The Department of Defense (DoD) received $105 billion in 2012 to procure new weapon systems and other major equipment and to upgrade existing weapon systems; it received another $70 billion for research, development, testing, and evaluation of new weapon systems. CBO analyzes selected weapon programs. It also produces annual analyses of DoD's long-term defense plans, including projections of the cost of weapon systems.
Apr 2013 - CBO compares the Army’s plan for the GCV with four options and finds that, although no option would meet all of the Army’s goals, all are likely to be less costly and pose a smaller risk of delay than CBO expects for the Army’s plan.
Jul 2012 - CBO projects that DoD’s plans will cost $123 billion, or 5 percent, more to execute through 2017 than DoD estimates. CBO also projects that the cost of DoD’s plans will exceed the limits established in the Budget Control Act.
Jul 2012 - The Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan calls for purchasing 268 ships through 2042. CBO finds that the plan would fall short of the Navy’s goals for some types of ships. The plan would also cost an average of $22 billion per year (in 2012 dollars), much more than the Navy has received in recent years.
Nov 2011 - CBO reviews the size, missions, and use of the Navy’s amphibious warfare ships and related expeditionary forces under the Navy’s 2012 shipbuilding plan.
- reportApril 2, 2013
- working paperNovember 6, 2012
- reportJuly 25, 2012
CBO Estimates That the Navy’s Latest 30-Year Shipbuilding Plan Will Cost More Than the Navy Estimatesblog postJuly 25, 2012
- reportJuly 11, 2012
Models Used by the Military Services to Develop Budgets for Activities Associated with Operational ReadinessreportFebruary 14, 2012
- blog postNovember 18, 2011
- reportNovember 18, 2011
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