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Robert Levinson, Senior Defense Analyst, Bloomberg Government

Top Pentagon officials have been railing against the consequences of sequestration ever since the Budget Control Act was passed in 2011. And in their planning documents, they've also decided not to acknowledge the likelihood that the cuts are here to stay. For the last three years, officials have submitted budget requests that exceed the caps in current law, and they've indicated they plan to continue doing so in future years. Even if the Pentagon isn't building its military plans around sequestration, some outside analysts are taking a look at what various scenarios would look like under lower funding levels. One of them is Rob Levinson. He's a senior defense analyst for Bloomberg Government, and shared some financial predictions on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Tags: Robert Levinson , Bloomberg Government , sequestration , DoD ,

Friday - 07/18/2014, 04:07pm EDT
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DoD must 'reset' to prepare for future budget struggles

To maintain readiness under current budget pressure, the Defense Department needs to have a long-term mindset and rethink their force structure, according to Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.), chairman of the House Armed Services Readiness Subcommittee.

Tags: Defense , Congress , sequestration , DoD , CSIS , Rob Wittman , Stephanie Wasko

Friday - 07/18/2014, 06:12pm EDT

Todd Harrison, Senior Fellow, CSBA

The Defense Department's overseas contingency budget might survive the end of military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wednesday, two of the Pentagon's top civilian and uniformed leaders asked the House Armed Services Committee to keep authorizing an OCO budget even after the U.S. finishes the draw-downs in the region. DoD's latest OCO request came late in the year, and it's less than Congress anticipated. The House set aside $79 billion for OCO funding when it passed DoD's baseline budget for fiscal 2015, but now the Pentagon is only asking for about $59 billion. Todd Harrison is senior fellow for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He explained how the budget deliberations on Capitol Hill might unfold on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Tags: Todd Harrison , CSBA , OCO , House Armed Services Committee ,

Thursday - 07/17/2014, 04:47pm EDT
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Work: DoD to experience 'trough' of readiness as it resets force

Robert Work, the new deputy defense secretary, told members of the House Armed Services Committee that the Defense Department will experience a two-year trough in readiness as it resets its force,

Tags: DoD , OCO , Robert Work , James Winnefeld , readiness , Afghanistan , counterterrorism , Michael OConnell , House , House Armed Services Committee

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 05:22pm EDT

House spending bill calls for deep cuts to IRS budget

The House has approved a massive spending bill that would slash funding for the Internal Revenue Service by more than $1 billion next year. The agency, which has been under fire for the improper targeting of conservative groups, would see its current $11.3 billion budget decline by 13 percent under the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill for fiscal 2015 passed by the House Wednesday. But that's just one of the the provisions of the bill drawing the ire of the Obama administration, which issued a notice earlier this week threatening to veto the legislation.

Tags: Congress , House , IRS , NTEU , Colleen Kelley , GSA , Chris Roth , Jack Moore

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 05:43pm EDT

Proposed Senate USPS reforms could save $17 billion

The Congressional Budget Office estimates the Senate's postal reform plan would save just under $17 billion. Changes to the agency would include maintaining increased postal rates and cutting delivery to five days per week.

Tags: USPS , management , acquisition , Congress , reform , CBO , Stephanie Wasko

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 03:54pm EDT

The public-private future of NASA

On this week's Women of Washington radio show, former NASA Deputy Director Lori Garver gives her take on the agency's future.

Tags: Lori Garver , NASA , Airline Pilots Association , space travel , Women of Washington , Gigi Schumm , Aileen Black

Wednesday - 07/16/2014, 11:39am EDT

Brenda Farrell, Government Accountability Office

Over the past decade, Congress has stepped up pressure on the Defense Department to gather data about its civilian workforce, and to use that data to develop a strategic workforce plan. The Pentagon has a plan, but according to the Government Accountability Office, it has some gaps: It leaves out some of the information Congress mandated. DoD's workforce strategy doesn't appear to be tied to either its budget plans or its broader management strategies. Brenda Farrell is director of defense capabilities and management at GAO. She discussed the report on In Depth with guest host Jared Serbu.

Tags: Brenda Farrell , GAO , DoD , workforce , Congress ,

Monday - 07/14/2014, 04:51pm EDT
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