Congress

Sequestration: GOP, Dems ‘Don’t Have a Plan’

Sequestration: GOP, Dems ‘Don’t Have a Plan’President Barack Obama on Thursday will lay out a plan to end sequestration that Republicans immediately will reject, but GOP members “don’t have a plan” of their own.
Strike

Kendall Unveils 6th Gen Fighter Strategy

Kendall Unveils 6th Gen Fighter StrategyPentagon acquisition chief Frank Kendall unveiled part of his strategy for procuring a next-generation fighter for the Air Force and Navy in congressional testimony last week.
Editorial

Editorial: Carter’s Mountain To Climb

Editorial: Carter’s Mountain To ClimbWith the budget outlook cloudy, DoD is working to save money. While troops, civil service and civilian contractor levels all rose after 9-11, so far it is troops and contractors who have faced the sharpest cuts.
Europe

Turkey’s Defense Exports Up 17.7% in 2014

Turkey’s Defense Exports Up 17.7% in 2014Turkey’s defense and aerospace exports rose by 17.7 percent to $1.648 billion in 2014 from $1.4 billion the year before, an umbrella organization for Turkish manufacturers announced.
Budget

US Budget Request Will Change Drastically, Experts Say

US Budget Request Will Change Drastically, Experts SayThe $585 billion fiscal year 2016 defense budget request — so painstakingly sculpted by White House and Pentagon before being sent to Capitol Hill this week — will likely die a long, complicated death as it winds its way through the congressional committees, analysts…
Pentagon

Budget Would Give Troops Minimal Raise In ’16

Budget Would Give Troops Minimal Raise In ’16The Defense Department’s annual budget request seeks a 1.3 percent pay increase for troops.
Veterans

White House Plan Increases VA Budget

White House Plan Increases VA BudgetIf adopted by Congress, the budget plan would continue the steady rise in VA program spending since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2004, the total VA budget was just under $64 billion, more than $100 billion less than the fiscal 2016 request.
Pentagon

DoD Wants To Grow Total Budget, Cut Personnel Costs

DoD Wants To Grow Total Budget, Cut Personnel CostsThe Defense Department’s budget request for fiscal 2016, which starts Oct. 1, seeks a total budget of $585.3 billion, roughly 4.4 percent more than this year’s total defense budget. The roughly one-third of the budget that accounts for military personnel will…
Veterans

Advocates Worry Planned VA Budget Hikes Aren’t Enough

Advocates Worry Planned VA Budget Hikes Aren’t EnoughA coalition of veterans groups says the president’s generous VA budget request for fiscal 2016 still falls short of needs

Veterans

VA Lays Out 2016 Health Care Budget Priorities

VA Lays Out 2016 Health Care Budget PrioritiesVA budget includes increases for health care to support mental health services, caregiver programs and women vet services
On Base

Budget Plan Would Cut Commissary Days, Hours

Budget Plan Would Cut Commissary Days, HoursDefense budget documents for fiscal 2016 confirm plans to reduce operating days and hours of most commissaries, as part of DoD’s goal to sharply reduce the amount of taxpayer dollars going to support the stores. Officials note that they intend to reduce the…
Health Care

Tricare Consolidation, New Fees on DoD Wish List

Tricare Consolidation, New Fees on DoD Wish ListPresident’s budget calls for health care fee increases for military retirees
Veterans

Lawmaker blasts budget plan to trim VA Choice Program

Lawmaker blasts budget plan to trim VA Choice ProgramWhite House and VA officials say the program is underused, but will face stiff opposition from Congress.
Air Force

Budget Adds 4,000 active Duty Airmen in 2016

Budget Adds 4,000 active Duty Airmen in 2016The Air Force plans to add 4,020 active-duty airmen in fiscal 2016, according to budget documents released Monday.
Pay

Special Pays to Hit $921M in 2016 for Air Force

Special Pays to Hit $921M in 2016 for Air ForceThe Air Force plans to offer new special payments to certain special operations airmen in fiscal 2016
News

Corps’ 2016 budget temporarily halts drawdown

Corps’ 2016 budget temporarily halts drawdownOfficials revised the drawdown plan for the Marine Corps, temporarily halting it in the fiscal 2016 budget.
Pentagon

Budget Plan Adds 5,600 Sailors in 2016

Budget Plan Adds 5,600 Sailors in 2016The Navy’s 2016 budget plan is $12.9 billion higher than allowed by law, and includes a manpower jump of 5,600 sailors.
Congress

Military Chiefs Warn Anew About Sequester Cuts

Military Chiefs Warn Anew About Sequester CutsLawmakers and the top US military officers on Wednesday warned of dire consequences if the Defense Department is hit by additional automatic cuts.