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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.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , budget , Carl Levin , James Inhofe , Adam Smith , sequestration , DoD , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/23/2014, 03:32am EDT
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Pentagon spending plan unveiled

Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, has released a $601 billion spending plan that saves the Cold War era U-2 spy plane from the chopping block and also would force the Pentagon to keep the A-10 Warthog in storage. It's all a part of a plan resulting in smaller military budgets after 13 years of war in Iraq and Afghanistan. Ironically, though, the plan also denies the Pentagon's request for another round of military base closures to get rid of unnecessary facilities and save $1.4 billion.

Tags: military spending , U-2 spy plane , DoD , A-10 , Iraq and Afghanistan wars , House Armed Services Committee , Congress , budget

Tuesday - 05/06/2014, 08:56am EDT

Even defense hawks are pessimistic about DoD 2015 request for extra funds

The Obama administration says the Defense Department needs an additional $26 billion in excess of next year's Defense spending caps in order to carry out DoD's mission. But even the staunchest defenders of the Pentagon budget on Capitol Hill acknowledge that the extra funding is unlikely to materialize.

Tags: DoD , Congress , budget , Chuck Hagel , Martin Dempsey , House Armed Services Committee , Jared Serbu

Friday - 03/07/2014, 03:52am EST
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House panel targets DoD acquisition reform, but will that be enough?

The House Armed Services Committee created a panel to figure out a way to reform the defense acquisition processes. Experts say reform may be difficult but it's also necessary given tight budgets and sequestration.

Tags: Dov Zakheim , Bill Greenwalt , In Depth , DoD , acquistion , acquisition workforce , acquisition reform , House , House Armed Services Committee , Mac Thornberry , DHS , Michael OConnell

Wednesday - 11/06/2013, 02:29pm EST
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DoD works out how military pay bill will impact civilians

President Obama signed a bill at the dawn of the government shutdown, and it could significantly increase the number of non-uniformed military employees exempt from furlough during the shutdown. So far, the Defense Department has sent no signals on how it would choose to enact the provisions.

Tags: government shutdown , Congress , DoD , DFAS , Military Officers Association of America , Servicewomen’s Action Network , Lauren Gray , Karen Golden , workforce , pay and benefits , House Armed Services Committee , Chuck Hagel , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 10/02/2013, 05:41am EDT
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GOP sequestration plan calls for reducing federal workforce

Republicans on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees have proposed an alternative to the automatic budget cuts set to go into effect next month that includes reducing the size of the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition.

Tags: Congress , House , Senate , sequestration , Jack Moore , Kelly Ayotte , attrition , federal workforce

Wednesday - 02/06/2013, 04:40pm EST
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