Center for Arms Control

Security Spending

by Laicie Olson [contact information]

Growth in U.S. Defense Spending Since 2001

March 11, 2010

On February 1, 2010 the Obama Administration released details of its proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 defense budget. Not including funding for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan or the nuclear weapons related activities of the Department of Energy (DoE), the Administration is seeking $549 billion for the Department of Defense (DoD). In addition, the Administration has requested $159 billion for “Overseas Contingency Operations” to fund the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and $26 billion for nuclear weapons and other defense related funding.

The Pentagon's budget has increased dramatically since 2001. In inflation-adjusted dollars, the total defense budget has grown from $432 billion in FY01 to $720 billion in FY11, a real increase of approximately 67 percent. The Pentagon’s base budget, which excludes war and nuclear weapons funding, has also grown steadily over the last decade, increasing from $390 billion in FY01 to $540 billion in FY11, a real increase of 38 percent.

Budget Authority for National Defense, FY 2001-2011
(in billions of constant FY10 dollars)

 

FY

01

FY

02

FY

03

FY

04

FY

05

FY

06

FY

07

FY

08

FY

09

FY

10

est.

FY

11

est.

DoD Base (051)

390

415

447

480

439

464

475

524

541

534

540

DoE and Other Defense Related Funding (053/054)

21

21

22

23

25

25

24

23

31

25

25

Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO)

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

130

155

SUBTOTAL National Defense (050)

411

436

469

503

464

489

499

547

572

689

720

War Supplemental

21

16

84

72

107

118

166

174

140

33

n/a

TOTAL

432

452

553

575

571

607

665

721

712

722

720

Source: GAO, Overseas Contingency Operations: Funding and Cost Reporting for the Department of Defense, and FY 2011 President’s Budget documents.

Budget Authority for National Defense, FY 2001-2011
(in billions of constant FY10 dollars)

Source: GAO, Overseas Contingency Operations: Funding and Cost Reporting for the Department of Defense, and FY 2011 President’s Budget documents.

Laicie Olson 202-546-0795 ext. 2105 lolson@armscontrolcenter.org

Laicie Olson is Senior Policy Analyst at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, where her work focuses on weapons proliferation, military spending and global security issues.

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