Pentagon Gets Budget Guidance Through 2019

The Defense Department could get additional funding after 2015.

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Jordain Carney
Jan. 24, 2014, 4:02 a.m.

The White House gave budget guid­ance through 2019 to the Pentagon this week, of­fi­cials said. It calls for more fund­ing than con­gres­sion­al budget caps al­low start­ing in 2016.

Guid­ance from the Of­fice of Man­age­ment and Budget also in­cludes an “in­vest­ment fund” for pro­grams to get more fund­ing if the money is avail­able. The White House would have to sign off on use of the the funds, of­fi­cials told Bloomberg.

The Pentagon will in­clude which pro­grams could use ad­di­tion­al money, and how the funds would be spent, in its budget re­quests to Con­gress. The White House is ex­pec­ted to re­lease its 2015 fisc­al budget in early March.

Base spend­ing for the Pentagon is roughly $498 bil­lion for the com­ing fisc­al year — $44 bil­lion be­low what the de­part­ment re­ques­ted.

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