Defense spending constitutes a sizable share of all spending by the federal government, nearly 20 percent in 2012. CBO analyzes the budgetary effects of proposed legislation related to national security and assesses the cost-effectiveness of current and proposed defense programs. CBO also evaluates federal programs and issues related to veterans.
Nov 2013 - CBO projects that DoD’s plans will cost 3.5 percent more to execute through 2018 than DoD estimates. Moreover, the costs of DoD’s plans for 2014 through 2021 would greatly exceed the limits established by the Budget Control Act.
Nov 2013 - CBO periodically issues a compendium of options—this installment presents more than 100—to inform lawmakers about the budgetary effects of ways to reduce the deficit.
Oct 2013 - The total costs of carrying out the Navy’s 2014 shipbuilding plan—an average of $21 billion per year over the next 30 years—would be one-third higher than the funding amounts the Navy has received in recent decades, CBO estimates.
Jul 2013 - Cost estimate for the bill as reported by the Senate Committee on Armed Services on June 20, 2013.
Jun 2013 - Cost estimate for the bill as reported by the House Committee on Armed Services on June 7, 2013.
Mar 2013 - The costs of the Department of Defense’s (DoD’s) budget plans through 2021 would be much higher than the funding permitted under the Budget Control Act’s statutory caps. CBO examined four options to cut back on DoD’s forces and activities.
Nov 2012 - For fiscal year 2013, the Department of Defense has requested $150 billion for pay and benefits for current and retired military personnel--more than one-quarter of DoD’s total budget (excluding funding for military operations in Afghanistan).
- cost estimateNovember 25, 2013
- reportNovember 21, 2013
CBO Projects a Large Gap Between the Costs of DoD’s Plans and Funding Available Under the Budget Control Actblog postNovember 21, 2013
- reportNovember 13, 2013
- reportOctober 23, 2013
- reportOctober 18, 2013
S.J. Res. 21, a joint resolution for the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against the Government of Syria to Respond to Use of Chemical Weaponscost estimateSeptember 9, 2013
- cost estimateJuly 25, 2013
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