CBO Study: Budgeting for Defense: Maintaining Today's Forces   [open pdf - 229KB]

From the Summary: "The budget request for national defense that the 107th Congress will consider in 2001 will be the first submitted by a new Administration in eight years. That Administration could put forth new strategies or programs that would change the funding needed to maintain national security. As the Congress considers that budget, three questions should be prominent: [1] Is the new Administration's national security strategy an appropriate response to likely threats to U.S. security? [2] Will the military forces and modernization programs that the Department of Defense (DoD) plans adequately support that strategy? [3] Will the budget that the Administration proposes be sufficient to maintain those forces and carry out those plans? All three of those questions are appropriate for evaluating the nation's military forces and the funding that is necessary to maintain them. But this Congressional Budget Office (CBO) study focuses only on the last question and attempts to provide a context or reference point for answering it. A full examination of either the current threats to U.S. security or the adequacy of the strategy that has been developed to counter those threats is beyond the scope of this analysis."

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