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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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Army foresees another drop in military readiness if sequestration returns

The Army says it is now replacing funds in its readiness accounts that were depleted when cuts under sequestration first kicked in a year ago. But last year's readiness problems are likely to repeat in 2016 and beyond if Congress allows the automatic Defense cuts in current law to persist.

Wednesday - 03/26/2014, 04:09am EDT
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Admiral: Navy is not pushing for BRAC

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert says he doesn't see a great need for the Navy to go through another round of base closures.

Monday - 03/24/2014, 11:39am EDT

Col. Chris Cross, director, Science and Technology Division in the Army's Capabilities Integration Center

An update about how robotic, unmanned vehicles will augment brigades of the future.

Thursday - 03/20/2014, 09:37am EDT
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Air Force to accelerate headquarters staff cuts

Air Force leaders intend to surpass their share of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's edict to reduce DoD headquarters spending by 20 percent and complete the task several years ahead of schedule. The personnel cuts are part of the service's plan to shrink its size in order to catch up with decades of deferred spending on readiness and modernization.

Monday - 03/03/2014, 04:52am EST
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Budget constraints force Army to make tough choices about modernization

The Army's senior leaders have made clear for months that their service's end strength will have to decrease as a result of budget pressure. But the cutbacks can't be only to personnel. Some of the Army's major modernization priorities will have to be sidelined, at least for now.

Monday - 01/27/2014, 04:16am EST
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DoD shields basic research, but other R&D will take serious budget hit

Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, said while the budget agreement adds money back to DoD's overall spending capacity in 2014 and 2015, the deal still doesn't plug holes in the Pentagon's research funding. Kendall estimated R&D funding will drop by as much as 20 percent compared to the department's initial requests.

Thursday - 01/16/2014, 04:56am EST
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Army readiness problems will persist through 2020

Army's top uniformed official said the Ryan-Murray budget agreement is a partial remedy to the difficulties the Army has had in training and equipping its troops. But undoing the damage of sequestration will take at least another six years.

Wednesday - 01/08/2014, 04:11am EST
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Trends in global defense spending

Jack Midgley, a director in Deloitte's Global Defense Consulting practice will discuss the findings in the company's recent report on defense spending.
January 7, 2014

Tuesday - 01/07/2014, 11:56pm EST
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Even with budget agreement, Air Force faces painful choices

Top Air Force officials say lower budgets will force them to propose cuts Congress won't like. But if lawmakers insist on protecting politically-favored programs, money will have to come from somewhere else.

Monday - 12/16/2013, 03:47am EST
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Budget deal offers stability to Pentagon spending

Budget deal trims pensions for working-age military retires, offers Pentagon budget stability

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 01:48pm EST

Air Force to cut 900 civilian jobs, thousands of service members

Air Force officials announced Wednesday the force plans to cut about 900 civilian positions in 2014. It will encourage eligible civilian employees to leave voluntarily. The force also plans to cut thousands of service members over the next five years.

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 10:22am EST

Air Force tells program managers: Don't expect reprieve from sequestration

Any relief the Air Force gets from a pending budget deal will be pushed into rebuilding lost military readiness, not bolstering investment programs, a top acquisition official said Wednesday.

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 08:35am EST
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New bill aims to cancel sequestration for DoD at cost to feds' pay and benefits

Reps. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) and Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) introduced a bill Tuesday to cancel sequestration for the Defense Department for two years. The bill would offset this change by using a chained CPI to calculate COLAs for federal retirement programs along with other entitlement reforms.

Tuesday - 12/03/2013, 04:32pm EST

Should you worry or is US military at the ready?

Is the military still ready for war _ or should you be worried?

Saturday - 11/30/2013, 09:04am EST

Air Force must shrink, with or without sequestration

The Air Force's acting top official says even if sequestration is repealed, the service has an imbalance between its personnel costs and the money it must spend to keep its force trained and ready. Unfortunately, the Air Force may not have any trouble getting airmen to leave the service voluntarily.

Friday - 11/15/2013, 07:58am EST
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Trends in global defense spending

Jack Midgley, a director in Deloitte's Global Defense Consulting practice will discuss the findings in the company's recent report on defense spending.
November 12, 2013

Tuesday - 11/12/2013, 11:56pm EST
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DoD finalizing major rewrite of acquisition guidance

Reworked guidance is the first update to key Defense Department instruction since 2008. Internal attempt to streamline the system is leading department officials to seek legislative changes to make the military acquisition process less complex.

Monday - 11/11/2013, 10:25am EST

Sequestration's second year worse than its first, military chiefs warn

The heads of DoD's military services say they were able to somewhat blunt sequestration's impact during its first year by using several one-time tactics. But they say the consequences of sudden reductions will get worse in 2014 and beyond.

Friday - 11/08/2013, 03:57am EST
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Budget experts blame lawmaker 'disengagement' as source of DoD turmoil

Former top staffers say current members of Congress no longer have a stake in any particular appropriation or authorization bill making its way through the legislative gauntlet one reason why DoD and the rest of government continue to stumble from one continuing resolution to the next.

Thursday - 11/07/2013, 05:51am EST
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