Katherine Blakeley and the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments present an analytic assessment of the FY2017 defense budget.
The $640 billion McCain topline, which does not include funding for overseas operations, would represent a huge increase over previous budgets. It's $90 billion more than the fiscal 2017 budget, $54 billion more than what President Obama requested for fiscal 2018 in last year's budget and $7 billion more than the last pre-sequestration budget produced under Defense Secretary Robert Gates predicted for fiscal 2018, according to Katherine Blakeley, a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.
"There may not be as much of an open wallet for every defense program as I think some people had anticipated," said Katherine Blakeley, a research fellow at the nonpartisan Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.
Still, the sum appropriated through fiscal 2016 was $105.6 billion less than was projected in the fiscal 2011 defense plan, according to Katherine Blakeley, a research fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.
Last month, I participated with my colleagues Jerry Hendrix and Elbridge Colby in a strategic choices exercise hosted by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments where we built an alternative 10-year budget for the Department of Defense. We assumed up front that a new Administration was able to achieve a budget deal with Congress that resulted in stable funding, a prerequisite for getting the Department of Defense back on its feet, but assumed only modest budget growth.
Kate Blakeley, an analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments who previously worked at the Congressional Research Service, said splitting the $6 billion OCO supplemental between supporting troop levels in Afghanistan and the fight against ISIL would give both Democrats and Republicans "additional ammunition in the upcoming budget fight."
Kate Blakeley, a defense budget analyst at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said the statement confirms what many people already know behind-the-scenes.