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9:43 am, March 27, 2015

DoD Sequestration News

Army: Sequestration to cause 'domino effect' on base maintenance

After two years of operating under sequestration level funding, the Army now faces a $3 billion maintenance backlog and 5,500 work orders, said Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment.

Thursday - 03/05/2015, 11:58am EST
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Reaching a Pentagon budget deal: From wishful thinking to reality

Two former DoD comptrollers say a two-year defense budget deal could achieve President Barack Obama's goal of eliminating sequestration.

Tuesday - 02/17/2015, 11:33am EST
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Sean McCalley, Producer, Federal News Radio

The White House budget request for fiscal 2016 is out. The Obama administration is hoping for a future without sequestration, and the Defense Department is defending that concept. On In Depth with Francis Rose, Federal News Radio's Sean McCalley breaks down the numbers behind the defense spending plan.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:24pm EST
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Roger Zakheim, Counsel, Covington and Burling

President Obama's 2016 budget request for the Defense Department is $38 billion more than the Budget Control Act calls for. He's asking for $534 billion, but any number over $498 billion will trigger sequestration. Roger Zakheim is counsel at Covington and Burling, former general counsel and deputy staff director of the House Armed Services Committee and also former deputy assistant secretary of Defense. In Depth with Francis Rose asked him if the budget is as "dead-on-arrival" as Republicans in Congress make it sound.

Monday - 02/02/2015, 04:09pm EST
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Jim Carafano, Heritage Foundation

The budget will be one of the first things the new Congress takes up, according to leadership on both sides of Capitol Hill. The Defense Department is already starting its push to end -- or at least cut back on -- sequestration. James Jay Carafano is director of the Davis Institute for International Studies at the Heritage Foundation. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He says he thinks Congress will do a real defense budget in 2015, but that doesn't mean sequestration will go away.

Tuesday - 01/06/2015, 04:28pm EST

Steve Bucci, Allison Center Director, Heritage Foundation

The Pentagon announces more successful air strikes against the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. The new year hasn't brought a new policy in dealing with the Islamic State, but more American advisers are on the ground in Iraq. And 2015 may be the year that calls for more of an American military presence in both countries to get louder. Steve Bucci is Director of the Allison Center for Foreign and National Security Policy at the Heritage Foundation. He's former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, and a retired Army Special Forces officer. He shared his Top 3 for 2015 on In Depth with Francis Rose. He said decisions the enemy makes may force the hand of the United States.

Friday - 01/02/2015, 04:26pm EST

Understanding acquisition needs key to training workforce, experts say

Knowing and appreciating the industry side of the acquisitions process is key to training the acquisition workforce of the future, according to two acquisition experts.

Tuesday - 10/21/2014, 12:07pm EDT
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Report: Sequestration slashed DoD contract spending by 16 percent in 2013

Analysis by the Center for Strategic and International Studies shows R&D took the biggest hit, dropping by 21 percent in a single year. But payments to large firms and spending on large contracts got some degree of protection.

Friday - 10/17/2014, 08:32am EDT
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Some lawmakers growing more receptive to BRAC

Katherine Hammack, assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, says shrinking forces won't be enough to match sequestration-level budgets.

Tuesday - 08/19/2014, 10:39am EDT
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DoD hunting for value, innovation not just lowest price

When it comes to lowest price, technically acceptable policies, the Defense Department wants more than "acceptable" for its acquisition services. Even with looming sequestration forcing DoD to stretch financially, Frank Kendall, undersecretary of Defense acquisition, technology and logistics, said the department must incentivize contractors to provide better value as well as best prices.

Wednesday - 08/06/2014, 05:59pm EDT

Panel: 2014 QDR reveals 'growing gap' between DoD mission, available resources

The National Defense Panel delivered "Ensuring a Strong U.S. Defense for the Future" an assessment of the 2014 Quadrennial Defense Review put forth by the Defense Department.

Friday - 08/01/2014, 04:49pm EDT
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Robert Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Top Pentagon officials have been railing against the consequences of sequestration ever since the Budget Control Act was passed in 2011. And in their planning documents, they've also decided not to acknowledge the likelihood that the cuts are here to stay. For the last three years, officials have submitted budget requests that exceed the caps in current law, and they've indicated they plan to continue doing so in future years. Even if the Pentagon isn't building its military plans around sequestration, some outside analysts are taking a look at what various scenarios would look like under lower funding levels. One of them is Rob Levinson. He's a senior defense analyst for Bloomberg Government, and shared some financial predictions on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Friday - 07/18/2014, 04:07pm EDT
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Senate derails Army bid to take Guard helicopters

Army bid to take Apache helicopters from Guard loses first Senate test after states resist

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 12:30pm EDT

With budget cuts looming, officials struggle to make case to maintain large Army

Among ten topics the Army's new undersecretary says he's pondering: the service's seeming inability to convince policymakers of the need to keep a standing active duty force of about the size the nation has today, even during budget cuts.

Monday - 07/07/2014, 04:00am EDT
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DoD needs updated cost savings data when considering furloughs

A new Government Accountability Office report says the Pentagon needs more comprehensive information about potential cost savings when it considers implementing future administrative furloughs.

Tuesday - 06/17/2014, 02:10pm EDT

Both houses of Congress deal blows to DoD's cost-cutting proposals

The House passed its version of the annual defense authorization bill Thursday, while the Senate's is still a work in progress. Both versions mostly shun DoD's proposals to cut costs during sequestration.

Friday - 05/23/2014, 03:32am EDT
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House NDAA amendment preemptively blocks some DoD furloughs

A proposed amendment to the House version of the annual bill setting policy for the Defense Department would preemptively protect DoD employees paid through working-capital funds from potential furloughs. The measure was introduced Monday by Reps. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Derek Kilmer (D-Wash.).

Tuesday - 05/20/2014, 04:00pm EDT

Inside the DoD Reporter's Notebook: NDAA takes shape, DoD's budget plans under sequestration

"Inside the DoD's Reporter's Notebook" is biweekly feature focused on news about the Defense Department and defense community as gathered by Federal News Radio DoD Reporter Jared Serbu.

Friday - 05/02/2014, 06:46pm EDT

Despite objections, Air Force sees no good alternatives to eliminating aircraft fleets

Members of Congress aren't happy with the Air Force's proposal to cut entire fleets of aircraft out of its inventory. But the service insists it's the only way to comply with the budget caps Congress created, and the alternatives would be far more painful.

Thursday - 04/24/2014, 06:38am EDT
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Another budget quandary for DoD: What if war funding dries up?

Military officials say overseas contingency operations dollars are vital to ongoing operations around the world, even after the wars end. All the services tell the House Armed Services Committee that OCO funding is helping with readiness and maintenance challenges.

Friday - 03/28/2014, 03:44am EDT
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