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CSBA Report: Marine Corps Should Invest in Light Vehicles That Fit Osprey
CSBA Report: Marine Corps Should Invest in Light Vehicles That Fit Osprey

A report by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments has indicated the need for the U.S. Marine Corps to purchase small and light vehicles that fit inside the MV-22 Osprey. read more...


Obama's Requested $11.6B Budget Includes Funds for Lethal Drones, Aerial Missiles
Obama's Requested $11.6B Budget Includes Funds for Lethal Drones, Aerial Missiles

Outgoing U.S. President Barack Obama has requested for an additional $11.6 billion in funds that include budget for the acquisition of more lethal drones and other equipment to combat the Islamic State militant group and other terrorists. read more...


Ashton Carter Calls on Congress to Approve Proposed Defense Budget Amendment
Ashton Carter Calls on Congress to Approve Proposed Defense Budget Amendment

Outgoing Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has called on Congress to approve a proposed defense budget amendment, which he said is important in promoting national security. read more...


Sen. Jeff Sessions Potential DoD Chief Under Trump Administration
Sen. Jeff Sessions Potential DoD Chief Under Trump Administration

U.S. Army Reserve veteran Sen. Jeff Sessions, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, might lead the Defense Department under Donald Trump's administration. read more...


Ashton Carter Calls for Quick Passage of Proposed DoD Budget
Ashton Carter Calls for Quick Passage of Proposed DoD Budget

Defense Secretary Ash Carter has sent a memorandum to Congress that called for the quick passage of the proposed Defense Department budget and prevent the extension of the short-term continuing resolution. read more...


Congress Slashes Fiscal 2017 Budget for F-35, Black Hawk Aircraft
Congress Slashes Fiscal 2017 Budget for F-35, Black Hawk Aircraft

The U.S. Congress has slashed the budget for the acquisition of Black Hawk helicopters and cut the number of F-35 aircraft that the Pentagon will purchase in the coming fiscal year. read more...


CNO John Richardson: Defense Industry Ready for Trump's Navy Expansion Plan
CNO John Richardson: Defense Industry Ready for Trump's Navy Expansion Plan

Adm. John Richardson, the chief of naval operations, has said the defense industry is ready to comply with President-elect Donald Trump's plan to increase the U.S. Navy's ships to 350. read more...


Sen. John McCain Proposes $430B Increase in Defense Budget
Sen. John McCain Proposes $430B Increase in Defense Budget

Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has released documents calling for a $430 billion increase for the defense budget over the next five years. read more...


Sen. John McCain Proposes $7.5B Budget for US Forces, Allies in APAC Region
Sen. John McCain Proposes $7.5B Budget for US Forces, Allies in APAC Region

Senator John McCain, the head of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has proposed a $7.5 billion budget for U.S. military troops and the country's allies in the Asia-Pacific region. read more...


CSBA Report: Navy Should Develop More Submarines, Revive Surface Fleet
CSBA Report: Navy Should Develop More Submarines, Revive Surface Fleet

A report by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessment has indicated that the U.S. Navy should add more submarines as well as carrier-type ships and develop surface fleet size amid growing international naval disputes. read more...


CBO: US Nuclear Modernization Will Cost $400B From 2017-2026
CBO: US Nuclear Modernization Will Cost $400B From 2017-2026

The Congressional Budget Office has said the plan to modernize the U.S. nuclear armament would cost $400 billion through 2026. read more...



Trump's Budget Proposal to Increase Defense, Security Funds by $54B
Trump's Budget Proposal to Increase Defense, Security Funds by $54B

The White House has said Monday President Donald Trump's first budget proposal would add $54 billion to the country's defense and security funds but would lessen funds for non-defense programs by approximately the same amount. read more...


Trump Pledges Stronger Military in 1st Address to Congress
Trump Pledges Stronger Military in 1st Address to Congress

President Donald Trump has said in his first address to lawmakers that he will rebuild the U.S. military and increase spending for veterans as well as mandate allies in Europe to increase their contributions to NATO defense efforts. read more...


Military Officers Association, Lawmakers Oppose Proposed Coast Guard Budget Cut
Military Officers Association, Lawmakers Oppose Proposed Coast Guard Budget Cut

House Republicans and the Military Officers Association of America have expressed opposition to the Trump administration's plan to cut $1.3 billion from the Coast Guard’s proposed $10.3 billion budget for fiscal 2017, DoD Buzz reported Wednesday. read more...


House Passes DoD Appropriations Bill for Remainder of FY 2017
House Passes DoD Appropriations Bill for Remainder of FY 2017

The lower chamber has voted 371-48 to pass the Department of Defense Appropriations Act for the remainder of fiscal year 2017 that allocates $516.1 billion for defense discretionary funding and $61.8 billion for overseas contingency operations and the Global War on Terror. read more...


Army Officers Call for End to Budget Caps to Maintain US Advantage, Boost Modernization
Army Officers Call for End to Budget Caps to Maintain US Advantage, Boost Modernization

The U.S. Army has called on lawmakers to eliminate the spending ceilings implemented under sequestration in order for the military service to maintain an advantage over adversaries and perform its responsibilities around the world. read more...


Report: Defense Manufacturers Could See Big Opportunities With Trump FY 2018 Budget
Report: Defense Manufacturers Could See Big Opportunities With Trump FY 2018 Budget

Manufacturers in the defense sector could see big opportunities under the current administration following the release of Trump's budget outline for fiscal year 2018, which allocates $639 billion for defense to support programs such as aircraft and ship procurement. read more...


Report: Retired Generals Concerned Over Potential Cuts to State Dept Budget
Report: Retired Generals Concerned Over Potential Cuts to State Dept Budget

Several retired U.S. military generals are calling for the current administration to reconsider proposed cuts to the budget of the State Department and highlighted the need to sustain investments in diplomacy, foreign aid and development. read more...


Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch: Air Force Budget Increase to Support Future Fighter Jet Dev't
Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch: Air Force Budget Increase to Support Future Fighter Jet Dev't

Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the U.S. Air Force's top uniformed acquisition official, has backed the administration's proposal to increase the service branch's budget to fund efforts to develop a new fighter aircraft by 2030 under its Air Superiority 2030 roadmap, Defense News reported Wednesday. read more...


Gen. Dan Allyn: Army 2017 Force Readiness Budget to Run Out in July
Gen. Dan Allyn: Army 2017 Force Readiness Budget to Run Out in July

U.S. Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Dan Allyn has said the service branch's 2017 budget for force readiness will be depleted by July as the continuing resolution prevents access to $4 billion allotted for "direct readiness deliverables," Defense News reported Wednesday. read more...


Air Force's Gen. Stephen Wilson: Potential Continuing Resolution to Cause $1.3B Cuts
Air Force's Gen. Stephen Wilson: Potential Continuing Resolution to Cause $1.3B Cuts

Gen. Stephen Wilson, vice chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, has said the service branch needs congressional support in order to avoid a year-long continuing resolution that would force measures such as $1.3 billion in potential cuts and impact readiness. read more...


Gen. Carlton Everhart Sees Continued Demand for Air Mobility Amid Budget Concerns
Gen. Carlton Everhart Sees Continued Demand for Air Mobility Amid Budget Concerns

Gen. Carlton Everhart II, head of Air Mobility Command, has said air mobility capabilities such as airlift, air refueling, en-route support and aeromedical care will continue to be in demand in the military amid budget uncertainty as they extend to diplomatic efforts. read more...


Air Force Sec. Nominee Heather Wilson Highlights Readiness as Priority
Air Force Sec. Nominee Heather Wilson Highlights Readiness as Priority

Heather Wilson, former representative for New Mexico and a U.S. Air Force veteran, has told the Senate Armed Services Committee during her confirmation hearing that she will seek to build on the service branch's readiness through an accelerated pursuit of innovation and work with Congress to address budget constraints. read more...




Gen. David Goldfein: Continuing Resolution to Greatly Impact Air Force
Gen. David Goldfein: Continuing Resolution to Greatly Impact Air Force

Gen. David Goldfein, chief of staff of the U.S. Air Force, has cautioned in his testimony before the House Committee on Armed Services that a potential yearlong continuing resolution will significantly impact the service and urged lawmakers to approve the appropriation bill for fiscal year 2017. read more...



Sean Stackley Highlights Need for Innovation, Partnerships as 2017 Sea-Air-Space Expo Concludes
Sean Stackley Highlights Need for Innovation, Partnerships as 2017 Sea-Air-Space Expo Concludes

Sean Stackley, acting secretary of the U.S. Navy, closed the U.S. Navy League's 2017 Sea-Air-Space Exposition Wednesday with a call for increased innovation and partnerships amid the current budget and security environments, the service branch said Thursday. read more...


Army Works to Increase End Strength After Force Reductions in 2016
Army Works to Increase End Strength After Force Reductions in 2016

The U.S. Army let go of 690 soldiers in the second half of 2016 when the service branch was working to cut the force down to 460,000 by the end of 2017, before the approved 2017 National Defense Authorization Act in December called for an end strength of 476,000. read more...


DoD Allocates $163M in Fiscal 2017 Multidisciplinary Research Funds to 23 Projects
DoD Allocates $163M in Fiscal 2017 Multidisciplinary Research Funds to 23 Projects

The Defense Department has selected 23 multidisciplinary research projects to receive up to $163 million over five years as part of the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative designed for U.S. universities. read more...


Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch: Nuclear Modernization at Risk if Congress Doesn't Pass Budget
Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch: Nuclear Modernization at Risk if Congress Doesn't Pass Budget

Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the Air Force’s top uniformed acquisition official, said the service branch's nuclear programs such as the new bomber aircraft and next-generation intercontinental ballistic missiles will experience a substantial impact if the continuing resolution proceeds and Congress fails to pass a budget by April 28. read more...


Report: James Mattis Finds Trump Defense Budget Insufficient for Military Rebuilding Plan
Report: James Mattis Finds Trump Defense Budget Insufficient for Military Rebuilding Plan

Defense Secretary James Mattis has reportedly confided to Congress that the White House's Defense Department budget request for next year is insufficient to cover President Donald Trump's plans to rebuild the U.S. military and is less than what DoD itself sought. read more...


Report: Gov't Shutdown to Affect Defense Contractors, Weapons Production
Report: Gov't Shutdown to Affect Defense Contractors, Weapons Production

A federal government shutdown could heavily impact the Defense Department and potentially disrupt the production of weapon systems, CNBC reported Monday. The shutdown will occur if Congress is not able to pass a spending bill on April 28, when the current continuing resolution passed in December expires. read more...


Report: Army to Pause Acquisition of New Helicopter Engines
Report: Army to Pause Acquisition of New Helicopter Engines

Maj. Gen. Bob Marion, an acquisition official within the U.S. Army, has said the service branch's effort to develop a replacement engine for its fleet of UH-60 Black Hawk and AH-64 Apache helicopters will temporarily halt amid the delay in the allocation of funds for the rest of the fiscal year, Defense News reported Thursday. read more...


Adm. John Richardson Points to 'Sense of Urgency' to Maintain US Technological Advantage
Adm. John Richardson Points to 'Sense of Urgency' to Maintain US Technological Advantage

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson has highlighted the need for urgency in the development and acquisition of new capabilities to maintain advantage over adversaries as he notes the competitiveness of the current environment and the uncertainty over the budget to fund technological pursuits, Seapower Magazine reported Thursday. read more...


Report: Senators Urge James Mattis to Buy More Littoral Combat Ships
Report: Senators Urge James Mattis to Buy More Littoral Combat Ships

Eight senators have called on Defense Secretary James Mattis to include funds for three new littoral combat ships in the 2018 defense budget, Military.com reported Friday. The senators told Mattis in a letter to retain the LCS requirement in the U.S. Navy‘s December 2016 Force Structure Assessment amid plans to cut the acquisition program and down-select from two shipbuilders to one. read more...


Billions in Defense Spending to be Withheld Until Trump Submits ISIS Strategy
Billions in Defense Spending to be Withheld Until Trump Submits ISIS Strategy

Of the $15 billion in supplemental wartime spending in the 2017 federal spending bill, $2.5 billion will be withheld until 15 days after the president provides Congress with a strategy to defeat the Islamic State group, GovCon Wire reported Tuesday. read more...



Lawmakers Order NSA-Cybercom Leadership Review
Lawmakers Order NSA-Cybercom Leadership Review

Lawmakers have included a provision in the 2017 omnibus spending bill that directs Defense Secretary James Mattis to provide a briefing within three months on the potential impact of the dual-hat leadership of the U.S. Cyber Command and National Security Agency. read more...


Gen. Raymond Thomas Notes Role of Special Ops Forces, Challenges From Budget Caps
Gen. Raymond Thomas Notes Role of Special Ops Forces, Challenges From Budget Caps

Gen. Raymond Thomas, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, told the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing that Special Operations Forces are "elite personnel" who are deployed around the world to head national security efforts and noted that spending caps under the Budget Control Act pose a challenge to the command's mission, DoD News reported Thursday. read more...


Army Works on Hardware Security, Pushes for Complete Windows 10 Implementation
Army Works on Hardware Security, Pushes for Complete Windows 10 Implementation

The Army is refining requirements, policy and standards while striving to improve security for the hardware it buys and delivers across the force and plans to have Windows 10 deployed by January 2018, Defense Systems reported Monday. read more...


DoD Issues Updated Military Intelligence Program Funding Request for Fiscal 2017
DoD Issues Updated Military Intelligence Program Funding Request for Fiscal 2017

The Defense Department has unveiled an updated fiscal year 2017 budget request for the Military Intelligence Program that totals a top-line figure of $18.5 billion, including both base and overseas contingency operations funding, DoD said Tuesday. read more...


DoD: Resiliency is More Than Just a Budget Concern
DoD: Resiliency is More Than Just a Budget Concern

Chirag Parikh, deputy director for counterproliferation at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, has said working toward resiliency in the space domain means not just adding to the budget but also building on operations, tactics and policy as part of a broader picture, Space News reported Monday. read more...


Trump’s Fiscal 2018 DoD Budget Proposal Faces Congress Backlash
Trump’s Fiscal 2018 DoD Budget Proposal Faces Congress Backlash

President Donald Trump’s fiscal 2018 budget proposal to increase the Defense Department’s spending by $54 billion has received criticism from Congress as lawmakers point to a shortfall in support for readiness, DoD Buzz reported Monday. read more...



USMC Lands Combat Vehicle Procurement Boost Under $23B Proposed FY18 Budget
USMC Lands Combat Vehicle Procurement Boost Under $23B Proposed FY18 Budget

President Donald Trump has raised the U.S. Marine Corps’ proposed base budget from $23.5 billion in 2017 to $26.3 billion for fiscal year 2018 to include funds for the procurement of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle and Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1, Military.com reported Tuesday. read more...


John Roth: White House Seeks to Rebuild US Armed Forces via Fiscal 2018 Budget Plan
John Roth: White House Seeks to Rebuild US Armed Forces via Fiscal 2018 Budget Plan

John Roth, a Defense Department budget official who performs comptroller duties, has said the White House’s defense budget proposal for fiscal 2018 intends to rebuild the U.S. armed forces, build on “near-term readiness” efforts in fiscal 2017 and balance future requirements and current operations, DoD News reported Tuesday. read more...


Cybercom Eyes 16% Budget Increase for 2018
Cybercom Eyes 16% Budget Increase for 2018

Adm. Michael Rogers, commander of U.S. Cyber Command, has told the House Armed Services Committee that the command needs a 16-percent boost in funding for 2018. read more...


Army Moves IOC for Anti-Missile Battle Command System to 3Q FY 2022
Army Moves IOC for Anti-Missile Battle Command System to 3Q FY 2022

The U.S. Army's budget request for fiscal year 2018 shows that the initial operational capability for the Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System is scheduled for the third quarter of FY 2022 compared to the third quarter of FY 2018 IOC indicated in last year's budget request, Defense News reported Thursday. read more...


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