With the expectation of flat budgets over the next several years, each of the military services believes they’ll need to divest themselves of at least some programs to fund their modernization plans. That’s challenging, however, when old systems have Congressional constituencies and new ones don’t.
Jon Harper, managing editor at National Defense Magazine, joins host Derrick Dortch on this week’s Fed Access to give an update on DoD’s top spending priorities and how the tensions between the United States and Iran are affecting defense spending.
The budget the Pentagon will propose next week includes $5.7 billion in program cancellations throughout DoD’s “fourth estate,” in addition to more than $2 billion in programs it wants to move to the control of the military services.
In 2020, DISA will assume responsibility for the vast majority of the IT operations in DoD’s “fourth estate,” leading to major transfers of funding and personnel.
The military is already starting to downsize its uniformed medical cadre, but there is no clear plan to replace the 18,000 positions it’s eliminating with civilian providers.
The commander of the nation’s top cyber security agencies — the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command — will not confirm that he has recommended the two agencies split from one another next year.
President Donald Trump’s 2020 budget would bypass defense funding caps by adding nearly $100 billion to DoD’s wartime spending account.
Air Force secretary Heather Wilson said the service needs 74 additional squadrons in order to meet the missions it’s been assigned under the new national defense strategy.
The 2018 omnibus bill delivers 56 percent plus-up in DoD facility maintenance spending, but it’s not nearly enough to reverse years of underfunding.
The Defense Department rolled out the biggest budget request in its history Monday, seeking $686 billion for fiscal 2019.