FY2011 DoD base budget increases by 3.4 percent

////FY2011 DoD base budget increases by 3.4 percent

FY2011 DoD base budget increases by 3.4 percent

On February 1, 2010, the President submitted the FY 2011 federal budget request to the Congress.  The DoD base budget request (excluding war funding) totals $548.9 billion, a 3.4 percent increase ($18 billion) over FY 2010.  Secretary Gates stated that “The choices made and priorities set…reflect America’s commitment to succeed in the war we are in while making investments necessary to prepare for the threats on or beyond the horizon.”  The largest increases go to operations and maintenance (+$15.7 billon) and procurement (+$8.1 billion) appropriations.  Military personnel budgets increase by $3.5 billion, while funding for both RDT&E and Military Construction decreases by $4 billion.  The Air Force is the biggest gainer, as its FY2011 budget increases by $6.6 billion, 4.6 percent over FY 2010.  The Navy’s budget increases by $4.8 billion, and the Army’s budget grows by $3.8 billion.  Underscoring the need to address shortfalls in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance capabilities, the budget places special emphasis on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), Army helicopters, and growing needs of Special Operations Forces (SOF).  In a move to make funding available for more pressing needs, DoD proposes terminating the Navy’s EPX intelligence aircraft, cancelling the CGX cruiser program, and stopping the Defense Integrated Military Human Resources System (DIMHRS).  In a repeat move from last year’s request, the budget also proposes closing the production line on the C-17 and ending the alternate engine for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.  Congress rejected both of these actions in the FY2010DoD Appropriations Act.  Total DoD spending in FY 2011 (including war spending) is expected to be 4.7 percent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and almost 19 percent of total federal spending.  The Office of the Under Secretary (Comptroller) has provided details on the FY2011 DoD budget.  Here you can review the press budget briefing, summary and detailed budget descriptions, and Service and Component justification material.  In addition, the DoD press office has released transcripts of the Service and Missile Defense Agency press briefings.

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