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Kathleen Hicks: DOD 2022 Budget Request to Focus on Software, Munitions

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, the deputy secretary of defense and 2021 Wash100 Award recipient said the Pentagon's 2022 budget request will put more emphasis on munitions and software than large weapon systems. She said at the Aspen Security Forum that software and munitions create a critical difference in the military's capabilities. The budget submission is expected later this month.

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Rep. Adam Smith: Incoming Admin Should Develop New National Defense Strategy

Rep. Adam Smith

Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., chairman of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), said he believes the incoming Biden administration should come up with a new National Defense Strategy to offer direction for further assessment of nuclear policy and budget-related issues. He noted there are the three questions that should be asked when establishing a robust and cost effective defense. 

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Gen. Mark Milley: DoD Must Prioritize Economic Recovery From Pandemic

Gen. Mark Milley

Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the U.S. must address and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic's economic effects before focusing on military power competition. Milley, a four-time Wash100 Award winner, said the country needs to have a strong economy, infrastructure and education that complement the military to build a powerful nation.

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Chuck Rettig: IRS Speeds Up Programming, ‘Health Testing’ for IT Systems Amid Budget Uncertainty

Charles Rettig

Chuck Rettig, commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), said the IRS has expedited “health testing” and programming work on information technology systems partly due to uncertainty over the passage of a comprehensive budget for fiscal year 2021 in Congress before a stopgap measure ends on Dec. 11th. The IRS introduced a six-year IT modernization initiative in April 2020. 

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Army to Continue Modernization Efforts Despite Topline Reductions; Lt. Gen. James Pasquarette Quoted

Lt. Gen. James

The U.S. Army plans to continue fully resourcing selected modernization programs under its cross-functional teams despite potential reductions to its topline budget, Defense News reported Thursday. Lt. Gen. James Pasquarette said that leadership changes in the White House will not affect the service branch's efforts to prepare for potential topline reductions.

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Ryan McCarthy: Army Seeks to Free Up $10B More Through ‘Night Court’ in 2022

Ryan McCarthy

Ryan McCarthy, secretary of the U.S. Army and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the service intends to find $10 billion more in savings in 2022 through a “night court” process as it seeks to free up funds for modernization priorities and expects to make harder decisions in 2023.

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Jim Bridenstine Urges Senate Panel to Approve $3.2B NASA Funding for Artemis Effort

Jim Bridenstine

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine and 2019 Wash100 Award recipient, testified before a Senate panel to voice the agency’s intent to secure $3.2 billion in funding for the Artemis deep-space exploration program. The hearing comes shortly after the House voted to pass a stopgap bill to extend funding for federal agencies through December to prevent a government shutdown in October.

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Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Steven Mnuchin Agree on Continuing Resolution Ahead of FY 2021

US Capitol

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., have entered into an agreement to introduce a short-term spending bill to prevent a government shutdown at the start of fiscal year 2021. Mnuchin said that he and the House speaker agreed to work on a continuing resolution to extend the US government’s spending beyond Sept. 30.

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Jim Reuter on NASA’s $1.6B Request for FY 2021 Space Tech Programs

Space Control

Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, has said the agency is preparing for budget uncertainties ahead of the new fiscal year which would begin on Oct. 1st. Reuter told attendees at a NASA Advisory Council meeting that the House’s appropriations bill for fiscal year 2021 includes $227 million for on-orbit satellite servicing, assembly and manufacturing operations.

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