Bob Hale: Targeted Pentagon Budget Cuts Likely

The Pentagon is not likely to get the $535 billion President Barack Obama has requested for fiscal 2016, but that does not mean every Defense Department project will get hit with spending cuts like in 2013.

Robert Hale, who retired last June after more than five years as the Pentagon’s comptroller, believes lawmakers could strike a short-term budget deal that would trim below Obama’s request but still come in higher than the $500 billion defense spending cap.

“It may look unlikely now, but I think it’s still possible,” Hale told Defense One Wednesday. Known for his ability to explain complicated financial matters in laymen speak while maintaining a sense of humor, Hale is now a fellow at consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

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