From Defense News:
$83.4B for 2009: The Last Supplemental?
“Vowing that it will be the last wartime supplemental, U.S. President Barack Obama sent Congress an $83.4 billion bill April 9 to cover the costs of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan for the second half of 2009.”
So the “normal” defense budget was $514.6 billion (approx.) plus this supplemental is $598 billion for FY09. But starting next year these supplementals will be rolled into the regualr budget process.
My prediction – and other defense analysts – the regualr non-war budget will get cut. How? FY11 will have a defense budget of say $600 billion but this might include up to $90 billion for the wars. So the non-war budget will shrink and the services will be forced to used scarce modernization and research funds to pay for it, However, Obama, the Dems and their stenographers in the MSM will tout the massive increase in defense spending because Obama understand the imporatance of national defense yada, yada, yada.
It will be a cut plain and simple.