Some must-reads from this week's edition of Inside the Army:
1. A half billion-dollar reduction in aircraft procurement funding in the Army's fiscal year 2019 budget request is "a slight dip in one year," not evidence of a diminished commitment to the branch, according to the director of aviation on the Army staff.
2. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 provides for topline increases for the Defense Department in fiscal year 2018 and FY-19, but the Army's share of that funding growth has not yet been finalized, according to a senior service official.
3. The Pentagon has "realigned" $20 billion initially pegged for its fiscal year 2019 Overseas Contingency Operations request and directed it toward the military's base budgets to adhere to a bipartisan congressional spending deal, according to a detailed breakdown provided to Inside Defense.
4. The Army's fiscal year 2019 budget request seeks funding to launch research and technology projects that aim to spawn new ways to strike the enemy -- the vanguard of capability development spawned by the service's Multi-Domain Battle concept -- with an eye toward a potential land-based, anti-ship missile and a new single, multimission attack missile.