Work: FY 16 Budget Request Targets Modernization Efforts

WASHINGTON, Feb. 2, 2015 – President Barack Obama’s fiscal year 2016 budget request for the Defense Department is strategy-driven and resource-informed, and will meet the United States’ 21st century national security needs, Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work said today.

The surest way to guarantee the opposite — a resource-driven, strategy-deprived budget — is to allow sequestration to return to full strength in 2016 as is mandated by law, Work told reporters during a news briefing announcing the budget request. Accordingly, he said, the requested budget is above the sequestration caps.

The department’s request for FY 2016 is $534 billion, he said, $36 billion above FY 2016 sequestration caps. In addition to the base budget, DoD is requesting $51 billion in overseas contingency funds to support the drawdown in Afghanistan and continue forward operations in the U


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