The President’s FY13 defense budget request, released today, details a number of important strategy and spending issues that you’ll see profiled over the coming weeks and months on The Will and the Wallet. But it is ultimately just an interim step between last August’s Budget Control Act and a bargain to escape sequester looming after November’s election. As our own Gordon Adams said today in National Journal:
The defense budget for FY 2013 is already on ice. The deal was done last August, so the FY 2013 defense number has already been accepted, by the Congress and by the White House. There is not likely to be a lot of debate about it; maybe there will even be an appropriation before the end of the next fiscal year.
Once the election happens, the defense budget, just like everything else, will “be on the table, just where it has been the last two years, waiting for a deal.”