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Posted: 10/17/2008 11:23:53 AM EDT
Pre-emptive strike to keep Obama from gutting the military?

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DoD Plans To Spend $360B More Over 6 Years

By WILLIAM MATTHEWS

As President George W. Bush prepares to leave office in three months, his budget writers at the Pentagon are planning to dump a giant budget increase on the team that replaces them.


BRADLEY BERKSON IS director of program analysis and evaluation at the Pentagon. (DefenseNewstv.com)
Bradley Berkson, the Pentagon's director of program analysis and evaluation, confirmed that defense budget officials are preparing spending plans for the next six years that add about $60 billion a year to the "base" military budget.

That would push the planned 2010 "base" defense budget to $587 billion, up from the previously proposed $527 billion. It would add $360 billion to Pentagon spending over six years.

In addition to the base budget for 2010, the Defense Department will need "supplemental" funding to keep fighting the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Berkson said during an interview on the television show "This Week in Defense News." The interview is slated to air on Oct. 22.

Berkson said wartime supplementals have been adding about $150 billion a year to total defense spending.

For a departing president to propose giant defense spending increases on his way out the door "is very unusual," said Steven Kosiak, chief of budget studies at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments. "The time for the administration to present a budget with these changes was in February, not now."

Each February, the Defense Department sends Congress a defense budget request for the next year and a future year defense program, or FYDP, that projects defense spending for six years into the future.

"It's not clear what has changed since February when the last FYDP was released that would indicate a need for extra money," Kosiak said.

Berkson said the funds are needed because the U.S. military is adding 92,000 soldiers and Marines.

"We are preparing a budget consistent with force structure President Bush has announced," he said.

The additional troops will require "operations and maintenance support and capital support," Berkson said. That is, money to maintain equipment, to train troops and to buy new weapons.

An extra $60 billion a year "will be sufficient to sustain those forces," he said.

"The last FYDP was supposed to include money for the additional manning and equipment. That's what they told Congress," Kosiak said.

What has changed in the nine months? Kosiak asked. There is no additional force structure and no new, costly programs, he said.

"Were the estimates from February way off?" Or possibly, "this is an attempt to lay out a marker for the next administration to have to deal with when they come into office," Kosiak said.

By adding $60 billion a year to the long-range defense spending plan, the outgoing administration could put pressure on the new administration to boost military spending that was scheduled to level off after a decade of substantial increases. Any defense spending proposal that is lower than Bush's 11th-hour bulked-up budget could be assailed as a defense spending cut.

"I'm not sure how seriously this will be taken by the next administration," Kosiak said.

Bush's successor should conduct a careful examination of the military to determine how much money is needed in the base budget, how much extra is needed for the wars and what kind of a military is needed for the future, he said.

"This is not a flattering picture of the administration's management of budgeting in general and of defense budgeting in particular," Kosiak said.
Link Posted: 10/17/2008 11:25:39 AM EDT
[#1]
This is one time I back bush on spending mad amounts of cash. Hopefully he can inject them with enough to survive through the Obamanation years.
Link Posted: 10/17/2008 11:29:16 AM EDT
[#2]

Quoted:
This is one time I back bush on spending mad amounts of cash. Hopefully he can inject them with enough to survive through the Obamanation years.


That $700B that went down the drain would have been much better spent on U.S military... Actually lets jack it up to $1T and dump on the military
Link Posted: 10/17/2008 11:31:17 AM EDT
[#3]
They're gonna have to change that new digit on the debt clock before the paint friggin dries.  
Link Posted: 10/17/2008 11:35:04 AM EDT
[#4]
Spend more cash so the democrats can't.   Is that the strategy here?
Link Posted: 10/17/2008 11:35:35 AM EDT
[#5]
This won't go over well here.  We need to quit spending so much, even on defense.  The DoD is taking it up the ass repeatedly, and there's no oversight and no penalties for contractors.  We simply can't afford every single gee-wiz project any longer.  In order to get the deficit under control, the DoD is going to have to prioritize its needs.  Of course many other non-military related projects need to be cut, reviewed, and reorganized as well.

The simple fact is we can't do 500 billion dollar deficits.
Link Posted: 10/17/2008 11:37:06 AM EDT
[#6]
I for one can't wait to commission under the Obama presidency, and then get RIF'ed.
Link Posted: 10/17/2008 11:39:07 AM EDT
[#7]

Quoted:

Quoted:
This is one time I back bush on spending mad amounts of cash. Hopefully he can inject them with enough to survive through the Obamanation years.


That $700B that went down the drain would have been much better spent on U.S military... Actually lets jack it up to $1T and dump on the military


That an idea that is patriotic to pay taxes for.
Link Posted: 10/17/2008 11:39:43 AM EDT
[#8]

Quoted:
This won't go over well here.  We need to quit spending so much, even on defense.  The DoD is taking it up the ass repeatedly, and there's no oversight and no penalties for contractors.  We simply can't afford every single gee-wiz project any longer.  In order to get the deficit under control, the DoD is going to have to prioritize its needs.  Of course many other non-military related projects need to be cut, reviewed, and reorganized as well.

The simple fact is we can't do 500 billion dollar deficits.


Link Posted: 10/17/2008 11:40:49 AM EDT
[#9]

Quoted:
This won't go over well here.  We need to quit spending so much, even on defense.  The DoD is taking it up the ass repeatedly, and there's no oversight and no penalties for contractors.  We simply can't afford every single gee-wiz project any longer.  In order to get the deficit under control, the DoD is going to have to prioritize its needs.  Of course many other non-military related projects need to be cut, reviewed, and reorganized as well.

The simple fact is we can't do 500 billion dollar deficits.


I think the idea is to spend the money now, so obama cannot later. Could you imagine the social programs that would get started with a spare 30bn?
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 8:32:57 AM EDT
[#10]

Quoted:

Quoted:
This won't go over well here.  We need to quit spending so much, even on defense.  The DoD is taking it up the ass repeatedly, and there's no oversight and no penalties for contractors.  We simply can't afford every single gee-wiz project any longer.  In order to get the deficit under control, the DoD is going to have to prioritize its needs.  Of course many other non-military related projects need to be cut, reviewed, and reorganized as well.

The simple fact is we can't do 500 billion dollar deficits.


I think the idea is to spend the money now, so obama cannot later. Could you imagine the social programs that would get started with a spare 30bn?


We are already spending money we don't have...  That idea won't work.  Obamessiah will just have the Treasury print more.  Inflation?  You haven't seen inflation yet.
Link Posted: 10/18/2008 12:51:51 PM EDT
[#11]
DOD Plans ....

Plans is the operative word , because Congress has to approve it first .
That's highly unlikely to happen if Obama wins , but even if McCain wins
he will still have to deal with economy we have today . He will be lucky
to keep military spending where it is , let alone increase it .
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