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Obama 2011 budget request: Defense Department

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By Craig Whitlock
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, February 1, 2010; 12:17 PM

The Pentagon will get a 3.4 percent boost to its regular budget plus extra money for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to the Obama administration's spending plans for 2011.

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Obama is requesting a total of $708 billion for the Defense Department next year: $549 billion for its base budget and $159 billion for "overseas contingencies operations," namely the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Separately, the White House is asking Congress for an extra $33 billion in a supplemental 2010 request to pay for the cost of sending 30,000 reinforcements to Afghanistan this year.

In contrast with last year, when Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates eliminated or curtailed several expensive conventional weapons programs, including the F-22 fighter jet, the new budget includes no major weapons cancellations and is likely to win support from the defense industry.

For years, Pentagon officials and defense industry executives have predicted that spending would be curtailed. Obama, however, has exempted national security programs from a three-year freeze he is seeking to impose on federal discretionary spending.

For the full budget request, click here.


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