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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley and DoD Comptroller Michael McCord represented the Pentagon’s vanguard in defending the $773 billion 2023 budget request to Congress on Tuesday.
While the Biden administration is asking for $773 billion for 2023, that number may not go as far as hoped. DoD says it finished up its planning for 2023 before inflation rates rose and before Russia invaded Ukraine causing oil prices to spike.
Omnibus bill adds more than $1 billion in facility upkeep funding, an area DoD has knowingly neglected in its budgets for at least a decade.
Retired Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association, joined the Federal Drive with Tom Temin for more.
The chairman of the House readiness subcommittee wants detailed, near-term plans on what the military services are doing to address deteriorating facility conditions within the next three months.
The office is hoping to convince Congress for at least $75 million in 2022.
Leaders are stressing the importance of a positive workplace culture within organizations to address all forms of insider threat.
The House Armed Services Committee will consider a $716 billion defense bill, including changes to how the military prosecutes sexual crimes.
Pentagon Spokesman John Kirby says DoD may move the timeline closer if COVID rates continue to spike.
The House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee is concerned that DoD still wants to get rid of 18,000 medical positions.
New proposals would require the Pentagon to treat supply chains as a “strategic priority” and identify a plan to get away from materials sourced from China.
New legislation could push the Defense Department and prime contractors to better understand supply chain vulnerabilities in the wake of COVID-19.
The Air Force wants to save $1.4 billion by getting rid of obsolete weapons.
The budget gets rid of the overseas contingency operations account and divests $2.8 billion in legacy systems.