Congressional Budget Office Cost Estimate: S. 3254, National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013   [open pdf - 76KB]

From the Summary: "S. 3254 would authorize an estimated $634 billion in appropriations for fiscal year 2013 for the military functions of the Department of Defense (DoD), for certain activities of the Department of Energy (DOE), and for other purposes. That total includes an estimated $89 billion for the cost of overseas contingency operations, primarily in Afghanistan. In addition, S. 3254 would prescribe personnel strengths for each active-duty and selected-reserve component of the U.S. armed forces. CBO [Congressional Budget Office] estimates that appropriation of the authorized amounts would result in outlays of $622 billion over the 2013-2017 period. The bill also contains provisions that would increase or decrease costs of discretionary defense programs in 2014 and future years. Those implicit authorizations would affect force structure, DoD compensation and benefits, DoD's use of multiyear procurement authority, and other programs and activities. CBO has analyzed the costs of a select number of those authorizations and we estimate they would raise net costs by about $42 billion over the 2014-2017 period, assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts for those years."

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