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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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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 […]

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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. […]

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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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Pentagon must accept “good enough” strategies or risk losing to competitors

President Biden has not named an acquisition leader for the Pentagon yet. When the Senate confirms that nominee, the next under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment will need to make sure acquisitions at the department can keep up with China’s military modernization. Chris Dougherty, Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American […]

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TMF may be more appealing to DoD now that it has additional funds, says ACT-IAC CEO

The Department of Labor will get $9.6 million for data infrastructure modernization from the Technology Modernization Fund. It was the first award after the fund got a $1 billion boost in the latest coronavirus relief bill. Dave Wennergren, former CIO of the Navy, said going forward we will likely see a mix of larger programs […]

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