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Congress is hollowing out the Defense Department and turning the nation's military into a paper tiger of global proportions. That's according to Bryan Clark, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and a former special assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. He joined In Depth with Francis Rose for Pentagon Solutions today. He and his colleague Todd Harrison write about the Defense Department's fiscal 2015 budget process on Capitol Hill and how it forces the Pentagon to ignore its own budgetary wisdom.
Federal News Radio asked a panel of experts how they would solve the flawed budget process as part of our special report: Now or Never: Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process. See what they had to say and tell us which ideas you think would work best.
Tags: David Walker , budget , Association for Government Accountants , Comback America Initiative , Comptroller General , GAO , biennial budgets , Reid Ribble , House , House Budget Committee , Bryan Clark , Diana Urban , results-based accountability , Dan Chenok , IBM Center for the Business of Government , Robert Bixby , Concord Coalition , David Wessel , The Hutchins Center on Fiscal and Monetary Policy , Brookings Institution , Ideas to Save the Failing Budget Process
Todd Harrison, senior fellow for Defense Budget Studies at the Center for Strategic and Budetary Assessments, will discuss how the defense industry is being impacted by sequestration. He will also give us an update on the U.S. military satellite communications system.
August 9, 2013
Idle aircraft and pricey ship deployments underscore the contradictions and conflicts as Congress orders the Pentagon to slash $487 billion in spending over the next 10 years and another $41 billion in the next six months.
Absent structural changes, the combination of 10-year budget caps Congress has already approved and rising growth in personnel costs mean DoD would be able to sign paychecks, administer healthcare benefits and not much more.
Defense budget watchers say despite abundant evidence to the contrary, the Pentagon appears to believe it will eventually get most of its funding wishes over the coming few years. "Whether [sequestration] stays in place for nine more years is an open question, but it's certainly going to be in place for the foreseeable future," said Mackenzie Eaglen, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute.
Tags: sequestration , DoD , budget , American Enterprise Institute , Stimson Center , Center for Strategic & International Studies , Mackenzie Eaglen , Todd Harrison , Gordon Adams , Clark Murdock , Jared Serbu
Most of the Pentagon's contract spending wouldn't take an immediate hit from sequestration. Conversely, civilian employees would likely be laid-off or furloughed in the few days or weeks after the automatic budget cuts kick in, according to a Washington think tank's analysis of the convoluted laws that govern the automatic cuts
"Fog bank" of threatened automatic spending cuts makes predicting Defense policy under a re-elected President Obama difficult. But experts agree DoD is likely to take more cuts, with or without sequestration.
Tags: Election 2012 , Barack Obama , DoD , Leon Panetta , George Little , sequestration , Todd Harrison , Tom Donnelly , Russell Rumbaugh , American Enterprise Institute , Stimson Center , Jared Serbu
This past summer, defense experts gathered into teams to map out how to cut DoD's budget by a half trillion dollars over 10 years. The results from the game provide some guidance on ways to make the cut happen in real life based on strategic choices, the organizers say.
Certified financial planner talks about Thrift Savings Plan numbers for 2012. Todd Harrison of the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments sheds light on DoD's recent shopping spree. Jim Treat of the Census Bureau discusses the Web-first approach to the American Community Survey. Attorney Sandy Hoe discusses a recent case in which a contractor sued the Air Force. Dr. Gerald Dillingham of the GAO talks about possible changes in leadership at the FAA.
Tags: Arthur Stein , TSP , Todd Harrison , Jim Treat , Census Bureau , American Community Survey , Sandy Hoe , McKenna, Long & Aldridge , Gerald Dillingham , GAO , FAA , Michael Huerta , DoD , DoD Report , cybersecurity , Cybersecurity Update , Federal Drive