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Defense budgeting system hinders rapid acquisition of commercial technology, says procurement researcher

The Defense Department’s current budget system plans funding for five years out. Now the Senate Armed Services Committee wants to reform DoD’s planning, programming, budget and execution (PPBE) process. Eric Lofgren, senior fellow at the Center for Government Contracting at George Mason University, said the PPBE system requires predictions and consensus about future technologies and […]


Government must reduce number of Senate-confirmed positions, says Partnership for Public Service head

At his 200th day in office, President Biden has 389 nominations that require Senate confirmation. That still leaves a number of important positions, including director for the Office of Management and Budget, vacant. Max Stier, president and chief executive officer of the Partnership for Public Service, said the United States must aggressively reduce the number […]


Bureau of Cyber Statistics would improve cybersecurity problem solving, says Sen. Angus King

The White House is considering establishing a Bureau of Cyber Statistics. The bipartisan Cyberspace Solarium Commission recommended creating the bureau to analyze cyber attacks. Sen. Angus King (I-ME), chair of the commission, said the bureau would fill gaps in data to get a handle on the nature and extent of cybersecurity issues and better determine […]


Three elements of Army’s iron triangle equally critical for United States, says defense analyst

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to give the Pentagon a $740 billion defense budget. The committee is proposing spending more on Army combat vehicles. Billy Fabian, adjunct senior fellow for the Defense Program at the Center for a New American Security and senior analyst at Govini, said it is reasonable for the Army to […]


355-ship fleet may be irrelevant, says former special assistant to Chief of Naval Operations

The House Armed Services Committee’s markup of its National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is underway tonight. The Senate Armed Services Committee started its markup last week. However, the numbers they authorize and the appropriators appropriate may be all wrong. Bryan Clark, senior fellow at the Hudson Institute and former special assistant to the Chief of […]


Navy must balance budget across three major areas, says Chief of Naval Operations

The Navy’s fleet of just over 290 ships won’t grow to its 355-ship goal without a big influx of money from Congress. That was the message from the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday to Congress this budget season. In a “Government Matters” exclusive conversation at the Navy League Sea-Air-Space 2021 Virtual Preview, Adm. […]


Concern from Congress about lack of specificity in Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan

The Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday spoke on “Government Matters” about the plans he wants Congress to support to build out his fleet and its capabilities. Two of the power brokers in Congress he has to convince, however, want more detail than they’ve gotten so far. In an exclusive conversation with Rep. Joe […]

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