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Senate Appropriations Subpanel OKs $604B in 2013 Defense Funds

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee recommends moving $5 billion from the Defense Department’s base budget into a separate spending bill for Afghanistan operations, Defense News reports. Kate Brannen reports the transfer would bring the Pentagon’s total budget to nearly $604 billion, including $511 billion for base funds and $93 billion …

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Michael Flynn Officially Succeeds Ronald Burgess As DIA Head

Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess Jr., head of the Defense Intelligence Agency, officially retired after 38 years of military service Tuesday at a ceremony in Washington. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, nominated by Secretary Panetta in April, succeeds Burgess as the agency’s 18th director and will lead nearly 16,000 agency professionals. …

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House OKs Its Defense Bill Version, Allocates $606B

The House approved a $606 billion defense spending bill Thursday, including $518 billion in base funds plus $87.7 billion for the Afghanistan war and other overseas operations, Reuters reports. According to David Alexander’s report, lawmakers agreed to freeze Pentagon spending at fiscal year 2012 levels, which cut $1 billion from …

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Senators Asking Contractors For Sequestration Impact Outlines

Six Republican senators and one independent senator want several contractors to submit written information on the potential impact of defense cuts under sequestration. Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) released the letter Thursday, addressed to companies such as ATK, BAE Systems’ U.S. subsidiary, Boeing, Computer Sciences Corp., General Dynamics, ITT Exelis, L-3 …

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Report: Pentagon Includes Boeing Drone In $641M Fund Shift Request

The Defense Department is asking Congress to shift $641 million in intelligence and surveillance funds toward expanding use of a Boeing-built drone for Navy commandos in Afghanistan, Bloomberg reports. According to Tony Capaccio’s report, $94.2 million would go to ground stations for Boeing’s ScanEagle drone, used to assist Afghan local …

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GAO: 2005 BRAC Round Cost $14.1B Over Expectations

The Defense Department spent an estimated $14.1 billion more than expected during its most recent round of Base Realignment and Closures, according to recent Government Accountability Office report. BRAC costs for this round totaled $35.1 billion, 67 percent more than the Pentagon’s original prediction of $21 billion, auditors found. GAO …

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Report: FY 2011 Classified Programs Cost $11.4B

Executive branch agencies spent an estimated $11.4 billion on classified information systems and programs in fiscal year 2011, Federal Times reports. According to writer Sean Reilly, that marks a 12 percent increase from fiscal 2010 and more than a 50 percent increase from 10 years ago. The Information Security Oversight …

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