Inside the Army highlights

By Courtney McBride / February 26, 2018 at 10:04 AM

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.

Full story: DAMO-AV chief deems FY-19 ITEP funding 'a win,' touts FVL work

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.

Full story: Horlander offers estimate of FY-18 topline increase, notes Congress has final word

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.

Full story: Pentagon breaks down $20B OCO 'realignment' for FY-19

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.

Full story: Army seeks new missile technology in FY-19 to support Multi-Domain Battle