FY21 Defense Budget Breakdown: What to Know

March 5, 2020 at 2:00 PM

The fiscal 2021 budget request is basically flat – no increase from fiscal 2020 – but the mix is changing, reflecting tough choices in the Pentagon not only this year but in the years ahead. Highlights include:

  • $289 billion for Operation and Maintenance programs – base operations, equipment maintenance, professional services contractors – no change from fiscal 2020
  • More money for research, development, test and evaluation – $106.6 billion, a 2% increase with key long-term investments in artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and autonomy
  • $136.9 billion for procurement – ships, planes, trucks, radios – 5% decrease from fiscal 2020
  • Congressional reactions to the budget – what changes are likely to be met with resistance