The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, signed into law on Jan. 2, did not resolve many of the issues at play in the “fiscal cliff” debate and merely changed the terms of the Budget Control Act’s looming sequester, said Todd Harrison, a leading expert on defense budgeting issues with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. What the ATRA did do was delay sequestration by two months, reduce the sequester’s mandatory defense spending cuts in proportion to the delay, and slightly change the way the sequester’s budget caps are applied in Fiscal 2013, Harrison told reporters in Washington, D.C., during a Jan. 9 briefing. ATRA pushed back the date of the sequester taking effect to March 1 from Jan. 2, with the second phase of the cuts hitting on March 27 for any remaining budget authority in excess of the sequester’s caps, he said. The act also reduced and redefined the sequester’s budget caps. Originally, the BCA capped defense at $546 billion in Fiscal 2013, and $556 billion in Fiscal 2014. The ATRA reduced those caps by $2 billion and $4 billion, respectively, said Harrison. ATRA also reduced the amount of the sequester penalty for defense in Fiscal 2013 from $54.7 billion to $42.7 billion, he said. DOD would have to apply those spending cuts over the remaining months of the fiscal year. (See CSBA’s backgrounder.)
The Senate confirmed over 400 senior military promotions Dec. 5, after Sen. Tommy Tuberville mostly lifted his monthslong hold on military nominations. Specifically, Tuberville lifted his hold on all nominations below four-star generals and admirals. Out of 455 pending general and flag officer nominations, affecting 451 people, the Senate confirmed…
Three types of U.S. Air Force fighter aircraft participated in air-to-air refueling with a commercial tanker for the first time last month, coinciding with a bilateral exercise between the U.S. and Singapore that concluded Nov. 24.
Dec. 5, 2023
The eight Airmen aboard the CV-22 Osprey that crashed off the coast of Japan were declared dead as the operation transitioned to search and recovery Dec. 5.
Adm. Christopher Grady, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs and head of the Joint Requirements Oversight Council, is pushing a “portfolio” approach to requirements and wants his position to have “more teeth” so he can enforce it.
The Michigan Air National Guard’s 127th Air Refueling Group recently put together what may be a first of its kind in the Air Force: a training program that teaches KC-135 tanker crews how to perform specialized fueling operations (SFO): ground-based procedures that could help gas up military aircraft in a…
Air Force Global Strike Command has finished collecting a second round of test samples looking for hazardous chemicals at its three intercontinental ballistic missile bases and plans to expand testing to Vandenberg Space Force Base early next year, officials said Dec. 1.
Dec. 4, 2023
After a nearly weeklong search, U.S. and Japanese search teams located most of the wreckage of U.S. Air Force CV-22 Osprey and the remains of most of its crew members.
The U.S. conducted a drone strike in Iraq on Dec. 3, as the American troops there continue to be targeted by Iranian-backed militants. The strike took place near Kirkuk as the militants were preparing to attack U.S. troops in northern Iraq, a U.S. official told Air & Space Forces Magazine.…