Do “we” need more money? Well even Michael Jackson managed to spend his fortune… so there is never “enough” is it?
|Raytheon gets billion dollar Qatar radar contract
Raytheon has been awarded a $1.1 billion contract to build an early warning radar system for Qatar.
|Boeing receives $3.2B US Army contract for Apache sales to Saudi Arabia
Boeing has been awarded a $3.2 billion contract from the U.S. Army to sell Apache helicopters to Saudi Arabia, according the Defense Department.
Do we need more wars and dead bodies?
Some people might see that different.
#DeathEconomy at it’s best.
Unpredictable funding seen as biggest threat to Army
By: Jen Judson, March 14, 2017 (Photo Credit: Maj. Marvin Baker / 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command)
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. — The years of unpredictable funding and the threat of its continuation is the biggest threat to the U.S. forces, Karl Schneider, acting deputy undersecretary of the Army, said Tuesday at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Symposium.
Repeating what many Army leaders have said over the past several years as sequestration, budget cuts and continuing resolutions continue to plague the services, Schneider warned that the unpredictable funding has caused the service to delay modernization efforts while trying to maintain soldier readiness.
While the Army received congressional authority to increase its end strength after making moves to shrink it, Congress has to fund the troops that will be added to the force, Schneider said.
He added that full sequestration, while there has been relief for the last two years, could be fully reinstated on Oct. 1 this year, adding that “Congress needs to deal with that,” as it would harm the Army’s readiness.
While the House has passed a spending bill for fiscal year 2017 — with an Army top line Schneider said was helpful — the Senate has yet to do so. Instead the Army has had to operate under a continuing resolution that will expire on April 20, making it historically the longest continuing resolution.
Schneider said the CR has caused the Army to have to delay over 120 programs that would enhance modernization and provide additional weapons and platforms, and it has prevented the service from starting 50 “critical” new programs.
And “because it’s getting late in the fiscal year, when we actually do get the appropriations, it will be a challenge for us to ensure we can obligate it in this fiscal year,” Schneider added.
Congress needs to approve a fiscal year 2017 budget, a supplemental 2017 budget that is currently under review in the Office of Management and Budget, and pass yet another budget – for fiscal year 2018 – in a timely manner, Schneider said, noting that otherwise Army readiness and modernization will continue to be threatened.
Democracy producing weapons for dictators… yes why not?