Department of Defense Authorization for Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015 and the Future Years Defense Program, Hearings Before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, April 8 and 9, 2014 [open pdf - 385KB]
These is the April 8 and 9, 2014 hearing, "Department of Defense Authorization for Appropriations for Fiscal Year 2015 and the Future Years Defense Program," Hearings Before the Committee on Armed Services. From the Opening Statement of Richard Blumenthal, "Our witnesses this afternoon face really huge challenges as they strive to balance the need to support ongoing operations and sustain readiness with the need to modernize and keep the technological edge that is so critical to our military success. These challenges, as you well know, have been made particularly difficult by the spending caps imposed by the Budget Control Act (BCA). Those caps which bedevil us all were modestly relieved for fiscal year 2015 in the Bipartisan Budget Act (BBA) that we enacted earlier this year, but they are scheduled to resume in full blast in 2016 and beyond. These caps seriously challenge our ability to meet our national security needs and they have already forced military departments to make painful tradeoffs. Unless they are modified after fiscal year 2015, they will threaten our long-term national security interests, and no one knows those facts better than the military leaders who are with us today. Every year we are challenged to make decisions balancing a number of competing demands for resources, including resources for current operations, and investment in future modernization. In this case, we will be assessing plans and programs regarding the current status and future prospects for tactical aviation programs." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Christopher C. Bogdan, Charles R. Davis, Paul A. Grosklags, and John F. Campbell.
S. Hrg. 113-465, Pt. 4; Senate Hearing 113-465, Part 4
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