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September 2014

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Government News

National Defense Magazine

Sen. Levin: Military Should Not Give Up on Sequestration

There is no chance that Congress will repeal sequestration before he retires, but Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., insists that lawmakers might find a way to relieve the military and civilian agencies from automatic budget cuts next year. See more

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Government News

Defense News

Sen. Levin: 'We're Gonna Have an Authorization Bill'

A key U.S. senator believes Congress will pass a Pentagon policy bill this year, but he cast further doubt on the upper chamber ever taking up its own version of the legislation. See more

Friday, September 19, 2014
Government News

Defense News

Pentagon Unveils Draft of New R&D Strategy; Waits for Industry, Hill To Weigh In

The Pentagon's top weapons buyer formally released a draft of his proposed new guidance for acquisition reform this morning, calling for a renewed focus on research and innovation to maintain the increasingly tenuous lead that the U.S. holds in military technology over its adversaries. See more

July 2014

Friday, July 25, 2014
Government News

Defense News

Senate's Top Republican Appropriator Doubts 2015 Defense Bill Reaches Floor

Can the US Senate put aside a years-long procedural impasse and pass a Pentagon spending bill? The top Republican on the Appropriations Committee has his doubts. See more

June 2014

Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Government News

DoD Buzz

House Appropriators Add More F-35s for 2015

A U.S. House of Representatives committee has voted to add more funding for the F-35 fighter jet program in fiscal 2015. See more

Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Government News

Defense News

House Panel Approves Massive Pentagon Spending Bill

A US House panel on Tuesday approved $570 billion in Pentagon spending for 2015, but became the first committee to support retiring the A-10 fleet. See more

May 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014
Government News

Defense News

Hagel Urges Congress Not to Alter Defense Budget Proposal

US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel urged Congress on Tuesday to give the Pentagon "flexibility" in its fiscal 2015 budget proposal one day after the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee proposed shifting billions of dollars to fund major weapons programs and undo Defense Department reform initiatives. See more

Monday, May 5, 2014
Government News

Defense News

McKeon Wants DoD to Redo QDR

The chairman of the US House Armed Services Committee has drafted legislation that would require the Defense Department to re-write a major military strategy review that was sent to Congress in March. See more

April 2014

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Government News

Defense News

If DoD Spending Levels Remain, $66B Modernization Cut Would Follow

The Pentagon's planned five-year spending plan for procurement and research-and-development projects, set forth in its 2015 budget proposal, would be cut by $66 billion if US federal spending caps remain in place, according to a new Defense Department report. See more

Thursday, April 3, 2014
Government News

Defense News

DoD Sends Congress $36B Wish List, But Passage Unlikely

The US military services have sent Congress wish lists that include $36 billion in priority items that were not included in the Pentagon's 2015 budget proposal. See more

February 2014

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Government News

Wall Street Journal

Pentagon Engine Plan Aims to Preserve Industrial Base

The Pentagon has responded to concerns that defense cuts could harm the U.S. military-industrial base by proposing support that could aid two unlikely beneficiaries: General Electric Co. GE and United Technologies Corp. See more

Monday, February 24, 2014
Government News, Military Aviation

Air Force Times

Pentagon, Air Force doubles down on engine technology

In his preview of the Pentagon's 2015 budget request, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel made a clear statement that the Air Force plans to invest heavily in new engine technology. See more

January 2014

Saturday, January 18, 2014
Government News

Defense News

DoD Wins Big in Omnibus Bill

The Pentagon welcomed passage of a 2014 defense appropriations bill four months into the fiscal year, the earliest the Defense Department has received an appropriation in a number of years. See more

Thursday, January 16, 2014
Government News

New York Times

In Defeat for Tea Party, House Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

The House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday, 359 to 67, to approve a $1.1 trillion spending bill for the current fiscal year, shrugging off the angry threats of Tea Party activists and conservative groups whose power has ebbed as Congress has moved toward fiscal cooperation. See more

Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Government News

Roll Call

Defense Budget Process for Fiscal 2015 Likely to Be More Stable

At least some of the uncertainty that plagued the fiscal 2014 defense budget process likely will be removed from the fiscal 2015 debate. See more

Monday, January 6, 2014
Government News

Defense News

2015 US Budget Proposal Not Likely Until Late February

The US government is not likely to unveil its 2015 spending plan until late February at the earliest, according to budget experts. See more

December 2013

Thursday, December 5, 2013
Government News

New York Times

Hagel Details 20% Cut in Personnel Who Report to Him

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Wednesday unveiled details of a plan to save at least $1 billion in personnel costs over five years through a 20 percent reduction in the number of Pentagon staff members who report to him. See more

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Government News

Reuters

Air Force says R&D funding may face cuts with sequestration

The U.S. Air Force may have to cut funding for research and development unless Congress reverses a law requiring across the board spending cuts, the No. 2 Air Force acquisition official said. See more

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Government News

CBS News

Christine Fox set to become highest-ranking woman at Pentagon

President Obama has named Christine Fox as acting deputy defense secretary while he searches for a permanent replacement for Ashton Carter, who announced his resignation in October and will step down Wednesday. In her new position, Fox will be the highest-ranking woman at the Defense Department. See more

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Government News

CBS News

Christine Fox set to become highest-ranking woman at Pentagon

President Obama has named Christine Fox as acting deputy defense secretary while he searches for a permanent replacement for Ashton Carter, who announced his resignation in October and will step down Wednesday. In her new position, Fox will be the highest-ranking woman at the Defense Department. See more

Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Government News

Aviation International News

FAA Budget Likely On Hold Until 2014

Even though general aviation is gearing up once again to defeat user fees, it has become increasingly apparent that Congress is unlikely to accomplish much of anything in the way of meaningful legislation before 2014 arrives. See more

November 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013
Government News

Government Executive

Expect Sequestration to Hit Much Harder in 2014, Report Says

Less severe cuts, deferred costs and temporary solutions mitigated sequestration's effect in its inaugural year, but will not help lessen the impact in 2014, according to a new report. See more

Thursday, November 7, 2013
Government News

New York Times

Cuts Have Hagel Weighing Realigned Military Budget

The Pentagon has traditionally managed rivalries among services by giving each more or less equal shares of the base military budget. See more

October 2013

Friday, October 18, 2013
Government News

Washintgon Post

Defense chief Chuck Hagel urges Congress to restore predictability to defense funding

The Defense Department on Thursday welcomed back thousands of civilians furloughed during the government shutdown as senior officials acknowledged that they are now planning for a degree of fiscal retrenchment that the Pentagon has long sought to avoid. See more

Thursday, October 17, 2013
Government News

Reuters

U.S. Congress ends default threat, Obama signs debt bill

The U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved an 11th-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world's biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened financial calamity. See more

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Government News

New York Times

Senators Near Fiscal Deal, but the House Is Uncertain

Senate leaders neared the completion Monday night of a bipartisan deal to raise the debt ceiling and end the government shutdown while the rest of the world braced for the possibility of an American default that could set off a global financial disaster. See more

Friday, October 11, 2013
Government News

Washington Post

Obama, Republicans in debt talks on two fronts

President Obama opened talks with House Republicans on Thursday about their plan to lift the federal debt limit through late November, raising hopes that Washington would avert its first default on the national debt. See more

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Government News

Bloomberg

Federal Contractors Stuck in Bottleneck by U.S. Shutdown

The U.S. government shutdown has created a bottleneck in contracting that may hurt companies long after federal offices open and the debt-ceiling dispute is resolved. See more

Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Government News

The Hill

The ice breaks; fiscal talks set

President Obama and congressional Republicans have finally decided it's time to talk. See more

Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Government News

Politico

House unlikely to pass debt ceiling bill this week

It will be more of the same this week in the House. See more

Monday, October 7, 2013
Government News

USA Today

Boehner: House to demand spending cuts to avoid default

Positions harden as the partial government shutdown enters second week. See more

September 2013

Thursday, September 26, 2013
Government News

Washington Post

House Republicans explore strategy to avoid federal government shutdown

With federal agencies set to close their doors in five days, House Republicans began exploring a potential detour on the path to a shutdown: shifting the fight over President Obama's health-care law to a separate bill that would raise the nation's debt limit. See more

Monday, September 23, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Pentagon Bracing for US Government Shutdown

The Pentagon is bracing for a government-wide shutdown that would potentially force troops to work without a paycheck and send thousands of civilians home until Congress reaches a new budget agreement. See more

Monday, September 16, 2013
Government News

Politico

GOP leaders link debt hike, CR fights

A debt ceiling vote is creeping its way into the government funding fight. See more

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Government News

Defense News

As War Drums Fade, Congressional Leaders Reprise Partisan Fiscal Fight

The drums of war were replaced Thursday on Capitol Hill by a more familiar sound: House and Senate leaders bickering over federal spending. See more

Thursday, September 12, 2013
Government News

Federal News Radio

House Dems plan CR that replaces sequestration

With the legislative clock ticking down and a short-term funding measure supported by Republican leaders stalled, House Democrats have crafted their own plan to temporarily fund federal agencies when the new fiscal year starts Oct. 1. See more

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Government News

Bloomberg

Pentagon Contracts Little Changed in August as Cuts Sap Spending

The U.S. Defense Department awarded $17.6 billion in contracts in August, little changed from July and one-third less than the same month a year ago. See more

Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Government News

Reuters

Pentagon sees $20 billion hit in 2014 if budget cuts hold

The Pentagon would have to slash its budget by about $20 billion in fiscal 2014 from a year earlier if mandatory budget cuts remain in effect, the chief arms buyer for the U.S. military said on Wednesday, calling that an increasingly likely scenario. See more

August 2013

Sunday, August 4, 2013
Government News

Defense News

New Hope For Dodging Sequester

Senate Republicans and senior White House officials have quietly begun talks about the kind of sweeping fiscal legislation needed to lessen or void sequestration, raising hopes of a deal from miniscule to slight. See more

Friday, August 2, 2013
Government News

National Defense Magazine

Defense Industry Remains in the Dark on Budget Decisions

Just weeks before the beginning of a new budget year, there is no clarity on the 2014 spending plan for the Defense Department, or any other agency for that matter. See more

Thursday, August 1, 2013
Government News

New York Times

Hagel Gives Dire Assessment of Choices He Expects Cuts to Force on the Pentagon

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned on Wednesday that if across-the-board budget cuts were not lifted, the United States would have to reduce its global security objectives by trading away the size of its armed forces or its edge in technology as the Pentagon seeks to remain solvent. See more

July 2013

Monday, July 29, 2013
Government News

Defense News

US Furloughs Wreak Havoc on DoD Productivity

Want to schedule a meeting with a senior Pentagon official? How does your calendar look in September or October? See more

Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Government News

Reuters

U.S. defense chief says more budget cuts will force Pentagon layoffs

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said on Tuesday he would slash spending on his office and those of the top military commanders by 20 percent in the coming years, and he warned that new budget cuts next year would force layoffs across the department. See more

Monday, July 15, 2013
Government News

Bloomberg

Surging U.S. Corporate Spending May Offset Sequestration

Companies in the U.S. are beginning to empty their deep pockets and boost capital spending as they look past the specter of sequestration and global growth risks. See more

Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Sequestration Could Chop $33B from DoD Investments

The Pentagon might be forced to cut up to 20 percent of its procurement and research-and-development budget should federal spending caps remain in place through 2014, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told lawmakers Wednesday. See more

June 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Military Aviation, Government News

Breaking Defense

DoD Aviation Plan Ignores Sequestration; Rep. Forbes Warily Watches F-18, F-35 Balance

The second comprehensive report to Congress on the Pentagon's aviation fleet paints a pretty robust picture of the fleet in most respects all the way out to 2043. See more

Friday, June 14, 2013
Government News

Bloomberg

Senate Committee Approves $625 Billion Defense Spending Measure

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee approved a $625 billion defense authorization measure for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1, matching the amount requested by President Barack Obama's administration. See more

Thursday, June 13, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Pentagon Details 2013 Sequestration Impact on Budget Accounts

Sequestration spending reductions will cut $15.8 billion from the US Defense Department's 2013 budget, according to a Pentagon report. See more

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Republicans, Democrats Spar Over Sequester Before Passing DoD Spending Bill

Republicans and Democrats sparred for hours Wednesday over deep cuts to planned Pentagon spending before approving a nearly $513 billion military spending bill. See more

Wednesday, June 12, 2013
Government News

National Journal

Defense Industry Focused on Sequestration

No one has been able to successfully wrangle Congress into reaching a grand bargain to reduce the deficit. But it's not for lack of trying. See more

Monday, June 10, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Hope Fades for 'Grand Bargain' to Avoid Sequester

Pro-military House Republicans and Barack Obama, the Democratic president with whom they so often are at odds, have something in common after all. Neither side appears interested in voiding deep cuts to planned Pentagon spending in fiscal 2014. See more

Sunday, June 9, 2013
Government News

The Hill

Obama's veto threat on spending bills falls flat

Experts who closely follow the federal budget are dismissing President Obama's threat to veto appropriations bills as political gamesmanship that will end with the cuts from sequestration likely in place. See more

Monday, June 3, 2013
Government News

Federal News Radio

Sequestration: Is there pain beyond the Beltway?

Washington-based experts who predicted that March would usher in the end-of-civilization-as-we-know-it appear to have miscalculated a tad: The unthinkable S (for sequester) has hit the fan. Yet most of us are still standing, if increasingly nervous. See more

May 2013

Thursday, May 30, 2013
Government News

Defense News

FY15 Guidance Takes Sequester Into Account

After years of not preparing for mandated sequestration spending cuts, the Pentagon is now incorporating different levels of budget reductions in its future planning. See more

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Government News

Bloomberg

Obama Accepting Sequestration as Deficit Shrinks

President Barack Obama has stopped worrying and learned to live with sequestration. See more

Friday, May 24, 2013
Government News

DoD Buzz

Pentagon: Acquisition Reform Key to Strategic Choices Review

Improving the acquisition of weapons systems and platforms through cost-conscious strategies and more effective prototyping is a key part of the Defense Department's ongoing Strategic Choices Review, Pentagon leaders told an audience May 23 at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Washington, D.C. See more

Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Government News

The Hill

GAO: Government not cutting waste

Congress and the Obama administration have scrapped just a fraction of the duplicative programs targeted for cuts by Government Accountability Office (GAO), the agency's chief told lawmakers Wednesday. See more

Sunday, May 19, 2013
Government News

Defense News

DoD Examines 3 Budget-Cut Scenarios

Senior US Defense Department officials are expected to present three budget-cutting scenarios to the defense secretary when they wrap up a wide-ranging review of military strategy at the end of this month, according to sources. See more

Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Government News

Defense News

US House Democrats: Defense Sequester Hurting Economy

Pentagon spending reductions are hurting the US economy more than other spending cuts mandated under sequestration, say House Democrats, who appear poised to inject such effects into the 2014 midterm election narrative. See more

Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Government News

The Hill

Hagel announces Pentagon furloughs

The Pentagon announced Tuesday that it will furlough more than three-quarters of its 800,000 civilian employees for 11 days to fulfill the automatic budget cuts under sequestration. See more

Monday, May 13, 2013
Government News

Washington Post

U.S. automatic cuts send Pentagon contract awards down 52 percent

Pentagon contracts tumbled 52 percent in April from a month earlier as across-the-board federal budget cuts took hold. See more

Friday, May 3, 2013
Government News

The Hill

Sens. want Hagel to detail sequester cuts

The heads of the Senate Armed Services Committee are asking Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to spell out how the Pentagon would cut $52 billion from its 2014 budget under sequestration. See more

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Government News

Reuters

Pentagon prepares to ask Congress for break from 'sequester'

The Pentagon is preparing to ask Congress soon for more authority to shift funds to cope with automatic spending cuts, confronting lawmakers with another exception to the "sequester" just days after they gave a break to the flying public and the airline industry. See more

April 2013

Friday, April 26, 2013
Government News

National Public Radio

FAA Expected To Gain Flexibility On Budget Cuts

The Senate has passed a bill to give the Department of Transportation more flexibility in how it makes the mandatory cuts of the sequester. Hundreds of flights were delayed this week after the FAA furloughed air traffic controllers, setting off a political storm. See more

Thursday, April 11, 2013
Government News

DoD Buzz

Air Force seeks budget boost, more F-35s

The U.S. Air Force in its 2014 budget request seeks to buy more F-35 fighter jets, restock its inventory of precision munitions and slightly thin the ranks of active-duty airmen. See more

Friday, April 5, 2013
Government News

New York Times

Obama Budget Reviving Offer of Compromise With Cuts

President Obama next week will take the political risk of formally proposing cuts to Social Security and Medicare in his annual budget in an effort to demonstrate his willingness to compromise with Republicans and revive prospects for a long-term deficit-reduction deal, administration officials say. See more

Thursday, April 4, 2013
Government News

Washington Post

Hagel warns of deep, new cuts to defense budget

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the Pentagon on Wednesday to brace for further cuts in defense spending and said the military needs to make fundamental changes in the way it operates to cope with new fiscal realities. See more

Monday, April 1, 2013
Government News

Aviation International News

Sequestration and Aviation: Tower Closures Just the Beginning

The FAA lowered the boom on airports serving mainly GA, business and regional airline traffic, announcing on March 22 that it will close 149 ATC contract towers as part of its effort to slash spending by more than $600 million in the current fiscal year under the federal government's "sequester" mandate. See more

March 2013

Thursday, March 28, 2013
Government News

The Day

Defense manufacturers still nervous about the future

Fresh from a Wednesday visit to Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. and Pratt & Whitney, Murphy said EB and Sikorsky are protected a bit by their multi-year contracts. See more

Tuesday, March 26, 2013
Government News

The Hill

Obama signs funding bill, avoiding shutdown

President Obama on Tuesday signed the continuing resolution that will keep the government funded through the end of the fiscal year, averting a government shutdown. See more

Sunday, March 24, 2013
Government News

Washington Post

As Obama signs sequestration cuts, his economic goals are at risk

With his signature this week, President Obama will lock into place deep spending cuts that threaten to undermine his second-term economic vision just four months after he won reelection. See more

Thursday, March 21, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Averting Government Shutdown, House Quickly OKs Senate's CR

Moving at rocket speed after the U.S. Senate on Wednesday afternoon sent over a $982 billion continuing spending resolution with a full-year Pentagon spending bill, the House passed it Thursday morning. See more

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Government News

Defense News

New WH Plan Would Cut $100B From Defense

The White House is preparing to submit a fiscal 2014 federal budget that would partially offset across-the-board sequestration cuts by reducing the Pentagon budget by $100 billion, but not until later this decade, according to a senior defense official and budget documents. See more

Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Government News

Defense News

CBO Report: Prepare for Years of Defense Cuts

The U.S. Defense Department should be prepared for budget cuts every year through 2021 to remain within the spending caps set by the 2011 Budget Control Act, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warns in a new report. See more

Monday, March 18, 2013
Government News

Defense News

DoD Reviewing Strategy in Wake of Budget Cuts

The Pentagon has launched a new military strategy review that will examine how planned U.S. defense spending reductions will impact future Defense Department operations. See more

Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Senators: Unclear Whether 'Grand Bargain' Would Undo Sequestration

As President Barack Obama kicked off a three-day Capitol Hill charm offensive lobbying blitz to prod lawmakers to act on budgetary and other matters, some veteran lawmakers say an eventual fiscal grand bargain might not totally undo sequestration. See more

Thursday, March 7, 2013
Government News

Washington Post

House votes to avert shutdown as Obama looks for big deal

The House took its first step to avert a government shutdown as President Obama began a series of rare meetings with Republican lawmakers on Wednesday, reviving chances for a long-term deal to reduce the federal deficit. See more

February 2013

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Midnight Triggers Sequester

A half-trillion-dollar cut to planned Pentagon spending will be triggered the instant Thursday becomes Friday on the East Coast. See more

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Government News

Politico

With Republican ally, Obama blasts Congress on sequestration

President Barack Obama used a backdrop of a shipbuilding plant, factory workers and the local Republican congressman in his latest attempt to increase pressure on Congress to bend on the sequester cuts. See more

Monday, February 25, 2013
Government News

Defense News

DoD Unlikely To Get Budget-Cutting Authority

With a deadline for avoiding defense spending cuts closing in, there is no effort underway on Capitol Hill to give Pentagon officials the authority to decide what gets trimmed, congressional aides say, despite calls from some quarters to give the Defense Department that authority. See more

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Government News

The Hill

Democrats demand Boehner call the House back to deal with sequester

House Democrats on Wednesday amplified their calls for Congress to return to Washington and work to prevent across-the-board sequester cuts poised to hit in nine days. See more

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Obama Urges Congressional Action To Avoid Sequester

President Barack Obama on Tuesday said "Congress must act" to avoid pending automatic defense and domestic spending cuts, and slammed congressional Republicans for being too unwilling to compromise. See more

Friday, February 15, 2013
Government News

New York Times

Senate Democrats Offer a Proposal to Head Off Automatic Cuts

Senate Democratic leaders reached agreement Thursday on a $110 billion mix of tax increases and spending cuts to head off automatic spending cuts through the end of the year. See more

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Government News

US News and World Report

Senate Armed Service Committee Grapples With Sequestration Reality

Top defense-minded lawmakers on Capitol Hill agree the more than $46 billion in automatic budget cuts scheduled to hit the Pentagon over the next seven months would have "devastating effects" on the military's ability to prepare for future and current conflicts. See more

Monday, February 11, 2013
Government News

The Hill

Senate Dems aim to have sequester bill ready by Thursday

Senate Democrats are aiming to produce a bill to replace the sequester by Thursday, according to Democratic aides. See more

Monday, February 11, 2013
Government News

Roll Call

Unusual Allies Fight Sequester Cuts

Defense industry insiders joined with advocates for public health, research universities and other sectors that rely on federal funds Monday to issue a combined call to stop the upcoming sequester cuts. See more

Friday, February 8, 2013
Government News

Roll Call

Defense, Other Sectors Band Together To Fight Sequester

Signaling new momentum in the defense industry's fight against automatic spending cuts, a broad coalition that includes university, military, public health and science groups will announce its plans to fend off the looming sequester. See more

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Government News

Reuters

White House, defense firms discuss automatic spending cuts

Senior White House officials met with chief executives from top defense contractors on Wednesday to discuss the impact to their businesses of deep automatic federal spending cuts slated to take effect on March 1, White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters. See more

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Government News

New York Times

Obama Urges Congress to Act to Stave Off Cuts

President Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to quickly pass a new package of limited spending cuts and tax increases to head off substantial across-the-board reductions to domestic and military spending set to begin on March 1, but his appeal for more revenue was dismissed by Republicans. See more

Monday, February 4, 2013
Government News

Roll Call

Defense Industry Braces for Sequester While Publicly Urging Alternatives to Cuts

The Aerospace Industries Association, which has waged a two-year campaign to fight automatic defense cuts imposed by Congress, plans to add staff to its lobbying and communications divisions and is ramping up its messaging with fewer than four weeks before the ax is set to fall. See more

Saturday, February 2, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Military to Send Sequestration Plans to Obama This Week

By the end of this week, the Pentagon must submit its plans to the White House for how it will deal with automatic defense spending cuts set to kick in March 1, according to defense sources. See more

Friday, February 1, 2013
Government News

Reuters

Defense industry in late surge to stop spending cuts

An anxious U.S. defense industry has launched a new push to galvanize lawmakers who are doing little to stop the massive federal spending cuts due to kick in on March 1. See more

Friday, February 1, 2013
Government News

New York Times

Congress Passes Debt Bill as a $1 Trillion Ax Looms

The Senate gave final approval on Thursday to legislation suspending the statutory debt ceiling until May, officially turning Congress's attention to the next budget showdown: $1 trillion in across-the-board military and domestic spending cuts set to begin on March 1. See more

January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013
Government News

Reuters

No sense of crisis in Congress as automatic cuts loom again

Big automatic cuts in federal spending are fast approaching again, alarming the defense sector but generating little activity in Congress to avoid them. See more

Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Government News

Washington Post

Deep spending cuts are likely, lawmakers say, with no deal on sequester in sight

Less than a month after averting one fiscal crisis, Washington began bracing Tuesday for another, as lawmakers in both parties predicted that deep, across-the-board spending cuts would probably hit the Pentagon and other federal agencies on March 1. See more

Sunday, January 27, 2013
Government News

Stars and Stripes

Debt deal may increase risk of sequestration

The federal debt limit extension deal passed by House Republicans last week assures that the federal government will not default on its loans through mid-May. But that might not be good news for Pentagon officials gearing up for the next showdown: sequestration. See more

Friday, January 25, 2013
Government News

National Defense Magazine

Analysts: Washington Will Continue to Punt Big Decisions on Defense Spending

Congress and the president have five weeks to decide how much to cut the defense budget. But pressure on the Defense Department to reduce spending will persist much further into the future, analysts warn. See more

Thursday, January 24, 2013
Government News

Politico

Next up: Sequester, budget resolution

Now that the debt ceiling fight has been delayed until May, the next big fiscal drama deadline is March 1, when the spending cuts of the sequester take effect. See more

Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Government News

Defense News

Sequestration Talks Closer To Separation From Debt Ceiling Fight

The U.S. House on Jan. 23 easily approved a measure that would separate talks on avoiding pending defense cuts from a likely raucous political debate about raising the nation's borrowing limit. See more

Sunday, January 20, 2013
Government News

Defense News

U.S. Services Detail Fiscal Crisis Impact

As the tentacles of a fiscal calamity tighten, U.S. military leaders last week directed their staffs to begin cutbacks immediately and stand by for deeper cuts should the worst come to pass. See more

Monday, January 14, 2013
Government News

Reuters

White House delays 2014 budget after "fiscal cliff" standoff

The White House will delay submission of its budget proposal to Congress for fiscal year 2014 because of the protracted fight over the "fiscal cliff," according to an official in President Barack Obama's budget office. See more

Monday, January 14, 2013
Government News

Federal News Radio

Air Force's sequestration hit would mean less of everything

The Air Force is mapping out ways to cut out everything but the basics as it draws up plans for how it would handle sequestration. See more

Thursday, January 10, 2013
Government News

Stars and Stripes

Panetta to services: 'Prepare for the worst' on budget cuts

The secretary of defense has asked the services to immediately cut spending to offset the impact of possible sequestration in March. See more

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Government News

AOL Defense

Why Sequestration May Be The Least Worst Case

A year ago, the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration looked like the nightmare scenario. See more

Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Government News

Federal News Radio

Congress revises DoD's sequestration starting point

Having been granted a brief reprieve from automatic budget cuts, Pentagon planners are crunching a new set of numbers. See more

Monday, January 7, 2013
Government News

Washington Post

Contractors quietly optimistic following sequestration delay

While the two-month delay in planned federal spending cuts that Congress approved last week provides short-term relief for government contractors, many companies said the move does little more than maintain the uncertainty that has plagued them for months. See more

Sunday, January 6, 2013
Government News

The Hill

Defense industry fears sequester delay won't stop Pentagon cuts

The defense industry is worried last week's budget deal on taxes could damage its negotiating position for the next "fiscal cliff" deadline two months from now, when across-the-board spending cuts would take effect. See more

Thursday, January 3, 2013
Government News, Top Stories

Lexington Institute

Did The Defense Industry's Campaign Against Sequestration Work?

Over the last two weeks, several reporters have asked me why I thought the defense industry's efforts to head off sequestration had not succeeded. See more

Thursday, January 3, 2013
Government News

Defense News

President Signs Sequestration Delay, Pentagon Policy Bill

A vacationing President Obama has signed the controversial measure that delays pending cuts to projected Pentagon spending and the 2013 military policy bill, the White House said. See more

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Government News

Reuters

Budget deal leaves U.S. defense sector in limbo

Pentagon officials and weapons makers on Wednesday expressed relief after Congress approved a two-month delay in huge budget cuts, but warned that a longer-term fiscal solution is urgently needed to lift the uncertainty hanging over the sector. See more

Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Government News

Aviation Week

Congress Approves Bill to Delay Sequestration

U.S. lawmakers at the eleventh hour approved a deal that will delay across-the-board budget cuts until March 1. See more

Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Government News, Top Stories

Defense News

'Fiscal Cliff' Bill Sets March Sequestration Dates

After Pentagon and industry officials remove the cellophane from their 2013 calendars, they should circle two dates in red: March 1 and March 27. See more

December 2012

Sunday, December 16, 2012
Government News

Washington Post

Boehner offers debt-ceiling increase in cliff compromise

House Speaker John A. Boehner has offered to push any fight over the federal debt limit off for a year, a concession that would deprive Republicans of leverage in the budget battle but is breathing new life into stalled talks over the year-end "fiscal cliff." See more

Thursday, December 13, 2012
Government News

Federal News Radio

Sequestration worse than thought, Pentagon frets

When it comes to describing the consequences of sequestration on national security, Defense leaders haven't held back on strong adjectives over the past year. See more

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Government News

USA Today

Obama, Boehner trade new fiscal cliff offers

President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, have exchanged new proposals to avert the year-end "fiscal cliff," but agreement on a final deal that can pass Congress remains elusive with less than three weeks remaining to reach an accord. See more

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Government News, Top Stories

Flying Magazine

Groups Warn Fiscal Cliff Could Impact Aviation

With the clock ticking to avoid a year-end fiscal cliff, aviation leaders are warning that sharp cuts in the federal budget could have a long-lasting ripple effect through the aviation community. See more

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Government News

Defense News

U.S. Senators: 'A Lot' of Progress on Defense Authorization Bill

Lawmakers working on a final version of the 2013 Pentagon policy bill could finish the legislation as soon as Wednesday. See more

Monday, December 10, 2012
Government News, Top Stories

Politico

Cuts looming, no answer in sight for sequestration

The defense industry tried its hardest to energize voters - and Congress hasn't undone sequestration. See more

Thursday, December 6, 2012
Government News

Bloomberg

Defense Industry Cuts Exceed 500,000 Workers Over Cliff

John Lutz is following the debate in Washington over the so-called fiscal cliff with more than academic interest. See more

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Government News

Defense News

Pentagon Begins Planning for Sequestration

The Pentagon has officially begun planning for how it would carry out the first $50 billion across-the-board spending cut as part of the 10-year, $500 billion sequestration cuts set to take effect Jan. 2. See more

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Government News

Aviation Week

Defense Industry CEOs Acknowledge Inevitability Of Additional Pentagon Cuts

In reiterating their call to White House and congressional leaders to prevent steep budget cuts from taking place in January, defense executives are now publicly acknowledging that additional defense spending reductions and tax increases will have to be part of the solution. See more

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Government News

Bloomberg

Senate Passes $631 Billion U.S. Defense Legislation

The Senate passed unanimously a measure authorizing $631.4 billion for U.S. defense programs this fiscal year that sticks to President Barack Obama's proposed spending total while drawing a veto threat with its policy provisions. See more

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Government News

Reuters

Senate unanimously passes defense spending bill

The Senate voted 98-0 on Tuesday to approve a wide-ranging defense bill that authorizes $631.4 billion in funding for the military, the war in Afghanistan and nuclear weapons. See more

Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Government News, Top Stories

Reuters TV

Hundreds of jobs to go if sequester ax falls - Pratt & Whitney's Hess

Engine maker Pratt & Whitney's president David Hess tells Reuters his firm, a unit of UTC, would see substantial job losses if Congress goes over the ''fiscal cliff'', triggering deep defense cuts on January 1. See more

Monday, December 3, 2012
Government News

CNBC

Defense Sequestration Is 'Irrational': Pratt & Whitney CEO

The across-the-board defense cuts that are part of the looming "fiscal cliff" of spending cuts and tax increases would unnecessarily jeopardize national security, David Hess, president of United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney, told CNBC's "Street Signs" on Monday. See more

Monday, December 3, 2012
Government News, Top Stories

Bloomberg

Defense Industry CEOs on Fiscal Cliff, Security

David Hess, president of United Technologies Corp.'s Pratt & Whitney unit speaks about U.S. defense spending, the potential impact of automatic budget cuts on the economy and national security, and the outlook for the industry. See more

Monday, December 3, 2012
Government News

AOL Defense

Defense Execs Say Deeper DoD Budget Cuts, Higher Taxes OK

Top executives from four major defense and aerospace firms sent a message to Congress and the Obama administration today. See more

November 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012
Government News

The Hill

White House threatens veto of defense bill

The veto threat in the Obama administration's Statement of Administration Policy (SAP) released Thursday is not as strong as the one made during last year's bill that led to a drawn-out fight over indefinite detention provisions. See more

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Government News

Flight International

Top Pentagon official believes sequestration can be averted

The Pentagon's top procurement official is confident that the Congressional sequestration manoeuvre mandated by the Budget Control Act can be averted before it goes into effect on 2 January, 2013. See more

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Government News

Foreign Policy

Sequester Shadow Play: The Epilogue

Still girded for battle, defense industry chief executives such as Wes Bush, CEO of Northrop Grumman, and David Hess, president of Pratt & Whitney, will make their case against defense cuts on December 3 at the National Press Club. See more

Monday, November 26, 2012
Government News

Air Force Times

Senate still working out plans for defense bill

The Senate will not have full-blown floor debate on the 2013 defense authorization bill unless an agreement is reached this week on how to handle amendments, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., said Monday as Congress returned from a Thanksgiving break. See more

Monday, November 26, 2012
Government News

The Hill

Dems, GOP signal room for compromise ahead of 'fiscal cliff' talks

As they return to Washington this week, lawmakers from both parties are talking compromise to avoid the impending "fiscal cliff," showing a willingness to put once inviolable positions on the negotiating table. See more

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Government News

Hartford Courant

Fiscal Cliff Negotiations Injecting Uncertainty Into State's Defense Industry

The state's defense contractors are closely watching negotiations in Washington as the nation approaches the fiscal cliff, but many say the uncertainty about possible cuts have left them unable to plan properly for what might come next. See more

Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Government News

The Atlantic

How to Cut the Military Budget Without Touching Defense

These endeavors are all financed by the Department of Defense's $629 billion annual budget, in what one senator depicts as a spending free-for-all that adds to the federal deficit while diverting resources from genuine military needs. See more

Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Government News

Politico

Defense industry cautiously upbeat on sequester

So far, this fall's lame-duck congressional session has been stuffed with sensationalism, but defense insiders are confident that a defense authorization bill and sequestration won't fall by the wayside. See more

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Government News

Fox News

Defense cuts now taking backseat in budget negotiations

The dire warnings that major defense cuts next month will eliminate thousands of U.S. jobs and create other economic problems have practically disappeared from eleventh-hour discussions in Washington on how to avert the cutbacks. See more

Sunday, November 18, 2012
Government News

Defense News

Sequestration Or Not, U.S. Firms, DoD Will Take a Hit

Even if the U.S. Congress is able to hammer out a debt deal that avoids sequestration in January, the resulting agreement will likely result in billions of dollars in additional cuts to the Defense Department. See more

Thursday, November 15, 2012
Government News

Defense News

Report: DoD Could Save Billions With New Military Strategy

The U.S. Defense Department could save hundreds of billions of dollars if it revamps its military strategy and makes its forces more expeditionary, according to a new think tank report. See more

Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Government News

DOD Buzz

Pentagon unveils latest acquisition crusade

The Pentagon's top acquisition official is fed up with how long it takes the military to develop vehicles, weapons and equipment. See more

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Government News

Politico

Report: Obama considers Kerry to take over DoD

If President Barack Obama asked John Kerry to become secretary of defense for his second term, he would bring a seasoned foreign policy hand into the Cabinet but a major question mark into the Pentagon. See more

Monday, November 12, 2012
Government News

Washington Post

Obama considering John Kerry for job of defense secretary

President Obama is considering asking Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) to serve as his next defense secretary, part of an extensive rearrangement of his national security team that will include a permanent replacement for former CIA director David H. Petraeus. See more

Friday, November 9, 2012
Government News

Federal News Radio

Next few weeks critical to defining Defense Department in second Obama term

In some ways, a second Obama term is likely to mean some degree of continuity in the Defense Department. See more

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Government News

Politico

DOD wants Congress to face cost squeeze

No matter what happens in the lame-duck session of Congress as a newly reelected Barack Obama begins to negotiate with Republicans about sequestration, the Pentagon has a whole other set of politically difficult hurdles waiting just around the bend. See more

Monday, November 5, 2012
Government News

Reuters

Pentagon arms buyer sees deal by Congress to delay spending cuts

The Pentagon's top arms buyer on Monday said he expected U.S. lawmakers to agree in coming weeks to delay implementation of an additional $500 billion in automatic defense spending cuts that are due to start taking effect in January. See more

Monday, November 5, 2012
Government News

Politico

Report: Sequestration may not come to pass

The major shock waves from sequestration are avoidable - at least for the first few weeks. See more

Thursday, November 1, 2012
Government News

Defense News

Odierno Outlines Combat, Budget Strategies

Critics of tax credits for wind energy projects are intensifying their push to kill the incentive with a study that calls it "rent seeking" by an established industry that doesn't need the subsidy. See more

October 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Government News

Politico

W.H.: Sequester talks after election

President Barack Obama wants to get into negotiations to resolve sequestration and the fiscal cliff "right after the election," a senior White House adviser told reporters on Wednesday. See more

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Government News, Top Stories

Washington Post

Defense contractors report mixed results as they gird for 'fiscal cliff'

The nation's largest defense contractors reported mixed financial results Wednesday as the companies continue to take steps to safeguard against possible federal budget cuts associated with the "fiscal cliff." See more

Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Military Aviation, Government News

Executive Gov

Report: Frank Kendall Memo Seeks Industry Help in Shaping Post-F35 Era

Defense Acquisition Undersecretary Frank Kendall sent a memo to industry seeking ideas on how to prepare for the next era of military aviation after the retirement of both the F-35 and F-22 fighters, Bloomberg reports. See more

Monday, October 22, 2012
Military Aviation, Government News, Top Stories

Reuters

Budget fears cast shadow over U.S. Army trade show

Continued uncertainty about future U.S. military budgets cast a shadow over this year's big U.S. Army trade show. See more

September 2012

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Government News

Politico

Industry details losses of looming cuts

America's corporate defense giants have wailed for months about the prospect of what they see as devastating across-the-board spending cuts. See more

Thursday, September 13, 2012
Government News

Government Executive

Lawmakers scramble to stop sequestration

Lawmakers are busy trying to delay or avoid altogether the threat of across-the-board budget cuts early in 2013. See more

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Government News

Defense News

White House Issues Veto Threat Of Sequestration Bill

The White House on Sept. 12 issued a sharp veto threat of a bill tailored to avoid Pentagon budget cuts slated to take effect in January. See more

Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Government News

Defense News

McCain To Obama: Call White House Sequestration Summit

The top Republican on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee wants the president to call lawmakers to the White House for talks on avoiding deep defense and other federal spending cuts. See more

Sunday, September 9, 2012
Government News

The Hill

Defense contractors hesitate over issuing layoff notices before election

The major defense contractors are keeping their cards close to the vest on whether to issue mass layoff notices prior to the November elections. See more

June 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012
Government News

DefenseNews

Pentagon Tests New Way Of Estimating Program Costs

The Pentagon is putting its new weapons cost-cutting strategy to its first big test as it negotiates with Lockheed Martin over the price of the next batch of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters (JSF). See more

Friday, June 22, 2012
Government News

The Hill

FAA chief Michael Huerta makes case for confirmation

Interim Federal Aviation Administration chief Michael Huerta is making his case Thursday for a full term atop the national aviation agency. See more

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Government News

Bloomberg

McCain Says Revenue Increase Possible to Stop Defense Cut

Senator John McCain, the senior Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, said a revenue increase may be possible to avoid the threat of automatic cuts known as sequestration. See more

Thursday, June 21, 2012
Government News

The Hill

McKeon: Time to punt on defense cuts

House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) on Thursday said Congress isn't "mature enough" to reach a deal to reverse automatic defense cuts, and suggested Congress should "kick it down the road" to resolve uncertainty. See more