The Department of Defense received about $100 billion in 2013 to procure new weapon systems and other major equipment and to upgrade existing weapon systems; it received another $64 billion for research, development, testing, and evaluation of new weapon systems. CBO reviews selected weapon programs and, every year, provides an analysis of the department's long-term defense plans, which includes projections of the cost of weapon systems.
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.
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.
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.
- presentationFebruary 7, 2014
- presentationJanuary 29, 2014
- presentationJanuary 7, 2014
- reportDecember 20, 2013
- blog postDecember 12, 2013
- blog postDecember 9, 2013
- 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
Use this menu to filter CBO's publications by topic. From January 2011 forward, all the agency's products are categorized by topic. Cost estimates released prior to the 112th Congress are not categorized by topic.