The Top 8 Things to Know About the FY 2016 Defense Budget Request
This week’s list — The Top 8 Things to Know About the FY 2016 Defense Budget Request. Check back next week for another #GovList!
- The Department of Defense's (DOD) FY 2016 budget proposal relies heavily on Congress approving its cost reduction plans and providing a sequestration alternative.
- DOD total contractor addressable budget reflects a requested increase from $362 billion in FY 2015 to $378 billion in FY 2016.
- Despite hopes for an overall budget increase, DOD is making cuts to some ships, aircraft and ground vehicles to protect key modernization programs. Some of this impact is being offset by realigning previous Overseas Contingency Operations (OCO) funding back into base funding.
- There is a concerted effort, particularly within Army, to reduce the level of service contract spending. Previous training efforts will allow Army to transition some previously contracted work back to the military workforce.
- The deferment of some new facilities construction and Sustainment, Restoration and Modernization (SRM) projects started under sequestration continues.
- The DOD budget reflects a continued emphasis on the Joint Information Environment, the network consolidation effort that will drive long-term DOD-wide savings and improved performance. The military departments continue to work on network infrastructure consolidation to advance JIE progress.
- DOD continues to priority cybersecurity funding, however agencies are revisiting the balance among its military, civilian and contractor workforce as it develops a new cyber workforce planning model.
- Army and Air Force will continue to conduct data center discovery and develop plans to migrate applications to a cloud environment. The Army is currently working on a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) that will be available in FY 2016 for application migration to the cloud.
by Deniece Peterson Director of Federal Industry Analysis at Deltek
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