Jen DiMascio

Jen DiMascio was a reporter with Inside Defense until August 2006.

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Daily News | August 1, 2006

Although the Army National Guard's long-term budget does not include funding for the number of soldiers it plans to have by the end of the year, the Guard has received verbal assurances from Pentagon officials that the Defense Department will pay for them, Lt. Gen. Steven Blum said today.

Daily News | July 6, 2006

The Defense Department is seeking permission from Congress to shift $4.4 billion between dozens of accounts in order to prevent paychecks from bouncing during the final months of the fiscal year and to launch a few new-start weapons programs, including an effort to prevent B-2 bombers from crashing.

Daily News | May 30, 2006

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Richard Cody directed the Army last week to stop ordering many spare parts and supplies in an effort to pare back spending until Congress passes the fiscal year 2006 emergency supplemental spending bill to fund operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Daily News | May 23, 2006

A "disaster is looming" for the Army if Congress fails to deliver an emergency supplemental spending bill covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and hurricane relief to President Bush by May 29, according to the president of the Association of the U.S. Army.

Daily News | April 19, 2006

The Defense Department is girding for a new round of fiscal belt tightening that could squeeze $25 billion from the Army across the Pentagon's new six-year spending plan and force the ground service for a second consecutive year to choose between significant cuts in the size of its forces and scaling back key equipment modernization programs.

Daily News | February 22, 2006

The Defense Department is seeking $17.2 billion to buy weapon systems and equipment "critical" to operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as part of a $65.3 billion supplemental spending request that will soon be provided to lawmakers, according to Pentagon documents and officials.

Daily News | February 16, 2006

FT. LAUDERDALE, FL -- The Army and the Air Force recently signed a memorandum of agreement governing the way ahead for the joint development of a fixed-wing aircraft to ferry troops and equipment in theater, the Army's top acquisition official said yesterday.

Daily News | February 6, 2006

The Army's budget request for fiscal year 2007 increased by $11.8 billion over the prior fiscal year, with much of the additional funding allocated to the service's plan to move from a division-based force to one that is brigade-based.

Daily News | February 3, 2006

The president's budget request for fiscal year 2007 will include an increase in the Army's budget to $111.8 billion, up over last year's request of about $100 billion, according to a source familiar with the request.

Daily News | January 6, 2006

Pentagon officials were scrambling today to try to avoid a 1 percent reduction to the Defense Department's topline budget for fiscal year 2007 and beyond, a situation that might require Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to appeal directly to the White House, according to government officials.

Daily News | December 15, 2005

The Office of the Secretary of Defense late Tuesday evening issued a sweeping budget decision proposing to adopt an Air Force move to cut tens of thousands of personnel and enact Army plans to reduce the growth of its active-duty ranks and implement Army National Guard cuts, according to Pentagon officials.

Daily News | December 13, 2005

A Center of Excellence at the National Training Center in Ft. Irwin, CA, is being folded into the Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Task Force now led by retired Gen. Montgomery Meigs, an Army official said today.

Daily News | November 30, 2005

The Defense Department is preparing to issue a series of classified budget decisions next week that Pentagon officials anticipate will detail the key results of its nearly 10-month long Quadrennial Defense Review, including the programs to be terminated or pared back.

Daily News | November 8, 2005

The Army's top civilian today did not directly address how the service responded to a Pentagon memo directing it to cut at least $11.7 billion out of its budget over the next five years, but he did not deny that the service offered up force structure reductions.

Daily News | November 2, 2005

The Defense Department is weighing $32 billion in cuts to major weapon systems and Army force structure over the next six years, reductions that may represent only a down payment on the total bill facing the Pentagon as federal budget pressures mount.

Daily News | October 3, 2005

The Army's military acquisition chief said today that he is "very concerned" about pressures on the service's budget.

Daily News | September 28, 2005

Senate Armed Services Committee leaders said today they might attempt to attach the fiscal year 2006 defense authorization bill as an amendment to the FY-06 appropriations measure.

Daily News | July 27, 2005

On the eve of a Defense Acquisition Board meeting that could decide the fate of the problem-plagued Joint Tactical Radio System, a senior official at contractor Boeing is confident his company is "back on track" with the program and moving forward.

Daily News | July 5, 2005

President Bush has nominated Army Lt. Gen. Keith Alexander to be the next director of the National Security Agency and the chief of the Central Security Service at Ft. Meade, MD, the Pentagon announced today.

Daily News | June 3, 2005

The Army's chief of staff has directed the service to proceed with a concept for a 24-ton Future Combat System Manned Ground Vehicle, according to an early draft of a statement on the decision.

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