An initiative to reduce overhead costs throughout the Defense Department by $100 billion needs a formal evaluation system, a report from the Government Accountability Office says.
A mix of benefits cuts and military force reductions at the Defense Department could drastically reduce the Pentagon budget, said Congressional Budget Office analyst Carla Tighe Murray to a group of government workers and federal budget experts.
Defense Department costs between 2014 and 2021 will increase far beyond the caps set by the Budget Control Act, Congressional Budget Office analysis of the DoD future years defense plan report. The CBO conducted its projection of DoD base budget costs and said it would be about $30 billion higher than the DoD projected in the FYDP.
Top military officers warned that sequestration would reduce manpower and cause higher U.S. casualty rates in a Nov. 7 Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. Through 2021, Defense Department sequestration cuts will total of $480 billion.
About half of the Defense Department civilian workforce will be furloughed if lawmakers can't agree on a measure to fund government operations in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, a Sept. 27 DoD statement says.
The Defense Department could save almost $50 billion in fiscal 2015 if it cuts excess personnel reduces active forces, a Sept. 23 Stimpson Center report says. If the sequester continues, DoD would need to cut its spending by $47.7 billion by fiscal 2015, the report says.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel should explore cuts to readiness as a way to cope with smaller military budgets, said Mackenzie Eaglen, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, during a Brookings Institution event Aug. 6.
The Senate Appropriations Committee approved, Aug. 1, a $594.4 billion defense spending bill that would give a 1 percent pay raise to both civilian defense employees and members of the armed forces. The bill, which was approved 22-8, would set base funding at $516.4 billion with $77.8 billion for Overseas Contingency Operations, the Senate bill report (.pdf) says.
The Defense Department could limit pay raises and cut troop numbers and weapons programs among other cuts to deal with the possibility of $52 billion in defense spending cuts in fiscal 2014 due to sequestration, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a July 31 press conference at the Pentagon.
The Senate Armed Services Committee marked up its version of the fiscal 2014 national defense authorization act, laying out $625.1 billion in proposed spending for the Defense Department and defense activities of the Energy Department.