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 News by Topics: Budget

  1. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., is chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Mark Makela / Getty Images

    Sources: Top Appropriators Focusing Solely on Omnibus, Have Had No CR Talks

    Capitol Hill's top appropriators have yet to discuss another short-term measure to keep the government running, focusing solely on a longer-term bill they hope to drop in early December.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  2. USAF Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski said budget uncertainty has challenged the service and industry. Jim Gordon

    USAF Official: Budget Uncertainty 'Very Challenging'

    The uncertainty over whether Congress will pass a budget has been 'very challenging' for both the Air Force and its industry partners, the service's top military acquisitions official said Wednesday.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  3. Sen. Carl Levin says Senate and House leaders are still trying to agree to a 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Levin Says NDAA Conferees 'Not There Yet,' But Still Hopeful

    US House and Senate members hammering out a Pentagon policy bill are 'not there yet,' says one of the conference committee's leaders.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  4. 'A continuing resolution does not provide federal agencies with the flexibility to meet changing and urgent needs,' AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey writes in a letter to congressional leaders, pressing them to resist passing another short-term emergency funding bill. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    AIA's Blakey Pleads With Congressional Leaders for Full 2015 Defense Bill

    The head of the most powerful defense lobbying group is pressing Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to resist passing another short-term emergency funding bill.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  5. Top military leaders are pressing for a fiscal 2016 base budget that is $60 billion over spending caps. Here, a US sailor drives a boat past the aircraft carrier George Washington in the South China Sea. MCSN Everett Allen / US Navy

    2016 US Defense Budget Could Be $60B Over Spending Caps

    As the White House and Pentagon pass drafts of the fiscal 2016 defense budget back and forth before submitting it to Congress early next year, the base budget request possibly could exceed congressionally mandated spending caps by as much as $60 billion,

    • Nov. 16, 2014
  6. A new strategy to protect the US technological edge is coming this week, says Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work. Sgt. Aaron Hostutler/US Defense Department

    Work: New Pentagon Innovation Strategy Coming in Days

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will roll out an 'innovation initiative' later this week, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said Wednesday.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  7. Iraqi pro-government forces celebrate on a road near the town of Jurf al-Sakhr after retaking the area from the Islamic State group. HAIDAR HAMDANI / AFP

    White House Details New $5.6B War Request, Billions for O&M

    The White House’s new $5.6 billion request for additional funding to fight the military advances of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria contains specific provisions that begin to detail the scope of the missions launched so far and how expensive it will be to station US ground troops in Iraq in the coming months.

    • Nov. 11, 2014
  8. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters on Nov. 6 after the mid-term elections gave Republicans in both houses the majority in Congress. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Analysts: Bipartisan Accord Won't Happen Fast — 'If At All'

    The Republican-controlled Congress and Democratic President Barack Obama have a shot at working together on defense issues, but experts caution against expecting quick results.

    • Nov. 11, 2014
  9. US Rep. Buck McKeon Drew Angerer / Getty Images

    Rep. McKeon Calls Obama's Islamic State Operation 'Underfunded'

    The retiring Republican House Armed Services Committee chairman is calling a White House request for $5.6 billion more to fight the Islamic State insufficient.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  10. New Sheriff: Sen. John McCain, the expected next chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has a reputation for being tough on late and over-budget arms programs. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Chairman McCain: Industry Girds for a 'Maverick' Armed Services Panel

    'He's coming for all of us,' said the serious voice on the other end of a late-afternoon call.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  11. John McCain will likely become chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Yuriy Kirnichny / AFP

    After Election Day, Familiar Faces in New Places on Senate Defense Committees

    For the US national security sector, Tuesday mostly was a status-quo election — but with one glaring exception: Say hello to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  12. Sprint Toward the Finish: The UK Defence Ministry has struck a deal with a private consortium to provide military air traffic control and management. I FORSHAW/Royal Air Force

    UK Pushes Through Programs Ahead of Polls

    Britain's Defence Ministry is pushing forward key programs it wants to get under contract before the procurement process gets entangled in an upcoming general election, a new strategic defense and security review and likely budget cuts next year.

    • Nov. 1, 2014
  13.  US Air Force

    Work on 'Unique Weapons' for F-35 Partners, EW Tools on Hold Until Congress Acts

    Work on things like systems to enable the F-35 fighter to wage electronic war on America's enemies is on hold until Congress passes a real defense-spending bill.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  14. Frank Kendall, the top Pentagon weapons buyer, will meet with defense industry leaders this weekend. AFP/Getty Images

    Pentagon Officials To Meet With Industry Chiefs in Weekend Strategy Session

    The Pentagon's top weapons buyer is meeting with a leading industry group and several top defense CEOs over the weekend to talk through his latest acquisition reform initiative.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  15. The UK Ministry of Defence has struck a deal with a private consortium to provide military air traffic control and management. Above is Operations Wing at RAF Shawbury. I FORSHAW/Royal Air Force

    Thales UK Consortium Wins British Military Air Traffic Control Deal

    A consortium including Thales UK has landed a £1.5 billion (US $2.4 billion) deal with the UK Ministry of Defence to provide military air traffic control and management services to the British military at home and overseas, the defense procurement minister announced Wednesday.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  16. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby briefs reporters on Oct. 21. The Pentagon's cost estimates for the Iraq and Syria operation do not count the seven-week period beginning on June 16, when US troops were sent into Iraq. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

    DoD Changes How it Accounts for Iraq, Syria Costs

    The full cost of US operations in Iraq and Syria remains unclear, as the Pentagon refuses to offer a number for what it spent during a seven-week period from mid-June until the first week of August.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  17. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivers a speech at an event hosted by the German Marshall Fund Wednesday in Brussels. Emmanuel Dunand / AFP

    NATO Chief Urges Allies to Boost Defense Spending, Build Ties with Russia

    NATO countries must boost defense spending and build a constructive relationship with Russia, the alliance's new leader said on Tuesday.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  18. An aviation boatswain's mate (Handling) directs an EA-18G Growler on Oct. 19 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the Arabian Gulf. MC2 Scott Fenaroli / US Navy

    Pentagon: US Air War on Islamic State Costing $8.3 Million a Day

    The Pentagon has revised its estimate of the cost of the US air war in Iraq and Syria, saying the price tag for the campaign against the Islamic State group comes to about $8.3 million a day.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  19. US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno talks with a group of executives at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting and exposition on October 15 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Sequestration Will Give US Army 'Real Problems' Meeting Increased Demands, Officials Say

    If sequestration budget cuts remain in effect, the US Army will take a $14 billion hit in 2016, jeopardizing modernization and its ability to respond to a major conflict, Army officials told reporters Friday.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  20. 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
  21. 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
  23. 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
  24. 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
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
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