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.
The first estimates of the savings realized from the House's plan to reform TRICARE come in around $7 billion.
The Defense Department builds economic assumptions and cost savings into its budget, but when those savings are too optimistic it hurts critical programs.
One-year emergency budget spending won't cut it when it comes to modernizing and training the Army, members of the Future of the Army Commission told Congress.
The Defense budget prioritized research and development and cyber, but that doesn't mean the third offset strategy is getting a lot of money in 2017.
The Air Force's modernization plans account for a large part of the Defense Department's overall spending to bring weapon systems up to date over the next decade, according to a new study by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter told the Navy to cut back on capacity and invest more in capability in a letter last week.
With only 10 days left to pass sweeping budget deals and little agreement over proposals, Congress' likely options are pass a continuing resolution, or force a shutdown.
The Defense Department's nuclear forces arsenal is getting a close look for affordability. Think tanks like the Government Accountability Office and even the Pentagon itself are all looking at how much money the agency should spend on nuclear stock. Todd Harrison is senior fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose why he thinks it's important to look at nuclear forces in the context of the whole weapons inventory.
The Joint Chiefs of Staff added their own recommendations on military retirement reform and sent them to Defense Secretary Ash Carter. Most of their recommendations are similar to proposals in both the House and Senate National Defense Authorization Acts. But the recommendations from the chiefs may throw a wrinkle into the congressional debate. Todd Harrison, a senior fellow for defense studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, tells In Depth with Francis Rose what the Joint Chiefs are proposing.
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter will propose a 401k-like retirement program for uniformed military personnel this week. USA today reports the goal is that everyone that leaves the military takes away a retirement fund, even if they don't stay in 20 years. Todd Harrison is senior fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he compared the idea to the work he's done on compensation and the work the Military Compensation Commission did.
The Defense Department says it will spend about $55 billion in the coming decades on the next-generation long range strike bomber. Fortune magazine says the program could upend the combat jet industry, and the Washington Post reports details about the program are sketchy right now. Todd Harrison is director of defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he said we do know a few things about the bomber program.
The Obama administration already has made clear that it will request a budget Monday which violates the automatic spending caps in existing law. But for DoD, the war accounts, which are exempt from the caps, may serve as a backup plan.
Ashton Carter has chosen his support team for the confirmation process to become Secretary of Defense. Defense One reports three people will work with Carter: former Defense Business Board Chairman Michael Bayer; former adviser to Adm. Mike Mullen and Gen. Jim Mattis, Sally Donnelly; and 20-year Navy veteran Dave Copp. Todd Harrison is a fellow for defense budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. In his Top 3 for 2015, he tells In Depth with Francis Rose why the report from the Defense Department's Compensation Commission is probably one of the first things the new Defense secretary will deal with.