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The Defense Budget

The Pentagon’s fiscal year 2016 budget request makes important reforms but ignores fiscal and political realities, write the authors.

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idea_bulbReleased on February 2, the Department of Defense’s, or DOD’s, fiscal year 2016 budget request contains a healthy dose of déjà vu. At $585 billion—$534 billion for the base budget and $51 billion for the Overseas Contingency Operations, or OCO, budget—the total request is historically high. It includes investments in technological innovation, takes steps to realign the force for future challenges and threats, and calls for necessary reforms. But it also overinvests in costly new systems and nuclear modernization.

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