CBO: Pentagon Costs to Grow in Coming Years

CBO: Pentagon Costs to Grow in Coming Years

Plans outlined in the Pentagon’s Future Years Defense Program would cause the base defense budget to balloon to $735 billion (in today’s dollars) by 2033, according to new analysis from the Congressional Budget Office.

The base amount requested for 2019 was $617, plus overseas contingency costs. It is expected to be higher when the administration sends its budget request to Capitol Hill mid-March.

“About 25 percent of the total growth from 2024 through 2033 would be in military personnel costs, 55 percent in [operations and maintenance] costs, and 20 percent in costs to develop and purchase weapon systems,” the report said.

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