Ashton Carter, deputy defense secretary, has directed defense agencies and military service branches to prepare for budget uncertainties resulting from sequestration and the end of the current continuing resolution.
According to American Forces Press Service, Carter directed agencies to submit contract awards of more than $500 billion for research and development and production to the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics prior to award.
Defense components must also submit assessments of potential impacts of budget uncertainty on science and technology accounts to the undersecretary and the assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering.
Carter told components they have until Feb. 15 to review contracts and studies, cancel third- and fourth-quarter ship maintenance and to examine ground and aviation depot-level maintenance.
The continuing resolution, which holds funding at fiscal year 2012 levels, expires March 27.