Bernard Paul Moloney, 72, a retired budget analyst with the Defense Department, died Monday at the Veterans Administration Hospital here after a long illness.

He served as a budget and research analyst in the Army Materiel Command of the Defense Department from 1952 until retiring in 1969.

Born in Churubusco, Ind., Mr. Maloney was a graduate of Notre Dame University. During the 1930s, he was a National Park Service liaison officer with the Civilian Conservation Corps.

He was commissioned in the Army during World War II, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. He served as a transportation officer coordinating the movement of troops to and from the European theater.

From 1947 until joining the Defense Department here, Mr. Maloney served in Cody, Wyo., and Billings, Mont., with the U.S. Interior Department's Bureau of Reclamation.

He was a member of the Rock Creek Council and the Fourth Degree, Knights of Columbus, and the Notre Dame Club of Washington.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Smith Maloney, of the hom ein Bethesday; a daughter, Mary Ann Maloney, of Washington; two sons, Dr. Michael J., of Cincinnati and Daniel L., of Albany, N.Y. and one grandchild.

The family suggests that expressions of sympathy may be in the form of contributions to the Maryknoll Fathers in Maryknoll, N.Y.