President Obama's fiscal 2015 budget proposal requests $495.6 billion in base funding for the Defense Department. That number includes $147.6 billion for the Navy, $137.7 billion for the Air Force and $120.3 billion for the Army.
It describes the concept of cyber electromagnetic activities as the overlap between electronic warfare – such as jamming – spectrum management and cyber operations. The term first appeared in official Army strategy documents in 2011, when it merited a mention in another Army field manual (.pdf) governing unified operations on land.
A mix of benefits cuts and military force reductions at the Defense Department could drastically reduce the Pentagon budget, said Congressional Budget Office analyst Carla Tighe Murray to a group of government workers and federal budget experts.
Federal employees would no longer have to work continuously in government for three years to attain career tenure under a proposal from the Office of Management and Budget.
With the 2014 National Defense Authorization Act signed into law by President Obama Dec. 26, small businesses will get help securing contracts through two new provisions. The NDAA, which included 80 amendments, clears the Pentagon to spend $527 billion in base funding and $80 billion for overseas contingency operations.
Four agencies paid millions of dollars in fees in fiscal 2012 to hold reverse auctions that saw just a single bid or included only one bidder. The Government Accountability Office reviewed the experiences of the departments of Homeland Security, the Interior, Veterans Affairs and the Army, which held a total of 19,688 reverse auctions in fiscal 2012.
Though the military promotes its best officers to the rank of general and admiral, those officers might not be prepared for a job that focuses on a business management position, an Oct. 28 Center for a New American Security report says. "Most officers selected for their first star are operational standouts, heavily steeped in tactics and fighting," the report says. But those officers often lack exposure to the different demands surrounding the corporate management of the military.
Top military officials told a House panel Wednesday that continued sequestration would make it impossible to plan for new acquisitions, and that maintenance will have to be differed on the current military fleet. If the mandatory budget cuts continue, the Air Force would have to delay purchasing four to five F-35 joint strike fighters from its requested amount of 19, Principal Deputy Assistant Air Force Secretary William LaPlante told the House Armed Services Committee subcommittee on tactical air and land forces in an Oct. 23 hearing.
The Army is set to move forward with the second phase of its Warfighter Information Network-Tactical, announcing earlier this month that the Defense Department has approved further production and fielding of the project.
If sequestration cuts continue, they could devastate military readiness and dramatically slow down modernization spending, an Oct. 11 Bipartisan Policy Center report says. The report says the full brunt of sequestration cuts hasn't hit yet, but sequestration cuts will compromise force readiness.