In a return to DOD’s usual practice, its fiscal 2019 budget request, scheduled to be released next week, will include projected spending levels for the next five years for every program. Last year, the new administration did not include figures for the future years defense program, known as the FYDP, for many budget lines, and in some cases officials told analysts to ignore the figures because they were included only as placeholders, reported Defense News.
One reason officials left spending projections out of the FY 2018 request was because they were focused on reviewing FY 2017 spending before lawmakers approved a year-end omnibus in April 2017. Also, with multiple strategic reviews slated to be completed over the following year — including the national security strategy, national defense strategy and nuclear posture review — the department believed the FYDP wouldn’t accurately characterize its short-term spending plans, according to the story.
Dept. of Defense Photo by Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Dominique A. Pineiro