Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has told several audiences in recent weeks that he’s trying to drill tunnels through the “wall” that sits between the Defense Department and commercial innovators.
The DoD is calling for 25 percent reductions for appropriations funding across the department. Defense already had proposed 20 percent cuts, while Congress is considering as much as a 30 percent reduction in funding.
Sen. John McCain says plans to expand Arlington National Cemetery have hit a snag because local officials want to build a bus maintenance facility.
The Government Accountability Office has concluded that an audit of the Marine Corps’ 2012 financial statements – previously issued by the Defense Department’s inspector general – was riddled with problems, including missteps by the DoD IG itself.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he thinks negotiators from the House Armed Services Committee and his committee will wrap up their discussions within the next week or so. Language on defense procurement in both bills is part of the negotiation going on right now between the two committees. Jon Etherton, principal of Etherton & Associates, explains the similarities and differences in the two bills on In Depth with Francis Rose.
While Congress rails over cost overruns, the Pentagon says it’s doing some work of its own to speed up its ponderous acquisition review and approval process.
The Senate packed a lot into its version of the 2016 Defense authorization bill before final passage Thursday afternoon, and in a notable break from recent history, the full package passed well before the start of the new fiscal year.
The Senate is back at work for the third week now on its version of the National Defense Authorization Act. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain (R-Ariz.) wants to get the bill moving, but more debate over a few key amendments could slow things down. David Hawkings, senior editor of Roll Call, writes the In Depth with Francis Rose about the status of the NDAA right now, and what is likely to happen this week.
Ashton Carter, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next Defense secretary, told senators that cost overruns and needless overhead spending ‘must stop,’ but so must arbitrary caps on Defense spending.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the new chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said his committee has more work to do before it draws up a broad acquisition reform package. But one element will be a more full-throated role for the uniformed military.