On February 15, 2012, I had the chance to interview Mike McCord, from the comptroller’s office for the Department of Defense, with some other bloggers. He talked about the 2013 DoD budget that had just been publicly released. Others will provide a far better analysis than I can, but I would like to talk about how you build a budget for the DoD.
Two caveats: The Congress has not approved a federal budget in three years. Funding for the existence of the Federal Government has been provided by a series of continuing resolutions. In addition, in the last several decades, no budget submitted by a president to Congress has survived in any sort of intact form. The budget request that we see now, historically, will bear little resemblance to the final budget. If our Congress critters even get around to adopting a budget for 2013 [/sarcasm].