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Defense experts debate sequestration's impact

There's a little more than a month to go until sequestration kicks in, taking more than a $1 trillion from agency budgets over 10 years unless Congress finds a way to agree on a Plan B for deficit reduction. In this week's edition of On DoD, Jared Serbu, Federal News Radio's DoD reporter, talks with several defense experts about sequestration and the Defense budget in a second term under President Obama:

Tags: DoD , On DoD , Jared Serbu , Todd Harrison , Tom Donnelly , Russell Rumbaugh

Wednesday - 11/21/2012, 08:19pm EST
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Tips for following the 'fiscal cliff' negotiations

President Barack Obama and leaders of the lame-duck Congress may be just weeks away from shaking hands on a deal to avert the dreaded "fiscal cliff." So it's natural to wonder: If they announce a bipartisan package promising to curb mushrooming federal deficits, will it be real?

Tags: Barack Obama , John Boehner , Congress , budget , fiscal cliff ,

Saturday - 11/24/2012, 02:43pm EST

Players in budget war game plot $500B in Defense cuts

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.

Tags: DoD , budget , DoD budget , Center for Strategic & Budgetary Assessments , DoD civlian workforce , Todd Harrison , Mark Gunzinger , F-35 , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 11/28/2012, 12:17pm EST
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DoD begins planning for sequestration cuts

The Defense Department says it has begun planning for the roughly $500 billion in personnel and program cuts that will be needed if Congress and the White House fail to reach an deal that would avoid the double hit of tax hikes and automatic spending cuts dubbed the fiscal cliff.

Tags: DoD , budget , George Little , OMB

Wednesday - 12/05/2012, 11:56am EST

How far over the 'fiscal cliff' could they go?

The dealmakers who warn that a year-end plunge off the "fiscal cliff" would be disastrous don't seem to be rushing to stop it. Why aren't they panicking?

Tags: fiscal cliff , Barack Obama , Congress , John Boehner , budget

Thursday - 12/06/2012, 02:57am EST

Lawmakers laying odds against sequester taking place

Sens. Mark Warner and Bob Corker and Rep. Chris Van Hollen all believe there is at better than a 50 percent chance Congress and the White House will agree on a budget reduction plan before Jan. 1. But federal pay and benefits, and contract spending remain on the table to be part of the cuts.

Tags: management , Congress , Mark Warner , Chris Van Hollen , Bob Corker , Bloomberg Government , Deloitte , fiscal cliff , budget , Jason Miller

Thursday - 12/06/2012, 05:55am EST
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In deficit talks, fed groups fear alternatives could cut benefits

Many in government are worried about the threat of sequestration, the across-the-board budget cuts set to take effect in January unless Congress and the White come up with an alternative deficit-cutting plan. But federal employee groups and sympathetic lawmakers are also concerned about such alternatives -- if they contain changes to federal employee pay or compensation. Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and a slate of federal-employee unions and groups are warning of such proposals in the deficit talks to replace sequestration.

Tags: Congress , fiscal cliff , pay and benefits , Chris Van Hollen , Federal-Postal Coalition , Jessica Klement , NARFE , Bruce Moyer , retirement contribution

Wednesday - 12/12/2012, 08:24pm EST

Sequestration worse than thought, Pentagon frets

As planning begins for sequestration, the military may have to cut billions more than previously imagined. DoD, like all agencies, is waiting for instruction from the OMB on how to reduce their budget.

Tags: DoD , budget , Congress , Jared Serbu

Thursday - 12/13/2012, 05:42am EST
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