by Diem Nguyen Salmon
The Heritage Foundation
March 31, 2014
The Obama Administration recently released its annual budget request for the Department of Defense (DOD) for fiscal year (FY) 2015. Due to the uncertainty of sequestration, the lack of appropriations bills, and politics, recent DOD budget requests provided to Congress were rarely indicative of how the military would actually be funded. Contrary to hopes for increased clarity, the FY 2015 budget request is proving to be the most confusing yet. Congress has many options before it, but the first step is to understand what is and is not included in the DOD FY 2015 PBR. Congress must then decide what happens in FY 2016 and beyond. The DOD has delayed many decisions to next year’s budget request, and the lack of budget clarity from Congress will lead to extremely poor decisions for the military. However, at this point in time, Congress should find a way to fully fund defense.

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