The Pentagon’s fiscal 2015 base budget proposal unveiled Tuesday requests $495.5 billion, compared with the fiscal 2014 enacted budget of $496 billion.
The Pentagon’s proposed outyear base budget top lines by fiscal year are as follows: $535.1 billion for fiscal 2016 or a decrease of 16.2% from President Obama’s fiscal 2014 proposal; $543.7 billion for fiscal 2017 or a drop of 16.2% from the fiscal 2014 proposal; $551.4 billion for fiscal 2018, a drop of 17.2% from the previous plan; and $559 billion in fiscal 2019, or a drop of 18.1% from fiscal 2014’s proposal.
For fiscal 2015, the Pentagon’s budget proposal includes a separate, fully funded “opportunity, growth and security (OGS) initiative” of about $26.4 billion. The Obama administration is proposing a similar OGS amount for non-defense needs as well.
Some of the items funded by the Pentagon’s OGS plan include: $1.1 billion for the Navy to buy eightaircraft; $600 million for the Army to buy 26 AH-64 Apache helicopters; $500 million for the Army to buy 28 Black Hawks; $100 million for the Army to buy two Chinooks; $1.1 billion for the Air Force to buy 10 ; $300 million for the Air Force to buy two ; and $200 million for the Air Force to buy 12 UAV.
The Pentagon says the budget seeks to restore readiness levels affected by sequestration cuts in fiscal 2014 and continues initiatives started in the fiscal 2014 budget to transition from a force focused largely on current operations to one capable of meeting a broader mission portfolio.
“The Department has learned from prior drawdowns that it is impossible to generate all the needed savings just through efficiencies,” the Pentagon says in its accompanying budget materials. “The Department prioritizes by focusing on key missions relevant to the future security environment.”
Subscribers to the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN) should keep visiting AWIN’s 2015 budget page for news, data and analysis of programs and priorities throughout the business day and as the proposal makes its way through Congress. The page can be found at http://www.aviationweek.com/awin/USBudget2015.aspx.