The Department of Defense (DoD), which accounts for about 96 percent of defense spending, received $580 billion in funding for 2013. The funding provided to DoD covered its base budget—which pays for the department’s normal activities such as manning, training, and equipping the military—and its operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere overseas. That amount reflects the funding caps put in place by the Budget Control Act of 2011, reductions resulting from sequestration, and supplemental funding provided for overseas operations. CBO analyzes the possible consequences of planned reductions in funding for the military’s force structure and acquisitions, and the agency studies the budgetary implications of DoD’s defense plans, including those for military personnel, weapon systems, and operations.
Nov 2013 - CBO projects that DoD’s plans will cost 3.5 percent more to execute through 2018 than DoD estimates. Moreover, the costs of DoD’s plans for 2014 through 2021 would greatly exceed the limits established by the Budget Control Act.
Oct 2013 - The total costs of carrying out the Navy’s 2014 shipbuilding plan—an average of $21 billion per year over the next 30 years—would be one-third higher than the funding amounts the Navy has received in recent decades, CBO estimates.
Jul 2013 - Cost estimate for the bill as reported by the Senate Committee on Armed Services on June 20, 2013.
Jun 2013 - Cost estimate for the bill as reported by the House Committee on Armed Services on June 7, 2013.
Mar 2013 - The costs of the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) budget plans through 2021 would be much higher than the funding permitted under the Budget Control Act’s statutory caps. CBO examined four options to cut back on DoD’s forces and activities.
Nov 2012 - For fiscal year 2013, the Department of Defense has requested $150 billion for pay and benefits for current and retired military personnel--more than one-quarter of DoD’s total budget (excluding funding for military operations in Afghanistan).
- reportNovember 21, 2013
CBO Projects a Large Gap Between the Costs of DoD’s Plans and Funding Available Under the Budget Control Actblog postNovember 21, 2013
- reportNovember 13, 2013
- reportOctober 23, 2013
- reportOctober 18, 2013
- cost estimateJuly 25, 2013
- presentationJuly 1, 2013
- cost estimateJune 11, 2013
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