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John Whitley: DoD Chief Management Officer Oversees Servicewide Budget Reviews

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John Whitley
John Whitley

John Whitley, who performs the duties of director of the office of cost assessment and program evaluation at the Department of Defense, said the office of DoD’s chief management officer is reviewing each of the service branch’s budgets to align them with the National Defense Strategy, DoD News reported Friday.

Whitley said Wednesday at the McAleese Defense Programs Conference that the reviews will materialize in the defense budget cycles from fiscal year 2022 through FY 2026.

He said the Pentagon had to look within to free up money to support programs meant to counter threats posed by Russia and China. Those programs include artificial intelligence, hypersonics, 5G, missile defense and nuclear triad modernization.

The Pentagon conducted a defense-wide review between August and November and Whitley noted that the department was able to find approximately $6 billion in funds to support high-priority initiatives in the FY 2021 budget.