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Ellen Pawlikowski: Fiscal Uncertainty Poses Challenge for Air Force, Industry Partners

Ellen-PawlikowskiLt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, the U.S. Air Force deputy for acquisition, has said uncertainty over future defense spending prevents the service from making a decision on contracts, Defense News reported Wednesday.

Aaron Mehta writes Pawlikowski added the branch’s long-term plans will be put on hold until the organization sees more clarity in its budget.

“First the challenge of the budget going down, but even more the uncertainty of not knowing when you’ll have the ability to execute your contracts,” she told reporters Wednesday at a Defense Writer’s Group event.

Mehta reports the Air Force delayed procurement of weapons for ongoing military operations in Iraq and Syria because the systems are not funded under a continuing resolution.

Pawlikowski believes the service can manage programs for a few months under a CR, but operating under CR appropriations for too long could bring spending problems, according to Mehta’s article.

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