The Defense Department is requesting $495.6 billion in its
base budget, a reduction of $400 million from the enacted Fiscal 2014 budget. The
proposed budget meets the sequester-related caps in Fiscal 2015, though it
exceeds those caps by some $115 billion from Fiscal 2016 through Fiscal 2019,
said DOD Comptroller Robert Hale on Tuesday. The Fiscal 2015 request also
assumes some risks, but those risks would rise “significantly” if sequester
continued beyond Fiscal 2016, said Pentagon officials. Hale said DOD planners strived to find the right balance
between the size of the Joint Force, its readiness, and its capabilities, though
he said officials were forced to make tradeoffs between the three in the long
term. To save readiness and modernization, a host of efficiencies and
compensation reforms have been proposed, including a new BRAC round in Fiscal
2017 and consolidation of the Tricare system beginning in Fiscal 2016. (Fiscal
2015 defense budget
summary) (See also Pentagon
Seeks $526.6 Billion in Fiscal 2014.)
Macro Breakdown: Operations and Maintenance: $198.726
billion; Military Personnel: $135.194 billion; Procurement: $90.359 billion; Research,
Development, Test, and Evaluation: $63.534 billion; Military
Construction/Family Housing: $6.558 billion; and Other: $1.234 billion.
Breakdown: Air Force: $137.782 billion; Navy: $147.686
billion; Army: $120.331 billion; and Defense-wide: $89.806 billion.
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