Tag Archives: defense budget

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

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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Thomas Modly Wants Task Force to Look at Future Role of Aircraft Carriers

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Thomas Modly, acting secretary of the Navy, is commissioning a task force to carry out a study to look at the future role of carrier-based naval aviation in the global security environment for 2030 and beyond. The Future Carrier 2030 task force will examine how best to modernize and use the existing fleet of aircraft carriers to address the challenges posed by advanced long-range weapons, determine possible limitations of means in future defense budgets and provide an opportunity to consider future technologies for carrier-based naval aviation as part of the six-month study, the Navy said Monday.

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Navy Dept Seeks to Reinvest $40B in 5 Years; Thomas Modly Comments

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The Department of the Navy plans to implement a cost assessment initiative to help save $40 billion from fiscal years 2022 through 2026, USNI News reported Tuesday. As part of the Stem-to-Stem Review program, DoN will aim to reprogram $8 billion per year to support Future Defense Program priorities including readiness improvement and ballistic missile submarine procurement.

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