By Marcus Weisgerber
Deciphering the Pentagon’s 2015 spending proposal has been difficult, but Defense News has some charts the could serve as a decoder ring.
Out friends at VisualDoD helped us compile data from the Defense Department’s spending plan to create these detailed graphics, which tell a story on their own.
First, the chart at the top of this post provides a nice overview of overall DoD spending since 2006. As you can see, defense spending has flat-lined in recent years. Now lets get a little more into the weeds.
Above are the Navy programs that gained the most money and lost the most money in the 2015 budget proposal when compared to the Pentagon’s 2014 base budget proposal. Christopher P. Cavas has more about the major questions raised in the Navy’s latest budget proposal.
And now the Air Force winners and losers (above) by program. Aaron Mehta has the breakdown of the Air Force budget proposal.
Lastly, we have the Army (above) gains and losses. Speaking of the Army, Paul McLeary writes how the service doesn’t know what its end strength will be in 2019.
Now let’s go a little deeper in to the programs. Below are the 61 major defense acquisition programs broken down by prime contractor. The chart shows the DoD’s 2015 base spending request compared to the enacted 2014 numbers. It’s worth noting that the 2014 numbers include Overseas Contingency Operations, or war supplemental, figures.
And finally, our last chart show new programs budget lines and those budget lines that have been deleted from the 2015 spending proposal.