Defense and National Security
In the President’s 2024 budget request, total military compensation is $551 billion, including veterans' benefits. That amount represents an increase of 134 percent since 1999 after removing the effects of inflation.
The Navy’s Costs to Eliminate Its Deferred Maintenance Backlog and to Renovate and Modernize Its Buildings
CBO estimates that eliminating the maintenance backlogs of roughly 20,000 buildings that the Navy uses and maintains in the United States would cost $17 billion. Renovating and modernizing the buildings would cost an additional $32 billion.
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The enhanced tool lets users change the defense budget to see the possible effects on military forces, or add or subtract major units to see the effects on the budget, or explore a mix of those approaches. It includes a how-to-use tutorial.
This tool allows the user to see the effects on the Department of Defense’s total operation and support costs and on the size of the military of adding or subtracting tanks, ships, aircraft, and other units.
This spreadsheet provides the data that underlie CBO’s interactive force structure tool.
Under the three alternatives in the Navy’s 2024 plan, total shipbuilding costs would average about $34 billion to $36 billion per year (in 2023 dollars) through 2053, CBO estimates, as the Navy built a fleet of 319 to 367 battle force ships.
CBO analyzes the Department of Defense’s plans for 2024 through 2028 as presented in the 2024 Future Years Defense Program. Under those plans, CBO projects, defense costs would increase by 10 percent between 2028 and 2038.
Answers to Questions for the Record Following a Hearing on Approaches to Reducing the Department of Defense’s Compensation Costs
The Senate Armed Services Committee’s Subcommittee on Personnel convened a hearing at which David E. Mosher, CBO’s Director of National Security Analysis, testified. This document provides CBO’s answers to questions for the record.
- Cost Estimate
H.R. 4762, a bill to amend title 49, United States Code, to extend the non premium war risk insurance program
As ordered reported by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on July 27, 2023
- Cost Estimate
As ordered reported by the House Committee on Energy and Commerce on February 28, 2023