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DoD Flummoxed As 2013 Planning Begins

Five-and-a-half months after the start of the fiscal year, Congress has yet to pass a 2011 defense budget. Instead, lawmakers have passed a continuing resolution (CR), which forces DoD to operate at 2010 spending levels /…/ Discussing the impact of continuing resolution “It makes it particularly challenging then to try to plan an [2013] budget with so much uncertainty going on,” said Todd Harrison, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

Ultimately, DoD will likely end up with a 2011 appropriation somewhere between the CR level and the president’s budget request, according to Harrison.

“They’re probably going to end up somewhere in between there based on the marks that we’ve seen coming out of various committees in the House and Senate over this year,” he said. “Regardless of which we choose, the upper bound or the lower bound, it’s going to make it incredibly challenging to try to plan FY13.”

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