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Pentagon Budget Panel Outlines Options for Acquisition

March 11, 2024

John Grady


The Pentagon with the Washington Monument and National Mall in the background. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Perry Aston)(Released)

By John Grady, March 8, 2024 / USNI News

Throw out the budget-making process that has been in place in the Pentagon since the Kennedy administration for a “defense resourcing system” to tie spending to strategy, was the key recommendation from a congressionally appointed bipartisan panel’s report released Wednesday.

That was but one of the 28 recommendations included in the commission’s almost 400-page report to improve spending flexibility, including providing a mechanism to start programs even when Congress hasn’t approved a full year’s budget, and reacting to new threats.

Entitled “Defense Resourcing for the Future,” the commission on planning, programming, budgeting and execution reform spent two years taking testimony from 400 witnesses in more than 40 sessions, Robert Hale, commission co-chair, said.

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