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Edition: Thu, February 09, 2006
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

Like the QDR,the fiscal 2007 budget reflects the department's continuum of change as we defend our nation, engage in the long war against terrorist extremism, and prepare for future potential adversaries.

Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense

TODAY'S FOCUS

Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Highlights

On February 08, 2006, The President submitted his budget proposal for fiscal year 2007 to Congress. Below are highlights of the Department of Defense's portion of the budget as briefed to the Pentagon press corps by Secretary Rumsfeld, Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller) Tina Jonas, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace and VADM Evan M. (Marty) Chanik of the Joint Staff.

- The Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) continues the shift in emphasis by identifying strategic priorities. The QDR report accompanied the budget request sent to Congress today. This is the first time the two documents have been delivered to Congress together.

- The world has changed dramatically since the end of the last century, and the Department of Defense is changing with it.

- We are refocusing our capabilities and forces for the future - away from a Cold War construct of the past to the speed, power, precision and agility our nation needs to face challenges today and in the future.

Prevail in irregular warfare operations:

- Special Operations Forces grow by more than 14,000.
- Language and cultural awareness training is expanded.
- Army combat power increases - expand and convert 48 regular brigades to 70 fully equipped, manned and trained Modular Brigade Combat Teams.

Defend the homeland against advanced threats:

- Improves defenses against catastrophic terrorism, and expands missile defense and global communications capabilities.

Maintain America's military superiority:

- Invests in joint air support, joint air dominance and joint maritime capabilities.

Support our servicemembers and their families:

- Increases military base pay by 2.2 percent over fiscal year 2006 (since 2001, military pay has increased by 29 percent).
- Increases basic allowance for housing 5.9 percent, keeping DoD's commitment to no out-of-pocket costs for off-base housing.
- Provides funds to eliminate remaining inadequate base housing in the continental United States.

- The fiscal year 2007 budget will be aligned with QDR priorities, but the budgets in fiscal year 2008 and beyond will more fully reflect programmatic changes in the QDR.

Sources:
Department of Defense Public Affairs
Transcript of the briefing

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