What to Look for in the fiscal year 2020 U.S. Department of Defense budget request

WASHINGTON – The FY 2020 DOD budget request has already had a wild ride, and it has not even been submitted yet. Last February, in its FY 2019 defense budget request, the Trump administration forecasted a total national defense budget (including base Department of Defense (DOD) funding, Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), and nuclear activities of $733 billion for FY 2020. The Center for Strategic and International Studies reports.

What to Look for in the fiscal year 2020 U.S. Department of Defense budget request
What to Look for in the fiscal year 2020 U.S. Department of Defense budget request
WASHINGTON – The FY 2020 DOD budget request has already had a wild ride, and it has not even been submitted yet. Last February, in its FY 2019 defense budget request, the Trump administration forecasted a total national defense budget (including base Department of Defense (DOD) funding, Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO), and nuclear activities of $733 billion for FY 2020. The Center for Strategic and International Studies reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

4 Feb. 2019 -- In October, the president cut that projection to $700 billion over concerns about the size of the federal deficit. In December, then-secretary of defense James Mattis objected, joined by then-House Armed Services Committee chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) and Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.). The president reportedly reversed himself and increased the budget to $750 billion. What should we be looking for when this fluctuating budget is finally presented?

Is the topline FY 2020 DOD budget request actually $750 billion? The president implied that when he visited the Pentagon in mid-January and, in his customary understated way, said, “I’ve given you the biggest budget in our history, and I’ve now done it two times ... and I am about to do it three times.” Nevertheless, after the wild ride of the fall, a $750 topline is not guaranteed. There have been some rumors that the actual number may be closer to $745 billion—still a large increase from the $716 billion in FY 2019.

How is the money distributed? Past experience indicates that a $750 billion budget would consist of approximately $650 billion for the DOD base budget, $70 billion for OCO, and $30 billion for defense-related activities in the Department of Energy (DoE) and other government agencies.

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John Keller, chief editor
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