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Since the Defense Department’s budget proposal was unveiled March 4, Pentagon officials have harbored hope that, by now, they would have received a “signal” from Congress that it was willing to compromise and meet the administration halfway. But hope is fading fast, said Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.
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Congressional oversight committees have asked industry groups to help pinpoint specific trouble spots in the military procurement system. Frustrated by decades of failed reform efforts, lawmakers are taking a different tack and, instead of piling on new rules, they are first investigating why current laws and regulations have not worked as intended. They also are scrutinizing overhead costs as one of the root causes of soaring weapon prices.
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While the Marine Corps has enough amphibious ships to support a singular engagement in the Asia-Pacific region, it currently does not have enough of them to deploy multiple amphibious forces concurrently, said the commanding general of Marine Forces Japan.
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We have done so much with so little for so long. We can do almost anything with nothing. This is where the term " shoe string budget comes from. From Guadalcanal to present. The more things change. The more they stay the same. Semper Fi. 
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 The U.S. military will be in danger of losing its asymmetric advantage should sequestration be reinstated in fiscal year 2016, the Navy’s acquisition chief warned.
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Despite budget pressures, the Navy is funding several new unmanned aircraft programs. 

The industry currently has its eyes set on the unmanned carrier-launched surveillance and strike program, or UCLASS. The Navy is seeking an unmanned aerial system that can operate from an aircraft carrier, collect intelligence and strike targets. UCLASS is the only Navy drone program still in competition.
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A combination of unfriendly tax policies, military budget cuts and cutthroat competition is wreaking havoc on California’s storied aerospace industry, a new study cautions.
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The United States still is by far the world’s largest military spender, with a budget of $640 billion in 2013. But U.S. defense spending is down from a a year ago, while the next three largest military powers — China, Russia and Saudi Arabia — have made substantial increases, according to new data by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
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Since the end of World War II, U.S. foreign policy in Africa has been based on diplomacy and international aid rather than military presence. 
 
That paradigm shifted as a result of the Arab Spring movement. Both the Marine Corps and Special Operations Command have plans to increase troop strength to deal with instability and terrorist threats on the continent. 
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The Marine Corps has fewer amphibious ships than it requires to maintain a global presence and the vehicles it needs to get ashore during battle are nearing a half-century of service.

With dwindling funds to buy more ships or replace its ship-to-shore connectors, officials have had think creatively about how they will achieve their vision for providing a global scalable sea-based crisis response force, which they call Expeditionary Force 21.
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There may soon be a day when 3D printers are standard pieces of equipment aboard ships at sea, technologists said April 8 at the Navy League's Sea-Air-Space conference.
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