Presidents have used the overseas contingency operations fund to bolster the Defense Department budget outside of the Budget Control Act rules. But Congress should do better.
Besides proportioning DoD’s appropriations into roughly the same accounts officials had asked for, the plan includes a 2.1 percent pay raise for both military members and civilians.
A new analysis of government data shows that 2016 may have been the low ebb of Defense contract spending, following six years of steady declines.
The Trump administration needs to work around roadblocks, solidify its plans and use a pinch of skepticism to better the military.
The second highest-ranking officers from each of the military services told Congress on Tuesday that they'd welcome a short-term cash infusion along the lines that the President and Defense secretary have directed the military services to propose as add-ons to the 2017 budget in order to bring the armed forces to a higher level of readiness.
The Defense Department has been trying to get a clear sense from the White House about what it wants and does not want in the overseas contingency operations (OCO) budget. But the last administration's budget office left those decisions for the new administration. So now what?
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Monday became the first senior political leader to sketch out a detailed vision for what Defense budgets might look like under a Republican-controlled government.
Defense Department Comptroller Mike McCord said the prospect of a continuing resolution into the new year is one of the biggest challenges DoD will face. House Republicans seem poised to act on a continuing resolution that would keep the government funded through current spending levels until March.
Defense-minded voters have been left with relatively little to go on as the nation nears the end of a presidential campaign that’s included only scant discussion of military issues.
Familiar debates over the caps set in the Budget Control Act will crop again during the next administration, defense budget analyst Todd Harrison said at a press briefing marking the fifth anniversary of the 2011 law. The Defense Department has avoided many of the dire consequences it predicted would happen during 10 years of "devastating cuts." But it's used a series of workarounds to dodge many of the impacts.
A new report from a Washington-based think tank points to an ever-widening disconnect between the size of the Defense Department’s Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) fund and the troop levels it was originally meant to pay for.
Katherine Blakeley, research fellow for the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, joins host Derrick Dortch to discuss her new report on the seven areas to watch in the FY 2017 defense budget. April 29, 2016
The Air Force had previously predicted it would be fully ready for high-end conflict by 2025. That date keeps slipping because its pilots and planes are busy in the Middle East.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the Obama administration's final Pentagon budget represents a turning point; high-end technologies will get more attention.