The Department of Defense (DoD), which accounts for about 96 percent of defense spending, received $587 billion in funding for 2014. 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 contingency operations in Afghanistan and elsewhere overseas. 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.
Jan 2014 - Between 2000 and 2012, the cost of providing health care to service members, retirees, and their families increased by 130 percent (after adjusting for inflation). What approaches might curtail the growth in those costs?
Dec 2013 - The Administration requested $23 billion for nuclear forces in 2014, CBO estimates. With current plans, costs will total about $350 billion over the next 10 years if costs grow at historical rates, CBO projects.
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.
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).
- Cost EstimateSeptember 16, 2014
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- Cost EstimateJuly 24, 2014
Historical and Planned Future Budgets for the Missile Defense Agency’s Ground-Based Midcourse Defense ProgramReportJuly 22, 2014
- PresentationJune 30, 2014
- Cost EstimateMay 16, 2014
Letter to the Honorable Howard P. "Buck" McKeon regarding a preliminary estimate of the direct spending effects of H.R. 4435, the Howard P. “Buck” McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015ReportMay 12, 2014
H.R. 4309, a bill to amend the Sikes Act to make certain improvements to the administration of cooperative agreements for land management related to Department of Defense readiness activities, and for other purposesCost EstimateApril 17, 2014
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