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“Big changes” expected for fiscal 2023 budget

The Biden administration’s topline fiscal 2022 budget request is out and includes $715 billion for the Defense Department. Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said the administration had limited time for the fiscal 2022 budget and will make more sweeping changes in the fiscal 2023 budget. Eaglen said appropriators and authorizers in […]


Bill Greenwalt: “Legacy Soviet” budget process needs analysis and reform

The Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee Adam Smith says he will make how the Defense Department spends its money the focus of his committee’s oversight in addition to what the department buys. It’s the latest effort to connect budget and policy in the acquisition process. Former Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Industrial […]


Former acting DoD comptroller: “AI will be in everything”

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence has new recommendations for applying AI to defense. The commission says the most compelling reason to accelerate AI is that machine analysis is more likely to anticipate the next attack. Elaine McCusker, former Acting Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), provided three takeaways from the recommendations: AI will be […]


Budget reform efforts at the Pentagon

Mackenzie Eaglen, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses what it will take to make major budget reforms at the Department of Defense


Impact of using the Defense Production Act for vaccine distribution

Bill Greenwalt, Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, analyzes the implications of invoking the DPA on agencies and companies

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Recommendations for the defense budget

Elaine McCusker, Resident Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, discusses budget predictability, continuing resolutions and modernization of budget structures


Implementing deterrence in response to cyber attacks

Elisabeth Braw, Visiting Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, argues that retaliation in response to the SolarWinds hack would be the wrong move

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