Defense Budget

Kendall Eyes More Funding for Industrial Base


This article first appeared in AWIN First. The Pentagon's top procurement official is considering a strategy of funding research and development projects despite ongoing budget pressure, a slight shift from his fervent push to only proceed with well understood, affordable programs. Frank Kendall, under secretary of defense for acquisition, say... more

Budget Plan Funds Carrier Overhaul, Commissaries

The Senate Armed Services Committee endorsed a 2015 defense spending bill Thursday that would fund the refueling of the aircraft carrier George Washington at Newport News Shipbuilding while rejecting Pentagon requests to cut subsidies for commissaries and trim some health care benefits. The panel voted 25-1 for a Senate defense bill just hours ... more

Budget Cuts Could Limit Military's Pacific Pivot

WASHINGTON -- Budget constraints and force requirements in other regions will likely stall the Pentagon's plans to beef up the U.S. military presence in the Asia-Pacific and send more high-tech weaponry to deter a rising China, officials and analysts say.  DoD released its $496 billion fiscal 2015 budget request earlier this month. Due to caps ... more

Cuts to Ranks May Shock, But It's Happened Before

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COLUMBIA, S.C. - A war over, the Army heeds Congress' demands to cuts costs by paring its ranks. But the nation's economy is weak, and unemployment rates are high. It's an uncertain time for thousands of service members and their families. Sound like today? It's a scenario that has played out previously when big conflicts end, most recently two... more

White House Threatens Veto of Defense Bill

WASHINGTON  — The White House is threatening a veto of the House version of a $601 billion defense bill over election-year moves to spare weapons systems and popular programs in the face of limited budgets. In a statement on Monday, the Obama administration said that if the bill in its current form impedes the Pentagon from directing scarce res... more

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