Defense: FY2011 Authorization and Appropriations
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The Presidents FY2011 budget request, released February 1, 2010, included 733.3 billion in new budget authority for national defense. In addition to 548.9 billion for the regular non-war operations of the Department of Defense DOD, the request included 159.3 billion for ongoing military operations, primarily funding the campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, bringing the total DOD request for FY2011 to 708.3 billion. The balance of the national defense request amounts to 25.1 billion for defense-related activities by agencies other than DOD. The President also requested supplemental appropriations for FY2010 totaling 33.6 billion. This included 33.0 billion for war costs and 655 million to pay DODs share of the cost of humanitarian relief operations in Haiti, struck on January 12, 2010, by a devastating earthquake. The 548.9 billion requested for DODs so-called base budget - that is, all activities other than war costs - is 18.2 billion higher than the amount appropriated for DOD non-war costs in FY2010. By DODs estimate, this 3.4 increase would amount to a real increase of 1.8 in purchasing power, after taking into account the cost of inflation. The budget request would continue the Administrations policy of increasing the share of DODs budget invested in capabilities for counterinsurgency and other unconventional types of combat, including helicopters, special operations forces, and unmanned vehicles.
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