Tag Archives: defense budget

President Biden’s Defense Appropriations Budget Process Stymied by Congressional Legislative Backlog

U.S. Congress

President Biden is expected to submit to Congress the administration's discretionary spending top line requests for the fiscal year 2022 on Friday, signaling the start of the annual budget and appropriations process. The upcoming $715 billion defense budget request is slightly less than 2021’s request when adjusted for inflation.

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House Lawmakers Call on White House to Cut DOD Budget

Capitol Hill

A group of 50 House lawmakers has asked President Biden to reassess spending priorities by reducing the Department of Defense’s budget to help pay for public health, research and other activities. “We could cut the Pentagon budget by more than ten percent and still spend more than the next ten largest militaries combined,” they added.

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Lauren Knausenberger: Air Force Must Automate IT Processes to Address Budget Shortfalls

Lauren Knausenberger

Lauren Knausenberger, chief information officer of the U.S. Air Force and 2021 Wash100 Award, said the service branch must work to automate information technology procedures in preparation for budget flattening or decline. Knausenberger said at an AFCEA event that the Air Force needs to keep up with the private sector which has been experiencing increases in IT spending.

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Kathleen Hicks Directs Analysis of Defense Programs in Trump’s FY 2022 Budget

Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense (DOD) and a 2021 Wash100 Award recipient, is directing the Pentagon to reassess the Trump administration's budget proposal for fiscal year 2022. Hicks told the Senate Armed Services Committee that the Trump administration's FY22 blueprint includes items that “require further analysis to validate the numbers."

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Gen. John Murray: Army’s Modernization Priorities to Remain in Place

Gen. John Murray

Gen. John Murray, head of Army Futures Command (AFC) and a two-time Wash100 Award recipient, said the service’s six modernization priorities, including network and long-range precision fires, will stay the same and that he will continue fighting for funds to support large-scale experiments amid projections that defense budget will likely remain flat in the coming years. 

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Mark Esper: DoD Needs 5% Budget Increase to Stay Ahead of Adversaries

Dr. Mark Esper

Mark Esper, the defense secretary and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the Pentagon needs a 3 to 5 percent increase in budget to keep up with near-peer adversaries and boost military readiness. He noted that the DoD is looking to realign program funds and reform 2018 National Defense Strategy goals to ensure spending efficiency. 

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Ryan McCarthy: Army Eyes Budget Realignment Following COVID-19 Efforts

Ryan McCarthy

Ryan McCarthy, secretary of the U.S. Army and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said that the service branch is working to realign its budget priorities to relieve debt related to COVID-19 response. He said that future budget requests will cover reappropriated funds for the Army’s modernization programs. 

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House Clears Stopgap Bill to Extend Federal Funding Through December

House Stopgap Bill

The House has voted 359-57 to pass a continuing resolution in a push to prevent a government shutdown at the start of the next fiscal year in October. The stopgap bill extends federal agencies’ funding through Dec. 11th and covers provisions related to continuing COVID-19 response programs including food-stamp initiatives and childcare efforts. 

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DIU’s Michael Brown on DoD’s Need for Budget, Experimentation Flexibility

Michael Brown

Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU), has said the Department of Defense (DoD) needs to establish trust with Congress to streamline budgeting procedures while promoting flexibility in experimentation. Brown said that speeding up the current two-year budgeting process will help the DoD adopt innovative technologies while leveraging various contracting authorities.

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Ellen Lord: Pentagon Would Need Congress to Pass Supplemental Appropriations

Hon. Ellen Lord

Ellen Lord, undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said DoD may have to take some funds from its modernization and readiness accounts if Congress fails to provide supplemental budget amid mounting COVID-19 pandemic-related claims from the defense industry, Defense News reported Wednesday.

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