Our Budget Analysis series goes beyond talking points and press releases to provide independent, objective analysis that offers essential context on the national security budget process and illuminates policy choices made within it.

Our defense-related analysis can be found here. Most of our analysis relates to one of four stages of the budget process: President's Budget, Budget Resolution, Authorization, and Appropriations. Developments that are not directly linked to one of these steps in the usual budget process, such as debt deals, continuing resolutions, or sequestration, are categorized as Special Topics.

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Featured Analysis: A Step Backward, or More to Go?
Special Topics: FY15 Overseas Contingency Operations Request | 7/3/2014

The FY15 Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) request--the war funding request--helps illustrate how much further the defense budget needs to go to adjust to statutory spending caps...Read More


 

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Fiscal Year 2015: Defense



President's Budget: Request | 3/10/2014
Readiness, Really

Budget Resolution: House Proposal | 4/2/2014
Fighting the Caps

Special Topics: DOD Sequestration-Level Funding Estimates | 5/1/2014
Protecting Priorities

Authorization: Full House and Senate Committee | 6/18/2014
Cutting Pay By Default

Special Topics: FY15 Overseas Contingency Operations Request | 7/3/2014
A Step Backward, or More to Go?


 

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Fiscal Year 2014: Defense



Overview: Treading Water: National Security in the FY14 Budget
President's Budget: Request | 4/16/2013



Budget Resolution: Conference | 3/17/2013
The Sequester Fight Isn't Over Yet; Now...Dueling Budget Resolutions

President's Budget: Request | 4/10/2013
Defense Coughs Up Some More Savings

Authorization & Appropriations: House Committees | 6/7/2013
The House is Conflicted on Defense

Authorization: Senate Committee | 6/14/2013
The Difference Between Bs and Ms

Appropriations: Committees | 6/20/2013
Ignoring the Caps is Again the Story

Appropriations: House Bill | 7/29/2013
The House Cuts Defense

Appropriations: Senate Committee | 9/18/2013
What's the Standard?

Special Topics: Continuing Resolution | 10/25/2013
The Coming Cut

Special Topics: Murray-Ryan Budget Deal | 12/12/2013
The Softened Slope for Defense

Special Topics: FY14 Omnibus | 1/24/2014
Readiness: The Hidden Priority


 

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Fiscal Year 2013: Defense



Overview: The Reality of the Defense Builddown
President's Budget: Request | 2/13/2012



President's Budget: OMB Guidance | 8/18/2011
On Notice?

President's Budget: OMB Guidance | 8/23/2011
A New Goal

Special Topics: Sequestration | 11/28/2011
Playing it Straight

President's Budget: OMB Pass-Back | 12/2/2011
The Builddown

President's Budget: Request | 2/13/2012
Breaking through the Ceiling

President's Budget: Request | 2/14/2012
Stable Service Shares

Budget Resolution: House Committee | 3/20/2012
Cutting Without Saying It

Appropriations: Senate Committee | 4/20/2012
Summing Up the Senate's 302(b)s

Authorization: House Committee | 5/3/2012
Burning a Hole in Your Pocket

Appropriations: House and Senate Committees | 5/25/2012
Racing through Committee

Special Topics: Sequestration | 6/1/2012
Reversal

Appropriations: Full House | 7/20/2012
Bringing Down the House

Special Topics: Continuing Resolution | 9/24/2012
Continuing the Trend

Authorization: Full House and Senate | 12/7/2012
So Many Defense Budgets

Special Topics: Debt Deal | 1/1/2013
Defense in the Newest Deal

Appropriations: Full House | 3/6/2013
Ignoring Sequester, but Passing a Bill


 

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Fiscal Year 2012: Defense



Appropriations: House Committee | 5/12/2011
House Appropriations Releases FY 12 Spending Caps

Special Topics: Debt Deal | 8/1/2011
The Debt Deal and Defense Spending

Special Topics: Debt Deal | 8/4/2011
Low Man on the Totem Pole

Appropriations: Senate Committee | 9/9/2011
Not Slashed, but Cut

Appropriations: Senate Committee | 9/12/2011
BCA Fingerprints on Senate 302(b)

Appropriations: Committees | 9/12/2011
Stark Foreign Affairs and Defense Trade-off Coming in '12

Appropriations: Senate Committee | 9/16/2011
A $10B Move

Special Topics: Sequestration | 12/1/2011
Sequester Fact Sheet

Appropriations: Conference | 12/15/2011
Shell Games


 

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Fiscal Year 2011: Defense



President's Budget: Request | 2/17/2010
FY 2011 Budget Request: Department of Defense

President's Budget: Request | 4/12/2010
Taking Inventory of the Tools of Statecraft: Putting the FY2011 Request in Context

Authorization: House Committee | 5/20/2010
The HASC NDAA Markup

Special Topics: Budget Delays | 7/26/2010
Budget In Action (er, "Inaction"?)

Authorization: General | 12/2/2010
Leap Year: Why the Missing NDAA Matters

Authorization: Enacted | 1/20/2011
FY2011 NDAA: Summary of Foreign and Security Assistance Programs


 

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Fiscal Year 2010: Defense



President's Budget: OMB Pass-Back | 2/5/2009
DOD Budget Wars Begin

Budget Resolution: Full House and Senate | 4/3/2009
Budget Resolution Passes House and Senate

President's Budget: Request | 5/7/2009
Notes on the FY 2010 Budget Request: Department of Defense

President's Budget: Request | 5/8/2009
Procurement in the Overseas Contingency Operations Budget

Budget Resolution: Resolution | 7/1/2009
FY 2010 Defense and Foreign Affairs Spending Allocations

Authorization: Committees | 7/20/2009
Comparison of the FY 2010 House and Senate Armed Services Defense Authorization Bills

Appropriations: House Committee | 7/29/2009
House Defense Appropriations Bill and Security Assistance

Appropriations: Senate Committee | 9/10/2009
Senate Defense Appropriations Bill Highlights

Authorization: Conference | 10/22/2009
Highlights from the FY 2010 NDAA Conference Report

Appropriations: Full House and Senate | 10/29/2009
House and Senate Defense Appropriations Comparison

President's Budget: Supplemental Request | 3/31/2010
Update: Defense Department FY 2010 Supplemental Request


 

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Fiscal Year 2009: Defense



President's Budget: Supplemental Request | 4/10/2009
Obama Supplemental Represents First Step Toward Responsible Budgeting

President's Budget: Supplemental Request | 4/16/2009
Supplemental Appropriations Analysis: Department of Defense

Appropriations: House Committee Supplemental | 5/5/2009
Analysis of Chairman Obey's Supplemental Appropriations Bill

Appropriations: House Committee Supplemental | 5/13/2009
Appropriation Committee's Major Changes to Administration's Supplemental Request

Appropriations: House Committee Supplemental | 5/14/2009
Major Differences Between Obama and Appropriations Committee War Supplementals

Appropriations: Full House and Senate Supplementals | 5/27/2009
Senate Passes Obama 2009 Supplemental Budget


 

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