Creative accounting reportedly masks $3B in DOD budget request

The Defense Department avoided mandated spending caps by moving $3 billion of military pay and benefits from the base budget to the war budget, Foreign Policy reports.

The 2013 budget shows a decrease of $6 billion for pay and benefits in the base -- or ongoing -- budget, while $3 billion increase shows up in the same category for the war budget even though troops will be withdrawing from Iraq and Afghanistan, according to Foreign Policy.

The base budget must comply with discretionary spending caps in the Budget Control Act of 2011, but the war budget does not have that constraint. The budget request is in line with the adminstration's recently announced plan to reduce the number of troops in the Army and Marines, experts told Foreign Policy.

About the Author

Connect with the FCW staff on Twitter @FCWnow.

Featured

  • Defense
    DOD photo by Senior Airman Perry Aston  11th Wing Public Affairs

    How DOD's executive exodus could affect tech modernization

    Back-to-back resignations raise concerns about how things will be run without permanent leadership in key areas from policy to tech development.

  • Budget
    cybersecurity (vs148/Shutterstock.com)

    House's DHS funding bill would create public-private cyber center

    The legislation would give $2.25 billion to DHS' cyber wing and set up an integrated cybersecurity center with other agencies, state and local governments and private industry.

Stay Connected

FCW INSIDER

Sign up for our newsletter.

I agree to this site's Privacy Policy.