Defense: FY2012 Budget Request, Authorization and Appropriations [November 25, 2011]   [open pdf - 624KB]

"President Obama's FY2012 budget request, sent to Congress on February 14, 2011, included $670.9 billion in discretionary budget authority for the Department of Defense (DOD), of which $553.1 billion was for the so-called 'base budget' of the department (that is, the cost of routine, peacetime operations excluding the cost of ongoing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan). The remaining $117.8 billion in the DOD budget request was to cover the cost of so-called 'overseas contingency operations (OCO),' including operations in those two countries. However, the Budget Control Act (BCA) enacted in early August set ceilings on FY2012 discretionary budget authority that would require a reduction of $35.7 billion from the total amount the Administration had requested for so-called 'security agencies'--a category that includes the DOD base budget, the Departments of Veterans Affairs and Homeland Security, and the Energy Department's Nuclear National Security Agency, as well as the Department of State and various international activities funded by other federal agencies. […] That reduction included $5.0 billion that was cut from the budget request for war costs to take account of President Obama's announcement on June 22, 2011 that the number of U.S. troops in Afghanistan would be reduced by 33,000 by the end of FY2012. The Senate Armed Services Committee approved on November 15, 2011 a revised version of the FY2012 defense authorization bill (S. 1867) that would reduce the FY2012 national defense authorization by an additional $21 billion, on top of the reduction of more than $6 billion that would have been made by the committee's earlier bill (S. 1253). All told, S. 1867--which the Senate began to debate on November 17--would cut $27.3 billion from the Administration's FY2012 national defense authorization request."

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