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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 […]


Former deputy secretary of defense says artificial intelligence momentum is building

U.S. Northern Command is reviewing the results of a global information dominance exercise that applied artificial intelligence and machine learning. The commander of Northern Command, Gen. Glen VanHerck, says the exercise was a sample of the power of artificial intelligence. Robert Work, Former Deputy Secretary of Defense, said momentum behind artificial intelligence is starting to […]


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 […]


Joint force readiness reporting still lacking

The Pentagon has a plan to recover readiness, but the Government Accountability Office says the Defense Department can establish better readiness metrics. GAO says readiness varies by domain over the last several years. Diana Maurer, Director of Defense Capabilities and Management Issues at GAO, said domain-based readiness reporting is as important as service-based readiness reporting […]


United States may not be spending more than China on defense, says former Pentagon comptroller

The White House says it will release President Biden’s topline spending request for fiscal year 2022 soon. Some experts expect defense spending to stay flat in coming years. Dov Zakheim, former Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) for the Defense Department, said it is “not clear” to him or his colleague Elaine McCusker that the U.S. […]


Lachlan Carey: Defense Department should help depoliticize climate change among Americans

The Pentagon’s climate risk analysis is supposed to be out soon. The department says it will have implications for the National Defense Strategy. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is also starting a climate working group to confront climate change. Lachlan Carey, Associate Fellow for the Energy Security and Climate Change Program at the Center for Strategic […]

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