Fiscal Year 2007 Budget Highlights

Thursday February 9, 2006

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

NEWS ABOUT THE ARMY

  • National Guard reduction opposed (PI)
  • U.S.: Guantanamo hunger strikers force-fed (CT)
  • No Guard cuts, secretary says (AT)
  • Rumsfeld backs wider NATO Afghan mission (WTOP)
  • SMA visits wounded Soldiers at Brooke (ARNEWS)
  • GI billed for his body armor gets refund (LAT | EB)
  • Army adopting Lean Six Sigma (ARNEWS)
  • Blog: 'Lone GunWar Reporting' (LAT)

WAR ON TERROR NEWS

  • Iraqi construction funds go to security (WT)
  • Army far from a broken force, Officials tell Congress (AFIS)
  • Top U.S. commander in Iraq see troops cuts in Iraq (NPR)
  • Some senators call for higher defense budget (AT)
  • Letter: 'Pakistan and the U.S., Aligned Against Terrorism' (WP)
  • U.S. Allies pulling out as Iraqis step up (MH | EB)
  • Editorial: On balance (WT)

OF INTEREST

  • Commentary: 'Point of no return' (WT)
  • Top U.S. General in Iraq says Iraqi police forces hobbled by incompetence, corruption (ABC News)
  • E-mail, blogs, texts propel cartoon fury (MSNBC)
  • Kalashnikovs for hire in Iraq (SLATE)
  • Why the CIA is having such a hard time keeping its best? (USN)
  • Rage over cartoon goes beyond politics (Newsday)
  • Official warns Hamas-led government may face sanctions (CNN)
  • Editorial: 'Let's be honest Multiculturalism can kill a nation' (Newsday)
  • Blog: 'Embedded in Iraq With U.S. Forces ' (CSG)

WORLD VIEW

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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

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