DoD Budget

Doggone Dogfight!

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Acquisition Reform, Air Force, Defense Strategy, DoD Budget, Force Structure, General, Leadership | 0 comments

  So I have raised the hackles of my esteemed Warthog (A-10) brothers and sisters  and Army and Marine ground pounders before in an article entitled “The A-10 and Reality.”  In that article I took the position that the A-10, even though it was a good airplane for its time (first flown in 1972), should be retired.  I still believe that its time has come.  You can read the details by going to the link, but my opinion is still that while it would be nice to have if the Air Force had unlimited amounts of money, it doesn’t.  The A-10 is expensive to fly and maintain, it...

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CRS Publishes Summary of the FY2015 NDAA

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Defense Industry, DoD Budget, Sequestration, Uncategorized, wish list | 0 comments

This link is a good a summary as I have seen for the FY15 NDAA.  Here’s the summary page: Read the CRS Summary here: Download (PDF, Unknown)

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Military Service SBR Audits Awarded

Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in DoD Audit, DoD Budget, DoD IG, Navy, Uncategorized | 0 comments

Here is a link to the recent DoD announcement regarding the award of audit of SBA to Army, Navy and Air Force.  Box score: Army    KPMG  ~$13 Million Navy     Cotton & Co. ~$9,9 Million Air Force Ernst & Young  ~14.4 Million

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Plugging the DFAS Dam

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in DoD Audit, DoD Budget, Financial Systems | 0 comments

I saw a reprint of an article done by Reuters the other day entitled “Special Report: The Pentagon’s doctored ledgers conceal epic waste” and even though it’s almost a year old, I think it still applies.   In just a few days, all the big accounting firms that do business with DoD will be submitting proposals to conduct audits of the the Army, Navy and Air Force Statements of Budgetary Activity (SBA)……that’s a high level balance sheet that has little applicability to the actual management of anything.  Experience in auditing the Marine Corps proved that trying to...

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The Devil is in the DoD-Tails

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in DoD Budget, JSF, QDR, Sequestration | 0 comments

A few weeks ago, Secretary of Defense Hagel published his list of six focus areas for the coming year. Here’s his list: Focus on institutional reform. Re-evaluate our military’s force planning construct. Prepare for a prolonged military readiness challenge. Protecting investments in emerging military capabilities Achieve balance Personnel and compensation policy Really?  That’s what he’s focusing on?  You probably haven’t heard much about this list because it is sooooo uninspiring.  If this isn’t bureaucratic gobbledygook, I don’t know what is. Do...

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Neglected Nightmares and Forgotten Dreams

Posted by on May 13, 2014 in Defense Industry, DoD Budget, Sequestration, Uncategorized | 0 comments

I know.  I know.  You are asking what can this article possibly be about? Well, it’s all about the DoD budget (the Dream) and sequestration (the Nightmare).  I’ve been talking to a few budget folks over the past week and asking how is this year compared to others in terms of pain.  The universal answer has been “Not so bad this year.”  But soon all our dreams of finally getting some sanity in the budget process will give way to the nightmarish and forgotten process known as Sequestration.  It’s been quite a journey to get to where the DoD budget is today....

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