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Reductions to Navy fleet a “step back,” says defense budget expert

The new budget request from the Biden administration is loaded with surprises for budget watchers. It includes things people did not see coming and leaves out some things people were expecting. Mark Cancian, former chief of the Force Structure and Investment Division at the Office of Management and Budget, said the decommissioning of 12 Navy […]


Transfer of defense budget share from Army to Navy smaller than anticipated

The defense budget request from the White House cuts Defense Department procurement funding by $8 billion. The request asks for $112 billion for research and development, a 5% increase. Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at CSIS and former captain in the U.S. Air Force Reserve, said there was less resource transfer from the […]


Government leaders tasked with defending “unprecedented” budget proposal

The White House budget request for fiscal 2022 features a $6 trillion spending plan. The topline numbers match the “skinny budget” the White House released in April. Former Defense Comptroller Tina Jonas said the budget request proposes an unprecedented amount of money, and she expects “a lot of days on Capitol Hill” as budget officers […]


Dividing budget equally between military services does not make strategic sense, says defense budget analyst

The Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michael Gilday says the Navy can sustain about 300 ships with the budget it has now. One rule to prevent him from getting more money is bunk, according to Seamus Daniels, Associate Director and Associate Fellow for Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Daniels […]


Defense budget delays lead to frustration in Congress

The Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee Senator Jack Reed says his committee will push back the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to July, which means a calendar year-end timeline for the legislation is likely. Dov Zakheim, former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) at the Department of Defense, said the delays […]


United States must track counterspace weapons development of both China and Russia

The intelligence community says China is weaponizing space to “match or exceed” U.S. capabilities in space. The Center for Strategic and International Studies has a new evaluation of those threats from China and other adversaries. Kaitlyn Johnson, Deputy Director of the Aerospace Security Project at CSIS, said Russia was “incredibly active” in counterspace capability pursuits […]


Removing US troops from Afghanistan would save up to $10 billion per year, defense budget analyst says

President Biden’s new topline budget designates $715 billion for the Defense Department. The proposal would cut the Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund, created to finance the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The proposal would move the OCO portion of the budget, which has totaled about $69 billion per year, into the base defense budget, explained […]

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