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DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE: FY 2016 Budget Proposal

Army Reserve Chief Calls for Budget Flexibility

The chief of the Army Reserve understands that the U.S. deficit is a threat to national security, but says the component needs flexibility from Congress to spend what money it gets more effectively. Story

Obama Says He Won't Accept Budget That Shortchanges Readiness

President Barack Obama assured service members that they "are going to get paid" despite disagreements over the fiscal year 2016 defense budget. Story

Odierno: Army End Strength Issue Still Unsettled

When the Army's chief of staff retires this August, one thing he'll be leaving for his successor is the unfinished business of how big the Army will be. Story

Dempsey: U.S. Aspirations Exceed DoD's Resources

America's global aspirations "are exceeding our available resources," the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress.

Carter Urges Senators to Support Stable Defense Budget

Slashed budgets and high worldwide demand for U.S. military forces have created an unbalanced defense program that is taking on increasingly greater risks, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a Senate panel. Story

DoD Officials Discuss Science, Technology Budget

The Defense Department has maintained a steady $12 billion investment in science and technology and is using new initiatives to boost innovation and military superiority, defense officials told a Senate panel. Story

Navy, Air Force Advocate for Modernizing Combat Aviation

Top Navy and Air Force officials told the House Armed Services subcommittee on tactical air and land forces the president's budget request for fiscal year 2016 will support modernizing combat aviation programs. Story

Army Leaders Urge Congressional Relief From Sequester

The Army's senior leaders urged Congress to support President Barack Obama's $126.5 billion budget request to preserve modest gains from the past year. Story

Officials: Space no Longer a Sanctuary; Sequester a Threat

The space domain is no longer the relative sanctuary it once was, and growing adversarial threats intend to deny the U.S. national security and economic benefits derived from space access, Defense Department officials told Congress. Story

Military Leaders Report Concerns on Long-term Readiness

The U.S. military is consuming readiness as fast as it can generate it, and this leaves America vulnerable, uniformed leaders told the House Armed Services Readiness subcommittee. Story

Army Reserve, Guard Leaders Caution Against Sequestration

Funding allocations below President Barack Obama's budget proposal levels will risk the Reserve components' ability to fulfill the nation's global security requirements and worsen readiness challenges, senior leaders from the Army Reserve and National Guard said. Story

Commanders Describe Budgetary Needs to Senate Panel

In a dynamic and uncertain security environment, sequestration and its associated budget inflexibility are grave threats to national security, three top military commanders told the Senate Armed Services Committee. Story

Missile Budget Cuts Threaten Defense Posture, Officials Say

The Oct. 1 return to sequestration-level funding now required by budget law would significantly lower an already austere budget for missile defense, making the nation less secure, the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy told Congress. Story

Carter: Sequestration Will Make the U.S. Less Secure

The proposed defense budget is in line with fiscal year 2015 projections, halting the decline in defense spending and making available the resources needed to execute the nation's defense strategy, Defense Secretary Ash Carter told a House panel. Story

Infrastructure Funding Level Poses Risk, Officials Say

Service officials responsible for infrastructure described for Congress a need throughout the Defense Department for infrastructure reduction and improved funding for military construction. Story

Service Leaders Catalog Sequestration Impacts for Congress

The service secretaries and chiefs warned Congress of the dire effects a return to sequestration would have on security at home and around the world. Story

Northcom Chief Discusses Threats to Homeland

The most dangerous threats to the U.S. homeland include transnational criminal networks, homegrown violent extremists and cyberattacks, Navy Adm. William E. Gortney told a Senate panel. Story

Southcom Chief Details Dangers of Sequestration

The return of sequestration would critically limit U.S. Southern Command's operations, Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, Southcom's commander, told a Senate panel. Story

Army Chief: Readiness Degraded to Historically Low Levels

Unrelenting budget constraints have degraded Army readiness and modernization to historically low levels, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno told a Senate panel.Story

McHugh: America's Army Facing Sequestration 'Enemy' at Home

Not only does the U.S. Army face rapid, unpredictable changes in the geopolitical landscape, but also the uncertainty of an adversary -- sequestration -- here at home, Army Secretary John M. McHugh said before a Senate subcommittee. Story

Greenert: Sequestration Threatens Readiness, Modernization

WASHINGTON - As the Navy faces a projected shortfall of about $25 billion below the president's fiscal year 2016 budget request, sequestration and the continuing funding resolution have degraded the service's readiness and capabilities, the chief of naval operations told Congress. Story

Navy Secretary Explains Significance of Sea Power

National security interests face heightened threats and demands as budget woes grow more challenging and complex, but the Navy and Marines Corps remain the best value to advance global security and presence, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus told a Senate panel. Story

Dempsey: Reforms Just as Important as Budget Increase

Internal reforms are just as important to the Defense Department as an increase to its budget, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told the House Appropriations Committee's defense subcommittee. Story

Senior DoD Official Testifies on Budget, BRAC

Forcing the Defense Department to adhere to caps from the 2011 Budget Control Act would resonate across the entire defense budget, a senior DoD official testified before the House. Story

Secretary: 'Sad Math' of Sequestration Won't Resolve Fiscal Issues

Sequestration isn't the law of the land because it makes sense, it's the law because of political gridlock, Defense Secretary Ash Carter testified. Story

Carter: Nation 'Would be Less Secure' Under Sequestration

Sequestration threatens military readiness, the size of warfighting forces, the capabilities of air and naval fleets, and ultimately the lives of the nation's men and women in uniform, Defense Secretary Ash Carter said. Story

Sequestration Endangers Defense Strategy, Dempsey Says

While the U.S. military remains strong, sequestration endangers the mission of protecting America and its interests, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey said. Story

McKeon: Budget Request Provides 'Robust' Nuclear Deterrent

The president's proposed fiscal 2016 budget proposal contains funding to provide a "stable and robust" nuclear deterrent capability for the nation, Brian P. McKeon, principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, told the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces. Story

Budget Request Balances Today's Needs Against Tomorrow's Threats

The president's fiscal year 2016 budget request of $534 billion protects America today, while positioning the U.S. military to face the threats of tomorrow, said Mike McCord, Defense Department comptroller and chief financial officer. Story

Work: FY 16 Budget Request Targets Modernization Efforts

President Barack Obama's fiscal year 2016 budget request for the Defense Department is strategy-driven and resource-informed, and will meet the United States' 21st century national security needs, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said. Story

Air Force Seeks $10 Billion Over Sequestration Funding

The demand for Air Force capabilities is increasing, therefore the service is requesting $10 billion more than sequestration-level funding provides, Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said in Orlando, Florida, during the Air Force Association Air Warfare Symposium and Technology Exposition. Story

Dempsey: Budget Proposal Helps Manage Risk, Prepare for Future

Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says proposed budget represents the minimum resource level necessary to remain a capable, ready and appropriately sized force able to meet our global commitments. Story

No Room for More Risk in Defense Budget, Winnefeld Says

While the president's Fiscal 2016 Budget Request funds the defense strategy, the department has been assuming risk since sequestration, and there is no more room in the budget for risk, Navy Adm. James Winnefeld said. Story

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  • DoD Topline, FY 2001 - 2020

    Infographic #2 (Current Dollars in Billions)
  • Your Service Members

    Infographic #6 (Numbers by FY16, includes Active, Guard, and Reserve.)
  • Key Force Structure Investments

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  • Defense Spending as Share of the Economy (GDP)

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  • Defense as a Share of Total Federal Spending

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