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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.

Tags: DoD , Congress , budget , sequestration , Mark Welsh , Eric Fanning , readiness , Jared Serbu

Monday - 12/16/2013, 03:47am EST
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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.

Tags: DoD , Congress , acquisition , industry , Better Buying Power , Charles Davis , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 08:35am EST
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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.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , workforce , reductions in force , Gina Grosso , Shefali Kapadia

Thursday - 12/12/2013, 10:22am 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The Air Force's acting top official says even if sequestration is repealed, the service has an imbalance between its personnel costs and the money it must spend to keep its force trained and ready.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.

Tags: DoD , sequestration , readiness , Eric Fanning , Jared Serbu

Friday - 11/15/2013, 07:58am EST
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Air Force launches crowdsourcing-like approach to acquisition

Maj. Gen. Wendy Masiello, the director of contracting for the Air Force, said the new installation contracting agency stood up Oct. 1. She said the goal is to share acquisition resources to make up for the loss of 700 years of experience over the last year.

Tags: acquisition , workforce , Frank Kendall , DoD , Wendy Masiello , Coalition for Government Procurement , Casey Blake , Tom Robinson , Jason Miller

Thursday - 10/31/2013, 04:05am EDT
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DoD acquisition programs remain alive, but sequestration damage is real

Virtually every one of DoD's acquisition programs took a hit from sequestration in the first year of sequestration, officials from each of the military services told lawmakers this week. But the next few years of the 10-year spending restrictions could be much more painful, especially if Congress doesn't return to the process of enacting regular appropriations bills.

Tags: DoD , acquisition , Congress , sequestration , government shutdown , Army , Navy , Sean Stackley , Heidi Shyu , William LaPlante , Jared Serbu

Friday - 10/25/2013, 03:46am EDT
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Ayotte lifts hold on Air Force nominee

Sen. Kelly Ayotte has ended her hold on President Barack Obama's nominee for Air Force secretary, clearing the way for Senate confirmation of Deborah Lee James.

Tags: Senate , Kelly Ayotte , Deborah Lee James , people , DoD

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 06:30pm EDT

Morin paints challenging way ahead for Air Force's audit readiness

Jamie Morin, the outgoing comptroller and President Barack Obama's nominee to be DoD's second director of Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation office, told lawmakers Thursday that the Air Force would struggle to meet the 2014 financial management deadline. Jo Ann Rooney, the nominee to be undersecretary of the Navy, said furloughs from sequestration and the government shutdown have delayed progress on several programs.

Tags: management , Congress , DoD , Jo Ann Rooney , Jamie Morin , Michael Lumpkin , financial management , audit readiness , Carl Levin , John McCain , Senate Armed Services Committee , acquisition , government shutdown , sequestration , Jason Miller , Navy

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 06:27pm EDT
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Air Force warns industry to expect delayed acquisition decisions

The Air Force says budget uncertainty will mean a lot of delayed contracting decisions in the first portion of 2014. Meanwhile, the service is hurriedly trying to spend every last dollar in its 2013 procurement accounts.

Tags: acquisition , budget , sequestration , continuing resolution , DoD , Richard Lombardi , Jared Serbu

Friday - 09/27/2013, 11:40am EDT
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Weapons and budget cuts

On this week's edition of Bgov's Capital Impact show, host Allen Scott looks at the Air Force's budget problems and the effect of sequestration on weapons systems.

Tags: Kevin Brancato , Allen Scott , BGOV , Capital Impact , sequestration , weapons systems

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 02:39pm EDT
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