At least one major defense acquisition program and smaller research and development programs will be delayed while the Pentagon is operating under a stopgap funding bill passed by Congress last week.
Under the bill, which funds the government through Jan. 15, “we are not allowed to do new starts, rate increases ... [or] new military construction projects,” DoD Comptroller Robert Hale said at a briefing last week.
Hale didn’t provide details about those programs at the briefing, but DoD spokesman Cmdr. Bill Urban said “one major defense acquisition program (MDAP) that will be delayed is the Afloat Forward Staging Base, which will provide further flexibility for the U.S. Navy in the future.”
There are smaller programs, such as research and development projects, equipment modifications and minor equipment purchases that will be delayed under the CR, Urban said. Specifics on those programs and the extent of any delays was not released.
Speaking at the Oct. 17 briefing, Hale said operating under a CR is disruptive.
“Perhaps one of the biggest problems ... is the fact that we essentially required under the CR to buy the same ships this year as last year, because Congress appropriates by ship, and we have to repeat last year,” he said. “It’s a Groundhog Day approach to budgeting.”