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  1. Congressional committees tweaked nearly 10 percent of the money that the Pentagon requested for its fiscal year 2015 appropriations accounts before the 'cromnibus' spending bill was passed on Dec. 11 — resulting in $4.4 billion in additional procurement and research and development projects — an analysis of the budget shows. AFP

    Analysis: Congress Reworks 10 Percent of DoD Procurement Budget

    Congressional committees tweaked nearly 10 percent of the money that the Pentagon requested for its fiscal year 2015 appropriations accounts before the 'cromnibus' spending bill was passed on Dec.

    • Dec. 15, 2014
  2. Stalled: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the CyberTech 2014 international conference in January. Ambitious plans to create an operational authority for cyber defense have been hung up due to internal politics and coming elections. JACK GUEZ/ / AFP/Getty Images

    Schedule Slips on Israeli Cyber Defense Command

    Israel's operational authority for cyber defense will debut at least a year later than planned due to election-driven budgetary limbo and lingering disputes over roles and missions, experts here say.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
  3. The Capitol Building dome under scaffolding. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    Senate Passes $1.1 Trillion Spending Bill

    The Senate on Saturday approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill and sent it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

    • Dec. 13, 2014
  4. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., during a Sept. 9 Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committeeon Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    As Shutdown Nears, It's Coburn's Move

    Whether the Senate passes two massive Pentagon bills on Thursday depends largely on one senator and whether he releases his hostage: one of those defense measures.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  5. The House narrowly approved a $1 trillion governmentwide spending bill. Chip Somodevilla/ / Getty Images

    After Dramatic Day, House Approves $554B for Pentagon

    The US House on Thursday narrowly approved a $1 trillion government-wide spending bill, but only after shouting on the floor, the changing of votes and arm-twisting behind closed doors.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  6. A growing number of top Democrats are voicing opposition to a $1 trillion spending bill because of provisions tucked into the 1,603-page bill that would affect banks and campaign-finance laws, among other concerns. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    Top US Democrats Oppose $1 Trillion Spending Bill

    A growing number of top Democrats are voicing opposition to a $1 trillion spending bill because of provisions tucked into the 1,603-page bill that would affect banks and campaign-finance laws, among other concerns.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  7. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., Mandel Ngan / AFP

    As Shutdown Nears, It's Coburn's Move

    Whether a frantic day Thursday on Capitol Hill turns chaotic depends largely on one senator and whether he releases his hostage: a defense policy bill.

    • Dec. 11, 2014
  8. US M1A1 Abrams tanks are loaded onto a train during the Army Preposition Stocks operation drill at Camp Carroll in Chilgok, about 290 kms (180 miles) southeast of Seoul on March 5, 2009. KIM JAE-HWAN / AFP/Getty Images

    Lawmakers Boost Budgets for Abrams, Army Vehicles in Defense Bill

    The M1 Abrams tank won $120 million for an upgrade program in the Defense spending bill unveiled by congressional leaders Tuesday, one of several increases for the Army's heavy vehicle programs.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  9. An Iron Dome battery, a short-range missile defence system, on July 3 in Ashod, Israel. Jack Guez / AFP

    House Bill Would Add Funds to Several Israeli Missile Programs

    The defense appropriations bill agreed to by lawmakers this week calls for US funding for Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system to double, bringing Washington's investment in the program to over $1.2 billion since 2011.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  10. Christmastime is here — and so is the 'cromnibus,' a massive spending bill needed to keep the government running through FY2015. The spending measure must pass by Thursday at 11:59 p.m. (EST) to avert a government shutdown. Pete Marovich / Getty Images

    Congress Inserts $554B for DoD in 'Cromnibus' Spending Bill

    The massive spending bill unveiled Tuesday evening by congressional leaders includes $554 billion for the Pentagon, including base-budget growth.

    • Dec. 10, 2014
  11. Airmen install a new engine on a KC-10 Extender. A congressional move to block KC-10 retirements could create problems for the KC-46 program, which draws on existing maintainers. US Air Force

    Congressional Block on Tanker Retirements Could Delay KC-46

    The KC-46A Pegasus tanker is one of the three major recapitalization priorities for the Air Force. But with Congress moving to block retirement of older tankers, the Pegasus could find itself short on maintainers as it attempts to come online.

    • Dec. 7, 2014
  12. Need for Increases: Defense officials argue that without an increase to the future years defense plan, the military will have to retire its KC-10 refueling fleet, among other things. Brian Dyjak / US Air Force

    Source: Fiscal 2016 Base Budget Request Will Be $36B Over Spending Caps

    The White House is developing a fiscal 2016 defense budget that would align with its long-planned $535 billion top line, ensuring that the administration would ignore the congressionally mandated budget caps put in place in 2011, according to a source wit

    • Dec. 5, 2014
  13. Congress wants a plan from the Coast Guard on how the service intends to keep its medium endurance cutters operating until replacements come online starting in the late 2020s. Here, the cutter Escanaba undergoes an overhaul at Coast Guard Yard Curtis Bay, Md. Christopher P. Cavas / Staff

    House Passes US Coast Guard Bill

    The House voted overwhelmingly late Wednesday to approve a policy bill for the US Coast Guard, 413-3. The bill now moves to the Senate where, as of late Thursday, it has yet to be scheduled for floor action.

    • Dec. 3, 2014
  14. A compromise NDAA, if approved before Congress leaves next week, will block the US Air Force's proposed retirement of its A-10 fleet but approve White House plans to arm Syrian rebels. Capt. Susan Harrington / US Air Force

    Compromise NDAA Blocks A-10 Retirement, OKs White House's Syrian Rebels Plan

    House and Senate negotiators have agreed on a Pentagon policy measure that blocks A-10 retirements and greenlights plans to arm Syrian rebels, a measure that should hit the House floor this week.

    • Dec. 2, 2014
  15. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., has worked out a compromise 2015 Pentagon policy bill with his House counterpart, Rep. Buck Mckeon, R-Calif. The House could take up the measure later this week, with the Senate following suit before it adjourns sometime before the week of Christmas. Jim Watson / AFP

    Armed Services Committees to Unveil Compromise NDAA Details

    After weeks of high-level talks, the House and Senate Armed Services committees on Tuesday will unveil details of a compromise 2015 Pentagon policy bill.

    • Dec. 2, 2014
  16. Turkey's Defense Minister Ismet Yilmaz talks during a debate in the Parliament in Ankara on Oct. 2, 2014. ADEM ALTAN / AFP/Getty Images

    Turkey Relies on Indirect Funding for New Gear

    Turkey's 'direct' defense budget for 2015 will climb modestly from the current year, but the country's procurement planners will rely on indirect and non-budgetary funding to finance new acquisitions worth about US $4 billion next year.

    • Nov. 29, 2014
  17. Bob Work is the US deputy defense secretary. Defense News With Vago Muradian

    Interview: Bob Work, US Deputy Defense Secretary

    America's adversaries are increasingly harnessing fast-moving, commercial and defense technologies to counter US capabilities.To stay ahead of rising adversaries, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recently unveiled the Defense Innovation Initiative.

    • Nov. 26, 2014
  18. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., is chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Mark Makela / Getty Images

    Sources: Top Appropriators Focusing Solely on Omnibus, Have Had No CR Talks

    Capitol Hill's top appropriators have yet to discuss another short-term measure to keep the government running, focusing solely on a longer-term bill they hope to drop in early December.

    • Nov. 20, 2014
  19. USAF Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski said budget uncertainty has challenged the service and industry. Jim Gordon

    USAF Official: Budget Uncertainty 'Very Challenging'

    The uncertainty over whether Congress will pass a budget has been 'very challenging' for both the Air Force and its industry partners, the service's top military acquisitions official said Wednesday.

    • Nov. 19, 2014
  20. Sen. Carl Levin says Senate and House leaders are still trying to agree to a 2015 National Defense Authorization Act. Win McNamee / Getty Images

    Levin Says NDAA Conferees 'Not There Yet,' But Still Hopeful

    US House and Senate members hammering out a Pentagon policy bill are 'not there yet,' says one of the conference committee's leaders.

    • Nov. 18, 2014
  21. 'A continuing resolution does not provide federal agencies with the flexibility to meet changing and urgent needs,' AIA President and CEO Marion Blakey writes in a letter to congressional leaders, pressing them to resist passing another short-term emergency funding bill. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    AIA's Blakey Pleads With Congressional Leaders for Full 2015 Defense Bill

    The head of the most powerful defense lobbying group is pressing Republican and Democratic congressional leaders to resist passing another short-term emergency funding bill.

    • Nov. 17, 2014
  22. Top military leaders are pressing for a fiscal 2016 base budget that is $60 billion over spending caps. Here, a US sailor drives a boat past the aircraft carrier George Washington in the South China Sea. MCSN Everett Allen / US Navy

    2016 US Defense Budget Could Be $60B Over Spending Caps

    As the White House and Pentagon pass drafts of the fiscal 2016 defense budget back and forth before submitting it to Congress early next year, the base budget request possibly could exceed congressionally mandated spending caps by as much as $60 billion,

    • Nov. 16, 2014
  23. A new strategy to protect the US technological edge is coming this week, says Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work. Sgt. Aaron Hostutler/US Defense Department

    Work: New Pentagon Innovation Strategy Coming in Days

    US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel will roll out an 'innovation initiative' later this week, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said Wednesday.

    • Nov. 12, 2014
  24. Iraqi pro-government forces celebrate on a road near the town of Jurf al-Sakhr after retaking the area from the Islamic State group. HAIDAR HAMDANI / AFP

    White House Details New $5.6B War Request, Billions for O&M

    The White House’s new $5.6 billion request for additional funding to fight the military advances of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria contains specific provisions that begin to detail the scope of the missions launched so far and how expensive it will be to station US ground troops in Iraq in the coming months.

    • Nov. 11, 2014
  25. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, speaks to reporters on Nov. 6 after the mid-term elections gave Republicans in both houses the majority in Congress. Mark Wilson / Getty Images

    Analysts: Bipartisan Accord Won't Happen Fast — 'If At All'

    The Republican-controlled Congress and Democratic President Barack Obama have a shot at working together on defense issues, but experts caution against expecting quick results.

    • Nov. 11, 2014
  26. US Rep. Buck McKeon Drew Angerer / Getty Images

    Rep. McKeon Calls Obama's Islamic State Operation 'Underfunded'

    The retiring Republican House Armed Services Committee chairman is calling a White House request for $5.6 billion more to fight the Islamic State insufficient.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  27. New Sheriff: Sen. John McCain, the expected next chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has a reputation for being tough on late and over-budget arms programs. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Chairman McCain: Industry Girds for a 'Maverick' Armed Services Panel

    'He's coming for all of us,' said the serious voice on the other end of a late-afternoon call.

    • Nov. 7, 2014
  28. John McCain will likely become chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. Yuriy Kirnichny / AFP

    After Election Day, Familiar Faces in New Places on Senate Defense Committees

    For the US national security sector, Tuesday mostly was a status-quo election — but with one glaring exception: Say hello to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  29. Sprint Toward the Finish: The UK Defence Ministry has struck a deal with a private consortium to provide military air traffic control and management. I FORSHAW/Royal Air Force

    UK Pushes Through Programs Ahead of Polls

    Britain's Defence Ministry is pushing forward key programs it wants to get under contract before the procurement process gets entangled in an upcoming general election, a new strategic defense and security review and likely budget cuts next year.

    • Nov. 1, 2014
  30.  US Air Force

    Work on 'Unique Weapons' for F-35 Partners, EW Tools on Hold Until Congress Acts

    Work on things like systems to enable the F-35 fighter to wage electronic war on America's enemies is on hold until Congress passes a real defense-spending bill.

    • Oct. 31, 2014
  31. Frank Kendall, the top Pentagon weapons buyer, will meet with defense industry leaders this weekend. AFP/Getty Images

    Pentagon Officials To Meet With Industry Chiefs in Weekend Strategy Session

    The Pentagon's top weapons buyer is meeting with a leading industry group and several top defense CEOs over the weekend to talk through his latest acquisition reform initiative.

    • Oct. 30, 2014
  32. The UK Ministry of Defence has struck a deal with a private consortium to provide military air traffic control and management. Above is Operations Wing at RAF Shawbury. I FORSHAW/Royal Air Force

    Thales UK Consortium Wins British Military Air Traffic Control Deal

    A consortium including Thales UK has landed a £1.5 billion (US $2.4 billion) deal with the UK Ministry of Defence to provide military air traffic control and management services to the British military at home and overseas, the defense procurement minister announced Wednesday.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  33. Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby briefs reporters on Oct. 21. The Pentagon's cost estimates for the Iraq and Syria operation do not count the seven-week period beginning on June 16, when US troops were sent into Iraq. PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images

    DoD Changes How it Accounts for Iraq, Syria Costs

    The full cost of US operations in Iraq and Syria remains unclear, as the Pentagon refuses to offer a number for what it spent during a seven-week period from mid-June until the first week of August.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  34. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg delivers a speech at an event hosted by the German Marshall Fund Wednesday in Brussels. Emmanuel Dunand / AFP

    NATO Chief Urges Allies to Boost Defense Spending, Build Ties with Russia

    NATO countries must boost defense spending and build a constructive relationship with Russia, the alliance's new leader said on Tuesday.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  35. An aviation boatswain's mate (Handling) directs an EA-18G Growler on Oct. 19 on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) in the Arabian Gulf. MC2 Scott Fenaroli / US Navy

    Pentagon: US Air War on Islamic State Costing $8.3 Million a Day

    The Pentagon has revised its estimate of the cost of the US air war in Iraq and Syria, saying the price tag for the campaign against the Islamic State group comes to about $8.3 million a day.

    • Oct. 28, 2014
  36. US Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno talks with a group of executives at the Association of the United States Army annual meeting and exposition on October 15 in Washington, DC. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    Sequestration Will Give US Army 'Real Problems' Meeting Increased Demands, Officials Say

    If sequestration budget cuts remain in effect, the US Army will take a $14 billion hit in 2016, jeopardizing modernization and its ability to respond to a major conflict, Army officials told reporters Friday.

    • Oct. 27, 2014
  37. Delays in C-130 upgrades have reduced planned availability. New Zealand Air Force

    New Zealand Defence Force Grows

    Uniformed members of the New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) have grown to 9,035 sailors, soldiers and airmen and women, up from 8,504 in June 2013, according to an NZDF annual report.

    • Oct. 24, 2014
  38. Among the federal programs Sen. Tom Coburn has criticized as wasteful is the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, sometimes referred to as the Iron Man suit. Gareth Cattermole/ / Getty Images

    In Final 'Wastebook,' Sen. Coburn Hits DoD 'Iron Man,' Missile Defense Programs

    US Sen. Tom Coburn's final 'wastebook' identifies a laundry list of federal programs the retiring Oklahoma Republican says the nation could do without, including a Pentagon program to build a 'real-life 'Iron Man' suit.'

    • Oct. 22, 2014
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