DoD 2013 Budget

Posted: May 17, 2012 in Uncategorized

Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, has informed the House Armed Services Committee that the Army would join the other services and not send Congress an "unfunded priorities list," a long-time tradition. The Army General thanked Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) for the opportunity to address fiscal year unfunded Army requirements and said, “In lieu of submitting an unfunded requirement list, I am soliciting your support of the Army Budget request in the FY13 President’s Budget.” Submittal of the “wish list” of desired spending that didn't make the president's budget cut is an annual, customary submission that helps members of the Armed Services Committee understand potential risks that need serious consideration and close attention. Two points:
1. It is a tradition for the Ranking Minority Member on the Committee to request an unfunded priority list from the Service Chiefs; and,
2. The President’s FY13 budget would reduce Army ground forces by 100,000 over ten years. Something that many have been saying is too much too quickly before a thorough assessment of possible future needs is completed.
[Source: NAUS Weekly Update 20 Apr 2012 ++]


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