A surprise budget deal between the president and the House of Representatives means the Pentagon narrowly missed a host of looming political and budget problems.
Obama has vetoed the defense budget over Congress's use of emergency war funding to pay for non-emergency stuff, including a program designed to reassure NATO allies.
The standoff between Obama and Congress over the defense budget centers on emergency wartime funding that allows for some creative accounting.
The US defense budget has passed the House and is up for a vote in the Senate, but the president has said he’ll veto it because of the unorthodox way it would fund the Pentagon.
The US Congress passed a temporary spending bill to keep the lights on in Washington, but the stopgap measure only runs until December, when the budget fights will erupt again.
Stopgap measures Congress may put in place to prevent a government shutdown could wreak havoc on the Defense Department's ability to plan for the future.
After years of cruising the dealerships, the Pentagon announced this week that it will buy 55,000 new vehicles and spend up to $30 billion to replace Humvees and MRAPs.
In advocating for a deal between major world powers and Iran over the Islamic republic's nuclear program, Obama has possibly already sidestepped congressional opposition.