Hill Briefing: Unpacking the FY 15 Defense Budget
The Good, the Bad, the Ugly: Unpacking the FY15 Defense Budget
National Security Network and the Pentagon Budget Campaign
Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2212
Friday, March 14
This week the Pentagon released its FY 15 budget, totaling $495.6 billion, setting a $79.4 billion placeholder for the Overseas Contingency Operations fund, and providing a $26 billion wish list in an unfunded request. The essentials of the budget help to rebalance U.S. armed forces to meet future threats after a decade of costly stability operations and make progress towards finding efficiency savings. Yet, serious budget concerns remain, especially the use of war funding to skirt the caps imposed by the Budget Control Act (BCA) that have already been increased for this year by the Ryan-Murray Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013. Beyond 2015, the Pentagon’s intentions to increase spending by $115 billion over the caps during 2016-2020 threaten to force further rounds of sequestration and are not in line with national security needs. Join the National Security Network and the Pentagon Budget Campaign for an expert panel discussion that takes a critical look at the FY 15 Pentagon budget.
Vice President, Defense and Foreign Policy Studies, Cato Institute
Director,Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense, Stimson Center
Executive Vice President, National Taxpayers Union
Senior Policy Analyst, Taxpayers for Common Sense
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