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Panetta to Congress: Don't mess with my budget

Hours after a key House committee voted to give the Pentagon more money than it asked for in next year's budget, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said thanks, but no thanks. Panetta warned passing a $3 billion increase would set a showdown with the Senate and force sequestration to happen.

Tags: Congress , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , Leon Panetta , sequestration , Martin Dempsey , Lloyd Austin , Joseph Dunford , budget , Jared Serbu

Friday - 05/11/2012, 05:20am EDT
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House panel declines to approve hike in DoD's health insurance fees

House military personnel subcommittee asserts retirees have already paid for their health care via their military service, omits DoD proposal to hike TRICARE fees.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Buck McKeon , House Armed Services Committee , Military Officers Association of America , TRICARE , pay and benefits , Kathy Beasley , Budget Control Act , Jared Serbu

Friday - 04/27/2012, 05:14am EDT
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Pentagon official signals possible Army layoffs

Tags: DoD , budget , Army ,

Wednesday - 04/25/2012, 07:55pm EDT

Navy aims for more accountability, centralized authority in acquisition commands

After a decade in which relatively few questions were asked about resource allocations, Navy and Marine Corps acquisition leaders are moving to adjust to a new reality.

Tags: DoD , Navy , Marine Corps , acquisition , industry , NAVSEA , NAVAIR , SPAWAR , MARCORSYSCOM , Frank Kelley , Patrick Brady , Kevin McCoy , David Architzel , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 04/18/2012, 05:38am EDT
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House Armed Services chair says he will reverse DoD cuts

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) said Wednesday that his committee's 2013 DoD authorization bill will undo Defense spending cuts the Pentagon has already proposed.

Tags: DoD , House Armed Services Committee , Buck McKeon , sequestration , Budget Control Act , TRICARE , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 03/14/2012, 03:00pm EDT

DoD defends its budget request

The Defense Department defended its budget request yesterday telling the Senate Budget Committee about its plans to be more efficient and agile. Leaders also pushed back against the looming $500 billion cut from sequestration.

Tags: DoD , DoD Update , Leon Panetta , Federal Drive

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 07:41am EST

GOP lawmakers question fairness of DoD pay and benefit cuts

Members of Congress complain that DoD's budget cuts don't do enough to trim civilian personnel spending.

Tags: DoD , Congress , Mike Coffman , Kelly Ayotte , Leon Panetta , Austin Scott , TRICARE , pay and benefits , workforce , FEHBP , OPM , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 02/29/2012, 05:12am EST
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Updated: DoD to quadruple TRICARE fees for higher-earning retirees

The personnel proposals included in the 2013 Defense Department budget include hikes to healthcare fees, cutbacks in both uniformed and civilian personnel. DoD also plans to save money through continued efficiencies and plans to increase the acquisition workforce.

Tags: DoD , workforce , pay and benefits , retirement , TRICARE , acquisition workforce , budget , Jared Serbu , Robert Hale , BRAC , IT efficiencies , DoD Update

Monday - 02/13/2012, 02:27pm EST
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Raises, bases are potential victims of DoD budget cuts

The Pentagon begins the process of revealing its budget plan for fiscal year 2013. The proposal includes the scaling back of several weapons systems, savings on personnel costs, along with an assurance from top DoD officials that even though the military will be smaller, it will be more agile and more capable.

Tags: DoD , reversibility , efficiencies , Budget Control Act , sequestration , strategic guidance , Leon Panetta , James Winnefeld , Martin Dempsey , pay and benefit , workforce , Jared Serbu , On DoD , retirement , TRICARE , acquistion workforce , budget , Robert Hale , BRAC , IT efficiencies

Friday - 01/27/2012, 11:31am EST
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More than half of Air Force personnel cuts to come from National Guard

The Air Force plans to further reduce its ranks by 9,900 airmen as part of DoD's overall budget reductions. The personnel cuts tilt heavily toward the Air National Guard.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , Michael Donley , Norton Schwartz , workforce , National Guard , Guard and Reserve , strategic guidance , Jared Serbu

Monday - 02/06/2012, 06:36am EST
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