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 News by Topics: Budget

  1. Delays in C-130 upgrades have reduced planned availability. New Zealand Air Force

    New Zealand Defence Force Grows

    Uniformed members of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) have grown to 9,035 sailors, soldiers and airmen and women, up from 8,504 in June 2013, according to an NZDF annual report.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  2. Among the federal programs Sen. Tom Coburn has criticized as wasteful is the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, sometimes referred to as the Iron Man suit. Gareth Cattermole/ / Getty Images

    In Final 'Wastebook,' Sen. Coburn Hits DoD 'Iron Man,' Missile Defense Programs

    US Sen. Tom Coburn's final 'wastebook' identifies a laundry list of federal programs the retiring Oklahoma Republican says the nation could do without, including a Pentagon program to build a 'real-life 'Iron Man' suit.'

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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    Textron CEO Outlines Path Forward For US Defense Industrial Base

    With few new start programs coming through the Pentagon's pipeline over the next several years, defense contractors are anxiously checking their portfolios for opportunities to upgrade and modernize existing platforms to extend their operational lives whi

    • Oct. 21, 2014
  4. The F-35 joint program office (JPO) announced Tuesday evening that it has reached an agreement with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney on two key milestones  identifying the root cause of an engine issue that caused a fire in June, and on a contract for the next lot of engines for the stealthy fighter. Air Force

    Pentagon, Pratt Cut Deal for F-35 Engines, Modifications

    The F-35 joint program office (JPO) announced Tuesday evening that it has reached an agreement with engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney on two key milestones identifying the root cause of an engine issue that caused a fire in June, and on a contract for

    • Oct. 15, 2014
  5. Costs Ahead: Two Finnish Air Force F-18C Hornets prepare to refuel during an exercise over Norway last September. Finland is faced with mounting cost challenges, including the replacement of its Hornets. 1st Lt. Christopher C. Mesnard/ / US Air Force

    Finnish Group Pushes Higher Defense Spending

    The implementation of major structural reforms, coupled with serial budget cuts since 2008, have seriously weakened Finland's capacity to procure essential equipment and fulfill its territorial defense role,

    • Oct. 11, 2014
  6. Rep. John Carney visits with approximately 100 members of the Delaware Air National Guard Monday in New Castle to discuss his legislation to modernize the Air Guard's fleet of C-130H aircraft in a safe and cost-effective way. Suchat Pederson/The (Del.) News Journal

    Congressman Pushes to Update C-130 Fleet

    John Carney has a bill in search of sponsors. A lot of them. And he knows it.

    • Oct. 9, 2014
  7. Israel Reports $1B Drop in 2013 Exports

    Israel's Defense Ministry announced $6.54 billion in new export contracts signed in 2013, a $1 billion drop from 2012 orders.

    • Oct. 8, 2014
  8. Exports by Turkish defense companies such as Aselsan  the country's largest  have risen, the Exporters' Council said. Boosting defense industry exports is a strategic goal of the Turkish government, which plans through consolidation to create fewer but bigger arms companies with stronger chances to win contracts abroad Ibrahim Bilekli / Aselsan

    Turkish Arms Exports Up 23 Percent for Jan.-Sept.

    Turkey's exports of weapons systems reached $1.2 billion in the first nine months of 2014, up 23 percent from the corresponding period of 2013, according to data just released by the country's Exporters' Council.

    • Oct. 6, 2014
  9. The Air Force is disputing a DoD IG report that says the service failed to effectively justify the need to buy 401 MQ-9 Reapers. Paul Ridgeway/US Air Force

    US Air Force Rebuts Defense Department Report on Planned Reaper Buys

    The US Air Force issued a quick rebuttal to a Defense Department Inspector General report on its MQ-9 Reaper acquisition program, saying the agency used outdated information to criticize the service's purchase of the drones.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  10. Maj. Gen. Robert Dyess is the US Army's director of Force Development. US Army

    US Army Forming 'Low-High' Budget Plans

    Amid continuing uncertainty over future defense budgets and potential budget caps, the US Army's force development chief says he has made one five-year spending plan for sequestration and one for a reprieve.

    • Oct. 2, 2014
  11. A sale of Patriot missiles to Saudi Arabia has been approved by the US State Department. Tech. Sgt. Michelle Larche / US Air Force

    US State Department Clears Saudi Patriot Missile Sale

    The US State Department has cleared a potential sale of enhanced Patriot air defense system missiles to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

    • Oct. 1, 2014
  12. US Rep. Paul Ryan hopes to be able to strike some kind of fiscal deal with Democrats to limit or end sequestration. John Gress / Getty Images

    Rep. Paul Ryan: Stay 'Medium' in Working With Obama on Fiscal Deal

    Go big or go home? Not so fast, says a key US House lawmaker. He wants, as former Washington Redskins coach Jim Zorn once advised, to just 'stay medium' in pursuit of a sequester-addressing fiscal deal.

    • Sep. 30, 2014
  13. Bernard Gray is chief of defense materiel for the UK Defence Ministry. Harland Quarrington / UK Ministry of Defence

    Bernard Gray: Extended Interview With UK Defence Materiel Chief

    Bernard Gray has more to say about British defense procurement and the UK's Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organization in this extended version of his latest interview with Defense News.

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  14. US Rep. Steny Hoyer wants a realistic assessment of the likely costs of combating the Islamic State group. Larry French / Getty Images

    Senior House Dem: Avoid 'Rose-Colored' Cost Projections of Fighting Islamic State

    US officials and lawmakers should conduct a 'realistic assessment' of the cost of fighting the Islamic State, setting aside promises tainted by 'rose-colored glasses.'

    • Sep. 29, 2014
  15. A US Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker takes off from a base in the Middle East to support airstrikes over Syria on Sept. 23. Funding for US missions over Iraq and Syria are paid for using overseas contingency operations funding. Senior Airman Matthew Bruch / US Air Force

    Syria Strikes Raise Questions Over Future of OCO Funding

    As the price tag for operations in Iraq, Syria and West Africa continues to grow, Pentagon leadership insists that it is well prepared to pay for all of these previously unforeseen long-term operations.

    • Sep. 28, 2014
  16. An F/A-18E and F/A-18F Super Hornet prepare to launch from the flight deck of the aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush to conduct strike missions against Islamic State targets in Iraq. US Navy

    Pentagon Working With Congress for More War Funding

    Despite operating under an $85 billion supplemental wartime budget, the Pentagon is going back to Congress to ensure that it has the funding to continue its air operations against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, top officials said Friday.

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  17. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, left, talks with Ranking Member Sen. James Inhofe before a SASC hearing. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/ / AFP

    Sen. Levin: 'We're Gonna Have an Authorization Bill'

    A key US senator believes Congress will pass a Pentagon policy bill this year, but he cast further doubt on the upper chamber ever taking up its own version of the legislation.

    • Sep. 24, 2014
  18. The US Defense Department's new Better Buying Power 3.0 strategy is based on the 'growing concern that the United States' technological superiority over potential adversaries is being threatened today in a way that we have not seen for decades,' acquisition chief Frank Kendall said. (File photo) Tom Brown/Defense News

    Pentagon Unveils Draft of New R&D Strategy; Waits for Industry, Hill To Weigh In

    The Pentagon's top weapons buyer formally released a draft of his proposed new guidance for acquisition reform this morning, calling for a renewed focus on research and innovation to maintain the increasingly tenuous lead that the US holds in military tec

    • Sep. 19, 2014
  19. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko addresses a joint meeting of the US Congress on Sept. 18. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    Ukrainian President Requests Lethal Military Aid from US

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on the US to help Kiev modernize its ill-equipped army with lethal and non-lethal weapons during a visit to the US capital on Thursday.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  20. A group of US congressmen are urging President Obama to support funding to develop a rocket engine that can lift the Atlas V launch vehicle and replace the Russian-produced RD-180 engine. Roger McCann/United Launch Alliance

    Congressmen to Obama: Support New Rocket Engine

    A bipartisan group of congressmen have written a letter to President Obama asking him to back funding for a new American-made rocket engine.

    • Sep. 18, 2014
  21. US Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and the Chief of US Air Force Gen. Mark A. Welsh III attend the 2014 Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition on Sept. 15 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    Air Force to Congress: Protect Readiness, Enact CR

    The leadership of the US Air Force has a clear message for Congress: Help.

    • Sep. 17, 2014
  22. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, in public comments and a letter to Iraq's new prime minister that surfaced over the weekend, continues saying the chamber will approve Obama's request to grant the president authority to train and equip Syrian rebels in Saudi Arabia to fight the violent Sunni group inside Syria. Jim Watson / AFP

    US House Comes Back Early, Could Take Up CR as Early as Tuesday

    The US House could vote on a government shutdown-averting spending bill and new authorities to take on the Islamic State as soon as Tuesday.

    • Sep. 15, 2014
  23. A pair of Air Force A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft fly over Kansas. Congressional protection of the close-air support plane has complicated Air Force budgeting. Senior Airman Sierra Dopfel / US Air Force

    Sources: Expect Next Year's USAF Budget To Continue Push for Cuts

    When the US Air Force rolled out its budget request in March, it was billed as a realistic look at the post-sequestration world, one filled with necessary tough choices but still maintaining current capabilities.

    • Sep. 14, 2014
  24. US House Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Hal Rogers, right, supported a request by President Obama to include in a continuing resolution funds for the training of Syrian rebels by Saudi Arabia. Alex Wong/ / Getty Images

    House Delays CR Vote, Bill Still Expected To Pass Next Week

    US House GOP leaders are delaying a vote on a bill to avoid a government shutdown to let members mull a White House-requested provision to combat the Islamic State, but the delay is unlikely to sink the bill.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  25. House Appropriations Committee Chairman Hal Rogers, R-Ky., says his panel has produced a bill for a 'clean' continuing resolution that is 'free of controversial riders, maintains current levels, and does not seek to change existing federal policies.' It is expected to come before the House for debate and a vote on Thursday. halrogers.house.gov

    House continuing resolution should hit floor Sept. 11

    The House later this week is expected to take up a measure free of controversial riders to keep the U.S. government open while members hit the campaign trail for seven weeks.

    • Sep. 10, 2014
  26. Lockheed Martin's concept for a Small Surface Combatant. Lockheed Martin

    New Combat Ship Briefing Delayed

    One of the most eagerly-anticipated stories in naval circles this fall is what findings and recommendations a special US Navy task force has come up with for a new small surface combatant (SSC) warship.

    • Sep. 9, 2014
  27. US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visits the mausoleum of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey. Hagel announced in Turkey that Pentagon reform initiatives would not be derailed by other global challenges. STR / via AFP

    Hagel To Continue Push for Pentagon Reforms Amid Global Threats

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said he plans to forge ahead with bureaucratic Pentagon reform initiatives despite the uptick of global threats and military activities in recent months.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  28. Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner speaks during a press conference on Capitol Hill. The House soon could vote on a bill to fund the government past the end of the fical year and through the upcoming election. Jim Watson / AFP

    US House Could Vote This Week To Avert Government Shutdown

    The US House soon could vote on a spending measure that would keep the Pentagon and other federal agencies funded while lawmakers hit the campaign trail.

    • Sep. 8, 2014
  29. More Spending: World leaders attend the morning session of the NATO Summit on Sept. 5 in Newport, Wales. European leaders committed to raising defense spending to 2 percent of their gross domestic product. Peter Macdiarmid/ / Getty Images

    NATO Allies Commit to Defense Boost

    NATO leaders are praising a commitment from heads of state to spend 2 percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) on defense, a guideline long ignored by many alliance members.

    • Sep. 6, 2014
  30. Aftermath: Palestinian men walk on the rubble of their destroyed houses in the Tufah neighborhood in eastern Gaza City following a 50-day war between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip. MAHMUD HAMS/ / AFP

    Israel To Trim 2014 Budget To Cover War Cost, Boost MoD

    The Israeli government is planning an immediate 2 percent retroactive cut to its 2014 budget to help cover the estimated US $2.5 billion cost of a summer of war.

    • Sep. 6, 2014
  31. Sen. Mitch McConnell says he expects a continuing resolution to be passed by Congress by Sept. 30. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/ / AFP

    'Not Much Drama': McConnell Predicts Passage of Bill To Avert Govt. Shutdown

    The US Senate's embattled top Republican is predicting Congress will pass a funding measure that the president would not veto.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  32. The US Army Network Integration Evaluation 14.2, which ended May 22, included a British mechanized brigade headquarters. Nancy JonesBonbrest, PEO C3T

    Pentagon R&D Chief To Push Cost Sharing With Allies

    The Pentagon is pushing its strategy to develop new technologies and capabilities alongside allies to drive down costs and foster innovation, the assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering said on Wednesday.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  33. When we talk about spending, quality as well as quantity counts. ... So we are urging all allies to spend 20 percent of their defense budgets on new equipment, research and development of capabilities,' UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said in a speech delivered in London on Sept. 3. Carl Court / AFP

    UK Calls on European NATO States To Boost Spending

    Britain is urging its NATO allies to earmark a fifth of their national defense budgets for new equipment and research and development, according to UK Defence Secretary Michael Fallon.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  34. US President Barack Obama discusses foreign policy with members of Congress July 31. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

    Could Global Threat Picture Restore US Defense Increases?

    President Barack Obama put the Islamic State terrorist group on the 'varsity' team of US foes. America's top general, Martin Dempsey, has spoken of the group's 'apocalyptic' visions.

    • Aug. 31, 2014
  35. A US Air Force KC-135 refuels a Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet aircraft assigned to Strike Fighter Squadron 213 over Iraq Aug. 21. US Defense Department

    US Ops in Iraq Have Cost $550 Million Since June

    Since June 16 when US President Barack Obama first sent several dozen US troops to Iraq to begin assessing the state of the country's Army, the United States has spent around $500 million on operations there.

    • Aug. 29, 2014
  36. More Muscle: A Japanese Atago-class guided missile destroyer sails in formation with US Navy and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force ships. Japan initially wants to add two of the destroyers. MC2 Adam Thomas/ / US Navy

    Japanese Defense Ministry Requests 2.4% Budget Hike

    Japan is making good on its pledge to beef up its defense force and come to the aid of neighbors if they're attacked, proposing a budget that returns spending to its peak in the 1990s.

    • Aug. 28, 2014
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