADS North America and Turbomeca USA at a Friday rally calling on Congress to restore funding for the Army’s UH-72A Lakota helicopter in the Fiscal Year 2014 budget. The rally took place at EADS North America’s American Eurocopter facility […]

HASC Eyes Changes To Contract Source Selections

The House will consider legislation next week that could impact the way defense contracts are awarded. In the wee hours of the morning on Thursday the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) passed an amendment to the fiscal year 2014 defense authorization bill that requires that cost be given at least equal importance to technical and […]

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter. Photo: Pentagon

DoD To Deliver Strategy Review By July 1, Carter Says

The Defense Department will have its Strategic Choices and Management Review (SCMR), a wide-ranging analysis of how the fiscal year 2014 defense budget will be impacted by sequestration cuts, delivered to Congress by July 1, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said yesterday. DoD said May 30 the SCMR would not be released “for weeks.” But […]