Pentagon Faces Yet Another Continuing Resolution

by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. President Trump and congressional leaders reached an agreement that will keep the U.S. government operating at FY17 funding levels through mid-December. The continuing resolution …

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Acquisition Programs Dominate Pentagon’s FY17 Spending Increase

 by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. The Pentagon’s FY17 budget was signed into law on May 5, more than halfway through the fiscal year.  The legislation couldn’t come soon enough, …

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Reaction to White House Budget Plan Highlights a Divided Congress

 by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. The White House has issued initial budget guidance to federal agencies for the 2018 fiscal year, calling for an increase in defense spending that …

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Mattis Budget Guidance Spans Multiple Budget Cycles, Calls for FY17 Growth

 by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis released a memo on January 31 providing initial guidance for strengthening the armed forces through an FY17 budget amendment, …

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U.S. Army Lays Out $26.5 Billion Worth of Unfunded Priorities

 by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. The U.S. Army has released a pair of unfunded priorities lists for FY17 and FY18 calling for $26.5 billion in additional spending.  The documents …

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U.S. Defense Authorization Bill Prioritizes Halting End Strength Reductions

by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. The U.S. House and Senate have signed off on an FY17 defense policy bill that would halt ongoing end strength reductions, but the legislation …

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Deciphering Congressional Budget Markups with Forecast International’s Online Budget Tool

by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. The United States has what is probably the most transparent defense budget process in the world.  The Pentagon releases an annual budget request that …

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Defense Secretary Carter Previews FY17 Budget

by Shaun McDougall, Military Markets Analyst, Forecast International. U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter offered a preview of the Pentagon’s FY17 budget request on February 2, but offered relatively few concrete …

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