Rep. Mac Thornberry

CAPITOL HILL: Nunn-McCurdy notifications to Congress of gross cost growth in a weapons system’s costs strike fear in the hearts of top Pentagon acquisition officials, and something like them may become law for a new set of costs — operations and support. “They should be the next frontier for acquisition reform,” former DoD Comptroller Bob… Keep reading →

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WASHINGTON: With the Pentagon’s big budget plan for 2017-2021 less than three weeks from completion, Defense Department comptroller Mike McCord promised significant slowdowns in “some” weapons programs, specifically including the Long-Range Strike Bomber. McCord’s slides pegged the total 2017 defense request at $584 billion ($525 in the base budget and $59 in overseas contingency operations… Keep reading →

WASHINGTON: Even with Congress in recess until after the November elections, the Pentagon remains focused on avoiding sequestration — which would require Congressional action before January — rather than planning the least painful way to implement the automatic budget cuts.

“There isn’t a plan. I know this frustrates people, but we haven’t done detailed planning,” Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale told the audience at a forum this morning hosted by Government Executive magazine. Even when one federal worker openly angsted that his office was doing nothing to prepare for sequestration although it is just three months away, Hale replied that he not only hoped to avoid sequestration, but even the labor of preparing for it: “I’d like to avoid the planning too because it will be, of itself, disruptive.” Keep reading →