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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.
On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts discuss cuts made by Congress to the defense budget, and the winners and losers in this budget battle.
January 23, 2014
Tags: acquisition , contracting , DoD budget , Congress , military acquisition programs , defense contracting , Budget Control Act , Allen Scott , Kevin Brancato , Robert Levinson , Capital Impact , Bloomberg Government
A new Government Accountability Office report says that the Defense Department's oversight of conference spending is consistent with guidance issued by the Office of Management and Budget.
The Pentagon has approved a new policy that will allow troops to seek waivers to wear religious clothing, seek prayer time or engage in religious practices. The new police took effect Wednesday, and the waivers will be decided on a case-by-case basis, according to defense officials.
Pentagon Solutions listens to Navy Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, speak at the Surface Navy Association's annual convention
TRICARE, the military family health care provider, is set to close 189 of its U.S. customer service centers. Customers will be able to access all of the same services online or by telephone.
The Pentagon says it's sending Iraq another installment of small arms and ammunition requested by Baghdad as it battles al-Qaida militants for control of Fallujah and other key cities in Anbar province. A Pentagon spokesman said Friday that Iraq will be receiving the extra arms and ammunition "very shortly." Army Col. Steve Warren declined to say whether Washington is considering using U.S. troops to train Iraqi forces.
The European Union is expected soon send up to 1,000 soldiers to help stabilize Central African Republic. It would be the EU's first major army operation in six years. Reuters says, "the intervention by the 28-nation bloc comes after a senior U.N. official warned on Thursday of the risk of genocide in Central African Republic without a more robust international response to communal bloodshed."
Weakness in the private-sector economy has let the Pentagon spend fewer dollars on recruiting efforts over the past several years. It still beat its targets for both the quantity and quality of new enlistees and officers it brings into its ranks. But officials believe things could get more difficult.
34 Air Force nuclear missile launch officers have been implicated in a cheating scandal and have been stripped of their certification in what is believed to be the largest such breach of integrity in the nuclear force. The Associated Press reports, some of the officers shared answers to a monthly test on their knowledge of how to operate the missiles via text message. Others may have known about it but did not report it. The cheating was discovered during a drug investigation that involves 11 Air Force officers at several bases in the U.S. and the U.K.