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.