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2012 Fiscal Budget

Published Feb. 15, 2011

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Commanders Cite Unpredictable Threats

WASHINGTON, March 4, 2011 – America and its allies will face varied and unpredictable security threats in the future, the leaders of the two most intensely engaged U.S. military commands told House Armed Services Committee members. Story

President Signs Resolution Extension

WASHINGTON, March 3, 2011 – President Barack Obama has signed legislation to keep the government funded and running through March 18. He urged congressional leaders to avoid another such extension by passing the fiscal 2011 departmental budgets. Story

Continuing Resolution Puts Security at Risk

WASHINGTON, March 1, 2011 – The Defense Department is losing billions of dollars by Congress’ failure to pass the department’s fiscal 2011 budget, putting readiness, modernization and efficiency initiatives at risk, Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III said. Story

Gates Says U.S. Must Consider Afghan Costs

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2011 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told a Senate panel that the Defense Department has requested enough money to build a strong Afghan security force, but the funding isn't sustainable in the longterm. Story

State Department Needs Iraq Funding

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2011 – The United States is at risk of losing its gains in Iraq if Congress doesn’t fully fund the State Department’s mission there, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told a Senate committee. Story

Gates, Mullen Take Budget to Senate

WASHINGTON, Feb. 17, 2011 – The Defense Department’s request for a $553 billion and an additional $117.8 billion to fund overseas operations for fiscal 2012 preserves U.S. fighting strength, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said before a Senate Committee. Story

Gates Welcomes House Vote
Against Extra F-35 Engine

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2011 – Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates welcomed the full House of Representatives vote to kill the extra engine for the F-35 joint strike fighter, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said. Story

Programs Will Suffer Without
Adequate Funding, Mullen Says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2011 – Military programs may take years to recover if the Defense Department’s budget for fiscal 2011 isn’t passed immediately, Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the House Armed Services Committee. Story

Gates Says Funding Cuts Would Cause Crisis

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2011 – The Defense Department must operate on a budget of at least $540 billion for fiscal 2011 so the military can “properly carry out its mission, maintain and prepare for the future,” Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates told a House committee. Story

Gates, Mullen Support Force Reduction Plan

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2011 – Reductions in end strength for the Army and Marine Corps will be conditions-based, and can be tailored when the time comes to implement them, Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Congress. Story

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Acquisition Chief Urges Congress
To Pass 2011 Appropriation

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2011 – Ashton B. Carter, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, urged Congress to allow the Defense Department to move forward with its plans, initiatives and missions by passing the appropriations bill for 2011. Story

Adjustments Put F-35 on Track

ARLINGTON, Va., Feb. 16, 2011 – The Defense Department’s joint strike fighter program is on track to field the F-35 Lightning II in fiscal 2016, said Navy Vice Adm. David Venlet, the program’s director. Story

Pentagon Comptroller Explains Issues

WASHINGTON, Feb. 16, 2011 – The Defense Department’s top financial official warned of a disruption in war funding and other negative effects if Congress continues to force the military to operate on continuing resolutions instead of fully funded budgets for fiscal 2011 and 2012. Story

Missile Agency Seeks Funds for Systems

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15, 2011 – A ground-based system for homeland defense and interceptors for regional defense highlight the Missile Defense Agency’s portion of the Defense Department’s fiscal 2012 budget. Story

Obama Asks for $671 Billion
Defense Budget in Fiscal 2012

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2011 – President Barack Obama’s $671 billion fiscal 2012 defense budget request continues the department’s reform agenda, but protects personnel and family programs while also funding the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Story

Gates: Defense Needs $540 Billion for 2011

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2011 – Congress must not only look at fiscal 2012 but also approve the fiscal 2011 budget for the entire $540 billion so the Defense Department can perform its mission, said Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates. Story

Budget Balances Military Needs
With Fiscal Restraint, Hale Says

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2011 – The Defense Department’s $671 billion fiscal 2012 budget is a responsible funding request that balances the needs of the military with efforts to control federal spending, the department’s comptroller said. Story


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