FY ’20 OCO. SASC Chair Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) told reporters Tuesday that he could support DoD requesting about $174 billion in overseas contingency operations funds in the FY ’20 budget request to ensure the budget reflects inflation increases while remaining under the 2011 BCA caps. “I think ...

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Fleet Number. At a Friday press conference, the CNO said the Navy may reach a new goal of how many ships the service should have, possibly replacing the previous 355-ship fleet target. The Navy’s 2016 Force Structure Assessment called for the Navy to increase its number to 355 ships, split ...

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) on Monday started soliciting research proposals for high performance leading edges for hypersonic air platforms. DARPA released a presolicitation notice for the Materials Architectures and Characterization for Hypersonics (MACH) program, which ...

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Smith on CBO. New House Armed Services Committee Chairman Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.) argued a new Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report on nuclear weapons program costs shows “plans to replace and upgrade the nuclear weapons enterprise are unaffordable.” He said in a statement Thursday ...

Budget Delay. Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Bill Moran told reporters at the annual Surface Navy Association symposium this week that the President’s FY 2020 Defense Department budget release will probably be delayed a week due to the ongoing partial government shutdown. “It was supposed ...